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Zambezi Holiday

5.0 (9)
days 4 days nights 3 nights
Zambia
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Premium
Weight limit
95 kg / 209 lb

Join us on a horseback adventure through Africa's wilderness. Witness breathtaking landscapes and wildlife up close on a river safari or simply from your luxurious tent's front deck. Experience local culture with a visit to a traditional village. Embark on a long river journey to see herds of wild animals and fishermen living along the river's edge. Finish with a final canter across the plains for wildlife sightings. 

from US$ 1 350
per tourist for 4 days
Tour starts
Okavango
Date of Travel
Number of tourists
up to 8 tourists over 12 years old
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Doug E.
Doug E. is the provider and guide of this trip
The provider speaks: English
On a horse since the age of two, and involved with breeding, schooling, trail riding and training Zambia’s National Polocrosse team. My dream of leading horse-lovers on multi-day rides in a remote wilderness has come true. I have worked in conservation, eco-tourism and with horses all my life, which has included training horses to work in wildlife areas for anti-poaching patrol work.

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Photo Gail
Gail
Born and raised on a farm in Mkushi, Zambia - I am an avid environmentalist, animal and nature lover. We’re a family-run operation and family is at the heart of our story in Africa.

Tour highlights

Riding Safari
With wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and antelope
Meet the Local Community
Visit the Lozi People who are involved in the conservancy
Adventure and Comfort
Luxurious accommodation, full board and a swimming pool are provided

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Arrive at Livingstone Airport. Vehicle transfer to the Lodge (approx. 40 minutes) with bottled water provided.

Freshen up and depart from the Lodge to our camp in the Simalaha Wildlife Conservancy. This transfer consists of a road transfer to Mombova (approx 40 mins) where you will board a river boat for a river safari experience into the Simalaha Wildlife Conservancy (1h30min). We will then be met by their horses at the river edge and ride into the camp, approximately 20 mins away.

Return Transfers by Road and Boat.

Overnight: camp.

Day 2
Meet the Lozi People
Day 3
River Ride
Day 4
Livingstone Bound!
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

To participate in the trail ride, riders must have the ability to ride at different speeds, including rising to the trot and maintaining control during a canter. It is important to feel comfortable keeping up with the group and physically fit enough to endure up to six hours of riding. It is recommended to be in generally good health and fit.

Tack: Australian stock saddles, western saddles or trail saddles. Saddle bags are included.

Horses: Basuto ponies, Quarter horses and Boerperds.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Premium
Tent
3 nights

Total price for the trip with Single accommodation: US$ 1950

If your travel party is less than 4 guests - we will do our best to accommodate you with another confirmed party / offer alternative dates.

3 nights
Glamping Tents

The camp is sustainable and eco-friendly, with solar power providing water and electricity. Guests can charge their devices using USB port chargers on their reading lights or in the camp lounge and dining area. For those seeking an off-the-grid experience, the camp offers the opportunity to sleep under the stars on a camp-out (weather permitting). Ensuite open air bathrooms and seating on the front deck are provided with all tents.

Kindly note we have 4 four tents that can accommodate up to 2 guests per tent. 

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Okavango
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Tour conditions

Included

  • accommodation; 
  • all meals;
  • snacks, tea, coffee, house wine, beer and selected soft drinks;
  • riding and activities as detailed in the program;
  • VAT, tourism levy and service charges.

Extras

  • flights;
  • travel insurance (with medical evacuation);
  • transfers;
  • Simalaha Conservancy park and conservation fees USD $50;
  • premium and alcoholic drinks;
  • additional activities;
  • tips and personal expenses.

Group size

up to 8 tourists

Duration

4 days
3 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • Negative PCR Certificate (72hrs);
  • Zambian Visa.

It is essential to bring your own riding hat, chaps and gloves. Please contact us for a full list of recommended riding gear and clothing for your stay with us, which may change dependent on the month of your horse safari. 

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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 9 reviews
  • G
    Georgina
    12 Mar, 2024
    about provider
    As soon as I arrived at this fantastic lodge, I knew I'd made the right choice. The staff were incredible, setting up a beautiful dinner table next to the Zambezi River just for me, and serving delicious candlelit dinners every night during stay. The drinks were icy cold, the room was immaculate and had a stunning view of the river, with a refreshing breeze and the soothing sounds of African nature all around. The lodge had a stylish yet relaxed vibe, and it felt peaceful yet vibrant with wildlife. The service was exceptional, unlike some other high-end lodges in the region. Drifting off to sleep in my cozy bed with mosquito netting after a refreshing dip in the pool was heavenly, and soaking in an open-air bath as the sun went down was pure bliss. I appreciated the lodge's commitment to sustainability, providing chilled water in thermoses instead of plastic bottles, and eco-friendly soap and shampoo. This has now become one of my favorite places in the world, and even though my stay felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I'm already planning my return trip. I couldn't help but hold back tears as I said goodbye. A big thank you to everyone for making it such a special place.
    12 Mar, 2024
  • D
    Dani
    22 Feb, 2024
    about provider
    We all headed here like one big, crazy family. Opting for the catered, all-inclusive deal was wow wow wow! the best decision ever! We were absolutely amazed by the care, effort and love shown by the whole team. Our time there was filled with beautiful moments by the sun-kissed Zambezi river, fun horse rides, relaxed pond fishing, kids running around happily, amazing food and a warmth that made us feel like we were in luxury. Every little detail, every special moment, and every memory they created seemed effortless but was deeply appreciated by all of us. This was hands down the best family vacation we've ever had! Huge thanks to Gail, Doug and their amazing team for creating such unforgettable magic. Loads of love and gratitude from our entire tribe xxx
    22 Feb, 2024
  • J
    Jeffay
    28 Jan, 2024
    about provider
    Gail and her crew treated us like we were part of their own family. Augustine was awesome at looking after us. The place we stayed at was fantastic - falling asleep with the river right there felt really nice. And let me tell you, the fish and chips were the absolute best! It was the ideal spot to check out Victoria Falls and Zambia.
    28 Jan, 2024

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