With Royal Ascot drawing to its conclusion over the weekend, horse-lovers across the country will be looking back on the week that was and beginning the patient wait until we do it all again next year. But if your lust for all things equestrian hasn’t been satisfied over the last few days and you’ve always yearned to explore vast and spectacular landscapes in the saddle, take a look at our three favourite horseback holidays for couples, families and groups.
Ants Hill and Ants Nest, South Africa
Hidden away in the heart of a private game reserve in the Waterberg region of South Africa, Ants Hill and Ants Nest can tailor-make riding safaris for those of all ages and abilities. Venturing across dramatic ridges and sandy plains, exploring the vast wilderness or galloping with herds of giraffe in the bush, you’ll experience South Africa’s great outdoors in a way that just wouldn’t be possible on a traditional safari. Prepare for the ride of your life...
The relaxed lodges, tucked away up on the hillside, are perfect for families, groups and couples and boast spectacular views of a waterhole frequented by large game looking to quench their thirst. After a long day on safari, take a dip in the communal swimming pool before relaxing in the African night over a cosy barbeque or romantic dinner for two.
El Colibri Estancia, Argentina
The ranch’s guides can take eager riders up into the heart of Argentina’s spectacular landscapes on horseback, while you can also participate in the ‘game of kings’, polo, playing on specially bred and cared-for horses. Playing in amongst such spectacular surroundings is a unique opportunity and a must for any horse-lover. Beginners can take riding lessons at the ranch, and what a place to learn!
As the sun goes down, welcome in the evening the Argentinean way; gathered around the barbecue (cooking only produce from the farm) with a glass or two of fantastic wine.
With lush gardens, a stunning mountain backdrop and a fireplace in each of the charming rooms, El Colibri Estancia is the perfect riding getaway.
Okavango Horse Safaris, Botswana
Venture through the floodplains of Botswana with the Okavango Horse Safaris and spot mesmerising African wildlife in the most liberating way imaginable: just you, the horses and Botswana’s spectacular landscapes – not a jeep in sight.
Home will be a spacious en-suite tent on a forested island in the Xudum River, a charming tree house raised two metres off the ground or a traditional Meru tent with wonderful views over the river. Experience the African wilderness in blissful luxury with a candlelit dinner, accompanied only by the sounds of the African bush...