Do you love riding? One of the one most exhilarating ways to explore Africa is on horseback. Imagine galloping alongside the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Picture trotting though the African bush, tracking a herd of elephants in Botswana. Whether you’re an experienced equestrian or a novice rider, going on a horseback safari in Southern Africa is a must for anyone.
As if you needed any more convincing, here are 5 reasons to plan an African horseback riding adventure.
1. Get closer to wildlife
When it comes to breathtaking wildlife, Africa is second-to-none. If you want to truly experience it, nothing compares to a horseback safari. Because you can move along game trails with the animals, you can get much closer than you would by vehicle. To them, you’re simply another fellow grazer out for an peaceful stroll.
2. Go places unreachable by vehicle
One of the best things about a horseback safari is that you can access areas vehicles can’t reach. From horseback, you’ll experience South Africa in a way you never could on four tires. Discover Africa the way it was meant to be, galloping along African savannas, cantering over rugged coastline, and wading through peaceful rivers—all atop your trusty steed.
3. Immerse yourself in nature
On horseback, you can get a real sense of space and breathtaking beauty. You are no longer a mere observer of wildlife, but a part of the landscape. You can immerse yourself in the present moment and leave the “real” world behind.
4. Take amazing photos
What better way to take stunning photos of your African adventure than from horseback? Spending time in the saddle on safari offers up some of the most stunning picture opportunities, with countless “in between the ears” shots—i.e. vantage point pictures that show the ears of the horse and the scenery beyond—you’ll cherish forever.
5. Experience a one-of-a-kind adventure
The wind in your hair, the sun on your face, the sound of horse hooves as you stride along wild animals across the savanna—going on a horseback safari is the ultimate adrenalin rush. And because no two safaris are alike, you’ll never know what adventure awaits you on each incredible journey.