Take a Horse Safari Game Ride and get really close to giraffe, zebra, buck, and even rhino - a great experience.
Horse Safari Game Ride
Fish River Horse Safaris - Port Alfred
The guides are very helpful and they pick out a suitable horse for you based upon your height and weight and competency. All the horses look extremely well looked after and are very good natured. We had chosen to do a Game Ride which lasts approximately 2.5 hours however you can choose to do a mixture of a Beach and Game Ride (its next on my list when I go back). The additional beach ride aspect takes you down through the dunes and onto a secluded beach where you can ride through the glorious sea.
We set off on our Game Ride trip and at the start itís all about getting to know your horse and making sure you feel comfortable. The guides, although young, are very helpful and experienced. We head off through the reserve, up and down a few hills before reaching open grassland where we let the horses exercise a bit and soon we are galloping along. Now I am no expert so galloping takes a bit of mastering but if you donít mind the bouncing up and down and are game for a laugh you will really enjoy yourself. We are soon riding through thick valley bushveld and open plains and spotting buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buck, impala and duiker. The guides help us to spot various animals and ensure we do not disturb them.
I had two highlights on my ride. The first was being able to get really close to a group of giraffe who really didnít mind us. Some great photos were taken by our group. It's so nice to be able to experience the complete tranquillity as opposed to groups of jeeps or minibuses dashing about. This is a whole new experience. My second highlight was spotting the rhino. Of course we had to be very careful as they have a very acute sense of smell and we maintained a good distance but it was amazing to sit on the horse and watch three rhino in the field ahead. I canít pretend that my bottom wasn't a little tender the following day but it was well worth it and I will be going back to try the beach and game ride next time.