A horseback ride is a truly unique way to explore the world’s most breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. Whether you want to follow in the hoof-prints of the original explorers or ride through the wilderness on a modern trail, there are some truly epic horse riding adventures to experience around the world.
These long rides are more than just a trek, they’re a personal journey for the riders and a life-changing experience. Those who make these journeys must be adaptable and well prepared, physically as well as mentally, for the challenge ahead. The horses are the heart of these expeditions, and a great deal of the success lies in the relationship between the rider and the animal. For those who have a strong connection with a horse, the thrill of exploring the wilderness on horseback is one of the most satisfying experiences in life. The intrepid adventurers who embark on these horseback trips have a range of backgrounds, from those who grew up as children on farms and have been riding since they could walk, to those who have had only passing experiences on horses and had never rode for more than a few hours in their lives. But, regardless of their background, they all share a passion for horses and the desire to explore the world on horseback.
For the true “Out of Africa” feeling, few places can rival a horse safari in Tanzania or Kenya. Embark on a journey through the Mara plains, where the herds of wildebeest and zebra roam freely, or join the migration on an Okavango Delta horse safari and discover this remarkable wilderness by air, land and water. New Zealand is another country that is ideal for a long horseback ride, with its stunning natural scenery and world-class wine. The jagged peaks of the Andes Mountains contrast with the wild pampas in Torres del Paine National Park, while emerald rivers and glacial carved valleys glisten in Patagonia.
Equitrekking host Darley Newman must have a dream job as she travels to remote places around the globe on horseback with her team of horses. Her Emmy Award winning PBS show, Travels with Darley, sees her hiking in Guadeloupe and island hopping in Hong Kong, but it’s her horseback adventures that really take centre stage. For Darley, travelling on horseback is all about connecting with the natural world and the people who live in it. The bond she forms with her crew, guide and horses is unbreakable. Darley and her team are able to experience the world from a very different perspective and gain a deep appreciation of this beautiful planet that we live on. Experiencing the world on horseback also helps you reconnect with what is important in life and gives you an incredible sense of achievement. It is these feelings that make an expedition horseback ride so special and life changing.