Ride Overview - African Explorer Stationary
Here’s an African horseback riding vacation where you stay in one location! Not interested in packing each day to accommodate a camp to camp riding safari? This lodge is beautifully set alongside a large lake within the estate’s dedicated game reserve in Botswana. All rooms are en-suite with either shower or bath or both facilities. Three double rooms are separate from the main lodge; two suites overlook the lake and have a small veranda area, the rondavel is a traditional African dwelling adjacent to the lodge with its own charm. There are a large living area, dining room and large stoep (or verandah) for you to enjoy. Three sumptuous meals are served a day with afternoon tea before an afternoon ride. All drinks are complimentary. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for on request. Rides are tailormade to suit your riding ability. In addition to incredible bush trails, equestrian activities can include cattle mustering, game viewing on horseback, swimming on horseback, polocrosse, and Western games. Jumping is also available on request. Non-riding activities include an elephant back safari, walking with wild dogs, night sky safari (star talk), onsite game drives, guided bush walks, black bass fishing, zip lining, cycling on Lindani and Vaalwater Township tour and shopping.
Ride Itinerary - African Explorer Stationary
You will be transferred from the airport to the Signature Safari lodge (approx. 2.5hrs) for lunch. Afterward, you will enjoy an introductory ride in the game reserve where sundowners will be served at one of the picturesque hippo dams.
Your trail will take you to an original farm homestead and the main African village. Quaint hand decorated houses surround the historic Baber family homestead where you will enjoy tea, and a visit to the farm crèche for some delightful entertainment. You will then mount up to ride back to the lodge for a cooling swim in the lake with your horse. After lunch, the heat of the day will increase and you can relax by the pool or take a siesta. In the afternoon, you will ride out into the game area to encounter native herds and learn the signs of the wild and medicinal values of the native bushes and trees.
A vast network of sandy tracks will lead to a game reserve. After lunch, you can go on a shopping trip to the local town of Vaalwater for some retail therapy bush style. That afternoon, you will enjoy an introduction to polocrosse, an amalgam of polo and lacrosse, an invigorating sport that will soon have you addicted.
You can start the day with another trail or another polocrosse session.
Enjoy a full morning of riding in the game reserve with possible encounters with giraffe, eland, wildebeest, waterbuck, impala, hartebeest or zebra. Lunch is taken en route at one of the neighboring dams, where a cooling swim on the horses can be enjoyed.
Depart for the ride back to Horizon in time for lunch. In the afternoon, if you are saddle-weary, you can visit Beadle, the local farm community-linked project, where locals hand make exquisite beaded leather products, including browbands and made-to-measure riding chaps. If not, you can mount up for a gentle outride to discover new parts of this beautiful property or to find a hippo.
After many hours in the saddle, you may opt to take a break and enjoy a game drive to a local ‘big five’ reserve with the possibility of close encounters with lion, elephant or buffalo. Return to the lodge for lunch. After another indulgent afternoon tea, you can enjoy a trail ride or try your skills over the challenging cross-country fences.
This morning, you can help herd some of the ranch’s magnificent Bonsmarastud cattle, a non-aggressive breed adapted to local conditions. After bringing a herd in from pasture, you can learn how to move one cow or youngster away from the group. This activity pits you and your mount against the animal’s herding instinct and will test your riding ability to the full. Follow the action with a refreshing swim with your horse. The afternoon tea is followed by yet another new challenge in the form of western games (gymkhana for adults) where your riding skills and competitive edge can once again be pushed to the limits.
In the morning, you can enjoy an exhilarating fast ride to one of the furthest points of the property. Back at the lodge, you can enjoy a quick swim and a late lunch. Afternoon tea is followed by an outride in the game reserve for one last photo opportunity with game followed by a final sundowner on a high rock overlooking the tranquil Waterberg landscape.
You will have a final morning ride before your departure back to the airport after lunch.
Please be aware that due to changes in weather and other unforeseen events the itinerary may be changed at the last minute.
Ride Details - African Explorer Stationary
Dates: weekly departures from January 4th – January 3rd, 2020
Meeting Place: Arrivals Hall Information Desk at Tambo International Airport
Riding days: 8
Riding Hours: 2 – 4
Riding ability: STRONG INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country. Comfortable in the saddle for several hours. Capable of crossing rivers.
Vaccinations: Please consult with your doctor. Some vaccinations can require a 6 month lead time.
Restrictions: minimum – age 16 years old
Horses: Boerpherds, Shire/Thoroughbred
Group size: 2 – 8
Accommodations: safari lodge
Non-riding activities: game drives, cycling, and walking available
January 4th – May 31st: $2,435.00 per person, double occupancy 50% of the price, single supplement
June 1st – January 3ed, 2020: $2,890.00 per person, double occupancy 50% of the price, single supplement
*This price will fluctuate with the dollar/GBP exchange and will be fixed at your final payment.
Includes: lodging, all activities, meals, selected local beverages and laundry service, all internal transfers
Not Included: airfare, USD$40.00 conservation fee in Botswana
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