In the saddle: Luxury riding holidays equestrians will love
Exploring some of the most diverse landscapes the world has to offer is an experience like no other.
Those who have undertaken the same adventure on horseback however, would argue that it makes for an altogether more enjoyable experience.
The differences, from the overt (the pace of the holiday) to the subtle (the singular vantage point offered by horseback) all conspire to create a thrilling horseback holiday.
Machu Picchu, Peru
The zenith of the Incan civilisation remains suspended close to 8000 feet above sea level, and there is no better way to traverse the fabled site than on horseback. A six day trail can give you an insight into the rich history of the surrounding areas, and no one is better equipped than the local guides to give you an authentic look into Incan culture. During your stay you will encounter the traditional Peruvian dish of pachamanca, luxurious mountain lodges outfitted to resemble Incan palaces, as well as cloud forests. You will emerge from your trip feeling that you have enjoyed a truly enlightening cultural experience.
Limpopo, South Africa
Karongwe Private Game reserve in Limpopo is able to offer visitors the privilege of traversing safari trails on horseback. The 8500 hectare plot caters for the so-called ‘Big Five’ of the animal kingdom – African lions, African elephants, Cape buffalos, African leopards and rhinoceroses. The collective experience of the seasoned guides and the impossibly well-trained horses allow you to steal glimpses at wildlife from just metres away. Parties are limited to a maximum of just 7 persons, leading to not only greater camaraderie and familiarity between riders and guides, but also greater affinity between you and the surrounding wildlife, flora and fauna.
Alongside food and wine, the Dordogne region of France is famous for its chateau and castle-studded countryside. And what better way to explore such sumptuous surroundings than atop a trusty steed? In between riding at a walk, canter and a trot through limestone hills and dark oak forests, you can stop for lavish meals of regional delicacies and Bergerac wine at the grounds of (or within) the region’s many picturesque chateaus. Unlike other more rigorous and demanding horse riding holidays, a trip to Dordogne allows you to return to the same lodging every day, giving you a far greater deal of versatility – feel free to lounge in the swimming pool or opt for a game of tennis instead.
The site remains of the Incan civilisation- Machu Picchu, the big game harbouring Limpopo, and the meadows and forests of Dordogne are all overtly distinctive adventures at first glance. But what unites them is the ability to enjoy them from atop a horse. Already some of the globe’s most in-demand visitor hotspots on-foot, venturing through them on horseback makes the experience that much better. Before you rush off to book your next riding holiday, it is always important to check what equipment, if any, you need to bring with you – and that includes horse feed online.