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Trip Inspiration: South Africa Horse Riding Experience

We often come across unique travel experiences that offer something a bit different or special – that’s why you’ll find plenty of choice on our website, because we want you to have an exceptional experience, not just a bog-standard holiday. So, we thought we’d take a look at some of our favourites over the next year, and this month we’re shining the spotlight on our South Africa Horse Riding Experience, the ultimate horse enthusiast’s trip.


A fantastic two to three week package where you’ll spend the duration of your trip living and working on an incredible game reserve in South Africa. You’ll spend your days looking after and riding beautiful appaloosa horses, with access to safari trails and 3200 hectares of spectacular reserve grounds to explore. You’ll build on your current horsemanship skills, taking part in training sessions and helping to prepare young horses for life on the reserve. You’ll even get to carry out vital conservation work, learn what it’s like being a park ranger, and get to visit the reserve’s childhood development programme. As well as all this, you’ll have plenty of free time to discover the surrounding area in your own time, you’ll enjoy the benefits of living on a game reserve, and get to go on included excursions.


The game reserve is situated in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands – close to the famous Drakensberg Mountain range, so you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking scenery wherever you look. The reserve is within around an hour or so’s drive from South Africa’s east coast, with Durban being its closest seaside city. There’s plenty to see and do in Durban, from spending time on the beach, learning to surf, or having a go at parasailing, to fitting in a bit of retail therapy, sampling the awesome food at one of the many diners or restaurants, or having fun at uShaka Marine World or Funworld – the city’s main amusement parks.


This trip is suited to horse enthusiasts and animal lovers – but it’s important that you do have riding experience, as you’ll have the responsibility of caring for and riding a number of horses independently. That’s not to say you won’t have support, just that you’ll be expected to be able to provide a good level of care and be a confident rider.


There’s nothing quite like riding through rolling valleys, deep ravines, crossing rivers, and spotting some of Africa’s precious wildlife from horseback, all with gorgeous mountain ranges and warming sunshine to improve the view. Equally, you’ll get to master your handling skills, put your riding to the test, and learn from the experts you’ll be working with while you’re there. It’s a fantastic experience in itself but especially impressive for those looking to work with horses or wildlife in the future.


You can visit this programme all year round but if you’re after the warmer weather, visit during South Africa’s summer months in December, January, and February. Being in close proximity to mountain ranges keeps the climate cooler than on the coast, so you can expect temperatures of around 24°C on the reserve, while places like Durban will reach noticeably hotter temperatures of 28°C to 31°C. If you’re more comfortable in cooler weather, the winter months of June, July, and August (16°C-19°C) can produce some of the most spectacular sights, and more chance of spotting wildlife during the day.

Interested? Contact us on 01892 277040, talk to us on chat, or drop us an email at [email protected] to find out more.

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