Horseback riding in Hwange, Zimbabwe

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Hwange Explorer Safari

Itinerary for Hwange Explorer Safari

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

This is representative of what the itinerary will be like. Many factors will influence the day to day order of these rides. Weather conditions (cold, heat, rain, cloud, etc.), wildlife activity and movements, rider abilities and interests, climatic conditions (i.e. good wet season or very dry conditions), logistics, and many other factors will determine how the riding and other activities will be conducted. The guide will always ensure to maximise the wildlife experience.

Being bush camps it is likely to encounter animals such as elephants, buffalo, lion, hyena, baboon, snakes, spiders, scorpions, mosquitoes, flies, and many other types of insects in these natural bush locations. No guest should be surprised that these creatures exist as part of the daily experience of being in the Zimbabwean wilds.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, meet and greet by a road transfer company, followed by a two-hour drive to Iganyana Private Tented Camp.
Afternoon high tea, briefing, intro to the horses, and then onto the horses for a short ride.
Back to camp, sundowners, showers, dinner, and peaceful sleep under canvas.
Meals included: Afternoon high tea & Dinner
Overnight at Iganyana Private Tented Camp

Day 2: Dete Vlei
Rise and shine with early morning tea and coffee and a light breakfast. Today we will explore the Dete Vlei and surroundings on horseback. More time to adapt to our riding style in the bush, the tack and horses. Any changes required will be done on this day.
We may ride for the whole day or we may ride in the  morning for 3 to 4 hours and again in the afternoon for a shorter ride.
This evening we return to Iganyana Wild for our second night.
Meals included: Breajfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Iganyana Private Tented Camp

Day 3: Hwange National Park
Guests early morning wake up, tea and coffee, breakfast and game drive to Main Camp in Hwange National Park. This is only a short drive of half an hour to perhaps an hour depending on sightings of wildlife. Check-in and
payments at the Tourism office, then mount up and ride into the park, or game drive deeper into the park.
Overnight with sundowners, hot showers, and dining under the stars.
Meals included: Breajfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Baikiaea

Day 4: Hwange National Park
Another early morning start – of which time does vary according to the seasons. Onto the horses and out to explore the area again. There are no set routes and the ride is conducted according to what sounds were heard during the night, animal tracks, weather conditions, and many other factors.
The day may be a half-day or a full day out with a picnic lunch near a waterhole for wildlife viewing. If lunch is at camp, then it is also an opportunity in the afternoon to do a safari walk or drive.
There are a few other waterholes that are worth visiting if guests have good cameras and lenses or are interested in birding. Also, the guide may decide that an early morning walk or drive is going to be better and may then switch the order
of the day to a non-riding activity in the morning and a ride in the afternoon. This also depends on the need for horses to rest before a long day tomorrow.
Whatever happens, there will be cold drinks around the campfire and a hearty dinner in camp.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Baikiaea

Day 5: Ride to Kennedy Camp
Today we ride for a full day out to Kennedy Camp. This is a ride of approximately 30-40 or so km. It will be through teak and acacia woodlands, passing waterholes which may or may not have water in, with a picnic lunch on route.
Arrive late afternoon to Kennedy Camp, settle in with sundowners, and welcome hot showers followed by yet again a delicious dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Kennedy Camp

Day 6: Kennedy Vlei
This day will be spent in the Kennedy 2 area of the Park in some very beautiful Acacia groves. The camp is set along the Kennedy Vlei which is a renowned area for wildlife viewing.
Options here are riding, walking, or a safari drive in the morning. Much will again be dependent on possible wildlife sightings and activity and time of year as to what riding we will do.
A good option is to take a drive to the Ngweshla area not far from Vachellia as it is generally a very productive wildlife area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Kennedy Camp

Day 7: Last Ride
Final early morning wake up to enjoy the dawn in the African bush around the fire.
After a light breakfast, onto the horses for a 15 to 25km ride (dependent on the time of year and early morning wildlife activity) to a point where the horse truck will meet us.
There we will end the ride, load the horses, and have a safari drive out of the Park back to Iganyana for the night.
Sundowners will be a special affair reminiscing upon the past few days of being in the real African bush on fine steads enjoying the wildlife and big spaces.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Iganyana Private Tented Camp

Day 8: Departure
Depending on departure times, the last morning may include a very short walk out to stretch the legs before a sumptuous breakfast and departure on the transfer vehicle back to Victoria Falls Airport (or wherever the next destination is.)
Meals included: Breakfast

Non riding companions are welcome to join this trip (same rates as riders). Please inquire for non riding activities.
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Hwange Explorer Safari
Tour Code: IT-ZMRT02
8 days / 7 nights ~$4,930.00
Dates : April to November

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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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2023 04/15 - 04/22 8d / 7n 8 day safari (Low) 2 /8 Expired
B 2023 05/06 - 05/13 8d / 7n 8 day safari (Low) 2 /8 Expired
B 2023 05/20 - 05/27 8d / 7n 8 day safari (Low) 2 /8 Expired
B 2023 06/03 - 06/10 8d / 7n 8 day safari (Low) 2 /8 Expired
B 2023 06/13 - 06/20 8d / 7n 8 day safari (Low) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2023 06/17 - 06/24 8d / 7n 8 day safari (Low) 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2023 07/01 - 07/08 8d / 7n 8 day safari (High) 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2023 07/15 - 07/22 8d / 7n 8 day safari (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2023 08/05 - 08/12 8d / 7n 8 day safari (High) 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2023 08/12 - 08/19 8d / 7n 8 day safari (High) 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2023 09/02 - 09/09 8d / 7n 8 day safari (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2023 09/16 - 09/23 8d / 7n 8 day safari (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2023 09/25 - 10/02 8d / 7n 8 day safari (High) 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2023 10/07 - 10/14 8d / 7n 8 day safari (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2023 10/21 - 10/28 8d / 7n 8 day safari (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2023 11/04 - 11/11 8d / 7n 8 day safari (High) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2023 11/18 - 11/25 8d / 7n 8 day safari (High) 2 /8 Reserve
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Tack: English Trail Saddles & Australian Sto...
Horses: Boerpeds, Shire X, Friesian X and Thor...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop, Jumps
Airport: Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA)
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