Saddle Up In Style With Ranch Rider: Three New Luxury Horseback Adventures For 2020

Saddle up in Style, riding holiday specialist, Ranch Rider launching three new luxury experiences in the USA, Canada and South Africa

Ranch Rider is introducing eight and nine-night “Authentic Africa” experiences on South Africa’s Triple B Ranch – with six nights based at Horizon Lodge, a historic family estate in the malaria-free Waterberg region, and two or three nights spent at neighbouring Camp Davidson. Built to resemble an early cattle outpost, the permanent camp allows guests to enjoy a traditional African safari with dining by candlelight and on many a travellers bucket list, the chance to sleep under canvas in the wilderness. In contrast, Horizon Lodge offers understated luxury, the atmospheric property, which boasts a large colonial verandah and a garden plunge pool, overlooking the resident hippo pod. Winner of “Best Riding Safari in Africa” at the 2019 Safari Awards, the Triple B Ranch is home to a huge variety of wildlife including hippo, giraffe, zebra, antelope and over 300 bird species. Polocrosse (instruction provided), cross country jumping, cattle mustering (on request) and swimming the horses are alternative activities. Eight-night “Authentic Africa” experience from £1,365pp (two sharing) including accommodation, meals, drinks, ranch activities, game drives, use of ranch facilities and taxes. Excludes transfers from £200pp (from Johannesburg) and return flight from £879pp. Year-round departures. From five years.

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Sign up for the new “Cowboy 101″ program at Colorado’s Vista Verde Luxury Guest Ranch, the property set in the beautiful Elk River Valley in the Rocky Mountain high country. Covering 540 acres, the surrounding terrain is varied and challenging for novice riders, and “Cowboy 101″ will test even more of your mettle, the wranglers providing instruction in hoof care, working the hot iron, making horseshoes and roping. A luxury experience, massages are available to book – award-winning chefs catering to your every culinary whim and the upscale accommodation (in either the lodge or private cabins) ideal for those who want to experience the West in comfort. Seven nights with Ranch Rider from £3,339pp (no single supplement) including accommodation, meals, most ranch activities, taxes and gratuities. Excludes car hire from £359 and return flights from £859pp. Departures 31 May to 04 October.

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Located in Cariboo country and surrounded by 80,000 acres of pristine wilderness, British Columbia’s Siwash Lake Luxury Guest Ranch ticks all the right boxes for nature lovers. Enjoy unlimited daily horseback riding, the additional pursuits including, fly fishing, canoeing, river and lake swimming, bird watching, wildlife viewing and skeet shooting. A new river rafting helicopter safari is scheduled to launch this coming summer. Three-nights from £4,360pp (two sharing) including accommodation, meals, most ranch activities and taxes. Excludes car hire from £340, helicopter safaris and return flight from £899pp. Departing 22 June to 31 August. From five years.

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