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Horse riding in Makhtesh Ramon
from $2,435
Summary:
An exciting and fast ride in the Negev Desert of Israel, an adventurous trek for experienced riders. The riding includes a two-day 100km round-trip to Makhtesh Ramon, a unique geological feature only found in a small area of Israel and the Sinai peninsula in Egypt. Accommodation is in comfortable cabins with one night camping inside the heart of the crater.
Departure Dates:
  • 2020: dates available on request between February and November excluding July and August.
  • Trip Length: 7 days/6 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 2-8
  • Meeting point: Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, Ovda Airport or the farm
  • Riding Ability Required: Strong intermediate onwards. Riders must be confident at all paces in open spaces and fit enough to maintain long periods of trot and canter.
  • Usual Group Size: 2-8. Larger groups can be accommodated on request.
  • Transfer: 2020: From Tel Aviv 500 ILS or Ovda airport 350 ILS per vehicle (1-4pax) each way. Car hire is an alternative option.
Cantering in the desert
from $1,845
Special Offer:

10% discount for first 2 riders to book the 2nd or 23rd May 2020 deperture

Summary:

Discover the ancient wonders of Jordan on this 9 day trail. You'll ride from the mountainous area of Petra to the vast sand plains and steep rock formations of Wadi Rum. Enjoy long canters on enthusiastic and forward going horses, accommodation is in a combination of hotels and basic camping under the stars in the desert. 

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: 12 (FULL), 21 Mar; 2, 11, 23 (FULL) Apr; 2, 14, 23 May; 10, 19 Sep; 1, 10, 22, 31 Oct; 12 (FULL), 21 Nov
  • Trip Length: 10 days/9 nights/6 riding days
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4-6 hours
  • Meeting point: Amman Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), Jordan
  • Riding Ability Required: Confident, fit intermediate riders onwards
  • Usual Group Size: 2-7
  • Transfer: 2019/20: Return transfer from airport included in price
Hunting Eagle
from $4,049
Summary:
Fantastic adventure in remote western Mongolia from beginner onwards, vehicle supported camping trip with great guides. Visit the Eagle Festival and join hundreds of nomads gathered to watch and compete as the hunters show off their skills.
Departure Dates:
  • 2020: 30 August (Sagsai Festival); 20 September (Ulgii Festival)
  • Trip Length: 16 nights / 17 days / 11 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: Average 4-5 hours
  • Meeting point: Ulaan Baatar (ULN)
  • Riding Ability Required: Beginner onwards. No minimum age. Fit and able to mount and dismount unaided.
  • Usual Group Size: Maximum 10
  • Transfer: Included from meeting point. Transfer time approximately 30 minutes.
Boy and Eagle
from $3,155
Summary:

A fast ride that takes you deep into western Mongolia and the National Park Tarvagatai Nuruu. Start with a road trip across the country via the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire before meeting up with local nomads who provide high quality horses to explore this remote region. Flight back to Ulaan Bator. Less experienced riders can be accommodated without affecting the pace.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: Jun 6, 25; Jul 17; Aug 5, 24; Sept 15.
  • Trip Length: 16 nights / 17 days / 11 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: Average 4-5 hours
  • Meeting point: Ulaan Baatar (ULN)
  • Riding Ability Required: Beginner onwards. No minimum age. Fit and able to mount and dismount unaided.
  • Usual Group Size: 4-10
  • Transfer: Included from meeting point. Transfer time approximately 30 minutes.
Riding across the Sahara
from $1,399
Summary:

Fantastic trail through the desert home of the Berber people on fit horses for intermediate riders onwards. Ride from the stony deserts near Zagora all the way to the big sand dunes of the Sahara at Chegaga. Camping or, from October to April, guesthouses, hotels or a riad.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: 12, 26 Jan; 23*(FULL) Feb; 1*, 8*, 15*, 22*, 29* Mar; 12** Apr. 18*, 25** Oct; 1**(FULL), 8**, 29 Nov; 6, 20**, 27** Dec. (*denotes mid season, ** high season)
  • Trip Length: 8 days /7 nights
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5 hours
  • Meeting point: Ouarzazate Airport. It is also possible to fly to Marrakech; from where we can arrange a transfer for you or you can take a bus to Ouarzazate (additional cost). If you are flying into Marrakech then your flight must arrive no later than 2pm on Day 1 and leave no earlier than 3pm on Day 8.
  • Riding Ability Required: Intermediate onwards but should be riding fit. Minimum age 12
  • Usual Group Size: 2-10
  • Transfer: 2020: Included from meeting point. For Marrakech transfers there is a supplement of €140 per vehicle (1-8pax) each way, payable on site.
Summary:

Point to point camping trail through the desert home of the Berber people on fit horses for intermediate riders onwards.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: 19, 26 April; 3 May.
  • Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights/5 ½ days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 5 hours
  • Meeting point: Ouarzazate Airport.
    It is also possible to fly to Marrakech; from where we can arrange a transfer for you or you can take a bus to Ouarzazate (additional cost)
  • Riding Ability Required: Intermediate onwards but should be riding fit. Minimum age 12
  • Usual Group Size: 4-10
  • Transfer: 2020; Included from Ourzazate, from Marrakech transfers €140 per vehicle (1-8pax) each way, payable on site.
Namibia Damara Elephant Trail
from $5,859
Summary:

This is a truly exceptional trail; where else can you expect to see elephant, giraffe and rhino in a desert habitat! Damaraland is a very spectacular part of the country, almost inaccessible, with amazing colours and vast open spaces, ancient craters and remnants from prehistoric times, not to mention the forbidding Skeleton Coast.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: July 10 (FULL), 28 (FULL).
  • Trip Length: 11 days/10 nights
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4 to 7 hours
  • Meeting point: Windhoek International Airport (WDH)
  • Riding Ability Required: Fit confident riders
  • Usual Group Size: 5 - 12 riders
  • Transfer: 2020: £390pp
Horse overlooking canyon view
from Price on enquiry
Summary:

This horse riding safari holiday in Namibia has a combination of dramatic canyon landscapes, spacious desert planes and the mighty Orange River. This offers both inaccessible countryside and real wilderness areas as well as fast riding without limitations.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: September 18 - 28 (FULL)
  • 2021: June 4 - 14
  • Trip Length: 11d/10n/9 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 6 - 8 hours but some days may be even longer
  • Meeting point: Cape Town (CPT) on request for groups
  • Riding Ability Required: Intermediate onwards, confident at all paces, must be fit. Minimum age 12
  • Usual Group Size: 5 - 12
  • Transfer: 2020: Return transfers to Cape Town International Airport, £365pp payable upon booking.
Arriving into camp
from $5,859
Summary:

Challenging 400km trail across the Namib desert finishing on the white beaches of the Atlantic Ocean's Skeleton Coast. Suitable for fit intermediate or advanced riders.

Departure Dates:
  • 2020: Apr 3 (FULL); Jun 22; Aug 14; Sept 1.
  • Trip Length: 11 days/10 nights/8 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 4 to 8 hours on one day
  • Meeting point: Windhoek Airport (WDH)
  • Riding Ability Required: Intermediate onwards, must be fit. Minimum age 12
  • Usual Group Size: 5 - 15
  • Transfer: 2020: Windhoek return transfers - £390 per person payable upon booking
Giraffes!
from $2,809
Summary:
Luxurious private game lodge with fast riding on Arab and X horses with, ideal destination for groups of mixed riders and non riders.
Departure Dates:
  • 2020: Open all year, any day departure except weeks of endurance competitions.
  • Trip Length: 8 days/7 nights/6 days riding
  • Approximate riding time per day: 3 - 7 hours per day
  • Meeting point: Windhoek town or Hoseo Kutako Airport (WDH)
  • Riding Ability Required: Intermediate onwards.
  • Usual Group Size: 1-6
  • Transfer: 2020: From Windhoek town €100 (40 min) or Windhoek airport €200 (1hr) return per vehicle (max 4 passengers). Transfers payable upon booking.

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