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Bayard Fox, founder of Equitours and his wife, Mel, began guiding horseback riding safaris in Kenya’s Masai Mara during the winter when their Wyoming ranch was closed. Mel was raised on a farm on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, speaks Swahili and is well acquainted with the flora and fauna. Between them and their son, Richard, they have taken dozens of rides in Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, South Africa and Namibia scouting for the best adventures and they have found many exciting options. Bayard is the ride consultant for Africa and is always pleased to discuss in detail 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 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 opportunities for thundering gallops and some fine saddle horses. Contact with colorful local tribesmen like the Masai in Kenya and Tanzania is an added treat. Visiting game country while horseback riding in Africa is much more in harmony with nature than doing it by vehicle. It is a great deal more interesting than just sitting all day cramped in a land rover confined to roads.

The horse safari in the Masai Mara remains one of our most popular rides in the world. There is no better place to see huge numbers of African game where unimpeded migrations over wide areas are still possible. It is a challenging ride as one can gallop wide open plains alongside zebra, wildebeest and giraffe on athletic polo ponies. Another popular ride is the Tuli in Botswana where the game viewing from horseback is also excellent, but the equestrian skills required are somewhat less demanding. Africa is a huge continent (bigger than the US and Canada combined) with greatly contrasting areas and the endurance Ride to the Sea which takes you 250 miles across the Namib Desert is a very different kind of experience. The wildlife is scarcer because of the aridity, but the austere desert country is beautiful and has its own attractions for many, especially those who like fast paced endurance riding. These are just a few of the many varied horse safaris we offer in Africa. Please take a look through these exciting trips and don’t hesitate to call.


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

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The Tuli Ride: A True Safari in Botswana

The Tuli Ride: A True Safari in Botswana

After the first night in the comfortable bungalows of the Tuli Safari headquarters — an oasis of green gardens and an airy, immaculately kept stable, all surrounded by elephant-proof fencing – we headed off... Read more

Africa- For the true sybarite

Africa- For the true sybarite

Our riding safari in Kenya is certainly the trip of a life time. The horses are magnificent, the rides are exciting, the staff is always willing to help, the camping is luxurious, the terrain... Read more

Guest Reflections

"At the end of our trip, we spent 2 nights at a luxurious lodge in Kruger National Park, and despite the luxurious accommodations and 5 star facilities, it didn't come close to comparing to our experience in Botswana. In fact, after being on horseback for 10... Read More"

Kathleen Deutsch

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