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Horses & Big 5

Horses & Big 5

Horses & Big 5 Overview

The 7-day horses & big five adventure safari is great for couples and families alike! You’ll visit the malaria free areas of the Madikwe Game Reserve, home to the big 5 amongst many others and the pristine Waterberg Biosphere, spoiling you with some fantastic game viewing experiences.

The first 2 nights of your safari adventure will be spent at the big five Madikwe Game Reserve. Madikwe is the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa and is located on a 680 square kilometre nature reserve, home to approximately 66 large mammal and 300 bird species. Your 2-night stay will include 4 game drives, as well as all meals. You’ll end off your stay with a morning game drive and delicious breakfast, before setting off for the Waterberg region.

The last 4 nights of your trip will be spent in the Waterberg Biosphere. The Waterberg is an exquisite area of pristine wilderness, with a variety of game, including the rarely seen Sable antelope. Here is where things change from the normal safari routine as not only can you choose to do the traditional game drives, but you can horse ride instead. The horses are very well trained and even if you are a novice there will be a horse for you! The advantage of the horse riding safari is that you get so much closer to the animals and being able to follow the animal trails through the bush allows you to see so much more. Those with a little more energy and leg strength can also chose to go on a guided mountain bike ride through the reserve. The only members of the big five that are not on the reserve are the elephant and lion which you will probably see in Madikwe Game Reserve.

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