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South Africa - Horizon Lodge
Staying at Horizon is one of our most popular destinations in Africa. The horses and riding are great the climate is good all year round and you will receive a welcome and hospitality second to none.
Horizon Horseback Adventures is based at Triple B ranch, a small working cattle and game farm in the Waterberg. At Horizon you have a variety of riding options. The area lends itself to superb riding, the going is easy and though in places the bush is thick, much of the country is open and flat. There are many opportunities for excellent riding across the huge Triple B ranch and its neighbouring reserves. Polocrosse is very popular at Horizon. An amalgam of Polo and Lacrosse this sport provides intermediate to experienced riders with loads of fun and is highly addictive.
Horizon is situated at about 1,500 meters above sea level giving it comfortable year round temperatures. It lies within the Waterberg which is considered a non malarial area.
While riding at Horizon you may see some of the plains game living on the ranch including giraffe, hippo, jackal, hartebeest, impala, kuda, zebra and baboon.
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 want to spend a few nights at Camp Davidson, a tented safari camp high in the bushveld above the Matlapeng Valley. A stay here can usually be arranged at any point during your holiday at Horizon, although it is less expensive to go stay either at the beginning or end of your trip.
Horizon is suitable for all riding abilities from beginners, to experienced riders. There are some 60 horses - Anglo-Arabs Thoroughbreds and Boerperds a hardy South African breed. All are well cared for and schooled under the leadership of Shane Dowinton who has been using round pen and natural horsemanship techniques for many years. At Horizon the daily activities are organised to suit everyone.
Rides are taken out in small groups so that experienced riders can enjoy stimulating and faster paced rides, whilst novice riders are brought on at a pace appropriate for them.The pace of rides is varied to suit the rider with plenty of challenging riding for the experienced rider.
Guests should be of intermediate standard for riding from Camp Davidson (although exceptions can be made for private groups). The rider weight limit is 90kgs although it may be possible to accept riders over this weight limit depending on rider ability.
Hard hats are mandatory on this ride.
The Horizon farmstead has been tastefully refurbished while retaining all its old charm. It overlooks a beautiful lake with a backdrop of open bushveld. With no television or newspapers this is the perfect spot to get away completely. A large colonial veranda or stoep overlooks the lake and provides the perfect spot for relaxing with a drink whilst absorbing the beautiful surroundings and enjoying the company of friends, whilst the jetty on the lake provides sunbathers with a private haven. There is also a swimming pool in the garden for you to relax beside.
There are three main room types available: 2 Standard rooms, 5 Garden Chalets (Twin Peaks, Old Rondavel and Hippo Lodge) and 2 Luxury Chalets (Rock Lodge and Lakeside). All rooms can be booked as a single twin or double and come with en suites. It is possible to put a third bed into any room but the standard rooms can only take a child on the third bed. The Luxury Chalets afford the most privacy as they are set apart a little from the other rooms. The Hippo Lodge rooms are of an equally high standard but the rooms have shared verandas.
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 ensuite bathroom area with bucket showers. There are jug and basin hand wash facilities and flushing toilets. There is a super little pool at Camp Davidson in which to cool off after a hot dusty ride.
Select your preferred arrival date:
Stays of any length are possible but we recommend stays of at least three nights.
Following are the costs for a stay at Horizon of seven nights. Please do contact us if you would like a quote for a different number of nights.
|Luxury Chalet||Garden Chalet||Standard Room|
|29 Oct - 20 Dec||£1,750.00||£2,625.00||£1,638.00||£1,750.00||£1,393.00||£1,638.00|
|21 Dec - 5 Jan 19||£1,820.00||£2,730.00||£1,701.00||£1,820.00||£1,449.00||£1,701.00|
|6 Jan - 15 Feb||£1,386.00||£2,079.00||£1,295.00||£1,386.00||£1,106.00||£1,295.00|
|16 Feb - 23 Feb||£1,841.00||£2,761.00||£1,715.00||£1,841.00||£1,463.00||£1,715.00|
|24 Feb - 19-Apr||£1,386.00||£2,079.00||£1,295.00||£1,386.00||£1,106.00||£1,295.00|
|20 Apr - 26 Apr||£1,841.00||£2,761.00||£1,715.00||£1,841.00||£1,463.00||£1,715.00|
|27 Apr - 30 Jun||£1,386.00||£2,079.00||£1,295.00||£1,386.00||£1,106.00||£1,295.00|
|1 Jul - 5 Jan 20||£1,841.00||£2,761.00||£1,715.00||£1,841.00||£1,463.00||£1,715.00|
|Camp Davidson - Per night|
If Camp Davidson is booked at the end or beginning of a Horizon lodge stay then the above rates apply. Camp Davidson can also be booked as an excursion in the middle of your Horizon holiday. In this case you pay your regular Horizon room rate and a supplement of £39.00 per person for one night (£41.00 in 2019) or £62.00 per person for two nights (£66.00 in 2019).
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 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 Rates for single occupancy or willing to share are as above. It is not possible to book a Standard Room on a willing to share basis.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips; off ranch visits such as to Entabeni and Vaalwater; massage treatments.
NEAREST AIRPORT Johannesburg.
TRANSFERS Shared transfers at £90.00 per person each way are available every day departing Johannesburg at 10:30 and Horizon at 14:00 (2019 price is £94.44). Private transfers are also available.
In the heart of the Waterberg Plateau, a few hours drive north of Johannesburg. Nearest airport is Johannesburg.
Dry and mild in winter. Warm to hot in summer with occasional summer storms.
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 ,DorsetOverall rating: 4/5
Lots of different riding activities to choose from, with wonderful horses and a warm welcome.
Stay for at least a week to enjoy all the activities available and combine with at least two nights at the beautiful new Camp Davidson.