There’s something magical about horseback riding. It lets you slow down to see much more than you would see on a vehicle tour, making you feel like you are adventuring back in time. Your senses will be alert and focused on everything around you as you slowly canter through the rugged woodlands, Kalahari sand teak forestand alongside the rushing Zambezi River.
You’ll join Zambezi Horse Trails in Victoria Falls which has been in operation for nearly 3 decades. We truly feel that it is one of the best ways to explore this region, because not only will you get the opportunity to see the stunning and diverse surroundings but you will also have the thrilling experience of being on horseback in a small group.
All rides will start with a safety briefing before setting off. Once you set off on your horse the pace and method of the ride will be dictated by the wildlife so as not to disturb them. Keep your eyes peeled for the abundant birdlife of this region, including African Skimmers, African Finfoot, Taita Falcon, Kingfishers and many more. Also, this is a fantastic opportunity to try spot big game – including elephants, giraffes, zebras, impala, warthog and more. Please be aware that no game is guaranteed, however riding a good horse in a fantastic area is. Your friendly and knowledgeable guides will teach you all about the traditional uses of trees and plants and aspects of traditional indigenous life.
A great aspect of this experience is that you can enjoy horse riding no matter what your experience level on horseback. If you are a beginner, you will get a brief tutorial before you begin and learn how to control the horse. On the novice rides shorter distances are covered and guides will be with you to assist with your horse, which has been specially selected according to your ability. There are also tours for more experienced riders which will take you further into the wilderness – full day rides and multi day trips are available for experienced riders.
The wet season is from February to May, when you will see the falls in full flood. The best time of year is from July to September. The weather is warm and there is still a good volume of water at the falls. If the main reason for your trip is birdwatching, the ideal time to visit is between mid-September and April. During the dry season between July and November you’ll have higher chances of seeing buffalo and elephants.