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Horse Riding

Horse Back Safari - Victoria Falls

It is a truly exhilarating experience to ride through the African bush, it kind of transcends one back in time to the pioneer days.  It's quiet and peaceful and you feel at one with nature. In a vehicle, you are remote from the excitement around

you; on horseback your senses come alive. The combination of riding and game viewing makes for a unique and unforgettable experience.

What better place can you think of for an African Horse Safari than the Zambezi River valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty, with such a diversity of habitats from from the magnificent Zambezi River, to rugged mopane woodland and the endless dunes of Kalahari sand teak forest.

Wildlife is plentiful, depending on the season you may see elephant, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, impala, warthog, and waterbuck. Hippo, crocodile and cape clawless otters may also be  spotted. Your experienced guides will also teach you the flora and fauna of the area, basic principles of tracking, and aspects of traditional village life.

About Horse Back Safaris

Novice ride or Experienced Ride
2- 2 1/2 hours riding, 3 hours turnaround time, or more

Long experienced ride (mornings only)
4 hours riding, 4 1/2 hours or more turnaround time

Starting times
Morning: 5.30 -6.30 am  summer**, 7.00 winter afternoon: 3.30 summer, 3.00pm winter
**We may start earlier in very hot weather. Please check on booking

Full day ride (mornings only)
6 hours riding. about 8 hour’s turnaround time.

Starting times: 5.30 – 7.00am depending on the time of the year (earlier if it is very hot!)

Brief Facts
Riding Ability:
No previous experience is required for Novice rides.

Clients booking experienced rides must meet the following requirements:

If you wish to book an experienced ride, or a full day or multiday trip you must be able to ride unassisted and with confidence.  At minimum you should have mastered basic aids, be able to do a rising trot for stretches of at least 10 minutes at a time, be comfortable at all paces and able to gallop out of trouble, even at the end of a long days ride
    If you are doing a multiday safari you should be capable of doing all of the above and  be riding fit. The more proficient and fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your trip. Unfit, inexperienced riders riding for long stretches of time are a danger to themselves, others, and their horse!

Weight Limit
Maximum weight limit is 90kg (14 1/2 Stones or 200lbs).

Insurance
Although we have MARS cover, this only deals with evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical facility. Beyond that full Medical Insurance is required and details must be submitted prior to your arrival. Please check whether your insurance covers you for riding without a helmet, should you wish to do so.

Guiding
Qualified, licensed guides lead all rides, and are accompanied by a back up rider. Both are dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A keen interest is taken in the environment as well as the flora and fauna of the area. You will also learn many of the traditional uses of plants and trees, basic principles of tracking, and aspects of traditional village life.

Safety
All guides and back up riders are well trained – we send extra as necessary. Each ride starts with a safety talk, and you will be reminded of this should circumstances require. Our rides are conducted with the aim of disturbing wildlife as little as possible and the paced of the ride and method of approach is regulated accordingly.

Tack
We use mainly Australian Stock saddles, although English saddles are available. All horses go in snaffle bridles.

Horses
We are very proud of our horses! Mostly thoroughbred, some mixed, some Anglo Arabs.  Between 14 – 16.2hh.  They vary from gentle hacks to my top polocrosse ponies. It depends on you!

Size of Rides
Minimum two on longer rides and maximum of six to eight clients at the moment. We do split larger groups into two groups of 4 if possible.

Game Viewing
Game is plentiful in the National Park surrounding the stables and the Zambezi River area. Depending on the season you may see elephant, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, impala, warthog, and waterbuck. Hippo, crocodile and cape clawless otters may also be spotted. There are several resident leopard.

But remember, no game is guaranteed. This is more about riding a good horse in an amazing area, not a checklist safari!
Equipment

You should wear:
    Dull coloured clothing – no white or bright colours;
    long trousers/jean
    bush shirt or t shirt with a short sleeve to protect your shoulders.
    trainers or walking shoes.
    A peaked cap to wear under your helmet, or  a sunhat

We have a limited range of half chaps, jodhpurs trousers and shirts available for loan for those of you who arrive unprepared, or without luggage.

Helmets
We strongly advise you to wear one. They are obligatory for novice riders and children. We have a limited range at the stables but these are for loan to clients on half day rides only. If you are doing a multiday ride or booking any ride in advance, you must bring your own. It’s safer.