Horseback riding in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Zambezi Horse, Canoe, and Rhino Safari


What to Bring for Zambezi Horse, Canoe, and Rhino Safari


All Camps and Lodges are fully equipped with beds bedding towels and so forth.
All have bathroom or shower en suite. Electricity outlets are the same as in the UK ... so you may need an adapter for the Type G (a British three-pin rectangular blade)

Clothing: Please wear safari (dull) colors: no white or bright colors. Cotton is preferable.
  •  Jeans /trousers – whatever you’re comfortable riding in
  •  Jeans /trousers for evenings - 1 pair.
  •  Short sleeved cotton shirt or t shirt x 2.
  •  Long sleeved cotton shirt x 2: light weight for sun protection.
  • 1 warm jerseys/ fleece- more in winter: June – July can be very cold at night and in the early morning
  •  Money belt to carry cash, small camera & sun block when riding.
  •  Sunglasses.
  •  Sun hat
  • Camera – one that incorporates a zoom like a Panasonic Lumix DMC H17, a Nikon PS100, Canon S5 IS those small Sony’s or whatever you prefer.
  • Trainers / short boots  (long boots are too hot)
  • Trainers / sandals for in camp.
  • Swimming costume – all camps have a swimming pool
  • Chaps or half chaps   - optional.
  • Riding gloves   - optional.
  •  Plenty of Sun block   - the stronger the better.
  •  Insect repellent.
  • Malaria pills - this is a malaria area. Note: be wary of taking larium – at this altitude it has bad side effects on almost everybody and can ruin your holiday.
  •  Any personal medication. If you suffer from allergies please bring necessary medication and, in the case of food allergies, an epipen with you.Victoria Falls and surrounding areas have remained free of the health problems that have affected some parts of Zimbabwe. A big community effort has ensured that our water supplies are pure, our hospitals and clinics are well supplied with medication and equipment. Please bring any personal medication with you.
  •  Remember the pollen count is high - so if you are prone to allergies or hay fever and have a preferred treatment that does not make you sleepy you may want to bring that as well. We do carry some and you can buy medicines of course - but if you have to buy anything here it will of course cost more than you'd pay at home. 
  • All camps are fully equipped with sheets, towels, blankets, en suite bathrooms - and real beds
  • Finance: bring cash – US$ in small denominations if possible, as well as travelers cheques. Park fees are payable in cash only. Entry fee to the Falls is additional, and will cost US$20pp. Whilst extra activities must be paid for in foreign currency, you may use local currency for meals, drinks and shopping. But you may not exchange traveler’s cheques for local or foreign cash, nor can you use your credit card to buy foreign cash. Do not count on crossing into Zambia to draw cash with your credit card – the visa fees are now much higher than those for Zimbabwe -US$125 for a US citizen, 75 pounds or US$140 for British passport holders.
  • Credit cards are not accepted in Zimbabwe, but you can use them elsewhere. Do not change money on the streets or at the airport.
Other stuff:
A broad-brimmed hat in canvas or light felt is essential, ventilated if possible. Plain leather or heavy felt is too hot, straw is too fragile. Peaked caps do not shade your head properly, but are useful as an extra.
We strongly recommend wearing a helmet, and it’s always better to bring your own- for a helmet to be truly safe it must fit. If you are buying specially a ventilated one is a good idea. The sort of lightweight ventilated helmet used for endurance or western riding is ideal, and it must have a peak Dark color helmets will be hot, but if they have ventilation holes they should be fine. You could of course make a light tan cotton cover for the helmet and even dampen this to cool it if it gets hot. An alternative is to buy a ventilated trail helmet such as troxel: http://www.doversaddlery.com/troxel-dakota-duratec-riding-hemlet-in-trail-dust/p/X1-36131/.
However do bring shady hat as well. Please note that all children under 16 MUST wear a helmet. We do have a limited selection available, but your own is always best. Again – no black, no white, and no bright colors.  
Avoid tight clothing and shoes – go one size up if anything.
Avoid synthetic boots or shoes, always leather or canvas – actually long boots in any form should be avoided, and if you like to wear something on your lower leg go for half- chaps, in canvas for this climate.
If you usually ride in gloves, bring them, they do not take up much space.
Chose your jodhpurs, jeans or riding trousers carefully –not all cuts of jeans are suitable for riding – and you will be in the saddle for long stretches of time.  Avoid anything with lumpy seams.
Pay special attention to the knees – knee seams and even knee pads can be agony after a while.
It is important to remember that even in midwinter it can be very hot in the middle of the day, so coolness is on paramount importance, and layers of clothing are best.
Always wear cotton, or cotton mix. There s nothing cooler. And please no white or bright colors go for fawns, tans, khakis and greens. Very dark colors, black and navy blue are very hot and very uncomfortable to wear for any stretch of time.
Wear a loose fitting cotton shirt with short sleeves and a collar – this will protect your neck and shoulders from sunburn. You are also protected from thorns. Bring a long sleeved one if you are sensitive to sun
Some clients bring a lightweight fleece seat saver, to put on their saddle, which can make all the difference! 

Finally no-one wants to loose their luggage, but it happens very often on international flights the world over so try and carry your most vital things and at least one change of clothing with you. Check the maximum baggage size and weight you can take on board the aircraft, and pack all you can in there!

Enjoy your Safari!

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
**Important: Visa (check with your consulate for entry requirements, you may need to obtain your Visa prior to arrival**)

 

RIDING GEAR
Long trousers/jeans/jodphurs.
Takkies/trainers or riding boots – hiking boots will be too hot + Minichaps
Riding helmet  (best to bring your own)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
 

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Dull-coloured clothing; no white or bright colours
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Sleepwear
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Small automatic cameras only (extra batteries/film)
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm
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Zambezi Horse, Canoe, and Rhino Safari
Tour Code: IT-ZMRT07
8 days / 7 nights ~$3,360.00
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 Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 01/01 - 01/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
C 2020 01/01 - 01/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
E 2020 01/01 - 01/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
F 2020 01/11 - 03/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
D 2020 01/11 - 03/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
B 2020 01/11 - 03/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
A 2020 04/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
C 2020 04/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
E 2020 04/01 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
F 2020 11/01 - 12/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
D 2020 11/01 - 12/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
B 2020 11/01 - 12/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
A 2020 12/20 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 1 /6 Reserve
C 2020 12/20 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
E 2020 12/20 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
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Tack: Australian Stock saddles. English on r...
Horses: Anglo Arab, Thoroughbred, Cleveland Ba...
Pace: Moderate with trots, canters and some ...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA)
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