The Shining Stars of Equestrian Sport in Africa’s Eden

Can you imagine growing up where an afternoon entails saddling up for a quick hack in the surrounding African savannah? Now consider that your impromptu horse safari may come across giraffe, zebra or impala along the way. There is a reason that young equestrians from Africa’s Eden are making history!

This week, Zambia’s Children’s Equestrian Team brought home the gold cup, while Zimbabwe’s Junior Team brought home bronze. The African Confederation of Equestrian Sport organizes the Africa Games under the authority of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports with this being the inaugural event.

The Algeria Children’s & Junior Championships staged an exciting event in Algiers. Teams competing included:

  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Ethiopia
  • Algeria
  • Tunisia
  • Libya
  • Botswana – individual
  • Kenya – individual

Children’s championship games are for those between 12 and 14 years of age and saw them going through a minimum of twelve obstacles, including one double and one treble. At a maximum height of one meter, these kids clearly knew their stuff, especially while competing on borrowed horses.  This became ever more apparent as only three of the total seven teams survived the first round which assured Zambia a podium spot.

The Junior championship games are for those competing in the year of their fifteenth birthday to when they reach 18 years of age. Again, using borrowed Algerian horses, teenagers had to navigate a minimum of twelve obstacles, including one double and one treble with a maximum height of 1.10 meters.

Zara Nicolle, the team coach for the Zambian Equestrian Team, is determined to groom more young Zambian athletes to defend their title in two years. With congratulations pouring in from all over the world, including from Zambia’s president Hakainde Hichilema, we are confident that more great things are to come.

 

Horse Safari in Africa’s Eden

Africa’s Eden encompasses a massive expanse of Southern Africa, including over twenty national parks and offering superb game viewing opportunities. Horseback safaris are one of the many unique ways to feel closer to nature while enjoying a thrilling ride.

Ride Botswana

Galloping alongside a dazzle of zebra or quietly watching a herd of elephants from a distance is the penultimate dream for any proficient rider. If you have always yearned for feeling the freedom of an African horse safari, then it is hard to imagine anything more divine than an escape with Ride Botswana. Located in Maun, on the outskirts of the famous Okavango Delta, it is a world like no other. Few people have experienced a safari as remote and magical. Ride Botswana offer horse riding experiences for complete beginners to professional riders in:

Zambezi Horse Trails

Guests staying in the Victoria Falls area can spend an hour, a half-day or a full-day riding the winding trails along the banks of the Zambezi River. In addition, Zambezi Horse Trails offer horse safaris in either Zimbabwe or across the border in Livingstone, Zambia, for novice riders up to the very experienced.

Zambian Horseback Safaris

Located in the Simalaha Wildlife Conservancy of Western Zambia, a stay at Zambian Horseback Safaris allows riders the opportunity to experience a timeless place on horseback; to explore ancient lands, trees, the Zambezi River and enjoy a privileged encounter with the Lozi people of the Simalaha.

Chundukwa River Lodge

Chundukwa River Lodge is located on a horse ranch, set alongside the Zambezi River just 25kms from Livingstone Town. Chundukwa offers guests a farm-stay experience within a natural garden of beauty and diversity, unique accommodation, home-grown and healthy food – and the opportunity to relax, horse-ride or immerse in a few or all of the bucket-list experiences that Livingstone and Victoria Falls has to offer.