Wait A Little - South Africa

Big Five Safari

5 star rating   27 April 2019

The best week ever!!! who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. The best week ever!!! | I rode two horses over the course of the week and both were absolutely fantastic. I had specified that I feel most comfortable with horses around 15.2/16hh and prefer something fairly forward going, both horses matched me perfectly. They were extremely well behaved but also very forward and enjoyed their canters. The tack is immaculate (it is cleaned after every ride!) and it is obvious how well cared for all of the horses are, they are in fabulous condition and very fit, they both still felt full or energy even after returning from some of the longer morning rides.

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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The accommodation is wonderful at both the main Wait a Little camp and also at Xi Dulu where we stayed for two nights during our trip. The food is always delicious and we had the opportunity to try some local dishes which were great. Nothing is ever too much trouble, if you request a slight alteration to the menu it is never any problem.

Before Your Holiday

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I honestly don't think it could be any better! Sarah was a fantastic support all throughout the run up to our trip, if we ever had any queries she answered them quickly and was very knowledgeable. We had to make a few changes to our booking due to some group members unfortunately having to drop out, Sarah was great with amending the bookings and assisting the new recruits!

How could we improve the way we handled your booking and payment?

As above, no improvement needed 🙂

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This was my second trip to Wait a Little, I have been lucky enough to travel to some amazing places over the years but can honestly say this is hands down my favourite trip. Philip and Gerti are wonderful hosts and their amazing team really make you feel like part of the family. The opportunity to view both the natural beauty of the bush and its incredible wildlife so closely truly is 'once in a lifetime'! Ray our guide for the week was so knowledgeable, we all learnt a huge amount and he never tired of answering our never ending stream of questions. We had to many unbelievable encounters over the course of the week that it is impossible to pick just one highlight but some of the stand out moments include viewing a Black Rhino from horseback (he was literally 15 feet from us) and seeing a Lioness with her 3 month old cubs. Ray was always in control of every situation and the horses are so used to being around the wildlife that we never felt uneasy and were able to relax and enjoy the sightings.

It's no coincidence that I find leaving Wait a Little incredibly hard (I actually cried when it came to home time) and am already planning my third trip back. It is purely down to the dedication and hard work of the team, it really shines through how much they want you to enjoy your stay. For anyone thinking about booking this trip I cannot recommend it enough!