For those of you who may be considering the great adventure of a horse back safari we have only one thing to say, “Do It”! Riding safaris in the African bush are ever-changeable: from quiet walking through thick bush on the lookout for birds and game, to long trots and canters where the going is good. Nothing in the bush is predictable and the sense of anticipation of what you might see heightens all your senses. The combination of riding and game-viewing is unforgettable.
The first question you will be asked is “Can you ride?”. Obvious maybe, but it is worth pointing out that unless you are comfortable in the saddle, at all paces, then you may well come unstuck. Not only will it ruin your holiday if you cannot keep up, but you will frustrate your fellow riders; it is simply not fair to you, your mount and your fellow travellers. Having said that please do not be put off! As long as you do your homework and come prepared you are guaranteed a thrilling time.
Clothing can often make or break a riding holiday as there is nothing worse than being uncomfortable through not having the right equipment. Personally we favour cotton jodhpurs, half chaps and a very comfortable pair of riding boots. Long sleeve shirts work well for protection against sunburn and a neckerchief can be dampened down to keep you cool. You may get laughed at but a piece of string will always come in handy for those emergency repairs!
Finally, do not build up the trip too much in your mind. Be realistic and remember that camping is great fun but it does involve changing your mind set and readjusting to a more basic style of living. Take it one day at a time and get as much out of every hour as you possibly can. Time will fly by and it is impossible to take in all the wonderful scenery and experiences in one go; one needs to take time out to savour the moment.