Equestrian safaris are extremely popular throughout Africa and provide an exciting addition to the many other safari activities the Kwa Madwala Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, South Africa, offers.
Both beginner and intermediate horse trails wind through the reserve and indigenous bush passing rocky outcrops, river beds and exceptionally scenic terrain. You are likely to see antelope, giraffe, impala, zebra, waterbuck, wildebeest and sometimes herds of wild elephant and rhino.
Small groups of only six ride with the professional supervision of the dedicated team of staff whose extensive experience guarantee you a very enjoyable time. Their passion for nature, conservation and the environment, and their involvement in the management of the game reserve make for fascinating discussions and stories while you ride, and provide you with a wealth of information about the hard work required to protect the various species in the reserve.
The horses are based at stables close to the elephant stables in the reserve, 10 minutes from the Manyatta Rock Camp and 5 minutes from the Gazebo Safari Lodge. A transfer is provided and included in the price.
Breed of horse used for equine safari
The breed of horses you will ride are known as ‘Boereperde’ a word derived from the Dutch/Afrikaans word ‘Boer’ meaning farmer and ‘Perd’ meaning horse; this directly translates as ‘farmer’s horse’. They are now officially recognised as a breed having evolved from the inbreeding of various horses over the years in South Africa.
The result is a strong, intelligent, even-tempered animal with a trustworthy nature. They are hardy and reliable and used extensively on the conservancy as a utility horse for tasks such a patrolling the fences and monitoring sick animals in various terrains. They are a very fertile breed with outstanding motherly instincts and rear their offspring easily in the bushveld.
The saddles used are the McClellan ex-military saddles which are very comfortable and light in weight with the added security of a half-moon handle at the front making it difficult to fall off.
There are various trails available from meandering rambles to open canter to suit most levels of riding experience and ability.
Information: Horse Back Safaris Kwa Madwala Game Reserve
Options: Horse Back Safaris Kwa Madwala Game Reserve
The contact numbers to make a reservation at Horse Back Safaris Kwa Madwala Game Reserve are:
• Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
• Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
• Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.
Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.