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Horse Riding with the Zimbabwe Wildlife

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Vicki Tester

 

Seeing the wildlife of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is a stunning experience on its own but Imvelo Safaris have just announced the start of horse riding from two of their lodges. This would be a completely different way of seeing the wildlife of visiting the village close by for a genuine cultural experience.

There are different experiences to take in to account experience – and yes there is an option for beginners or novice riders. The options are:

  1. Beginner Bush Experience – approximately 1 hour for beginners and novice riders
  2. Hippo Sunrise – approximately 3 hours for experienced riders
  3. Cultural Ride – approximately 5 ½ hours for intermediate riders
  4. Sundowner Ride – approximately 2 hours for intermediate riders
  5. Full Day Safari Ride – approximately 8 hours for experienced riders

In line with Imvelo’s ethos, this new activity has been brought to life in partnership with the communities. It has provided new jobs and will support Nganyana Village close to Camelthorn through guests participating in the cultural ride! During your visit the villagers will gladly show you the different ways they try make an income including basket weaving, beading and jewellery making – riders are welcome to try their hand at these crafts too!

The magnificent and expansive savanna vleis that border Camelthorn along with the Ngamo Plains make for the best safari riding areas in Zimbabwe and guests will now be able to enjoy leisurely strolls or more adventurous rides all led by experienced horse guides! The sense of freedom, silence and tranquillity, with a touch of adrenaline thrown in too, brings you closer to nature than you may have ever been before.

If this is for you and would like to make it part of your own bespoke tailor made itinerary to Africa then please contact us for fuller details and to start your safari plans – call on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safaris

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safaris

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safaris

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safaris

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safaris

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safaris

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safaris

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safaris

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safaris

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safaris

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safaris

Picture courtesy of Imvelo Safaris

Why you should consider Hwange National Park for your Safari

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Vicki Tester

 

There are very good reasons to consider Hwange National Park, in Zimbabwe, for your safari destination and the key ones are as follow:

  • Hwange is close to Victoria Falls which is easy enough to reach by a number of airlines. The airport there is becoming a bigger International destination which will make it even easier to fly in to the region.
  • Hwange has about 43,000 visitors per year which gives a density of 3 people per KM2 per year. This compares with the Serengeti density of 23 people per km2 per year, Kruger at 85 and Masai Mara at 912.
  • It is home to about 46,000 elephants and during the dry season it is not unusual to see herds of hundreds at waterholes. None of the other Parks can boast such large numbers of elephant. In fact there are more elephants than visitors.
  • It has the some of the densest numbers of sable antelope, cheetah, wild dog and lion in Zimbabwe
  • Your guides here serve an apprenticeship of 5 to 10 years and their professionalism is considered amongst the best in Africa. They will take you on walking safaris within the Park and teach you about all that you see, including tracks, flora and fauna. This will enhance your African experience immensely.
  • Hwange Park lodges and camps are small and personal. On average 8 rooms serving 16 clients

 

Elephants

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

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Elephants

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

If you would like more information about a tailor made safari to Hwange and Victoria Falls or Safaris in South Africa then please contact us on – 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Zimbabwe and Rovos Rail

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis. Very often we are asked for ideas for a special occasion, a significant birthday or a holiday that is different and memorable. It always has us throwing ideas around the office and arguing the merits of locations and experiences around the world. However there are always one or two front runners and Rovos Rail is one of those.

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Very often we are asked for ideas for a special occasion, a significant birthday or a holiday that is different and memorable. It always has us throwing ideas around the office and arguing the merits of locations and experiences around the world. However there are always one or two front runners and Rovos Rail is one of those.

Day 1: Victoria Falls

Day 2: Hwange National Park

Day 5: Victoria Falls

Day 6: Rovos Rail

Day 9: Pretoria

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Synonymous with style, elegance and destinations that cannot fail to catch the imagination, Rovos takes you to all the key places in Southern Africa and further afield. The moment that they meet you on the platform (or in Pretoria in their very own station) you can relax in the knowledge that everything has been meticulously planned. You can lock your wallet in the safe in your suite as everything is covered, including the interesting and exciting off train excursions. The food, wine and service are of the highest quality – all you have to do is enjoy it. You need to experience a journey with Rovos to know why they claim to be the most luxurious train in the world and their repeat clients will be willing to back their claim. Nor are their prices ridiculous and with the strengthening Pound they are becoming more and more a “must do” holiday.

Day 1: Victoria Falls

Arrive in Victoria Falls – on the Zimbabwe side, and stay overnight here. Take time to over the falls.

One night Victoria Falls

Day 2: Hwange National Park

Travel by road into Hwange National Park. This Park has some 40,000 elephant and all of the other Big 5 to seek out as well as wild dog and sable antelope. The bird life is spectacular, particularly as the rainy season arrives, with migrants arriving and the birds producing their courting plumage.

Three nights Hwange National Park

Day 5: Victoria Falls

Head back to Victoria Falls, still with the chance of game viewing as you go. Make your way to the entrance to the Victoria Falls and the 15 odd points to see one of Natures Seven Wonders. The amount of water coming over the Falls, and how wet you get, does depend upon the time of year. If you want to see the Falls in full flood, then you need to be here in April and May.

One night Victoria Falls

Day 6: Rovos Rail

You have most of the day to explore Victoria Falls or take part in one of the many activities around here before making your way to the railway station to board the Rovos Rail Train that leaves in the afternoon. You will be handing yourself over to an expert team that deliver nothing but first class service. From the moment you arrive and your bags are whisked away to your cabin and a glass of sparkling wine is placed in your hand instead, you know that you will be able to relax and enjoy “The Most Luxurious Train in the World”. Watch the world pass by either in your cabin or in the comfort of the lounge and observation cars.

Three nights Rovos Rail

Day 9: Pretoria

An early start to the day as you head in to Pretoria and Rovos Rail’s very own station. The last couple of miles will be with a steam engine taking you in to your final destination. From here, head to Johannesburg for the onward or homeward journey.

Photographs Copyright of Peter Ellis

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