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Sambulenni Horse Safari


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Meeting: Windhoek
Airport:   Windhoek Eros Airport (ERS)      
Transfer: Windhoek Eros Airport (ERS) or Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH)
Pick-up/drop-off is available from Windhoek Eros Airport (ERS) or Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Pick-up on Day 1 is at any time. On the last day, drop-off in conjunction with your departing flight.
Level: Fitness Level (Click for legend)    Low Demanding
All gaits, walk, trot, canter - 4-5 hrs. Some canter/gallop are more than 2 km
Participants: Min 1 participants Max 6 participants

Safari Trails
The safari trails are designed to provide you with as much variation and choice as possible. The goal is to ensure that you ride in some of the most spectacular landscape this planet has to offer and come into very close contact with the game. You can ride more or less anywhere with few restrictions. Most of the trails follow natural paths created over hundreds of years by the local wildlife. As such, a trip to this enchanting country is a unique experience for adventurous visitors.

Endurance Ride Options
The opportunity exists for you to compete in an endurance ride. You will receive instructions during your stay and will be accompanied by Ingeborg, giving you the do's and don’ts and the why and why-nots during your training. She will also set the pace and give you further instructions during the actual competition itself. Your stay will be a combination of game viewing from horseback, the training for and the actual endurance competition. This means you will have the luxury of having 2 horses; one you will train for the endurance and the actual competition itself and the other horse is for your safari rides.
Please, inquire about the endurance ride dates.

Riding Level
You should be riding fit and strong. We have to take the safety and enjoyment of our horse(s) as well as yourself and other riders into consideration. Therefore, we require the following level of competence:
•you are confident at all paces and can control a (very) forward going horse across vary varied terrain
•you can rise/post to the trot
•you can stand in your stirrups when in canter/gallop
•you have a balanced and independent seat
•you have horse sense
We reserve the right to prevent any guest from riding if we feel they do not fulfill the competence level detailed above. If you are not riding regularly we strongly recommend that you get in practice before joining us on safari.

Pace
During your week’s stay (6 riding days), you will ride an average of 4 hours per day. The riding can be fairly intensive and you are welcome to take either a morning, afternoon or day off “out of the saddle” to enjoy the other activities or just recuperate by the pool.

Riding Terrain
The terrain is a combination of savannah and rocky mountains up to 2,000m. Some of our rides are designed to explore the mountainous trails where the views are stunning yet the game can be scarce and difficult to spot. Other rides, mainly along game trails on savannah plains will bring you in close contact with the game. All our trails are designed to provide you with as much variation as possible and are focused on quality riding.

Horses
Our horses are our greatest and most important assets. We have 24 pure-bred Arabian horses and 4 Arabian crosses. We have chosen our horses for their even temperament and to ensure a safe yet exciting ride. Some of our lovely creatures were bought in Namibia or born at our own stud, whereas others were imported from South Africa, Europe and the United States. Not only do they compete successfully in national and international endurance rides, but also achieve excellent results in the show ring.
At the stables, the horses live in large sandy paddocks. On a regular basis, they go on holiday in a 1,500 hectare camp where they can graze and play. When it is time for work we pick them up, school them and make sure that they are ready for you. This keeps their mind and spirit alive.
It goes without saying that we've trained our horses in all aspects of trail riding. It is with great pride that we can say that we have happy, fun loving and forward going horses!
All effort is made to ensure the right combination between horse and rider.
We expect you to groom and tack up your own horse. This creates a bond between horse and rider that both parties will rely on during the day’s adventures. When you return from your ride, you will be asked to assist in showering your horse.

Weight Limit
For the welfare of our horses and their size, we limit the weight of our riders to 85kg for our safari rides and 80kg for our endurances and mountain trails.

Tack
We use light-weight endurance saddles covered with sheep skin bumnahs. These saddles –made by Leon Liversage– are comfortable for both horse and rider and designed for long hours in the saddle. All saddles carry a saddle bag that have enough space for cold water (provided) and your personal equipment (camera, suntan lotion, binoculars, etc.).
The stirrups are wide and give you plenty of support. Some of our horses are ridden either on an eggbutt snaffle bit or a French loose ring training snaffle bit.

Staff
The team consists of the grooms Venantius and Jeremie and Ingeborg.
Ingeborg’s love for Arabian horses started when she was still a youngster. During one of her dressage competitions as a child, she fell in love with a gorgeous white Arabian horse performing some magnificent dressage steps and promised herself “Later, when I’m all grown up I want to have an Arabian horse”. Now, years later she is the proud owner of a herd of 28 Arabian horses. Dreams can come true!

Non-Riders
If you as a non-rider decide to keep your riding partner company, the lodge offers multiple activities: game drive, mountain drive, sunset drive, swimming pools and 2 hiking trails to observe the wildlife and birds. It goes without saying that you will also join us on our picnics and sundowners. All in all we will do our utmost to make you part of our riding program and share as much as possible with your riding partner.


Passport and Visa Requirements: Passport valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from Namibia required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.Not required by nationals referred to in the chart above fo. more
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Sambulenni Horse Safari
Tour Code: IT-NASR01
8 days / 7 nights ~$3,200.00
Dates: Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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Rates | Dates
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Introduction to Endurance
Endurance Race Options
Cattle Drives
Airport: Windhoek Eros Airport (ERS)
Activities:
Hiking trails, game drives, sunset drives and mountain drives. Game drives (N$ 265.00) and mountain drives (N$ 800.00) are not included in the package price for riders.

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