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African Explorer Horse Safari


African Explorer Horse Safari


Tack: South African Mcllelans
Horses: Boerperd,Warmblood thoroughbred, Appaloosas and Shire Cross
Pace: A fast challenging ride with gallops, jumping trees. In Botswana, you are riding in areas of dangerous game. This ride is therefore only suitable for experienced riders with a spirit of adventure. 4-7 hrs a day
| Walk | Trot | Canter | Gallop | Jumps |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3.5 to 5 out of 5)    Strong Intermediate
Age: Min 16
Weight: Max 220 lbs
Riders: Min 2 riders Max 8 riders
(per riding group)
Max Capacity 8


Riding Experience
Guests must be experienced riders. They must ride regularly (at least once or twice a week) and be comfortable at posting trot, light seat canter and gallop as well as being able to do small jumps should they have to. They must be able to control a horse independently of the group at all paces.
On arrival in Botswana, you will be asked to do a simple independent riding test. The guides in South Africa will be able to assess your riding skills and will advise on your suitability to ride in Botswana. Should they deem you not able to ride in Botswana you will stay at the lodge for the three days and carry on with the safari riding.

Horses
All of the horses have been individually selected for their temperament and "ride-ability" on safari. They are from the various South African breeds, which are well known for being of a hardy nature and able to cope under extreme conditions. These breeds include the Boerperd (the SA version of a Mustang!), Shire X Thoroughbreds, Appaloosas, and the South African Warmbloods. They range in size from 14.3hh to 17 hh. Their schooling generally concentrates on English style, although the horses neck rein when in the bush. They respond easily and lightly to the aids.
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. 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.

Tack
Saddles are South African McClellan’s, a cavalry saddle designed for long hours of riding, they offer particular comfort and airflow for the horses back and padded seats and fenders for the rider's comfort.

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.

Hard Hat
Hard hats are compulsory and you will not be able to ride without one. We can provide helmets (limited quantities), but suggest that clients bring their own. We do not provide half chaps but might have the odd pair should clients need.

Non-Riders
Non-riders are welcome on this trip. One very good option is to relax by the pool with a good book taking in Africa. For the more active there are excursions available at additional fees. South African Excursions include, guided hike, ziplining, elephant riding, local town and township visit and big five game drives. Whilst in Botswana, non-riders can do a morning guided bush walk, or cycle (min 2 pax). Afternoons in Botswana will be a drive to camp on the first day, a guided walk with the group on the second day a full Mashatu game drive and on the last afternoon.
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African Explorer Horse Safari
Tour Code: IT-BORT05E
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,770.00
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: 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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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 07/19 - 07/26 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 07/26 - 08/02 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/02 - 08/09 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/09 - 08/16 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/16 - 08/23 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/23 - 08/30 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/30 - 09/06 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/06 - 09/13 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/13 - 09/20 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/20 - 09/27 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/27 - 10/04 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2019 10/04 - 10/11 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 10/11 - 10/18 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2019 10/18 - 10/25 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2019 10/25 - 11/01 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 11/01 - 11/08 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 11/08 - 11/15 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 11/15 - 11/22 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 11/22 - 11/29 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 11/29 - 12/06 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 12/06 - 12/13 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 12/13 - 12/20 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 12/20 - 12/27 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 12/27 - 01/03 8d / 7n 8 day Safari, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
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Tack: South African Mcllelans
Horses: Boerperd,Warmblood thoroughbred, Appal...
Pace: A fast challenging ride with gallops, ...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop, Jumps
Airport: O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
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