March 11

Giddy-Up! My Horseback Riding Safari at Tswalu


By David Ryan on
March 11, 2021

I will cherish all my African memories forever, and my recent horseback riding safari at Tswalu Private Game Reserve is no exception.

I’ve spent the last few months reading through old posts on our blog. In the same way one would return to a favourite book or a journal from years gone by. I relished the memories of the things we got up to, the people we met, and the places we visited.

Winston Churchill said that the back of a horse is the greatest seat you will ever have. It’s therefore useful to remember this when you’re looking for a front-row seat for one of the greatest shows on earth – your African safari.

Horseback riding at Tswalu Private Game Reserve
Tswalu horseback riding safari. Credit: Felix Studios

Horseback Riding Safari: The Art of Keeping a Horse Between You And The Ground

There are many ways to experience an African safari. For instance, the traditional game drives, popular bush walks, even aerial tours which gives you a bird’s-eye-view of the plains.

There is, however, something intimate and wonderfully intuitive about experiencing a horseback riding safari.

Exploring Tswalu on Horseback

We recently returned to the unusually grassy plains of the Southern Kalahari, residing at the crème de la crème of lodges within the Tswalu Private Game Reserve.

As I came to experience, no two Tswalu experiences are ever the same. This is because the way you see and touch this magical place is shaped entirely by your interests and pace.

As South Africa‘s largest Private Game Reserve, at around 120,000 hectares in size, Tswalu is a more than generous landscape. And every morning, as the sun rises over the Korannaberg mountains, fresh opportunities to play, learn and explore come to life.

The best way to describe a Tswalu safari is one of heart, inspired by a conservation vision. Whether it’s aardvark, pangolin, roan, sable, meerkat or wild dog you are in search of, the Tswalu landscape is dreamlike in its intensity and scale. It also happens to be one of the best places in Africa to experience a horseback riding safari!

Two men on horseback for horseback riding safari at Tswalu Private Game Reserve
A different vantage point of Tswalu’s landscapes and wildlife. Credit: Felix Studios

The Tswalu Equestrian Centre allows riders to enjoy the thrill and adventure of cantering out across the red dunes among the unique wildlife making their home in the great Kalahari. Tswalu’s equestrian safaris and outrides are also flexible, catering to your individual needs.

It’s a bit like losing yourself in a Thomas Cole painting, complete with trusty steed and fiery sunsets.

Do You Need Horseback Riding Experience?

While most horseback safaris do not require great equestrian prowess, a healthy love for riding is encouraged.

However, you don’t need to be an experienced rider. Beginners are welcome to go on any of the rides, and no one should miss out on this equestrian experience!

Gallop Off On Your Own African Horseback Riding Safari 

Now, quit horsing around!

Let Rhino Africa tailor-make your African holiday of a lifetime to suit your budget, needs and style. One of our experienced travel consultants will give you all the inside information, ensuring the best experience possible.

Contact us today, and let’s start planning!

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom” – Sharon Ralls Lemon.

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About the author 

David Ryan

David makes things happen! With a canny inability to sit still for a minute, it’s a miracle he actually sat down long enough to finish his degree in economics. David is a brave and pioneering entrepreneur with a true passion for Africa - especially Africa's wildlife. With his African Grey parrot by his side, there is more than a hint of the Dolittles about our intrepid leader. Before founding Rhino Africa David spent a number of years earning his stripes and cutting his teeth in the industry. David’s interests include photography and travel, and having travelled extensively through Africa most of the images on the Rhino Africa website hail from his well organised image library!

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