‘In the Simalaha Community Conservancy the Sesheke and Sekhute Chiefdoms are taking ownership of their own destiny: following a community-led approach to improve basic human rights – such as access to food, health, livelihood opportunities and education – by responsibly managing and protecting natural resources and wildlife.’ (Taken from the Simalaha website)
Simalaha Horse Safaris
Horseback Safaris in Zambia. The Ultimate Adventure in Africa
Simalaha Horse Safaris is an amazing adventure in Zambia on the Zambezi flats; close enough to Victoria Falls, Livingstone, to make this a perfect travel experience. The Simalaha Community Conservancy offers endless riding options with scenic rivers, pans and forest, always in sight of some form of wildlife. There are few roads in this untamed wilderness area, so all rides are backed up with pack mules and saddle bags.
The horses are a mixture of Basuto ponies, quarter horses and Boerperds [from South Africa]. We use comfortable trail, Western and Australian stock saddles. Riding groups consist of a maximum of eight and a minimum of four people. Four to six hours will be spent in the saddle each day. During the heat of the day guests can relax in the tented camp on the high ground, overlooking the Simalaha plains. On full riding days a picnic lunch will be provided, and riders will enjoy a well-earned siesta in the cool shade of the trees before mounting up and riding back to camp for evening sundowners.
30 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls is Chundukwa River Lodge with panoramic river views from bespoke stilted wooden chalets. End your riding holiday with some R&R here, see the Victoria Falls and sip on a gin and tonic on a sundowner cruises. Chundukwa is also the main base for Doug’s horse herd. Avid riders can enjoy riding out in the surrounding wilderness area and along the river while staying in the lodge.
Simalaha Horse Safaris offer three package options, some combining a riding holiday with visiting Victoria Falls and staying at Chundukwa River Lodge:
• Seven nights (riding with wildlife, Chundukwa and Victoria Falls)
• Five nights (riding with wildlife, Chundukwa and Victoria Falls)
• Three nights (Simalaha riding only)
All conservancy fees are included in the rate and go directly to supporting the Simalaha Community Conservancy Trust with their hands-on community initiatives.
Please note that in order to qualify to ride you will be asked to fill in a questionnaire.
For more information please visit Simalaha