South Africa Suggested Itineraries
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7 Day Wilderness Horse Riding Safari: If your interest is Wilderness Horse Riding Safaris and Open Vehicle Safaris in the Kruger National Park, come and join us on a unforgettable 7 Day Horse Riding Safari Adventure.

The mountainous edges of South Africa's highlands are the most romantic places in the country. This is where gold was first discovered in the country, leading to a vast influx of adventurers, swindlers, dreamers and layabouts. This is where transport riders first blazed their trails, creating a culture of campfire stories and men who hunted from horseback while living off the land. Sir Percy Fitzpatrick immortalized the life of the transport rider with the story of Jock, the dog of the bush veld. It is here that the first vast national game reserve was established: the first game rangers were toughened men who fought off lions with pen-knives, lived in primitive conditions and patrolled an area the size of Belgium to protect their animals.

What the gold-miners, the transport riders and the game rangers had in common was that they lived on horseback - and now you have the chance to see the country of dreams just as they did.
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Horse-riding SafariDay 1: You will be met at Kruger Mpumalanga Airport. Transfer to Kaapsehoop Horse Trails where you get introduced to your horse and your guide. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Depart after breakfast through the Hobbit-like countryside of Kaapsehoop, which is an old gold-mining town. Go through the Blue Swallow Reserve (the Blue Swallow is the most endangered bird in South Africa). Gallop with the wild herds of the Kaapsehoop Mountains. These wild horses, descended from the original horses brought by the gold-miners, have roamed the valleys for more than 100 years. Lunch is enjoyed at the bush camp, followed by an afternoon walk to view the old mines and the magnificent waterfalls high above the Barberton valley. Dinner is served next to a log fire under the stars before a comfortable night's rest in your tent.

Day 3: Breakfast for man and horse, then set off on a full day ride along the escarpment of the magnificent Drakensberg and through some of the largest pine and eucalyptus plantations in the world, viewing wild horses against the fantastic panorama of the Barberton Valley - an area synonymous with the romance of the gold rush and rumored to have the oldest rock formations in the world. The Hazy Mountains to the east show the beginning of the famous Kruger National Park. Enjoy a picnic while on the lookout for the rare and reclusive Black Leopard. Small game is also spotted frequently. Return to the bush camp and relax over a camp-fire supper.

Day 4:
After an early breakfast, head back to Kaapsehoop Horse Trails where you can enjoy a warm shower and lunch, repack your things and depart for the Kruger National Park in an open game drive vehicle. The Kruger is South Africa's most famous game reserve and we will be sure to spot some of the Big Five (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo) as well as many other smaller animals and birds. At sunset we arrive at the magical Hippo Hollow Country Estate on the banks of the mighty Sabie River which winds through the Park. Dinner on the verandah will be accompanied by the sight of hippo grazing near the water. The night is spent in a comfortable chalet with a decadent "Out of Africa" atmosphere.

Day 5: The day starts early with a game drive to look for more animals on a 10-seater open game viewer. Breakfast is enjoyed in the fresh air at a picnic spot where the sounds of crunching your meal might be accompanied by the sound of animals crunching theirs! Back to Hippo Hollow to relax, followed by lunch and a late afternoon drive. Dinner back at Hippo Hollow, perhaps with a show by traditional Shangaan dancers that stirs up the heartbeat of Africa.

Day 6: By now you are ready to explore some of the hidden wonders of the bush, and look for the less obvious attractions. Your game ranger today will concentrate on the smaller animals and birds, perhaps showing you the "Little Five" and telling you about bush lore. The afternoon is yours to relax in the serene gardens of Hippo Hollow and enjoy sundowners in their convivial bar before dinner and a last night listening to the sounds of Africa.

Day 7: We return you to the KMIA after a short morning game drive so that you can bid goodbye to the bush and to the friends you have made on this week-long adventure.

Important information:
Accommodation will be shared.

What to Bring:
Riding- and safari clothing.
Prepare for both hot and cold conditions.
Pack a sleeping bag, footwear, sandals, swimming gear, hat for riding (we recommend a crusher) and a sunhat; sun block and cream, camera, torch, malaria prophylaxis.

English and Afrikaans

Riding Weights:
Maximum 95 kg

Riders must be experienced riders who can walk/trot and be comfortable in a strong canter.

International and Local - Not included in the tariff.

All clients are to have updated travel and medical insurance.

Crossbred Horses are used that will be allocated according to the riders ability; the animals are the owners pride and joy and are their most valuable asset.

English and trail saddles are used

Safari vehicle:
A 10-seater open air game viewer which is fully weather proof, complete with high back seats.

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