Do you know the true essence of the word ‘safari’? It is “to go on a journey”.

Take a journey deep into the heart of the African wilderness, a truly adventurous safari from days gone by? Do you yearn for a place so wild and  so far away from modern civilisation, that you can disengage from your frantic life. Find a place where you can reconnect and reinvigorate your soul.

Firstly we would like to welcome you to our website. We are just really a couple of bush folks loving the safari life and of course our horses. So we apologise if we don’t have the fanciest or the most frequently updated site it means we are out on safari doing what we love. Please like our Facebook site for the most up to date info: facebook/vardensafaris



The most exciting news we have to announce is that Mavuradonha Wilderness is now fully protected as a National Monument Site by Monuments and Museums view affording Mavuradonha the same status at Matopos National Park or Victoria Falls. This has been a long road and many people are involved. It was however our dream some 5 years ago to afford Mavuradonha the long term protection it so deserves. It is our intention to now gain UNSESCO WORLD HERITATE PROTECTION under the new Cultural and Landscapes listing.

In terms of our Horse Riding Safaris we are EXPANDING our operations so as well as offering safaris throughout the year in Mavuradonha we shall also be offering rides at Cawston Wildlife Estate and Matopo National Park.


After 15 years in our beloved Mavuradonha Mountains
and having achieved our aim of gaining protection for the Wilderness with National Monuments and Museums of Zimbabwe we felt the time was right to move to a more central tourism area.

We are now based at Umguza outside of Bulawayo in Matabeleland closer to the main hub of Victoria Falls, the famous Hwange National Park – as well as our 2 current riding areas Cawston Wildlife Estate and Matobo National Park.

We are thrilled to be have access to these incredible riding areas which both lend themselves to top wildlife and riding experiences whilst being safe rides i.e. no dangerous game. Cawston is particularly suited to families with lots of other activities on offer such as game drives – walking – swimming pool – archery and more.

Both Cawston and Matobo are suited to intermediate to experienced riders.


A horse riding safari holiday in Africa has to be one of the best ways to experience the African bush.

In Southern Africa – Zimbabwe there is a wilderness wildlife area that is little known to most locals and visitors. A rugged blending of grey granite with the red serpentine soils of Zimbabwe’s Great Dyke Complex. Balanced on the escarpment of the famous Zambezi Valley. 180 km north of Harare you will find a pristine wilderness of more than 600 sq km. where deep river valleys bisect towering rock faces and grass covered mountains.

On a fine steed, you can ride for days exploring Miombo and Mushanje woodlands with orchids, water berry, palms and wild fruit support generous pickings for elephant, buffalo, eland, sable, kudu, zebra and many other species. Endemic botanical delights can be found amongst aloes, euphorias and proteas.

Did you take your temperature? Yes! I have a fever. I take antibiotic Doxycycline and he help me.

How often do I take this Prednisone? Do you think it is serious?

From the isolated camp we explore on horseback and foot. No noisy engines or generators disturb the tranquillity. Our rustic lodge of comfort and good food lies in a fairy-tale valley. Experienced and sure-footed horses give you a peaceful yet exciting view of the bush from a different perspective. Licensed guides and keen staff help to create a visit of many facets. A cosy mountain experience with no electricity, phones or email to disturb the soul. Come for a few nights to relax at Kopje Tops or head out for an 7-night Explorer Safari, there are a wide range of options to suit any rider. Just ask!

Our Safaris

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