Nothing captures the pioneer spirit of vintage safaris quite like exploring swathes of African landscape on horseback. For those looking to break from game drive safaris, taking to the saddle offers an entirely new perspective on the African bush and is a great way to stay active on safari.
For avid riders and horse-lovers alike, there is nothing quite like a horse safari. From rides of a few hours to multi-day affairs, fly camping along the way, enjoy a guided ride through different terrains – game-viewing as you go. “It feels like you have backtracked 50 years in Africa - especially on horseback where we are allowed to be off the roads,” said Jo Westermark from Kaskazi Horse Safaris in Tanzania. Merging the gentle pace and motion of horse-riding with the exhilaration of that off-the-beaten path safari feeling, horse safaris present an opportunity to traverse some seemingly impassable topography and offer a wholly unique viewpoint from which to observe game. If you find the idea a little daunting, this is something well understood by operators.