Horseback riding in South Africa
The Full African Experience, horse safari and horsemanship
Upon arrival at Johannesburg airport, a representative meets the guests at the airport for a two and a half hour journey to the reserve, situated in the World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere” of the malaria free Waterberg region. Entabeni Nature Reserve “The place of the Mountain” boasts five eco-systems. The upper escarpment offers majestic craggy rock formations and wide-open grass plains. The lower and upper plateau are separated by 600m high cliffs where you can explore sandveld vegetation and wetlands.
The greater area of this reserve is home to the herd of safari horses, which are matched up with the rider on arrival day allowing an intimate bond to unfold throughout the 8 day riding clinic. Guests work with the horses, implementing a variety of techniques while the overwhelming wide open spaces allow for herd animals, such as zebra and wildebeest, to add to the backdrop against the African skies. A traditional lunch and dance Big 5” is a term used to describe the 5 most dangerous animals to hunt on foot. This is a definite highlight of the trip! What would Africa be without having seen some of the Big 5? Traditionally “the Big 5” derives from a hunting term, which describes the most dangerous animals to be hunted on foot. Out in Africa is of course armed with nothing but a camera to shoot, giving guests an opportunity to view these amazing animals from the safety of a vehicle.
After a full day with horses and wildlife, the team sets off to the comfort of a near-lying farm, about 6 km. from the reserve. A dirt road spiraling down from the mountain leads you to the cottages built in African style, with thatch roofs. Evenings can be spent around the fire, telling stories of the day, and then falling asleep as the sounds of the African bush come to life. A kaleidoscope of calls, from rutting Impala, the cape turtle dove and the franklin in the early hours of the morning. A journey of the senses, which does not end in Africa. The company aims to create lasting memories and applying techniques with the horses on this personal journey, that will continue to develop the equine-human relationship once back at home.