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Africa

BOTSWANA

~ The Climate ~ 

December - January Wet season. Hot with strong chance of heavy rains.
February - April Rains stop, gradually cooling. Seasonal rain brings zebra migration to the Kalahari. Good time to see baby animals in the Okavango
May - September Floodwater arrives in the Okavango Delta, waterbirds, blue skies & almost no chance of rain, cool at night especially in June / July. Great time for boating, fishing & mokoro canoes. Dry season in the Kalahari 
October - November Getting hot again and water evaporating. Can be humid. Usually good game viewing.

 ~ Areas & Camps / Safaris ~

The Okavango Delta Vast & pristine / amazing variety of animals (including the “Big 5”) and bird life. It’s flat and can be heavily grassed / wooded, so spotting game can be tricky at times

 African Horseback Safaris

It’s for you if… you want lots of fast, splashy canters followed by a sundowner or three

It’s not for you if… you would prefer a progressive ride as you stay at Macatoo camp only

 Okavango Horse Safaris

It’s for you if... you’d like to ride between two beautiful camps in a small group

It’s not for you if… you want to gallop everywhere - OHS is more about spotting game

 Ride Botswana Okavango

It’s for you if… you want to have a real adventure - it’s the only fully mobile ride in the Delta

It’s not for you if… you need to check your emails every day - this is back-to-basics using a lightweight mobile camp (albeit with excellent safari service!)

 The Selinda Spillway Just north-east of the Okavango, less visited, similar terrain with thicker scrub and forests

RAW (“Ride and Walk”) Botswana

It’s for you if… you’re not all riders - there are excellent walking and mokoro guides with non-riding activities always available

It’s not for you if… you want vast open plains as Motswiri is woody and watery

 The Kalahari Another vast and pristine area to explore. Desert landscape transformed with water holes and fresh grazing January to May; game viewing can be excellent at this time

Ride Botswana, Kalahari

It’s for you if… you love endless space with the option to fly camp under the stars

It’s not for you if… you’re expecting masses of game – limited species and it’s not there year round.

 The Tuli Block Mashatu Game Reserve, SE Botswana; a very different landscape to the Delta with river valleys, sandy plains and rocky outcrops; usually good game especially elephant

Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris - The Tuli Safari

It’s for you if… you’d like a fun, affordable, progressive safari on super horses

It’s not for you if… camps are quite rustic compared to some in the Delta

KENYA

~ The Climate ~

June - October Dry season, cool and pleasant, unlikely to rain, little humidity. Wildebeest migration varies but normally from July onwards
November - December The ‘short rains’ - often just localised showers in the afternoons
January - February Often a dry spell in between the rains
March - May The ‘long rains’, cloudy and can be a downpour on a daily basis - though it seldom lasts all day, and varies from year to year.

 ~ Areas & Camps / Safaris ~

The Masai Mara Famous for excellent game viewing, especially the wildebeest migration. Rolling grasslands, endless views, the Mara River and rocky outcrops. Riding lets you go where others can’t

Offbeat Safaris

It’s for you if… you want an exciting mobile safari with lots of game and possible migration

It’s not for you if… you’re a nervous rider or want some down time - it’s action packed

 The Laikipia Plateau Game is in smaller groups than the Mara but still plentiful; varied terrain with wooded areas, river valleys and rocky outcrops; mostly private land

Sosian Lodge

It’s for you if… you want to stay in a beautiful & welcoming colonial villa, like a house party with lovely horses, swimming pool and other activities on offer

It’s not for you if… you want vast sweeping plains - it’s quite thick scrub and woods

Borana Lodge

It’s for you if… you want to stay somewhere a bit “special” with great riding & lots more

It’s not for you if… you want to walk to the stables or join a small group – guests come and go and horses are kept a short drive away

 Offbeat Laikipia Lodge to Lodge Safari

It’s for you if… you want a mobile safari but prefer a relaxed schedule and lodges to camping

It’s not for you if… you’re travelling alone, at a fixed time or are on a tight budget!

NAMIBIA

~ The Climate ~

December - March HOT. Some days will be humid and it may rain - often localised afternoon thunderstorms
April – May Pleasant with good grazing and less dust after the rains
June - August Clear skies, unlikely to rain, can be freezing in the desert at night
September – November Warming up, can be dusty. Chance of rain in November

  ~ Areas & Safaris ~ 

Namibia Horse Safari Company
It’s for you if… you like a fast, progressive ride, amazing desert landscapes with top horses and team
It’s not for you if… you prefer to see lots of greenery or are not riding fit – on long rides, the daily schedule is full on

 

Damaraland Elephant Ride

Open desert plains; mountain backdrop; possible to see desert elephant; ends on the Skeleton Coast

 

Namib Desert Ride

An ancient desert landscape, harsh at times but providing endless space to ride - long days, but rewarding as you finally reach the coast

 

Fish River Canyon Ride

From the Fish River Canyon to the Orange River; some days slightly slower with spectacular scenery and semi-permanent camps

 

Wolwedans to Wild Horses Ride

One of the most scenic parts of Namibia, from the Namib “dune sea” to rolling grassy plains dotted with “island mountains”. Options for a lodge to lodge ride using luxury semi-permanent camps or Wolwedans to Wild Horses camping ride

SOUTH AFRICA

~ The Climate ~

December - March Summer months; can be hot during the day with afternoon showers / thunderstorms possible Bush vegetation getting thick
April - May Autumn, clear warm and dry, pleasant temperatures. Bush is green and quite thick after rains
June - September Winter, bright sunny days & clear skies, lovely for riding, can be cold at night. Bush dries out and leaves start to drop
October - November Spring, temperatures rising and can be humid in build up to rain. Showers possible. Bright green leaves and buds on trees.

 ~ Areas & Camps / Safaris ~

The Waterberg Beautiful rolling hills with wonderful views, immense variety of vegetation, areas of open grassland, rivers, rocky outcrops and woodland.

Ants Nest & Ants Hill

It’s for you if… you want a comfortable, family friendly safari, lots of activities & safe riding

It’s not for you if… you want real wilderness

Horizon Adventures

It’s for you if… you want a great value, friendly & relaxing base with plenty of lovely horses

It’s not for you if… you want to see big game

 

The Karongwe Private Game Reserve Close to the Kruger National Park, this fenced reserve has rolling terrain with rocky outcrops, river gullies & plenty of game - there’s a lot of vegetation but also sandy tracks for canters

Wait-A-Little

It’s for you if… you’d like to ride excellent horses and get up close and personal with wildlife

It’s not for you if… you’re nervous - “Big 5” present & riding can be fast, weaving through the bush

TANZANIA

~ The Climate ~

June - October Dry season, pleasant temperatures getting a bit hotter towards October. Can be dry and dusty, with some humidity in the build up to short rains. 
November - December The ‘short rains’ - often just localised showers in the afternoons
January - February Often a dry spell in between the rains. Wildebeest migration may arrive in Serengeti any time from late February through to March
March - May The ‘long rains’ arrive some time in March; cloudy and can be a downpour on a daily basis - though usually localised and seldom lasts all day

 ~ Areas & Safaris ~

Kaskazi Horse Safaris
It’s for you if… you’d like to get off the beaten track and explore new areas
It’s not for you if… you want loads of game - it can’t always be found in big, open country

Kilimanjaro & Amboseli

Varied terrain of open plains, scrub, desert flats & Maasai grazing land; Mt Meru, Longido & Kilimanjaro backdrop; good game but can be scattered
Natron Ride

High & dry, little visited, remote and a harsh environment, the unique habitat of Lake Natron
Serengeti Safari

Safaris on the never-ending grass plains of the Serengeti are timed to try and catch the wildebeest migration - it can’t be guaranteed, but has a good chance of being utterly spectacular!