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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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 Damaraland. A sense of adventure and sense of humor, as... 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 mountains of the Pyrenees. Lively canters leads into exhilarating climbing... 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 beaten track with riding in some of the most untouched parts... Read more

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Riding Through the Andes

The trek follows the old pioneer trail crossing the remote Puelo Valley; a route once used by smugglers. The journey, led by local outfitters, takes you through the hidden valleys of the pristine Patagonia Wilderness passing crystal clear lakes... 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 are breathtaking; lush green forests, crystal-clear lakes, mountain streams, waterfalls... 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 accompanying you throughout the journey, as well as your local... 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 view all the exciting wildlife Africa has to offer, and... 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. These trips are ideal for families that have some members... 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 and cow work at certain times of year. A family... 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 see parts of the country around the national parks which... Read more

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Hekla-Landmannalaugar Trail

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Fjallabak Tour- ride Icelandic horses on this equestrian holiday in Iceland

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Ride in the “land of fire and ice” on this tour that enables you to experience them in depth.  Wild volcanic landscapes next to snow-capped mountains, vast lava deserts amid multicolored hills, and immense snow fields leading to soothing... Read more

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Emerald Coast Estancias- riding on the beach in Uruguay

Emerald Coast Estancias and Beaches

Ride along the Atlantic coastline where its clear, unpolluted water is a haven for marine animals such as dolphins, whales and seals as well as for fish and birds. You will also ride in the interior where large ranches raise... 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 traditional lifestyle as they have done for centuries, moving constantly... Read more

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Classic horse riding trek in Mongolia

Mongolian Classic with Naadam Festival

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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 Orkhon, the most famous of them all. Local horsemen will... 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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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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African Explorer

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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 its tributaries provided water and shelter to the nomadic peoples... 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 Tata to the town of Akka back to the starting... Read more

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Experiencing this fascinating landscape, meeting the local people, and visiting some of the ancient and unusual structures will surely be a grand adventure.Much of this horseback riding tour proceeds along narrow trails in steep, rocky terrain, and riders should... Read more

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