See lion on a Madikwe Safari and combine with a Sun City holiday

South Africa Waterberg Riding Camp + Cape Town


6RH10J
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,895
International flights quoted separately
Enjoy a horse riding safari at a riding ranch in the magnificent Waterberg Mountains of South Africa - where activities include outrides, cross country jumping, learning to play polocrosse & cattle mustering - followed by a few nights at Camp Davidson tented camp, riding with plains game, before relaxing in Cape Town or on the warm beaches of Durban. Suitable for riders at all levels. Non-riding partners welcome.
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Horse Riding Safari
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Waterberg Mountains
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Horizon Lodge & Ranch
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Outrides
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Cross Country Jumping
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Polocrosse
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Camp Davidson
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Riding with Plains Game
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Horse Riding Safari
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Waterberg Mountains
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Horizon Lodge & Ranch
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Outrides
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Cross Country Jumping
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Polocrosse
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Camp Davidson
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Riding with Plains Game
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
Day 1
You will be met at Johannesburg Airport and transferred northwards for 2.5-hours to the scenic Waterberg Mountains, a UNESCO biosphere renowned for its diversity of plant and bird life.
 
Check in, settle in and relax at your malaria-free riding lodge, situated on a working cattle and game ranch and offering over 20,000 acres of superb riding country with breathtaking views.
 
After an introductory ride in the game reserve, including sundowners served at one of the hippo dams, enjoy dinner in the warm hospitality of the lodge.
 
Saddles are mainly trail, with a few English and Australian stock saddles available. Horses are mostly ridden in snaffle bridles. No single supplement is charged, provided you are willing to share.
 
You must bring your own helmet, gloves and riding boots (half chaps are advised rather than long boots) and good walking shoes. Wear comfortable riding clothing in neutral colours such as green, brown and khaki. Loose fitting cotton shirts are the most comfortable, with short sleeves to protect your shoulders from thorns. Avoid white or bright colours as these are easily seen by the animals. Also black and navy as these absorb the heat. Tight synthetic fabrics, shorts & skirts should also be avoided. Remember to pack sunglasses, wide brimmed sunhat, sunscreen, head torch, insect repellent, swimsuit and first aid kit with plasters.
Days 2 To 3
Enjoy riding in the Waterberg Mountains each day, with experienced riders enjoying stimulating fast rides, whilst novice riders are brought on at a pace comfortable to them - with good company, great food & exceptional horses.
 
With a herd of over 80 highly responsive Anglo-Arabs, Thoroughbreds, Boerperds and crossbreeds, ranging in size from 14 to 16 hands, the lodge is able to closely match horse to rider capability. Riding options, which can be discussed and agreed each day, include:
    • Outrides – across the vast Waterberg Plateau, including swimming the horses in the hippo dam;
    • Cross Country Jumping – on an international course designed by SA's top course builder;
    • Polocrosse – easy to learn and one of the most exhilarating and addictive sports on horseback;
    • Western Games – enjoy barrel racing and pole bending, with light commands & quick response;
    • Riding Safaris – leisurely rides within a private game reserve, viewing plains game such as giraffe, zebra, kudu, impala, hartebeest, bushbuck and many smaller mammals such as duiker, steenbok, jackal, baboons, monkey and warthog. Hippos are also regularly seen in the river.
 
A variety of activities are also available for non-riding partners (or those feeling saddle-weary), including swimming, bush walks, a visit to the local village and farm school and open top game drives at a nearby Big Five Game Reserve.
Day 4
After breakfast this morning, we set out on our ride to Camp Davidson and check into your tented riding camp situated in a private game reserve, with abundant plains game.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a sundowner ride to the Red Lake, where we are likely to encounter hippo.
 
 
Days 5 To 6
From Camp Davidson, enjoy your horseback safari in the magnificent Waterberg Mountains with its endless horizons.
 
Explore the reserve and track herds of giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala - sometimes with a saddlebag lunch. Ride past beautiful mountains, gallop across open sandy tracks and taking your horse for refreshing swims in the cool waters of one of the many lakes. You can canter for miles looking at the wonder of nature around you, jump natural obstacles and hack through thick woodlands, whilst watching the surrounding game.
 
You will have the opportunity of cantering with zebra and giraffe, and “playing” with the springbok.  You may also encounter hippo, buffalo, leopard, eland, sable, ostrich, steenbuck and over 20 other plains species. As there are no lions or elephants in the riding area, competent riders can enjoy fast and exhilarating rides.
Day 7
Transfer 2.5-hours to Johannesburg Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Cape Town Airport and transferred to your hotel in this beautiful city, within sight of Table Mountain.
 
Check in and relax in your magnificent surroundings.
Day 8
Today is free for independent sightseeing in Cape Town.
 
We recommend you purchase a day pass onboard the convenient Hop-Off Bus, which stops at all Cape Town’s key sights and beaches. The "Red Route" bus stops at the Table Mountain base station, where you can buy a ticket to ascend by cable car and enjoy one of the world’s most famous views. Continue to Camps Bay beach and the many attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Day 9
Today we recommend an optional full day tour to the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
  
Your tour travels through Hout Bay and along spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape Point peninsula, returning via Simons Town, Fish Hoek, Constantia and Kirstenbosch Gardens. This is a scenic tour of the whole Cape Peninsula, with the optional opportunity of visiting the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Day 10
Today we recommend an optional full day tour to the renowned Stellenbosch Winelands, travelling through the scenic Franschhoek Valley where a handful of French Huguenot refugees started South Africa’s now famous wine industry.
 
Explore the historic university town of Stellenbosch and several wine estates on this famous wine route, which stretched from Paarl through to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Enjoy a cellar tour and some wine tasting, before returning to Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Day 11
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.
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