Zambezi Horse Trails Day Tours

Get closer to wildlife than you ever thought possible on horse safari! Set off on a Zambezi Horse Trail in the Victoria Falls National Park and be prepared to be amazed!The quality horses are personally selected and trained by the owner of this adventure company and there is a mount for every kind of rider. Whatever your level of experience, the right horse will be matched to you. The experienced and licensed guides will take you on a journey into the wilderness and share their extensive knowledge about the environment during the safari.

Victoria Falls National Park

This beautiful park is situated above the thundering Victoria Falls and unfolds along the eastern and southern bank of the mighty Zambezi River. This is a truly wild place with many secret pathways and islands to explore.

The landscape is rugged and includes Teak forests rising from a base of Kalahari Sand, Mopane woodland, open bushveld and the shady riverbanks of the Zambezi. Everything changes with the seasons and each day has something different to offer, so no 2 safaris are ever the same.

This is a big game area and you may be able to track Elephant through the trees or get really close to shy antelope such as Kudu. Wildlife is plentiful in the park and varies with the seasons, for instance during the rains Wild Dog may be present.

You could spot a variety of animals such as Buffalo, Steenbok, Impala, Waterbuck and Side-striped Jackal. Smaller species include Mongoose and Warthog. At the water it is possible to see Crocodile and Hippo. Leopards are elusive animals but they are present in the park.

What to Expect

Novice Rides take about 2 hours (early morning and mid afternoon) and cover a shorter distance through a game rich area. Skill levels of riders will dictate if there will be opportunities for a trot or canter. The horses used are steady and quiet. Experienced riders can choose from morning and afternoon excursions or full day options and also multi-day adventures.

Participants on the Novice Rides do not need any riding experience. Experienced riders should have ridden at least 15 times in the last 2 years and be confident in the saddle, to be able to ride without assistance at all paces, including 10 minute stretches at a rising trot and galloping out of danger even after a long ride. The more proficient and fit you are the more you will enjoy the longer rides.

It is best to bring your own riding kit, as there is a limited amount of clothing and helmets available at the stables (children must wear helmets). Australian stock saddles are provided for the rides but English saddles are also available. The maximum weight for any rider is 90kg (200 pounds), above that amount there is a weigh-in and a supplement may be charged.

The Experience

On arrival, you could spot animals right away as the stables are located in the Victoria Falls National Park and game is abundant in the surroundings. Refreshments are served before and after the rides. Each group (minimum 2 and maximum 6 or 8 people) is assigned a qualified guide and an experienced back-up rider. There is a safety briefing before departure.

This adventure is really about experiencing the African bushveld while riding a good horse, and there is no guarantee what animals you may come across. You'll be riding a horse with its own particular animal scent which disguises your presence. Even novice riders will be able have close encounters with wildlife that won't be spooked by the horse's scent.

Experienced riders on full day options can enjoy refreshments to start, a picnic lunch during, and snacks and drinks after. Multi-day adventures take place over 2 - 8 days (4 - 6 hours in the saddle per day) and cover a wider more dangerous territory than the Victoria Falls National Park. Accommodation is in fixed camps en-route and simple, wholesome food is served 3 times a day. Other exciting activities can be included in these horse safaris such as Elephant-back rides and night drives.

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