South Africa - Horizon Lodge

  • Open All Year
  • Flexible arrivals
  • 7 nights | 4 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Johannesburg
  • Weight limit: 13st 5lbs (85 kg) (187 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 12

Horizon Lodge is one of our most popular destinations in Africa. The lodge is based at Triple B Ranch; a small working cattle and game farm in the Waterberg.

The area lends itself to superb riding. The going is easy with many sandy tracks, and though in places the bush is thick, much of the country is open and flat. There are also opportunities for riding across neighbouring reserves too.

While riding at Horizon you may see some of the plains game living on the reserve including giraffe, hippo, jackal, hartebeest, impala, kudu, zebra, ostrich and baboon.

Polocrosse is another popular activity at Horizon. An amalgam of polo and lacrosse, this sport provides intermediate to experienced riders with loads of fun and can be highly addictive.

Horizon is situated at about 1,500 metres above sea level giving it comfortable year round temperatures. It lies within the Waterberg which is considered a non malarial area.

Children are welcome at Horizon. Early dinners can easily be arranged for younger children and separate rides are organised for family groups.

While at Horizon you may choose to spend one or two nights at Camp Davidson. This is a tented safari camp high in the bushveld above the Matlapeng Valley.  This is normally booked and paid for locally.

Similarly, you may be able to spend a night or two on the neighbouring Bellevue Plains reserve. There is a large variety of plains game here including several different species of antelope. This is normally booked and paid for locally.

Interactive Route Map

Click on top left symbol on the map below for the day to day itinerary, then select an individual day/night for further information and photos. Alternatively, click directly on the route lines or map symbols for more details.

Horizon Lodge is suitable for all riding abilities from beginners, to experienced riders. There are around 93 horses - Boerperds, Friesians, Anglo-Arabs, Thoroughbreds as well as many other breeds. All are well cared for in a natural living environment, and schooled under the leadership of Shane Dowinton, who has been using round pen and natural horsemanship techniques for many years.

The daily activities are organised to suit everyone. Rides are taken out in small groups so that experienced riders can enjoy faster rides, whilst novice riders are brought on at a speed appropriate for them. The pace of rides is varied to suit the riders.

The rider weight limit is 85kg although it may be possible to accept riders over this weight limit depending on rider ability.

Hard hats are mandatory and you should take your own.

Horizon Lodge has been tastefully refurbished over the years while retaining all its old charm. With no television or newspapers, this is the perfect spot to get away completely. A colonial-styled veranda overlooks the lake providing a good spot for relaxing with a drink whilst absorbing the beautiful surroundings and enjoying the company of friends. The jetty on the lake can be used as a sunbathing spot, and there is also a swimming pool in the garden for you to relax beside.

There are three main room types available: two Standard Rooms, four Garden Chalets (Twin Peaks rooms and the two downstairs rooms of Hippo Suite) and three Luxury Chalets (Rock Lodge, Lakeside and the large upstairs room of Hippo Suite). All rooms have en suite bathrooms and can be booked as twins or doubles. The Standard Rooms can only be booked as single occupancy. The Garden Chalets are spacious and have shared verandas. The Luxury Chalets afford the most privacy and have their own verandas/balcony.

At Camp Davidson you stay in a canvas tent sited on decking and nestled amongst the sandstone ridges overlooking the valleys. There are comfortable beds made up with sheets and duvets. Each tent also has an en suite bathroom. There is a pool at Camp Davidson which is a good way to cool off after a hot ride.

Bellevue Plains is a game reserve which borders Horizon. It is normally possible to ride to Bellevue Plains during your stay at Horizon and it may be possible to book and stay for one or two nights at a lodge on the reserve.

Stays at Camp Davidson or at Bellevue Plains are booked and paid for locally.

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Horizon Lodge is open year round and has no set arrival days, so you can stay for as long as you want.
Sample Itinerary for Horizon Lodge
Sample Itinerary for Camp Davidson

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Stays of any length are possible but we recommend stays of at least three nights.

Following is the cost for a 7 night stay at Horizon Lodge. Please do contact us if you would like a quote for a different number of nights.

Per person sharing (7 nights) Single supplement (7 nights)
7 January - 2 March 2024 £1,736.00 £700.00
3 March - 29 June 2024 £1,911.00 £763.00
30 June - 5 January 2025 £2,247.00 £896.00
6 January - 1 March 2025 £1,876.00 £749.00
2 March - 28 June 2025 £2,065.00 £826.00
29 June  - 4 January 2026 £2,429.00 £973.00


Stays at Camp Davidson or Bellevue Plains are arranged and paid for locally.

Child discounts are available for children under 16 on the basis of the child sharing with another person. There are also reduced child rates for a child (under 12 years old) sharing with 2 adults and there are single supplements if the child is on his/her own. Please ask for details.

INCLUDES Seven nights accommodation; meals; drinks; riding; ranch based activities.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT There are two standard rooms which have no single supplement. There is no single supplement on the Luxury or Garden chalets if willing to share. A single supplement, as per the table above, applies to guarantee a single Luxury or Garden chalet.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips; off ranch visits such as to Entabeni and Vaalwater; massage treatments.


TRANSFERS Shared transfers at set times are £138.00 per person each way.  Private transfers are also available.

Getting There

Transfers can be arranged from and back to Johannesburg. The options are:

Shared transfer leaving Johannesburg airport at 11:15 latest. Your flight must be scheduled to arrive before 10:15. For the return journey to Johannesburg, the shared transfer leaves the lodge at 14:00 and your flight must depart after 19:30. These transfers cost £138 per person one way.

For the discounted shared arrival transfer (£75 per person one way) on Sunday your flight must be scheduled to arrive before 09:30.

Private transfers cost £324 per vehicle one way. You will not have to wait for anyone else and can stop off en route to shop, if you wish. On private transfers, hotel collections and drop-offs can be arranged but might be an extra cost depending on the location of the hotel. These transfers are available both to and from Horizon.

In The Saddle Gallery

Client Photos


In the heart of the Waterberg Plateau, a few hours drive north of Johannesburg. Nearest airport is Johannesburg.

Weather & Climate

Dry and mild in winter. Warm to hot in summer with occasional summer storms.

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Guest Review

Very good, comfortable saddles for long rides A lovely holiday, the team at Horizon could not have done more, so down-to-earth, friendly and helpful.
Horses a delight to ride, responsive, well-schooled and pretty much bomb-proof.
The scenery and general ambience was a delight, good to get way from it all

Andrea ,Dorset

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Whether you are a solo traveller, in a group or travelling with your family, Horizon is the perfect destination for you. With wonderful horses, great riding and the added bonus of some game viewing, you wont be disappointed by a holiday at Horizon.

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