Offbeat Safari

7 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ6670pp

Kenya ( Best airport: Nairobi)

Head to the wilds of Kenya to join this unrivalled mobile horseback safaris amongst big game. Riding up close to elephants, lions and buffalo, or galloping with wildebeest and zebra are exhilarating experiences. If you are a rider, there is no better way to see Kenya than from the back of a horse. This safari takes you across the Masai Mara, Laikipia, and Amboseli, over 5-10 days with a mobile tented camp that moves with you, this is the epitome of what a true wildlife safari is all about.

The Riding

The riding style is relaxed with loose reins and neck reining. All paces are used where the terrain permits including gallop. The terrain varies from thick bush, gullies and rocky hillsides but encompasses many wide open plains filled with game, ideal for faster riding.

Riders are all given a full safety briefing and strongly encouraged to wear riding helmets. There are some long days in the saddle – up to seven hours, but equally a few days where you have the option to have the morning or day off and ride in the jeeps.

Level of Riding and Fitness

As you are riding with big game, competent riders with a secure seat and fit enough to enjoy up to seven hours in the saddle are required. There is no specific age limit and children who are fit and competent riders are welcome with their parents. The riding is at all paces and over uneven terrain so experience of riding out is required. The safari is fully supported by grooms and horse handlers as well as two guides and help is always on hand for mounting, stirrups etc. A back up jeep can be called by radio at any time and the guides are experienced and armed for your safety. There have been no serious incidents giving rise to injury with mounted riders and game in the history of this horseback safari due to all the precautions taken.

Guides and Group Size

Youโ€™ll be guided by experienced and qualified guides who will escort you through this big game country. The group size is between 2-12.

The Horses

All the safari horses at this destination are thoroughbred and thoroughbred cross and have excellent stamina as a result. The standard of horses on this safari is well above average for Kenya and is a key point of this safari. The horses are all kind natured and very bush wise, sure footed, experienced safari horses. There is an excellent selection with 70 horses being available for the 12 riders, varying in size from 14.3hh to 16hh. All the horses are responsive and fit, great care is taken to match horses and riders and riders are welcome to swap horses throughout the week.

Tack and Riding Equipment

You will ride in English General Purpose Wintec saddles and leather saddles. Some Australian stock saddles are available on request. Seat savers are available and bridles are mainly fitted with snaffle bits. Saddle bags are provided to carry small items required en-route such as sunscreen, cameras and film or a sweater. Bottled water is also provided.

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Accommodation and Dining

Youโ€™ll be staying in light mobile safari tented camps. The camp includes a mess tent for meals and spacious 9ft x 10ft sleeping tents with camp beds, mattresses, sheets & blankets. Towels, soap and torches are provided. There is a solar lamp in each tent, with hurricane lamps outside at night time. There is a long drop loo tent for every tent and hot safari bucket showers are always available.
All meals are freshly prepared and you will enjoy English breakfasts, light lunches and 3-course dinners. Youโ€™ll often have picnics and eat in the open air if the weather is good. Ice cubes are always on hand. Bread is baked daily on open fires and your chefs are extremely good. All house wines, beers and spirits are included, except champagne.

On safari your accommodation is in large walk in tents with twin beds. The beds have mattresses and are made up with good quality bed linen and duvets. There is an ensuite short drop toilet for each tent and a hot shower. Each tent has a verandah section wtih chairs for you to enjoy the view in quiet. Meals are served at the table laid with table cloths and on china. You are served by fully trained waiters and meals are 3-5 courses.

Meals can be served under the stars, in the shade of huge acacia trees or in a communal tent if the weather requires. Meals are all freshly prepared on site each day. Bread is baked in a portable oven, quiches, salads, beef and lamb are all meticulously prepared. The food on this particular safari is of an above average standard. Drinks are included in the cost, from aperitif’s to wine with the meals and a good selection is available, even including ice in this remote wilderness. There is a laundry service, so you don’t need to pack too many clothes.
Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice.

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Itinerary

Offbeat Safari

7 days / 6 nights / 7 riding days
ยฃ6670pp

Single supplement ยฃ82 per night (payable unless a sharer is found)

Flights & Airport transfers

You will either be collected from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or if you have arrived earlier, from your Nairobi hotel, and transferred to Wilson Airport for your 10am flight to Mara North in the Masai Mara.

Price Includes
  • 7 nights tented accommodation
  • All meals and drinks (except champagne/premium spirits)
  • Riding on 8 days (including short arrival and departure day rides)
  • Game drives
  • Conservation and park fees
  • Internal light aircraft flights and all transfers associated with the safari
  • A day room in Nairobi on last day is available if required
  • Flying doctor membership
Price Excludes
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra transfers or hotel nights in Nairobi
  • Premium spirits/champagne, tips & other personal expenses

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