A horse riding holiday in Africa will deliver memories full of adventures way beyond your wildest dreams.
Africa is a vast and intoxicating continent and once you've been there you will want to return time and time again. It currently consists of 49 different countries of different size, climates, tribes, traditions, religions, wealth, poverty, politics, wildlife, customs and languages. Some welcome tourists more than others and have a well developed tourist infrastructure. In this beautiful continent you can escape on horseback and ride with only the wildlife for company, and remember the wildlife in Africa really is genuinely wild and free.
Each country has its own charm and key features to attract you.
Morocco in the far north and on the Meditteranean Sea, has traditional cities like Marrakesh with it's historic medina, or atmospheric seaide Essauira which are ideal to visit before or after a riding holiday in such scenic paradises as the Atlas Mountains or in the wide open spaces of the Sahara Desert. The riding is superb and offers wonderful opportunities for experienced riders. If you are travelling from the UK a real advantage is that flights to Morocco are very short and budget airlines offer cheap options. Short breaks are a real possibility.
Egypt is the home of the oldest recognised horse breed - the Arab horse. Of course its rich history of Pharaohs and pyramids is known by all. Whilst the country is largely desert the green, fertile banks of the River Nile support extensive agriculture. Egypt has long been a major tourist destination - but not for horse riding holidays. At Unicorn we can confidently assure you that we have found a gem. Horses are beautifully looked after and so well treated. What a joy to discover the relics of historic Egypt on horseback - surely the only way to really understand this country.
Namibia has exhilarating riding holidays for riders and fascinating programmes for non riders. This African country creates some of the most stunning visual scenes imaginable in the vast deserts. The Namib Desert trail is the flagship ride and is defintely not for the faint hearted. Billed as the toughest ride in the world, this challenging 12 day ride covers 400 km across the Namib desert. The Skeleton Coast, home of the desert elephant, offers another wonderful horseback holiday in Africa as does the restricted Diamond Area (Sperrgebiet) on historic ground in the area of the wild horses of the Namib Desert. Namibia is home to a fabulous game reserve - Etosha - where because of the nutrients in its salt pan, the animals grow larger than normal.
Many riders are looking for the ultimate horseback safaris in Africa and in Kenya, home of the Masia Mara and the Tsavos, in South Africa, home of the Kruger national Park and in Botswana, home of the stunning Okavango Delta, Unicorn has many wonderful safaris holidays. Often they are totally luxurious whilst camping trips are available for the more adventurous. An African horseback safari is without doubt the best way to get up close and personal to the game.
Tanzania is another great safari country in East Africa and after your riding trip why not extend your stay here to dismount and climb Mount Kilmanjo the highest peak in Africa. For that once in a lifetime moment, arrive at the summit just before dawn and watch the glorious sunrise.
Safaris, deserts and mountains are not the only horse riding holidays that Africa has to offer. Fancy galloping along white sand and turquoise oceans on fabulous horses? Well you can do just that in South Africa and also Mozambique. These provide the ultimate in beach riding!
If you are looking to partake in a horseback safari, you may wish to consider our Get Fit for Safari ride, in South Africa. Here you will learn all the skills necessary to be out in the wild among game on horseback, and your confidence will grow.
For the adventurers amongst you, and only for experienced riders looking for a challenge, ride with Barry and Joe along the Wild Coast or through the Cape Winelands - perfect for endurance riders.
Just as with Northern Africa, flying to to Southern Africa from Europe has benefits too. Why not take an evening flight departure. You can dine, sleep overnight and then disembarque to eat breakfast in Africa with no jet lag.
Lastly we are delighted to offer you a unique ride in Ethiopia. This will suit the adventurous riders who don't mind a limited tourism infrastructure in return for discovering a little known but totally fascinating ancient Abyssinia source of the Great Rift Valley; the origins of mankind, the marvels of ancient christianity and the wild highlands and semi nomadic Oromo people. The wildlife of the Bale highlands are a world class treasure and best explored on horseback.
So Africa awaits you - whatever type of ride you choose, whatever country you decide on , you will an an unparalleded adventure. Contact us now to tailor make your personal African riding adventure!
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You've either never ridden or may have had a few lessons. You may be able to trot or ride out at a walk.
You've mastered the basic aids in walk, trot and canter. You're confident on a well-schooled horse in walk, rising trot (posting), and for short periods of canter in a school or even outside.
You're a secure and confident rider on a well-schooled horse at all paces including a fast canter in open country. You're happy to ride for several hours and may have some jumping experience.
You're an experienced rider, confident and relaxed on horseback. You ride regularly, have an independent seat and soft hands. You're capable of handling a spirited horse in open country and are happy to jump. You have experience of riding a variety of horses.
Does not wish to ride.
A little different from home, there may be language barriers or different ways of doing things, still quite comfortable, may be unpredictable parts or some rugged terrain.
Different accommodations, attitudes or methods of riding are used to normal riding at home, may have challenging terrain, long days or itinerary changes, may involve camping or not so comfortable accommodation. An appetite for exploration and new experiences required.
Extreme adventure, very challenging terrain and possible extreme or fast changing weather requiring adaptation of the itinerary, must be very flexible, good humoured and fit.
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Fast & exciting mobile tented safari for experienced & adventurous riders only. The Tuli Block is also home to a multitude of wildlife species and remains untouched by man.
2017: 3, 12 Feb; 14 May; 25 Jun; 26 Nov.
Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights/ 8 days riding
Approximate riding time per day: 4 - 8 hours per day
Meeting point: OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg (JNB)
Riding Ability Required: Confident, fit and experienced riders. Minimum age 16
Group Size: 2 - 8
Transfer: A light aircraft transfer from JNB to Limpopo is available on Sundays or for a minimum of 6 riders (1 hour), otherwise a road transfer will take place (5 hrs).
2017: £420 per person return (by road £450 per car 1-3 people , £850 per bus 4-8 people )
Combine with the Okavango Delta Ride to make a 13d/12n holiday and save £320 off the overall price for rides starting 30 April and 17 September. This offer can also apply to rides starting 13 May and 1 July with an additional day between the two rides - we can assist guests to find accommodation in Maun if required.
Off the beaten track adventure riding in the vast Makgadikgadi Pans and Thamalakane bush, a full service safari. Interact with meercats.
Both riders and non-riders alike can enjoy the majesty of the Okavango Delta at this unique riding and walking safari camp.
2017 Green Season: January 7-31, Feb, March, Nov 16-30, Dec 1-17
2017 Mid Season: April, May, June, July 1-15, Nov 1-15, Dec 18-Jan 6
2017 Peak Season: July 16-31, August, Sept, Oct.
Trip Length: 8d/7n/8 days riding
Approximate riding time per day: 4 to 6 hours.
Meeting point: Maun, Botswana
Riding Ability Required: Strong intermediate onwards. Must be able to trot for 10 min and gallop out of danger.
Group Size: Max 10
Transfer: Light aircraft transfer from Maun into a private air strip in the Delta:
Maun to Motswiri: $295pp each way
Light aircraft transfer from Kasane into a private air strip in the Delta:
Kasane to Motswiri: $370pp each way
(a single supplement of 50% applies when only 1 traveller is on the flight)
Combine with the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to make a 13d/12 trip and save £320 off the overall price for rides starting 30 April and 17 September. This offer can also apply to rides starting 13 May and 1 July with an additional day between the two rides - we can assist guests to find accommodation in Maun if required.
Mobile camp adventure in Okavango Delta, suitable for intermediate and experienced riders onwards.