HORSE RIDING HOLIDAY IN THE WATERBERG

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A horse riding holiday in South Africa at Horizon

A horse riding holiday in South Africa at Horizon, nestled in the depths of the stunning Waterberg region, will without doubt be a special experience.

Exploring the wonderful ranch where Horizon is based and the neighbouring reserves, makes for some superb riding, with big open plains filled with game such as zebra, giraffe, hippo, jackal, hartebeest, impala, kudu and baboon. With no set itinerary, your riding holiday is fully flexible, and you can enjoy some of the other riding activities Horizon has to offer. Ride through pristine wilderness and take your horses swimming in the dam, try your hand at Polocrosse – an extremely addictive game which combines both polo and lacrosse disciplines or take some of the talented horses round the small cross country course.

Each day is organised to suit you and you will ride in small groups, with those of similar experience, to allow for some exhilarating and faster paced riding should you wish.

Quietly approaching a wallowing hippo or grazing giraffe, is a truly unrivalled experience and something you will never forget. The beauty of a riding holiday at Horizon is there is no ‘potentially dangerous’ game and thus they welcome riders of all abilities. However, for the more experienced, there is plenty of fast-paced exploration.

Riding holidays at Horizon also offer the opportunity to trail ride to, and stay at their nearby Camp Davidson, situated high in the bushveld above the Matlapeng Valley. A stay at Camp Davidson can be combined with a stay at Horizon and offers the opportunity to trail ride and experience a journey in the style of Africa’s original pioneers. Get close to the bush and sleep under canvas in the tented camp nestled in the heart of the wooded mountains of the Waterberg. This excursion usually makes up either the first or last section of your stay at Horizon Lodge.

QUICK FACTS
Waterberg, South Africa
OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)
Open All Year
Tailor made
Group Size: Max. 8
Novice upward
THE DESTINATION

The untamed Waterberg is rich in cultural, archaeological and biological diversity. The area’s iconic beauty and bio-diversity has been awarded the status of a World Biosphere reserve by UNESCO. This is a wildlife Eden and set in the middle of its vast wilderness and the safari possibilities seem as endless as the horizon itself.

Horizon Lodge is based on a small working ranch in the depths of the Waterberg. The ranch itself and neighbouring reserves are home to giraffe, hippo, jackal, hartebeest, impala, kuda, zebra and baboon. Camp Davidson is a half days ride away and set up high in the bushveld, above the Matlapeng Valley.

DATES & RATES

Open all year round. Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

Low Season: 6th Jan – 30th Jun excluding peak season dates
High Season: 1st July – 5th Jan excluding peak season dates
Peak Season Dates: Feb 10 – 24, March 30 – April 9, July 13 – Aug 31, 19 – 28 Oct, 21 Dec – 6 Jan

Low Season / High Season at Horizon Lodge

Luxury Chalet (sharing)
£ 191/250 PPPN SHARING

Luxury Chalet (single)
£ 287/375 PPPN SHARING

Garden Chalet (sharing)
£ 178/ 234 PPPN SHARING

Garden Chalet (single)
£ 191/250PPPN SHARING

Standard Room (sharing)
£ 152/199 PPPN SHARING

Standard Room (single)
£ 162/234 PPPN SHARING

Peak Season at Horizon Lodge

Luxury Chalet (sharing)
£ 260PPPN SHARING

Luxury Chalet (single)
£ 390PPPN SHARING

Garden Chalet (sharing)
£ 243PPPN SHARING

Garden Chalet (single)
£ 260PPPN SHARING

Standard Room (sharing)
£ 207PPPN SHARING

Standard Room (single)
£ 243PPPN SHARING

All Seasons at Camp Davidson

Camp Davidson
£ 189PPPN SHARING

YOUR ITINERARY

There is no set itinerary and activities are extremely flexible. The group size of rides is kept small with no more than 8 guests and they can often accommodate those wishing to go out alone. There are a number activities available aside from outrides, such as a small cross country course (only available to those with previous cross country experience), the chance to swim with your horse,  and lastly learning to play Polocrosse.

Each day there is the opportunity for 2 riding activities or outrides. In the morning rides will usually last between 3-4 hours (shorter rides can be requested). These rides will be different every day and with different styles; you might focus on game viewing one day, on another you might want to pick up the pace for some thrill seeking or go exploring through thicker bush. The afternoon rides will be shorter and often taken at a more leisurely pace. During the middle of the day, you may choose to spend your time relaxing, cooling off in the plunge pool or a going for a walk in the surrounding bushveld. Throughout your stay you will get the chance to experience all the riding options and enjoy a great diversity of horseback experiences in South Africa.

On the first and last days of your trip you will be transferred to Johannesburg International Airport (approx. 3 hours). Depending on the time of your flight there will usually be time to ride in either the morning or afternoon of your travel days.

Day 1

Following a morning at Horizon Lodge, in the afternoon you will ride out for Camp Davidson, nestled high in the bushveld above the Matlapeng Valley. Explore the Matlapeng reserve before reaching a beautifully peaceful sundowner spot by Red Lake. Here you will likely spend your time watching the pod of resident hippo wallowing in the water, before you ascend the ridge up to Camp Davidson.

Day 2

Spend the day riding through Africa’s wilderness and experience the magic of tracking and finding herds of giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala. The excellent terrain means you can follow intriguing game trails and weave in and out of the vegetation. Lunch will be taken out in the bush under a shady tree on the banks of a river, which crosses an old wagon route once used by the pioneers to congregate for church each Sunday. The peaceful and shady riverine forest will be used to escape the heat of the day, alongside the opportunity for a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of the flowing streams. As the horses graze quietly, this idyllic setting will transport you back to a time when Africa was traversed only by horseback and many days were spent like this.

Mount up again and meander back across the plains whilst the afternoon light bathes the landscape in the most spectacular light and colours. A day to remember.

Day 3

Today you will ride out west of camp and make your to the historic Baber homestead, where a delicious lunch will be served by the pool. After lunch and some down time, you will have the chance to visit the local Sotho village and tour some of the traditional houses. Introductions are made with some of the local characters such as Martha Mosima, and the group of village lady elders, for afternoon tea which is accompanied by traditional singing and dancing.

You will return to Camp Davidson that evening beautifully exhausted from a long and fulfilling day in the saddle, complimented by some African culture and history, to find a sumptuous meal served under the stars.

Day 4

After rising to the dawn chorus and a delicious breakfast, explore a different section of the reserve as you return to Horizon Safari Lodge, in time for lunch in the garden. If you are leaving that day, spend the time before your sad departure relaxing by the pool, bird watching, visiting the local craft workshop which is a community upliftment project. The crafters specialise in beautiful handmade beadwork and leather products, including riding chaps.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Horizon Safari Lodge

The charming Horizon farmstead boasts great views of the lake and surrounding bushveld. Set to this beautiful backdrop, the large colonial veranda is the perfect spot to relax with a drink in hand and watch the wildlife that visits the lake, absorbing your peaceful surroundings. There is a jetty on the lake which is an ideal haven for the keen sunbathers out there.

Garden Chalet Room

The three main room types are:

2 Standard rooms, 5 Garden Chalets (Twin Peaks, Old Rondavel and Hippo Lodge) and 2 Luxury Chalets (Rock Lodge and Lakeside).

These rooms can all be booked as a single, twin or double and each has its own en-suite. The Luxury Chalets are set apart from the others and offer a more private experience. The Hippo Lodge rooms are of an equally high standard, but the rooms have shared verandas.

Camp Davidson

The camp is made up of canvas tents set on a wooden deck and nestled in the sandstone ridges overlooking the valley. Each tent has comfortable beds and an en-suite bathroom area with the traditional bucket showers. There are jug and basin hand wash facilities and flushing toilets. Camp Davidson is even complete with a small pool in which to cool off after a morning in the saddle.

QUICK FACTS
Waterberg, South Africa
OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)
Open All Year
Tailor made
Group Size: Max. 8
Novice upward
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from £ 162 pppn sharing

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SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS
Beginner
Novice
Intermediate
Intermediate Plus
Advanced
WHAT RIDING LEVEL AM I?
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Getting to experience the unrivalled magic of riding alongside game 
  • Exploring some of Africa’s most iconic landscapes and cantering across the wide open plains
  • The freedom and flexibility of deciding your own personalized itinerary with a huge variety of riding activities to choose from
  • The chance to trail ride to Camp Davidson and experience a journey made in the style of Africa’s first pioneers
DATES & RATES

Open all year round. Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

Low Season: 6th Jan – 30th Jun excluding peak season dates
High Season: 1st July – 5th Jan excluding peak season dates
Peak Season Dates: Feb 10 – 24, March 30 – April 9, July 13 – Aug 31, 19 – 28 Oct, 21 Dec – 6 Jan

Low Season / High Season at Horizon Lodge

Luxury Chalet (sharing)
£ 191/250 PPPN SHARING

Luxury Chalet (single)
£ 287/375 PPPN SHARING

Garden Chalet (sharing)
£ 178/234 PPPN SHARING

Garden Chalet (single)
£ 191/250 PPPN SHARING

Standard Room (sharing)
£ 152/199 PPPN SHARING

Standard Room (single)
£ 162/234 PPPN SHARING

Peak Season at Horizon Lodge

Luxury Chalet (sharing)
£ 260 PPPN SHARING

Luxury Chalet (single)
£ 390 PPPN SHARING

Garden Chalet (sharing)
£ 243 PPPN SHARING

Garden Chalet (single)
£ 260 PPPN SHARING

Standard Room (sharing)
£ 207 PPPN SHARING

Standard Room (single)
£ 243 PPPN SHARING

All Seasons at Camp Davidson

Camp Davidson
£ 189 PPPN SHARING

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

It was a great, amazing, cool, top experience to ride the Tuliblock in Botswana. 8 day's on a back of a horse and view a lot of game. The guides and staff were great. So I will come back!

Nicole PlasTuli Safari, Botswana
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How we care for our horses

Our horseback adventures are hand-picked for their quality and care of their horses. Here’s how the horses at Horizon Horseback are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:
  • Saddles are checked regularly and tack cleaned daily
  • Horses have dedicated rest days each week and are on holiday 2 months per year
  • Our horses live out in a herd environment, allowing them to live as naturally as possible once they have carried you home safely.

Please let us know if you have any more questions around this.

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