The Real Africa
Ranch Rider is introducing eight and nine-night “Authentic Africa” experiences on South Africa's Triple B Ranch - with six nights based atHorizon 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, cooking over a campfire, 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.
A little bit of luxury in the bush, Botswana's Tree Camp opened on 17 November 2019, the property visited on Ranch Rider's Tuli Safari. Set in the “Land of the Giants,” the area notable for its baobab studded plains and large herds of elephant, the Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block is packed full of flora and fauna - the big cats, plains game and over 350 species of birds also residing in this little known wildlife sanctuary. A guided mobile safari, the journeys involve long gallops along the river courses, the trails taking guests from camp to camp.
Seven-nights from £2,150pp (two sharing) including seven nights' accommodation, meals, drinks, riding safari and taxes. Excludes air charter transfers from £620pp by small plane from Johannesburg or from £430pp by road (minimum of two people) and return flight from £879pp. Year-round departures. From 12 years.
Discover Old-New Trails
Listed on the U.S. national registry of historic places, Arizona's Kay El Bar Ranch will open for its first summer in 2020 - several "old-new" trails that have been hidden for almost a decade waiting to be rediscovered. The perfect choice for families who want to reconnect through nature, the property is located in the Northwest Arizona desert, in the shadow of the Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness.
The main focus of the stay is horse riding - team penning, hiking and bird watching alternative activities. Only a five-minute drive from historic Wickenburg, there is every reason to explore the old gold mining town and its fascinating past (The "Gold Rush Days & Senior Pro Rodeo," celebrating the town's origins as a ranching & gold mining centre, February 14-16, 2020), the ranch ideally situated for add on self-drive adventures to the Grand Canyon (four hours) and Las Vegas (three hours).
Seven nights at the Kay El Bar with Ranch Rider start from £1,339pp (two sharing) and £1,185pp (seven to 17 years) including accommodation, meals, most ranch activities, access to facilities (including pool and hot tub), taxes, transfers and gratuities. Excludes return flight from £879pp and from £765pp (under 12 years).
The only luxury train operating through the Canadian Rockies to Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff, the Rocky Mountaineer will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2020. No part of the journey is undertaken in the dark, the opportunity to gaze at the unfolding panorama of ever-changing scenery a major highlight of the adventure.
Spy majestic peaks, stunning glaciers and sparkling rivers at every turn, a wealth of wildlife including bears, moose and wolves often making an appearance. Said to be, Canada's answer to the Orient Express, an upgrade to Gold Leaf service will allow you to experience fine dining and spectacular views from the special glass-domed carriage. Travel from late April through October, the dream railroad excursion the ideal add-on to a riding holiday in either British Columbia or Alberta.
Rocky Mountaineer's Journey Through The Clouds (between Vancouver and Jasper) from £1,195pp (two sharing), the Silver Leaf Service including two days onboard in single-level glass dome coaches with oversize windows and a small outdoor viewing platform, sweet and savoury snacks and complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic snacks, one night's accommodation in Kamloops (comfortable and good standard with restaurants on-site or within walking distance), two breakfasts and two lunches on the Rocky Mountaineer. Return flight from £899pp. Departing April through early October.