Waterberg Lodge Safari
Set in the Waterberg area of South Africa, this safari is suitable for all levels of rider, from beginner to experienced. Stay at a luxury lakeside lodge, with stunning stables and horses all around you, and tailor your own riding safari holiday.
There are generally two rides out on the beautiful reserve, or riding activities per day. Morning rides last around 3-4 hours (or less if requested by the rider), and afternoon rides are usually shorter, around 1-2hrs. Rides are tailored to suit each individual guest.
There are many species of wildlife to observe, including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, blesbok, nyala, jackal and impala, but the absence of more dangerous species, such as elephant and lion, make this the perfect experience for less experienced or more nervous riders.
Other riding activities include jumping, polocrosse, western games and our favourite … swimming with your horse!
This riding holiday is extremely flexible and there are a number of non-riding activities on offer, including 'sundowners', bush walks and game drives. If you get tired from all the hours in the saddle, you can relax by the tranquil pool area, or enjoy a massage.
Location: Waterberg, South Africa
Nights: Flexible, tailor make your own holiday.
Rider Limitations: Suitable for any level of rider from beginner up. Children also welcome.
Season: January - December (all year)
Dates: Flexible - choose your own dates.
Riding: Flexible hours in the saddle depending on rider. 2-6 hours per day.
Included: All-inclusive of food and drinks, accommodation, airport transfer x 2.
Not Included: Flights, insurance.
Extra Costs: Tips for staff. Recommendation is around £15/$18 per day.
Flights: Flights must be booked to arrive and depart from OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg.
Internet: Wi-fi available at the lodge
Accommodation is at a beautiful luxury lodge overlooking a lake, and surrounded by the stables. A pool area allows guests to relax between activities, as well as the large lounging area, dining room and deck.
All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with either a shower, bath, or both.
Various styles of rooms are available. Please contact us for a brochure.
Three delicious meals are served a day, with afternoon tea before the afternoon ride. All drinks are complimentary. Special diet requirements can also be catered for on request.
Per person in double room sharing.
High Season Dates:
March - December
Per person in double room sharing.
Low Season Dates:
Please note this is a sample only, individual experiences may vary slightly.
This itinerary acts as a guide to give you an overview of what your safari will be like.
Day1: Guests are greeted at Johannesburg airport, followed by a transfer to the lodge for lunch (approx 2.5hrs travel time). In the afternoon guests enjoy an introductory ride in the game reserve, with sundowners served at one of our viewpoints, either overlooking the plains where zebra and impala graze, or in the rocky hills looking down on the beautiful reserve.
Day 2: Ride to the nearby African village for a taste of local life, followed by a call-in at the historic Baber family homestead for tea. Ride back to the lodge for a cooling swim in the lake with your horse before lunch (swimming with your horse is truly an experience not to be missed)! Later, during the heat of the day, relax by the pool or take a nap. In the afternoon, ride out into the reserve to encounter wildlife on horseback, including impala, zebra, giraffe, blesbok and kudu to name but a few species. Immerse yourself with nature, and become one with your horse.
Day 3: Another outride in the game reserve whilst enjoying some trotting and cantering for more experienced riders down the sandy tracks, weaving around trees and occasionally ducking branches! Less experienced riders may take a steadier pace. After lunch, go on a shopping trip to the local town of Vaalwater for some bush style retail therapy. After lunch you have the opportunity to try your hand at polocrossse!
DAY 4: Start the day by a ride out into the reserve to spot yet more wildlife species, and fill your camera with stunning pictures. In the evening, enjoy sundowners on our camp deck and dinner under the stars with the sound of jackal, zebra, hippo and the neighbouring lions providing background music to your evening.
Day 5: Enjoy a full morning of riding in the game reserve, with possible encounters with giraffe, eland, wildebeest, waterbuck, impala, hartebeest or zebra. Lunch is a picnic along the way at one of the neighbouring dams, where a cooling swim on the horses can be enjoyed. Return to the camp in the late afternoon for sundowner drinks and another delicious dinner.
Day 6: Wake up early for a swim in the pool, then saddle up for some more riding in the reserve. Your guide will teach you all about the flora and fauna as you go, and teach you how to identify animal tracks. In the afternoon, the saddle sore can visit Beadle, the local community shop, where locals make hand-made souvenirs. Alternatively, fitter riders may go on another ride to explore new parts of the beautiful reserve and search for more wildlife.
Day 7: After many hours in the saddle you may decide on a game drive for close encounters and perfect photo opportunities with wildlife. After a relaxed afternoon tea and delicious slice of cake, you have the opportunity to burn off those calories and test out your jumping skills over cross-country fences. For those who do not jump a gentler outride can be enjoyed.
Day 8: The morning is filled with the fun, new experience, and challenge of western games! After all of the excitement and adrenaline guests can relax by the pool or spend some time grooming and bonding with the horses. After an afternoon ride in the reserve treat yourself to a massage for your weary muscles before dinner.
Day 9: In the morning enjoy an exhilarating fast ride to one of the furthest points of the property, along stretches of clear sandy tracks. Less experienced riders can take their time. Back at the lodge enjoy a quick swim and a late lunch. Afternoon tea is followed by an outride in the game reserve for one last photo opportunity with wildlife, followed by a final sundowner on a high rock overlooking the stunning Waterberg landscape.
Day 10: A Final favourite ride or activity of choice before departure, and a goodbye to new friends, both human and equine.