Browsing Off the Beaten Path

Whether you are seeking a way to take a tour or you want to find a stationary vacation located off the beaten path, horseback riding is a great solution. 

Enjoyable riding is not compatible with busy, densely populated areas which are noisy and where the air is usually polluted. Horses can travel in remote places where vehicles cannot go.  They work best in a natural environment unspoiled by development and far from crowds. These trips should offer soothing to the soul and bucolic tranquility in harmony with nature. 

If you want to get away from the frantic hubbub and hectic pressures of city life, how about a vacation at the remote Bitterroot Ranch, located at the end of a 16 mile dirt road where the next habitation is 50 miles away across a roadless wilderness?  For night noises you may have the gentle murmur of a mountain stream and the occasional howl of a coyote in the distance.  Horses can take you to countless places where you are far from madding crowds. For example you could try the moving Tuli safari where you camp at night in the heart of the African bush in Botswana.  There you can stretch out for the night on a comfortable mattress and look straight into a cloudless sky where you will see the myriad stars of the dazzling Milky Way shining brightly.  If you live in a large metropolitan area, you might have forgotten that the stars are there because the light pollution is so bad. This is the kingdom of wild animals like lion, elephant, giraffe and antelope with no other humans except your small group for miles.  One can be lonely in the superficial contact of large crowds and find far more comfort in a small, intimate group of fellow travelers.

Perhaps the ultimate least traveled path is the 250 mile Ride to the Sea across the austere, almost lifeless beauty of the Namib Desert.  In Botswana the salt pans of the Kalahari Desert give the feeling of limitless space devoid of other human life.  Until very recently you could see an ancient baobab tree bearing the signature of the early explorer, David Livingstone, which was standing in the middle of nowhere. The Glacier Estancia ride in the remote southern tip of Chile takes you to the top of the Andes where Darwin found fossilized shells which helped him develop his theory of the origin of the species..  It is remarkable that in this day and age, if you make the effort, it is still possible to explore really wild places.


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Scandinavian Summer

Experience the midnight sun while riding through remote Nordic landscapes of Swedish Lapland. A sense of adventure is imperative as you set out from the base farm on hardy... Read more

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Arctic Adventure

This winter experience offers a glimpse into life in the Arctic circle under the Polar night. You'll ride under the soft pink light of a late sunrise and early... Read more

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Land of the Gauchos

This is a ride with stunning landscapes combining the dramatic scenery of canyons and waterfalls with the wild nature of the Lagoa do Peixe National Park. A perfect combination... Read more

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Lycian Way

Ride through history on Turkey's Lycian Way. Meet locals, including herds of sheep and goats, along the way. Pass through olive groves that are centuries old, and walk in... Read more

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Thorsmork Ride

Thórsmörk or Valley of Tor, is a mountain ridge named after the Norse god Thor. It is situated in the south of Iceland between the glaciers Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull.... 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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Ride through the Mongolian steppe on this classic horse trek

Mongolian Classic Trek

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

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Path of the Herdsmen

This trail is a great option for mountain lovers who don't want to miss out on tasteful accommodations. Enjoy a dynamic ride from the Mediterranean lowlands to the alpine... Read more

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Kilimanjaro Elephant 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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Bitterroot Ranch

The Bitterroot ranch in Wyoming offers excellent riding for a broad range of ability levels. Everyone can enjoy varied trail rides through stunning scenery, with options for lessons weekly... Read more

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