Ride Zimbabwe has been built on a love of horses, adventure and the great outdoors, all this combined with an outstanding selection of wildlife, including some the words larges elephant populations ensure adventures await at every moment of your stay. Operating in some of the country’s prime wildlife locations including Hwange National Park and Cawstron Wildlife Estate in Matabeleland.
As the sun sets, the nightly chorus comes alive
Hwange is one of the largest reserves in Zimbabwe but is still easily accessible from the major tourist hubs across Zimbabwe, home to 400 different species of bird and 107 types of mammals.
Ride across a region of the Hwange National Park that is underlain by deep Kalahari sands, the perfect terrain for barefoot horses, the landscape is predominantly flat with no mountains or Kopjes in sight.
This makes for some excellent riding conditions and unimpeded views of the vast amount of wildlife that call this area home. Throughout these pan fringe areas numerous mammals roam amongst the wonderful woodlands, in particular elephants and giraffe, and if that is not exciting enough, there may be opportunity to sail over a natural jump or two!
Horses & Guides
Owned and operated by James Varden, who is known and respected for being a professional Zimbabwean Safari Guide. Both he and his wife Janine, have strong backgrounds in conservation, understanding the important to support the local communities and creating projects to help preserve wildlife.
Each of their 23 horses has been handpicked for their job suitability by Janine and have been trained using natural horsemanship, they range from experienced safari horses to green backed youngsters.
Cawston Wildlife Estate is an intimate 32,000-acre family run ranch offering exclusive and personalised safari’s on their little slice of paradise in the stunning scenic landscapes of Matabeleland, 40km north of Bulawayo. Secluded under the cover of a lush riverine forest with views overlooking an active waterhole, sightings of bushbuck, warthog and kudu are a frequent accompaniment to morning coffee.
Large herds of plains game such as giraffe, zebra, impala, eland, wildebeest, tsessebe, sable and many more mammalian species also call Cawston home and can be observed roaming the land from the back of one of their experienced safari horses.
As the sun sets, the nightly chorus comes alive with the stirrings of the carnivores and nocturnal residents..... the stealthy prowl of the leopard, the playful leap of the serval and civet, the forlorn wail of the black-backed jackal, the busy shuffle of the porcupine and honey badger and the clandestine crawl of the shy brown hyena, one of the top three rarest carnivores in Africa.