Seat yourself comfortably in the saddle and ride out on an exhilarating horseback adventure across the wide-open plains of Africa, deserted beaches in Australia or splash through the wetlands of northern Argentina.
Venture off the beaten track on a ride through the Masai Mara, gallop through the floodwaters of the Okavango Delta or take a guide and set out to explore the cattle stations of ‘way out back Australia’, perhaps even trying your hand at mustering the livestock.
Picture yourself cantering alongside giraffe and elephant on safari, your horse allowing you to get closer to the action than you otherwise would by vehicle or by foot, whilst also gaining access to remote areas of wilderness untouched by the wheels of a car.
Or, for the ultimate riding adventure, saddle up for a trek in the Andes where you will sleep under the stars and ride into remote parts of Patagonia that cannot be reached by road.
Whether you are a keen rider or a new learner, we offer plenty of different opportunities to enjoy your holiday on horseback but each and every guest will be safe in the knowledge that the horses ridden are beautifully trained and well cared for, the tack will be of the highest standard and the guiding second-to-none.
Where to stay for Horse Riding
This landmark lodge has an enviable position within Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. Explora offers highly experienced guides, luxury accommodation and stunning views from every window. Guests can explore by horseback or 4×4 and there are also excellent opportunities for mountain climbing with incredible views of the fjords below.
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
Al Maha is nestled in a verdant palm oasis, deep within Dubai’s magical dune and desert landscape. Showcasing the heritage and architecture of the Bedouins, this internationally-awarded hideaway also offers a sense of desert adventure, with matchless five star hospitality in unparalleled comfort.
Baraza Resort & Spa
With just 30 pool villas, Baraza Resort and Spa is a stunning family-friendly hotel on the quiet east coast of the tropical island of Zanzibar. Offering a variety of one and two bedroom pool villas, with a distinct fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, this all-inclusive 5-star resort has been named as one of the top 30 in the world by the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller magazine.
Bullo River Station
Bullo River Station is a working cattle station and homestead covering 500,000 acres of the Northern Territory. It operates in harmony with the land, balancing sustainable farming methods with best-practice land management.
Corocora Camp is an exclusive Tented Camp set inside a private reserve, located in the Llanos Orientales region of Colombia.
Estancia Cristina is one of the finest and most remote locations in Patagonia. Only accessed by boat, the estancia is perched on the northwest shore of the Argentino Lake, deep in Los Glaciares National Park. This enviable position gives guests who stay here exclusive access to the Upsala Glacier, one of the most stunning viewpoints on the continent.
Estancia Huechahue is a 15,000 acre working ranch set in the foothills of the Andes, amid archetypal northern Patagonian landscapes. The estancia remains one of our favourite destinations for guests who are looking for a genuine Argentine experience of Patagonia in the hands of a team who are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the region.
Hacienda La Danesa
This charming six-bedroom farmhouse offers guests of all ages a delightful escape into a traditional way of Ecuadorian life that has been maintained by the Olsen family for over fifty years. The warm and friendly staff love nothing more than to show guests into the heart of their community from life at the stables to the bustling kitchen and dairy farm.
This stunning 17th century working-farm was the residence of Ecuador’s former President Galo Plaza Lasso and his family. A pretty two hour drive from Quito brings guests to this warm and friendly hacienda nestled deep in the Andes.
Huka Lodge has long been considered one of the top retreats in the world, with an extensive and continuous list of prestigious awards bearing testament to this. A rich landscape of lakes, forests, waterfalls and mountains forms a stunning backdrop to this iconic New Zealand retreat, which has been delivering extraordinary hospitality since 1924.
Hosteria Las Balsas is a small luxury boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi in Argentina’s Lake District. Located to the north of Bariloche, this Relais & Chateaux property offers the finest cuisine and accommodation in the area.
Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s major private conservation successes as it is one of very few ranches in the world where guests can see a remarkable variety of wildlife, including many endangered animals such as both black and white Rhino species, Grevy’s Zebra and Sitatunga.
Macatoo Camp, the base for African Horseback Safaris, is situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta. Covering 17,000 km sq, the Okavango is the largest inland delta in the world, a mix of labyrinth channels, palm fringed islands and fertile floodplains.
Namibia Horse Safaris
With over twenty years experience perfecting the art of mobile horse riding safaris, Namibia Horse Safaris is a serious riding experience in a hauntingly beautiful place. These rides have to be one of the best ways to experience the country’s varied, wild, sometimes harsh but always hauntingly beautiful, desert landscapes.
Nihi Sumba, formerly Nihiwatu, is a unique and intimate, luxury eco retreat, situated within 560 hectares and 2.5km of pristine beach on the little known and beautifully preserved Indonesian island of Sumba.
Offbeat Mara Camp
With exceptional game viewing and a small, friendly team running this camp to the highest of standards, Offbeat Mara camp is exactly what an authentic safari camp should be. Guests have access to the Game Reserve, the Mara River and early morning balloon trips.
Situated on the northern edge of the Laikipia plateau, Ol Malo is nestled into a rugged escarpment looking out across the time-honored lands of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. An ancient land inhabited by wildlife and peoples of a time long ago, undisturbed and living by the rhythm of nature and as part of this untamed and beautiful landscape is Ol Malo.
Reserva do Ibitipoca
Reserva do Ibitipoca is a stunning hideaway in the rolling hills of Ibitipoca State Park amid swathes of Atlantic Rainforest that drape the Ibitipoca mountain
range and the Mantiqueira mountains.
Rincon del Socorro
The Ibera Wetlands are often overshadowed by Brazil’s larger and wider-known Pantanal but they are just as spectacular. Ibera means ‘bright water’ in the local guarani dialect and, when the sun catches the water and every horizon flashes sliver, it is easy to see why.
Silky Oaks offers boutique accommodation in beautiful Tropical North Queensland, Australia. Nestled in Kuku Yalangi country, this eco-lodge sits high above the crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River and is enveloped by the lush Daintree Rainforest cloaking the steep mountain sides from the riverbanks. It is a perfect base from which to explore the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef.
Located in the Laikipa region, Sosian is a working cattle ranch which thrives alongside wildlife and conservation practises. At the heart of the ranch stands Sosian Lodge an elegant yet informal retreat, offering a friendly home-from-home atmosphere.
Nestled in the pristine Ahuriri Valley in New Zealand’s South Island, is The Lindis. A unique iconic luxury lodge has been created for guests to unwind and relax while taking in the surrounding idyllic setting.