South Africa - Wait A Little

Experience Level
  • Open All Year
  • Set arrivals
  • 5 to 9 nights / 4 to 8 days of riding
  • Weight limit: 15st (96 kg) (210 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 7

Based on large private game reserves near to Kruger National Park, the Wait A Little horseback safari offers excellent possibilities to see all of the Big Five: elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo.

The rivers that run through the reserves support a large variety of mammals, birds and plant life is.

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 or Rusty who both lead an exciting and fast safari where the terrain permits.

The Wait A Little safaris combine fantastic riding with luxury accommodation.

BIG FIVE SAFARI is a seven 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 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 at Wait a Little also offers an exclusive horse safari on the renowned Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve. This is a unique nine night safari staying at some 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 gourmet dishes prepared by Robin and Claudia.

CAMP SAFARI This is a five night safari based four nights at Wait A Little camp and one night in a simple bush camp. This safari starts on a Saturday.

This is a pacey safari. You must be an experienced and fit rider who is 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.

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 range from South African Boerperd to Friesian 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. They are all beautifully schooled by Philip’s wife Gerti who is a dressage rider and FEI coach.

Hard hats are compulsory.

Accommodation at Wait a Little main camp is in spacious double-bedded tents,  built on platforms on the banks of the Makhutswe River and secluded for privacy. Each tent has it's own en-suite. It is possible to have two twin beds instead of a double bed per tent. The tents are fully 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 too.

During the Big Five safari, guests also stay at a wilderness camp called Beacon Rock and at XiDulu Camp, a luxurious lodge on the 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 stars and sounds of the night.

XiDulu Camp is stunning. The big dam in front of the camp has a resident pod of hippos and crocodiles, and the camp is surrounded by a large 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-conditioning 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-conditioning. 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.

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Upcoming Dates

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.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Big Five Safari
24 Nov 2018 - 1 Dec 2018 7 nights 7 ngts £3,010.00 View (.pdf) Full
Big Five Safari
1 Dec 2018 - 8 Dec 2018 7 nights 7 ngts £3,010.00 View (.pdf) Full
Big Five Safari
8 Dec 2018 - 15 Dec 2018 7 nights 7 ngts £3,010.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
15 Dec 2018 - 22 Dec 2018 7 nights 7 ngts £3,010.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
5 Jan 2019 - 12 Jan 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
12 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Camp Safari
19 Jan 2019 - 24 Jan 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £2,100.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
2 Feb 2019 - 9 Feb 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
9 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
16 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
23 Feb 2019 - 2 Mar 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
9 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Full
Big Five Safari
16 Mar 2019 - 23 Mar 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Full
Big Five Safari
23 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Full
Big Five Safari
30 Mar 2019 - 6 Apr 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Full
Big Five Safari
6 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Full
Big Five Safari
13 Apr 2019 - 20 Apr 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Full
Big Five Safari
20 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Full
Big Five Safari
11 May 2019 - 18 May 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
18 May 2019 - 25 May 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Full
Big Five Safari
25 May 2019 - 1 Jun 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Camp Safari
1 Jun 2019 - 6 Jun 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £2,100.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
8 Jun 2019 - 15 Jun 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Full
Ride and Dine Safari
15 Jun 2019 - 24 Jun 2019 9 nights 9 ngts £3,960.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
29 Jun 2019 - 6 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
6 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
13 Jul 2019 - 20 Jul 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Camp Safari
21 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £2,100.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
27 Jul 2019 - 3 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
3 Aug 2019 - 10 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
10 Aug 2019 - 17 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
17 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
24 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
31 Aug 2019 - 7 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
7 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Camp Safari
14 Sep 2019 - 19 Sep 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £2,100.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
21 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
28 Sep 2019 - 5 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
5 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
12 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
19 Oct 2019 - 26 Oct 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
26 Oct 2019 - 2 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Full
Ride and Dine Safari
1 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019 9 nights 9 ngts £3,960.00 View (.pdf) Book
Ride and Dine Safari
14 Nov 2019 - 23 Nov 2019 9 nights 9 ngts £3,960.00 View (.pdf) Full
Big Five Safari
23 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
30 Nov 2019 - 7 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
7 Dec 2019 - 14 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book
Big Five Safari
14 Dec 2019 - 21 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts £3,150.00 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

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 £40.00 per person (each way). Transfers from Phalaborwa are £55.00 per person each way (min 2) . It is also possible to transfer directly from Johannesburg by road (5 hours) for c. £350.00 per vehicle each way.

NOT INCLUDED International flights.

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Location

Big Five safari is in the lowveld near to Kruger National Park. Nearest airports are Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa.


Weather & Climate

Mild and sunny in winter, can be hot in mid summer with rains in the form of summer storms.

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Guest Review

Happy, much loved, very well trained horses with exceptional saddles and tack. Riding these animals is a privilege. They are always alert and show an understanding of the animals they face but will stand and listen to the rider's commands. This allows amazingly close encounters with the animals you encounter. Rusty, our guide, so careful of his riders reads the animal body language knowing how far he can safely take each sighting, whether to stay or when to withdraw.

Cathrine ,Manchester

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Sarah Dale
Africa does tend to seep into your veins and often once you have visited this astonishing continent for the first time, it is almost like a poison in which you feel the need to go again and again - you just need to get yet another fix of her formidable sights, sounds and experiences.

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Lucinda and Clayton Fredericks says...

Wait A Little Riding Specialist

Sarah says

Exhilarating riding on extremely fit and well schooled horses looking out for game such as elephant and lion.

My Top Tip

Join a nine night Big Five Ride and Dine safari to combine fantastic game riding with a stay at exclusive lodges in Africa.

Email: sarah@inthesaddle.com

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