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Great game viewing destination, also a working ranch

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Horse Riding Holidays South Africa – Horizons Safari Ranch

Horizons Safari Ranch has been personally vetted by Zara and her family who had a fabulous stay (as have all our Horse Riding Holidays South Africa). We do test every ride 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.

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.

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DATES & PRICES top

Horizons Safari Ranch

 PRICES & DATES 2017

Horizons Lodge Base

Suitable for beginners through to experienced riders. Non riders can visit but Horizon is very much geared towards riding activities. Suitable for children too.

Rates are quoted per person sharing.

Horizons Safari Ranch is a flexible holiday and you can book by the night.
We recommend 7 nights to make the most of your trip.

Open all year round.

High Season

  • 15 Feb – 30 Apr
  • 1 Jul – 9 Nov
  • 11 Dec – 10 Jan

Luxury Chalet single occupancy – £361/€420/$440 per night
Luxury Chalet
 – £241/€280/$295 per night
Garden Chalet single occupancy – £241/€280/$295 per night
Garden Chalet sharing – £225/€265/$275 per night
Standard room single occupancy – £225/€265/$275 per night
Standard room sharing – £192/€225/$235 per night

Low Season

  • 11 Jan – 14 Feb
  • 1 May – 30 Jun
  • 10 Nov – 10 Dec

Luxury Chalet single occupancy – £301/€350/$370 per night
Luxury Chalet
– £201/€235/$250 per night
Garden Chalet single occupancy – £201/€235/$250 per night
Garden Chalet sharing – £187/€220/$230 per night
Standard room single occupancy – £170/€200/$210 per night
Standard room sharing – £160/€190/$195 per night

Third person in any room, cost for 3rd person – – £156/€180/$190 per night

Rates subject to adjustment due to currency fluctuations.

Includes – All the riding, accommodation, meals, drinks & alcohol.

Excludes – Flights, transfers & tips.

Getting There
International flight to Johannesburg.

Transfer
A 3-4 hour transfer from Johannesburg airport. Group fixed time transfers available. Pick up time is 10.30am and therefore flights must arrive no later than 9.30am and departures are afternoons, therefore flights should be evening departures.

  • Horizons – £172 return pp

We can arrange also arrange private transfers & guests might also want to consider hiring a car.

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

Laura and Shane Dowinton’s stunning Waterberg ranch offers a great horse riding holiday in South Africa. It caters for all riding standards and there are over 80 horses in their herd, all trained following the method of natural horsemanship. With over 20,000 acres of superb riding and big game country there is a lot of choice and rides are organised in small groups so that experienced riders enjoy stimulating and fast rides, whilst novice riders are brought on at a pace comfortable to them.

Apart from being a great game viewing destination, Horizons Safari Ranch also operates as a working farm with 1200 head of Bonsmara cattle ranch and guests can easily join in herding the cattle or helping out with any of the other ranch duties. Other horse riding activities include the fast and competitive game of polocrosse, there’s a practice cross-country jumping course for experienced riders, lessons for those who have just started riding, fun western games like barrel racing and a longer safari ride over 2 days, taking guests into the neighbouring reserve.

Your Horizons Safari Ranch hosts Laura & Shane Dowinton are originally from the UK and have managed to create an informal yet highly professional atmosphere at this wonderful, genuine ranch. Year after year we have clients returning to Horizons because they have had one of the best holidays of their lives. Horizons Safari Ranch is by far one of the most popular, all round riding safari destinations we offer as part of our collection at Zara’s Planet.

THE RIDING top

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

Level of Riding & Pace – Beginner to Advanced.

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

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

Group Size – Maximum 10.

ACCOMMODATION top

Horizons Safari Ranch provides a very comfortable private lodge with a mixture of accommodation – there are ‘standard’ & ‘deluxe’ double rooms in the lodge and 4 large private rondavels (cottages) in the grounds. The lodge is set in a beautiful area, right on a lake with pretty gardens and a swimming pool. The accommodation is stylish and comfortable, with double and single rooms for single travellers which avoids the single supplement and the larger, private rondavels close to the lodge are great for families or honeymoon couples.

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 the Horizons Ranch are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays South Africa.

Please Ask About

  • Why not combine a stay at Horizons with a few nights at sister property Camp Davidson. This luxury tented camp on a wooden platform will give you a little taste of the bush and we can organise transfers to and from.
  • Cape Town add-on – it’s easy to fly down from Johannesburg to spend a few days sight seeing, Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront, Robyn Island and staying in a wonderful hotel or driving along the wine route staying at some glorious wineries, before taking a direct flight home
  • Victoria Falls add-on – again, very easy to fly to Victoria Falls and visit for a day or two, take a boat or helicopter trip and afterwards head into Botswana and the Okavango Delta, time permitting or travel home

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Example Horizons Safari Ranch Itinerary

DAY 1

You transfer for Johannesburg to the ranch. That afternoon you will enjoy an introductory ride in the game reserve at the Horizons Ranch 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 utilize the skills of our dressage expert and strengthen their seat with a flatwork lesson.

DAY 4

After breakfast, we embark on a 2 day wilderness safari. Here guests ride in search of a wide variety of game. Lunch is a picnic en route and the days ends as we arrive at the rustic, African, overnight, tented camp, in time for sundowners and dinner around the campfire.

DAY 5

After a campfire breakfast, we spend the day riding in the reserve with another picnic stop for lunch and we arrive back at the Horizons Ranch in time for supper.

DAY 6

This morning, why not chill out after all those hours in the saddle on the wilderness safari. Guests can relax and enjoy an outing or game drive on a local reserve - in the hope of close encounters with lion, elephant or buffalo. You can even opt for a helicopter flip over this spectacular area, for a magnificent, aerial view of Africa! Enjoy your lunch back at Horizons and after a relaxing afternoon have fun trying your hand at barrel racing, pole bending and other Western games.

DAY 7

Even more excitement follows today- with the aid of a map and a secretive guide, guests spend the morning deciphering clues laid out around the farm, in search of a sumptuous bush breakfast during one of our horseback treasure hunts. After the ride those wanting exercise of a different kind may enjoy a bush walk with the dogs in search of hippo. Later on, after an indulgent afternoon tea, enjoy another ride or try your skills over the challenging cross-country fences.

DAY 8

For yet another challenge, guests can try their hand at cattle cutting, followed by an afternoon ride in the Triple B game area tracking giraffe or zebra, and learning the signs of the wild and medicinal values of the native bushes and trees.

DAY 9

Take in some of the culture of Africa by riding to the farm's main homestead and stopping off on route for tea and a tour of the 100 year old house. Afternoon tea and cake is followed by another enjoyable ride on the ranch.

DAY 10

More game viewing on the ranch, or those wanting a closer experience can head off to Lapalala Wilderness for a game drive and a visit the orphan black rhinos, where hand feeding the rhinos is an unforgettable experience. Return to Horizons for lunch. After tea, it's off to the polocrosse pitch for some guests, whilst others ride out with our local ,world-renowned rhino expert and learn more about his life and work.

DAY 11

Finish off your holiday with a last ride of your choice. Depart after a homely lunch in the garden.

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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

Cian O’Connor on Ants Safari Collection, South Africa

There is a uniqueness to going on a safari on horseback that travelling in a Land Rover can never give you. Here you are at one with the wildlife, with nothing separating you from the huge variety of game that trots or canters alongside you or sometimes just regard you with a baleful eye from

Cian O’Connor, Ireland International Showjumper & Olympic Bronze Medallist