Top 10 Horseback Riding Vacations in Africa and the Middle East
Feel like an Arabian Prince as you cross the deserts, dunes, and arid mountain ranges of the Middle East and North Africa. Nomadic horse cultures dot many of the regions most desolate areas and with a good operator you can join them. Elsewhere on the continent you can opt for a horse rather than a SUV for one of the most natural safari experiences possible.
- Atlas Mountains, Morocco
After getting lost in Marrakech’s pink walled Medina you’ll follow the ancient trails into the snow covered Atlas Mountains. You’ll camp with Berber Villagers and while covering vast amounts of terrain.
- Masai Mara, Kenya
Hundreds of thousands of Wildebeests and tens of thousands of zebras migrate in this reserve each year. Rather than watching from an SUV, run alongside the Masai culture as local guides take you to tribal villages lost amidst the savannah.
- Sahara Desert, Tunisia
Check out the Tatooine like brick cities, Berber campsites, and the occasional palm fringed oasis without ever being too far from a five star Mediterranean resort.
- Bushmanland Trail, Namibia
Explore the Namib and Kalahari deserts as well as the backcountry terrain and Acacia forests of the Bushmen, who will let you trot along as they track elephants and other big game.
- Petra, Jordan
Bedouin, Pure, and Anglo Arabian horses are your guides as you traverse the stony red plains and breathtaking gorges and deserts following in the steps of Lawrence of Arabia to this legendary Nabateaen city.
- iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa
A trek through this UNESCO World Heritage Site on South Africa’s east coast reveals forested dunes, swampland, the world’s largest Black Rhino population, and a wide variety of Big Game.
- Okavango Delta, Botswana
Riding through this huge river delta amidst a vast desert is one of the most exciting wildlife watching adventures in Africa. Giraffe, elephants, herds of buffalo, and the occasional leopard and lion will all make an appearance if you’re lucky.
- Nile Valley, Egypt
Escape the crowded masses in Cairo and the tour buses around the pyramids by riding across Egypt’s serene countryside. You’ll come upon ancient pyramids and feel more like an explorer than a tourist while meeting the friendly, easy going faces of the sleepy villages.
- Salt Road, Israel
Follow this path on a pure bread Arabian used since biblical times in the land of milk and honey. You’ll find Israel’s largest western riding school here, along with the Sea of Galilee. One of the most unique ways to experience the Holy Land.
- Red Sea, Egypt
If your idea of a dream equestrian vacation involves beaches and posh resorts look no further. When you are not riding a pure bread Arabian along the white sandy shores, take a dip in the water to experience one of the worlds top snorkeling and diving spots.