We have riding holidays that cater for all riding abilities, even for those who have just started their horse riding adventure.
We have riding holidays that cater for all abilities, even for those who have just started their horse riding adventure. Novice riders have limited horse riding experience, having only been on easy gentle rides. You have some experience in trotting and cantering but not yet well balanced in the saddle or able to rise to trot for long periods of time. Beginner riders might only have ridden once or twice, but are keen to experience horse riding in Africa.
It is, of course, beneficial if you have some riding experience before you go on a horse riding safari but we know that many novice riders join their more experienced riding partners or family members and also want to experience the magic of a horse safari. Some horse riding holidays cater for beginners or novice riders who have only ever been on easy trail rides or ridden in the arena.
Please seek advice from one of our consultants to find an appropriate riding holiday. Our lodge based rides are perfect if you want to join your more experienced riding partners or family members, but you’re not competent enough for long hours in the saddle. While most safaris do not offer lessons as such, beginner riders can head out on gentle trail rides. You will be partnered with schoolmaster horses who are very easygoing and happy to teach you the ropes. Your riding will likely just be walking and trotting, but for those that build up confidence over the course of the week, you might be cantering by the end of your horse riding holiday!
We have some amazing horse safaris in areas that have abundant plains game such as giraffe, zebra, antelope and sometimes even rhino, but no lions or elephants. These options combine shorter trail rides with other activities such as game drives and nature walks and are great for less confident riders or groups with mixed ability. You will have a more laidback introduction to horse safaris and still get the thrill of horse riding in Africa. And your more experienced partners will still have lots of fun doing longer trails and heading out on faster rides.