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Waterberg Safari Lodge


Waterberg Safari Lodge


Tack: McClellan saddles and English saddles
Horses: Boerperd Thouroughbreds Anglo Boerperd Arab crosses
Pace: all paces, as little or as much horseback riding as guests wish
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (2 to 2 out of 5)    All riding levels
Age: Min 6
Weight: Max 120 kg
Riders: Min 2 riders Max 6 riders
(per riding group)
Max Capacity 28


Pace
The pace can be as fast or relaxed as the riders would like. You can canter along open sandy tracks or traverse high ridges with spectacular vistas. Often we can get so close to the game that the experience remains unforgettable.

Horses
It has taken us since 1996 to build a string of over 90 horses, which are fit, responsive and reliable and also totally adapted to the African environment. The horses range from big strong forward-going thoroughbreds, tough African boerperds, feisty Arab crosses and exciting Friesian crossbreeds, ranging in size from 12 hh to 17 hh. We also have some great kid’s ponies.
Our team of over 20 horse grooms / guides take pride in the wellbeing of each horse, ensuring that they are well schooled, but likewise not over-worked, hence each guest will have the opportunity of riding several different horses during their stay.
Our horses live out in the bush and graze amongst the game, thus giving guests possibly of the closest wildlife encounter on horseback in Africa.

Tack
We use comfortable McLellan saddles made locally for long hours in the saddle. These are based on the famous US cavalry saddle designed for the comfort of both horse and rider alike. We do also have a few English saddles available.

Hard Hats
No client will be allowed to ride with us unless they are wearing a riding hat so we do stock a selection of sizes. However, we do recommend that you bring your own well-fitted helmet if you plan to spend many an hour in the saddle. Wide brim riding hat covers are advisable.

Guides & Staff
Our compliment of over 85 staff members have been selected for their love and dedication of conservation, wildlife, horses and hospitality, many of which have worked with us since the start.
Rides are always guided by two professional local guides who add to the experience their infinite knowledge of the game, flora, tracks, natural medicines and love of the bush.
As we always have two guides on each ride, novices can go out with their more competent partners without slowing the ride down.

Private Guide
Guests can request a private guide (preferably booked prior to their arrival). The cost is about R2000 per day regardless of the number of guests.

Children
We welcome children of all ages & have a variety of activities to keep them entertained during their stay. We have trampolines, board games, toys, books, rackets and balls etc. We also provide baby sitting and children’s meals can be specially planned.
We have a selection of wonderful ponies catering to both the novice and experienced child rider. Beginners will be led by a competent guide and riding lessons are also available. Under 4 year old children will be led on a pony in and around the lodge area as they are still too young to be taken out on long outrides.

Non-Riding Activities
Non-riders are welcome to join this trip. Non-riding activities include game drives and walks, mountain biking, archery, night sky safaris, massages, snake and reptile handling and a number of other activities in the surrounding area.
Basic lessons for non-riders are available. Many guests learn to ride and gain confidence here.
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Waterberg Safari Lodge
Tour Code: IT-SASR03
5 days / 4 nights ~$1,920.00
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: Exceptional
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 2019 01/01 - 01/08 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
B 2019 01/01 - 01/08 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
C 2019 01/09 - 02/09 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
D 2019 01/09 - 02/09 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
B 2019 02/10 - 04/30 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
A 2019 02/10 - 04/30 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
C 2019 05/01 - 05/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
D 2019 05/01 - 05/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
B 2019 06/01 - 06/09 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
A 2019 06/01 - 06/09 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
C 2019 06/10 - 07/10 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
D 2019 06/10 - 07/10 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
B 2019 07/11 - 10/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
A 2019 07/11 - 10/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
C 2019 11/01 - 12/14 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
D 2019 11/01 - 12/14 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
B 2019 12/15 - 12/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Hill (... 2 /6 Reserve
A 2019 12/15 - 12/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP- Ant's Nest (... 2 /6 Reserve
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Tack: McClellan saddles and English saddles
Horses: Boerperd Thouroughbreds Anglo Boerpe...
Pace: all paces, as little or as much horseb...

Airport: O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
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