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15 holidays found

Thingvellir horse riding holiday in Iceland

A horse riding holiday in Iceland is special because of the horses as much as the terrain: these tough little horses (14hh to 14:2hh) can carry a large man over the roughest ground. When we ride in groups we often take a herd of spare horses, running free, alongside. For example 10 riders may set off with 30 horses and swap horses a couple of times during the day. Riding within such a large community of horses is pretty special! The Icelandic is also known for the “tölt” which is a pace between a trot and a canter; very smooth the sit to, once you get the hang of it, and an extremely efficient way of covering the ground. The trail leads through beautiful valleys, including the ... Read more >
From £1,373 excluding flights

Morocco horse riding holiday, beach ride

Morocco has a long tradition of horsemanship that stretches back centuries: Julius Caesar is said to have chosen a Barb stallion to ride to do battle with the Gauls. A “Barb” is a horse from the Barbary Coast and is renowned for its courage, sure-footedness and verve. The Barb is one of the oldest breeds in the world and their genes are found in many modern thoroughbreds and race horses. Only the Arab has had a greater influence on modern breeds, and the Arab and Barb share many qualities and characteristics. This ride heads south with the Atlantic surf on the right-hand side, on a six-day trail. Riding from beach-to-beach, accompanied by the guide, we camp in traditional Berber style ... Read more >
From £775 excluding flights

Bulgaria horse riding holiday

The ride begins with a couple of days spent on ‘ground work’ getting to know your horse and taking a couple of short rides around the ranch and Makotzevo village. Once bonded we set off on a 5 day forest trail with the opportunity to use all paces. Ride through the rural pastures and mountains that lie west of Sophia, to the pretty little town of Panagyurishte, the cradle of Renaissance Bulgaria and the spot where the pre-Christian Thracian gold treasure was discovered. In December 1949 three brothers made an amazing discovery near this remote Bulgarian village with a tongue-twister name, Panagyurishte. What they found was a golden horde of regal objects from the ancient kingdom of ... Read more >
From £837 excluding flights

Birding holiday in Kenya

If you look at planet Earth from space you can see the Great Rift Valley in Africa, and you could literally spend a lifetime exploring it. This birding safari zooms in on Kenya’s Rift which contains a mind-boggling variety of habitats in close proximity to one another. This means a huge variety of species, and minimal travelling between sites. If you’re looking for a lot of action in a small space, this is it! We start our trip in an urban environment however even here there is a surprising number of birds. We take a guided visit to National Museum Bird Gallery followed by a short bird walk at Nairobi National Museum Botanic Garden. Here we anticipate to see species like the Variable ... Read more >
From £1,495 excluding flights

Horse riding holiday in Iceland

Thorsmork is a nature reserve, surrounded on three sides by glaciers, in the interior of southern Iceland. To access this hidden valley the rider must ford several glacial rivers, ride around beautiful waterfalls, cross the lava fields from the 2010 eruption and hack through the wooded areas that protect the reserve. A fantastic, magical riding experience. Thorsmork is named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor. The valley itself is bordered by three glaciers, one of which has the unpronounceable name of Eyjafjallajökull which is the volcano that erupted in 2010 causing disruption to Europe’s air-space and grounding all flights. The volcano is dormant once more, but the ash residue is ... Read more >
From £1,215 excluding flights

Horse riding holiday in Rajasthan, India

Ride to the Taal Chapper Blackbuck Sanctuary This is an all-absorbing ride that holds you in the moment: you are transported away you’re your familiar routine and fully involved with these wonderful forward-going Marwari horses. This is an outstanding opportunity to experience rural India as few travelers do. Taal Chappar is a pristine piece of bush containing India’s largest populations of Blackbuck and the charming Demoiselle cranes. To give you an idea of what to expect here is a typical day on the trail… Wake up early and have a wash in one of the camp’s warm-water shower tents before sitting down to some Indian-style scrambled eggs and Chai (chai = milky, spicy, sweet tea – which is ... Read more >
From £1,794 excluding flights

Horse riding safari in Uganda

The Nile is an amazing river (the world's longest) and it begins in Uganda at Lake Victoria. All the early explorers competed to find the source of the Nile and this ride goes to the point where Thompson and Speke first saw a mighty river flowing out of Lake Victoria and named it the White Nile. This ride goes through villages that are way off the usual travelers trails: small rural communities where the kids coming rushing out to say "how do?" and seem to get a real thrill when we ride through and pause for a chat. We have arranged permission with private landowners to canter through sugar plantations and get a feel what these horses can do; they are well-schooled and responsive and ... Read more >
From £1,685 excluding flights

Bird and bat safari in Zambia

Bats & birds; a safari to Kasanka. What is the biggest mammal migration in the world? Most of us would venture the Serengeti/Maasai Mara wildebeest migration, or perhaps the Liuwa Plain blue wildebeest migration. Not so! The largest movement of mammals on Earth is the annual migration of Eidolon Helvum, the African fruit bat. We travel with a specialist bat guide, and many predatory birds take advantage of an easy feast so we also travel with a specialist birding guide. No visit to Zambia would be complete without a stopover in the stunning South Luangwa National Park and the serenity of Mutinondo Wilderness – a thorough Zambian experience. Read more >
From £3,780 excluding flights

Highlights of Uganda safari holiday

This safari takes place where the savannah meets the rainforest and explores the wonderful range of habitats Uganda contains. You can expect to meet the animals of the savannah such as lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and leopard as well as rainforest primates and Great Apes including the Mountain Gorilla.National parks included: Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo National Parks. Highlights of the trip: Game drives (safaris) on the savannahs of Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park Boat trip on the Nile to Murchison Falls where the Nile is forced through a gorge and drops 60 meters Trek in See Kibale ... Read more >
From £2,282 excluding flights

Zambia camping safari

13 day wildlife camping expedition to explore some of Zambia’s best-kept wildlife secrets. Visit 4 national parks, North and South Luangwa, Kasanka and the magnificent Benguela Wetlands. You even get to stay in a castle, and there are precious-few of those in Africa! Read more >
From £2,135 excluding flights

Kenya & Uganda holiday, Maasai Mara & mountain gorillas

East Africa is all about wildlife and wilderness and this Overland Camping trip suits the area perfectly: the days are bright and sunny, the air is clear and the night time star-scapes have to be seen to be believed! If you want to make your budget work hard for you, this is the best value trip to explore the highlights of Kenya and visit the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. On the first day we arrive in the Massai Mara. Here all members of the ‘Big 5’ are found. Mara is home to the Marsh Lions, as well as the annual migration of around two million wildebeest There are also over 450 bird species, including marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills, crowned cranes, ostriches, Martial ... Read more >
From £965 excluding flights

Horse riding holiday in Sierra Nevada Mountains, Spain

Andalusian horses are famous all over the world, and the Sierra Nevada is their homeland. Our well-schooled, forward-going horses enjoy their work and will carry you through their "backyard" comfortably. This is a one week ride that can begin on any Saturday. We can meet you at Malaga airport, or you can make your own way to the stable-yard. If you are driving yourself in a hire car please ask for our printed directions. When you arrive at the ranch we will match you to a horse so that you are in harmony. The trail is "progressive" which means we move on each night or every couple of nights, always experiencing new terrain and new environments to ride through. Accommodation is in small ... Read more >
From £965 excluding flights

Sahara desert horse riding holiday

This ride takes place beyond the Atlas Mountains which are nature’s boundary between the fertile Mediterranean lands, known as the Maghreb, and the harsh sand-seas of the Sahara Desert. It’s an area that lies further south than towns, villages or any permanent human habitation so you’re unlikely to see any other westerners during this week as you ride from oasis to oasis; in fact the only people you are likely to see are Bedouin. A great deal of the ride is on sand but the Sahara also has extended areas of firmer ground which means the pace of the ride varies according to the going. There are several places where the trail leads up to the top of cliffs, or “falaise” as they’re called ... Read more >
From £715 excluding flights

Catalonia horse riding, Pyrenees to the Mediterranean

The ride begins in mountain meadows then enters the national park rising up to the Pyrennees Mountains; max altitude is 1,200 metres above sea level. We explore some pristine Pyrennean wilderness and have several opportunities to swim, sometimes (where access allows) with your horse. There are frequent level sections with smooth trails for a faster pace. Riders should be happy to get over natural obstacles such as rivers, gullies and dips but there is no jumping during this ride. The real treat of this ride is the breed of horse we will be riding, the Andalusian. Muscular, athletic and sensitive, this breed is the foundation stock for many of the breeds in Europe and the Americas. ... Read more >
From £1,290 excluding flights

Dartmoor horse riding holiday, England

Dartmoor conjures up images of man-swallowing bogs shrouded in mist with the Hound of the Baskervilles baying at your heels; pathless uplands with rocky outcrops and the call of ravens. As UK wilderness areas go, Dartmoor has an edge of excitement; an element of the unknown and a reputation for being hard riding. Some of that’s true and there’s no doubt you need to know where you’re going and to trust your horse. But if you have the right gear, a reliable horse, knowledgeable guide and a spirit of adventure, then Dartmoor is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. I don’t know how many years riding experience we have between us, but it’s a lot! We know the Moor well and have put together a ... Read more >
From £1,150 excluding flights
£115 off the Dartmoor Ride to Widecombe Fair departing on the 9th September.
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