Horseback riding in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Zambezi Horse, Canoe, and Rhino Safari


Itinerary for Zambezi Horse, Canoe, and Rhino Safari



Sample Itinerary 2020: 7 & 8-day Programs - subject to changes

Note: weather and game movement patterns may cause itinerary changes. This will always be in the guests best interests.


Day 1: Arrival
A representative from you lodge will meet you at Victoria Falls Airport and transfer you to Victoria Falls Safari lodge or your hotel where you will spend your first night. You will be picked up by your horse guide mid-afternoon for your pre trip briefing and introductory ride - this will be your first introduction to this area and a chance to see if you are happy with your horse, your saddle and so on before we leave on our long safari tomorrow. Our partners, and your guide, has owned and ridden horses all her life, and with many years in the safari industry, is expert at allocating horses to riders. After a brief orientation and safety talk you will move off with your guides.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (8-day itinerary) or a B&B in Victoria Falls (7-day itinerary)

Day 2: Game Ride to Gorges Lodge
You will be collected from your lodge at 5:15am - 7:00 am for your day ride/ picnic lunch will be served en route. We will be exploring game areas on horseback. The final stretch to Gorges Lodge will be by road. Gorges Lodge itself is part of a community based project - but what will interest you is its spectacular location - where you can watch black eagles soaring below you. Gorges Lodge is also the home of the rare taita falcon. Although the largest camp you will stay at, Gorges has a relaxed family feel and the wonderful staff of gorges is dedicated to looking after you. Here you will spend the afternoon relaxing & watching black eagles – landing to feed if you are lucky.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight
at Gorges Lodge


Day 3: Rural Ride to Ursula's Homestead
You will depart after an early breakfast to meet the horses. Today we will be riding through rural areas including beautiful and lovely sand tracks and wide grassy areas for cantering, rugged hills with fabulous views, and open vleis bordered by magnificent Feydherbia Albida and dotted with Hyphenae petersiana (vegetable ivory palms). Everyone moves around on foot, or, where possible, by donkey cart. A lovely ride. The pace will be varied, with stops to look at things and talk in the traditional manner, but remember, no game; lots of cattle, superb birds and trees, and a part of the rural areas not seen by the average tourist. This is rural life at its best and very special. Your ride will end at before lunch Ursula’s Homestead where you will spend the next four nights*. The afternoon and evening will be spent on an afternoon game drive or a night drive in this private game reserve exploring areas we may not have reached on horseback. Dinner will be served in Camp.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight
at Ursula’s Homestead

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Your stay here will be tailored to your requirements as far as possible. Riding is exciting and varied: canters and gallops through long stretches of teak forest that will take us to the furthest reaches of the estate as we look for and track the rare and endangered Black Rhino. Finding these after following tracks and territorial markings through wild country is truly an experience of a lifetime. Riding safaris are not timed by the clock; instead it depends on what we see, and how long we want to ride for. 
Game drives with will give you further opportunities to find Rhino, elephant  and other species such as lion and leopard.

Day 4: Ride around Ursula & Victoria Falls Visit
Having decided when we want to start the previous day, we will spend the morning on a ride exploring towards the Kalisosa or explore the estate. Exactly where we go and what we explore will depend on our inclination and game movement. After a long morning's ride exploring this magnificent area, we will return to Ursula’s Homestead. After a break having lunch at Ursula’s Homestead and relaxing by the pool watching wildlife at the waterhole, you will be driven into town to explore the magnificent Victoria Falls. Allow at least 2-hours for the Falls itself. Dinner will be served in Camp.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead

Day 5: Canoe the Zambezi River
You'll have an early start at 6.40am and be transferred by vehicle for your canoe trip on the Upper Zambezi River. This is a wonderful and exciting way to enjoy the astonishingly beautiful scenery that lines the river before it takes its plunge over the Victoria Falls. This part of the river is dotted with many islands of varying size, inhabited by a variety of birds and small animals. This is the route David Livingstone took on his way in search of the rising clouds of mist. It was in fact along these banks that he remarked "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight".
Breakfast is enjoyed on the banks of the Zambezi, followed by a safety talk by the professional river guide, before the day's canoeing begins. Lunch is a picnic usually taken on one of the remote islands. The day is spent running rapids, exploring channels, and bird and game viewing. You will return in the early afternoon after this you will return to lovely Ursula to relax for the rest of the day.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight
at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 6: Safari Ride
Today will be another long ride – deciding where we go will depend on what have seen and what we want to do: long gallops will take us further afield to look for more Rhino and explore more remote parts of the estate. Lunch at Ursula’s Homestead. Afternoon can either be spent on another riding safari, or you may choose to go for a later afternoon/evening game drive. Depart Ursula’s Homestead at around 2:30-3:00pm depending on the time of year and return late afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight
at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 7: Last Ride
Today is your last ride with us. Our starting time is entirely up to you. Our ride will end around 10:00am. We will collect you from Ursula’s Homestead at 10:30am for your transfer with to Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge where you will spend your last night. Here at Imbabala your time will be spent on game drives and river safaris, even venturing out after dinner to look for lion and hyena from the safety of your Guide's jeep.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner for 8-day program / Brunch for 7-day program
Overnight
at Imbabala


**On 7-day itinerary: Today is your last ride with us. Our starting time and length of ride is entirely up to you. Our ride will end around 10:00am. After mid-morning brunch you will say goodbye to Ursula’s Homestead and transfer around 11:00am.  

Day 8: Departure
After your early morning game drive followed by brunch, you will leave Imbabala at 10:30am for your transfer to your outgoing flight or onward.
Meals included: Brunch

Note: We may choose to vary the order and type of camps used, most especially to take advantage of game movement. Please note that any variation in route or camps will be only to increase the value and quality of the safari and always in the client’s best interest. Cost and content of the safari will remain the same.
On any day and at any camp there are plenty of opportunities for game viewing, and each day’s riding includes a wide variety of magnificent scenery.


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Sample Itinerary 2021: 8-day Program - subject to changes

Note: weather and game movement patterns may cause itinerary changes. This will always be in the guests best interests.


Day 1: Arrival
A representative from Ursula’s Homestead will meet you at Victoria Falls Airport and transfer you to Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. After settling in and lunch, we will meet you for your afternoon ride. A safety talk and pre trip briefing will see us on our way for the start of your adventure here. This afternoon will be your first introduction to this area and a chance to see if you are happy with your horse, your saddle and so on.
Our ride will end at the stables at sunset. A short drive through the reserve will take us back to the Homestead.
Meals included: None
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 2: Game Ride in Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve
We will be up and on our horses as the sun rises, to spend the morning in the saddle. Exactly where we go will depend on our inclination and game movement. Tracks and territorial markings will put us on the trail of rhino, giraffe and other species. You will learn how to identify and age feeding signs and other marks as you and your horse become part of the environment. And of course there are long canters, rivers to play in – a world to enjoy.
The late morning will see us back at the Homestead for a break and a chance to relax by the pool watching wildlife at the waterhole in front of the camp.
The afternoon and evening will be spent in this private game reserve exploring areas we may not have reached on horseback. Sundowners will be served at the dam, before returning to the Homestead.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 3: Ride around Ursula's Homestead
Sunrise start again today for another fabulous ride as we range farther afield: long canters will take us to new areas to look for more animals or just explore.
The afternoon may be spent relaxing by the pool or on a shorter late afternoon ride.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 4: Game Ride
Today will find us on a longer ride, possibly to learn about the art of tracking and how an equestrian anti-poaching patrol works. Off the reserve you will learn how to record data, assess herds and recognise signs. Or we will just ride!
The afternoon will see us back at Ursula’s Homestead to ‘debrief’ or just discuss the days adventures.
Meals included: Breakfast & Picnic Lunch
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 5: Victoria Falls
This morning you can relax: have breakfast in the gardens, watch game on the vlei or lie by the pool. We will then transfer into town to view Victoria Falls itself and maybe do some curio shopping.
In the afternoon, you will transfer to the Zambezi River for the start of your overnight canoe adventure (minimal luggage – the rest will meet you at your Victoria Falls Lodge).
Clients are collected at 4.00pm. Take an hour and a half game drive (25km) into the Zambezi National Park in an open vehicle to arrive the riverside camp before sunset, for dinner and drinks.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp near Zambezi River

Day 6: Canoe Adventure & Ride to Victoria Falls
You start the day with a full English breakfast and prepare for a full day spent canoeing (18kms) downstream, running small grade one and two rapids, exploring channels, bird and game viewing. The Kandahar Rapids are run on this day. A picnic lunch is served on the mainland or an island.
Your canoeing safari will end in Zambezi National Park where you will meet the horses and ride from there through the park to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. In case of hotter weather, you will transfer there by vehicle and the horses will meet you there.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Victoria Falls Lodge


Day 7: Last Ride
Today, we will ride from the lodge directly into the National Park itself. Our starting time is entirely up to you. Our ride will end at 10.00am or thereabouts and your transfer to Imbabala will collect you at approximately 11.00am
Staying at the Imbabala Safari Lodge is an unspoilt wilderness experience, on the banks of the Zambezi. Imbabala was originally built in 1987 and first opened in 1988. Despite being completely refurbished over the years, Imbabala is still a small unpretentious safari camp offering a true "African Safari Experience". Experienced guides are on hand for all activities which centre on tracking game on morning, afternoon and night game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Exploring the Zambezi River by boat affords guests an exclusive river experience Bird-watching is exceptional, as birdlife is prolific and varied, ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers.
Here, at Imbabala, your time will be spent on game drives and river safaris, even venturing out after dinner to look for lion and hyena from the safety of your Guides jeep.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge


Day 8: Departure
After your early morning game drive followed by brunch, you will leave Imbabala at 10:30am for your transfer to your outgoing flight or onward.
Meals included: Brunch

Note: We may choose to vary the order and type of camps used, most especially to take advantage of game movement. Please note that any variation in route or camps will be only to increase the value and quality of the safari and always in the client’s best interest. Cost and content of the safari will remain the same.
On any day and at any camp there are plenty of opportunities for game viewing, and each day’s riding includes a wide variety of magnificent scenery.


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Sample Itinerary 2021: 7-day Program - subject to changes

Note: weather and game movement patterns may cause itinerary changes. This will always be in the guests best interests.


Day 1: Arrival
A representative from Ursula’s Homestead will meet you at Victoria Falls Airport and transfer you to Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. After settling in and lunch, we will meet you for your afternoon ride. A safety talk and pre trip briefing will see us on our way for the start of your adventure here. This afternoon will be your first introduction to this area and a chance to see if you are happy with your horse, your saddle and so on.
Our ride will end at the stables at sunset. A short drive through the reserve will take us back to the Homestead.
Meals included: None
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 2: Game Ride in Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve
We will be up and on our horses as the sun rises, to spend the morning in the saddle. Exactly where we go will depend on our inclination and game movement. Tracks and territorial markings will put us on the trail of rhino, giraffe and other species. You will learn how to identify and age feeding signs and other marks as you and your horse become part of the environment. And of course there are long canters, rivers to play in – a world to enjoy.
The late morning will see us back at the Homestead for a break and a chance to relax by the pool watching wildlife at the waterhole in front of the camp.
The afternoon and evening will be spent in this private game reserve exploring areas we may not have reached on horseback. Sundowners will be served at the dam, before returning to the Homestead.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 3: Ride around Ursula's Homestead
Sunrise start again today for another fabulous ride as we range farther afield: long canters will take us to new areas to look for more animals or just explore.
The afternoon may be spent relaxing by the pool or on a shorter late afternoon ride.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 4: Game Ride
Today will find us on a longer ride, possibly to learn about the art of tracking and how an equestrian anti-poaching patrol works. Off the reserve you will learn how to record data, assess herds and recognise signs. Or we will just ride!
The afternoon will see us back at Ursula’s Homestead to ‘debrief’ or just discuss the days adventures.
Meals included: Breakfast & Picnic Lunch
Overnight at Ursula’s Homestead


Day 5: Victoria Falls
This morning you can relax: have breakfast in the gardens, watch game on the vlei or lie by the pool. We will then transfer into town to view Victoria Falls itself and maybe do some curio shopping.
In the afternoon, you will transfer to the Zambezi River for the start of your overnight canoe adventure (minimal luggage – the rest will meet you at your Victoria Falls Lodge).
Clients are collected at 4.00pm. Take an hour and a half game drive (25km) into the Zambezi National Park in an open vehicle to arrive the riverside camp before sunset, for dinner and drinks.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp near Zambezi River

Day 6: Canoe Adventure 
You start the day with a full English breakfast and prepare for a full day spent canoeing (18kms) downstream, running small grade one and two rapids, exploring channels, bird and game viewing. The Kandahar Rapids are run on this day. A picnic lunch is served on the mainland or an island.
Your canoeing safari will end in Zambezi National Park where you will meet the horses and ride from there through the park to your lodge. In case of hotter weather, you will transfer there by vehicle and the horses will meet you there.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Nguni Lodge


Day 7: Last Ride & Departure
Today is your last ride with us. Our starting time of ride is entirely up to you. Our ride will end at 10:00am or thereabouts, in time to refresh before your transfer to your outgoing flight or onward transfer. 
Meals included: Brunch


Note: We may choose to vary the order and type of camps used, most especially to take advantage of game movement. Please note that any variation in route or camps will be only to increase the value and quality of the safari and always in the client’s best interest. Cost and content of the safari will remain the same.
On any day and at any camp there are plenty of opportunities for game viewing, and each day’s riding includes a wide variety of magnificent scenery.


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About the Canoe Overnight trip:
The majority of people who join this trip are first time canoeists. No previous experience is required as staff are specially trained to prepare and guide you through the day. Children can canoe if accompanied by a parent and will fit a lifejacket securely. Management retain the right to refuse a child who they feel is unsuitable for the activity for any reason.
All canoe trips are run in self-paddle two-man inflatable canoes. Space is limited; we suggest one carry bag per person.

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Sample Itinerary: 10-day program - BEING REVISED

Please contact us if you are interested in this trip.

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Non-Riders
Talk to us about a custom itinerary for you while your partner is out on horseback. Activities could include a walking safari, canopy tour, village tour, beauty spa, etc.
 
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Zambezi Horse, Canoe, and Rhino Safari
Tour Code: IT-ZMRT07
8 days / 7 nights ~$3,360.00
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 01/01 - 01/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
C 2020 01/01 - 01/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
E 2020 01/01 - 01/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
F 2020 01/11 - 03/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
D 2020 01/11 - 03/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
B 2020 01/11 - 03/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
A 2020 04/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
C 2020 04/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
E 2020 04/01 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
F 2020 11/01 - 12/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
D 2020 11/01 - 12/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
B 2020 11/01 - 12/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
A 2020 12/20 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
C 2020 12/20 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
E 2020 12/20 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
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