Kilimanjaro Elephant Ride, Tanzania

7 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $6,550 USD?Tour costs $6,550 USD which is approximately $9,281 AUD

More than almost any other destination, Tanzania is THE land of safaris. That’s why THIS Kilimanjaro Elephant Ride has us singing {quite possibly – squealing} with excitement, wonder and exhilaration.

Our second favourite animal to the horse, is the elephant. As the largest land-living mammal these grey giants have captured our hearts ever since we laid eyes on them in the wild. They’re not only highly intelligent, they’re incredibly empathic. That’s why THIS Kilimanjaro Elephant Ride has us singing {quite possibly – squealing} with excitement, wonder and exhilaration. It combines our two favourite animals in the one-dreamy location, Tanzania.

For part of the itinerary we’ll be riding in the shadows of Mt. Kilimanjaro – the tallest mountain on the African continent. Our riding days will be coloured with dusty canters shoulder to shoulder with herds of zebras and antelopes. Creeping through acacia forests ready to encounter and observe the giant, grey nomads that call this landscape home. Getting up, close and personal with the local Maasai. Camp fire chat under a canopy of stars. OH, Tanzania, we can’t WAIT to meet you.

**You should also be aware that this is an exploratory ride which means we haven’t road tested this ride personally. It’s Globetrotting policy that we road test and experience rides first-hand before adding it to our portfolio. With that said, there is a heady sense of adventure when we’re on a new ride destination. Pioneering a new ride has given us some of our most JOYFUL of memories. We’ve invested hours of research; read reviews, spoken directly to respected globetrotters and the outfitters to make sure this ride is a perfect match for our portfolio. BUT please be aware that our Kilimanjaro Elephant ride is a NEW experience for us also.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:A mixture of TBs and local breeds, all purpose bred safari horses.
  • Pace:This is a fast-paced ride with long stretches of trotting and cantering. Guests need to ensure they’re fit enough to post to the trot for up to 10 minutes at a time.
  • Weight Limit:Maximum of 85kgs / 187lbs
  • Type of tack:English suede all purpose saddles
  • Seasons:June through to mid-November
  • Group size:A minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10 guests, plus 2 Globetrotting guides
  • Time in Saddle:On average, between 4-6 hours in the saddle each day.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders only. ALL riders must be comfortable at all paces (walk, trot, canter, gallop) and able to get out of trouble calmly and at the necessary speed. You should be balanced with an independent seat, and fit enough to ride for 4-6 hours each day.
  • Accommodation:On the first night of the itinerary, guests will stay at the permanent camp set up at our ride partner’s Polo Safari Club. Here you can expect spacious traditional safari tents, each equipped with its own ensuite bathroom and flushing toilet. There is WIFI at the clubhouse and a swimming pool, gym and spa to be enjoyed. For all other nights while on safari, guests will be staying in a mobile safari camp complete with comfortable and spacious 3mx3m tents with camp stretchers, linen and solar lights. Long drop bush toilets and bucket showers are available each night.
  • Ride Length:8 days, 7 nights with 6 riding days
  • Inclusions:The price includes all riding activities, conservation/concession fees and government taxes, full board & drinks (excluding fine wines and champagne) and transfers to and from the ride.
  • Exclusions:The price does not include international & regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory) and staff tips (please budget for approximately $15-$25 USD per guest per day).

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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28th Jun 2020 - Guided!5th Jul 2020SOLD OUT!
$6,550 USD ?Tour costs $6,550 USD which is approximately $9,281 AUD - Twin Share ?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender.Guided RideGuided Ride! Click to learn more.

A single supplement charge of $50 USD per night applies only if guests are unwilling to twin share with another globetrotter of the same gender.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes all riding activities, conservation/concession fees and government taxes, full board & drinks (excluding fine wines and champagne) and transfers to and from the ride. Globetrotting photography & footage and a limited edition GT shirt & cap is also included in this Exploratory Ride rate.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include international & regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory) and staff tips (please budget for approximately $15-$25 USD per guest per day).

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all card payments.

Why is the price quoted in USD?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • Day 1

    More than almost any other destination, Tanzania is THE land of safaris. Think: wildebeest stampeding across the plains, hippos jostling for space in muddy waterholes, elephants meandering along their seasonal migration routes, and lions padding around in search of prey. So it’s with great excitement (seriously, the tingles running down my spine are real) that we’ll arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport today where we’ll be met by our ride hosts and driven approximately 35 minutes to their safari polo club where we’ll be spending the first night. There will be time to settle into our surroundings (there’s a pool – yay!), before enjoying the first of many ‘sundowners’ before dinner at the clubhouse, where our host will deliver a short briefing about the week ahead. Then it will be time for our heads to hit the pillow to get a good amount of shut-eye before our epic adventure begins tomorrow for real.

  • Day 2

    We’ll be woken with a call for tea and coffee (yes please!) and breakfast will be served anytime from the early hours. At around 11am we’ll bundle into a safari vehicle and drive about twenty minutes down the road to Arusha National Park where we’ll meet our safari horses and ride into one of the most beautiful protected parks in East Africa. We’ll wander through the soul-stirring scenery which has an almost lost-world feel, marvelling as the vegetation changes dramatically, from open grassland to rainforest. Keep your eyes peeled globetrotters, as this will be the first chance we have to encounter elephants, buffalo, all your plains game, leopards (if our good games-viewing juju is on point) and other rare species such as Suni, Red Duiker, the magnificent Hartlaub’s turaco, and so much more!

    After lunch en route and a small siesta, we’ll continue riding through leopard country and pass by Margarete Trappe’s old house. This legendary lady is remembered as the Iron Lady from the first world war: “If, as children, we were thrilled by Buffalo Bill, we should have been still more spellbound by Mrs Trappe’s adventures, the adventures of the fearless woman with her two legendary horses, Comet and Diamond, and her two inseparable Alsatians. Like a phantom she would suddenly appear, and like a phantom she would vanish; as intimate with wild beasts as though they were tame.” We’ll hear these tales about Margarete and more as we follow her old riding paths through the holy forests of the park.  Our first night’s campsite is based at the foot of Mt Meru, an almost perfect volcanic cone with a spectacular crater. We’ll enjoy sundowners followed by dinner under the stars and when we’re ready, head to bed and fall asleep to the musical accompaniment of the sounds of wild Africa.

  • Day 3

    If we’re lucky, our wake up call this morning will be the very talkative Colobus monkeys who are sometimes referred to by the locals as ‘messengers of God’ because of the time they spend travelling back and forth between the tree tops. After a hearty breakfast we’ll mount up and head in the direction of the film location for Hatari, starring John Wayne. The plan for this morning’s ride is to reach ‘Fig Tree Arch’, a massive arch large enough to fit five horses underneath! Along the way we’ll no doubt encounter a wealth of wildlife, perhaps some giraffes silhouetted against ancient baobab trees, or a herd of elephants meandering along. Lunch will be enjoyed next to a waterfall in the rainforest at a location about 2000 metres above sea level.

    After lunch we’ll begin the route back to camp, passing by another 30m high waterfall. After returning to camp, there will be an opportunity to change our mode of transportation and jump into the safari vehicles to go visit the Momella Lakes, where we’ll be hoping to see some hippos wallowing in the shallows along with some beautiful water birds. Sundowners will be enjoyed at the lakes before we head back to camp for another sumptuous dinner under the stars.

  • Day 4

    We’ll wake up with the sun and enjoy a big breakfast before mounting up for another day exploring the African wilderness. Today we’ll leave Arusha Park behind and head east towards the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s the tallest mountain on the African continent and the world’s highest free-standing volcano (it’s dormant for now but not extinct so let’s hope it doesn’t decide to blow its top off while we’re there) and we’ll marvel in all its glory as we make our way towards its snow-capped summit on the horizon.

    Today’s ride is long and amongst Tanzanian farmland and the Maasai steppe. We’ll enjoy many cultural interactions with the locals as the ride goes along – this is my favourite part! We’ll also try to make use of the cooler hours in the morning and try to cover as much ground as possible before stopping for lunch under the canopy of an acacia tree, ideally next to a dam where the Maasai water their cattle and our horses. We’ll enjoy a good 3-hour rest with enough time for a leisurely siesta in the cool of the shade, before we mount up and continue through wildlife areas and across open plains, to reach camp before the sun hits the horizon.

  • Day 5

    Today will be a special day as it will be spent tracking the biggest land-living mammal, the elephants, in the shadow of the impressive Mount Kilimanjaro. The terrain differs to what we’ve been riding through over the past few days, from thick scrublands to acacia woodland. Today we’ll return to camp for lunch, before heading out for another ride in the afternoon. Before sunset, we’ll return to camp to enjoy another night in this remote and remarkable place on earth.

  • Day 6

    We’re moving camp again today globetrotters, so after an early breakfast we’ll make a start on the horses, heading in the direction of the so-called Seven Sisters (seven hills). Once we’ve crossed the hills, we’ll continue through Sinya Village before stopping for lunch under a shady tree. Today’s terrain varies from open grassland to beautiful canopy forests, and the day offers a good chance of seeing plains game such as zebras, giraffes and wildebeests. However we’ll be keeping a close watch out for the presence of a shy antelope, the Gerenuk, also known as the giraffe gazelle as we ride along.

    Tonight’s campsite will be spent at the most picturesque and astonishing of places, and you’ll be wanting to keep your fingers (and toes) crossed for a clear night sky as you’ll be able to get the feeling you’re being watched by four powerful mountains – Mt Meru, Namanga, Longido, and the most legendary of all, Mt Kilimanjaro.

  • Day 7

    Wake up with the sun across the Kenyan border. Today we’ll again be tracking the elephant and hopefully get to observe these giants from the back of our safari horses. The night will be spent overlooking the pans with its plains game on constant alert for predators. Hopefully we get a clear night again, because not only is the view of the mountains an impressive sight to behold, but the starry African sky is a mind-blowing site.

  • Day 8

    It’s our last morning on safari – BOO HISS! We’ll enjoy one final hearty breakfast before we jump into the safari vehicles and head back towards civilisation. Depending on road and traffic conditions, it will be about a 3-hour drive back to the airport. Should you wish to depart today, please don’t book departing flights until after 3pm.

  • Transfer Information

    Round trip transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport or the township of Arusha are included in the ride price on the first and last days of the itinerary only. Pick up is anytime on day 1 of the ride, and you’ll be transferred approximately 30mins to the Polo Safari Club. Should you arrive a day or two early, it is recommended you stay in the town of Arusha and you’ll be picked up from here on day one.

    On the last day of the ride, departing flights can be booked anytime after 3pm.

    *Please take note of the luggage restrictions on your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport, as some airlines have a maximum 15 or 20kgs luggage limit. All luggage should be packed in a soft bag.

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