What better way is there to discover and explore our beautiful planet than atop its oldest form of transportation? None whatsoever! And there are scores of top equine-themed destinations to enable you to achieve this. Check out our top five below:
1. Okavango Delta in Botswana
It’s no coincidence that the world’s largest inland delta tops our list! See your favorite wildlife (giraffes, elephants, leopards, hippos, and more) on a horseback safari across the lagoons. Don’t fear crocodiles; they fear the horses’ splash through the canals so you shouldn't have a problem. Spend your nights on a private game reserve at Macatoo Camp or at the cool safari town of Maun. Tour agencies also offer sundowners, candle-lit dinners, unique tree house and luxury tent accommodations at rates starting at $724 per night.
2. Loire Valley in France
Have a taste of the finest legacies of the magnificent flowering culture of Ancient France? Bring the history to life by spending your nights in the great castles of Cheverny, Chenonceau and Chaumont. Enjoy horse-riding into the courtyards, over the drawbridges just like knights of old, and certainly, there is no better experience than a long, wild and beautiful gallop along the tree-lined banks of the River Cher.
3. The Masai Mara in Kenya
Ever gone for a ride through Kenya’s Masai Mara? No? Then you’ve been missing a lot of adventure and excitement. Enjoy a flat-out gallop on an excellent polo pony alongside wildebeests and zebras, past giraffes, elephants and lions. It’s an experience you can’t get from inside a Land Rover; only on horseback! What’s more, you’ll interact with the proud and globally-acclaimed Maasai, and thereafter top it all up in a Hemingway-style camping for extra adventure.
4. Rajasthan in India
The palace-to-palace equine ride in India’s Rajasthan on some of the finest Marwari endurance horses in the world is considered by many tourists and adventurers to be quite an exotic tour of the Indian interior. The scenery in the palaces themselves is incomparable to any other. The impressive architectural gems are heavenly. And to cap it all up, the food, accommodation and other services are exquisite.
5. Cappadocia in Turkey
Out of all the adventurous rides we’ve discussed here, the one through Turkey’s Cappadocia beats all hands down for richest in ancient history. Nowhere else in the world will you find a finer mix of ancient Greek, Roman, Levant, early Christian and Ottoman Muslim on horseback that in Cappadocia. Hop over breathtaking terrain and through fascinating villages. And don’t forget to stop and experience one of the world's most magnificent cities, Istanbul!
Other great places you should check out include: Kyrgyzstan’s Tian-Shan Mountains, Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, the Hovsgol Province in Mongolia, Australia’s South Queensland, Golden Circle in Iceland, Jordan’s Wadi Rum, the Andes in Peru, Spain’s Doñana National Park, Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes, Tuscany in Italy and Hawaii’s Haleakala National Park in Maui.
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