Triple B Ranch

Waterberg South Africa: (IT-SASR05)

Waterberg South Africa
One of the oldest farmsteads in the Waterberg mountains of South Africa, Triple B Ranch was settled by the pioneering Baber family over 100 years ago!

The horse and cattle ranch continues to operate as a working farm, a property filled with the local wildlife and essential oil, offering 20,000 acres of horseback riding country to guests from far and wide.

We run a herd of over 80 free roaming horses and can cater for all levels of riders from experienced to complete novice. This is the perfect holiday for those riders wishing to experience the pleasure of riding with African wildlife in the absence of dangerous game. Wildlife to be seen on the reserve include hippo, giraffe, zebra, antelope, leopard, caracal, brown hyena, jackal, crocodile and aardvark. There are also over 300 bird species on the reserve.
This riding holiday is fully flexible and offers the opportunity for many other activities in addition to game viewing, in particular great outrides over excellent riding country and also polocrosse, cattle mustering, jumping, western games, and swimming with your horse. There are two outrides or riding activities a day. Morning rides last 3-4 hours (or less if requested) and afternoon rides are somewhat shorter. Jumping is also available on request. Rides are tailor-made to suit the needs of our guests and we try to be as flexible as possible. The distinguishing feature of this safari is its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Horizon boasts an irreverent zest for life that is truly infectious and will leave you wanting more. We enjoy sharing this wonderful place and our lives with our guests, so come and be part of it.

Feeling saddle weary? At any point, you can opt to go on an non-riding adventure; you can visit the on-site bead craft workshop for some souvenir shopping or visit the shops in the nearby town of Vaalwater, or the ranch can book you on a nearby elephant or jeep safari at the neighbouring Big 5 reserve for the morning or afternoon. A wonderfully welcoming and varied horse riding destination for riders of all equestrian experience and abilities.

- Diverse and affordable horse riding holiday full of adventure
- Perfect for single travelers, couples, families, of both experienced and novice riders
- Set in private game reserve alongside a beautiful lake with plains game and hippo, with no dangerous game
- Wildlife to be seen on the reserve include hippo, giraffe, zebra, antelope, leopard, caracal, brown hyena, jackal, crocodile and aardvark. There are also over 300 bird species on the reserve.
- Herd of over 80+ horses
- Swimming with horses
- Equestrian sports available like polocrosse, cattle mustering, Western gymkhana games and arena jumping
- Personalized itinerary each day
- Special occasions and weddings on horseback!
- Established 1993, exceptional return rate of about 51%



This is a stationary ride so all nights are spent in the same location. However, you have the option to book additional night at Camp Davidson or Juan Lodge for an added fee.

The lodge was established in 1993 and is based in the malaria-free Waterberg Biosphere Reserve in northern South Africa. This is an unspoiled part of the country with varied topography, from bushveld savannah to rocky outcrops and mountains. The lodge is beautifully set alongside a large lake within the estate’s dedicated game reserve.
All rooms are en-suite with king or twin beds, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryers, and safes. Either shower or bath or both facilities are in each room.
There is a large living area, dining room and large stoep (or verandah) for guests to enjoy. The 15m x 5m swimming pool overlooks the lake where hippo are frequently seen.
We have wireless internet and guests can borrow the computers if needed. We also have reception for you to use your cell phone with international roaming. We have full laundry service, which is included in the package.

Room Options
The rates include a stay in the Garden Chalet. You can upgrade to the Luxury Chalet for an added fee or pick the economy Standard Room and receive a discount.

Garden Chalet
Our rondavels are ideal for families and friends traveling together as well as single travelers wanting to enjoy spacious luxury. They are large rooms and a third bed can easily be added. All garden chalets share a communal veranda. The trip includes accommodations in this unit.

Luxury Chalet
These luxury chalets are positioned independently of all other rooms on the edge of the dam with stunning views of the lake. They have their own private verandas and re perfect for couples.

Standard Room
These rooms are cozier an ideal for the budget traveler.

Optional overnight stays at Juan Lodge

The neighbouring luxury lodge is within a morning's ride and offers excellent riding and plenty of game.

Optional overnight stays at Camp Davidson
Stay in decked canvas tents nestled amongst the sandstone ridges overlooking grassy valleys. Each tent is appointed as it would have been in Ted’s day with classic items that would have been essential to the traveler accustomed to regular nights in the bush. The A-frame tents have beds, sheets and duvets. Each tent also has an ensuite bathroom area with bucket showers. There are jug and basin hand wash facilities and flushing toilets.

Room Occupancy
Triple occupancy is possible at the lodge and at the camp.
If you are willing to share, the single supplement fee does not apply.

All meals are included form lunch on Day 1 to lunch on your last day.
Three sumptuous meals are served a day with afternoon tea before an afternoon ride.

Our food sways toward Mediterranean influences with an addition of iconic South African dishes.
Breakfast is buffet of freshly baked bread, muffins, cereals, toast, porridge, eggs.
Lunch is a buffet usually quiches, lasagna, babotie. salads, Freshly baked breads.
Dinner is a 3 course meal served to you in the lodge.

All drinks are complimentary.
Please advise us if you will be celebrating a birthday or special occasion, that you may want us to be aware of to help plan something special!

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.


This holiday is suitable for novice to experienced riders. The pace of ride is varied to suit the rider with plenty of challenging riding for the experienced rider. Rides can be tailor-made short, slow, fast, or long with a good mix of walk, trot, canter, and some occasional gallop for the experienced rider. Polocrosse can be fast and fun and cross-country is available to guests wanting to experience jumping. There are two outrides or riding activities a day. Morning rides last 3-4 hours (or less if requested) and afternoon rides are somewhat shorter.  Rides are tailor-made to suit the needs of our guests and we try to be as flexible as possible.

Our farm's string of over 95 horses have been carefully picked, bred, or nurtured over the years.
Though there are Thoroughbreds, Arabs, Boerperds, Welsh ponies, and various crossbreds ranging from 11.2 - 17.2, the uniting factor is a wonderful temperament and a willing nature when ridden. The personalities in the herd are wide ranging, from gentle natured animals eager to please and offering confidence to those riders who are a little nervous, to competitive energetic rides challenging the rider to enjoy their ability. In all our horses, there is an independence and responsiveness that allows the rider to make the most of our outrides. Our safari horses have been hand selected for their endurance, courage and responsiveness.
Our philosophy has entailed managing our horses as a free roaming herd within large tracts of natural pasture, rather than in stables or paddocks. Our horses are at ease with each other and within their environment, which generates calm and contented natures. As a result, we can offer our guests responsive, subtle and honest rides.
Our horses are mostly English schooled, so we highly recommend that Western riders have a course of lessons in English style prior to arrival.

Guides & Safety
Guides leading the safari have many years’ experience and most have grown up in the area and know the bush like the back of their hand. Our guides have either professional or assistant guiding licenses with the Botswana Qualifications Authority. They are qualified to use firearms and qualified in first aid.
All rides are conducted by two experienced professional guides. The lead guide is armed with a rifle and a bull whip. All management staff and guides do regular first aid training with a specialized doctor for remote areas. The lead guide has a local phone and a radio for use in emergencies.

Riding Gear
Hard hats are compulsory. We can provide helmets, but suggest that clients bring their own. We do not provide half chaps but might have the odd pair should clients need.

Children under 16 please enquire. Strictly no under 12’s.

Non riders are welcome on this trip. There are a number of non-riding activities on offer; sundowners, bush walks, game drive, elephant backed riding, fishing, cultural, historical and environmental aspects of the Waterberg can be explored. The Waterberg is also currently hosting a pack of endangered wild dog, which you can visit with the Endangered Wildlife Trust upon arrangement. Otherwise, just relax with a massage with or enjoy the African bush.


Riding Days
The focus at our lodge and farm is on horses and quality riding. With a herd of over 80 horses, we are able to ensure that riders of any ability are well matched and have the chance to ride several suitable horses during their holiday. There are two outrides or riding activities a day. Morning rides last 3-4 hours (or less if requested) and afternoon rides are somewhat shorter. During your stay we try to ensure that you have the opportunity to experience all our riding options: outrides through the bush and across vast open plains, cattle mustering, game viewing on horseback, swimming on horseback, polocrosse, and Western games. Jumping is also available on request. Rides are tailormade to suit the needs of our guests and we try to be as flexible as possible.

Arrival: Transfer to the lodge (approx. 2.5 hours) in time for lunch. That afternoon enjoy an introductory ride.
Departure: Find a favourite ride of choice before departing after lunch.

Here are some sample rides

- Ride to the original farm homestead and main African village, view the quaint hand decorated houses, call in at the historic Baber family homestead for tea, and a visit the farm crèche for some delightful entertainment. Ride back to the lodge for a cooling swim in the lake with your horse before lunch. Later, during the heat of the day, relax by the pool or take a siesta. In the afternoon, ride out into the game area to encounter game on horseback and learn the signs of the wild and medicinal values of the native bushes and trees.

- An outride in the game reserve whilst enjoying the excellent going on the vast network of sandy tracks. After lunch, go on a shopping trip to the local town of Vaalwater for some retail therapy bush style. That afternoon enjoy an introduction to polocrosse, an amalgam of polo and lacrosse, an invigorating sport that will soon have you addicted.

- We can start the day with an outride, or another polocrosse session, this time hopefully following some of the rules of the game. That afternoon we set off for Camp Davidson, a wonderful tented camp that overlooks the Melk valley. This is camping with a difference, beds with duvets and cotton sheets, bathrooms with flushing toilets and tables laid with crisp white linen. That evening, enjoy sundowners on our camp deck and dinner under the stars with the sound of jackal, zebra, hippo and the neighbouring lions serenading your evening.

- Enjoy a full morning of riding in the game reserve with possible encounters with giraffe, eland, wildebeest, waterbuck, impala, hartebeest or zebra. Lunch is taken en route at one of the neighbouring dams, where a cooling swim on the horses can be enjoyed. Return to the camp in the late afternoon for sundowner drinks and another starlight dinner.

- Depart for the ride back to the lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon the saddle weary can visit Beadle, the local farm community-linked project and shop, where locals hand make exquisite beaded leather products, including browbands and made-to-measure riding chaps. Alternatively, go on a gentle outride to discover new parts of this beautiful property or to find the hippo.

- After another indulgent afternoon tea enjoy an outride or try your skills over the challenging cross-country fences.

- Experience a morning of mustering and cutting some of the ranch’s magnificent Bonsmara stud cattle, a non-aggressive breed adapted to local conditions. After bringing a herd in from pasture, take turns to move one cow or youngster away from the group. This activity pits you and your mount against the animal’s herding instinct and will test your riding ability to the full. Follow the action with a refreshing swim with your horse. That afternoon tea is followed by yet another new challenge in the form of western games (gymkhana for adults) where your riding skills and competitive edge can once again be pushed to the limits.

- In the morning enjoy an exhilarating fast ride to one of the furthest points of the property, utilizing literally kilometres of clear sandy tracks. Back at the lodge enjoy a quick swim and a late lunch. Afternoon tea is followed by an outride in the game reserve for one last photo opportunity with game followed by a final sundowner on a high rock overlooking the tranquil Waterberg landscape.


Optional overnight stays at Camp Davidson
Before or after your stay at Triple B Ranch's lodge, you can add a few nights at the safari tent camp recreation of "Camp Davidson," a relatively new addition to the Triple B property where you can explore the central highlands of the Waterberg from a different viewpoint. In the late 19th century Ted Davidson, one of the first members of the Baber family to settle in the Waterberg, was a young man trading by ox wagon to remote cattle outposts of a young ranching area. A good day of travelling may have been only five miles or so by rugged track, and so an itinerant life in the Waterberg meant a life by the campfire, and you will stay in lovely decked canvas tents nestled amongst the sandstone ridges overlooking grassy valleys, reliving their pioneer days!


Non-Riding Activities (prices to be paid locally)

Entabeni Game Reserve
This private game reserve offers Big 5 Game Drives in an open Landrover. Excellent chance of seeing lion, rhino buffalo, and hopefully elephant and leopard too. Cost R350.00pp. Should you like to do two game drives and stay for lunch at Entabeni the charge will be R750.00 for the day.

Onsite Game Drive (plains game only)
The cost is R200.00pp with a minimum charge of R600.00 for the vehicle.

Guided Bush Walk
No charge

Elephant back Safari
This fascinating experience is a Safari on the back of an African Elephant through a big 5 game reserve. Viewing rhino from the back of an elephant is an experience you will not forget. Each person rides with their own guide who explains the elephants, their training, and the bush. Includes a short game drive and a light finger breakfast. Cost R1050.00pp. Transport paid on site ~R100.00pp

Walking with Wild Dogs
The cost is R550.00pp. Transport paid on site ~R100.00pp.

Farm Tour
You are welcome to join Charles Baber, our pioneer rancher for 70 years, who will take you on an informative and insightful tour of the Ranch. You will learn about Bonsmara Cattle, the crop history of the farm, and the Baber family legacy. The cost for 4 people is R 100.00 per person, for 3 people it is R130.00pp, for 2 people it is R160.00pp, and for 1 person alone it is R320.00pp.

Black Bass Fishing
No charge

Night Sky Safaris
The lack of light pollution here in the bush makes it the perfect location for astronomy. An evening with Dr. Phil Calcott is not only educational, but entertaining and incredibly interesting. Learn about the constellations, how stars are born and die, and how to see the planets. Looking at the stars is one thing, but viewing them through a whopping telescope with someone who actually know what you're looking at, is fantastic! R300.00pp.

Entabeni Helicopter Ride
Entabeni also offers helicopter flights over some of the most stunning areas of the reserve. Flights are priced from R500.00 (prices subject to change) per person upwards for a 6 minute flight depending on the number of people.
Dinaka private game reserve

Zip Lining
The cost is R350.00 per adults and R175.00 per children.

Cycling on Lindani
The cost is R250.00pp.

Telekishi Ramasobane Cultural Village
Telekishi is a community tourism project situated on communal land adjacent to Masebe Nature Reserve. Nestled at the base of the north-eastern Waterberg escarpment, the site has access to this pristine and inaccessible landscape with breathtaking views & impressive geo-morphological forms. Features include 1.5 & 3 hr hikes up the escarpment to view rock art, 18th and 19th century settlement sites, Middle and Stone Age tools and an initiation site. R250.00pp includes transport and guided hike.

Vaalwater Visit
You are also welcome to join one of the weekly shopping trips. Vaalwater has all the basic shop - grocery store, chemist, off license, and curio shops. Those interested may also enjoy a drive around the local township, or perhaps a visit to one of the other local organizations Horizon likes to be involved with such as the township crèches or the Waterberg Welfare Society, can also be arranged.

Lehalbile Cultural Tour
Four prominent elderly ladies from the farm community conduct a tour of their homes, the crèche, and school within their community. This tour gives visitors a great insight into local lifestyles, food, décor, song and dance, and oral history. Optional lunch at Pedi homestead. R30.00pp tour only, R80.00pp tour and traditional lunch.

Beadle Craft Workshop & Shop on Triple B Ranch
Established in 1998, Beadle employs young people from the farm community. Skills’ training in leather and bead work is given in house to an extremely high standard. Items available in the shop include a selection of leather belts and sandals, bags, braided riding chaps, half chaps, beaded dog collars, browbands, keyrings, photo frames and mirrors, a selection of fabric tableware, cushions and jewelry. We can take you over any time or please ask for directions as it is a short 10 min walk away.

Sunday Service
Those interested are very welcome to join us at the local Church Service (non-denominational) held every Sunday at 9.30am. Dress is very informal, dirty jods and chaps are more than adequate! Should you want to go to the service we can arrange for an early short ride before.

Boschdraai Gospel Revival Choir
Made up of the youth from the farm community, the Boschdraai Gospel Revival Choir sing beautiful African gospel music. Their music is lively and inspiring and worth listening to over a sundowner at the pool. The choir also have their own CD for sale, you can take a piece of Africa back home with your. R300.00 per performance.

Rates and Dates for Triple B Ranch

Rates include:

Accommodations in Single Standard Room or Garden Chalet (upgrade to Luxury Chalet available with supplement or to standard for discount), all meals, drinks and daily activities, laundry. 5 riding days

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescriptionGBP ~US$
    20195 day trip, AP (High)£980$1315
    • Single supplement in Garden Chalet£75$100
      Upgrade to Luxury Chalet, dbl, pp£75$100
      Upgrade to Luxury Chalet single£600$805
      Discount for Standard Room, dbl, pp(£150)($195)
      Daily rate, dbl, pp (Garden Chalet)£245$330
  • B
    20195 day trip, AP (Low)£740$995
    • Single supplement in Garden Chalet£55$75
      Upgrade to Luxury Chalet, dbl, pp£55$75
      Upgrade to Luxury Chalet single£450$605
      Discount for Standard Room, dbl, pp(£110)($140)
      Daily rate, dbl, pp (Garden Chalet)£185$250
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.34

Rates Note:

Can request longer stays

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

Can request longer stays

Transfer and Other Charges:

2019 Group transfers from Johannesburg/O.R. Tambo Int’l Airport, pp, roundtrip £ 190 $255
2019 Private transfer from Johannesburg/O.R. Tambo Int’l Airport, per car, roundtrip (1 to 12 pax) £ 500 $670
2019 Discount for children 16 and below -- please inquire £ 0 $0
2019 Triple occupancy discount --please inquire £ 0 $0
2019 Night at the Juan Lodge, per group £ 450 $605
2019 Night at Camp Davidson, pp £ 40 $55

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 01/05 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (High) 1 /12 Reserve
B 2019 01/06 - 02/15 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (Low) 1 /12 Reserve
A 2019 02/16 - 02/23 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (High) 1 /12 Reserve
B 2019 02/24 - 04/19 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (Low) 1 /12 Reserve
A 2019 04/20 - 04/26 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (High) 1 /12 Reserve
B 2019 04/27 - 06/30 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (Low) 1 /12 Reserve
A 2019 07/01 - 12/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (High) 1 /12 Reserve

Dates Note: Open all year - daily arrivals.

Rates do not include:

Gratuities. Extra activities.

Other Info
Meeting: Vaalwater
Airport: O.R. Tambo Int’l Airport
Transfer: O.R. Tambo Int’l Airport

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Well off the beaten path, the vast Waterberg region consists of mountains and high plateaus. There is a good diversity of game here and the area is malaria-free!

Summer / Rainy season (October to March)
The climate in the Waterberg is subtropical. The rainy season is from November to March, and it is then that most of the many rivers in the Waterberg will rise substantially and so will the heat of the sun; therefore the verdant vegetation will once again return to the landscape, becoming green and lush for the wildlife.

Winter / Dry season (April to September)
The winters, are pleasantly cooler, but incredibly dry. The now barren land becomes a variety of golds, reds, browns, grays and black. It is beautiful in its own eerie way, and there is less vegetation available for the animals to hide from your safari view which is a bonus! And no bugs!

What To Bring:
The hottest season is summer, from November to March. The rainy season extends from late November to February, with short showers in the late afternoon, and an occasional evening thunderstorm. The winter months of June, July and August are warm and dry, but evenings are chilly so it is advisable to bring warm clothing.

What is supplied?

*Shower gel

We suggest bringing the following:
* Your own well-fitting hard hat - the wearing of hard hats is MANDATORY.
* Short boots and chaps. Long rubber boots are not advised. Handmade full-length chaps
* Lightweight rain coat.
* Sun protection cream factor 20 or higher.
* Camera and battery charger.
*International plug adapter
* Swimming costume.
* Light weight long sleeved shirts.
* A good book.
* Bum bag.
* Lip balm.
The Waterberg is a malaria-free area, but please check with your doctor or travel bureau for the latest advice.