The ultimate horseback safari wildlife guide

The ultimate horseback safari wildlife guide

Africa / Must do's / Practical info 0
A riding safari in Africa is an unforgettable experience. Really, nothing quite compares to watching giraffe on horseback, race with a herd of zebra or coming face to face with elephant. Horseback safaris are amongst our most exciting riding holidays and we are pleased to have a fantastic selection of options to suit novice and experienced riders alike. We have written the following guide to help you select your safari based on what wildlife you want to see. 

The right horseback safari for everyone


Of course, safaris where you get to see the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion) are reserved to experienced riders who are comfortable in the saddle and able to handle their horse in unpredictable situations. There are also safaris where novice riders are welcome – usually in private reserves where the wildlife is controlled and there is no “dangerous” game around. Each horse safari is different and wildlife varies from one safari to the next, depending on the type of safari you choose and, of course, your destination.

Riding with elephant in the Okavango Delta, Botswana (Across the Okavango)
Riding with elephant in the Okavango Delta, Botswana (Across the Okavango)

What wildlife will I see on my riding safari?


The type of wildlife you will see largely depends on the safari you choose. We have had many riders in the past who specifically wanted to see elephants on their safari, for instance – and who would blame them! Families with children, on the other hand, may prefer to stick to safaris featuring plains game: there is nothing like watching your child's eyes go huge with excitement at the sight of a lanky giraffe or funny-looking wildebeest. And what if it's always been your fiancee's dream to ride alongside a herd of zebra?

Watching rhino from horseback at Ant's Lodges in South Africa
Watching rhino from horseback at Ant's Lodges in South Africa

Please remember that this is only a guide based on previous observations. Migration patterns can change and sightings are never guaranteed. Some species are notoriously elusive and leopards and rhino, especially, are not always easy to catch – but that’s just one more reason to go again! Open our horseback safari wildlife guide by following the link below:

> Equus Journeys horseback safari wildlife guide < 



The excitement of riding with giraffe in the Masai Mara, Kenya
The excitement of riding with giraffe in the Masai Mara, Kenya

More information

For more information, please visit our riding safari page on our website. 
You can also contact us directly at info@equus-journeys.com or give us a call on +44 (0)1905 388 977

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