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Get the wilds of Africa under your horse

Would you describe yourself as someone with a passion for adventure? A desire to do something a little out of the ordinary?

Don’t worry; I am not suggesting that you try your hand at base jumping or even ‘planking’, unless you want to! What I have in mind is still designed to give you the thrill of a lifetime … albeit in a slightly more sedate capacity! The one requirement? You must (to a degree) ride horses … or at the very least like them!

I am of course referring to that ultimate in African safari adventure: the riding safari. Designed to get you up close to wildlife, scenery and culture. A truly magical experience and a fantastic opportunity for family and friends to get together on a holiday which has the potential to be both relaxing and exhilarating in the most breathtaking of environments.

If you want to experience that extra special African something that just isn’t quite permissible by foot or 4×4 vehicles, a riding safari is for you. They can be tailored to suit your ability and needs according to both the particular safari camp and expedition you choose.

The star attraction? The opportunity to ride good horses over superb country with just about every landscape dotted with game. In the Masai Mara in Kenya, gallop alongside huge herds of wildebeest and zebra which extend as far as the eye can see. The cultural aspect also provides a fascinating backdrop, with the opportunity to see how native tribesmen live in an environment dramatically different to that of the Western worlds.

One of Botswana’s recent gems is a horse riding safari on the Makgadikgadi pans. Unfortunately I cannot (yet…) tell you about this from personal experience but I have met the owners and seen the photos and – whilst not easily swayed I assure you – am nonetheless a committed advocate. The trip looks like a wonder!

Its highlights include a morning ride through sand dunes covered in palm trees stranded on the ancient lake bed (“land of a thousand islands”), as well as the chance to encounter some unique desert species including the black-maned Kalahari lion, bat-eared fox and the elusive brown hyaena, all consummate desert specialists. Birds of prey abound and on some days you canter through the sprawling open woodlands too.

If Kenya is the destination of your choice, you can take Tristan Voorspuy’s offbeat riding safari experience by storm with a trip around the Mara like no other. (Small aside: this is not for the faint-hearted!) But no need to let this deter you; it all just adds to the exhiliration!

Riding safaris are the answer for anyone wanting to fulfil that thrill-seeking inner quest for adventure. You and will be sure to come away both refreshed and inspired.

Do give the African team a call to find out more on 01285 880980 and we will put something in place to ensure you a five star experience.