15 Top Riding Safari Photos

July 7th 2015  |  Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Riding Safaris, South Africa, Tanzania  |  by  Alice Gully
riding safari photos The Infamous Pride Rock Photographer: Borana Riding Wild, Kenya

I’ve scoured my various holiday albums and over the years I have been on quite a few African riding safaris – here are some of the best riding safari photos in Africa.

1  African Horseback Safaris, Botswana

black and white photo of 5 riders wading through the lily reeds

Swimming through the Delta Photographer: African Horseback Safaris

African Horseback Safaris runs riding holidays in the Okavango Delta in Botswana

2 Singita Grumeti Riding, Tanzania

A picnic on a plain with horses and riders, Grumeti, Tanzania

Lunch with style Photographer: Singita Grumeti

Singita Grumeti arranges day rides from its lodges and tented camps, or multi-day riding holidays in Tanzania’s Serengeti

3 Singita Grumeti Riding, Tanzania

Three riders galloping alongside the wildebeest migration Singita Grumeti, Tanzania

Galloping alongside the wildebeest migration Photographer: Singita Grumeti, Tanzania

The wildebeest migration moves through the Serengeti and passes Singita Grumeti between May and July most years. A holiday here is one of the best ways to see the migration from horseback.

4 Offbeat Safaris, Kenya

Offbeat Safaris, Kenya rider chasing wildebeest and zebra

In the middle of the action Photographer: Offbeat Safaris

Offbeat Safaris is a Kenyan company running riding holidays in the Masai Mara and beyond.

5 Limpopo Horse Safaris, Botswana

Riders at sunset, Tuli, Botswana

Beautiful African Sunset Photographer: Limpopo Horse Safaris

Limpopo Horse Safaris is based in the Tuli area of Botswana and offers holidays for riders and non-riders alike.

6 Limpopo Horse Safaris, Botswana

A lion in the grass foreground with riders in the background on a plain

Let lions lie Photographer: Limpopo Horse Safaris

Wildlife trusts humans on a horse and seeing predators without the noise of a diesel engine from a game vehicle is one of the finest safari holiday experiences.

7 Limpopo Horse Safaris, Botswana

Group of riders, chasing the lead rider in Botswana

Follow the Leader Photographer: Limpopo Horse Safaris

Wide open spaces and good ground make Tuli region in Botswana an excellent place for a fast ride.

8 Safaris Unlimited, Kenya

A romantic couple by the river with their horses, Safaris Unlimited Kenya

Lazy afternoon by the river, Safaris Unlimited Kenya, Photographer: Safaris Unlimited

Safaris Unlimited understands a riding safari holiday is not just about the riding, but the holiday aspect is important too!

9 Borana Riding Wild, Kenya

Two riders on an cliff outcrop, Borana Riding Wild, Kenya

The Infamous Pride Rock Photographer: Borana Riding Wild, Kenya

Borana offers riding as a safari activity from its lodge in Kenya’s Laikipia region.

10 Horizon Horseback, South Africa

Rider galloping alongside a zebra, and oryx, Horizon Horseback Adventures, South Africa

Little, medium and large, Photographer: Horizon Horseback Adventures, South Africa

Different seasons in Tuli bring a variety of riding experiences as the flora and fauna changes with the fluctuations in temperature and rainfall.

11 Ride Botswana, Botswana

A lone rider on the dry salt pans Makgadikgadi under a purple sky

Lone Ranger Photographer: Ride Botswana, Botswana

Ride Botswana offers riding safari holidays on and around the salt pans of Makgadikgadi.

12 Namibia Horse Safari Company, Namibia

group of riders gallop on the flat Namibian plains

Westerns aren’t just for cowboys Photographer: Namibian Horse Safaris

Namibia Horse Safaris offers experienced riders extraordinary riding holidays in the arid, striking landscape of Namibia.

13 Ol Malo, Kenya

Horses and camels relaxing with dogs at camp, with guides, Ol Malo, Kenya

Home away from home Photographer: Ol Malo, Kenya

Ol Malo’s overnight camps in Laikipia may look simple, but there’ll be ice in the G&T’s and a freshly cooked meal waiting at the end of a day’s riding.

14 Ride Botswana, Botswana

Two riders kicking up the dust at Ride Botswana

Heading into the sunset Photographer: Ride Botswana, Botswana

The horses are well-schooled and the landscapes are jaw dropping. A riding safari holiday is among the best ways to explore Africa.

15 Safaris Unlimited, Kenya

Hippos and riders in the river, Kenya, Safaris Unlimited riding safari holiday

Dodging the hippo Photographer: Safaris Unlimited, Kenya

Gordie Church of Safaris Unlimited leads the way across this swollen river, adding even more excitement to you riding day.

Wait a Little Horse Safaris, ‘The Big 5 Ride’, South Africa with host Alice Gully

Alice with her daughter, with giraffes, Kenya

Alice with her daughter, with giraffes, Kenya

I’m a director at Aardvark Safaris (@AliceGully) and mother of triplets, I own an eventer and two ponies, and have been tailoring African trips for families for over 16 years. If you would like to ride on a personally guided tour with me I will be hosting the Wait a little Horse Safaris ride ‘The Big 5 Ride’, near Kruger, in South Africa in May 2016.  The riding is for seven people and experienced riders only with long canters and small jumps and a good chance of  seeing the Big 5.  Generally guests ride for up to three hours in the morning before lunch and then head back out again after a siesta later in the afternoon. However, there may also be full day rides with picnics. With 35 well schooled horses, ranging from 14.3hh to 17hh and a mixture of South African Boerperds, thoroughbreds and crosses, warmbloods and Arabs, there are horses to suit all requirements. The Big 5 Ride Itinerary PDF Wait a Little itinerary PDF Contact me if you would like further information on this trip or any other riding safaris.

Alice jumping over a tree on her horse riding safari holiday

Alice rides in Kenya, with Offbeat Safaris