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Wait A Little African Safari

Get up close and personal with The Big 5 on a Wait A Little African Horse Riding Safari. Wait A Little horse safaris are highly personalised and specialised riding safaris for intermediate to experienced riders, run by Gerti and Philip Kusseler in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve close to the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. There are three types of safaris which take you over an area of 35 000 ha of African wilderness and are from 7 to 10 days in length.

What's Included:

  • Full Board
  • All Accommodation
  • All Riding
  • All Guiding

Price: from £2730 pp


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Itinerary and prices – scroll down for more details

 

Located close to The Kruger National Park this is a top class safari with fabulous horses all beautifully schooled and a pleasure to ride. There are opportunities each days for some long fast canters with the option to jump fallen logs, courtesy of the elephants! The reserve is home to the Big Five: elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo. Call us on 01829 781123 to talk directly to someone who has experienced this ride.

The homebase of Wait A Little horse safari is set on the banks of a meandering river that runs right through the reserve providing the life blood for this region to support an impressive amount of wildlife. The variety of mammals, birds and plant life that you can see from the veranda of your room certainly makes you want to comply with the name of the safari!

This safari certainly offers you the very best opportunities to view the Big Five from horseback thanks to the skills of the two guides, owner Philip Kusseler and head tracker, Rusty.

You ride early in the morning before breakfast (although tea and biscuits arrive at your room prior to the ride!) for up to three hours and again in the late afternoon. You can enjoy relaxing by the pool in between times, you may like to catch up with a bit of sleep as these guys like to party in the evening! There are some longer day rides particularly when you move from reserve to reserve. The horses have all been hand picked and range from 15 hands to 17 hands, Philip’s wife Gerti is a highly experienced and talented dressage rider so the horses are schooled to competition level!

The Wait A Little safaris combine a great social atmosphere with fantastic riding and luxury accommodation, a treat not to be missed! there are three programme choices:

BIG FIVE SAFARI is the most popular choice, it is an 8 day, 7 night holiday and runs throughout the year. Arrival is Saturday lunch time and after a safety briefing you go on your first afternoon safari. You stay at Wait A Little main camp for three nights, exploring the surrounding area. On day four you ride to Beacon Rock, sleeping out under the stars. From the top of the rock, beautiful views await you whilst you enjoy a sundowner drink. 

In the morning you ride to Makalali, where you spend two nights at this beautiful camp next to the Makhutswe River. On day 7 there is a long ride home, back to Wait A Little. The group size on all safaris is a small number with a maximum of 7 or 8 experienced riders. The ride is challenging and has the option of jumping. The area where Wait A Little operates is 35000ha. It varies from different rivers to gullies, rock formations and look out points like the beautiful Drakensberg escarpments.

BIG FIVE SAFARI FULL ITINERARY (8 days, 7 nights mobile safari)
 
Day 1
You will be picked up at either Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa airport by our transfer service. A pick up from Johannesburg OR TAMBO direct can also be arranged. On arrival at Wait A Little a light lunch or afternoon tea and coffee awaits you. The Wait A Little team, including Philip and Gerti, are there to welcome you. Gerti or Philip, your guides, will introduce you to the safety procedures before going on
your first riding safari. This orientation ride takes you through the area surrounding the camp as you
unwind from your journey and forget yourself in the peace of the African bush. This is your chance to become accustomed to our horses and riding style. We might even see the first giraffe or zebra. Sundowners, looking out towards the Drakensberg Mountains, are a perfect prelude to the generous 3 course dinner, accompanied by hand-picked South African wines, which awaits you in our dining
area, furnished with antique African art. The first night, with all its fantastic sounds and noises, is probably the most exciting one. Accommodation for these first three nights is in old style safari tents
with ensuite bathrooms, mounted on platforms above the Makhutswe River at the Wait A Little main camp.
 
Day 2
We wake you with tea or coffee in the morning. After a light, continental breakfast we are ready to mount our horses and go on safari. The weather will create our day. But usually we ride for 3-4 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon. After we return from our morning ride a big lunch awaits us with homemade quiches, pizzas or pancakes, freshly baked bread and lots of green salads, meats and cheeses. After lunch the hardest time of the day has arrived, siesta. You can spend your well deserved rest in your room, or at the swimming pool or may be you would like to improve your knowledge about Africa by reading one of the books provided in our library.
Afternoon tea and coffee strengthen us for our next adventure. Our afternoon ride ends at a beautiful sundowner spot where drink in hand we enjoy an often colorful sunset!
 
Day 3
Another exciting day awaits you. The morning is similar to the one on day 2, but today we will go on an exciting drive to our buffalo project in the afternoon. Gerti will take you to the furthest northern corner of the reserve, all along the Makuthswe River to hopefully find the beautiful beast. Here we enjoy our sundowner followed by a night drive back home to Wait A Little. Over lunchtime you are welcome to have a relaxing massage by our therapist. There is a well prepared massage sala where everything is there for your comfort. Today is also the chance to acquire some of our merchandise material. From fleeces, fleecy jackets and sweatshirts to shirts, T-shirts, golf tops, hats, beanies
to beads there is a beautiful and fashionable selection of safari outfits available.
 
Day 4 
In the afternoon we pack our bags, leaving for another camp, staying away for all in all three nights. The luggage will be brought by vehicle, whilst you set off on horseback. Riding south, passing with baited breath between the twin rock formations of Lion and Leopard Hill. The gently undulating roads in this area lend themselves to long easy canters. Giraffe, Zebras or wildebeest may pick up the
pace and run by your side, elegantly maneuvering through the veldt. Beacon Rock, our fly camp, is situated at a giant rock formation from where you can overlook the whole Lowveld escarpment. A quick scramble up to the top rewards you with a spectacular panorama over the whole reserve and the perfect vantage point to witness a blood red sun fall behind the looming Drakensberg Escarpment. Under the stars, around a campfire, surrounded by our horses, we spend the night. Listening to the call of the hyenas or jackals, which might visit us in the night. Steaks or chops, cooked over the open fire, with snakebites, baked potatoes and salads are the perfect fayre to help us into a deep sleep tonight.
 
Day 5
Waking to the rich colors of the sunrise we revive the fire for coffee and breakfast before embarking on our longest ride. Entering the Makalali Game Reserve, dominated by huge open planes, where you might find yourself cantering next to giraffes, zebras or wildebeest. Spectacular views, over big distances show you the way to Phiva our camp for the night. This camp is truly spectacular. Built and designed by Silvio Rech, one of Africa’s most famous architects, this camp seems to have grown out of the African Bush. Silvio’s inspiration came from the colors of Africa; red like the soil, white like the
bones, brown like the branches, orange and grey like the rocks. Clay, reed, wood, skulls and lots of other natural resources provided the materials to build this unique camp. As with all the Makalali camps, accommodation is in private chalets, each equipped with en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private salas for your relaxation. The afternoon siesta is followed by a game drive. An open top Landrover will follow the directions of your native tracker as he reads the signs left by the big cats during the day. After a long, slow Gin, watching the sunset, the drive continues into the night, where, with luck, some of the nocturnal wildlife will show its face. Bushbabies, owls, maybe even a leopard, may complete your day’s excitement. Dinners are served either at the edge of a big dam, in the dining area or outside under the stars in a torch lit booma. Makalali’s chefs are famous for their cuisine with a mixture of European and East African flavors.
 
Day 6
Today we go exploring, cutting through the veldt at a canter, twisting and turning around the trees “what Philip calls bushwhacking” and your surefooted horse carries you nimbly through the undergrowth, changing direction as you guide his course, having just as much fun as you. Here and there a tree, felled by an elephant, provides an irresistible jump. Or perhaps the eland, or kudu, seeing us pass, fall in front of us to show us the best path. At the top of the hill you pause
for thought, as mile after mile of unspoiled Africa stretches away before you. Served on banana leaves, have fresh salads, meats and cheeses for lunch on Makalali’s veranda, whilst you watch nyala, waterbuck, kudu or other little animals roaming the river systems. Refreshed after a well deserved siesta, we ride to a nearby dam, where Hippos live during the heat of the day. Let them entertain you, playing in the water, rolling and laughing. With luck, a crocodile will be relaxing on a sandbank, enjoying the warm evening sun.
 
Day 7
A long ride lies ahead of us, leaving the Makalali camp Phiva behind us, riding back to Wait A Little. What will we see on our way? This is always open to the wildlife, tracks of elephant, lion, rhino, and giraffe determine Philips path. Home at Wait A Little the team eagerly awaits your exciting tales whilst we enjoy another one of Ana’s fantastic lunches. The last sundowner on Wait A Little's open plain will be sad, but beautiful, impressive and absolutely unique. The African fever might have caught you as well and the good bye can be hard. For your farewell dinner Gerti chooses
something special - perhaps game fillets like kudu or eland served on pasta with sherry sauce.
 
Day 8
An early wake up will get us on the horses quickly, so we can enjoy a short, sporty ride before the transfer service brings you to the Airport.

The cost per person for the BIG FIVE SAFARI can be found below, the rate includes: Accommodation, all meals, all drinks, all rides, game drives, guiding, laundry service at base camp, VAT. Rate excludes: Telephone calls, transfer to/from Wait a little, staff gratuities, massages, gate fee and drinks at Makalali.

GARONGA SAFARI This exclusive 10 day, 9 night safari operates about 4 times a year. On this safari you stay in three different luxurious camps with the highlight being the fabulous Garonga Safari camp. Again starting at Wait A Little main camp staying for three nights riding to Makalali on day four. Two nights at Makalali followed by three nights at the wonderful Garonga Safari Camp. A long ride back will give you one last night at Wait A Little. The cost per person is £3690. All of the lodges where you stay have a dining area, lounges, swimming pool, sun decks, en suite bathrooms, outside showers, king size beds, private decks, private fireplaces, three meals of excellent cuisine, aromatherapy, bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners, picnics, special diets, special wines.

The rate includes: Accommodation in top class game lodges and tented accommodation at Wait A Little main camp, laundry service at base camp, all meals, drinks at Wait A Little and Garonga, all rides, game drives, guiding, chaps and helmets provided, VAT.
The rate exclude: Transfer to/from Wait a little, staff gratuities, gate fee and drinks at Makalali, telephone calls, aromatherapy and laundry service.

FIT FOR SAFARI runs between June and September and is for those whose riding is not quite up to full safari level. During this programme it is possible to dedicate a week to improving your riding, learning how much training goes into ‘making’ a safari horse and experiencing some exciting safari riding. You will have flatwork lessons, pole work lessons and cross country lessons plus of course exciting safari rides out in the bush. the cost for this holiday is £2240 per person.

HOW TO ARRIVE for all of these options you would need to fly to Jo’burg then either fly to Hoedspruit with South African airways on a short internal flight www.flysaa.com or get a transfer direct from Jo’burg. The collection from Hoedspruit costs £40 per person based on a minimum of 2 in the car or from Jo’berg the cost is £210 per person again based on a minimum of 2 in the car.

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PRICES

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DISCOUNT

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How To Book

  • Set departure dates
  • 5-10 night stay
  • 30% deposit to book
  • Final balance 8 weeks out
  • Call to discuss dates
  • Pay deposit via WorldPay

Optional Extras

  • Transfers
  • Flights