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Big Five Horse Safari with Eddy de Wolff van Westerrode

| South Africa | Big Five Centre based Horse Safari | Press | Mail |Book | Price € 3.551|Eng.Pound 3.185
• Fly to : Johannesburg & on to Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa
• When: 1-8 February 2020 
• Duration: 5 nights/6 days/4-6 hrs per day in the saddle
• Level: Only advanced riders due to Big Five Wild Life
Maximum weight: 95 kg
Saddles: Bates and Stübben
• Group size: max. 7 riders
• Horses: S.A. Boerperd, mix Arab, thoroughbred, dressage trained
• Accommodation: luxury safari style tents on poles and rondavels
Experience a Big Five Horse Riding Safari in South Africa with FEI 5* judge & trainer Eddy de Wolff van Westerrode
Please feel free to e-mail me in English: patricia@paardenpas.nl


Have you always wanted to go on a professionally guided horse riding safari and see the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard & rhino) but perhaps hesitated? You will be in good hands with Gerti & Philip Kusseler and their team. They have been doing these Big Five Horse Safaris for over 20 years week in week out and know their private reserve by heart. You may spot hippo's enjoying the lake, crocodiles peeking up, giraffes majestically knibbling leaves, zebra looking up, impala skirting away, kudu standing still, porcupines leaving their pines as if mikado. They know their wild animals and their response to the horses. You will be briefed before you ride and professionally guided so that you will enjoy your close but safe encounters. One guide up front, one at the back, armed. The horses have been schooled in dressage and respond really well. A safari on horseback is imcomparable to in a jeep as you will be part of nature instead of merely a bystander. The scent of the horse will be stronger than your own and wild life will allow you closer. After exciting days in this beautiful bush you will be able to retreat in luxury stylish safari tents on poles overlooking the river or in cute rondavels in the garden. There is a swimming pool to dive in after your ride, a bar for the thirsty and an open fire on the terrace at the riverbank where stories of the day are told while darkness sets in.
From 1-8 February 2020 you could experience this all. This horse safari is accompanied by no one less than Eddy de Wolff van Westerrode, internationaal horse trainer and FEI 5* Grand Prix judge for European, World Championships and Olympic Games. Eddy has done drag hunts in England, completed the Westfälische Reit- und Fahrschule in Münster Germanu, got his Bereiter-exam at Warendorf,Duitsland, worked for the Royal Stables in The Hague The Netherlands and trained young Hannover horses at the Adelheidsdorf in Germany. In addition he is co-author of the book "De Dressuurproef Van Groen tot Grand Prix" with Claartje van Andel. Nowadays Eddy works as a freelance instructeur if he is not abroad which he is most of the time (from Moscow to Iran, USA to Israel and even recently in Hartpury UK. At home in the Netherlands Eddy usually teaches or rides himself. It is his dream too to once in a lifetime experience a big five horse riding holiday and where better than at Wait-A-Little. Of course, during this week you may ask Eddy all you ever wanted to know about dressage. You will find he is good company and a wonderful story teller.
Price Big Five Safari (7 nights/8 days) € 3.551.  Limited number of places available (only 6 places plus 2 non-riders on a basis of shared rooms). Advanced riders only. Maximum weight 95 kg.  In the end we only regret the things we didn't do .. will you be joining Eddy?

The Riding/the Horses
You will be accompanied by Philip Kusseler who will take you on a swift ride where the terrain allows. Days start early in the morning riding approx. three hours and after a long break again some time in the late afternoon. The days you venture out all day you will enjoy picnics in the bus. There will be some fast riding so you really need to be an advanced rider and comfortable in all gaits as you will be riding in an area with dangerous wild life. Sandy paths for canters and riverbeds for gallops. You will be in the saddle 6 to 7 hours. South Africa Boerperd, Arab, Thoroughbred or mixes will become your best friend. They vary in size and are accustomed to the bush with its wild life. You will have the best trail saddles by Bates Caprilli and dressage saddles by Stübben. Although the horses are dressage schooled they are used to being ridden with loose reigns. Bits generally are dubble broken, only some very forward horses may have a Portugese gag. There are sheepskins available. And last but not least you are in good hands with Philip and Gerti who have been doing this on their private reserve for over twenty years week in week out.

Safety
Your guide is a FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) qualified guide with the highest qualification and there is always a back-up rider. The guides always have radio contact with the camps and the back-up jeeps. The guides are armed and have first aid kits on them. You will be given a safety briefing on the first evening. There is a hospital at 45 minutes distance. It is not obligatory to wear a helmet but please note that insurance companies do oblige you to. Upon arrival you will be asked to sigh an Indemnity Form. Paardenpas will send this to you beforehand so you can read it before you arrive.

Insurance
It is obligatory to have insurance covering horse riding.
We will request the name of your health insurance company, policy number and emergency phone number and pass this information on to your hosts. In the event hospitalization or ambulance/helicopter transfer is required and proof of insurance requested, they will have your insurance information at hand.

The climate/the weather
Mild and sunny in winter and usually an average temperature of 32 degrees Celcius all year round. Can be hot in midsummer (January/February) with mild summer storms. Rain usually is short followed by the sun. At night temperatures can drop 5 degrees Celcius so bring a fleece.

Health
Vaccination against yellow fever is only obligatory if you have been in a country where there is yellow fevers seven days before entering South Africa. In South Africa (with exception of Bhisho, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, East-Londen, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria) there is chance of malaria. We always advise to contact your doctor or vaccination buro regarding health. This area in principle is low risk for malaria.

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Booking
If you are interested we can have a look at the availability and keep your place(es) in option.
Upon booking a deposit of 20% is required, the remaining amount may be paid 10 weeks before departure.
Prices are always made by our partners abroad.
Therefore you will never pay more than direct.
After booking we will send you an extensive confirmation by email and after that a personal travel itinerary stating all relevant information with regard to your horse riding holiday (flights, arrival, airporthotel, domestic flights, pick-up & transfers, your hosts, guide,s the horses, wild life, accommodation, culinary, what to bring, required travel documents, health and vaccinations and more. Please e-mail us or contact us by Paardenpas Facebook account. If you would already like to book: online booking.

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