Horizon Horseback Safaris

Horizon Horseback Safaris offer diverse riding safaris over nearly 21,000 acres of the stunning malaria-free Waterberg, South Africa and also in the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana, making it one of the most varied and action-packed horse riding holidays in Africa. Most of the wildlife seen at Waterberg is antelope, zebra and giraffe, whereas Mashatu has an excellent population of lion, elephant, buffalo and other species. Catering to all ages and all abilities, Horizon Horseback Safaris offers something for both the complete beginner and the experienced rider.

The Riding

Horizon Horseback Safaris operates in both South Africa and Botswana. Stay in South Africa and choose from more than 90 well-cared horses with each day offering different activities including cattle herding, polo crosse, gymkhana, western games, two-day safaris, jumping and cross-country practice. Choose from their Signature Safari or the Family Safari, tailor-made to all levels of riders beginner, novice and experienced. Horizon also offers longer riding safaris, ranging from five to eight nights, for more experienced riders with the option to combine South Africa and Botswana in the African Explorer Safari. This expedition ride provides wonderful game viewing and exhilarating riding with the chance to canter alongside zebra, wildebeest and giraffe. Riding level of advanced intermediate to experienced is required.

Horizon Horseback’s operation in Botswana is based on Mashatu Game Reserve in South Eastern Botswana with much of the riding taking place on the banks of the famous Limpopo River. This is fast-paced riding and the 45 horses are mainly crossbreeds that have been exceptionally well cared for and schooled. The horses vary in size from 15hh upwards and have been hand-picked for the area. You should expect to spend between four to seven hours a day in the saddle.

Accommodation & Facilities
In South Africa, guests stay either in the main ranch or in one of the chalets in the garden. When not riding guests can relax by the pool or in the long shaded verandah and bar area.

Whilst on longer riding safaris accommodation varies from staying in simple fly camps sleeping out under the stars to spacious ‘A’ frame walk in tents with en-suite facilities. The tents are all furnished with proper beds, sheets and duvets. Kgothla, an old tribal court on the western periphery of Mashatu, is also used on some riding safaris. This is a circular boma made of leadwood trees and guests sleep in the open, on camp beds around a large central fire.

Horizon Horseback Safaris Camp Gallery click for large image