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There are many ways of exploring the bush, but being on a horse gives you the immediate advantage of being high up and better able to see the landscapes and wildlife. If you are a rider, it needn’t be explained that it is also one of the most exciting ways to get around, and that’s before you add the wildlife! Annabelle grew up with horses and rode from a young age, then she spent 5 years taking guests riding amongst wildlife in Kenya’s Laikipia area as well as riding in Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa.

There are several countries offering horse-back safaris and we can arrange a riding safari for you in Kenya, Botswana or South Africa, or just include some riding on your safari holiday which might be with non-riders who needn’t share your passion but focus on something else for half a day.

Best Places for Horse Riding Safaris: Kenya has wide open landscapes and perfect terrain for riding as well as high altitude and a temperate climate meaning you can ride most of the day without being restricted by extreme heat. Amongst the best are multi-day mobile riding safaris in the Masai Mara where the camp follows the safari through world world class wildlife areas led by some world class safari guides. These last anything from three to ten days and are for experienced riders only and probably the most exciting thing you will ever do on holiday.

Some of Laikipia’s ranches have wonderful riding opportunities on well schooled and well looked after horses with undulating landscapes and forests to explore, as well as being able to follow and approach wildlife up close. Here your family and friends can busy themselves with a huge range of other activities such as game drives, walking, picnics and lying by a pool if they are non-riders providing a well balanced holiday for everyone.

There are also fantastic riding safaris in Botswana’s Okavango Delta and some of South Africa’s private game ranches who also breed beautiful horses and in some cases offer the chance to try your hand at playing polo.

Horse Riding Safaris