Varden Horseback Safaris - Explorer Safari - African Horseback Safaris

If you want to experience what it was like for the early explorers sleeping on a mountaintop or on the sandy floor of a cave, this safari is a must for you. You will feel the wind in your face, the proximity of the bush and the calls of the wild all around. It is rare to be able to experience a more flexible itinerary.


On the Explorer safari you travel deeper in the heart of the wilderness and, for one or two nights, you sleep out rough. You carry your own food, and water (wine for dinner). Washing is done in Rivers, and there is a spade for a loo. Sleeping arrangements are on the ground, with a mat or grass bed and sleeping bag.


The initial few days of this safari are the same as the Tingwa Valley Safari, but the itinerary continues on from the Bat Caves and the riding becomes progressively harder. The elephant paths become narrower and more precipitous as you climb higher into the mountains. You are a guaranteed of a spectacular evening camping spot – whether it is a cave, or an ancient Monomatapa fortress, or perched above the world on a mountaintop to watch the moon rise on one side and the sun set on the other.


There is no set daily itinerary on this safari other than to say that the first and last nights will be spent back at Kopje Tops Lodge, two nights at Bat Caves and the remaining nights out rough, deep into the Wilderness.  Depending on your requirements, you we can either spend two consecutive nights out rough (or more) or head back to the comfort of Bat Caves for hot showers after one night rough. You can then proceed on in another direction the next day for another night out rough.


Covering as many kilometres as possible of challenging riding in 4/5 days this Explorers safari is only for experienced and confident riders.  The terrain is extremely rugged and you are also going to get some walking in to stretch the legs and discover more of what the area has to offer.