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Many horseback riding itineraries require some form of camping or glamping. The style of camping varies from the most basic and rudimentary to extremely luxurious real beds and sheets, en suite bathrooms with hot water and sumptuous dining.

Travel arrangements for kings, emperors and their concubines were often extravagant. This kind of camping probably saw its peak in India where elephants and camels were often used as well as horses to carry people and camp equipment. 

Today there are still a few luxury glamping rides in India, but most of the best horse safaris are in Africa where the British settlers adopted techniques from India. The Masai Mara safari in Kenya, for example,  has tents holding beds with sheets and blankets, nearby toilet and shower tents, kerosene lanterns, mirrors on the wall, etc. Dinners are served with white table cloths and lit by candle. The service from the local staff is impeccable. It is still the kind of luxury camping Hemingway loved and made famous. It is possible to move these elaborate camps by truck and there are as many staff members as there are guests. 

 In some parts of Africa, like the Tuli in Botswana, the weather is so dry for much of the year that tents are really superfluous and one can sleep on a comfortable mattress directly under a clear sky studded with an incredible number of stars people never see in New York City.

Pack trips in wilderness areas where there are no permanent structures necessitate rougher camping and can hardly reach the glamping level.There is minimal staff, usually only the guide, and loading pack horses is much more time consuming than throwing equipment in the back of a truck. It is difficult to rig hot showers and toilet facilities are far more rudimentary. Some are still willing to make small sacrifices in order to fully appreciate the solitude and vastness of the wilderness.

 

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Bitterroot Cow Camp

Guests interested in getting even further from the beaten path might be interested in a stay at the Bitterroot Cow Camp. Nestled in a picturesque meadow in the shadow... Read more

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Skeleton Coast

This is a newer itinerary for our well established partners in Namibia. They are pleased to be able to offer this route that combines both the coast and wild... Read more

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Shekhawati Desert Ride

Marwari horses will carry you across the changing landscape of the Rajasthan, and you will also visit some of the architectural wonders of India. No other region in India... Read more

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Ride through the Mongolian steppe on this classic horse trek

Mongolian Classic Trek

This horse riding trek in Mongolia combines the lush beauty of the Blue Khentii Mountain and the austere landscape of the Gobi Desert. The mountains of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park... Read more

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Masai Mara Safari

This is the land which was so loved by Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen. How fortunate for us that it remains much as it was in their day. The... Read more

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Serengeti Migration Ride

This safari explores the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of the wider Serengeti Ecosystem. It is an incredible opportunity to indulge in your sense of adventure and get truly off the... Read more

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Navajoland

The Navajoland trip traverses the most spectacular and interesting parts of the vast Navajo Indian Reservation. Cross three distinct portions of the Navajo Indian Reservation with several Navajo guides... Read more

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Discover the Delta

Rather than a permanent riding camp, a lightweight mobile camp is transported by a flotilla of mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), or when the water levels are too low for... Read more

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Gobi Steppe Ride

This well-designed trek introduces a concept of practical and desirable travel. You will live with the horses and the camel carts in the great outdoors, choosing the life of... Read more

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Kilimanjaro Ride

This horseback riding vacation in Tanzania ventures into prime elephant habitat, allowing you to and experience the excitement of horseback riding among these magnificent creatures. You have opportunities to... Read more

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Custom Kenya Safari

A custom Kenya safari with Equitours provided you with something beyond the ordinary; the ability to avoid the mini bus routes and get under the skin of the country.... Read more

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Morocco Sand Dune Ride

Ride on the edge of the Sahara, from Ourzazate, Morocco. Pass through the sand dunes which lend their name to this ride, as well as farmland. Ride Barb-Arabian stallions... Read more

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Three Park Spectacular

The Three Park Spectacular Ride is on the border between Utah and Arizona and covers three of the most famous national parks in the world. This allows you to... Read more

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Ride through the Grand Canyon on this horseback riding trip in Arizona

Grand Canyon Winter Pastures

The Winter Pastures horseback riding vacation will take you far below the remote North Rim of the Grand Canyon into a microclimate which is sheltered from the cold and... Read more

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Spirit of the Reindeer Herders

On horseback you journey deep into the taiga-forest area and make contact with the unique Tsaatan people, nomadic reindeer herdsmen. There are only 30-40 herding families still living this... Read more

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horseback riding holiday in Mongolia

Karakorum with Naadam Festival

This horseback riding holiday in Mongolia will take you through the Khangai Mountain range in the central region, which is drained by some of Mongolia’s mightiest rivers, including the... Read more

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India Christmas Ride

Spend Christmas Eve in an 18th century castle and New Year in a fort situated on a hill overlooking a village famous for its miniature paintings. Visit some of... Read more

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Nagaur Fair Ride

The Nagaur Fair is smaller, less touristy and without the Brahma festivities of the Pushkar Fair. Both are great colorful and historical events of India. For untold centuries tribesmen... Read more

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Ride to the Sea

This is an endurance horseback riding tour in Namibia through a region of overwhelming beauty and isolation. It crosses 400 kms of the world's oldest desert from central Namibia... Read more

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Damaraland Trail

The gifts of Damaraland are many. The famous fauna and flora, elephant & rhino, Welwitschia mirabilis, and the Skeleton Coast with its disintegrating shipwrecks all make for an adventurous... Read more

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Royal Cities Ride

Ride through a rich and beautiful country, to the very historic heart, a heart that is still very much alive and beating. You will see the Roman ruins of... Read more

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Laikipia Safari

This trip along the base of Mt. Kenya presents a unique perspective of Kenya, since most of the ride is on vast private ranches up to 100,000 acres. It... Read more

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Big Five Safari

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... Read more

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Big Five Camp Safari

This safari is similar to the Big Five Safari, but two nights shorter and thus more stationary. The Makalali Game Reserve in South Africa encompasses 61,000 acres in the... Read more

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Tuli Safari

This is a classic point-to-point horse safari in Botswana covering approximately 120 miles in the vast Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block. Mashatu is a privately owned wildlife... Read more

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Okavango Safari

A luxury safari in the Okavango delta, an oasis teeming with an astonishing variety of bird, animal and plant life. Enjoy excellent riding with amazing wildlife sighting, with every... Read more

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Kalahari Ride

This adventurous horseback riding trip in the Kalahari begins in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, an oasis on the Eastern edge. Incredible scenery, memorable wildlife encounters and above miles... Read more

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African Explorer

Horseback riding in South Africa and Botswana includes good riding on two private game reserves, fine accommodations and evening meals around the campfire, making for a genuinely unforgettable African... Read more

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Enjoy riding horses on the steppe on the Karakorum horseback riding holiday

Karakorum Ride

Ride through the Khangai Mountain range in the central region, which is drained by some of Mongolia’s mightiest rivers, including the Orkhon. For thousands of years the Orkhon and... Read more

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Tata-Akka

This ride starts from the desert town of Tata in the south of Morocco. You spend a full two weeks exploring this area, riding in a southwestern loop from... Read more

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