Last year was the year of the horse! How awesome would it be to spend some time at an equine-themed destination? CNN, posted a list of some of the most sought-after horse treks in 2014. To see the full article with all 15 destinations, click here, but we’ve listed a few of the spots below!
Okavango Delta, Botswana (shown above)
You may spot crocodiles as you splash through the canals while tracking zebra, giraffe, elephant, leopard and hippo through the lagoons of the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world.
If you fly in from the cool safari town of Maun, you’ll understand why horse safaris are such a good way to unobtrusively observe the wildlife here. Nights are spent at Macatoo Camp on a private game reserve.After riding, tour agencies can provide sundowners, candlelit dinners and unique tree house or luxury tent accommodations.
Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States (above)
Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the world’s most striking places to ride horses.The canyon is filled with a sea of pink and red hoodoos, bizarre rock spires that over time have been eroded by the elements into peculiar formations.
Called “The Legend People” by the Paiute Native Americans, who thought the hoodoos were people who had been turned to stone as a punishment for bad deeds, hoodoos have been a source of curiosity for thousands of years.Cowboy guides recount the history and distinctive geology of this spectacular national park, as you ride among bristle cone pine trees, one of the oldest living organisms on the planet.
Spring, when there’s still snow atop the rusty red hoodoos, is a particularly beautiful time to visit.
Golden Circle, Iceland (above)
Iceland’s distinctive small horses glide through lava fields here. Their unique way of moving, called the tölt, allowed Icelanders to use these horses as their sole mode of transportation for centuries.
You can combine riding with visits to Iceland’s top sights, including the mighty Gullfoss waterfalls and hot springs. You can spend nights on local farms soaking in hot pools under the stars.
But it’s best not to refer to the horses as ponies. Though small, these strong Viking horses are said by Icelanders to be so tough they can’t possibly be called ponies.