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Equestrian Tours in Africa

Bayard Fox, founder of Equitours and ride consultant for Africa, began guiding horseback riding in Africa in 1978. He and his wife, Mel used to guide the riding tours in the Masai Mara during the winter when their Wyoming ranch closed. Mel was raised on a farm on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, speaks Swahili and is well acquainted with the flora and fauna. Bayard has taken dozens of rides in Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique. He is highly enthusiastic about the many advantages of riding safaris in Africa and is always pleased to discuss the pros and cons of the many possibilities to best fit your riding skills, available time and personal interests.

Without a doubt Africa has some of the world’s most exciting and interesting riding vacation opportunities in the world. An African horseback riding safari through the world’s best wild game country is an experience to be remembered for a lifetime. Many parts of Africa are still wide open for riding and one can often spend a week in the saddle without crossing a fence line or a paved road. Interacting on horseback with wild game like giraffe, zebra, Cape buffalo and many kinds of antelope is fascinating. There are plenty of ideal places for thundering gallops and some fine saddle horses. Contact with colorful local tribesmen like the Masai in Kenya is an added treat.

Visiting game country while horseback riding in Africa is much more in harmony with nature than doing it by vehicle and is a great deal more interesting than just sitting all day cramped in a land rover. On horseback you really feel as though you are part of the scene. The first overseas trip organized by Equitours was in Kenya’s Masai Mara in 1979 and all the Fox Family, who own Equitours, have spent a great deal of time in Africa and have taken many rides there. The first riders who went on those African safaris were former guests from their ranch.

Our outfitters in Africa have some fine horses which intermediate and advanced riders will greatly appreciate. Most of these horseback riding safaris in Africa use moving camps, but these are extremely comfortable and many are Hemingway style with excellent service and food. Camps are moved by vehicle so that riders need to carry little with them and are not slowed down by pack animals.

Destinations Browsing Riding Vacations In Africa

Horseback riding in Botswana allows you to experience all that this magnificent land has to offer. Botswana is the immortal heart of the splendidly desolate and roadless Kalahari Desert. This wild land consists of... Read more

Mel and Bayard Fox, founders of Equitours, began riding in the Masai Mara in 1979, taking summer guests from their Wyoming ranch. In the early years they guided the trips themselves and have been... Read more

Horseback riding in Morocco is like traveling back to the fabled land of the “Thousand and One Nights”.  You will see ancient walled cities, Roman ruins, huge markets with a wide variety of exotic... Read more

Horseback riding in Mozambique offers the thrilling experience of an authentic beach safari in east Africa. Immerse yourself in this sea-based culture as you visit fishing villages and look out over awe-inspiring views of... Read more

Horseback riding in Namibia gives you access to to a land that is still wonderfully wild and remote, with few paved roads and great swaths of land inaccessible to vehicle travel. It is an... Read more

Horseback riding in South Africa is a spectacular experience. Due to its remarkable assortment of landscapes, vegetation, climates, wildlife and human history, South Africa is often referred to as “a world in one country.”... Read more

This politically stable country has long been renowned for its vast herds of plains game as well as for its awe inspiring scenery. You will be horseback riding through lands traditionally used by the... Read more

Related Views from the Saddle

Kalahari Bush Ride

Kalahari Bush Ride

Dr. Livingstone, I presume? Tree Lodge was the perfect location to recover from the long haul flight New York to Johannesburg and on to Maun. The charming raised tented cabins surrounded by the bush... Read more

Namibia Desert Safari: Ride to the Sea

Namibia Desert Safari: Ride to the Sea

A Phenomenal Desert Horse Riding Adventure… There is something so compelling about riding a sleek horse across the wide-open expanses of a desert landscape. This desert horse safari, which crosses one of the earth’s... Read more

On Safari Ride with Equitours

On Safari Ride with Equitours

With over thirty years of riding experience, formal training with the British Horse Society in England, and extensive knowledge of veterinary medicine, Barney Bestelink, the ride coordinator for our Okavango Safari Ride in Botswana,... Read more

Guest Reflections

"Thanks for the MAGNIFICENT trip – it really was amazing and the experience seeped into my soul.  I feel privileged to have experienced the African bush by horseback – to be immersed in the landscape, to physically travel through the plains and alongside... Read More"

Diane Dulken: February 2006

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