Babanango Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal has introduced horse trails.
"It's the perfect place to explore on horseback," said Jeffrey van Staden, COO of African Habitat Conservancy, the conservation management company which manages the Babanango reserve. "One of our objectives is to offer fully immersive experiences, so horse riding fits in perfectly with this ethos."
The trails accommodate all riders, irrespective of experience. They are currently offered for a maximum of eight guests accompanied by two qualified and experienced guides. One-hour outrides, as well as half- and full-day trails are also available.
In time, the 10 horses will also be made available for overnight trails.
"We are currently finalising a choice of different trail options, which will include riding between our lodges, crossing the White Umfolozi river and exploring the most interesting features on the reserve," said Babanango Head Guide, Justin Hall.
He said riding through the game reserve would offer a unique experience as the animals didn’t perceive the riders as a threat, observing only the horses. “This offers riders the chance to truly appreciate game viewing in a completely unobtrusive way.”