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Year-round ranching from Ranch Rider

21st September 2011 Print
Sunset ride, South Africa, Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

The summer season might have ended, but whether you’re in search of an autumn cattle drive, an action packed half term break, winter sun, or a white Christmas, Ranch Rider’s portfolio of ranches will allow you to saddle up year-round.

Winter Sun In South Africa: With highs of 25-degrees Celsius, South Africa is the perfect place to soak up the rays. New for 2011, guests can now take a ride on the wild side, and head to the Pakamisa private game reserve in remote Kwazulu-Natal. These exclusive plains are filled with an extensive list of wildlife, including the leopard, zebra, impala and baboon. The Spanish style ranch’s mounts are also impressive, the Arab string of horses born and bred in their native Andalusia. 6-nights from £1,119pp (two sharing) and £560pp (10-12 years). At the Triple B you can choose to play polocrosse, cool off and swim the horses, or take five back at the ranch and catch up with the resident hippo pod. 6-nights from £990pp (no single supplement) and £780pp (children up to 16-years). Excludes transfers £130pp. Return flight (South Africa) from 759pp. All departures year-round.

Experience the drovers’ lifestyle this autumn: Take up the reins at Montana’s McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch and trail the cattle to their winter pastures. 6-nights £1,345pp (no single supplement), departing 09 October. Excludes transfers £55pp. Return flight from £759pp. Join the Island Ranch’s “Cowboy Clinic” in Oklahoma (save £130pp) and learn to round ‘em up on the autumn stock gathers. 7-nights only £905pp (no single supplement). Excludes gratuities as left to guests’ discretion. Departing 08 October. Return flight from £675pp.

Arizona Adventures: From September through December the weather in Arizona is perfect for families in search of an action packed holiday – highs ranging from around 18 to 37-degrees Celsius. At the Tanque Verde Resort Ranch those with kids in tow can saddle up, take a guided fishing trip or kick back by the outdoor pool. The La Sonora Spa also features an enticing array of desert themed therapies. 7-nights from £1,125pp (two sharing) and £779pp (4-17 years). The White Stallion offers a similar range of pursuits, and early bookers will be able to upgrade to the ranch’s premium accommodation (save up to £490pp). Offer valid on stays from 27 November to 17 December. Add on a visit to the Las Vegas National Rodeo Finals (01-10 December) and enjoy one of the West’s sell out events. 7-night White Stallion ranch stay from only £849pp (two sharing) and £660pp (2-11 years) + £365pp (two sharing) including flight to Las Vegas, 3-nights accommodation and one day ticket to the rodeo. Return flight (Arizona) from £625pp.

White Christmas: Weather permitting, at the adult only Triple Creek luxury resort ranch in Montana, riders can trail across a fresh blanket of snow on horseback. Cross-country skiing, snowmobile rides and snowshoeing are also available. 6-nights from £1,745pp (two sharing). Excludes transfers from £120 per group. Return flight from £649pp. Based in the same state, The Ranch At Rock Creek, offers “on ranch” cross country skiing, sleigh rides and cocoa making classes with Executive Chef, Josh Drage. “Glamping out west,” the accommodation features half canvas, half log cabins for couples and families, all with cosy wood burning stoves. 7-nights £4,060pp (two sharing) and £2,060pp (6-11 years). Excludes car hire from £239. Return flight from £759pp.

All prices are available through Ranch Rider and include (unless otherwise stated) accommodation, meals, ranch/riding activities, taxes, transfers and gratuities. For more information, visit

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Sunset ride, South Africa, Pakamisa Private Game Reserve