Horseback Africa - Horse Riding Safaris, Lion Tours & Lodge

Horse Riding Safaris in the African bush

We are passionate about horses, have had many years of riding experience and have competed and taught in various disciplines including Dressage, Show-jumping, Carriage Driving, Endurance and more recently Polo. Many people are enchanted by horses but have never had to chance to get formal lessons. With an experienced guide and a well-trained horse you'll be surprised at what you can do!

There are always many guides on safari so the good riders can have fun while not putting beginners under any pressure. 

Out on Safari you can expect to see wildlife from a different viewpoint. The animals see horse and rider as other animals...strange animals! but animals none the less! you can stroll though a herd of giraffe or let your horse munch grass next to some zebras. Magical moments you can't get in a Safari vehicle

Our Horse Riding Safaris are suitable for both good riders and complete beginners.  

We provide comfortable lightweight helmets and half-leg chaps, well fitting safety equipment is a must for an enjoyable ride!

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 Our horses are friendly, well trained and obedient.

Every horse is very special to us. We personally ride and train all our horses, they're part of our family!  

 Horseback Africa is situated on a private Game Park.

On safari you will see vast open spaces and pure unspoiled nature, not other tourists and busses! You can view herds of zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, kudu, impala, waterbuck, hartebeest, blesbok, and many other wild animals from very close by. Wild animals see the horses as other herbivores and are not afraid of them.    

 We only take small groups on Safari,

This ensures that all our guests get an exclusive experience. 

Only got one day? 

Do a Horse-riding Safari in the morning, lunch and Lion Tour in the afternoon. 

The Full-day experience, Safari & Lion Tour starts with a delicious cup of filter coffee or a selection of different teas.

Every participant is then interviewed to get the rider onto the  correct horse for their level of riding.

After this, your guide, Brandon MacRae does a “pre-flight briefing” which is a short lecture on safety and natural horsemanship. The riders then walk up to the stables where they are fitted with hard helmets and chaps for safety.

The ride takes place on Horseback Africa’s own private game reserve, which has a large selection of wild animals including giraffe, zebras, blue wildebeest, ostriches, and many species of antelope. Each rider is encouraged to strive towards learning more about horse-riding. The beginners therefore learn to do sitting trot, rising trot and often even a canter, while the advanced riders are encouraged to enjoy some jumps, banks and riding through water. The time in the saddle is around 2 hours long.

On returning to the lodge, the riders then enjoy a wonderful lunch in the boma restaurant.

Your lion tour guide, Mat Heylock will start with a short safety and information briefing. After that it's time to head out on the lion walk! The lions run free, scampering up trees, playing in the river and practicing their hunting skills on each other and on Mat, who they see as their father figure. After the walk you return to the lodge garden to see the little cubs, then to the adult lions to see their feeding and any other rehab animals we may have at the time. 

The tour ends between 4pm and 4:30pm.