Zambezi Safari

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe: (IT-ZMRT07)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/zimbabwe_zambezi_safari.aspx

Introduction
Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

The Zambezi: one of the legendary rivers of Africa, much written about, explored, and challenged, yet in the end still wild and unconquered - the heart of Africa's mystery and magic! Imagine riding your horse along the banks of this river, just above the magnificent Victoria Falls, with the rising spray from the Falls in the backdrop. Here you can and canter through open bush veld, explore hidden game paths, ride on to secret islands and then follow the natural pathways to the wilderness areas beyond. Our itineraries are loosely formed so we can cater best to your requests and track game based on movement. The first and last day will include the Zambezi River area. These are your main game viewing days. Further away the rides are more about scenery and distances, however there is a chance of seeing additional species such as giraffe, lion, zebra, rhino, elephant, eland, and sable, as well as bat-eared fox. Nocturnal species such as genet, spotted hyena, leopard, porcupine and aardvark may be seen on night-time game drives operated from our overnight lodge. Canters and gallops through long stretches of teak forest and 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 to remember.

Canoeing along the Zambezi River will be an experience you'll never forget while running rapids, exploring channels, and bird and game viewing. You'll also spend a day riding through rural areas and meeting the locals, getting an authentic sense of our country and the friendly nature of Zimbabweans. Although our priority is riding, we can incorporate alternative activities around during your multi-day ride. Contact us to discuss your itinerary requirements. 

The spectacularly located Gorges Lodge is perched on the edge of the gorge, where you can watch black eagles soaring below you. Away from the river, the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Park offers unrivalled game viewing opportunities and luxury accommodation at the exclusive Ursula Camp. Imbabala offers a true "African Safari Experience" in their camps. Explore the Zambezi National Park and reaches of the Zambezi River which so entranced David Livingstone when he first travelled downstream to the Falls, staying in beautiful accommodations along the way. With so much to discover, you'll be in for a trip of a lifetime!

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride so nights are spent in different locations.

Description
You'll be staying in lodges personally selected to complement your riding safari vacation. All rooms have a private bathroom with overhead fan/ air conditioning. You'll find a pool at every location to cool off after a long day's ride and WIFI access will allow you to keep in touch with loved ones. Laundry can be done daily, if you give it to us in the morning we will have it back with you by the afternoon. There is a small charge per load, but is useful if you are going on to ride elsewhere and would like clean riding clothes when you arrive! Itinerary/ accommodations are subject to change based on availability.

8-day itinerary
Night 1: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Night 2: Gorges Lodge
Night 3 - 6: Old Ursula
Night 7: Imbabala

7-day itinerary
Night 1: B&B in Victoria Falls
Night 2: Gorges Lodge
Night 3 - 6: Old Ursula

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge - 8-day Itinerary
Set high on a natural plateau, the westward facing Victoria Falls Safari Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and is just four kilometers from the thundering Victoria Falls, Southern Africa's foremost attraction. This deluxe 90-roomed African Lodge prides itself on hospitality and food rivalled only by uninterrupted views and magnificent sunsets. Created with a keen eye for detail; hardwoods, thatch, vibrant colours - the effect is awe inspiring. Each bedroom has its own balcony, remote controlled air-conditioning, and modern bathroom. In the Buffalo Bar, Makuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, and pool deck you will enjoy not only the wonderful views, but excellent service from friendly Zimbabwean staff renowned for their warmth and understanding of the needs of international visitors.
Other services include: 24 hour reception, Currency exchange facility, Guest library and games room, TV lounge with satellite link, Curio & gift shop, Swimming pool with sundeck, Spa.

B&B in Victoria Falls - 7-day Itinerary
We use a nice B&B for our overnights in Victoria Falls - usually the Nguni Lodge with 14 comfortable rooms, but depending on availability we may select a similar facility.

Gorges Lodge
Gorges is situated within private land south east of Victoria Falls and between rapids 19 and 20 on the Zambezi River.  Gorges are built from brick and natural stone, all under thatch.. From the lodge there are magnificent views of the Zambezi River 800 feet below. This cannot truly describe the awe inspiring experience of watching eagles soar above the roaring waters below you! In addition to the black eagle, Gorges is home to the rare Taita falcon. There are extensive gardens, kept green and lush by water which is pumped up from the river below. The emphasis is on indigenous plants, particularly aloes and acacias. Ten stone-and-brick thatched chalets (8 twins and 2 double) line the Zambezi River gorge. Four of the chalets are double story, with bedroom upstairs and bath and dressing rooms below, while the other six are single storied. All have verandahs overlooking the river and all are en-suite. 

Old Ursula
Situated on Nakavango Estate, a 7000 acre Private Game Reserve, Ursula Camp accommodates a maximum of 8 people in four chalets. Originally reserved by the owner of the Estate for himself and his family only, Ursula still retains its feel of a private African Safari home.  Dedicated safari guides will delight in revealing the beauty of this wonderful estate both by jeep and on horseback. With its beautiful gardens overlooking the Game Reserve, magnificent trees and tranquil atmosphere, Ursula is truly a hidden gem. Furnished with classical ‘Old Africa’ type furniture and eclectic memorabilia, old books and crisp white linens, Old Ursula has the feel of a rather special but nevertheless private family holiday home.

Imbabala Safari Lodge
Situated where Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia converge, 80km west of Victoria Falls, Imbabala Lodge has its own safari park in which Game drives are conducted and is directly on the banks of the Zambezi River, offering pontoon cruises to view the game and extensive bird life. The lodge offers every luxury and comfort for your sojourn in the wilds. There are 9 thatched chalets accommodating a maximum of 18 Guests, so individual attention and service is guaranteed. Each chalet has a view over the Zambezi, and each is individually and imaginatively decorated with a particular theme. Each has en-suite facilities and mains electricity. Meals are taken al fresco or in the main dining room, and are of a very high culinary standard. The swimming pool offers cool relaxation during the heat of the day. Activities included at Imbabala include 4x4 game viewing safaris in the Lodge's own concession and river cruises on Imbabala's own pontoon - enabling close viewing of the wildlife that comes down to the River to drink as well as the amazing variety of birds that are attracted by the papyrus reeds that border the Zambezi. Other activities available at extra charge include game drives in the nearby Chobe National Park, fishing, and walking safaris. Elephant lovers will be fascinated by the huge herds of elephant in the Chobe National Park.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is mandatory if we are unable to find another rider to share.


Meals
All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to brunch on your last day. Meals are simple, but tasty, with plenty of fruits, fresh vegetables, and salads. Tap water in town is perfectly drinkable, and of course the water in camps is pumped from their own wells. However bottled water is widely available too. Wine/ beer is served at Imbabala and Ursula, and available for purchase at other lodges.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Experience
This trip is suitable for strong intermediate riders. Keep in mind we ride through highly dense game areas. Clients must be fit and confident at all paces, including rising trot, and capable of trotting at a rising trot for a minimum of 15 minutes at a stretch. The more proficient and fitter you are the more you will enjoy your trip.

Riding
We spend between 4-6 hours in the saddle per day. This includes refreshment breaks and a short 10-minute walk for every 2 hours spent in the saddle (for the horses back, and your own muscles). The times given for rides are an estimate – we do not clock watch and may decide to alter and adapt the route.
Within reason, we like to tailor our trips to suit you. If you do not like what is happening let us know.
At the end of each riding day, we meet to discuss with you and amongst ourselves what we have seen, and plan our next day accordingly. We get continuous updates on game movement patterns throughout the area to ensure the best experience, so we may change a route – but only for your benefit.

Terrain
Magnificent and varied terrain, from the shady banks of the Zambezi, to rugged mopane woodland and wide ranging Kalahari sand dunes and teak forests. Riding on the banks of the Zambezi at any water level is an experience itself. All rides start here, moving away after the first morning through other varied terrain. Kalahari sand fire breaks are the best places to gallop.
The rural areas up to Gorges offer the most dramatic and beautiful scenery – rugged and starkly beautiful in the dry season, the experience of seeing black eagles soaring in the gorge below you is unforgettable.

Horses
The owner personally choose and schools the horses herself, before they are used on safaris. She is assisted by a dedicated team of staff, who also ensure that the horses are happy and healthy.
Our horses are mostly thoroughbred, some mixed, some Anglo Arabs. Between 14 – 16.2hh. They vary from gentle hacks to top polocrosse ponies.
As the stables are in a world heritage site and surrounded by National Park, everything the horses eat is brought in, ensuring that each horse has an excellent and closely monitored diet.

Guiding
Qualified, licensed guides lead all rides, and are accompanied by a back up rider. Both are dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. All guides and back up riders are trained in first aid procedures and emergency situations. Each ride starts with a safety talk, and you will be reminded of details should circumstances require.

Weight Limit
We have a weight limit of 85 kg. This is your weight in your riding clothes and should include anything else you wish to carry. Our guides will carry your water for you. To avoid embarrassment be warned that you may be required to step on the scales!
An extra charge of 50% is required for riders above our weight limit if allowed to ride. Please note this is at the discretion of the company and subject to individual experience and circumstances. Allowances may be made only for very experienced riders, or for those who are tall and fit.

Non-Riders
We can accommodate non-riders. Non-riding activities include Rhino search, Evening/ game drives at Imbabala (for 8-day itinerary) & Canoeing. For an added fee, you can also take a walking safari with Charles Brightman, do an Elephant Encounter or go on a Helicopter flight.

Children
We do accept children but they must be strong competent riders. Please inquire. There is no adjustment in price for children.

Insurance
You will need to be covered by your own full Medical/Travel Insurance, of which we ask you provide us with details prior to the start of your ride. Please check whether your insurance covers you for riding without a helmet, should you wish to do so.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - 7- & 8-day trip- subject to changes

Day 1
Arrive in Victoria Falls. 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.
Night spent at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (8-day itinerary) or a B&B in Victoria Falls (7-day itinerary)

Day 2
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.
Night spent at Gorges

Day 3
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.
Night spent at Ursula’s Homestead

*
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
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 two hours for the Falls itself. Dinner will be served in Camp.
Night spent at Ursula’s Homestead

Day 5
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.
Night spent at Ursula’s Homestead

Day 6
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.
Night spent at Ursula’s Homestead

Day 7
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.
Night spent 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
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.
 
Note: We may choose to vary the order and type of camps used, starting at Ursula instead of Gorges 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 - 10-day trip- BEING REVISED- Please contact us if you are interested in this trip.


For 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.
 


Rates and Dates for Zambezi Safari

Rates include:

Accommodations, all meals and non-alcoholic drinks, all drinks except premium drinks at Imbabala only, 5 riding days, Upper Zambezi Canoe ride (from 7:00am to about 2:30pm), 2 evening/ game drives at Ursula Camp, transfers as indicated in the itinerary plus 2 scheduled transfers per day from Ursula’s Homestead, transfers from Victoria Falls.
8-day trip: Game drive and river safari at Imbabala

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20198 day trip, AP- VFSL (High)$3480
    • Single supplement$765
      Park Fee (pp) mandatory$70
  • B
    20198 day trip, AP- VFSL (Low)$3105
    • Single supplement$365
      Park Fee (pp) mandatory$70
  • C
    20197 day trip, AP- B&B in VF (High)$2670
    • Single supplement$740
      Park Fee (pp) mandatory$70
  • D
    20197 day trip, AP- B&B in VF (Low)$2835
    • Single supplement$405
      Park Fee (pp) mandatory$70
  • E
    201910 day trip, AP (High)$3570
    • Single supplement$605
      Park Fee (pp) mandatory$80
  • F
    201910 day trip, AP (Low)$3235
    • Single supplement$270
      Park Fee (pp) mandatory$80

Rates Note:

Discounted rates applicable for 4 consecutive days at Ursula and early bookings!

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

Discounted rates applicable for 4 consecutive days at Ursula and early bookings!


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfer from/to Victoria Falls on first & last day is included $0
2019 Extra night at Imbabala (includes FB, game drive, river safari, local drinks), dbl, pp - (High) $365
2019 Extra night at Imbabala (includes FB, game drive, river safari, local drinks), single - (High) $335
2019 Extra night at Imbabala (includes FB, game drive, river safari, local drinks), double/single - (Low) $330
2019 Extra night at VFSL, dbl, pp (High) $270
2019 Extra night at VFSL, single (High) $335
2019 Extra night at VFSL, dbl/ single, pp (Low) $245

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 01/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- VFSL (High) 1 /6 Reserve
C 2019 01/01 - 01/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- B&B in VF (H... 1 /6 Reserve
E 2019 01/01 - 01/10 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
F 2019 01/11 - 03/31 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
D 2019 01/11 - 03/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- B&B in VF (L... 1 /6 Reserve
B 2019 01/11 - 03/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- VFSL (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
A 2019 04/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- VFSL (High) 1 /6 Reserve
C 2019 04/01 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- B&B in VF (H... 1 /6 Reserve
E 2019 04/01 - 10/31 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
F 2019 11/01 - 12/19 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
D 2019 11/01 - 12/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- B&B in VF (L... 1 /6 Reserve
B 2019 11/01 - 12/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- VFSL (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
A 2019 12/20 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- VFSL (High) 1 /6 Reserve
C 2019 12/20 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- B&B in VF (H... 1 /6 Reserve
E 2019 12/20 - 12/31 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Conservation fee of $70, entry Visa (please buy UNIVISA!), alcoholic drinks at Pamusha and Gorges, laundry, phone calls, extra transfers
Optional Extras (for added fee): Walking safari with Charles Brightman for $95pp, helicopter flight for $165pp, elephant encounter for $100pp.

Other Info
Meeting: Victoria Falls
Airport: Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA)
Transfer: Victoria Falls

Climate:


Victoria Falls area

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

86

86

86

85

82

78

77

83

90

93

91

87

Average Low Temperature (°F)

66

66

64

58

51

45

44

50

58

65

66

66

Average High Temperature (°C)

30

30

30

30

28

25

25

28

32

34

33

31

Average Low Temperature (°C)

19

19

18

15

10

7

7

10

14

18

19

19

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

11

10

6

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

7

11

Source: NOAA
 

Seasons
Basically Zimbabwe has a hot dry season, a hot wet season and winter.

Rainy season (November to March)
During the rains, it can still be very hot, with clear skies as well. When it does rain, even when the rain is torrential, it is never cold, and often is hot and dry shortly after, so your rain wear must be good, but lightweight and easy to carry. Bring a fleece for the evenings and early mornings in case it’s cool.

Winter (April to August)
By April it may be cooling off slightly in the evenings, but still hot during the day. May’s much the same, but can be cooler. June-July are usually the coldest months. It can get very cold at night and in the early mornings, on vlei areas there may even be frost in July, but going up to about 26 degrees Celsius (78 Fahrenheit) in the day. August gets a bit warmer, but still cool at night.
So layers you can remove are best.

Dry season (September to November)
These are the hot dry months that we have before the rains start. You might need a fleece so bring one, but mostly dress for hot weather, and strong sun. Mostly people tend to underestimate how hot their clothes might be. But to give you an idea, your guide rides in sandals, jeans or light weight cotton trousers and t-shirt in summer, much the same and short boots in winter.

What To Bring:

All Camps and Lodges are fully equipped with beds bedding towels and so forth.
All have bathroom or shower en suite. Electricity outlets are the same as in the UK ... so you may need an adapter for the Type G (a British three-pin rectangular blade)

Clothing: Please wear safari (dull) colors: no white or bright colors. Cotton is preferable.

  •  Jeans /trousers – whatever you’re comfortable riding in
  •  Jeans /trousers for evenings - 1 pair.
  •  Short sleeved cotton shirt or t shirt x 2.

  •  Long sleeved cotton shirt x 2: light weight for sun protection.

  •  1 warm jerseys/ fleece- more in winter: June – July can be very cold at night and in the early morning

  •  Money belt to carry cash, small camera & sun block when riding.

  •  Sunglasses.

  •  Sun hat

  •  Camera – one that incorporates a zoom like a Panasonic Lumix DMC H17, a Nikon PS100, Canon S5 IS those small Sony’s or whatever you prefer.

  •  Trainers / short boots  (long boots are too hot)

  •  Trainers / sandals for in camp.

  •  Swimming costume – all camps have a swimming pool

  •  Chaps or half chaps   - optional.

  •  Riding gloves   - optional.

  •  Plenty of Sun block   - the stronger the better.

  •  Insect repellent.

  •  Malaria pills - this is a malaria area. Note: be wary of taking larium – at this altitude it has bad side effects on almost everybody and can ruin your holiday.

  •  Any personal medication. If you suffer from allergies please bring necessary medication and, in the case of food allergies, an epipen with you.Victoria Falls and surrounding areas have remained free of the health problems that have affected some parts of Zimbabwe. A big community effort has ensured that our water supplies are pure, our hospitals and clinics are well supplied with medication and equipment. Please bring any personal medication with you.

  •  Remember the pollen count is high - so if you are prone to allergies or hay fever and have a preferred treatment that does not make you sleepy you may want to bring that as well. We do carry some and you can buy medicines of course - but if you have to buy anything here it will of course cost more than you'd pay at home. 

  •  All camps are fully equipped with sheets, towels, blankets, en suite bathrooms - and real beds

  • Finance: bring cash – US$ in small denominations if possible, as well as travelers cheques. Park fees are payable in cash only. Entry fee to the Falls is additional, and will cost US$20pp. Whilst extra activities must be paid for in foreign currency, you may use local currency for meals, drinks and shopping. But you may not exchange traveler’s cheques for local or foreign cash, nor can you use your credit card to buy foreign cash. Do not count on crossing into Zambia to draw cash with your credit card – the visa fees are now much higher than those for Zimbabwe -US$125 for a US citizen, 75 pounds or US$140 for British passport holders.

  • Credit cards are not accepted in Zimbabwe, but you can use them elsewhere. Do not change money on the streets or at the airport.

Other stuff:
A broad-brimmed hat in canvas or light felt is essential, ventilated if possible. Plain leather or heavy felt is too hot, straw is too fragile. Peaked caps do not shade your head properly, but are useful as an extra.
We strongly recommend wearing a helmet, and it’s always better to bring your own- for a helmet to be truly safe it must fit. If you are buying specially a ventilated one is a good idea. The sort of lightweight ventilated helmet used for endurance or western riding is ideal, and it must have a peak Dark color helmets will be hot, but if they have ventilation holes they should be fine. You could of course make a light tan cotton cover for the helmet and even dampen this to cool it if it gets hot. An alternative is to buy a ventilated trail helmet such as troxel: http://www.doversaddlery.com/troxel-dakota-duratec-riding-hemlet-in-trail-dust/p/X1-36131/. However do bring shady hat as well. Please note that all children under 16 MUST wear a helmet. We do have a limited selection available, but your own is always best. Again – no black, no white, and no bright colors.  
Avoid tight clothing and shoes
– go one size up if anything.
Avoid synthetic boots or shoes, always leather or canvas – actually long boots in any form should be avoided, and if you like to wear something on your lower leg go for half- chaps, in canvas for this climate.
If you usually ride in gloves, bring them, they do not take up much space.
Chose your jodhpurs, jeans or riding trousers carefully –not all cuts of jeans are suitable for riding – and you will be in the saddle for long stretches of time.  Avoid anything with lumpy seams.
Pay special attention to the knees – knee seams and even knee pads can be agony after a while.
It is important to remember that even in midwinter it can be very hot in the middle of the day, so coolness is on paramount importance, and layers of clothing are best.
Always wear cotton, or cotton mix. There s nothing cooler. And please no white or bright colors go for fawns, tans, khakis and greens. Very dark colors, black and navy blue are very hot and very uncomfortable to wear for any stretch of time.
Wear a loose fitting cotton shirt with short sleeves and a collar – this will protect your neck and shoulders from sunburn. You are also protected from thorns. Bring a long sleeved one if you are sensitive to sun
Some clients bring a lightweight fleece seat saver, to put on their saddle, which can make all the difference! 

Finally no-one wants to loose their luggage, but it happens very often on international flights the world over so try and carry your most vital things and at least one change of clothing with you. Check the maximum baggage size and weight you can take on board the aircraft, and pack all you can in there!

Enjoy your Safari!

 

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
**Important: Visa (check with your consulate for entry requirements, you may need to obtain your Visa prior to arrival**)

 

RIDING GEAR
Long trousers/jeans/jodphurs.
Takkies/trainers or riding boots – hiking boots will be too hot + Minichaps
Riding helmet  (best to bring your own)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
 

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Dull-coloured clothing; no white or bright colours
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Sleepwear
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Small automatic cameras only (extra batteries/film)
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm