Simalaha Horse Safaris offer a unique riding experience combining wildlife encounters and cultural interaction, together with knowledgeable guides and staff, comfortable bush accommodation, hot showers and good horses to boot. Owner Doug Evans says ‘Our horses are a mixture of Basuto ponies, quarter horses and Boerperds [from South Africa]. We use comfortable trail and Western and Australian stock saddles. Horses are well seasoned and schooled and for horsemen and women they will be a pleasure to ride.’
Back to Simalaha Community Conservancy
Located on the Zambezi Flats in the Simalaha Conservancy, close enough to Victoria Falls and Livingstone to make this the perfect travel experience. The camp itself overlooks the Simalaha Plains.
Access is currently via road transfer from Livingstone, a drive of approximatley 2.5 hours. About 1 hour of the drive is on road that is in bad condition but we hope to see the road worked on in the coming year and we also hope to see an airstrip put into the area allowing for a short charter flight from Livingstone and other areas.
The camp has 4 tented chalets built on raised decks offering incredible views of the Simalaha Plains. Room features includes:
Private deck where you can relax during the day, soaking in the incredible views
Bedroom has either one Double or two Single beds
En-Suite bathroom with basin, toilet and shower
Power in rooms is via solar lights with a charged port through the bedside lights for charging your phone
Raised Dining and Lounge Area with incredible views of the Plains
Downstairs Lounge area which is lovely spot to relax in during the afternoon
Evening Campfire under the stars
There are few roads in this untamed wilderness area, so all rides are backed up with pack mules and saddle bags. Riding groups consist of a maximum of eight and a minimum of four people. Between four and six hours will be spent in the saddle each day normally with a longer ride in the morning and a shorter ride late afternoon. During the heat of the day guests can relax in their bespoke tented camp on the high ground, overlooking the Simalaha plains. On full riding days a picnic lunch will be provided, and riders will enjoy a well-earned siesta in the cool shade of the trees before mounting up and riding back to camp for evening sundowners.
During your longer morning ride you may encounter some of the villagers walking through the area and you will also ride through some of the fishing villages on the Zambezi River. Visits to the neighbouring villages to get an insight into local life can be organised.
Riders need to be experienced and you will be asked to fill in a questionnaire prior to the trip.
No children under 12 unless by prior arrangement
No family accommodation and rooms are not big enough to accommodate an extra bed
1st June - 31st January
Simalaha Horse Safaris Zambia is the first tourism operator in the Simalaha Community Conservancy. Simalaha benefits from concession fees, as well as the training and employment of local members in the construction and running of the tented camp.
Apart from Simalaha Horse Safaris’ contribution to the area through tourism, Simalaha Horse Safaris and Chundukwa are looking to raise funds to support the working donkeys in the Simalaha. Long term we hope to set up a centre for animal husbandry.
The camp is run on solar polar. There are charging stations in the main area of the camp and USB charging ports built into the bedside lamps
WIFI is available in the main area of the camp
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