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 Post subject: Horse riding in ADDO
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:09 pm 
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Hi, I'm new to the forums, and would like to know if any one has gone on one of the guided rides in addo, we are going for a 3 day trip to addo next month and would love to do one of these rides, for those who have done it:
would you reccomend it? do you see much game? and which would be better the morning or afternoon ride? sorry for all the questions, like to have as much info before deciding what to do :D


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 Post subject: Re: Horse riding in ADDO
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:31 am 
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Hi Qcumba and welcome to the forums.

I hope some other forumites can tell you about their experiences of horse rides in the Park, but here's the basic info:
The Addo horse trails take place in the Nyathi area of the Park (departing from stables at main camp) where we have the Big Five except lions. The concentration of animals here is less than that in the main game area so your sightings are not as frequent but there is the possibility of seeing red hartebeest, zebra, ostrich, warthog, kudu, duiker, bushbuck and sometimes elephants, buffalo or (very seldom) rhino.

The morning ride is for less experienced riders as the guide will stick to more open areas for the 2 hour ride (where you will have more time to react to animals if you should be near to them) while the afternoon ride is for more experienced riders at 3hrs and going more into the bush areas. You should be able to control a horse for either of these rides as there is always the possibility that an antelope can spook a horse.

If you want a more scenic and relaxed ride, perhaps try the Zuurberg trails in the mountains where there is a 1-hr, 3-hr and 5-hr option as here there is no big game and you can concentrate on enjoying the fynbos and forest.

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 Post subject: Re: Horse riding in ADDO
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Mrs. Stark, and avid horse rider, wanted me to ask a few questions.

Has anyone form the forum gone on the Addo afternoon ride? Any pics? Also, what type of saddle is used? She squinted at a few photo's and can't tell.

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 Post subject: Re: Horse riding in ADDO
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Stark -- have never been on any of the horse-trails, but am willing to bet that only English (or eastern as you call them ?) saddles will be used :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Horse riding in ADDO
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Maybe Mrs. Stark could take a ride like this Image


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 Post subject: Re: Horse riding in ADDO
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:lol: Stark..we went riding in GGHNP...and the saddles we were what we call "english" with a hollow cut out down the middle of the leather seat..must be for the horse's comfort due to heat....they also "bit rein". :D

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 Post subject: Re: Horse riding in ADDO
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Thanks for the info, p@m and CC. I have no idea what anything that has to do with horse riding means, but I'll pass this along to my in-house equestrian. :thumbs_up:

Micetta -- don't give her ideas. :rtm: She's already trying to talk me into shark cage diving as the next step out of our comfort zone. :| 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Horse riding in ADDO
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Why are men such "comfies" :roll: :wink: The water is too cold where they do the shark cage dives..... :whistle:


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