Masai Mara Safari
9 Days | From £7769pp
Kenya ( Best airport: Nairobi)
This is the ultimate riding safari through some of the most prolific wildlife areas in Africa. Home to one of the greatest natural spectacles on earth; the wildebeest migration where more than a million hungry wildebeest travel from Tanzania to Kenya’s Mara National Reserve alongside a few hundred thousand zebras and half a million gazelles, these safaris are characterised by the relaxed pace, luxurious camps and interaction and collaboration with the indiginous Maasai people. On this mobile tented safari you’ll ride alongside an abundance of wildlife such as lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and zebra, as well as huge numbers of plains game and birdlife.
Level of Riding and Fitness
All riders need to be competent and confident at all paces; surprises in the bush cannot be predicted. You’ll need to be fit enough to enjoy between 4-7 hours in the saddle across varied terrain although in the event that any guests feel a little saddle sore, the safari is fully backed up by 4X4 safari vehicles which are on standby to take any weary riders on game drives instead. The weight limit is 90kg.
Guides and Group Size
This is probably the only riding safari in Africa where all trips are guided by the owners; Gordie and Felicia Church. Gordie is a third generation Kenyan and grew up on safari with his father Tony who pioneered the concept of riding safaris in the 1970’s. Two generations, with over 45 years experience, the Church’s offer exquisite and bespoke horseback riding safaris. The group size is between 2-12.
Accommodation and Dining
Accommodation is in traditional mobile tented camps pitched in the most secluded and beautiful areas, chosen to fully immerse you in your surroundings. Each tent has a double or two twin beds luxuriously made up with Egyptian cotton sheets and warm feather duvets. Bedside tables and rugs on the floor complete the furnishings. Each bedroom tent has its own bathroom, a separate tent complete with hot shower and large towels. Bedside tables come equipped with solar lamps and at night, 1920s-style hurricane lamps sit in the covered area just outside the bedroom tent where there’s a mirror and dressing table. Fires burn around the perimeter of the camp overnight. The camp crew take care of everything and after you’re done, the camp is packed up leaving behind pristine wilderness.
Professional chefs provide delicious, impressive meals and tasty cocktails. The dining tent is furnished with table and chairs for elegant camp meals and these include a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and fish. All of the food is locally sourced with full cooked breakfasts, al fresco lunches and candlelit 3-course dinners. Bread is baked fresh each day and imported wines and spirits are available as well as a choice of local beers, sodas and bottled water.
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Masai Mara Safari
9 days / 8 nights / 9 riding days
Single supplement (if not willing to share) £1869
Flights & Airport transfers
Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.
You should book your flights to Nairobi Airport. You will be met at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transferred to your hotel for the start of the programme. Airport transfers are included in the safari prices.
- Nairobi airport transfers
- Shared camp accommodation
- All meals
- All drinks in camp (including bottled water)
- 4-7 hours riding on 6 days
- Qualified guides
- Conservation fees
- Return domestic flights (Nairobi-Mara-Nairobi)
- Laundry in camp
- Government taxes
- International flights and visas
- Travel insurance
- Nairobi accommodation on the first night