Desert Canyons Safari
Day 1 and 2 Cape Town to Holoog
You will be met at Cape Town International Airport (or city) for your transfer north, overnighting at the town of Springbok on the edge of the Richterveld Transfrontier Park. Next day, after the border crossing we reach Holoog (meaning ‘hollow eye”) Ranger Station in time for lunch with the crew. After lunch meet the horses and saddle up in the afternoon and ride in and around the Gaap River with is fascinating rock formations and rich plant diversity
Day 3 – 5 The Canyons
Following the Gaap River and crossing several small canyons which crisscross this very plant-diverse area which is also home to a number of game species including giraffe and Rhino. We have some open plains too so the pace quickens with some lovely long canters. We camp at Canõn Roadhouse, with its curious ‘living museum’ of old cars and movie memorabilia, and overnight at the intimate Mountain Camp lodge with its spectacular view.
Day 6 – 10 The Plains to the Orange River
Starting with a transfer to view the main viewpoint of the Fish River Canyon, we continue riding after lunch. Being both a winter and summer rainfall biome, this area is known for its rich diversity and large herds of seasonal plains game species can be seen.
We ride to our overnight at the hot springs at Ai Ais where the deliciously warm water of the spring can be enjoyed in the afternoon – bring your swimming trunks! Finally dropping down into the valley of the Orange River we enjoy the last overnight on the banks of the river.
Day 11 Departure
After an early breakfast we depart on a 9 ½ hour commute to Cape Town International Airport arriving between 17:00 and 18:00.
internet: Consider yourself ‘unplugged’ while on safari – cell-phone reception is minimal at best and internet not at all except in cities and larger towns. There are 12 volt usb chargers in our vehicles for small devices, not for large power-packs.
Laundry: Water is a very precious commodity in a desert so while it is possible to rinse a few smalls while on safari, only lodges and hotels have laundry service. See our packing list for our recommendations on what to bring.
Insurance: Having comprehensive medical insurance is a condition for riding with us. You will be required to sign an indemnity which assumes you have read our Riding Policy in which you will discover we take the well-being of our horses very seriously. For their sake, please be accurate about your weight, riding ability and fitness.
Rate Includes: Riding, accommodation, Meals and drinks on the ride – excluded are drinks at lodges/hotels. Ground transfers from + to Cape Town
Rate Excludes: Extra horse charge for riders 85 kg or over (in riding gear), and if you choose not to share accommodation or require a single tent. For our horses sake, please be accurate about weight.
Personal drinks and refreshments at lodges/restaurants
Accommodation and transfers not listed on itinerary – in case of flight delays etc
Safari staff gratuities