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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

The focus at our lodge and farm is on horses and quality riding. With a herd of over 100 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)
- Afternoon rides are somewhat shorter (usually 1-2 hours)
During your stay we try to ensure that you have the opportunity to experience all our riding options: outrides and game viewing, conservancy ride, polo crosse, swimming your horse, western games and cross
country jumping. 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.

Riding Activities
There is no better way to see the bush and its wildlife than from a horse. We ride across an area of approximately 21,000 acres. The terrain is mostly sandy tracks through the bush and open plain areas. The going is easy on the horses and riders and most of our horses are unshod.
The excitement of riding up to a giraffe on horseback is one you’ll never forget. The game does not view a horse and rider as a threat, which enables you to ride literally amongst the game. You will never be as close or as connected to wildlife as from a horse. We are particularly fortunate on the reserve that our zebra are habituated and are quite inquisitive too. As with all wildlife viewing, nothing can be guaranteed, and if it was, it wouldn’t be such a thrilling experience.
The lodge is in the reserve and as such on all rides, except other activities, there is an opportunity to see wildlife. The reserve and neighboring conservancy is a large area and we try our best to cover most of the different areas and habitats as we can during your holiday.

Conservancy Ride
This ride offers lovely long canters on sandy tracks and great game viewing opportunities on large plains, populated by a plethora of game: large herds of wildebeest, hartebeest, sable, eland and blesbok and impressive journeys of giraffe. Buffalo, ostrich, kudu, zebra, waterbuck and impala are also encountered. After a lunch at the lodge and a rest by the pool, the afternoon ride continues to explore this game rich area, riding back to the lodge in time for sundowners.

School Ride
There is a small village called Lehlabile nearby. There are about 40 Sotho dwellings and a small primary school and crèche. Many of our staff were born in the village and have grown up there. This ride meanders
through the village to the local school. It is very interesting to see the traditionally painted houses and chat with some of the villagers. The children at the school are always very keen to meet the riders and horses.
Sometimes they will sing and dance. Crayons, pencils, paper, paint, play dough, secondhand reading books and toys make wonderful donations for the school, if you would like to support them.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to play this game, we can strongly recommend it. We will teach you how to play. Even novice riders can take part and most guests get quite competitive after a chukka or two.
This game is a combination of polo and lacrosse, which uses a soft ball and lacrosse-like sticks. Players are organized into teams of three: scorer, center and defense.
The game starts with a line-out, where the umpire throws the ball into play. Then a graceful, and sometimes not so graceful, dance around the field ensues, with players trying to pick up, throw and rob the ball or ride opponents off the pitch. It’s lots of fun, but does come with a warning: it is addictive!

Cross-Country Jumping
For those with jumping experience, we offer cross country jumping on a small cross country course. Jumping will be for individuals or small groups. After a warm up and few practice jumps, enjoy jumping on the course around the lake.
Around the reserve, we also have a number of small jumps and jumping lanes that can be enjoyed by all level of rider on the outrides.
English jumping saddles are used when specifically doing the cross country course. If you would like to wear body armor, please bring your own with you.

Cattle Work
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.

Western Games
A favourite with the children obviously, but also remarkably popular with most adults. Our team of guides run a Western games afternoon which is packed with fun exercises to test even the best of riders’ skills: pole bending, barrel racing, thread the sword through the stirrup, find the marshmallow, musical horses, the list is endless.
It always make for a fun few hours in the saddle and again really brings out the team spirit in guests.

Swimming with your horse
If you’ve never done this before, it is a ‘must do’. After a morning ride, you have the chance to take your horse swimming in the dam in front of the lodge. The horses do actually swim, not just paddle, which is an amazing feeling when you realize they are swimming underneath you. The motion is bit like an old fashioned horse merri-go-round carousel at a fair. It is the perfect way to cool off after a morning ride.

Optional overnight stays at Camp Davidson
Before or after your stay at Triple B Ranch, you can add a few nights at the safari tent camp recreation of "Camp Davidson," 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!
Overnights stays can also be arranged at Bellevue Plains Lodge (see accommodations section for description).

Non-Riding Activities (extra cost to be paid locally)

Non riders are welcome on this trip. There are a number of non-riding activities on offer; sundowners, bush walks, game drive, elephant backed riding, fishing, cultural, historical and environmental aspects of the Waterberg can be explored. The Waterberg is also currently hosting a pack of endangered wild dog, which you can visit with the Endangered Wildlife Trust upon arrangement. Otherwise, just relax with a massage with or enjoy the African bush.

Game Drive (min 2 pax)
Search for elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo from the comfort of your game drive vehicle. Great opportunity for photography. Transfer from lodge is 1-1.5 hour drive.
Game Drive: R575 pp
Transfer: R250 pp

Elephant Encounter
Offers an amazing educational opportunity to meet and interact with elephants as well as learning all about these incredible creatures. There is also the opportunity to ride the elephants for about 20 minutes after the interaction or to bath them depending which time slot you join.
08:00 (Summer) 08:30 (Winter), 12:00, and 15:00
Adults R600 pp, Under 12 R340 pp
With riding: Adults R1200 pp, Under 12 R940 pp
Transfer: R1854 Car, R2239 Bus

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 pp

Lekhalo Zip Lining
An exciting 2-hour tour down six lines between 150m and 90m. Admire stunning views and wildlife before devouring the best burgers in town for lunch.
Zip line: R375 pp
Transfer: R150 pp

Telekishi Ramasobane Cultural Village (min 4 pax)
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 geomorphological formations. 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.
Excursion: R250 pp
Transport: R300 pp

Nestled in the beautiful Waterberg mountains, riders of all levels will enjoy 30-40km of cross-country mountain biking that consists of single-track, trails, gap jumps, drop-offs, and even a rock bridge. The less adventurous can ride on open farm roads or visit nearby sites.
Cycling: R1050 pp
Transfers: R100 pp

Waterberg Living Museum
This museum is a living classroom, a natural & cultural history museum, an exhibit of living creatures, and a botanical garden, all in one place. This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the Waterberg area
and its vast history that stretches back to before man.
Entrance: R100 pp
Transport: Complimentary

Guided Bush Walk - no extra charge
For a change of pace and a chance for more in depth information on the flora and fauna on the area, our guides will escort you on a walk through the game reserve. A walk is a chance to see the smaller details in the bush and also with over 250 different species of bird on the reserve, it is an ideal opportunity for bird watching.

Fishing - no extra charge
Fishing can be arranged with one of our staff in one of the many dams on the reserve. Bass and Barbel are readily caught and can be cooked for supper! Just make sure you catch enough for everyone.

Vaalwater Visit - no extra charge
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. We recommend visiting The Vaalwater Market, The Black Mamba, Kamotsogo Crafts and Afrihouse for African curios and decor.

Beadle Craft Workshop & Shop on Triple B Ranch - no extra charge
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 - no extra charge
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.

Bullseye Taxidermy - no extra charge
Look around this family owned taxidermist and see what is under the skin of a taxidermy animal.
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Triple B Ranch
Tour Code: IT-SASR05
5 days / 4 nights ~$1,195.00
Dates: Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Level : Fitness Level
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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