BIG 5 LUXURY ADVENTURE (8 Day Safari)
Sample Itinerary for 8 Day Horseback Safari
*Please note itinerary may change depending on animal movement and weather conditions.
A big 5 horseback safari for experienced riders who would like an adrenaline packed adventure riding with big game and camping out in the bush, without compromising in comfort and style. The ride starts at point Wildside Tented Camp, from where you will travel a route stopping at our Fly Camp and finishing at Ravineside Lodge. This circuit allows for discovering different sceneries and animals, whilst always having a ground team on site to have everything prepared before arrival.
Arrive at the reserve, for a late lunch
Settle in for the night in the comfort of one of the lodges on the lower escarpment.
Your game drive will depart at 3:30 (depending on season)
Arrive as the sun sets, hopefully with your first pictures of some magnificent game.
Dinner will be served at the lodge at 7:00pm
Night: Wildside tented camp
Moving day – Lower Escarpment to upper escarpment with brunch on route
Light breakfast will be served at 7:00 and you will be transferred to the horses at 9:00am to start your ride on the lower escarpment, through big game territory.
After about an hour and a half in the saddle, you will reach Waterberry picnic spot for brunch at appx. 11:00 before you start your climb up the escarpment.
The journey continues after a short rest, to climb the escarpment which is separated from the lower escarpment by 600m high cliffs. You will partly leading your horse over one of the steepest roads on South Africa, which has a gradient of 40 Degrees at some points. As you reach the top, you will have some time to refresh yourself in the natural rock pool with spectacular views and crystal clear water. The ride continues onto the plains – an idyllic scene hopefully spotted with game. You will reach fly camp at Boukenhout at about 3:00pm in time for high tea and settling into the place you will call home for the next 4 nights. Dinner will be served around the glistering fire, at 7:00pm
Night: Boukenhout Fly Camp
After an early start, you will have a juice and some fruit in your saddle bag. The ride will take you along flat rock valley, until you reach a waterfall where you will stop for a tea/coffee and a snack. You will return to fly camp for an opulent brunch. You can relax in the hammocks or soak up some sun on the banks of the stream at fly camp, until about 3:00pm when high tea is served. You also have the option to make use of some of the activities during mid day.
You will be back on the horses at about 4:00pm to ride Cycad valley and Ubumanzi, to return to fly camp as the sun sets for your well deserved gin and tonic around the fire, followed by dinner under the stars.
Night : Fly camp
Kgamakutla point Sundowner ride
Early start after a light breakfast, to ride long east long west where your guide will point out animals tracks and signs along the way, in hopes of finding some of Africa’s giants.
You will arrive back in camp after a two hour ride, for brunch – followed by some time to take a plunge in the river, laze in a shady spot on a picnic blanket or hammock… At 4:00pm high tea will be ready, before you mount for your afternoon ride which will take you to a magnificent viewpoint for some elaborate sundowners – just like a scene from Out of Africa. You will arrive back into camp for a typical South African braai listening to the sounds of the bush come to life as you sit by the glistering fire with a wonderful South African wine to set the scene.
Night: Fly camp
Plains ride and sundowners
Early breakfast, and on your horse at 6:00am. You will ride West on sandy tracks with some opportunity to pick up speed. East towards Ingwe valley, with some chances of spotting some more illusive animals in the thicker vegetation and past a lake with some chance of seeing hippos. The ride continues onto the wide open grass plains and back to camp for lunch. In the afternoon, the ride will set out for another 2 and a half hours, as the day gets cooler for some spectacular views of the lower escarpment. On return to camp, there will be drinks set out on the rocks in the river, where you can watch the sun set and set the tone before your candle lit dinner at camp. Your bags will be packed for the following days move to the lodge.
Night: fly camp
Moving day with picnic at yellow wood rock pools
You will have a later start today (weather depending) at about 9:00am. After a light breakfast at fly camp, you will ride to Yellow wood an idyllic spot with a natural plunge pool and deck with another awe-inspiring view where brunch will be served, after your two hour ride. The ride continues as it gets cooler at appx 3:00pm across open grassland, and to Ravineside lodge. You will arrive at your lodge before sunset to settle in. Drinks and a three course dinner at the lodge awaits you.
Night: Ravineside Lodge
Outer Rim view rides
An early start after a light breakfast at 6:30am, just in time to catch the stunning morning views and crisp air from the outer rim, overlooking the views of the lower plateau. The ride will take you into a different scenery, riding some rocky ledges, and taking a swim in the dam with the horses, as it gets warmer. You will return to the lodge after a two hour ride for brunch – You will have some time to relax at the lodge and maybe make use of some well deserved spa time. (at extra charge) You afternoon ride will leave the lodge at 3:30pm appx to ride for another few hours to Hanglip viewpoint with good chances of seeing abundant game on the open areas and Ungululu. You will stop at the viewpoint, for some stunning pictures with your horse, and back to the lodge along Tswene.
On return to the lodge, your bags will be packed for the following days move to the lower escarpment. Dinner will be served at the lodge.
Night: Ravineside Lodge
Moving day upper to lower escarpment and departure
Your bags will be packed for the team to take to the meeting spot for departure. After an early breakfast at appx 6:30 you will set off to ride for about 1:30h until you start your descent to the lower escarpment, riding and again partly leading your horses for about 45 minutes, until you reach the lower escarpment and ride to the reserve exit, with another spectacular route with a change of scenery. You will ride the horses to the clubhouse on Legend resort, where the horses are based by about 11:00am or depending on the groups departure flight that evening. Lunch is optional (at own expense) at the clubhouse, which overlooks the cold course. You will have the chance to take showers on the resort before your departure to the airport.
Game drive as outlined on itinerary
All meals, snacks, tea and coffee at lodge and fly camp
Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages at fly camp
Accommodation at fly camp and lodge
Water sports (upon request and subject to availability)
Night drives (upon request and subject to availability)
Additional game drives
Airport transfers from and to Johannesburg
Beverages while at lodge