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GLOBETROTTING IN THE MAASAI MARA, KENYA
This seven-night horse-riding safari explores some of Africa’s best big game country from the rolling Loita Hills to the immense Maasai Mara, voted Africa’s leading national reserve. The panoramas are quintessential to Kenya where acacia trees mushroom from the ground, giraffes elegantly lope across the earth, young Maasai herders wrapped in bright, coloured shukas keep a watchful eye on their cattle and the horizon is dotted with herds of wildebeest, zebra, topi and eland. It’s a honey-pot for big game which amps the adrenalin up a notch. Swimming your horse across the Mara River is a true highlight of the ride.
Horses are well schooled thoroughbred and thoroughbred cross. Many of the horses are home bred and have all tried polo. The horses are responsive, extremely fit and tough.
time in saddle: 4 to 6 hours in the saddle. Picnic lunch carried in saddle bags on moving days with 1 to 2 hour lunch stops. Some walking on foot is necessary over the rough terrain.
breed of horses: TB and TB crosses
pace: moderate to fast
riding ability: Riding guests should be comfortable at all paces and able to gallop out of trouble. You should be fit enough to ride between 4 to 6 hours a day.
weight limit: 95kg
accommodation: Spacious 10ft x 9ft sleeping tents with camp bed. Loo tent for each double tent and showers always available.
seasons: There is no winter or summer due to the proximity of the ride to the equator. There are two rainy seasons November and April/May. The hottest months are February/March, September/October.
group size: minimum of 5 riders and maximum of 12 riders
departure dates and rates for 2019:
9 to 17 February, 8 nights Maasai Mara: $8,300 USD
17 to 25 February, 8 nights Maasai Mara: $8,300 USD – ONE globetrotter booked
9 to 16 March, 7 nights Maasai Mara (Tristan’s Remembrance Ride): $7,300 USD – FOUR globetrotters booked
1 to 9 June, 8 nights Maasai Mara: $8,300 USD
15 to 22 June, 7 nights Maasai Mara: $7,300 USD
6 to 13 July, 7 nights Maasai Mara: $7,300 USD – THREE globetrotters booked
27 July to 4 August, 8 nights Maasai Mara: $8,300 USD
10 to 17 August, 7 nights Maasai Mara: $7,300 USD
17 to 25 August, 8 nights Maasai Mara: $8,300 USD
31 August to 8 September, 8 nights Maasai Mara: $8,300 USD
14 to 21 September, 7 nights Maasai Mara: $7,300 USD – TWO globetrotters booked
21 to 29 September, 8 nights Maasai Mara: $8,300 USD
5 to 13 October, 8 nights Maasai Mara: $8,300 USD
19 to 27 October, 8 nights Laikipia: $8,500 USD
30 November to 7 December, 7 nights Maasai Mara: $7,300 USD
*The price also includes day trips to Nakuru and Bogoria whilst staying at Deloraine and all airport transfers if within the time frame of the safari.
*The price includes everything whilst on safari except for a certain amount of alcohol, staff tips and specific air charters. Internal flights and transfers on the first and last day of the safari are included.
*There is a single supplement of $150 USD per night if unwilling to share.
*Teenagers 14yrs and above can join the set departures above if competent riders. Teenagers 14 to 17yrs pay 75% of the ride price.
*Prices may be subject to change.
Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case USD, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.
Why is the price quoted in US dollars?
With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.
We encourage guests to arrive in Nairobi at least two nights prior to your ride beginning to enjoy one full day of sightseeing in this city. We recommend guests stay at Macushla House – we can help make a reservation here at your request, and can arrange a pick up from Nairobi Airport with a driver from Macushla House at an extra cost.
Transfers to and from Nairobi regional airport (to the Maasai Mara) are included in your ride price on the first and last day of your ride. Please note, regional flights have a luggage allowance of 15kg maximum.
FURTHER READING AND VIEWING
Globetrotting addict Bernadette Kelly has completed this ride – read her thoughts on this safari here.
First-time globetrotter, Chris Denton, had to learn to ride a horse before going on this ride, but he was blown away by his experience. Read more about it here.
And globetrotter Emma Heath described the Maasai Mara ride as the best thing she’s ever done! Here’s her feedback.
Click here to view our promotional video of the Maasai Mara so you can get a feel for this incredible horse riding safari.