Big Five Safari

  • Trip Duration
  • 8
  • 7
  • Riding Time
  • 8
    days riding
  • 4-7
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 3 - 7
    Guests per group
Horse riding safari in South Africa

Big Five Safari

Ride Overview

The Makalali Game Reserve in South Africa encompasses 61,000 acres in the Lowveld region of the Limpopo Province. In the last ten years, a variety of wildlife has been reintroduced to the reserve, including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and rhino- making Makalali home to the Big Five. Here, exceptional riding and game viewing have been paired with top notch accommodations and cuisine to create the Big Five horse riding safari in South Africa.

The landscape is varied with river gullies, rock formations and look out points. All along the way, meandering game trails lend themselves to fast paced canters and jumps as you ride in search of wildlife, which is plentiful on the reserve. Many have encountered buffalo, wild dog, spotted and brown hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, bushbuck, steenbok, duiker, impala, waterbuck, blackbacked and side striped jackal, honey badger, baboon, vervet monkey, mongoose, warthog, bushpig, tortoise; special nocturnal creatures are porcupine, aardvark, civet, genet, caracal, serval, and water species such as hippo, crocodile, otter, and terrapin.


You move between three camps throughout your stay. Beds are complete with sheets, and duvets. Most camps have electricity and all have careful attention to comfort.

Meals & Drink

You will be served a light breakfast before the morning ride and lunches with fresh salads, homemade bread and meats/fish. Dinner is always generous and a fine international cuisine is served. Emphasis is made on venison, pasta, fresh fish if available and lovely barbecues over open fires.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The main breed used is the ‘South African Boerperd’. A beautiful and elegant type of horse, sensitive, responsive, well tempered, forward going and very brave. Other appropriate breeds are Thoroughbred crosses, Warmbloods and Frisian crosses. The heights of the horses vary between 14,3 and 17 hands. Either English or Endurance saddles are used with snaffle or pelham bits.
  • Horse Breeds:
    South African Boerperds, Warmbloods, Frisian and Thoroughbred crosses
  • Trip Pace:
    moderate to fast with opportunities to jump
  • Tack:
    Bates Caprilli Dressage Saddles
  • Weight limit:
    210 lbs

Meeting Point

Either the Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa airports, South Africa.

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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