South Africa

Big 5 Luxury Adventure (8 Day Safari)

Sample Itinerary for 8 Day Horseback Safari
*Please note itinerary may change depending on animal movement and weather conditions.
A big 5 horseback safari for experienced riders who would like an adrenaline packed adventure riding with big game and camping out in the bush, without compromising in comfort and style. The ride starts at point Wildside Tented Camp, from where you will travel a route stopping at our Fly Camp and finishing at Ravineside Lodge. This circuit allows for discovering different sceneries and animals, whilst always having a ground team on site to have everything prepared before arrival.

Day 1

  • Arrive at the reserve, for a late lunch
  • Settle in for the night in the comfort of one of the lodges on the lower escarpment.
  • Your game drive will depart at 3:30 (depending on season)
  • Arrive as the sun sets, hopefully with your first pictures of some magnificent game.
  • Dinner will be served at the lodge at 7:00pm
  • Night: Wildside tented camp

Day 2

  • Moving day – Lower Escarpment to upper escarpment with brunch on route
  • Light breakfast will be served at 7:00 and you will be transferred to the horses at 9:00am to start your ride on the lower escarpment, through big game territory.
  • After about an hour and a half in the saddle, you will reach Waterberry picnic spot for brunch at appx. 11:00 before you start your climb up the escarpment.
  • The journey continues after a short rest, to climb the escarpment which is separated from the lower escarpment by 600m high cliffs. You will partly leading your horse over one of the steepest roads on South Africa, which has a gradient of 40 Degrees at some points. As you reach the top, you will have some time to refresh yourself in the natural rock pool with spectacular views and crystal clear water. The ride continues onto the plains – an idyllic scene hopefully spotted with game. You will reach fly camp at Boukenhout at about 3:00pm in time for high tea and settling into the place you will call home for the next 4 nights. Dinner will be served around the glistering fire, at 7:00pm
  • Night: Boukenhout Fly Camp

Day 3

  • Valley ride
  • After an early start, you will have a juice and some fruit in your saddle bag. The ride will take you along flat rock valley, until you reach a waterfall where you will stop for a tea/coffee and a snack. You will return to fly camp for an opulent brunch. You can relax in the hammocks or soak up some sun on the banks of the stream at fly camp, until about 3:00pm when high tea is served. You also have the option to make use of some of the activities during mid day.
  • You will be back on the horses at about 4:00pm to ride Cycad valley and Ubumanzi, to return to fly camp as the sun sets for your well deserved gin and tonic around the fire, followed by dinner under the stars.
  • Night : Fly camp

Day 4

  • Kgamakutla point Sundowner ride
  • Early start after a light breakfast, to ride long east long west where your guide will point out animals tracks and signs along the way, in hopes of finding some of Africa’s giants.
  • You will arrive back in camp after a two hour ride, for brunch – followed by some time to take a plunge in the river, laze in a shady spot on a picnic blanket or hammock… At 4:00pm high tea will be ready, before you mount for your afternoon ride which will take you to a magnificent viewpoint for some elaborate sundowners – just like a scene from Out of Africa. You will arrive back into camp for a typical South African braai listening to the sounds of the bush come to life as you sit by the glistering fire with a wonderful South African wine to set the scene.
  • Night : Fly camp

Day 5

  • Plains ride and sundowners
  • Early breakfast, and on your horse at 6:00am. You will ride West on sandy tracks with some opportunity to pick up speed. East towards Ingwe valley, with some chances of spotting some more illusive animals in the thicker vegetation and past a lake with some chance of seeing hippos. The ride continues onto the wide open grass plains and back to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, the ride will set out for another 2 and a half hours, as the day gets cooler for some spectacular views of the lower escarpment. On return to camp, there will be drinks set out on the rocks in the river, where you can watch the sun set and set the tone before your candle lit dinner at camp. Your bags will be packed for the following days move to the lodge.
  • Night : Fly camp

Day 6

  • Moving day with picnic at yellow wood rock pools
  • You will have a later start today (weather depending) at about 9:00am. After a light breakfast at fly camp, you will ride to Yellow wood an idyllic spot with a natural plunge pool and deck with another awe-inspiring view where brunch will be served, after your two hour ride. The ride continues as it gets cooler at appx 3:00pm across open grassland, and to Ravineside lodge. You will arrive at your lodge before sunset to settle in. Drinks and a three course dinner at the lodge awaits you.
  • Night: Ravineside Lodge

Day 7

  • Outer Rim view rides
  • An early start after a light breakfast at 6:30am, just in time to catch the stunning morning views and crisp air from the outer rim, overlooking the views of the lower plateau. The ride will take you into a different scenery, riding some rocky ledges, and taking a swim in the dam with the horses, as it gets warmer. You will return to the lodge after a two hour ride for brunch – You will have some time to relax at the lodge and maybe make use of some well deserved spa time. (at extra charge) You afternoon ride will leave the lodge at 3:30pm appx to ride for another few hours to Hanglip viewpoint with good chances of seeing abundant game on the open areas and Ungululu. You will stop at the viewpoint, for some stunning pictures with your horse, and back to the lodge along Tswene.
  • On return to the lodge, your bags will be packed for the following days move to the lower escarpment. Dinner will be served at the lodge.
  • Night: Ravineside Lodge

Day 8

  • Moving day upper to lower escarpment and departure
  • Your bags will be packed for the team to take to the meeting spot for departure. After an early breakfast at appx 6:30 you will set off to ride for about 1:30h until you start your descent to the lower escarpment, riding and again partly leading your horses for about 45 minutes, until you reach the lower escarpment and ride to the reserve exit, with another spectacular route with a change of scenery. You will ride the horses to the clubhouse on Legend resort, where the horses are based by about 11:00am or depending on the groups departure flight that evening. Lunch is optional (at own expense) at the clubhouse, which overlooks the golf course. You will have the chance to take showers on the resort before your departure to the airport.
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INCLUSIVE OF:

– Riding activities/safari
– Game drive as outlined on itinerary
– All meals, snacks, tea and coffee at lodge and fly camp
– Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages at fly camp
– Accommodation at fly camp and lodge
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EXCLUDES:

– Water sports (upon request and subject to availability)
– Spa Treatments
– Night drives (upon request and subject to availability)
– Additional game drives
– Airport transfers from and to Johannesburg
– Beverages while at lodge
– Gratuities

Private Rides

Sample Itinerary for 8 Day Horseback Safari

  • Private rides can be booked with a minimum stay of 4 nights.
  • This is an ideal family or private holiday, where you can enjoy the comforts of a luxury lodge, and a wide selection of activities while indulging int he African bush experience. A place of tranquility and nature. The dates are flexible, and allow for tailor making your dream holiday – so just send us your request and we will get back to you with a suitable itinerary!
  • Whereas only experienced riders can ride in the big 5 area, we can take novice or more nervous riders on a private ride to explore an area where non dangerous animals roam free.
  • We have a variety off accommodation to offer, including Legend Resort which is ideal for groups which would like to take part in activities such as golf, spa, helicopter flights and visits to the endangered wildlife center. The options are wide, so let us know your requisite and we will get back to you.

Some of our partnering lodges include:

Wildside Safari Camp

Wildside Safari camp which is on the lower escarpment, where a true African bush experience awaits you at Wildside Safari Camp, where the essence of the unspoilt wilderness of the Waterberg is combined with comfortable en-suite accommodation, creating a wild Africa atmosphere. The open lounge/bar area with the romantic roaring fire in the boma creates the perfect end to a relaxed day in the bush. The Camp offers a total of 20 tented chalets: 4 family tents sleeping 2 adults and 2 children, equipped with a tea/coffee station, minibar (stocked on request), ceiling fan and hairdryer.

Lakeside

Lakeside which is on the upper escarpment, Set on the banks of the 1.7km lake, the thatch and stone Lakeside Lodge provides a memorable blend of the luxury and wilderness with Entabeni Mountain as a back drop. Double/Twin rooms equipped with tea/coffee station, minibar (stocked on request), ceiling fan and hairdryer. Enjoy sundowners on your own private deck with the ever-changing colours of the Entabeni Mountain reflecting in the Lake.

Total number of rooms: 24

Ravineside

Ravineside which is on the upper escarpment and located under the shadow of Entabeni Mountain, this thatched wooden lodge, built on stilts and hugging the cliff edge, offers spectacular views of unspoilt ravines and wooded hillsides. The Lodge offers double/twin chalets equipped with a tea/coffee station, ceiling fan and hairdryer. A minibar fridge is available in the communal lounge areas (stocked on request). From the open sundecks, guests can indulge in bird and game watching and experience the beauty of the ravine while listening to the rippling sound of water from below in the valley.

Total number of rooms: 22

Contact Us

Southern Block, First Floor, c/o Lois & Gobie streets, Menlyn, Pretoria, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, 0081

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