South Africa ~ Horizon Horseback Adventures
Riding from a comfortable private lodge and bush camp . Available year round, flexible dates and length of stay. Suits all levels of rider as well as mixed groups and families of all ages.
Where On private land in South Africa’s Waterberg, an easy 2½ to 3 hour drive north of Johannesburg and one of South Africa's most beautiful yet little touristed regions
What is it like The Horizon homestead has access to more that 22,000 acres of privately owned, undeveloped bush. Some of it was used for cattle and farmed, but much has been left untouched and the area varies from thick bush, narrow tracks and rocky plateaus to winding sand tracks and open grassy plains.
Who does it suit Almost anyone and everyone. Horizon's 'je ne sais quoi' is probably its open friendliness and welcoming, laid back atmosphere. A variety of riding for all levels, from novice to experienced, rides out for game viewing, for exhilaration or for relaxation and with polocrosse another very popular option, a good sized swimming pool and numerous outings and activities for non-riders, there's never a dull moment. Flexible dates and itineraries, comfortable accommodation and generous hospitality - its ideal for singles, couples, families and groups of all ages.
Why do we love it Who doesn't? Its our 'go to' option for a guaranteed friendly welcome, a little bit of luxury, great riding and horses, variety, excitement, R&R and fantastic value ...whether you are older, younger, one, two or many...
Riding: tailored to suit
Horses: farm/locally bred, TB, Arab crosses
Pace: moderate (tailored to suit)
Riding ability: all standards from novice to experienced riders
Weight limit: about 95kg (15 stone) but please call us to discuss if your weight is close to this
Accommodation: comfortable ranch house / cottages
Group size: lodge sleeps up to 14; riding is in small groups usually maximum 8
Season: year round
Price: 7 night stays from £1197 per person
Horses: The horses include local breeds such as South African Boerperde crosses, as well as Thoroughbreds, part Thoroughbreds and Arab crosses. They are between about 14hh and 16.2hh and there is a good selection for the experienced rider as well as horses to suit someone with less experience. All are responsive to ride, extremely good natured and well mannered. They are also used to the bush and are very sure footed, coping easily with varied terrain. There are grooms on hand to look after the horses. Saddles are Maclellan style with some English saddles available. Guests at Horizon are usually split into groups to ride with the average group generally not more than 4 or 5 riders.
Hours: Riding hours at Horizon are very flexible and can be varied to suit.
Pace and experience required: Riders of all standards can be catered for at Horizon. Basic instruction is available and slow, gentle rides for beginners; whilst the experienced will enjoy a good selection of horses, fast riding if they wish, the cross country course and exciting polocrosse matches.
The nearest international airport is Johannesburg and transfers to the ranch can be arranged from there for an extra charge of approx £150 per person return to Horizon. British Airways, South Africa Airways and Virgin all have direct overnight flights from London to Johannesburg arriving the next morning. For an economy return flight from London budget about £650 to £900 per person (varies with the season and availability).