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Horse safari: Riding into the lions’ den

African safaris conjure up images of four-wheel drive cars trundling through games parks carrying tourists with binoculars clamped to their eyes.

But if you want to get a bit closer to some of nature’s most beautiful beasts then heading out on four legs, not four wheels, might be your best bet.

Venturing into the continent’s game reserves on horseback may seem a little daunting but is one of the best ways to experience the environment, says Philip Kusseler, co-owner of Wait A Little horse safaris.

Kusseler has been leading outings into South Africa’s Karongwe and Greater Makalali Game Reserves near the famous Kruger National Park for more than a decade.

Of course, there are other modes of transport with anything from trains to camels ready to carry you through the bush. Most tourists still opt for a traditional four-wheel drive vehicles but the Kusselers wouldn’t swap their thoroughbred horsepower for anything else.

“They are just lovely,” says Philip Kusseler. “As long as you are able to stimulate them in the bush by having wonderful outrides you will have a horse that keeps on smiling.”

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Source: CNN (4265 Articles)
Written by Matthew Knight and Tom Bouchier Hayes