Amakhala Horse Trails is run by Giles Gush, a founding member of Amakhala Game Reserve and Woodbury Tented Camp, along with Woodbury Tented Camp Manager, Katrin Barlow. It started out as an idea inspired by guests requesting horse rides in the area, and became a reality after they came across an urgent sale of 12 horses in the local newsletter. Today, guests at any lodge or camp at Amakhala Game Reserve can enjoy a personalised horse trail ride, an ideal activity between game drives. All horse trails are led by experienced and knowledgeable guides, equipped with first aid kits and two-way radios. When they aren't on the trail, the sure-footed and reliable horses roam freely on Giles' farm Brentwood. Each day, the horses come to the stables to receive natural grain and grooming.
Amakhala Horse Trails offers a unique perspective of the bush: elevated on horseback, riders can enjoy incredible views of the surrounding landscape while gliding easily and quietly across terrain often inaccessible by vehicle. The unobtrusive nature of a horseback safari also allows for incredible animal sightings – riders can get as close as 10 to 15 metres from wildlife such as eland, wildebeest, zebra, hartebeest and giraffe. The trails provide an opportunity to explore 1700 hectares of African bush on horseback, including the chance to canter across open plains, take a slow trot to appreciate the views or walk quietly along secluded riverbanks. Horseback safaris typically last from two to three hours, and the speed of the trail ride is adjusted to the riders’ level of experience. This allows plenty of time for wildlife viewing and finding the perfect spot to rest the horses and enjoy refreshments and snacks.
Amakhala Horse Trails caters for small groups of up to 6 intermediate to experienced riders. Experienced younger riders between 10 and 15 years old may also join, if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
|Duration||2 to 3 hours|
|Price||R950 per person|
|Number of people||Min 2, Max 6|
|Skill level of participants||Intermediate to experienced riders only|
|Equipment needed||Please bring appropriate clothing including long pants and suitable shoes. A riding helmet will be provided.|
Please contact email@example.com before arrival or speak to your Guide/Front of House to make arrangements.
Amakhala Horse Trails is subject to availability.