The mountainous edges of South Africa's highlands are the most romantic places in the country. This is where transport riders first blazed their trails, creating a culture of campfire stories and men who hunted from horseback while living off the land. It is here that the first vast national game reserve was established: the first game rangers were toughened men who fought off lions with pen-knives, lived in primitive conditions and patrolled an area the size of Belgium to protect their animals.
What the gold-miners, the transport riders and the game rangers had in common was that they lived on horseback - and now you have the chance to see the country of dreams just as they did.
Day 1: Kaapsehoop Horse Trails, Mpumalanga
You are met at the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and transferred to Kaapsehoop Horse Trails. After the introduction to your horse and guide, you will enjoy lunch and a one-hour horse safari ride. Dinner and overnight at Kaapsehoop Horse Trails.
Day 2: Wilderness Trail
Breakfast and depart on the Wilderness trail, via Kaapsehoop (an old mining town), via the Blue Swallow Reserve, gallop with the wild horses that have roamed the mountains for the last hundred years. Have lunch at the bush camp and in the afternoon go on a walk to view old mines and magnificent waterfalls. Dinner is included as well as an overnight stay in comfortable tents with relaxation next to a log fire on this horse safari.
Day 3: Drakensberg Escarpment
On the third day of the horse safari, you eat breakfast and depart on a full day ride along the magnificent Drakensberg escarpment viewing more wild horses and a fantastic panorama over the Barberton valley, an area synonymous with the romance of the gold rush and rumoured to have the oldest rock formation in the world. The Hazy Mountains to the east show the beginning of the famous Kruger National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch, always on the look out for the black Leopard seen at times on a horse safari, small game and animals are spotted frequently. Return to the bush camp and relax over a camp fire cooked meal.
Day 4: Kruger National Park
You get an early start along the escarpment back to Kaapsehoop Horse Trails where the clients will enjoy lunch and depart for the Kruger Park in an open game drive vehicle. Enter the Kruger Park and start searching for the many animals and birds including the famous Big Five (Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo). At sunset you arrive at the magical Hippo Hollow Country Estate situated on the banks of the mighty Sabie River. Dinner will be on the veranda while Hippo grazing on the bank of the river set the scene. Overnight in comfortable chalets, popular for its "Out of Africa" theme.
Day 5: Kaapsehoop Horse Trails
Again an early start with your ranger searching for those animals that were not seen the day before on your 7 day horse safari, breakfast then relax in the mid day heat with a little siesta, lunch and a late afternoon drive. Dinner and overnight back at Hippo Hollow, perhaps spending the evening with traditional Shangaan dancers, beating on the drums and stirring deep emotions of Africa.
Today offers more adventure, with your esteemed ranger showing you the smaller secrets of the bush. A diversity of fauna and flora abound in the bushveld and make for interesting bird-viewing, as well as spotting creatures belonging to the lesser known 'Little 5'. The afternoon is yours to relax in the serene gardens of Hippo Hollow and enjoy sundowners in their convivial bar before dinner and a last night listening to the sounds of Africa.
You return to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) after a short morning game drive so that you can bid goodbye to the bush and to the friends you have made on this week-long horse safari adventure.
What to bring:
- Riding and safari clothing, prepare for hot and cold conditions
- Sleeping bag
- Footwear, sandals
- Swimming gear
- Hat for riding and sun - a fitted riding hat is recommended
- Sun block and cream
- Malaria prophylaxis
- Clients will be sharing accommodation
- Languages - English and Afrikaans
- Riding weight - Maximum 95kg
- Ability riders must be experienced riders able to walk, trot and be comfortable in a strong canter
- Diet requirements - Clients are to advise any special diet requirements
- Flights - International and Local - For client's own account
- Horses - Crossbred Horses that are used will be allocated to the rider's ability
- The safari vehicle is a 10 seat open game viewer, weather proof, with high back
- Saddles: English and trail saddles are used
- Liability: All clients are to have updated travel and medical insurance.
Rates / Prices from
7 Day Kaapsehoop Horse Trail at Vula Tours