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Combing a Horse Riding Safari with a Family Holiday

Is it possible to combine a horse-riding safari with a family holiday? The answer is a resounding yes!

Horse safaris are like stepping into real-life adventure stories, providing a unique and unforgettable experience for family holidays. Riding vacations offer families an active, challenging adventure holiday. The slower pace of a safari lets you soak in every moment. There’s time to make incredible memories together, and connect with nature. For the kids, it’s like being in their own wildlife movie, but better because they’re part of the action! It’s a perfect combo of excitement, nature, and quality family time.

We live, breathe and ride Africa and our team of safari gurus can help you choose the perfect safari for your family. Whether your kids are wannabe cowboys or you want to introduce them to the wonders of horse riding, there is no reason not to choose a horse-riding holiday for your next family adventure. We have hand-picked family-friendly rides across the continent, suiting a mix of riders of all ages and abilities – Even those who do not ride. A horse-riding holiday is a family vacation that can be enjoyed by children, parents, grandparents and anyone else who wants to join in!

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Horse riding in Zanzibar Island

3 nights: From USD $943GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Tropical Island Horse Riding in Zanzibar

  • 3 - 7 Nights
  • Tanzania
  • Beach Focused Horse Safari
Craving a tropical beach adventure complete with horseback swims and cantering across white sandy beaches? Look no further than Zanzibar Island.
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Ride accross teh river at Sosian Lodge Kenya

3 nights: From USD $2340GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

HORSE RIDING HOLIDAY AT SOSIAN

  • 3 - 7 Nights
  • Kenya
  • Wildlife Focused Horse Safari
Experience thrilling horse safaris and adventure activities at Sosian Lodge – exploring Kenya's wild beauty.
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7 Nights: From USD $GBP £EUR €ZAR R32832AUD $ pp sharing

Moolmanshoek Horse Safari

  • 7 Nights
  • South Africa
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Discover horse and wildlife heaven, with over 200 horses in one of the most scenic spots in South Africa.
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Horse Riding

7 nights: From USD $GBP £EUR €1880ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Kambaku Wildlife Reserve in Namibia

  • 3 - 7 Nights
  • Namibia
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Enjoy wonderful wildlife rides, scenic game drives, tranquil siestas, and dining under the stars at Kambaku
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Horse safari at Cha Cha Metsi

3 Nights: From USD $2085GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Cha Cha Metsi – Okavango Delta Horse Safari

  • 3-10 Nights
  • Botswana
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Embark on an unforgettable horse safari at Cha Cha Metsi, where the Okavango Delta unveils its wild wonders in style.
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horse riding in Kenya

3 nights: From USD $2490GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Horse Riding Holiday at Borana Lodge

  • 3 - 10 Nights
  • Kenya
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Immerse yourself in a conservation-focused safari in the foothills of Mount Kenya, combining adventure and purpose.
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A close elephant encounter on a horseback safari

3 nights: From USD $3750GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Horse Riding Holiday at Lewa Wilderness

  • 3 - 10 Nights
  • Kenya
  • Wildlife Focused Horse Safari
Immerse youself in this very special part of Kenya, where luxury, adventure and conservation are intertwined.
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Horse riding in the Mashatu Tuli Botswana

5 nights: From USD $GBP £1240EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Horizon Lodge Riding Holiday

  • 5 - 10 Nights
  • South Africa
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Immerse yourself in the beauty of South Africa's diverse landscapes, where every day reveals a new adventure.
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Horse riding holiday in Zamiba

3 nights: From USD $1650GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Zambian Horse Safari in Simalaha & Victoria Falls

  • 3 / 5 / 7 Nights
  • Zambia
  • Scenery & Wildlife Focused Safari
Embark on a breathtaking journey through the untamed landscapes of Zambia and visit the mighty Victoria Falls.
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Horse riding in the Simalaha Conservancy, Zambia

8 nights: From USD $4035GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Zambian Odyssey Horse Safari

  • 8 - 11 Nights
  • Zambia
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Discover Zambias most incredible safari destinations by horseback, boat, foot and vehicle on this adventure holiday.
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4 nights: USD $GBP £EUR €ZAR R21000AUD $ pp sharing

Wild Coast Beach Trail

  • 4 / 7 Nights
  • South Africa
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
Experience the untamed allure of the Wild Coast Trail, where rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and adventures await.
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3 nights: From USD $3915GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Luxury Horse Safari at Ol Donyo Lodge

  • 3 - 10 Nights
  • Kenya
  • Wildlife Focused Safari
Discover the wonders of riding in the Chyllu Hills, a fusion of wildlife and luxury in the heart of Kenya.
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3 Nights: From USD $3690GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Salt Pans Ride

  • 3 - 5 Nights
  • Botswana
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Embark on an otherworldly adventure as you canter across the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans alongside unique desert wildlife.
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Tropical half underwater horse and rider

3 nights: From USD $2399GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Surf & Turf Horse Safari in Mozambique

  • 3 - 7 Nights
  • Mozambique
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
A horse riding holiday in Mozambique is an unparalleled experience for those who love all things exotic.
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Why a horse safari the perfect family vacation

A trip to Africa will give your family a life-changing experience. Modern-day life tends to be non-stop and it is often hard to find time to bond with your loved ones.  In Africa, time moves slower and you can reconnect with your family in a natural environment. Here you can share a common love of horses in a unique setting. Our lodge-based rides in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania have an abundance of exciting safari activities for kids of all ages. The lodges are set-up for family holidays; offering private dining, kids activities and child minding to give parents some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

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Horse riding with giraffe at Ants Nest

Riding levels for your family horse riding holiday

Lodges like Ants Nest and Horizon Ranch have a range of horses and ponies catering to both novice and experienced child riders. There are pony rides around the lodge for the little ones. Riding lessons to give more nervous riders the chance to improve their confidence in the saddle. Novice and advanced children riders can join their parents on horse rides with plains game such as antelope, zebra and giraffe in South Africa. More experienced kids will enjoy trying their hand at jumping, polocrosse, and mounted games – Often the adults join in the fun!

Very experienced children over 12 will be able to ride with their families or parents to experience the magic of Africa on horseback on one of our ‘big game’ trails. In the Kalahari Desert, the wide-open spaces offer the perfect place for riders of all ages and abilities to feel the freedom of a horseback adventure. At Borana Lodge or Ol Donyo in Kenya, more experienced children can join longer rides on the open plains.

Eswatini and Egypt can offer intermediate teenagers the chance to join their parents for a weeklong trail ride. For expedition-like mobile safaris in Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania, the distances are too far for inexperienced riders. But we can create custom-made itineraries where non-riders will be driven between camps in a game drive vehicle.

Riding on the beach in Mozambique

Family-friendly beach riding escapes

Mozambique, Zanzibar and South Africa’s Wild Coast offer exciting beach escapes for the perfect family holiday. You can easily combine a riding safari with a few days of sunshine and splashy canters. In Mozambique and Zanzibar relax in a tropical paradise. Make family memories riding along the white sands, enjoying beach canters and horseback swims in the warm turquoise waters.

In contrast, the Wild Coast is true to its name and offers remote beaches and lush forests to explore on horseback. This untamed area is ideal for a family adventure – blue skies, clear water and incredible horse riding. Children can also learn about natural horsemanship and often fall deeply in love with their ponies.

Kids with meerkats

Child-friendly activities on safari

Many lodges are well set-up with families in mind and have unique activities especially for them.  Not only are there swimming pools and games to keep them entertained, but some lodges even have reptile shows, bicycles and archery. For the little ones, there are pony rides, nature-inspired arts and crafts, and interpretive walks around the lodge. Guides will teach them the basics of wildlife and birds in the area through fun games and activities.

For older kids and teenagers, the guides will teach them bushcraft, animal tracking and survival skills. For those that are interested, they can see the conservation projects and meet the rangers. At night, star gazing and storytelling around the fire are always a highlight. It is amazing how quickly kids fall in love with the bush – with many conservationists born on safari.

Cycle by Wildebeest

Activities for non-riding family members

In cases where some members of the family who do not wish to ride on holiday there are other interesting activities. Most lodge-based horse safaris can easily cater to non-riding partners, friends, and children. Even some of the riding guests like to have a break from the saddle.

Many lodges offer informative and exciting game drives for epic wildlife photography as well as guided walks to hone your tracking skills.  In Kenya, spend an afternoon with the Masai warriors and take part in traditional games. A safari in the Okavango Delta offers tranquil mokoro (canoe) safaris or thrilling helicopter flights over the wetlands. Get up close and personal with the meerkats in the Makgadikgadi pans and sleep out under the stars. And for the bicycle enthusiasts, how about cycling through the wilderness in South Africa, Botswana or Kenya?

FAQ for Family Horse Riding Tours

Can children go on horse safaris?

Certainly! Many lodges are well set up with families in mind and have unique activities, especially for them. Not only are there swimming pools and games to keep them entertained, but some lodges even have kids’ clubs, bicycles and archery. For the little ones, there are pony rides, nature-inspired arts and crafts, and interpretive walks around the lodge. Guides will teach them the basics of wildlife and birds in the area through fun games and activities.

Do you have an age limit for your horse safaris?

On most of our more challenging rides, the age limit is 12 and children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. But for many of our lodge-based riding holidays, even the youngest kids get to experience the magic of a horse safari with pony rides, horse swims, mounted games and shorter trail rides.

Where is the best place for a family horse riding holiday in Africa?

We have many exciting options for families, whether you’re looking for a beach riding escape in Mozambique, or a relaxed family holiday exploring wildlife and landscapes at Borana Lodge in Kenya, which is home to the Big 5! Horizon Lodge and Ants Nest in South Africa also offer exceptional horse riding holidays with tailormade stays for your family.

Are family horse riding holidays suitable for beginners or those with little riding experience?

Yes, family horse riding holidays cater to riders of all levels, including beginners. Our teams have well-trained horses suitable for those with limited or no riding experience. The guides are also incredibly patient with kids and riding holidays offer the chance to make life-changing memories with your family.

Can we ride together as a family, even if we have different riding abilities?

Absolutely, our family-friendly lodges have a variety of different horses plus a great team of guides, so your family can all ride together if you want to. The pace will be adjusted to the least confident rider, but there are still chances for more capable riders to head out for some faster riding. It’s wonderful to see how quickly kids’ confidence grows when out riding in the bush!

Some of our family are riders, but others aren’t. Can they still come on a horse safari?e riding level?

Yes, we have some great rides that cater for mixed riding abilities or even those who don’t ride at all. We want the whole family to have the most amazing holiday in Africa. In addition to horse riding, family horse riding holidays may include activities like nature walks, game drives, or other family-friendly adventures. These experiences provide a well-rounded holiday for all family members.

Where is the best place for kids that want to go riding in Africa?

Lodges like Ants Nest and Horizon Lodge offer a range of horses and ponies to accommodate both novice and experienced child riders. Pony rides are available for younger children, riding lessons for those who may be more nervous or looking to improve their confidence, and opportunities for novice and advanced children to join their parents on horse rides with plains game such as antelope, zebra, and giraffe. More experienced children can also try activities like jumping, polocrosse, and mounted games, where adults can join in the fun too.

Are beach riding holidays good for families?

Absolutely! Locations like Mozambique and Zanzibar offer exciting opportunities for riding along white sands, enjoying beach canters, and even horseback swims in warm turquoise waters. Mozambique provides a tropical paradise setting, while the untamed Wild Coast offers remote beaches and lush forests to explore on horseback. These beach riding experiences can create lasting family memories and add a wonderful dimension to your horse-riding safari adventure.

Do we need to bring our own riding gear, or is it provided?

While some operators provide basic riding gear like riding hats, you can bring your own if you prefer. You’ll need to bring your own boots, jodhpurs and chaps if you choose to wear those. Sturdy shoes with a heel and long comfortable pants are also perfectly fine for short rides or for kids if you don’t want to invest too much. If you’re unsure, please ask our team, we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

How do I book a family horse riding holiday, and are there group discounts?

Get in touch with us! Let us know how old your kids are so we can recommend the best lodges and rooms to suit your family. Most lodges have great kids rates, with children between 5 and 12 being 50% of the price, and a special rate for teens. Kids under 5 are free if sharing with their parents. Most rooms can be made into triple rooms to accommodate kids, and there are some great family cottages that have 2 or more bedrooms, with a private lounge (some even have a private pool!) just for your family.

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