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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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Pushkar Fair and Diwali Festival Ride

The Pushkar Camel Fair is one of the great historical and colorful events of India. For untold centuries tribesmen have met at the full moon to trade camels, cattle and horses. Of late years there have been some 200,000... 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 have met to trade camels, cattle and horses. Ride across... 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 to the Atlantic Coast, with practically no contact with civilization... Read more

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Fish River to the Border

A combination of dramatic canyon landscapes, spacious desert plains and the mighty Orange River, this horseback riding vacation in Namibia offers the opportunity to experience both inaccessible countryside, real wilderness areas, and riding without limitations. The Fish River Canyon... 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 horseback riding holiday in Namibia that is hard to describe... 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 Volubilis, Meknes, the town of the great king, Moulay Ismail,... 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 affords fascinating insights into the conflicts between wild game and... 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 reintroduced to the reserve, including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and... 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 Lowveld region of the Limpopo Province. In the last ten... 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 sanctuary of 75,000 acres, situated at the confluence of the... Read more

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Okavango Safari

Often referred to as the “Jewel of Africa,” the fact that the this area exists at all is a miracle. The opportunity for horse riding in the Okavango Delta is a bigger privilege still. This enormous river delta in... Read more

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Kalahari Ride

In the heart of Botswana lies the vast sand basin of the Kalahari Desert spanning from Namibia to Zimbabwe and from the Orange River to Angola. This adventurous horseback riding trip in the Kalahari begins in the Makgadikgadi Salt... Read more

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