“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
As this blog is new and I still have a few trips from this year to catch up with before my December trips begin, I’ll combine some multiple trips into one. The last few months I have been to Johannesburg about 3 times but the most truly memorable trip was getting the chance to do the horseback safari. The flight to Jo’burg is around 11 hours with a rest time of 36 hours so a chance to explore. On my second trip there, we arrived about 11am in the morning so to be able to do the safari, that meant leaving at 1pm. We made our way to Harties Horseback Safari which was situated in LaWiida Lodge, Hennopsriver Valley and it took around 45 mins via taxi from Johannesburg. The hotel had booked the transport for us and the driver waited whilst we did the safari.
My horse for the safari was called Zahara and she was very friendly. I’d been called off an airport standby the night before so like I’ve said before, you never know what to pack or where you will end up in the world so shoe wise, I wasn’t well equipped but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from seeing these amazing animals in the wild.
The first animal we came across was the giraffe. I couldn’t believe I was seeing one of these beautiful creatures right in front of me and I was in awe as we just stayed there to watch. Moving on with the trek, we saw more animals on the way including Zebra, Blue wildebeest, Kudu, Nyala, Impala, Sable. The Zebra is what I was super excited to see but I really didn’t expect to get as up close and personal with one called Frank like I did.
Although I’ve been to Cape Town and Nigeria, here with the animals and literally hugging a Zebra, I finally felt like I’d experienced some of the real Africa.
The trail I did was the Mid-Day Breakaway and should have lasted an hour but we did go over and had extra time, the guide also kindly provided bottles of water half way through. It cost about 295R for Adults (£15.50) and 250R for children(£13.00) but definitely a great trip if you only have a short space of time yet want to see some of the amazing wildlife.