Exhilarating fast riding on extremely fit and well schooled horses, searching out for game such as elephant and lion.
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Based on large private game reserves near to Kruger National Park, the Wait A Little horseback safari offers excellent possibilities to see the Big Five: elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo.
The rivers that run through the reserves are the lifeline of the region, supporting an impressive amount of wildlife. The variety of mammals, birds and plant life is breathtaking.
While sightings can never be guaranteed, the Wait A Little safaris give some of the best opportunities to view the Big Five from horseback. You are guided by Philip Kusseler who leads an exciting and fast safari where the terrain permits.
You generally ride early in the morning for up to three hours and again in the late afternoon. There may be some all day rides with picnics and also the possibility of a game drive to seek out the big cats. The horses are mainly South African Boerperd, a strong, brave and sensitive horse, and ideally suited for riding in the bush. They are all beautifully schooled by Philip’s wife Gerti.
The Wait A Little safaris combine fantastic riding with luxury accommodation.
BIG FIVE SAFARI is a 7 night safari running Saturday to Saturday. You stay for four nights at Wait A Little tented camp, one night in a simple bush camp and two nights at XiDulu Camp. Wait A Little’s spacious walk-in tents, with en-suite bathrooms and outside sitting areas, sit high on wooden platforms overlooking the Makhutswe River. When not riding you can relax and watch the game from your private deck, enjoy a drink at the bar or simply rest by the pool.
RIDE AND DINE SAFARI Wait a Little also offers a highly exclusive horse safari on the renowned Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve. This is
a unique nine night safari staying at some
of the most exclusive lodges in Africa
and mounted on Wait A Little’s top
quality horses. You stay five nights at Wait A Little camp, two nights at XiDulu Camp and two nights at the luxurious Clives Camp safari lodge. Whilst at Makalali you will enjoy some beautiful gourmet dishes prepared by Robin and Claudia.
CAMP SAFARI This is a five night safari based 4 nights at Wait A Little camp and one night in a simple bush camp. This safari starts on a Saturday.
This is a fast ride. You must be an experienced and fit rider comfortable at all paces. You are riding in an area of dangerous game and it is important that you are secure on your horse. There are some long canters on the sandy tracks and you should be riding fit for up to six hours in the saddle.
The horses range from South African Boerperd to Frisian and Shire crosses to Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods. Their heights vary between 15hh and 17hh. All are well trained, responsive and forward going with the fitness required for long riding periods. The horses have grown up in the bush and are used to being among the game. Generally all horses are ridden in dressage saddles although a long distance trail saddle, designed by Leon Liversage, may be available for certain horses.
This ride has 3 choices of itinerary.
The Big Five Safari includes 4 nights at Wait A Little; 1 night at a basic bush camp and two nights at XiDulu. The safari runs Saturday to Saturday and runs all year round.
Please note that the itinerary may change depending on the weather at the time and other local conditions. The itinerary may need to be modified if there are less than four guests in which case it may not include the overnights at XiDulu.
After you have been matched to your horse, there is a short orientation ride to allow you to unwind from your journey and give you time and confidence with your horse and the riding style. You may even see the first giraffe or zebra. Return to camp for a three course dinner, accompanied by South African wines. This is taken in the dining area, which is furnished with African art.
Overnight at Wait a Little base camp. The first night, with all its fantastic sounds and noises, is probably the most exciting one. Accommodation for these first three nights is in luxury safari tents with en-suite bathrooms, mounted on platforms above the Makhutswe River.
Wake up to tea or coffee. After a light early breakfast set off for a trail ride through the Reserve. Now the search for wild game can really begin. Your guide will show you the tracks made by the game and take you to good viewing areas in the reserve. The weather will determine the day’s ride, but usually you ride for 3-4 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon.
After returning from the morning ride, a big lunch awaits with homemade quiches, pizzas or pancakes, freshly baked bread and lots of green salads, meats and cheeses. After lunch there is the chance to relax with a siesta. Spend your well deserved rest in your tent or at the swimming pool or maybe you would like to improve your knowledge about Africa by reading one of the books provided in the camp library.
Afternoon tea and coffee strengthen for your next adventure. The afternoon ride ends at a beautiful sundowner spot where drink in hand, you can enjoy an often colourful sunset!
Another exciting day awaits. The morning is similar to the one on day two, but today you go on an afternoon game drive.
This afternoon unwind at camp. Have a siesta by the pool or enjoy a massage to ease away any aches or strains. There is a well-prepared massage sala where everything is there for your comfort. Today there is also usually the chance to acquire some of Wait A Little’s merchandise material. From fleeces, fleecy jackets and sweatshirts to shirts, T-shirts, golf tops, hats, beanies to beads there is a beautiful and fashionable selection of safari outfits available.
Whatever tracks the guide finds he will try to follow. On your morning ride, perhaps an elephant track might leads towards the Kufunyame River, where huge palm trees and tall river reeds provide a good meal for an elephant.
In the afternoon pack your bags and leave for another camp. The luggage will be brought by vehicle, whilst you set off on horseback. Ride south, passing with baited breath between the twin rock formations of Lion and Leopard Hill. The gently undulating roads in this area lend themselves to long easy canters. Giraffe, zebra or wildebeest may pick up the pace and run by your side, elegantly manoeuvring through the veldt.
Beacon Rock, your fly camp for the night, is situated at a giant rock formation from where you can overlook the whole Lowveld escarpment. A quick scramble up to the top rewards you with a spectacular panoramic view over the whole reserve and the perfect vantage point to witness a stunning red sunset fall over the high Drakensberg Escarpment.
Spend the night under the stars, around a campfire with your horses. Steaks or chops, cooked over the open fire, with snake bites, baked potatoes and salads are the perfect food to help you into a deep sleep tonight. Listen to the call of the hyena or jackal which might visit the camp in the night.
Waking to the rich colours of sunrise revive the fire for coffee and breakfast before embarking on a long ride (approx five hours). Enter the Makalali Game Reserve, which is dominated by huge open plains where you might find yourself cantering next to giraffe, zebra or wildebeest. Spectacular views over big distances show you the way to the luxury XiDulu camp, your base for the next two nights. Accommodation is in chalets, each equipped with en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private verandas for your relaxation.
The horses take a break in the afternoon while you join a game drive in the search of game that you cannot approach on horseback. Lion and leopard can sometimes be found, hopefully even on a kill. Return to camp for dinner, maybe eat outside if the weather is kind, or in the dining area.
Today go exploring, cutting through the veldt at a canter, twisting and turning around the trees (“bushwhacking”) with your surefooted horse carrying you nimbly through the undergrowth, having just as much fun as you. Here and there a tree, felled by an elephant, provides an irresistible jump. Or perhaps the eland, or kudu, seeing you pass, fall in to run in front of you showing the best path to follow. At the top of the hill you pause for thought, as mile after mile of unspoiled Africa stretches away before you.
Have lunch at XiDulu, enjoying fresh salads, meats and cheeses served on banana leaves, while watching nyala, waterbuck, kudu or other little animals roaming the dam.
During your siesta watch the hippo in the dam. Let them entertain you, playing in the water, rolling and laughing. With luck, a crocodile will be relaxing on a sandbank, enjoying the warm sunshine.
Later enjoy another ride out exploring the area and wildlife.
A nice ride home lies ahead of you today, leaving the Makalali camp XiDulu behind and riding back to Wait A Little. What will be seen on the way? This is always open to the wildlife, tracks of elephant, lion, rhino, and giraffe determine the guide’s path. Home at Wait A Little the team eagerly awaits your exciting tales whilst you enjoy another fantastic lunch.
The last sundowner on Wait A Little's open plain will be a sad, but beautiful ride and an impressive unique experience. The African fever might have caught you and the goodbye can be hard. For your farewell dinner there is something special - perhaps game fillets like kudu or eland served on pasta with sherry sauce.
An early wake up for a short, sporty ride, before checking out and transferring back to the airport.
Accommodation at Wait a Little main camp is in spacious and luxurious double-bedded, en-suite safari tents built on platforms on the banks of the Makhutswe River and secluded for privacy. It is possible to have two twin beds instead of a double bed per tent. The tents are beautifully furnished and are equipped with a hot & cold outside shower, plus an outside decked verandah. There is also a separate rondavel in the gardens.
Wait A Little main camp also has a bar, a swimming pool and the main area is equipped with a library with books on the local wildlife. There is a laundry service at Wait a Little main camp.
During the Big Five safari, guests also stay at a wilderness camp called Beacon Rock and at XiDulu Camp, a luxurious lodge on nearby Makalali Game Reserve. Beacon Rock is a sleep out camp, situated on a rock formation, the highest point in the area, with a magnificent view over the Lowveld Escarpment. You sleep on mattresses under the stars on top of the rock or under a shelter, with a huge camp fire going, enjoying the sounds of the night.
XiDulu Camp is stunning. The big dam in front of the camp has a resident pod of hippos and the camp is surrounded by a huge open plain where giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, kudu, warthog and a big herd of eland can often be seen. Plus the occasional swimming elephant!
XiDulu has 5 rooms, 3 chalets with king size beds, and a honeymoon suite which is just a little bit bigger and has its own private sala and fireplace. All rooms have hot inside and outside showers, a bath, toilet, air-condition and a private veranda. There is another smaller room in the main area, with a queen bed, inside and outside shower, basin, toilet and air-condition. The main area has two dining areas, one outside eating area, a bar, a barbecue and an infinity pool with a built-in jacuzzi at the edge of the dam.
Set departures and private groups. Usually arrive Saturday.
It may be possible for the first person to book, to select which itinerary they would like to follow. Please enquire for further details.
WAIT A LITTLE
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||RIDE AND DINE SAFARI
|| CAMP SAFARI
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20% discount for children aged between 12 and 16.
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; most drinks (except special wines, champagne and spirits); riding; one game drive; gate fees, WiFi at main camp.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT There is one "no single supplement" room available at Wait A Little and XiDulu which is allocated on a first come basis. Once this room has been allocated, then to guarantee a single room throughout it is necessary to pay a single supplement of 50%. There is no single supplement if you are willing to share.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Aromatherapy and massages at Wait A Little main camp; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORTS Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa. These are a short flight from Johannesburg.
TRANSFERS Shared transfers from Hoedspruit are $54 per person (each way). Transfers from Phalaborwa are $75 per person each way (min 2) . It is also possible to transfer directly from Johannesburg by road (5 hours) for c. $475 per vehicle each way.
NOT INCLUDED International flights.
In The Saddle Gallery
Big Five safari in the lowveld near to Kruger National Park. Nearest airports are Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa.
Mild and sunny in winter, can be hot in mid summer with rains in the form of summer storms.
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