Polo Schools

Jurassic Park Polo School - East Griqualand

Contact Details

039 747 4434

www.jurassicparkpolo.co.za

Selby Williamson (Polo Professional)

083 262 6893

"The Side" and "Ubala" are two neighbouring farms set in the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg of Kwa-Zulu Natal and are home to Selby Williamson and his family. These farms are also home to many antelope species including Blesbuck and Reedbuck as well as Zebra, Ostrich and other wild life. It is here that Jurassic Park Polo is located. We have the only full sized enclosed arena in Africa. We have a three quarter size boarded field and a "Stick and Ball" field. The construction of a second full sized field is planned. There are four stable blocks that accommodate up to 100 ponies at any given time. Coaching is done by Selby Williamson, the current captain of the SA Polo squad. A variety of accommodation options are offered and there is a swimming pool at the polo ground. We offer scenic outrides through a timber plantation and grasslands and there is also a river with a great natural pool near the Polo Fields for cooling off after polo. You can visit our website for more info.

Absolute Polo - KwaZulu Natal

Contact Details

www.absolutepolo.co.za

Brett Watson (Polo Professional)

076 11 11 517

Lance Watson (Polo Professional)

084 96 00 741

Absolute Polo operates out of Underberg Polo Club, in the Drakensberg Mountains. Underberg Polo Club is one of the strongest clubs in the country. Our farm land-locks the Underberg Polo Club. This gives us the unique opportunity to conveniently offer a wide variety of polo courses and Holidays, on world class facilities, with the support of the strongest club in the country. We have the freedom of space to use long and scenic outrides into the Drakensberg mountains, as a good way to build confidence in the saddle. We offer high standards in coaching, accommodation, horses and practice chukkas. Our 2 full time coaches, Brett Watson and Lance Watson, both 5 handicap professionals, have played professionally all over the world. Their insight in to world polo gives them the knowledge to successfully coach and improve players from all over the world. We have well schooled horses for players on every level. Other activities include trips up the incredible Sani pass into the highest country in the world, Lesotho; Hiking, Hunting, Fishing and much more... Quality coaching courses and polo holidays, at a top polo club, in a world famous holiday destination.

Franshoek Farm and Polo School - Free State

Contact Details

072 403 9454

www.poloschool.co.za

Rod Gutridge (Polo Professional)

084 527 9280

Franshoek Farm and Polo School offers first class polo lessons in a picturesque valley in the Highlands of the Eastern Free State. A polo holiday on Franshoek Farm, offers you a chance to unwind in nature, whilst learning your favorite sport. Rod Gutridge, HPA certified coach and umpire, delivers excellent polo tuition and will personally ensure that your game improves. Your farm-stay experience includes comfortable cottage accommodation, fresh mountain spring water, and plenty of fresh air. Our meals are lovingly prepared from an abundance of locally sourced foods and delicious organic vegetables grown on the farm. Non-polo activities include bass fishing, hiking, a cave exploration, game rides and drives or a possible visit to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

Oaklands Country Manor & Polo School - Free State

Contact Details

079 529 2314

www.oaklands.co.za

Terence Spilsbury (Polo Professional)

Oaklands Polo Club is a prime South African polo location, boasting beautifully schooled horses and one of the best located polo fields in the country. Our protected polo arena sets us apart, as adverse weather conditions are less of a hindrance. At Oaklands we offer a range of affordable polo tuition options which can be tailored to suit the tastes and needs of our clients. For more details on Terence and what he has to offer please visit his website: www.bropolo.com

Val De Vie Polo School - Cape Town

Contact Details

021 863 6170

www.valdevie.co.za

083 654 0941

Just 40 minutes from the Mother City, Val de Vie offers a unique opportunity to incorporate polo in your travel plans to South Africa. The world class facilities at Val de Vie, include 2 International standard Polo Fields, practice field, sand track, stick and ball practice horse, and stabling for 64 horses, all in the idyllic surroundings of the celebrated Paarl-Franschhoek valley. Polo Professional, Kevin Rixon, has a wealth of experience gained both locally and internationally and is a renowned horseman and coach. He is particularly passionate on the benefit of improved horsemanship. Kevin welcomes students of all levels, even non-riders. Riding lessons for non polo players can also be arranged. Club practices are held regularly from October to April, the ideal opportunity to put your skills into practice and meet some of the locals. Accommodation is available in the nearby towns of Franschhoek and Paarl if you’d prefer to enjoy a country break.

Inanda Club - Johannesburg

Contact Details

011 884 1414

www.inandaclub.co.za

Craig James (Polo Professional)

082 443 9951

Situated in the heart of Sandton is one of Johannesburg’s premier polo clubs, the Inanda Club. Location, convenience and top-class polo facilities – it has it all. Founded in 1934 with the amalgamation of the Johannesburg Polo Club and the Rand Hunt Club, the Inanda Club boasts an international-size 83 000 square metre polo field, a stick and ball practice area and stabling for 130 horses. It also has an excellent Novice and Youth Polo School, which is run by polo player and Inanda Polo Manager, Craig James. The aim of the school is to raise the awareness of polo and make polo more accessible to anyone with an interest in taking up the sport. The school is open to all riders and non riders, pre-teens and upwards, and takes place in a safe and controlled environment. Student’s riding abilities and capabilities are assessed and a curriculum set accordingly. Private and group lessons are available and include both practical and theoretical exercises on areas such as getting to know the horse and tacking, basic riding and safety and stick and balling, all the way through to beginner chukkas with coaching and intermediate and advanced chukkas. Ponies used are well schooled and suitable for riders of all abilities. The club underwent a major redevelopment and the new Inanda Club opened in March 2014. It is the premier polo club in the Southern hemisphere. Its central location, secure environment, recreational and conference facilities make it ideal for families, active individuals and professionals.

Gunsmoke Polo Ranch - Gauteng East

Contact Details

011 964 3000

www.gunsmokepolo.com

Jim Uys (Polo Professional)

083 233 9097

If you’re looking for somewhere to play, or learn polo, in an environment where the game is enjoyed by all and the name of your pony is more important than what brand of boots you wear, Jim Uys and his family will welcome you with friendly, laidback polo that has retained much of the ‘friends and family’ style of farm polo that Jim played as a young man in the Natal Midlands. All welcome …....Whether you’re an experienced player, wishing to develop your game, or a keen beginner, Gunsmoke will match chukkas to your levels and can include you in teams playing matches at the other clubs in the area. With comfortable farm-style accommodation available to visitors from far afield, come enjoy a few days of polo hospitality with easy access to OR Tambo Intl and Johannesburg CBD. Polo Drive…..The East Rand’s ‘Polo Drive’ has become one of the most dynamic centres of polo in South Africa. On any given day, you’ll find chukkas being played at a variety of levels, on any of the 7 fields that line the road. Visit our website or feel free to call Jim to discuss your polo needs.

Limpopo Horse Safaris - Botswana

Contact Details

Laura Dowinton

083 419 1929

www.lvhsafaris.co.za

Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris operates riding safaris in the vast Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block of south eastern Botswana. This is an area of great diversity, magnificent vistas, ancient civilizations and dramatic rock formations bordered by the great Limpopo River in the south. Aptly named the "Land of the Giants" for its baobab studded plains and large herds of elephant, the land remains largely untouched by man and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species including lion, cheetah, leopard, African wild dog, a multitude of plains game like zebra, wildebeest and giraffe, as well as over 350 species of birds.

The Safaris are professionally managed by Lindy Hill and Lloyd Gillespie who share a wealth of specialist knowledge of the African bush, horses and classical horsemanship with their guests, ably assisted by Motswanan guides.

  • Tuli Safari - 7 nights tented mobile for the ultimate adventure.
  • Bush and Lodge Ride - 7 nights comfortable mobile using a mix of static tented comfortable camp and lodges.
  • Two Mashatus Ride - 3, 5 or 7 nights static tented comfortable camp.

Poloafrica - Eastern Free State

Contact Details

Catherine Cairns

084 290 0000

www.poloafrica.com

The home of Poloafrica is Uitgedacht Farm, situated at the head of a picturesque valley, set in the foothills of the spectacular Maluti mountains in the Eastern Free State. The farmhouse is approached by a tree-lined drive and the views from it are magnificent. Walking or riding up into the hills affords wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. It is a tranquil haven to enjoy riding, fishing, hiking, sketching, birdwatching, fossil hunting or just relaxing into life on the farm. The setting for the international size boarded and irrigated polo field is one of the most beautiful in the country, with a bass-filled dam at the southern end and views of mountains to the north. The field is smooth with well-knit grass coverage and consequently plays fast with minimal chopping up. The farm also has one of the few full sized enclosed sand arenas in Africa, as well as a charmingly designed wooden horse, a schooling ring and various exercise tracks. There are well schooled polo ponies to suit all levels of player and also a small breeding herd. Poloafrica’s chief coach is Gavin Chaplin, of international renown, who is ably assisted by the Poloafrica players and pony makers that he has trained. In choosing to holiday with us you will be supporting the charitable efforts of the Poloafrica Development Trust, which is a sport and educational programme unique in Africa and a force for good in the local community.

Polo Tuition - BroPolo

Contact Details

Terence Spilsbury

082 319 4303

www.bropolo.com

BroPolo has been running polo tuition courses for the past 12 years. We offer guests a comprehensive polo experience, with premier polo facilities which include a floodlit polo arena, boarded polo field, wooden horse, fully equipped classroom, stabling, pony paddocks, clubhouse, pavilion, catering facilities, and well-schooled ponies.

We offer a range of affordable polo tuition options that can be tailored to suit the tastes and needs of our clients. We offer 3 different accommodation options including Oaklands Country Manor, The Green Lantern Inn and Buffalo Hills Private Game Reserve.

  • We offer all options from one-on-one to group bookings
  • BroPolo can accommodate players of any experience level
  • All of our excellent facilities are located on Oaklands Country Manor property
  • Polo is available all year round, with tournaments taking place in both winter and summer
  • Contact us for a quote on your polo holiday