BIG FIVE HORSE RIDING TRAILS
Catering for experienced riders only, Wait-a-Little offers a range of luxury Big Five horse trail safaris to suit different tastes. Its name comes from the Afrikaans description of an acacia thorn which attaches itself seemingly irrevocably to parts of your person on contact.
CHOICE OF FIXED DEPARTURES
With fixed departures offered throughout the year on most Saturdays, you can choose to spend 6, 8 or 10 days on a riding safari. Seeing the Big Five from the back of rigorously trained horses is exhilarating. You will be astonished by how closely you can interact with wild game in this way. Giraffe, zebra or wildebeest may pick up the pace and run by your side.
LARGE SCHOOL OF HORSES
Wait-a-Little has a school of over 40 horses of varying age and experience from which one will be hand-picked for you. All are well schooled and are a pleasure to ride and particularly to jump (which is optional on trail).
VARIED DURATION, RANGE
There are three trails which vary in duration and extent. All offer the opportunity to ride through the bush with just your small party of up to six experienced riders. You are accompanied by two armed guides on horseback. The shortest trail confines itself to the 85 square kilometre Karongwe home reserve, while the others are mobile and extend to at least 2 other camps in neighbouring Makalali (total range 350 sq km).
You can expect to spend 4-7 hours in the saddle before enjoying a soak in the bath, a swim or perhaps a massage before some well-reputed home cooked food.
Wait-a-Little’s own main camp consists of old style safari tents with en-suite bathrooms, mounted on platforms above the Makhutswe river. There is a pool and library where you can unwind in the heat of the day, and a massage room to work on those tired muscles in the evening. Dinner is a three course affair surrounded by African artefacts.
Wait-a-Little’s fly-camp is situated at the base of a giant rock formation which you can climb to overlook the whole Lowveld escarpment. Cooking here is over the fire, a twist on South African classics.
The third camp used on the longer trails is XiDulu in neighbouring Makalali. Built at the edge of a dam with a resident pod of hippos, it offers game viewing from your deck, the camp’s platform or the infinity pool. Riding in the morning is followed by afternoon/evening game drives here.
XiDulu’s rooms are all equipped with inside and outside showers, baths, air-conditioning and a big veranda. Rhinos roam in the vicinity. Elephants often come for a swim during the day, whilst at night lions and hyenas are often seen or heard near camp. Longer trails extend additionally to Garonga Camp.
On all itineraries, there is the opportunity to spend a night under the stars, accompanied by a traditional Braai.
TEN DAY GOURMET TRAIL
A long 200km+ trail combining riding with good food is available on request and runs 3 or 4 times a year. This Gourmet Safari combines the wilderness with relaxation at some luxury lodges en route. One camp on this trail features the culinary creations of Wait-a-Little’s private executive chef.