South Africa - Horizons Safari Ranch
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Horse Riding Holidays South Africa – Horizons Safari Ranch

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Horizons Safari Ranch: Prices 2023

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.

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High Season

  • July, August, September, October, November, December

    Luxury Chalet sharing$372
    • GBP: 300
    • EUR: 342
    per night
    Luxury Chalet single occupancy$559
    • GBP: 450
    • EUR: 513
    per night
    Garden Chalet sharing$372
    • GBP: 300
    • EUR: 342
    per night
    Garden Chalet single occupancy$410
    • GBP: 330
    • EUR: 376
    per night
    Standard room sharing$323
    • GBP: 260
    • EUR: 297
    per night
    Standard room single occupancy$372
    • GBP: 300
    • EUR: 342
    per night
    Third person in any room, cost for 3rd person – – $308
    • GBP: 248
    • EUR: 283
    per night

Mid Season

  • March, April, May, June

    Luxury Chalet sharing$317
    • GBP: 255
    • EUR: 291
    per night
    Luxury Chalet single occupancy$475
    • GBP: 383
    • EUR: 436
    per night
    Garden Chalet sharing$317
    • GBP: 255
    • EUR: 291
    per night
    Garden Chalet single occupancy$349
    • GBP: 281
    • EUR: 320
    per night
    Standard room sharing$269
    • GBP: 217
    • EUR: 247
    per night
    Standard room single occupancy$317
    • GBP: 255
    • EUR: 291
    per night
    Third person in any room, cost for 3rd person – – $263
    • GBP: 212
    • EUR: 241
    per night

Low Season

  • January, February

    Luxury Chalet sharing$288
    • GBP: 232
    • EUR: 264
    per night
    Luxury Chalet single occupancy$432
    • GBP: 348
    • EUR: 397
    per night
    Garden Chalet sharing$288
    • GBP: 232
    • EUR: 264
    per night
    Garden Chalet single occupancy$325
    • GBP: 262
    • EUR: 298
    per night
    Standard room sharing$243
    • GBP: 196
    • EUR: 223
    per night
    Standard room single occupancy$288
    • GBP: 232
    • EUR: 264
    per night
    Third person in any room, cost for 3rd person – – $148
    • GBP: 119
    • EUR: 136
    per night

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

Excludes – Flights, transfers & tips.

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. You can also combine Horizons Safari Ranch with an outride and overnight at either Camp Davidson for a bush camp experience and/or add a night or two at neighbouring Bellevue Lodge with its vast herds of game. These extras are payable locally as a small extra supplement and depend on availability so let us know would like to include an outride and we will request and quote.

Getting There
International flight to Johannesburg.

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 no earlier than 7.00pm.

  • Group – $323
    • GBP: 260
    • EUR: 297
    return pp
  • Private transfers per car each way $372
    • GBP: 300
    • EUR: 342

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


Laura and Shane Dowinton’s stunning Waterberg ranch offers a great horse riding holiday in South Africa coupled with a warm friendly, home from home atmosphere in a super comfortable lodge. All riding standards are catered for and there are over 90 horses in their herd, many trained following the method of natural horsemanship. This is the perfect destination for riders who want to experience riding in Africa with the absence of big dangerous game. During the holidays it is also a perfect family option too. Wildlife to be seen on the reserve include hippo, giraffe, zebra, antelope, leopard, caracal, brown hyena, jackal, crocodile and aardvark. There are also over 300 bird species on the reserve.

It is a flexible holiday with options to ride out on the reserve, play polocross, enjoy western games and for experienced riders some cross country jumping can be organised. The 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.

We must mention the food as a highlight at Horizons and time out of the saddle is spent relaxing at the pool, chilling in a hammock or enjoying the super comfortable communal areas and rooms in the lodge. There are also non riding activities on option for non riders or if you want a day off.

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.


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.


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 standard rooms in the lodge suited for single travellers and the larger, private rondavels close to the lodge and lakeside which 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 an outride and overnight to sister property Camp Davidson. This luxury tented camp on a wooden platform will give you a little taste of the bush. Or how about an outride to a reserve teeming with game and ovenright at Bellevue Lodge. Both can be organised for a small extra add on fee to your trip.
  • 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


Example Horizons Safari Ranch Itinerary

The beauty of Horizons is there no set itinerary and the riding is tailored to suit you. The rides are kept small with rarely more than eight guests. Guests can also be taken out on their own if requested. On a typical day set out after breakfast on an early morning ride for 3-4 hours. Return to the lodge in time for lunch.

Early afternoon you may wish to relax, cool off in the pool or a go for a walk in the surrounding bushveld. Once the heat of the day has subsided, have afternoon tea and set off for a late afternoon ride. Rides depart early morning and late afternoon, following trails through the reserve. Wildlife you are likely to see on the private game reserve include species such as giraffe, zebra, hippo, impala, eland, kudu, caracal, jackal and warthog. There are also over 300 species of birds recorded in the area.

Depending on the presence of the hippo in the dam, there may be the chance to swim with your horse. On your departure day: You may have to vacate your room after breakfast so that it can be made ready for arriving guests.


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.

If you are having trouble finding exactly the right horse riding holiday for you from our horse riding holidays collection, please contact us directly using the form below and tell us in your own words what you would like to do and we will use our extensive knowledge to make sure we find that perfect horse riding holiday.


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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