Parktrot

Colin's Parktrot

Parktrot

Colin's Parktrot 

OWN Horse & Rider Holiday Option Together with a FREE Parktrot

General Information

Parktrot

Enjoy a holiday together with your OWN horse! There are very few places in South Africa where one can go on holiday with your “best friend”  - your own horse. 

This activity is very exciting for riding schools within the Gauteng area. Riding school owners and managers can now offer a “weekend away” for those people who are stabling horses at their yard. 

The most significant fact is that the Horseback Africa game reserve is the “nearest faraway place” because it is situated within Gauteng. The furthest riding school would be a mere one and a half hour’s drive away from here! 

Colin's Parktrot

 
The accommodation options for the riders cover a wide range of choices from a very cheap dormitory setting, to the more luxurious African lodge.

When you come with your own horse, then you can enjoy the Parktrot - The first ever parkrun for horses and riders completely FREE.

Parktrot

Enhance the health and happiness of yourself AND your horse in the great outdoors! You will also have the opportunity to make friends with others who have similar interests.

The Parktrot always starts with a stirrup tot and the horn is blown. The track is 5 km long. Some riders may like to double up and enjoy a 10km event. The participants can walk, trot or even canter the track as long as you and your horse are fit and healthy.

Parktrot

If you are an individual horse owner, and do not belong to a riding school, you are still more than welcome to come on holiday with your own horse and still do the Parktrot for free. Our very accomplished guides will go with you on the Horseback Africa horses to assist your horse with the obstacles on the route, including the animals. The giraffe are always very curious when there are new horses on the game reserve!

Parktrot

If you are a carriage driver, you are also welcome to make use of the FREE Parktrot when you overnight at Horseback Africa. Carriages start behind the riders. Some people are competitive and they are welcome to improve their own “race” times, as long as it is safe for both themselves and other riders to do so. 

 
Horseback Africa offers 2 levels of overnight accommodation for the horses:

  • There are individual open-plan stables to rent at a very reasonable price – bring own bedding and food.
  • Alternatively, Horseback Africa also offers a cheaper alternative, namely the Paddock option. These paddocks have the old fashioned American-style wooden barriers. These paddocks provide a protected place close to the accommodation for the riders so that the horse owners themselves can keep an eye on their horse.  

Be part of the “horsy” community.

The Parktrot is free to all horse owners and carriage drivers. Carriage drivers are encouraged to allow community members to experience the event on their carriages as passengers. You are welcome to bring the family too, as long as they remain on the carriages during the trot. 

After the event, you can enjoy a coffee or even a lovely breakfast in the Wild Horse restaurant at very reasonable prices in the lovely gardens of the lodge. Because you are booked in to the accommodation, you will also have access to the pool and the hiking trails on the reserve! 

Volunteer Tasks and Responsibilities