Riding out in the most beautiful countrysides on the planet can become a fantastic adventure you'll never forget. See the 'Big Five' in Africa, discover the wild west in Montana, or ride from château to château in the Loire Valley. We've chosen some of the most spectacular routes and sights to discover on horseback.
Botswana's Okavango Delta
If you're looking for the ultimate riding experience, the magical Okavango Delta with Africa’s prime wildlife area will give you amazing moments. Since Macatoo in Botswana is an area with dangerous wildlife you must be a fit and experienced rider at all paces. Small groups of about six riders start as the sun rises when the animals are most active, enjoying long canters, perhaps with zebras, lechwe antelope or giraffes, or tracking elephants and buffalo across the open plains. After a relaxing lunch and siesta in luxury tents, afternoon rides explore at a more gentle pace, allowing you to take in the delta of palm islands, grassy flood plains, mopane forest and streams. In the private plunge pool, guests can refresh on hot afternoons between rides.
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South Africa's Big Five
Your dream is to see the ‘Big Five’ close up on horseback? Wait A Little's horse safaris make it possible on two private game reserves covering an area of over 35,000 hectares near Kruger National Park. Tours are personalised, run by Gerti and Philipp Kusseler. Only experienced riders and small groups are allowed, which means lots of fast riding and exciting moments with wildlife. The area is geographically diverse, with many rivers, hills, outcrops, rock formations and giant old trees. You can book a flatwork training to prepare for the more adventurous riding, including a lesson on making a horse stand in front of a lion without running away.
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France's Loire Valley
For Francophile riders who enjoy a little savoire vivre, this unique tour in the Loire Valley will definitely be appealing. Riding from château to château takes you back to the 16th century, when the surrounding land was reserved as royal hunting grounds. Highlights include the Grand Châteaux de Chambord, Cheverny, Blois and Amboise, constructed like many others in the distinct French Renaissance style. You should be a confident rider, able to walk, trot and canter in the open. The accommodations are adequate and will be in small hotels converted from mansions and ancestral homes. Gourmet picnics are organised for the daytime, and in the evenings, elegant candlelit dinners allow you to explore fine French cuisine.
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North America's Wild West
Riding on the Ranch at Rock Creek in the heart of Montana is a fantastic adventure. The ten square miles of ranch land offer wide open spaces with dramatic surroundings, which makes it very diverse and scenic – from slowly weaving trails to open alpine meadows. Riding out for all levels can be organised, and here you will find the ‘true west’ with all amenities a super deluxe ranch can offer. Guests can choose between accommodations within the lodge itself or in luxury canvas cabins. Enjoy exquisite meals in the Granite Lodge after thorough workouts on horseback. Because it's open year round, there is also the option to take a sleigh ride in the winter months or go skiing at Discovery Basin – a mere 30-minute drive from the resort.
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Riding through unspoiled English countryside in the beautiful Cotswolds and surrounding counties takes you back into another century of poets and painters. Across private land and vast country estates, Stately Rides offers a unique riding holiday. Well-trained horses will be provided to suit various levels of ability with an average of four to six hours each day spent in the saddle. You will stay in beautiful country houses that are never opened to the public, enjoying delicious lunches and candlelit dinners along the way. Special itineraries ranging from two to five days offer the opportunity to explore the romance of English country life on horseback.
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