Tourist Information

On vacation or on a business trip in Asia? Have a terrific sportive relaxing and refreshing break! Choose one of our tourist packages below or follow an introductory course at Havana Horses.
Are you traveling or on holiday with your spouse or family, of course we also welcome groups (of maximum 4 horse riders). If only part of your group likes to go horse riding, that’s no problem! While some of you are enjoying natural horsemanship lessons we arrange comfortable day-trips for the other member(s) of your family or group.

Tourist Packages

3-Days Package
You will stay the (2) nights in Salatiga in Spa and Resort Kayu Arum, a green and tranquil resort with spa and swimming pool (www.kayuarum.com). You will be picked up from your hotel at 8.30 a.m. The program starts at 9 a.m. At 4 p.m. you will be brought back to your hotel.

In the mornings you have lessons in natural horse care, communication with your horse, basic principles of groundwork and freestyle training, and riding skills (natural riding, dressage and jumping skills on a loose rein).

After the morning session you can relax on our veranda and enjoy a Javanese lunch. Before starting the afternoon session you can refresh yourself by taking a shower or a mandi, the Indonesian way of taking a bath!

In the afternoons we will go on a trail on horseback to explore the environment of authentic village (kampung) life and the beautiful rice fields (sawah) with a view of the mountain Merbabu and the dangerously beautiful volcano Merapi. We also can go hacking to the nearby official race track to feel what it is like to be a jockey! Let your horse run fast, feel the acceleration, the speed, the power! (Only for advanced riders.)

village life (kampung)

The program will be adapted to your level and is therefore suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.

This 3-days package includes 3 lesson sessions (of 2 to 3 hours), 3 trails on horseback (of 2 to 3 hours), 2 nights and 2x breakfast at the hotel and 3x lunch at our Veranda; excludes transfer from the airport (Semarang or Solo) or station (train or bus), and other foods and drinks.

Price indication: between € 100,00 and € 150,00 per day. Please note that prices are subject to change. Contact us for more information, exact prices and your individual wishes.

1-Week Package (8 days)
You arrive on Saturday and leave on Sunday. You will stay the (7) nights in Spa and Resort Kayu Arum, a green and tranquil resort with spa and swimming pool (www.kayuarum.com). You will be picked up from your hotel at 8.30 a.m. The program starts at 9 a.m. At 4 p.m. you will be brought back to your hotel.

In the mornings you have lessons in natural horse care, communication with your horse, groundwork and freestyle training, and riding skills (natural riding, dressage and jumping on a loose rein).

After the morning session you can relax on our verandaand enjoy a Javanese lunch. Before starting the afternoon session you can refresh yourself by taking a shower or a mandi, the Indonesian way of taking a bath!

In the afternoons we will go on different trails on horseback to explore the environment of authentic village (kampung) life and the beautiful rice fields (sawah) with a view of the mountain Merbabu and the dangerously beautiful volcano Merapi. Depending on the time of year we will witness either the harvesting or the planting of the rice, Indonesians’ principal daily food. We will visit one of the home industries in the kampung that harvest and produce madu asli, genuine bees’ honey, or traditional gula Jawa, Javanese palm sugar – so typical for the Javanese spicy-and-sweet kitchen. Of course you will get the opportunity to ask all the questions you want to ask and you can buy the products for the local price.

ricefields (sawah)

We go hacking to the nearby official race track to feel what it is like to be a jockey! (Only for advanced riders.)

Halfway the week we take a break and you can plan the day as you wish. We can help you with arranging your day trip. Tips: Discover Central Java from Slatiaga.

The program will be adapted to your level and is therefore suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.

This 1-week package includes 7 lesson sessions (of 2 to 3 hours), 7 trails (of 2 to 3 hours), 7 nights and 7x breakfast at the hotel and 7x lunch at our veranda; excludes transfer from the airport (Semarang or Solo) or station (train or bus), other foods and drinks.

Price indication: between € 100,00 and € 150,00 per day. Please note that prices are subject to change. Contact us for more information, exact prices and your individual wishes.

2-Weeks Package (15 days)
We offer a Package of 15 days with an attractive program including all activities as listed for the 1-Week Package above. Beside that, you will visit the impressive Borubudur temple complex, travel by train through the villages and swamps around Ambarawa and visit the Railway Museum, ride a local horse to the ninth temple on top of the Bandungan Mountain at the Gedong Songo ('Nine Temples') temple complex, and more!

The program will be adapted to your level and is therefore suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.

This 2-Weeks Package includes 11 lesson sessions (of 2 to 3 hours each), 11 trails (2 to 3 hours), 14 nights and 14x breakfast at the hotel and 14x lunch at our terrace; excludes transfer from the airport (Semarang or Solo) or station (train or bus), other foods and drinks.

Price indication: between € 100,00 and € 150,00 per day. Please note that prices are subject to change. Contact us for more information, exact prices and your individual wishes.

Discover Central Java from Salatiga

borobudur

Salatiga is an excellent base for discovering Central Java. Close enough to the cities Semarang, Solo and Yogyakarta for a daytrip. But less hot because of Salatiga’s higher altitude. There is a choice of budget and luxury hotels, as well as food stalls and restaurants.
Average travel times to popular destinations from Salatiga by car:

Day-trips
We can help you with planning your day trips and arrange your ‘travel’, that is, a deluxe car with air conditioning and private driver who will take you comfortably to one of the above destinations. Prices are moderate, for instance, you can go and see the Borobudur on a relaxed day trip from Salatiga for about € 30,00 for transport (2 -4 persons).
Please note that prices are subject to change and depend on the season, the exchange and tax rates and inflation in Indonesia. Please Contact us for more information and exact prices.

Climate

In Indonesia there is a tropical climate, with a dry season of more or less six months and a rainy season of six months. The dry season starts in April and lasts till October. Then rain will start to fall frequently and this will last until April.

dry season

Dry season (above) and rainy season (below) at Havana Horses.

rainy season

At Havana Horses, situated in a mountainous area, the fresh air and moderate temperatures are comfortable for horses as well as for people. With an altitude of about 700 meters, Salatiga is relatively cool. The average rainfall is 118 mm (145 rainy days) with the highest temperature in October (31.8°C) and the lowest in July (23.9°C). Although tropical, in the cool nights you will need warm clothes and a blanket!

Vaccinations

Necessary vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Diphtheria Tetanus Polio (DTP), and Typhoid. Malaria pills are not necessary. Ask your Health Centre for the latest recommendations.
We advice you to buy mosquito repellent in Indonesia since the local products have the best results (and are cheaper). You can buy good quality mosquito repellent and sun screen in Havana Tack Shop.