Desert Canyons Safari
The following is a sample itinerary to be used as a rough guideline of how the days might pan out. Usually you can expect to ride for between around 4 and 8 hours each day, covering 20-50 km over varied terrain. The route and hours in the saddle can change, but always with your best interests in mind.
This morning you will be met at Cape Town International
Airport. Flights should arrive by 09:00am or before. Once everyone has arrived,
set off on the road transfer to the start of the ride. This is a journey of
approximately 7 hours.
This evening have dinner and overnight at a guesthouse in
the Springbok area, situated on the edge of the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
Springbok is the last major town before the Namibian border.
The following is a sample itinerary to be used as a rough guideline
of how the days might pan out.
Usually you can expect to ride for between around 4 and 8
hours each day, covering 20-50 km over varied terrain. The route, overnight
stops and hours in the saddle can change, but always with your best interests
After the border crossing, reach Holoog Ranger Station in
time for lunch. Here you will meet the horses and back-up crew. Set off on your
first afternoon ride in and around Gaap River with its fascinating rock
formations and rich plant diversity.
Overnight at Holoog (meaning ‘hollow eye’). Days Three to Five
Set off on horseback following the Gaap River. Traverse
several small canyons that criss-cross this very plant-diverse area, which is
also home to a number of game species including giraffe.
You may have some faster, exhilarating riding as you cross
the wide plains.
Camp at Canon Roadhouse, with its curious ‘living museum’ of
old cars and movie memorabilia. And overnight at the intimate Mountain Camp Lodge
with its spectacular view. Days Six to Ten
Start the day with a transfer to visit the main view-point
of the Canyon (visit is taken on foot). Later, continue riding. Being both a
winter and summer rainfall biome, this area is known for its rich diversity and
large herds of seasonal plains game.
Ride out to your overnight stop at the hot springs at Ai Ais
where the deliciously warm water of the spring can be enjoyed in the afternoon
– bring your swimming costumes.
Finally dropping down into the valley of the Orange River,
spend your last night on the banks of the river.
After an early breakfast depart on a c. 9.5 hour road transfer, passing through the border, and on to Cape Town. You may wish to stay on a few nights in Cape Town, but if flying home today, flights must have a scheduled departure time of after 20:00.