The Elephant coast is located on the eastern seaboard of South Africa. It stretches along the Indian Ocean in the east, it borders with Mozambique in the north while the south-west lies on the Zululand. Extending inland across the Lubombo mountains and the famous Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, which is the oldest in Africa and home to the big 5.
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Horseback Riding in Balmaseda Ride, Torres del Paine, Magallanes Chile
Waterfalls and rivers, Magellanic sub-polar forests, pampas, mountains covered with permanent ice, granite peaks, meadows and glacier fed lakes await the outdoor adventurers to discover the wild and unique nature of Patagonia. Horse back riding is a fantastic way to discover the national park area. The Balmaseda Ride, is a two days ride through remote areas of great beauty.
The first day, you ride by the Rio Serrano pass, Salto falls and through ancient Patagonian forests with amazing views. Once you reach the Lago Brush shore, you can set up a tent and spend the night on this lakeside paradise. The next day, the trail leads you to a different landscape with low scrubs and lenga forests, offering spectacular scenery across this wild and unspoiled valley. In every step you take, the views of this dramatic land take your breath away.
You can ride this trail all year round, but the best time to visit Torres del Paine is between November and February. Be very well prepared in regards with gear, food and clothing because the weather is changeable and unpredictable with high winds, rain showers, long hot days during summer, snow and everything else you may think of. Wind proof layers are the key.
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