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Dreaming About a Horse Safari with Friends and Family?

Dreaming about a horse safari but your friends and family are not keen on horse riding? We have just the thing! We’ve put together a collection of our favourite riding safaris which offer an unforgettable safari experience for those who are not quite as comfortable in the saddle.

While we would love to get everyone addicted to horse riding, we know not everyone is keen to leap onto the back of a horse. For couples or groups of friends of mixed ability, there is no reason to compromise on your horse riding holiday. We know it is equally important for non-riders to have an incredible safari experience.  Most lodge-based rides can easily cater for families, couples, or groups of friends, where some ride and others do not. And even some of the riding guests like to have a break from the saddle and join the non-riders for other activities – The possibilities are endless!

Set-off on informative and exciting game drives in the Big 5 areas of South Africa, Botswana, and Kenya. Embark on a guided walk to take in the smaller creatures and hone your tracking skills. Spend an afternoon with the Massai warriors in Kenya. Board a traditional mokoro canoe and safari in the Okavango Delta or enjoy a thrilling helicopter flight over the wetlands. Get up close and personal with the meerkats in the Makgadikgadi pans and sleep out under the stars. Explore Egypt’s desert on a quad bike or take in the sights of Cairo or Luxor. And for the bicycle enthusiasts, how about cycling through the wilderness in South Africa, Botswana or Kenya?

We can also plan beyond your horse safari – how about gorilla trekking in Uganda, diving in Mozambique, hiking up Table Mountain or bungee jumping at Victoria Falls. 

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6 nights: From USD $7995GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Luxury Masai Mara Safari with Gordie Church

  • 6 / 8 Nights
  • Kenya
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Embark on a remarkable glamping adventure through the iconic Masai Mara with the legendary Gordie Church.
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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 with elephant in Zimbabwe

7 nights: From USD $4165GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Horse Safari in the heart of Hwange

  • 7 Nights
  • Zimbabwe
  • Wildlife Focused Horse Safari
An exciting horse safari in one of Zimbabwe\'s premier wildlife reserves, off the beaten track and into wild Africa!
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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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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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Horse riding at Kujwana with Okavango Horse Safaris

5 nights: From USD $GBP £3500EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Kujwana Camp – Okavango Delta Horse Safari

  • 3 - 10 Nights
  • Botswana
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Experience the original Okavango Delta Horse Safari with two exclusive camps and endless wildlife possibilities.
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Cycle by Wildebeest on Botswana safari

7 nights: From USD $GBP £2226EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Tuli Horse Safari & Cycle Trail – Botswana

  • 7 Nights
  • Botswana
  • Wildlife Focused Horse & Cycle Safari
For non-riding partners, discover the perfect fusion of equestrian adventure and cycling thrills in the Tuli.
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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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Horse riding with elephants in Arusha National Park

7 nights: USD $5590GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Arusha & Mt Kilimanjaro Horse Safari

  • 7 Nights
  • Tanzania
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
A journey that will take you through dense forests, to hidden lakes and end with epic canters in the shadows of Mt Meru.
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8 nights: From USD $GBP £3800EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Fairytales of Fayoum on Horseback

  • 8 Nights
  • Egypt
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
Explore the oasis of Fayoum, the ancient city of Luxor, and tick of galloping in front of the pyramids of Giza.
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Horses splashing in river

3 nights: From USD $2268GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Adventure riding holiday in Victoria Falls

  • 3 / 4 Nights
  • Zimbabwe
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Follow in the footsteps of the great David Livingstone and ride along the gorge that feeds the mighty Victoria Falls.
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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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Pony ride in Africa

Horse riding for beginners

Africa is the perfect place for non-riders to get their first experience of the wonders of horseback adventures. In areas where there is no big game, such as in the Ant’s Reserve or at Horizon Ranch, novice riders can get the feel of riding on well-trained trail horses. At Ol Donyo and Borana lodge in Kenya, less experienced riders can join on shorter rides to gain confidence in the saddle. And the Kalahari Desert’s wide-open plains offer the perfect backdrop for your first time riding wild.

For less confident riders, the horses are specifically chosen for their gentle personalities, patience, and ability to follow the lead horse. The riding is gentle, starting with walking and trotting through the bush. Here you can encounter wildlife, such as giraffe, zebra and antelope on horseback. The groups are kept small and often have 2 guides. This means the more confident riders can go on ahead where the terrain calls for a good canter. You might even find yourself cantering along by the end of the week, as addicted to horse safaris as your counterpart!

Expedition horse safaris in East Africa

For expedition-like safaris in Kenya and Tanzania, the distances travelled over the week are too far for inexperienced horse riders. As the riders mount up for their riding adventure, non-riders can hop into game drive vehicles where their qualified ranger will take a similar route between camps. Both the riding and vehicle safaris offer incredible wildlife sightings, with many Lion King moments. It is especially exciting when the herds of wildebeest and zebra are migrating through the area – with plenty of predator action!

Cycle past a herd of elephants

Cycling and Riding Safaris

For cycling enthusiasts, how about a different type of saddle? Ants Nest, Borana and Ol Donyo lodges offer a range of bicycles for adults and children.  The incredibly diverse terrain offers gentle meanders through the bush as well as technical cycling. You will set out with an experienced guide who will show you the best trails depending on your fitness and expectations. Enjoy cycling alongside herds of game in the vast plains or set off to find more challenging terrain.

One of our most popular horse safaris is also perfect for cyclists to join along for a multi-day adventure in the saddle. This is a great option for couples, friends, or families with a mix of riders and non-riders. The 7-day Tuli trail follows the elephant trails in the Mashatu Game Reserve. The cyclists follow a similar route to the horseback safari, with all guests staying at the same camps, spending meals and afternoon non-riding activities together. Catching up after a long day in the saddle is the perfect way to reconnect and compare animal encounters. The aim is to cycle 3-5 hours per day at an easy going pace with regular game sightings. Expect to cover about 25 – 50km per day depending on the experience and fitness of the group.

Other activities on safari

GAME DRIVES – Lodge-based rides in South Africa, Botswana, and Kenya offer informative and exciting game drives. These take place in the early mornings and late afternoons when wildlife is most active. While riders set off on horseback, non-riders hop into open safari vehicles, each with a window seat – ideal for wildlife photography (and taking great snaps of the riders!) As most lodges are in private conservancies, vehicles can head off-road, getting you incredibly close to wildlife such as lion, elephant and buffalo. You can also head out on night game drives where you may encounter more elusive nocturnal animals such as leopards, porcupine, and hyena.

GUIDED WALKS – Many safari lodges offer incredible guided walks out into the bush. This is not only a chance to stretch your legs but a chance to take in the nuances of nature. You head out with a local guide who will tell you about the secrets of the bush. Learn how to read animal tracks, the ancient uses of wild herbs and how the locals live in tune with the bush. It is a great experience for anyone interested in the smaller creatures such as birds and insects, but often you will get fairly close to larger game which is always incredibly exciting.

CYCLING – Set off on a cycle through the bush in South Africa, Kenya or Botswana. These trails follow the animal tracks and can be a gentle meander through the bush or a more intense workout to reach the top of rocky outcrops for incredible views.

ON THE WATER – In the Okavango Delta, seasonal floodwaters miraculously fill the dry channels and create a haven for wildlife. When water levels permit, embark on a tranquil paddle in a traditional canoe, gliding past water lilies, brightly coloured frogs and pods of hippos. Deeper channels can be explored by motorboat and create the ideal platform for wildlife viewing and fishing. In Mozambique, set sail on a traditional wooden dhow for an unforgettable sunset cruise. And Egypt offers you two exceptional experiences, a sunset cruise on the River Nile or a boat trip to swim with wild dolphins in Makadi Bay.

HELICOPTER FLIGHTS – Get a bird’s eye view of the Okavango Delta with a thrilling helicopter flight. From the air, you have the chance of seeing herds of buffalo and towers of giraffe crossing the open plains below. Our Zambezi Horse Safari is set just a few minutes away from the mighty Victoria Falls. David Livingstone famously wrote “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. Little did he know that 150 years later you can have exactly that opportunity.

HOT AIR BALLOONING – At the top of many bucket lists is an ethereal dawn flight in a hot air balloon. In the Masai Mara and Serengeti, you can drift over the endless plains, watching the river of wildebeest meander below you. In southern Namibia watch the sand dunes transform from shades of grey to golds and reds.

QUAD BIKING – Somehow deserts are synonymous with 4×4 adventures, whether in a conventional vehicle or the more adventurous quad bike. In Egypt, while the horse riders are galloping through the desert, head off on a guided quad biking tour through the sand dunes. Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans also offer the perfect racetrack, stopping in the middle of the pans to take in their immense size and the utter stillness found in very few places on earth.

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES – Safaris are the perfect way to immerse yourself in a different culture. All lodges employ local guides and staff from the local villages. You will find them waiting to greet you with warm smiles and hearty laughs. In the Masai Mara and Serengeti, spend time getting to know the nomadic Masai people and take part in traditional games. In the Makgadigadi Salt Pans, learn the secrets of the desert from the local San Bushmen. In South Africa, be amazed at the sharp eyes and amazing memories of your guides as they tell you stories about the bush. In Morocco and Egypt, visit the cities and sacred sights that are off the beaten track.

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS – Ants Nest Lodge is home to both black and white rhinos. They will often come to the lodge and you can spend hours watching them from the purposely built viewing deck. You can also head out on foot, horseback, or vehicle to learn about tracking these incredible animals. In the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, set out in the early morning light to see the fearless Meerkats coming out of their burrows. It is an unforgettable experience watching them warm themselves in the sunlight, using the termite mounds, rocks, or humans to get the best vantage point over the plains. Follow them as they forage for their favourite foods, hear how they communicate with growls and squeaks and be amazed at how good their eyesight is!

Game drive with lion
Guided walk with rhino in Kenya
Mountain biking in Africa
Mokoro Safari in the Okavango Delta
Quad biking in Botswana

FAQ for Non-Riders

Are there horse safari available for non-riders?

Absolutely! We have curated a collection of horseback riding safaris that offer an unforgettable safari experience even for those who are not comfortable in the saddle. You can still enjoy incredible game drives, guided walks and even cycling while your friends or family head out on horseback. You’ll meet up for all your meals, sundowner drinks and of course, chats around the campfire! Horse riders can also take a break from the saddle and join more traditional safari activities.

What other activities can non-riders do during a horse safari?

Non-riders have a plethora of activities to choose from during a horse safari. You can embark on informative and exciting game drives in the Big 5 areas of South Africa, Botswana, and Kenya. You can also enjoy guided walks to observe smaller creatures and enhance your tracking skills. Additionally, there are opportunities to interact with local communities, such as spending time with Maasai warriors in Kenya or exploring Egypt’s desert on a quad bike.

What non-riding activities can be included in a horse safari?

Besides the incredible horse riding experiences, we can help plan additional activities to complement your horse safari. Some options include gorilla trekking in Uganda, scuba diving in Zanzibar, hiking up Table Mountain in South Africa, or experiencing the thrill of bungee jumping at Victoria Falls.

What destinations offer non-riding safaris?

Several destinations in Africa provide a combination of horse safaris and a range of non-riding activities. South Africa, Botswana, and Kenya, for example, offer opportunities for game drives, guided walks, cultural interactions, and more. We have many incredible options such as the Okavango Delta and Borana Lodge in Kenya, where you will get the chance to see loads of wildlife from horseback or a safari vehicle. Each destination has its own unique offerings, allowing you to tailor your horse safari experience to include activities that suit your interests and preferences.

Can you customise itineraries for both riders and non-riders?

Absolutely! We understand the importance of accommodating mixed groups with varying interests and abilities. Our team can work with you to create a customised itinerary that combines horse riding experiences for those who are keen while also incorporating activities and excursions for non-riders. Whether it’s game drives, cultural encounters, or adventurous pursuits, we can design a horse safari itinerary that ensures everyone in your group has an unforgettable experience.

If my partner doesn’t ride, can he still accompany me on a horse safari?

Certainly! We have some incredible rides where advanced horse riders can head out and see elephants, rhinos and even lions from horseback, while their partners get to experience it all on game drives, guided walks or even by mountain bike. Whether you’re looking for splashy canters in the Okavango Delta, or getting to see big cats from horseback in the Masai Mara, we can help you choose the ultimate adventure holiday.

Where can I take my non-riding partner on horse safari?

We have many great wildlife safaris that cater to non-riders and experienced riders alike. You can join one of our popular safaris such as Borana Lodge or the Okavango Delta which offers exciting riding, as well as a choice of other activities including cycling, safari drives, guided walks and many more. Or you could join Ants Collection that offers great wildlife sightings on and off the horse. Here you can participate in activities such as massages, bush walks, game drives, bush breakfasts, starlit dinners around open fires or impromptu lunches beneath a shady tree. These are just a few of the many great safaris we have on offer.

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