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Victoria Falls by Zambezi Safari

...launching point for exceptional safaris into Southern Africa

Horse Trails

  • One day horse trail above Batoka Gorge, Zimbabwe
  • Cooling off ZHT horses above Victoria Falls
  • Sharing a private joke
  • Buffalo encounter on horseback, Zimbabwe
  • Zambezi Horse Trails, heading home!
  • Alison, Lara and Josiah on horseback

Fast Facts


  • Novice rides
  • Experienced rider trails
  • Horse safaris available

Horse Trails

Explore hidden game paths, ride onto secret islands, follow game trails on horseback in the wilderness areas around Victoria Falls

Whether you opt for a half-day novice ride or a multi-day horseback safari, crossing the wilderness to the Victoria Falls on horseback is a journey of a lifetime!

Your guide will lead you on trails that offer some of the most spectacular views of the Victoria Falls while spotting wildlife along the way. There's a chance to see small game such as bushbuck or duiker, hippos and crocodiles along the river. During the dry season between July and November there's a better opportunity of spotting elephant and buffalo.  Birdlife is good at any time of year but definitely best between mid-September and April. 

Short horse rides for novices last up to 3 hours and take place in an area where game viewing opportunities are plentiful.The horses used on a novice ride are more complacent and guests will have to control their own horses as walking isn't an option. Short novice rides cost $80 (*Parks fees excluded).

Short trails for experienced riders are also available. They last around 4 hours and will take you far into splendid teak forests, Mopani woodland and sub-riverine bush to explore the dramatic scenery above the Batoka Gorge. Short trails cost $100  (*Parks fees excluded).

We have one-day trails for experienced riders who have had considerable riding experience. You'll be be riding good quality horses, slightly challenging perhaps, but well-schooled and certainly not suitable for novice riders.  Day trails cost $135 (*Parks fees excluded).

If you're a fit and experienced rider then explore our multi-day horse safari options.  In addition to the wilderness areas around Victoria Falls you'll find excellent horseback safaris in Zimbabwe's Hwange and Botswana's Okavango regions. 

Get in touch with us

UK+44 (0) 1548 830059
+44 (0) 1548 830059
USA+1 (347) 708 1794
+1 (347) 708 1794
Canada+1 (647) 694 1402
Australia+61 (2) 8417 2176
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  • Enquire
  • Enquiries and bookings

    Contact the Zambezi team

    Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

  • All the facts
  • Zambezi Horse Trails have been operating under the guidance of Alison Baker in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe since 1989.  The company is a small privately owned operation, which prides itself on providing top quality horses for all types of riders.

    Short trails for novice riders 

    The trails last up to 3 hours. You will have to control you own horses as we do not provide leading reins. It's important to realise that you don't just walk on a novice ride. There will be opportunities to trot and even canter. Please notify the guide should you only wish to walk. The horses used on a novice ride are more complacent, though still of good quality, and shorter distances are covered. 

    At the beginning of the ride, you'll be given instructions on how to handle the horses. The ride will be conducted according to your ability and inclination, with the pace at the discretion of the guide. A guide and a tracker accompany all rides. 

    • Total length of rides - approximately 3 hours including transfers, safety talk & drinks.
    • Maximum of 8 (larger groups by special arrangement)
    • Weight limit - maximum weight 95kgs. Heavier guests - on request.
    • Hard hats are provided.

    Booking children on novice rides

    • Please notify us when booking children, so appropriate ponies are saddled.
    • Children under the age of 7 years old must have had at least one year of riding lessons, and must be accompanied by an adult.
    • No child, no matter how small, is permitted to share a horse.
    • Please use discretion when booking children, as it's very possible that guests will see wild animals including buffalo.
    • All guests must sign an Indemnity Form before the safari commences. A parent or guardian needs to sign for their children under the age of 18. 

    Short trails for experienced riders

    This is a one-day trip designed for guests who've had considerable riding experience. You'll be riding good quality horses that might be slightly challenging. Please realise these are not ordinary trail horses and, although there are a limited number of quieter horses available, you'll be expected to control the horses without assistance. The minimum requirement is that you have ridden at least 20 to 30 times. If this is all the riding you have done, at least half of this should have been in the past two years. You should be able to control a horse at a canter - this means more than just hanging on.

    Brief notes on the short trails

    • Morning or Afternoon - approximately 4 hours including transfers, the safety-talk and drinks.
    • Maximum group size - 8 (larger groups by special arrangement)
    • Age limit - 13 years - younger children by arrangement.
    • Weight limit - maximum weight 95kgs. Larger guests - on request.
    • Guests will be asked about their medical condition - please do not book if you suffer from back problems, epilepsy, fits, heart conditions or if under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    Pick up times for short trails ... any Victoria Falls hotel or lodge

    • Early Morning: August to March 05h45 - 06h15; April to July 06h45 - 07h15
    • Mid Morning: August to March 09h30 - 10h00; April to July 10h00 - 10h30
    • Late Afternoon: August to March 15h00 - 15h30; April to July 14h30 - 15h00

    Full-day trail for experienced riders

    The ride takes place in the National Park and adjoining game areas. 

    • Total length of ride - approximately 8 hours.
    • Maximum group size is 6 (Larger groups by special arrangement)
    • Weight limit - 95kg.
    • Hard hats are provided on request
    • Age limit - 16 years old. Please note that NO children, no matter what their experience, may do a full-day ride.
    • You should be capable to canter, gallop and must be physically fit and a competent rider.
    • You will be asked about you medical condition - please do not book if you suffer from back problems, epilepsy, heart conditions or if under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    Pick up times for full day trails ... from any Victoria Falls hotel or lodge

    • Summer (August to March) 05h45 - 06h15
    • Winter (April to July) 06h45 - 07h15

    What to wear

    • Dull coloured clothing, no white or bright colours. Loose T-shirt or cotton shirt and long trousers/jeans/jodhpurs.
    • Takkies/trainers or riding boots - hiking boots will be too hot.
    • Chaps or half chaps if you prefer.
    • A shady hat or peaked cap if you're going to wear a helmet.
    • Sunblock and any personal medication.
    • Small automatic cameras only

    We supply

    • Hard hats for all rides, approved to Central African Standards. They are obligatory for children. 
    • A basic first aid kit is carried on all trips. 
    • Bottled water and fruit on all rides. 
    • Saddle bags. Please note that daypacks can become very uncomfortable and large cameras and video cameras are likely to break.
    • Peaked caps to wear underneath your helmet.
    • Money belts to carry cash and travellers cheques, a small automatic camera and any personal medication. We do not have lock up facilities for cash at the yard. 
    • Khaki shirts if you have forgotten not to wear white. Rain coats and ponchos during the rains. The above provisions are on loan and laundered after every trip. 

    Types of horses on the trails

    Anglo Arab, thoroughbred, Cleveland Bay, thoroughbred cross and bush ponies. All horses are very light mouthed, responsive, fit and in very good condition. There are different horses and ponies for novice, intermediate and experienced riders. Horses range from 12 to 17 hands high in size.


    Tack used

    Australian Stock Saddles/Polocrosse Saddles, McClellan Saddles and some English Saddles. Each horse has its own saddle although we can change the type of saddle used if clients wish. Mainly snaffle bridles.

  • Choices
  • Zambezi Horse Trails are offered for either novice or experienced horse riders in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

    Short trails for novice riders 

    These are trails are for novice riders, and last up to 3 hours. Horses used on these trails are good quality but more complacent animals. The trails are conducted along the Zambezi River in the Victoria Falls National Park and in game areas adjacent to the Zambezi National Park. The ride takes you into Mopani Woodland and sub-riverine bush, areas where you'll see a wide variety of birds and wildlife. As you ride through this area, you'll learn about wildlife feeding habits and the variety of plants and trees growing in the area. 


    Short trails for experienced riders

    These are trails designed for guests who've had considerable riding experience. They last around 4 hours in the early morning or late afternoon.  You'll be riding good quality horses, slightly challenging perhaps, but well-schooled and certainly not suitable for novice riders. 

    These rides are conducted along the Zambezi River in the Victoria Falls National Park and in game areas adjacent to the Zambezi National Park. On longer rides, guests may explore the dramatic and unique scenery above the Batoka Gorge.


    The full-day trail for experienced riders

    This is an 8-hour ride that takes place in the National Park and adjoining game areas. Both areas are extremely scenic running through teak forest, mopani woodland and riverine habitat and support a variety of game and birds.

    A day ride provides extended opportunities to learn about the vegetation, habits and habitats of animals in the area. A picnic lunch will be served on the banks of the Zambezi River, along with refreshments throughout the day.


    Multi-day horse safaris

    Multi-day horse safaris are also available for fit and experienced riders. These are available in Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls area and Botswana's Makgadikgadi Pans. 


     

    Porpoise gets a washdown
    wash down.jpg
  • Map
Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

Zambezi Horse Trails have been operating under the guidance of Alison Baker in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe since 1989.  The company is a small privately owned operation, which prides itself on providing top quality horses for all types of riders.

Short trails for novice riders 

The trails last up to 3 hours. You will have to control you own horses as we do not provide leading reins. It's important to realise that you don't just walk on a novice ride. There will be opportunities to trot and even canter. Please notify the guide should you only wish to walk. The horses used on a novice ride are more complacent, though still of good quality, and shorter distances are covered. 

At the beginning of the ride, you'll be given instructions on how to handle the horses. The ride will be conducted according to your ability and inclination, with the pace at the discretion of the guide. A guide and a tracker accompany all rides. 

  • Total length of rides - approximately 3 hours including transfers, safety talk & drinks.
  • Maximum of 8 (larger groups by special arrangement)
  • Weight limit - maximum weight 95kgs. Heavier guests - on request.
  • Hard hats are provided.

Booking children on novice rides

  • Please notify us when booking children, so appropriate ponies are saddled.
  • Children under the age of 7 years old must have had at least one year of riding lessons, and must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No child, no matter how small, is permitted to share a horse.
  • Please use discretion when booking children, as it's very possible that guests will see wild animals including buffalo.
  • All guests must sign an Indemnity Form before the safari commences. A parent or guardian needs to sign for their children under the age of 18. 

Short trails for experienced riders

This is a one-day trip designed for guests who've had considerable riding experience. You'll be riding good quality horses that might be slightly challenging. Please realise these are not ordinary trail horses and, although there are a limited number of quieter horses available, you'll be expected to control the horses without assistance. The minimum requirement is that you have ridden at least 20 to 30 times. If this is all the riding you have done, at least half of this should have been in the past two years. You should be able to control a horse at a canter - this means more than just hanging on.

Brief notes on the short trails

  • Morning or Afternoon - approximately 4 hours including transfers, the safety-talk and drinks.
  • Maximum group size - 8 (larger groups by special arrangement)
  • Age limit - 13 years - younger children by arrangement.
  • Weight limit - maximum weight 95kgs. Larger guests - on request.
  • Guests will be asked about their medical condition - please do not book if you suffer from back problems, epilepsy, fits, heart conditions or if under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Pick up times for short trails ... any Victoria Falls hotel or lodge

  • Early Morning: August to March 05h45 - 06h15; April to July 06h45 - 07h15
  • Mid Morning: August to March 09h30 - 10h00; April to July 10h00 - 10h30
  • Late Afternoon: August to March 15h00 - 15h30; April to July 14h30 - 15h00

Full-day trail for experienced riders

The ride takes place in the National Park and adjoining game areas. 

  • Total length of ride - approximately 8 hours.
  • Maximum group size is 6 (Larger groups by special arrangement)
  • Weight limit - 95kg.
  • Hard hats are provided on request
  • Age limit - 16 years old. Please note that NO children, no matter what their experience, may do a full-day ride.
  • You should be capable to canter, gallop and must be physically fit and a competent rider.
  • You will be asked about you medical condition - please do not book if you suffer from back problems, epilepsy, heart conditions or if under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Pick up times for full day trails ... from any Victoria Falls hotel or lodge

  • Summer (August to March) 05h45 - 06h15
  • Winter (April to July) 06h45 - 07h15

What to wear

  • Dull coloured clothing, no white or bright colours. Loose T-shirt or cotton shirt and long trousers/jeans/jodhpurs.
  • Takkies/trainers or riding boots - hiking boots will be too hot.
  • Chaps or half chaps if you prefer.
  • A shady hat or peaked cap if you're going to wear a helmet.
  • Sunblock and any personal medication.
  • Small automatic cameras only

We supply

  • Hard hats for all rides, approved to Central African Standards. They are obligatory for children. 
  • A basic first aid kit is carried on all trips. 
  • Bottled water and fruit on all rides. 
  • Saddle bags. Please note that daypacks can become very uncomfortable and large cameras and video cameras are likely to break.
  • Peaked caps to wear underneath your helmet.
  • Money belts to carry cash and travellers cheques, a small automatic camera and any personal medication. We do not have lock up facilities for cash at the yard. 
  • Khaki shirts if you have forgotten not to wear white. Rain coats and ponchos during the rains. The above provisions are on loan and laundered after every trip. 

Types of horses on the trails

Anglo Arab, thoroughbred, Cleveland Bay, thoroughbred cross and bush ponies. All horses are very light mouthed, responsive, fit and in very good condition. There are different horses and ponies for novice, intermediate and experienced riders. Horses range from 12 to 17 hands high in size.


Tack used

Australian Stock Saddles/Polocrosse Saddles, McClellan Saddles and some English Saddles. Each horse has its own saddle although we can change the type of saddle used if clients wish. Mainly snaffle bridles.

Zambezi Horse Trails are offered for either novice or experienced horse riders in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Short trails for novice riders 

These are trails are for novice riders, and last up to 3 hours. Horses used on these trails are good quality but more complacent animals. The trails are conducted along the Zambezi River in the Victoria Falls National Park and in game areas adjacent to the Zambezi National Park. The ride takes you into Mopani Woodland and sub-riverine bush, areas where you'll see a wide variety of birds and wildlife. As you ride through this area, you'll learn about wildlife feeding habits and the variety of plants and trees growing in the area. 


Short trails for experienced riders

These are trails designed for guests who've had considerable riding experience. They last around 4 hours in the early morning or late afternoon.  You'll be riding good quality horses, slightly challenging perhaps, but well-schooled and certainly not suitable for novice riders. 

These rides are conducted along the Zambezi River in the Victoria Falls National Park and in game areas adjacent to the Zambezi National Park. On longer rides, guests may explore the dramatic and unique scenery above the Batoka Gorge.


The full-day trail for experienced riders

This is an 8-hour ride that takes place in the National Park and adjoining game areas. Both areas are extremely scenic running through teak forest, mopani woodland and riverine habitat and support a variety of game and birds.

A day ride provides extended opportunities to learn about the vegetation, habits and habitats of animals in the area. A picnic lunch will be served on the banks of the Zambezi River, along with refreshments throughout the day.


Multi-day horse safaris

Multi-day horse safaris are also available for fit and experienced riders. These are available in Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls area and Botswana's Makgadikgadi Pans. 


 

Porpoise gets a washdown
wash down.jpg

...ideas that work with the horseback trails

...people you might meet...

Alison Baker

Alison Baker

Bulawayo-born, Alison can't remember when she did not ride. She spent her early years riding with wildlife in Matopos. Her first horse trail outfit started in Hwange in the 1980's. Alison's moved to Victoria Falls in 1989.

Josia

Josia

Josia is Alison's lead guide and tracker. They've worked together since the early days on horseback in Hwange. A kind and patient man with deep local knowledge. Happiest after a few days in the bush!

Porpoise

Porpoise

Porpoise” isn't really a person of course. She's kept company by a fit and well conditioned group of Anglo Arab, thorough-bred, Cleveland Bay, thorough-bred cross and bush pony stable-mates at Zambezi Horse Trails