The Fish River Canyon is the largest natural gorge in Africa and a most impressive geological feature displaying the Earth’s history laid out like the pages of a book. Despite its seeming aridity, this is one of the most diverse biomes on earth – a delight for nature lovers. Expansive plains invite endless canters in a landscape characterised by meandering gorges and dramatically eroded escarpments.
The terrain dictates a slower start to this riding safari than our others, so this ride is suitable for intermediate and advanced riders. From the northern reaches of the Fish River Canyon to the Orange River, this is a spectacularly diverse wonderland
From Cape town back to Cape Town: 11 days, 10 nights, 7½ riding days; 3 lodge-based nights, 7 nights camping.
Leave from Cape Town International Airport on first day of your horse-riding safari at 09:30, returning to Cape Town International Airport between 17:00 and 18:00 on the last day.
Days begin at sunrise; departure is generally by 8am with 4 – 5 hours riding before lunch. Lunch breaks vary from an hour to 2 ½ hours followed by another 2 – 3 hours riding in the afternoon. Consult the ‘General information’ page on our website for more details on camp life, meals, camping, tack and other information and well as add-on extras before or after your ride.
We average anything from 20 – 50 km riding per day, all paces, and sometimes over rough terrain. Please note that this is a true desert so routes can change due to unpredictable weather and other unforeseen circumstances.
Please use only soft luggage of no more than 20 kg, ideally split your luggage between two soft bags
Because of the remoteness of our rides it is essential that riders ensure they are covered for emergency evacuation. See our website for details on short-term local cover available.