Horseback riding in Waterberg, South Africa

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Meeting: Vaalwater
Airport:   O.R. Tambo Int’l Airport      
Transfer: O.R. Tambo Int’l Airport    Distance: 250 km 3 hours

Pick up Day 1 is at 10:30am from the J'burg airport. Drop off is at approx 5:00pm on the last day. Please book flights that arrive into SA no later than 9.00am and depart SA no earlier than 7.30pm.

Tack: McClellan saddles and English saddles
Horses: South African Boerperd, Shire Cross Thoroughbreds, Appalosas, and South African Warmblood
Pace: Can cater from novice to experienced. 2 rides per day. 3-4 hours in the morning and a shorter ride in the afternoon.
| Walk | Trot | Canter | Jumps |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3 to 5 out of 5)    Intermediate
Weight: Max 190 lbs
Riders: Min 1 riders Max 12 riders
(per riding group)
Max Capacity 16
Riding helmets are mandatory for this ride.

To cover the long distances of this safari and enjoy all riding activities, while maintaining the cohesiveness of the group, riders need to be of at least an intermediate level. Should the guides feel a guest is not able to ride at the correct standard for this safari, alternative rides from the lodge will be organised.

Guides & Safety
Guides leading the safari have many years’ experience and most have grown up in the area and know the bush like the back of their hand. Our guides have either professional or assistant guiding licenses with the Botswana Qualifications Authority. They are qualified to use firearms and qualified in first aid.
All rides are conducted by two experienced professional guides. The lead guide is armed with a rifle and a bull whip. All management staff and guides do regular first aid training with a specialized doctor for remote areas. The lead guide has a local phone and a radio for use in emergencies.

Riding Groups
Rides are kept to a maximum of 8 riders (usually smaller groups) with two guides. Comparable abilities ride together.

Riding Gear
Hard hats are compulsory. We can provide helmets, but suggest that clients bring their own. We do not provide half chaps but might have the odd pair should clients need.

Our farm's string of over 100 horses have been carefully picked, bred, or nurtured over the years.
Though there are Thoroughbreds, Arabs, Boerperds, Welsh ponies, and various crossbreds ranging from 11.2 - 17.2, the uniting factor is a wonderful temperament and a willing nature when ridden. The personalities in the herd are wide ranging, from gentle natured animals eager to please and offering confidence to those riders who are a little nervous, to competitive energetic rides challenging the rider to enjoy their ability. In all our horses, there is an independence and responsiveness that allows the rider to make the most of our outrides. Our safari horses have been hand selected for their endurance, courage and responsiveness.
Our philosophy has entailed managing our horses as a free roaming herd within large tracts of natural pasture, rather than in stables or paddocks. The horses live freely in the bush and come in at dawn for breakfast and again in the afternoon.
Our horses are at ease with each other and within their environment, which generates calm and contented natures. As a result, we can offer our guests responsive, subtle and honest rides.
Our horses are mostly English schooled, so we highly recommend that Western riders have a course of lessons in English style prior to arrival.
Your horse will be groomed and saddled for you.

Children under 16 please enquire. Strictly no under 12’s.

Passport and Visa Requirements: Passport valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure required by all nationals referred to in the chart.Passport NotePassport must have at least two blank pages for entry stamp. Th. more
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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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