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Multi Day Horse Safari Tour
Unique Four Day Three Night Horse Safari in and around Victoria Falls. Nights are spent Safari Lodges.
Horses: Anglo Arab, Thoroughbred, Cleveland Bay-and-Thoroughbred.
After a brief orientation and safety talk you will move off with your guides. As the stables adjoin Victoria Falls National Park, game viewing often starts from the stable yard with last nights elephant tracks. The morning will be spent exploring this game area, which includes the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls National Park, and surrounding game areas.
None of these areas are fenced so both horses and wildlife move freely from one area to another. After an early mornings ride up the Zambezi, we will break for lunch, served on the banks of this magnificent river. After this break we will ride across the long Kalahari sand dunes bordering Zambezi National Park, looking for sable and buffalo.
We will reach Jafuta Lodge in the afternoon, giving you a chance to relax with a cooling drink on the pool deck overlooking the waterhole, and experience the absolute silence.
Night spent at Jafuta.
DAY 2: We will set off after breakfast for another long ride. At first we will explore the dunes of Fuller Forest area, before our ride along the ancient tribal footpaths above Batoka Gorge on our way to Gorges Lodge with its spectacular setting on an 800ft cliff.
We will be riding through Monde Rural area, giving you a unique opportunity to see a less 'touristy' aspect of life here. This is remote and sparsely inhabited country where the few people you do meet may never have seen a horse before.
Gorges Lodge itself is part of a community based project - but what will interest you is its spectacular location - where you can watch black eagles souring below you. Gorges Lodge is also the home of the rare Taita falcon.
Night spent at Gorges.
DAY 3: You may be reluctant to leave Gorges, but we have another long ride back exploring new areas of this dramatic landscape towards Fuller forest, carrying a picnic lunch with us.
Our ride will take us towards the Kalisosa, an area of secret vleis, small rugged gulleys and ancient Kalahari sand dunes eroding to dramatic red cliffs. Your last night will be spent at Ursula's Camp.
We will arrive at the lodge before lunch, giving you time to relax and watch game on the vlei in front of the lodge – from the pool if you wish! After lunch (and your horse’s lunch) we will mount up again and ride down towards Nakavango entrance to meet up with your night drive vehicle.
This will give you a chance to see nocturnal mammals, and more vulnerable species that we cannot approach on horseback. You will return to the lodge between 9.00 and 09.30pm.
Night spent at Ursula's Camp.
DAY 4: After an early breakfast we will ride out off down the hill to explore this area further. Long canters along bush trails will take us towards Chomabonda and over the kalahari sand escarpments towards the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls National Park. Our ride will end at Zambezi Horse Trails yard, where after welcome cold drinks and refreshments we will transfer you back to your hotel.
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What you Need to Know
This is a circular ride, and weather conditions and game movement patterns may cause Zambezi Horse Trails to vary the order and type of lodge used. This will always be in the clients best interest and to their advantage. There will be no extra charge.
During the rainy season (November to May) please bring a lightweight long raincoat covering legs and saddle (or short coat and overtrousers) suitable for riding in. A waterproof hat is a good idea to. We have stuff to lend but your own is always best. It may rain but it's never cold and the horses love the weather! our guides carry packs and saddle bags to put these in when it's not raining.
Dress: Avoid black and navy blue - its very hot to wear, in addition tight synthetic fabrics are not the most comfortable in hot climate either! Bring a wide brimmed sunhat, and for the same reason lots of sunblock. If you are twitchy about insects bring repellent. Remember your anti malaria pills, but be very careful about taking larium...it can have unfortunate side effects and make you tire very easily at least.