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Safaris vacations in South Africa, Waterberg


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Safaris tours in South Africa, Waterberg
Triple B Ranch

Itinerary for Triple B Ranch

Riding Days
The focus at our lodge and farm is on horses and quality riding. With a herd of over 80 horses, we are able to ensure that riders of any ability are well matched and have the chance to ride several suitable horses during their holiday. There are two outrides or riding activities a day. Morning rides last 3-4 hours (or less if requested) and afternoon rides are somewhat shorter. During your stay we try to ensure that you have the opportunity to experience all our riding options: outrides through the bush and across vast open plains, cattle mustering, game viewing on horseback, swimming on horseback, polocrosse, and Western games. Jumping is also available on request. Rides are tailormade to suit the needs of our guests and we try to be as flexible as possible.

Arrival: Transfer to the lodge (approx. 2.5 hours) in time for lunch. That afternoon enjoy an introductory ride.
Departure: Find a favourite ride of choice before departing after lunch.

Here are some sample rides

- Ride to the original farm homestead and main African village, view the quaint hand decorated houses, call in at the historic Baber family homestead for tea, and a visit the farm crèche for some delightful entertainment. Ride back to the lodge for a cooling swim in the lake with your horse before lunch. Later, during the heat of the day, relax by the pool or take a siesta. In the afternoon, ride out into the game area to encounter game on horseback and learn the signs of the wild and medicinal values of the native bushes and trees.

- An outride in the game reserve whilst enjoying the excellent going on the vast network of sandy tracks. After lunch, go on a shopping trip to the local town of Vaalwater for some retail therapy bush style. That afternoon enjoy an introduction to polocrosse, an amalgam of polo and lacrosse, an invigorating sport that will soon have you addicted.

- We can start the day with an outride, or another polocrosse session, this time hopefully following some of the rules of the game. That afternoon we set off for Camp Davidson, a wonderful tented camp that overlooks the Melk valley. This is camping with a difference, beds with duvets and cotton sheets, bathrooms with flushing toilets and tables laid with crisp white linen. That evening, enjoy sundowners on our camp deck and dinner under the stars with the sound of jackal, zebra, hippo and the neighbouring lions serenading your evening.

- Enjoy a full morning of riding in the game reserve with possible encounters with giraffe, eland, wildebeest, waterbuck, impala, hartebeest or zebra. Lunch is taken en route at one of the neighbouring dams, where a cooling swim on the horses can be enjoyed. Return to the camp in the late afternoon for sundowner drinks and another starlight dinner.

- Depart for the ride back to the lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon the saddle weary can visit Beadle, the local farm community-linked project and shop, where locals hand make exquisite beaded leather products, including browbands and made-to-measure riding chaps. Alternatively, go on a gentle outride to discover new parts of this beautiful property or to find the hippo.

- After another indulgent afternoon tea enjoy an outride or try your skills over the challenging cross-country fences.

- Experience a morning of mustering and cutting some of the ranch’s magnificent Bonsmara stud cattle, a non-aggressive breed adapted to local conditions. After bringing a herd in from pasture, take turns to move one cow or youngster away from the group. This activity pits you and your mount against the animal’s herding instinct and will test your riding ability to the full. Follow the action with a refreshing swim with your horse. That afternoon tea is followed by yet another new challenge in the form of western games (gymkhana for adults) where your riding skills and competitive edge can once again be pushed to the limits.

- In the morning enjoy an exhilarating fast ride to one of the furthest points of the property, utilizing literally kilometres of clear sandy tracks. Back at the lodge enjoy a quick swim and a late lunch. Afternoon tea is followed by an outride in the game reserve for one last photo opportunity with game followed by a final sundowner on a high rock overlooking the tranquil Waterberg landscape.


Optional overnight stays at Camp Davidson
Before or after your stay at Triple B Ranch's lodge, you can add a few nights at the safari tent camp recreation of "Camp Davidson," a relatively new addition to the Triple B property where you can explore the central highlands of the Waterberg from a different viewpoint. In the late 19th century Ted Davidson, one of the first members of the Baber family to settle in the Waterberg, was a young man trading by ox wagon to remote cattle outposts of a young ranching area. A good day of travelling may have been only five miles or so by rugged track, and so an itinerant life in the Waterberg meant a life by the campfire, and you will stay in lovely decked canvas tents nestled amongst the sandstone ridges overlooking grassy valleys, reliving their pioneer days!


Non-Riding Activities (prices to be paid locally)

Entabeni Game Reserve
This private game reserve offers Big 5 Game Drives in an open Landrover. Excellent chance of seeing lion, rhino buffalo, and hopefully elephant and leopard too. Cost R350.00pp. Should you like to do two game drives and stay for lunch at Entabeni the charge will be R750.00 for the day.

Onsite Game Drive (plains game only)
The cost is R200.00pp with a minimum charge of R600.00 for the vehicle.

Guided Bush Walk
No charge

Elephant back Safari
This fascinating experience is a Safari on the back of an African Elephant through a big 5 game reserve. Viewing rhino from the back of an elephant is an experience you will not forget. Each person rides with their own guide who explains the elephants, their training, and the bush. Includes a short game drive and a light finger breakfast. Cost R1050.00pp. Transport paid on site ~R100.00pp

Walking with Wild Dogs
The cost is R550.00pp. Transport paid on site ~R100.00pp.

Farm Tour
You are welcome to join Charles Baber, our pioneer rancher for 70 years, who will take you on an informative and insightful tour of the Ranch. You will learn about Bonsmara Cattle, the crop history of the farm, and the Baber family legacy. The cost for 4 people is R 100.00 per person, for 3 people it is R130.00pp, for 2 people it is R160.00pp, and for 1 person alone it is R320.00pp.

Black Bass Fishing
No charge

Night Sky Safaris
The lack of light pollution here in the bush makes it the perfect location for astronomy. An evening with Dr. Phil Calcott is not only educational, but entertaining and incredibly interesting. Learn about the constellations, how stars are born and die, and how to see the planets. Looking at the stars is one thing, but viewing them through a whopping telescope with someone who actually know what you're looking at, is fantastic! R300.00pp.

Entabeni Helicopter Ride
Entabeni also offers helicopter flights over some of the most stunning areas of the reserve. Flights are priced from R500.00 (prices subject to change) per person upwards for a 6 minute flight depending on the number of people.
Dinaka private game reserve

Zip Lining
The cost is R350.00 per adults and R175.00 per children.

Cycling on Lindani
The cost is R250.00pp.

Telekishi Ramasobane Cultural Village
Telekishi is a community tourism project situated on communal land adjacent to Masebe Nature Reserve. Nestled at the base of the north-eastern Waterberg escarpment, the site has access to this pristine and inaccessible landscape with breathtaking views & impressive geo-morphological forms. Features include 1.5 & 3 hr hikes up the escarpment to view rock art, 18th and 19th century settlement sites, Middle and Stone Age tools and an initiation site. R250.00pp includes transport and guided hike.

Vaalwater Visit
You are also welcome to join one of the weekly shopping trips. Vaalwater has all the basic shop - grocery store, chemist, off license, and curio shops. Those interested may also enjoy a drive around the local township, or perhaps a visit to one of the other local organizations Horizon likes to be involved with such as the township crèches or the Waterberg Welfare Society, can also be arranged.

Lehalbile Cultural Tour
Four prominent elderly ladies from the farm community conduct a tour of their homes, the crèche, and school within their community. This tour gives visitors a great insight into local lifestyles, food, décor, song and dance, and oral history. Optional lunch at Pedi homestead. R30.00pp tour only, R80.00pp tour and traditional lunch.

Beadle Craft Workshop & Shop on Triple B Ranch
Established in 1998, Beadle employs young people from the farm community. Skills’ training in leather and bead work is given in house to an extremely high standard. Items available in the shop include a selection of leather belts and sandals, bags, braided riding chaps, half chaps, beaded dog collars, browbands, keyrings, photo frames and mirrors, a selection of fabric tableware, cushions and jewelry. We can take you over any time or please ask for directions as it is a short 10 min walk away.

Sunday Service
Those interested are very welcome to join us at the local Church Service (non-denominational) held every Sunday at 9.30am. Dress is very informal, dirty jods and chaps are more than adequate! Should you want to go to the service we can arrange for an early short ride before.

Boschdraai Gospel Revival Choir
Made up of the youth from the farm community, the Boschdraai Gospel Revival Choir sing beautiful African gospel music. Their music is lively and inspiring and worth listening to over a sundowner at the pool. The choir also have their own CD for sale, you can take a piece of Africa back home with your. R300.00 per performance.
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Triple B Ranch
Tour Code: IT-SASR05
5 days / 4 nights ~$1,315.00
Dates: Available all Year

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Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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Airport: O.R. Tambo Int’l Airport
Game drives, bush walk, elephant ride, walk with wils dogs, stargazing safari, farm tourm, helicopter ride, village visits, cultural tours, cycling, fishing, zip lining, etc.

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