Horse riding Hwange National Park
FROM PRICE: $ 2895
Hwange National Park - 7 nights/8 days
The price is per person sharing for seven nights fully inclusive; costs are available for single guests.Minimum 2 riders, maximum 6.
The entire safari takes place within the borders of Hwange National Park. The price of the safari is all inclusive once you've arrived at Hwange National Park. We'll arrange road transfers from Victoria Falls at an extra cost - this is a 2.5hr road transfer. The first night of the safari is spent at a permanent lodge built amongst the tree-tops and surrounded by the park. The last night of the safari is the most comfortable and is a traditional, luxury safari camp.
Discount on transfers from US$440.00 return to US$288.00 per person on 23rd March to 30th March, 21st to 28th April, 25th Sept to 2nd October 2010 rides.
Where is it?
The entire safari takes place in Hwange National Park and covers a circuit within the park borders.
Horses are well schooled and responsive experienced bush horses. Our Hwange horses have been hand picked from our team of safari horses in Mavuradonha. All Hwange horses have many years of experience in the African bush and are tough and fit.
Boerperd farm bred types
15hh - 16.1 hh
TACK: English leather and synthetic wintec type GPs - Australian endurance and stock saddles - a few African trailmasters. Most horses are ridden in a snaffle.
Very important is weight limit 210 1bs or 95kg - enquire if you weigh more. The minimum age is 14yrs - between 11 and 14 please enquire.
Participants should be experienced riders able to handle most horses at any pace. Elephant hiways provide great opportunity's for long, long canters and the open vleis are perfect for gallops.
You will be given a safety talk on arrival by your guide. You will be riding in a wildlife area where big game abounds. You must listen to your guides instructions and be prepared to, at times react quickly and efficiently, this may mean galloping out of trouble.
We carry a first aid kit on the horses and a satellite phone.
If not already covered by MARS medical air rescue on your personal insurance, we will provide further cover at extra cost for the duration of the ride.
What is the best time of year to go?
The dry season is from May to October which is also when game viewing is at its peak. Leaves fall off the trees from May onwards making it easier to see the wildlife through the branches.
January to mid March – often heavy rains and strong winds, temperatures can go up to 40C / 104F, often many biting flies, very green, lots of surface water, excellent birding, frogging and insects, wildlife viewing difficult, storms however are SPECTACULAR!!
Non – riding season.
Mid March through April – hot with temperatures as above, mornings can drop to 10C / 50F, some chance of rain, vegetation still thick, wildlife viewing not easy due to surface water in many places and thick bush. The riding is good but not the best time for wildlife viewing. Birding always excellent. Night time / early morning temperatures very comfortable, sometimes requiring a warm jacket.
May through mid August – dry season starts so nearly zero chance of rain. Vegetation starting to thin out / lose leaves and surface water reduces, therefore coming into the better times for wildlife viewing. Most migrant birds will go north now. Day time temperatures around 20 – 30C / 68 -86F and generally clear skies, mild breezes. Sometimes can be cloudy and cooler. Night time to early morning can be FREEZING!! Can go below -10C / 14F and most mornings are at least below 0C or 32F. Riding starts are often around 08h00 as can ride all day.
Mid August to end October – this is the dry season and peak game viewing. Temperatures rising again to over perhaps 45C / 113F in October, generally high 30’s / 90s, very little cloud, sometimes rain in October, very dry, little shade and only the pumped waterholes have water. Some tree species are producing flowers, fruit and new leaf during this period so botanically very interesting. Large wildlife concentrations often at waterholes or nearby woodlands. Riding starts very early with long mid-day rest for horses and riding again in the afternoons. Many very big elephant tracks opened up by all the wildlife use so excellent for cantering or long trots.
November through December – very hot, start of the rains so often big storms. Early morning temperatures back up again, but still advisable to have a jacket. Vegetation becoming green again, all bird migrants back, wildlife dispersing across the Park so harder to view. Depending on the rains and flies, there can still be some good riding into December.
How to get there
The safari begins and ends in Hwange National Park. We will arrange road transfers to the park from Victoria Falls once your incoming arrival details are clear. Please note the Victoria Falls transfers are not included in the price of the safari.
Tips and Notes
The first and last nights are spent in fully equipped luxury safari camps with all the comforts you may expect in permanent camps.
Nights on the trail are spent in the mobile trail camp which is very comfortable but uses bucket showers and pit latrines. All horses and guests are enclosed within a mobile electric fence at night.
Full days are spent in the saddle with a light lunch en route. Take a book to read during the afternoon siesta while the horses are resting! On some days you'll do an early morning ride/late afternoon, always averaging around 6hrs a day. You should be riding fit as this will enhance your experience.
Parks fees are not included and are currently US65.00 per person for 7 nights payable on arrival in exact change. Parks fees are subject to change without warning.
Our Recommended Accommodation
Mobile riding safari camp Hwange
The overnight trail camps in Hwange National Park are completely mobile and transported in the vehicle back-up which accompanies the horses. Camp is packed up after breakfast when the riders have left camp on their horses. All tents are two man tents with camp beds, mattresses, blankets and sheets. Extra blankets are included for extra cold nights. There is solar lighting, hot bucket showers and pit latrine toilets. Luggage is kept in your suitcase however there is a small vanity table between the two camp beds.
The horses are kept in the same enclosure as the guests and there is a guard on duty during the dark hours. Meals are eaten out in the open, under the stars unless there is rain about (very unusual). A canvas shade is erected in the event of rain or very hot sun. There is a full staff complement. The camp will move at least once and a maximum of twice during the 5 night camping section
We suggest combining this trail with a few days at Victoria Falls at the end, preferably enjoying some of the canoeing and rafting activities we offer. Or take a total break and spend some time fishing or enjoying one of the local spas.
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