Horseback riding in Waterberg, South Africa

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This is a wilderness ride, so nights will be spent in different locations.

The safari allows guests to enjoy a range of accommodation types, from the Main Lodge perched on the edge of a gorgeous lake and surrounded by horses, to glamping under canvas at Camp Davidson high on an isolated ridge, to enjoying safari chic at one of the Bellevue Plains lodges which look out over expansive plains filled with herds of wildlife.

There is a limited WiFi and cell service.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1 - 2: Main Lodge
Night 3: Savannah Lodge or Seringa Lodge
Night 4: Main Lodge
Night 5: Camp Davidson
Night 6 - 7: Main Lodge

Main Lodge
All rooms of the lodge are en suite with either a shower or bath or both facilities. There are 7 double rooms, separated from the main lodge and two double rooms in the main lodge.
There is a large living area, dining room and large stoep (or verandah) for guests to enjoy. The lodge has a swimming pool alongside the lake.

Savannah Lodge
Located on the southwestern side of the conservancy, it is a tastefully decorated lodge with five en suite double rooms. The lodge has a large comfortable living space and dining areas inside and outside.
There is a small pool and deck which overlooks a plain and watering hole close by where the wildlife frequent.

Camp Davidson
A re-creation of the original Camp Davidson has been built high in the bushveld above the Matlapeng valley. It offers the opportunity to explore on horseback from a secure base camp nestled in the heart of the wooded mountains and commands a wonderful panoramic view of the central highlands of the Waterberg range, while overlooking the picturesque Sunset Lake at the eastern boundary of the ranch property. Stay in decked canvas tents nestled amongst the sandstone ridges overlooking grassy valleys. Each luxury tent has an en-suite bathroom.
The camp is completely run on solar energy and has a small swimming pool.

Room Occupancy
Triple occupancy is usually possible at the lodges and at the camp.
The single supplement is mandatory for solo travelers.

All meals are included form lunch on Day 1 to lunch on your last day.
Three sumptuous meals are served a day with afternoon tea before an afternoon ride.

Our food sways toward Mediterranean influences with an addition of iconic South African dishes.
Breakfast is buffet of freshly baked bread, muffins, cereals, toast, porridge, eggs.
Lunch is a buffet usually quiches, lasagna, babotie. salads, Freshly baked breads.
Dinner is a 3 course meal.

All water served during the safari is filtered to the highest standards and is guaranteed perfectly safe for drinking. All drinks are included with your tour.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

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South African Explorer
Tour Code: IT-SASR06
8 days / 7 nights ~$3,110.00
Dates : Available all Year

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
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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Tack: McClellan saddles and English saddles
Horses: South African Boerperd, Shire Cross Th...
Pace: Can cater from novice to experienced. ...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Jumps
Airport: O.R. Tambo Int’l Airport
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