Wait A Little - South Africa

Big Five Safari

4 star rating   23 September 2023

Rosemary who has been on 41 In The Saddle rides. Enjoyable 'big five' riding safari | This is my second visit to WAL (the first was 15 years ago and was then my first 'big five' horse safari). As professional and welcoming as I remember although the riding was somewhat slower than I recall. The bush had closed in somewhat from all those years ago so tracking through the thorns was often quite a challenging experience and many clothes were shredded - tho the horses were amazing! I can remember 'bushwhacking' last time - jumping fallen trees etc - but bush much too closed in now. Fewer canters on the tracks too - obviously when tracking wildlife you are not 'charging about' all the time but it's nice to have a few good long canters where appropriate.
However, I loved my two horses, McClay and Orion - particularly Orion who was just my 'cup of tea'!

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Accommodation excellent (especially at XiDulu lodge, overlooking the dam with the hippos etc). I saw a black rhino there early one morning which was a treat! And food at both bases was first class. The one night of rough camping at Beacon Rock was definitely a step up from my memory of last time as there is now a long-drop loo! Hurrah!

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Massages are excellent!!