Horizon Lodge - South Africa


5 star rating   9 November 2018

Chris E who has been on 38 In The Saddle rides. Horizon Lodge, South Africa | I have been visiting Horizon for 10 years and seen the herd of horses grow to currently c. 90. They live out in the bush so are free to develop their natural relationships and mini herds, as natural as a ridden horse can be. They are brought in twice a day to be chosen for a ride, fed, checked and treated for injuries, etc. Consequently they are happy, healthy and good natured - and very fit for the longer rides. Watching them happily gallop into the yard is a treat in itself. Kirsty is the manager and knows all the horses as if they were her children. There are shapes, sizes and characters to suit everyone. Kirsty is also expert in matching the horses to rider ability and preferences. Where else can you go for so many happy horses, varied and open spaces and the opportunity for very long or very fast canters for experienced riders, while on the other hand getting non-riders cantering by the end of their stay. Plus added giraffes, zebra and other African animals. Brilliant!

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
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The Accommodation

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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

The rooms are lovely, with comfortable beds, plenty of space and are cleaned and the beds made every day. The chefs create lovely food for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. While there is no choice, dietary needs are catered for, and the food is so good you will not go hungry. Pace yourself on the afternoon cake and desserts! And the chips are famously amazing. Fruit and drinks are available to help yourself throughout the day.

Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

The booklet you provide is so comprehensive now I can’t think of any improvements. Much more information than guests booking through other agents get.

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

No improvements need, all very smooth.

Do you have any other feedback for us?

Horse and rider heaven! On this visit I was there for 10 days with nearly all the other guests having been before, some of them multiple times a year for 20 years which tells you it’s a special place. You are greeted as family and nothing is too much trouble. They pride themselves on being flexible to accommodate everyone’s preferences which can lead to interesting puzzle solving, but all in the spirit of making your stay as good as it can be. The guides are all cheerful and knowledgeable and short term volunteers pick up the same vibe. The staff who work behind the scenes also deserve a mention for contributing to the quality and ambience.