When to go: The Castles of the Cathars tour runs from summer into early
autumn, while trips in the Spanish Pyrenees are available from March through
/ African Safari /
Leave the Land Rover behind and step into the wilds of Africa on a horseback
safari. Horses don’t come with metal barriers or noisy engines to keep the beasts
at bay, so some serious confidence is needed. Your payoff will be intimate interaction with some of the world’s most humbling landscapes and wildlife.
Kenya-based luxury outfitter Offbeat Safaris has been in business for over
25 years and runs an array of five- to 10-day tours in Masai Mara, Laikipia, and
Amboseli. Riders explore animal trails, fording hippo-filled rivers and traversing
untamed plains to get up close with lions, zebras, wildebeests, and other big game.
Most trek options involve sleeping in mobile tents that staff move from campsite
to campsite, but some have the option of traveling between lodges.
When to go: Offbeat Safaris offers horseback excursions year-round, excluding April, May and November. July to October is the time to ogle the wildebeest migration in the Mara, while January to March is hot, dry, and much less
crowded. The Laikipia Ride typically departs in October, while the Amboseli
Ride goes in June, but tailored options are available year-round.
try farms and high
often on horseback.
several multi-day treks, with most
overnights spent in small hotels or
lodges. “The Castles of the Cathars”
tours use agile Berber and Arab-
crosses to navigate trails from the
French Midi-Pyrenees to the Medi-
You’ll gallop in alpine fields and
sandy beaches, switchback steep
mountainsides, visit ancient castles,
and take in the wildlife. A guide
and cook accompany the group,
preparing meals and setting up the
Riders feed, groom, and tack their
own horses, so bonds are solid after
six days. COURT
An African safari