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We consider riders to be intermediate plus if you have been riding for many years and are well balanced in the saddle. You are confident in controlling a sensible but fit horse, e.g. a thoroughbred, at all paces and in the outdoors.

Intermediate Plus riders can head out on all of our horse safaris, including our lodge-based and expedition style riding holidays. If you want to go on horse safari where there is big game such as lion, elephant and leopard present, then you will need an advanced or intermediate plus level of riding. You will need to be well balanced in the saddle, ride with contact and able to react to all eventualities. You will need to be able to post in the trot for at least 10 minutes at a time, and canter in a two-point position for at least 5 minutes over uneven ground. While your guides keep you very safe, wildlife is unpredictable – It is essential for your own safety and your enjoyment that you are confident at all paces, able to gallop out of trouble if required and keep your balance should you need to pull up quickly.

Remember that riding out in the wilderness might be very different from what you’re used to in the area or back home. You’ll be on trail rides across various different terrains, often having to keep an eye out for animal holes, low hanging tree branches and rocks. The joy of horse riding in Africa is being able to get off the beaten path and follow the wildlife trails, which makes for some challenging and exciting horse riding! You might need to mount up from the ground or a handy fallen log, and you’ll often spend 4-8 hours in the saddle a day, so being riding fit will definitely be in your favour!

Most of the horses are English Trained, so we recommend that any Western riders take some lessons doing English riding. They do respond to neck reining in the bush, however, they are used to being ridden with contact which might be very different from what you’re used to. You will need to become accustomed to posting in the trot and being well balanced in a two-point canter.

Intermediate Plus Horse Riding Tours

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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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6 nights: From USD $6685GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Borana & Lewa Luxury Trail Ride – Kenya

  • 6 / 7 Nights
  • Kenya
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
An extraordinary journey with equestrian adventure, luxury accommodation and breathtaking landscapes.
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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 riding at Cha Cha Metsi in the Okanvango Delta

7 Nights: From USD $6300GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Cha Cha Metsi Explorer – Okavango Horse Safari

  • 7 Nights
  • Botswana
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Combine the luxury of a permanent lodge with the adventure of a mobile safari, for an unforgettable adventure.
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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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7 Nights: From USD $GBP £1881EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Horizon Lodge Signature Horse Safari

  • 7 Nights
  • South Africa
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Explore the beauty of the Waterberg region alongside unique wildlife. This is the ideal trail riding horse safari.
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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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Ride along the River Nile

11 nights: From USD $7500GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Ultimate Uganda – Horse Riding & Gorilla Trekking

  • 11 nights
  • Uganda
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
Combine two bucket list expereinces: horse riding along the River Nile and Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest.
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Horse riding Swakopmund

9 nights: From USD $GBP £5350EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Skeleton Coast & Damaraland Ride

  • 9 Nights
  • Namibia
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
Embark on a challenging and awe-inspiring horseback adventure to discover two of the most remote areas on the planet.
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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 Holiday in Morocco following the coastal trail

7 nights: From USD $GBP £EUR €1137ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Essaouira Coastal Trail Ride

  • 7 Nights
  • Morocco
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
From the exotic argan forests to the endless beaches, the exhilaration of riding Moroccan coast is second to none.
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Horse riding in the High Atlas Mountains

7 nights: From USD $GBP £EUR €1247ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

High Atlas Mountains on Horseback

  • 7 Nights
  • Morocco
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
An exhilarating horseback adventure crossing the High Atlas mountain range to discover Morocco’s best-kept secrets.
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Horse riding in Morocco

7 nights: From USD $GBP £EUR €1683ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Horses, Dunes & Nomads in Morocco

  • 7 Nights
  • Morocco
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
Set out on horseback into the depths of the Sahara Desert where you'll be immersed in this unique nomadic culture.
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7 nights: USD $GBP £2999EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Tombs, Dunes & Kingdoms

  • 7 Nights
  • Egypt
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
A new thrilling ride that combines riding in Luxor and Fayoum, with the chance to add on colourful Aswan and Abu Simble.
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7 nights: USD $GBP £2199EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Palms, Pyramids & Pharaohs on Horseback

  • 7 Nights
  • Egypt
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
Discover the best of Egypt on horseback - ancient wonders, breathtaking scenery and thrilling riding.
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Safari horses cantering in Serengeti

8 nights: From USD $6560GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Serengeti Migration Horse Safari

  • 8 nights
  • Tanzania
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
A true “Out of Africa” experience where you'll ride the endless plains of the Serengeti alongside herds of wildebeest.
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Horse riders in Swaziland mountains

5 nights: From USD $GBP £EUR €ZAR R18445AUD $ pp sharing

Trail Riding in the Kingdom of Eswatini

  • 5 / 7 / 9 Nights
  • Eswatini (Swaziland)
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Discover one of Africa's last kingdoms on this scenic trail ride, an unforgettable adventure back in time.
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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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2 weeks: From USD $GBP £1162EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Horse Riding Working Holiday at African Dream

  • 2 - 12 Weeks
  • South Africa
  • Working Holiday
Live the African dream by spending a few life-changing weeks out in the South African bush working with horses.
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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 $GBP £EUR €ZAR R25350AUD $ pp sharing

Horse Riding in the Cape Winelands

  • 3 - 7 Nights
  • South Africa
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
Enjoy riding through some of South Africa's most picturesque Winelands - wining and dining along the way.
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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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Horse riding in the Tuli

7 nights: From USD $GBP £2117EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

South Africa & Botswana African Explorer

  • 7 Nights
  • South Africa & Botswana
  • Wildlife Focused Horse Safari
Seamlessly blending South Africa and Botswana\'s incredible landscapes into a single, unforgettable horse safari.
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10 nights: From USD $8025GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Botswana & Victoria Falls Combination Safari

  • 8 - 12 Nights
  • Botswana & Victoria Falls
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Where the wonders of the wild and awe-inspiring beauty of Victoria Falls come together to create a tailor-made journey.
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Cha Cha Metsi Buffalos

8 nights: From USD $7465GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Desert & Delta Horse Safari – Ultimate Botswana

  • 8 Nights
  • Botswana
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
The ultimate Botswana horse safari combining two unique landscapes - the Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert.
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Horse riding on the Wild Coast of South Africa

12 nights: From USD $GBP £5360EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Wildlife & Waves – Tuli & Wild Coast Trail

  • 12 / 16 Nights
  • South Africa & Botswana
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
For intrepid travellers, this adventure combines riding on untouched beaches and incredible wildlife from the saddle.
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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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Horse Riding in the Okavango Delta

7 nights: From USD $4955GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Mobile Fly Camping – Okavango Delta Horse Safari

  • 7 Nights
  • Botswana
  • Wildlife Focused Horse Safari
Set off on an environmentally conscious journey to explore the untouched splendor of the Okavango Delta on horseback.
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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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7 nights: From USD $4800GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

River Nile Horse Safari – Uganda

  • 7 Nights
  • Uganda
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
An incredible trail ride along the River Nile, through sugar cane fields, rural villages and lush jungles.
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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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10 nights: From USD $GBP £5800EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

The Namib Desert Ride

  • 10 Nights
  • Namibia
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
These true adventures take you through some of the most unique and breathtaking desert landscapes on earth.
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10 nights: From USD $GBP £5800EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

The Wild Horses Ride in Namibia

  • 10 Nights
  • Namibia
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
This is an adventure like no other: ride across the iconic dune sea of the Namib Desert in search of the desert horses.
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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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2 weeks: From USD $GBP £1643EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Moolmanshoek Wildlife Working Holiday

  • 2 - 12 Weeks
  • South Africa
  • Working Holiday
Discover an equestrian working holiday with a difference in a remote wildlife reserve in South Africa
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4 weeks: From USD $GBP £4400EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Endurance Training Programme

  • 4 Weeks
  • South Africa
  • Working Holiday
A journey that will push your limits, enhance your equestrian skills, and allow you to ride alongside Africa's wildlife.
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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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Bushmans Rock Polo

3 nights: From USD $880GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Polo Tours at Bushman Rock

  • 3 - 10 Nights
  • Zimbabwe
  • Sports Horse Riding Holiday
With the African sunset as your backdrop, zebra and giraffe as your spectators, enjoy the sport of polo like never before.
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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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FAQ for Intermediate Plus Horse Riding Tours

How do I know if I am an Intermediate Plus or Advanced rider?

Our team of safari experts can help you choose the right riding level by asking you some questions on the phone. If you have been riding for a few years, and ride regularly, but don’t necessarily compete, then you’d likely be more Intermediate Plus than Advanced.

How fit do I need to be to go on horse safari?

Different safaris require different levels of fitness. For our trail riding safaris, you will be spending 4 – 6 hours in the saddle each day, so we recommend that you ride a few times a week to prepare for your safari. A good level of general fitness is also very beneficial as you’ll have less fatigue and get the most out of your adventure.

How many hours will I be riding for?

Depending on which safari you join, you can expect to spend anywhere from 1 – 7 hours in the saddle. Our trail based rides likely include longer hours in the saddle as you will need to cover lots of ground to make it to the next camp – which can result in some thrilling rides & animal sightings.

What is a two-point canter?

A two-point canter is also known as the jumping position. This is because the rider’s legs form the only two points of contact with the horse. In this position, the rider leans forward and slightly lifts their seat out of the saddle, distributing their weight more evenly over the horse’s withers. So you’ll need to be strong and balanced in the saddle in order to ride confidently on your horseback safari.

What do you mean by posting in the trot?

Posting in the trot, also known as rising trot, is a riding technique where the rider alternates between sitting and rising with the horse’s trotting motion to maintain balance and reduce impact, allowing for a smoother and more comfortable ride.

Can I bring my camera or binoculars on the rides?

Definitely. You will get loads of opportunities to capture footage if you’re interested in wildlife photography. Bringing a camera and binoculars is generally encouraged to capture the stunning landscapes and wildlife. Ensure your equipment is securely stored during the ride and won’t interfere with your safety or the horse’s comfort.

What happens if I’m not quite as capable as I thought?

It’s important to know your own boundaries when it comes to choosing the right ride for you. If you’ve taken a break from riding or are not as confident as you would like to be, perhaps starting on a lodge-based ride would be more suitable than a trail-based ride. That way, you can take a break from the saddle and do other activities like game drives and walks. If the guides feel that your riding is not strong enough, they may insist that you only do non-riding activities – it’s up to their discretion.

I haven’t ridden in a long time, can I still be considered an intermediate plus rider?

If you’re not riding fit, then it’s better to put yourself down as an intermediate rider. There are still some incredible riding holidays that you can do, and you’ll soon find yourself inspired to spend more time in the saddle! If you can escape to Africa for a longer period, then you can always start on a slightly slower ride to gain your confidence before heading out on a faster or more challenging horse safari.

Will I have to be able to gallop on a horse safari?

We definitely have a few safaris that will allow you to gallop through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Africa. We defin

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