1-Week Horse Riding Safari in South Africa

Zebras on Safari Ant's Hill & Nest in South Africa

In September 2014, Lewis and I journeyed to South Africa on our first major trip together.

We were staying in a luxurious safari lodge in a private reserve reserve called 'Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill', situated in Vaalwater, three hours north of Johannesburg.

The trip was a week-long horse riding holiday, where you took part in horseback safaris.

Below is a chronological list of all my blog posts from this trip.


Our Luxury Lodge at Ant’s Hill, South Africa

After around 24 hours of flying and airport stopovers, followed by a 3 hour minibus journey, we finally arrived in South Africa! We flew from Manchester to Dubai, had some amazing sushi at the airport, and then flew to Johannesburg. I felt dreadful but was so excited to be in South Africa. We were staying… Read More

Monday, 1 September 2014

My First Horseback Safari Through the South African Bush

The next day we were up early. Breakfast was delivered to our lodge which was lovely. After breakfast, I got ready for my first horseback safari. When we arrived at the main lodge, the horses were tacked-up ready. The horses roam free across the reserve and are caught early in the mornings, ready for our… Read More

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Giraffes and Wildebeest Galore on Our Game Drive

That afternoon, after my first horseback safari, we decided to go on a game drive. We jumped into the open-backed four-by-four and headed out into the bush. It wasn't long until we saw a family of giraffes striding elegantly through the long yellow grass. They stopped to look at us but were mostly relaxed as… Read More

We Found an Aardvark by our Lodge

I decided that in the afternoons I would take part in a riding safari but the mornings were time to relax and that's just what I did. On the morning of our third day, we decided to explore a little on foot. We hadn't really walked around our lodge and had only stuck to the… Read More

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Meet my Horse for the Trip: Kilimanjaro

Over the course of the week, I started to fall in love with my horse, Kilimanjaro. He was just so lovely and fun to ride. I also love his colouring. He must have some Appaloosa in his bloodline. I rode him every afternoon for the working week, Friday being my last day with him. If… Read More

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Sundowners with South African Rhinos

On Saturday evening, we were all invited to spend sundowners at Ant's Nest - the other resort in the reserve. It was around an hour's drive through the bush to get there. On the way we saw an array of wildlife including: zebras, impalas, waterbuck and sable antelope. At one point, our vehicle had to… Read More

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Our Last Day in South Africa

On our last day, we relaxed in our lodge, chilling by the pool and admiring the views. We left on 8th September, embarking on a long trip home. We had a 7 hour flight to Dubai and then after 2 hour break in Dubai, another 6 hour flight back to England. I only wished that… Read More

Tuesday, 9 September 2014