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Great Option for Families - Safe Game Area, Lots of Activities!

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Horse Riding Holidays South Africa – Camp Davidson

Camp Davidson has been personally vetted by Zara and Jill (as have all our Horse Riding Holidays South Africa). We do this to ensure that the quality of the horse riding, accommodation, food and scenery combine to provide only the best Horse Riding Holidays in South Africa for our clients.

DATES & PRICES top

Camp Davidson

PRICES 2017

Suitable for beginners to experienced riders. Also non riders would enjoy a stay here. Suitable for children too.

Rates are quoted per person sharing.

Camp Davidson is a flexible holiday and you can book by the night.
We recommend 7 nights to make the most of your trip or perhaps do 3-4 nights and combine it with Horizons Ranch Safari.

Open all year round.

Adults – £182/€220/$2225 per night

Child –  £150/€180/$185 per night
(single supplement if not willing to share 50%)

Mid stay (with Horizons Ranch Safari) supplement per night (if staying less than 3 nights)  – £37/€40/$45 per night

Rates subject to adjustment due to currency fluctuations.

Includes – All riding, guides, accommodation, meals and drinks including alcohol.

Excludes – International flights, transfers and tips.

DATES 2017

There are no set dates for this ride. They run throughout the year. There is no minimum required to run a trip.

Getting There
International flight to Johannesburg.

Transfer
Approx 3 hour transfer from Johannesburg airport. We can arrange group & private transfers & guests might also want to consider hiring a car. Group transfers at set times are £88 each way.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Camp Davidson has recently been built high in the bushveld above the Matlapeng valley. It has been brought to us by husband and wife team, Laura and Shane Dowinton of Horizons Safari Lodge and for them, it’s an alternative setting and accommodation experience for their lodge guests.

Camp Davidson offers opportunities to explore from a base camp nestled in the heart of the wooded mountains of the Waterberg, which commands a wonderful panoramic view of the central highlands of the Waterberg massif, while overlooking the picturesque Sunset Lake at the eastern boundary of Triple B Ranch.

The camp itself at Camp Davidson has taken its name from the, Ted Davidson. In the late 19th century he was one of the first members of the Baber family (owners of Triple B Ranch) to settle in the Waterberg. He was a young man trading by ox wagon to remote cattle outposts in an equally young ranching area. Then, a good days travelling may have been only five miles or so by rugged track, and so an itinerant life in the Waterberg meant a life by the campfire.

Laura and Shane have captured that early camp atmosphere at Camp Davidson through beautiful decked canvas tents nestled amongst the sandstone ridges overlooking grassy game filled valleys. Each tent is appointed as it would have been in Teds day with items that would have been essential to the traveller accustomed to regular nights in the bush.

Expect the good selection of riding horses that you would from Horizons and days spent riding out through the Waterberg spotting game and in the evenings, sitting round the campfire with glasses of wine, eating the best open campfire you didn’t think possible!

Camp Davidson is a great option for families as the price is good value and it’s a safe game area, with lots of outdoor fresh air and activities for everyone to feel like they are out on a real adventure!

THE RIDING top

Horses – Anglo-Arabs, Thoroughbreds, Boerperds and cross breeds, plus smaller ponies for children.

Level of Riding & Pace – Novice to Advanced – Riding out will be grouped to abilities and private groups like families will ride at their own pace.

Tack – English style with South African McClellan saddles and some English saddles.

Weight Restriction – 16 stone / 102 kg / 224 lbs.

Group Size – Maximum 12.

ACCOMMODATION top

A frame 4x3m tents with private bathroom area. There’s a bucket style shower, basin style sink and flush toilet. Comfortable camp beds, with cotton duvets, pillows and blankets.

Camp food like never before, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how good the meals are:

  • A light breakfast – Tea, coffee, rusks, cereals, fruit and yoghurts.
  • Saddle bag lunches – filled cob ( the insides out of a loaf, stuffed with layers of grilled veg, pesto sauce and cream cheese and sliced through – to die for!), coleslaw, salads, pate, cheese and fruit.
  • Dinners – 1st night might be round the camp fire and the 2nd night might be round a table with linen cloth – expect, pre dinner snacks then something like a venison dish with rice and vegetables followed by pears in red wine, all washed down with a good South African wine – all very civilised!

 

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

Horse Riding Holidays at Camp Davidson are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays South Africa.

Please Ask About

  • A great combination with Horizons Safari Lodge
  • A great combination with an African Explorer trip

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

We think Camp Davidson is combined well with a stay at Horizons Safari Lodge and here is an example itinerary:

DAY 1

Guests will be met at Johannesburg International Airport and transferred to the Horizon Signature lodge (approx. 3 hours) in time for lunch. That afternoon you will enjoy an introductory ride in the game reserve with sundowners served at one of our hippo dams. Dinner is a 3 course evening meal at the lodge.

DAY 2

A morning of mustering cattle. Guests have the opportunity to participate in this fun and exciting activity. This can be followed by a cooling swim with your horse. Afternoon tea is followed by an exhilarating fast ride.

DAY 3

An introduction to polocrosse - we will soon have guests addicted to this invigorating sport. After afternoon tea, guests may choose to enjoy another ride or take a flatwork lesson to strengthen their seat.

DAY 4

We head off on your ride to Camp Davidson. On route through the Matlapeng reserve the ride will take a sundowner break at the Red Lake, where you are likely to encounter our pod of resident hippo, before climbing the ridge up to Camp Davidson.

DAY 5

A day of exploration in the reserve, tracking herds of giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and impala. The terrain lends itself to straying off the trails as your horse leads you along game trails and narrow kloofs. A saddlebag lunch is served at the riverside on a long abandoned wagon route used by the pioneers to congregate for church each Sunday. Riders can rest in the shade of the riverine forest during the heat of the day or take a dip in the clear flowing streams whilst the horses graze, before gradually meandering back through the plains in the fading afternoon light.

DAY 6

A full days ride west of camp takes you around Bellevue on the southern end of the property and on to the historic Baber homestead for lunch by the poolside. That afternoon riders visit the local Sotho village and have a tour of some of the traditional houses with the local characters Martha Mosima and the group of village lady elders for afternoon tea accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. After a day of long riding, culture and history you will return to the peace of the Camp Davidson where you will dine under the stars.

DAY 7

We break camp at about 5.30 and riders mount for a last ride through the reserve, soaking up the early morning sights and sounds of the African bush. Guests depart for Beadle, a craft workshop on Triple B Ranch which has served as a community and job creation project since 1998. The craftsmen specialise in beautiful handmade beadwork and leather products including riding chaps.

DAY 8

Our last morning ride, before getting ready to depart for Johannesburg airport and your flight home.

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Don’t forget our Horse Riding Holidays GUARANTEE. You won’t find any of our Horse Riding Holidays in South Africa at a lower price through any other source… and if you do we will refund the difference.

Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

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South Africa Holidays Testimonials

Ciara Higgins on Wait a Little Big 5 Safari, SA

The horses were amazing. I rode four different horses and Dave rode 3. We were definitely matched to suitable horses and really enjoyed our mounts.They started out each day with a lovely long walk and arrived home up to 4 hours later with the same lovely strides they began with! The terrain was great. Plenty

Ciara Higgins from Ireland