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Great friendly riding safari without any big dangerous game

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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.

Here’s a lovely video that features Horizons Safari. Enjoy!

DATES & PRICES top

Horizons Safari Ranch:Prices & Dates 2019

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. You can also combine Horizons Safari Ranch with some nights at Camp Davidson for an all round bush experience. Just ask us to include in your quote.

Open all year round.

High Season

  • 16th -23rd February, 20th-26th April, 1st July-6th January 2020

Private Lakeside Chalet – £260/€310/$345 per night
Garden Chalet single occupancy – £260/€310/$345 per night
Garden Chalet sharing – £245/€290/$325 per night
Standard room single occupancy – £245/€290/$325 per night
Standard room sharing – £210/€250/$280 per night

Low Season

  • 6th January – 15th February, 24th February – 19th April, 27th April – 30th June

Private Lakeside Chalet – £200/€235/$265 per night
Garden Chalet single occupancy – £200/€235/$265 per night
Garden Chalet sharing – £185/€220/$230 per night
Standard room single occupancy – £185/€220/$230 per night
Standard room sharing – £160/€190/$210 per night

Third person in any room, cost for 3rd person – – £155/€170/$200 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 no earlier than 7.00pm.

  • Horizons – £190 return pp
  • Private transfers per car each way £250

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

Additional transfers

  • Horizon to Waterberg £63
  • Horizon to Limpopo 1-3 pax £232
  • Horizon to Limpopo 4-8 pax £290

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 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.

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

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.

DESTINATION MAP top

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

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We were made so welcome by Philip and Gerti, the grooms and all the tracking staff and grew very fond of our amazing horses - Lucinda even likening her favourite, Steiner, to the late Bally Leck Boy, such was the lovely ride he gave her...

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