South Africa has a whole host of different safari options, and horse riding is one of these. Although there is not the same amount of variety as you may find in Botswana or Kenya for horse riding, there are riding opportunities for everyone, no matter their ability or experience.
The best horse-riding safaris in South Africa
The lodges in South Africa that offer horse riding tend to have it as an extra activity rather than have a lodge set up exclusively for horse-riding holidays, this is great for those who want a little taste of everything - game drives, walking safaris and safaris by horseback.
Some of the best places to stay in South Africa that offer horse riding are Tswalu in the Kalahari and Ant's Nest in the Waterberg.
Tswalu is a fantastic destination for families, honeymooners and everyone in between who wants a magical experience amongst the red sand dunes of the Kalahari desert. The horse riding here caters for all experiences and is a wonderful way to experience the Kalahari, no matter the season.
Ant's Nest is more dedicated to horse riding, and only has two of the big five on the reserve. Before heading out on your horse, those wishing to ride are sorted into abilities so that you can spend the morning and/or afternoon in the bush with those of a similar ability. It offers some incredible opportunities to get up close to giraffes, buffalo and much more whilst not disturbing the wildlife in the slightest.
Away from the safari lodes there are some horse-riding opportunities in Cape Town, available as an additional day excursion. With your own guide, you can enjoy the beaches in and around Cape Town on horseback with the beautiful Chapman's Peak Drive overhead, not only is it scenic, but it is also very accessible.
For those looking for a more dedicated horse-riding safari, that is aimed at more advanced horse riders, we would recommend a Botswana horse riding safari, and a Kenya horse riding safari for those travelling as a family.