Wait A Little Horseback Safari - Big Five Safari - African Horseback Safaris

Wait a little Horseback Safaris

Big Five Safari
(8 days, 7 nights mobile safari)

Day 1  

You will be met at either Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa Airport, and transferred to Camp. Depending upon your arrival time at Wait A Little a light lunch or afternoon tea and coffee awaits you. In the afternoon, Philip, your guide, will introduce you to the safety procedures before going on your first riding safari.

This first ride takes you through the area surrounding the camp as you unwind from your journey. This is your chance to become accustomed to your horse and riding style. You might even see your giraffe or zebra. Sundowners, looking out towards the Drakensberg Mountains, are a perfect end to the day, before the the generous 3 course dinner, accompanied by hand-picked South African wines.

Accommodation for the first three nights is in old style safari tents with en suite bathrooms, mounted on platforms above the Makhutswe River at the Wait A Little main camp.

After an exciting, hot day you may enjoy a drink at the bar or relax at the swimming pool. The main area has a library, which gives you chance to read about the wildlife, flora and fauna of South Africa.

Day 2

A wake up call with tea or coffee starts your day. After a light, continental breakfast you start your first ride of the day. If the days starts off cool, the ride heads for Croc Dam. Crocodile, fish eagle, hippo, and a good number of water birds can be seen in the biggest dam on the reserve. A picnic lunch is enjoyed in the shade of a tree, followed by a short siesta. In the cooler afternoon hours, you make your back to Camp, tracking game along the way.

Day 3

Another early start to the day and you spend the morning wildlife spotting, and perhaps your guide will follow tracks of the leopard that was in the area during the night – and you will learn about this beautiful and elusive cat. You may recount the thrills of the morning’s sightings over lunch, back at Camp. Fresh salads, homemade breads, pizzas and quiches are served together with light meats and cheeses. The afternoon today is dedicated to relaxing. Mandi, the aromatherapist will ease away any aches or strains and a long siesta by the pool perfectly complement's her handiwork. Enjoy homemade cake in at tea time, before setting off on an evening game drive, where you visit the buffalo project.

Day 4

This morning’s tracks may lead to elephant, and the Kufunyame River, where huge palm trees and tall river reeds provide a good meal for a hungry herd. This afternoon, you pack your bags for the move to your new Camp. The luggage is transferred by vehicle, and you ride. Heading south, there are gently undulating tracks, which lend themselves to long, easy canters. Giraffe, Zebras or wildebeest may pick up the pace and run by your side, elegantly manoeuvring through the veldt. You accommodation tonight is at Beacon Rock fly camp, which is situated at a giant rock formation – which allows spectacular views of the surrounding escarpment. You spend the night, under the stars, and around the camp fire, enjoying the call of hyena or jackal…

Day 5

Wake to the rich colours of the sunrise, and be revived by coffee and breakfast before embarking on your longest ride. This morning you enter the Makalali Game Reserve, dominated by huge open plains, where you might find yourself cantering next to giraffe, zebra or wildebeest. Spectacular views lead the way to Phiva - your camp for the night.

This camp is truly spectacular. Clay, reed, wood, skulls and many other natural resources provided the materials to build this place. As with all the Makalali camps, accommodation is in private chalets, each equipped with en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private salas for your relaxation.

 

The afternoon siesta is followed by a game drive – with the idea of looking for lion in particular. After refreshing sun downers, the drive continues into the night, where, with luck, some of the nocturnal wildlife will show its face. Bushbabies, owls, maybe even a leopard, may complete your day’s excitement. Return to Camp for dinner - Makalali’s chefs are famous for their cuisine with a mixture of European and East African flavours.

Day 6

Today is for exploring, cutting through the veldt at a canter, twisting and turning around the trees, and your surefooted horse carries you nimbly through the undergrowth, changing direction as you guide his course, having just as much fun as you. Here and there a tree, felled by an elephant, provides an irresistible jump. At the top of the hill you pause for thought, as mile after mile of unspoiled Africa stretches away before you. Lunch is served on banana leaves, with fresh salads, meats and cheeses for lunch on Makalali’s veranda, while you watch nyala, waterbuck, and kudu.

Refreshed after a well deserved siesta, you ride to a nearby dam, where hippo live during the heat of the day..

Day 7

A long ride today, from Makalali, returning to Wait A Little. There is the chance of some good wildlife sightings today.

Enjoy the last sun downer on Wait A Little's open plain, before enjoying a specially prepared dinner…

Day 8

An early wake this morning, to allow you time for  short ride, before your transfer to the Airport.

Note

Accommodation, all meals, all drinks, all rides, one game drive, guiding, laundry service at base camp, chaps and helmets are included

 

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