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

Waterberg Horse Riding Holiday + Safari


6RE10J
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,795
International flights quoted separately
This riding holiday in South Africa's beautiful Waterberg Mountains is ideal for all levels of rider and ages, as all riding is ranch-based. Beginners can learn to ride, while advanced riders can enjoy outrides & cross country jumping. You can also try your hand at polocrosse. Afterwards enjoy a big 5 safari at a luxury game lodge, with open top game drives. All riding, game drives & transfers included.   
Photo South Africa Horse Riding Holiday Safari Horizon Waterberg
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Horse Riding Holiday
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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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Big Five Safari
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Lion
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Camp Davidson
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Riding with Plains Game
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Elephants
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Buffalo
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Rhino
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Horse Riding Holiday
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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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Big Five Safari
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Lion
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Camp Davidson
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Riding with Plains Game
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Elephants
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Buffalo
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Rhino
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 5
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 6
This morning transfer to your safari lodge in the malaria-free Waterberg Mountains, renowned for its wildlife.
 
After checking into your lodge, enjoy an open-top game drive where game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately. Hope to see several species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe as well as several of the Big Five, before dining under clear African skies.
Day 7
Today is devoted to game viewing in your private game reserve in the Waterberg Mountains.
 
Rise early to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, and enjoy a thrilling  safari with the opportunity to search for all the Big 5. With numerous different species of mammals and reptiles in the game reserves, you can hope to see lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland, kudu, hippo, crocodiles, sable antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and much more. Cheetah & leopard are occasionally seen and outstanding bird watching is guaranteed.
  
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
Day 8
After some final game viewing, transfer 2.5-hours to Johannesburg Airport for your flight home.
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