POLO TOURS BUSHMAN ROCK ZIMBABWE

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African sunset as your backdrop, zebra and giraffe as your spectators, here you can enjoy the sport of polo like never before.

Step back in time and experience the life of yesteryear. Embrace the unique opportunity and experience the ‘sport of kings’ on a private wildlife and wine estate in Zimbabwe.

Sip a glass of crisp estate wine at the end of a day filled with horse safaris and thrilling chukkas of polo. Bushman Rock perfectly combines constructive, exciting and fun polo playing with absorbing and experiencing everything the African bush and lifestyle has to offer.

With a combination of Arena Polo, Field Polo and theory lessons, guests will be able experience this wonderful sport in a stunning location. The team of experienced polo players will teach enthusiasts and inquisitive minds alike, making this package a must for both first time, green and experienced players.

The all-inclusive package ensures everyone, no matter their riding ability, gets the opportunity to take part in this thrilling sport in the beautiful surrounds of Bushman Rock. Beyond polo, Bushman Rock offers the chance to ride alongside Africa’s game, take meals out in the bush, climb to the top of spectacular viewpoints and of course some well-needed down time around the pool.

QUICK FACTS
Harare, Zimbabwe
Harare International Airport 
Open All Year
5 to 7 nights (Longer can be organised)
Group Size: Max. 10
All Abilities 
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Excellent amount of time dedicated to improving your polo skills and playing exciting chukkas
  • Being able to combine a week playing polo with a unique African safari holiday
  • Experiences in the African bush that you wouldn’t get playing polo in Europe
THE DESTINATION

The Bushman Rock private vineyard and equine estate, situated in the middle of a game reserve a mere 40km outside of Harare, offers unrivaled polo facilities and amazing beauty.

Lying in the mystical Nyamasanga River Valley, Bushman Rock offers a unique combination of activities suited to a wide range of abilities and interests. From the Bushman Rock Cave exploration walks to canoeing; from tasting the private estate wines to playing polo. There is something for everyone nestled in the beautiful wildlife reserve.

Best known for its stunning vineyards and picturesque surrounds, Bushman Rock has undergone a radical redevelopment in recent times. There has been extensive renovation of the original winery, and introduction of over 11 species of antelope into the game reserve and the installation of the equine and polo facilities.

DATES & RATES

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

7 Nights
From £220 /$290 PPPN SHARING

From £1540 /$2030 PP SHARING

Group of 5 and More (5% Discount)
From £1463 / $1928 for 7 Nights

From Group of 7 and More (10% Discount)
£1386 / $1827 for 7 Nights

Rate Includes:

  • Accommodation and Meals: Full board as per the itinerary above, accommodation at Bushman Rock Safaris Lodge. Single rooms are available for an additional charge.
  • Drinks: Local wine and beers
  • Horses: Hire of experienced polo ponies for the duration of the weekend as per the above itinerary. The horses shall be tacked and turned out as per Hurlingham Polo Association requirements.
    Grooms: Grooms shall tack up and untack your horses.
  • Equipment: Provided— Polo Sticks. Helmets are provided although guests are encouraged to bring their own that comply with their countrys regulatory standards.

Rate Excludes:

  • Transfers— if traveling anywhere other than to and from Bushman Rock and Harare CBD/Airport. Further onward travel can be booked at an additional cost if required.
  • International flights to Harare.
  • Insurance – guests will need to present proof of medical insurance that covers Polo and Horse based sports. Helmets, these are required under the PAZ rules and guests must provide their own where possible. Failure to provide a suitable helmet will result in the guest being required to use helmets provided by Bushman Rock for which we take no responsibility.
  • Boots, Knee Pads and Polo Breaches – it is strongly suggested that guests come equipped with knee-high boots and breaches/jodhpurs. Knee pads are suggested but not essential.
  • Tips
YOUR 8-DAY ITINERARY

** The itinerary is very flexible and can easily be tailored to suit different groups. For example, increasing or decreasing the amount of time dedicated to polo. There is also the option of adding in a trip to the iconic Victoria Falls.

Day 1 - Arrival at Harare International

A Bushman Rock representative will meet you at the airport and bring you straight out to Bushman Rock.
You will settle into your lodge and meet the team.

Depending on your arrival time, you may be able to enjoy one of the many non-equine related activities available within Bushman Rock.

Day 2 - Horse Ride

After a leisurely breakfast you will be taken down to the stables where you will meet the equine team.

After a safety briefing you will mount up and head out for a morning horse ride. This very picturesque ride through the vineyard and up into the hills allows you to get to know your horse and helps relax travel weary bodies.

A relaxed lunch served around the swimming pool and guests are able to swim, sunbath or catch up on some sleep before afternoon polo session. For beginner players the team will be on hand to give polo lessons and for the more experienced; a ‘stick and ball session’ on the polo field.

After polo, we will move down to the stunning Bushman Rock Winery where guests enjoy a tour of the winery. Followed by an explanation of the wine making process and country specific practices, followed by a tutored wine tasting of the Estate Wines.

A sumptuous three course dinner is served in the Winery.

Day 3- Sticking and Balling under instruction

Wake up to the sound of the dawn chorus and enjoy a delicious breakfast, before heading to the stables to mount up. Spend the morning stick and balling under instruction.

After lunch, partake in constructional chukkas – spending a wonderful afternoon of fun and informative polo. You won’t be able to stop yourself from grinning as your race down the pitch to the stunning backdrop of Zimbabwe, bathed in Africa’s beautiful afternoon light.

Day 4 - All Day Safari

Leisurely breakfast served on the veranda. You will then mount-up and head out for an all day safari.

You will explore the Bushman Rock wildlife area, crossing rivers, climbing rocky outcrops and cantering through grasslands. You may well come across any of the 25 identified species of antelope and wildlife during your safari. A sumptuous picnic lunch will be served in a secluded spot and after lunch guests will be taken on a tour of the Bushman Rock Cave Paintings. The safari will end at the dam for a cool down splash on the horses.

Dinner is served at the lodge dining room and post dinner drinks will be served under the stars around the crackling fire.

Day 5 - Cultural Dinner

Leisurely breakfast and morning stick and ball session.

Afternoon practice chukkas and then guests are taken for a vehicle safari and a surprise “cultural dinner” served in a secret location.

Day 6 - Sunset Cruise

Leisurely breakfast and morning stick and ball session.

Afternoon practice chukkas. Enjoy a G&T on a sunset ‘booze cruise’ on the reserve’s gorgeous dam.

Day 7 - Non-equine related activities

Leisurely breakfast served on the lodge veranda. Guests are then able to partake in their choice of non-equine related activities: Vehicle safari, walking safari, canoeing, pontoon ride, fishing, vineyard tour, wine tasting.

Light lunch served in the lodge gardens and an afternoon relax around the pool.

Afternoon Polo Tournament—guests will be put into teams and will compete for the Bushman Floating Trophy.

Evening spent at the Polo Club house with a traditional post polo braai (bbq).

Day 8 - Departure

Breakfast and transferred to Harare for onward travel.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Guests are accommodated in the lovely Bushman Rock Safaris Cottages which look out across the garden where antelope are sometimes seen grazing.  Bushman’s Rock combines comfort and style with homely hospitality. Every guest is welcomed as a friend and leaves as a member of the family.

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QUICK FACTS
Harare, Zimbabwe
Harare International Airport 
Open All Year
5 to 7 nights (Longer can be organised)
Group Size: Max. 10
All Abilities 
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1 Night: From $ 300 ppn sharing

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SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS
Beginner
Novice
Intermediate
Intermediate Plus
Advanced
WHAT RIDING LEVEL AM I?
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Excellent amount of time dedicated to improving your polo skills and playing exciting chukkas
  • Being able to combine a week playing polo with a unique African safari holiday
  • Experiences in the African bush that you wouldn’t get playing polo in Europe
DATES & RATES

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

7 Nights
From £220 /$290 PPPN SHARING

From £1540 /$2030 PP SHARING

Group of 5 and More (5% Discount)
From £1463 / $1928 for 7 Nights

From Group of 7 and More (10% Discount)
£1386 / $1827 for 7 Nights

Rate Includes:

  • Accommodation and Meals: Full board as per the itinerary above, accommodation at Bushman Rock Safaris Lodge. Single rooms are available for an additional charge.
  • Drinks: Local wine and beers
  • Horses: Hire of experienced polo ponies for the duration of the weekend as per the above itinerary. The horses shall be tacked and turned out as per Hurlingham Polo Association requirements.
    Grooms: Grooms shall tack up and untack your horses.
  • Equipment: Provided— Polo Sticks. Helmets are provided although guests are encouraged to bring their own that comply with their countrys regulatory standards.

Rate Excludes:

  • Transfers— if traveling anywhere other than to and from Bushman Rock and Harare CBD/Airport. Further onward travel can be booked at an additional cost if required.
  • International flights to Harare.
  • Insurance – guests will need to present proof of medical insurance that covers Polo and Horse based sports. Helmets, these are required under the PAZ rules and guests must provide their own where possible. Failure to provide a suitable helmet will result in the guest being required to use helmets provided by Bushman Rock for which we take no responsibility.
  • Boots, Knee Pads and Polo Breaches – it is strongly suggested that guests come equipped with knee-high boots and breaches/jodhpurs. Knee pads are suggested but not essential.
  • Tips
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 Bushmens Rock 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, a varied exercize routine and are rotated regularly
  • Horses are checked by vets, farriers and chiropractors on a regular basis

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

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