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Enjoy long stretches of fast-paced riding on well-schooled horses in the Simalaha Wilderness.

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Horse Riding Holidays Zambia – Zambian Horse Safaris

PRICES & DATES top

Zambian Horse Safaris: Prices 2024

Rates are quoted per person sharing.

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3 Nights Horse Safari

  •  $1,353
    • GBP: 1,060
    • EUR: 1,245
    per person, sharing
  • $1,953
    • GBP: 1,530
    • EUR: 1,798
    single person

5 Nights (3 nights on horse safari & 2 at Chundukwa)

  •  $2,214
    • GBP: 1,735
    • EUR: 2,038
    per person, sharing
  •  $3,025
    • GBP: 2,370
    • EUR: 2,784
    single person

7 Nights (4 nights on horse safari & 3 at Chundukwa)

  • $3,089
    • GBP: 2,420
    • EUR: 2,843
    per person, sharing
  • $4,206
    • GBP: 3,295
    • EUR: 3,872
    single person

7 Nights (3 nights on horse safari & 4 at Chundukwa)

  • $3,108
    • GBP: 2,435
    • EUR: 2,861
    per person, sharing
  • $4,129
    • GBP: 3,235
    • EUR: 3,801
    single person

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

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

Excludes – Flights, transfers, premium label alcohol & tips.

Zambian Horse Safaris: Dates 2024

3 Nights

30 June – 3 July (2 spaces)
14 – 17 July (4 spaces)
28 – 31 July (8 spaces)
4 – 7 August (8 spaces)
18 – 21 August (6 spaces)
15 – 18 September (4 spaces)
22 – 25 September (6 spaces)
13 – 16 October (fully booked)
28 – 31 October (4 spaces)
22 – 25 December (6 spaces)

5 Nights

30 June – 5 July (2 spaces)
14 – 19 July (4 spaces)
28 July – 2 August (8 spaces)
4 – 9 August (8 spaces)
18 – 23 August (6 spaces)
15 – 20 September (4 spaces)
22 – 27 September (6 spaces)
13 – 18 October (fully booked)
28 October – 2 November (4 spaces)
22 – 27 December (6 spaces)

7 Nights

30 June – 7 July (2 spaces)
14 – 21 July (4 spaces)
28 July – 4 August (8 spaces)
4 – 11 August (8 spaces)
18 – 25 August (6 spaces)
15 – 22 September (4 spaces)
22 – 29 September (6 spaces)
13 – 20 October (fully booked)
28 October – 4 November (4 spaces)
22 – 27 December (6 spaces)

Getting There
Nearest airport is Livingstone Airport (Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport HMIA).

Transfer
Once you have cleared immigration and collected your luggage, you will be met by a member of the team and transferred to Chundukwa River Lodge for Zambian Horseback Safari departure (depending on your itinerary).
The preferred route starts with a road transfer and then you will continue the journey by river! The boat journey is a highlight for all guests. There is an 8-seater Alli-Boat with a canopy for shade for the journey from Mambova Harbour into the Simalaha Wildlife Conservancy, where guests will be met by the horses on the river’s edge to ride into camp.
Transfer costs breakdown is as follows and a minimum of 2 passengers is applicable –
– Livingstone Airport (Zambia) to Simalaha Horse Safaris, $300.00 pp return
– Chundukwa River Lodge (Livingstone, Zambia) to Simalaha Horse Safaris, $240 pp return
– Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwe) to Simalaha Horse Safaris, $368 pp return
– Kasane Airport (Botswana) to Simalaha Horse Safaris, $284 pp return
Helicopter or Light Aircraft charter is an alternative transfer option for those with limited time.Return transfer rates are subject to change at any time.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

The Ultimate Zambian Adventure – A Stay at Zambian Horseback Safaris
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime horse riding adventure with Zambian Horseback Safaris, where pure riding freedom awaits over ancient, hole-free floodplains. Enjoy long stretches of fast-paced riding on well-schooled horses in the Simalaha Wilderness.

Eco-Camp Experience in the Remote Wilderness
Your journey includes a stay at an eco-camp in this ultra-remote location. Despite its seclusion, the camp offers marvelous amenities. Travelers sleep on beautiful linens, cool off in the eco-pool and wildlife viewing hide, and dine on delicious, fresh, and healthy cuisine. The horses, well-adapted to wildlife, allow riders to explore lesser-trodden paths. The annual flooding of the Simalaha Plains leaves vast swathes of the conservancy inaccessible to vehicles, making horseback exploration both natural and thrilling.

Varied and Exciting Riding Experiences
The pace of riding varies, offering fast and thrilling gallops alongside giraffe, zebra, and buck, both in water and on land. Between these exhilarating rides, indulge in some of the best birdwatching in the world. Riders are fully immersed in the African wilderness and can opt for a sleep-out experience under the starlit skies. Witnessing the sunrise and sunset in this wild part of Zambia is a highlight worth the trip alone.

Starting and Ending at Chundukwa River Lodge
Travelers begin and end their journey at Chundukwa River Lodge, a luxury lodge located just 25 minutes from Livingstone Town and Victoria Falls, one of the Natural Wonders of the World. The area offers countless nature, photographic, and adventure-based opportunities, ensuring your Zambian adventure is unforgettable.

THE RIDING top

Horses – Quarter Horses, Quarter Horse cross Boerperds, Basotho Horses and Thoroughbred-Crosses.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced.

Tack – Australian stock saddles, western saddles or trail saddles. Saddle bags are provided.

Weight Restriction – 15 stone / 95 kg / 210 lbs.

Group Size – Maximum 8.

ACCOMMODATION top

Chundukwa River Lodge features five Riverside Chalets, each designed with an open-fronted layout that offers breathtaking views of the Zambezi River.
Each room possesses its own unique charm and design, providing a direct connection to nature for guests seeking a soulful and peaceful experience

On safari you will venture to one of Zambia’s wild and remote Camps. Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Zambia, where you will discover one of its most remote and untamed camps. Experience vast open spaces, starlit skies, and the melodic sounds of nature at dawn.
The camp seamlessly blends design, community, and nature, offering breathtaking views over the Simalaha Plains.
With accommodations for up to eight riders in four tents, special care is taken to provide high-quality mattresses, linens, and towels to soothe achy bodies after long hours in the saddle.

Meals are homecooked, delicious and healthy. Your stay also includes bush picnics, pop-up sundowners, snacks, house wine, beers, soft drinks and teas & coffees.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

7-Nights Safari

Day 1
Fly into Livingstone Airport (HMIA / LVI)
Once you have cleared Immigration and collected your luggage, you will be met by a member of our team and transferred to Chundukwa River Lodge, 25mins by road. After checking in and a light lunch on the patio overlooking the river you will hop onboard our lodge boat and embark on a Zambezi Sunset Cruise.
This is a superb way to relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets. Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline. Guests may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, elephant and many bird species. The Zambezi Sunset Cruise is inclusive in your stay and includes a wonderful selection of drinks and snacks.
Overnight in a Luxury River Facing Chalet with ensuite bathroom on a Fully-Inclusive Basis.

Day 2
Wake up with the sun from your Zambezi chalet. At a pre-arranged time, we will depart for Zambian Horseback Safaris! Our journey starts with a 40 minute road transfer to a small African harbour called Mambova. Local villagers and fishermen trade their daily catch here and it is a kaleidoscope of colour, noise, children, goats and chickens! By this stage you are firmly off the tourist circuit in a beautiful remote part of Africa.
We continue our journey by river! This magical boat journey takes you upstream on Africa’s fourth largest river – the mighty Zambezi. This trip is an adventure itself and a highlight for all guests! You can expect to see hippos, crocodiles, local fisherman in their traditional dugouts called mokoros, local cattle grazing on the riverbanks and beautiful, remote village scenes. (Make sure you have your riding gear onboard as we shall be jumping straight onto a horse when we get there.) After two hours on the river, look out for our horses, saddled and waiting on the riverbank. It’s time to ride! Doug is in charge of horsing riders. This afternoon, as we ride to camp, Doug will ascertain the best horses for your experience with us. Your luggage will follow us to camp.
Overnight in a Luxury Tent with hot water showers on a Fully-Inclusive Basis.

Day 3, 4 & 5
We start each day before dawn at Zambian Horseback Safaris, with your choice of tea or coffee and a light breakfast before setting off in search of wildlife and adventure. We watch the sunrise each morning from horseback, a magnificent tradition that we love to share with our guests! Every day will be spent exploring the Simalaha Wilderness on horseback, an area of epic significance – 180,000 km² of raw wilderness – a place to immerse oneself in the vast plains; gently approaching and appreciating huge herds of wildlife, mopane forests, giant and ancient baobab trees, the life-giving Zambezi River and the people that call this land home – Lozi people who go about their day to day lives between the riverbanks and their homesteads, moving their cattle along the Riverbeds and fishing for their families on the river.
For riders, being able to canter into the horizon on land without predators and without holes is an absolute joy. We encourage riders to enjoy the space and to experience the pure riding freedom of the Simalaha. Here, time seems to stretch and slow right down. It’s an opportunity to disconnect from responsibilities and routines and to connect with nature.
Each day will slightly differ, the route will be determined by Doug with the best interests of the group and where the wildlife concentrations are.

Day 6
This morning, enjoy a final opportunity to canter across the plains, and enjoy the sunrise and wildlife before our return journey to Livingstone. We will depart by river to Mambova Harbour and then by road to Chundukwa River Lodge. It’s now time to relax. Opt for a massage, or laze by the pool. Take a walk through our indigenous gardens and see where the path leads.
Overnight in a Luxury Riverside Chalet with ensuite bathroom on a Fully-Inclusive Basis.

Day 7
After a good night’s rest and a hearty fresh breakfast, guests may feel free to explore Livingstone and Victoria Falls today. No set time departures, no waiting for the late risers – you are free to spend as much time as you want to experience the world’s largest waterfall and surrounding attractions. This is your day to do it all, see it all, experience it all! Use of our vehicle with a driver/guide is included in your stay with us.
There are many additional experiences that you may want to do – our driver/guide will take you there, wait for you and bring you home safely at the end of the day. These outsourced activities are extra and for your own account – or may be billed into your itinerary.
Overnight in a Luxury Riverside Chalet with ensuite bathroom on a Fully-Inclusive Basis.

Day 8
Enjoy the sunrise from your Riverside Chalet, and perhaps take a morning ride along the river! Later, take our transfer back to Livingstone Airport for your ongoing journey.

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