Close Encounter on Horseback -- Tired of watching animals while confined to a Jeep listening to the ramblings of your fellow safari enthusiasts? Saddle up and head out for a totally intoxicating wildlife adventure -- you can get remarkably close to game on horseback. Besides Ant's Hill & Nest, there is Horizon Horseback Adventures & Safaris (tel. 014/755-4003; www.ridinginafrica.com; R1,599-R1,968 per person per day; due to popular demand, three rooms have no single supplement), which offers various riding experiences. Besides venturing across the outback in search of three of the Big 5, you can saddle up for a game of polocrosse (a fusion of polo and lacrosse) or muster cattle at the Triple B Ranch. Guests are hosted in a lodge on the edge of a cliff overlooking a beautiful lake with the plains beyond. But for the best equestrian experience ever, with Big 5 sightings, book 4 days in Botswana's Delta with Okavango Horse Safari (www.okavangohorse.com).
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