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Horseback safaris

© Safari par Excellence© Safari par ExcellenceHorseback safaris, as opposed to horse trails, operate in a number of wildlife areas. Generally speaking, horseback safaris are only for experienced riders as riding in the presence of big game – including lions, rhinos, elephants, etc, necessitates a certain level of competence. Most safaris are multi-day and offer comfortable, even luxury, accommodation, either in a central camp, in fly camps or in different lodges. The emphasis in horseback safaris is on getting close to wildlife and, if you’ve never done this before, you’ll be amazed to see how close you can get to animals like rhinos, elephants and buffalo. Even the shy but beautiful impalas tend not to be stressed out by horses as they just recognise them as fellow herbivores, ignoring the rather odd bump on their backs. Limpopo province of South Africa offer horseback safaris in the malaria-free Waterberg and on the outskirts of Kruger National Park but the main horseback safari areas are in Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Less experienced riders – and even beginners – can do a short game-viewing ride in a couple of wildlife areas.

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