Maasai Mara, Kenya

7-8 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $7,665 USD?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD

Our all-time favourite riding safari, the Maasai Mara in Kenya, explores some of Africa’s best big game country.

Let me explain why you’ll fall HEAD OVER HEELS in love with this seven or eight night horse riding safari.

It traverses 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 brightly 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 adrenaline up a notch. Oh and one of the highlights is swimming your horse across the Mara River with hippos watching from upstream.

We scream – YES – this is the ride where you’ll feel alive and out-of-your-skin every waking moment of your safari.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:Thoroughbred and Thoroughbred cross.
  • Pace:Moderate to fast.
  • Weight Limit:A maximum of 95kg / 210lbs.
  • Type of tack:English general purpose Wintec saddles and leather saddles. Some Australian stock saddles are available on request. Seat savers are available.
  • Seasons:There is no winter or summer due to the proximity of the equator. There are two rainy seasons: November and April/May. The hottest months are February/March and September/October.
  • Group size:A minimum of 5 riders and a maximum of 12 riders.
  • Time in Saddle:4 to 7 hours in the saddle each day. A picnic lunch is carried in saddle bags on moving days with 1 to 2 hour lunch stops. Some walking on foot is necessary over the rough terrain.
  • Riding Ability:In order to enjoy the safari and for the safety of all the riders and horses, guests should be experienced riders, 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 4 – 7 hours per day.
  • Accommodation:Spacious 10ft x 9ft sleeping tents with camp bed. There is a loo tent for each double tent and hot showers are always available.
  • Ride Length:7 night and 8 night itineraries are available.
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes all conservation and park fees, internal flights and transfers within the time frame of the safari, full board accommodation, all drinks (except champagne), all riding, game drives (day & night), game walks and laundry.

  • Exclusions:

    International flights, travel insurance (compulsory), staff gratuities and any accommodation/activities outside the itinerary.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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Departing FinishingAvailabilityTotal
June 6, 2020June 13, 2020Limited
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
July 11, 2020July 18, 2020SOLD OUT!
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
July 18, 2020July 25, 2020Limited
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
August 8, 2020August 15, 2020SOLD OUT!
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
August 15, 2020August 22, 2020Limited
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
September 5, 2020September 12, 2020SOLD OUT!
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
September 12, 2020September 19, 2020SOLD OUT!
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
September 19, 2020September 26, 2020Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
October 3, 2020October 11, 2020Limited
$8,715 USD ?Tour costs $8,715 USD which is approximately $14,424 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
December 5, 2020December 12, 2020Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
January 23, 2021January 30, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
February 6, 2021February 13, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
February 13, 2021February 20, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
March 6, 2021March 13, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
March 13, 2021March 20, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
May 29, 2021 - Guided!June 5, 2021SOLD OUT!
$7,800 USD ?Tour costs $7,800 USD which is approximately $12,909 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderGuided RideGuided Ride! Click to learn more.
June 5, 2021June 12, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
June 12, 2021June 19, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
July 3, 2021July 10, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
July 10, 2021July 17, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
July 17, 2021July 24, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
August 7, 2021August 14, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
August 14, 2021August 21, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
September 11, 2021September 18, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
September 18, 2021September 25, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
October 2, 2021October 9, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request
December 11, 2021December 18, 2021Available
$7,665 USD ?Tour costs $7,665 USD which is approximately $12,686 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBooking Request

**SPECIAL OFFER** Book on a 2021 departure BEFORE June 30, 2020 to take advantage of the 2020 ride rate of $7,665 USD, before it increases to $8,155 USD. That’s a saving of almost $500 USD!

There is a single supplement of $100 USD per night payable if requested however it’s not compulsory for a single booking as long as guests are prepared to share.

Non-riders are also welcome to join their riding partner on this ride, the price of which is the same as the riding price. Non-riders can enjoy game drives and game walks each day.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price includes all conservation and park fees, internal flights and transfers within the time frame of the safari, full board accommodation, all drinks (except champagne), all riding, game drives (day & night), game walks and laundry.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
International flights, travel insurance (compulsory), staff gratuities and any accommodation/activities outside the itinerary.

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all card payments. Click HERE to read our recommendations on which cards are best to use to avoid international transaction fees.

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. It can also be run in either direction.

Guests should aim to spend their first night (or two) in Nairobi to rest and recover from jet lag before it comes time to swing a leg over the saddle.

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  • Day 1

    You will be collected from your Nairobi Hotel or directly from the airport and transferred to Wilson Airport for a 10.30 charter or 10am schedule flight to Siana Springs. It is a beautiful flight passing over the fertile Kikuyu Highlands before reaching the Great Rift Valley. You’ll fly across the volcano studded floor of the Rift before reaching the Loita Hills and Siana Springs Air strip. Your guides will meet you and drive you to your first camp, set up on the banks of the Mara River adjacent to a teeming hippo pool – their grunting in the night is a special feature of this campsite. Lunch will be served and you will have a little time to relax be- fore meeting your horses and setting off on your first gentle evening ride (about 2 hours). Overnight at Mara River Hippo Camp.

  • Day 2

    We begin the day with an early morning ride, crossing the Mara River for the first time, returning to camp for a light breakfast. After breakfast a game drive will be on offer, driving provides better photographic opportunities than from a horse and exploring more of this Northern part of the Mara has much to offer. We will return in time for lunch and a siesta before setting off on an afternoon ride. We will be back in good time to shower and maybe set off in the vehicles once more for a sun downer and a short night game drive before supper. Overnight at Mara River Hippo Camp.

  • Day 3

    Our first moving day. We leave camp after breakfast at about 9am, heading south towards the park boundary where we meet the river again at one of the famous wildebeest crossings. We cross the river and head southwest across the Mara Triangle, meeting the car with our picnic lunch at around 12:30. After lunch and a siesta we set off at about 16:00 and ascend the Soit Olololol Escarpment. We reach our camp at about 17:30 on the edge of the escarpment and spend the night overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem. Overnight at Escarpment Soit Olololo Camp.

  • Day 4

    We descend the escarpment after breakfast at about 9am and ride across to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. We head in a westerly direction and descend into the enchanting Olare Orok Valley with a picnic lunch and siesta from about 12:30-15:30 on the way. Reaching our camp in time at about 17:00 in time for tea, there should also be time to do an evening game drive and sundowners, before supper under the stars. Overnight at Olare Orok Camp.

  • Day 5

    Here we will have a full day of exploring this glorious area on horseback, car and possibly on foot. You will have excellent photo opportunities, getting close to buffalo, elephant, lion and maybe cheetah or leopard. Overnight again at Olare Orok Camp.

  • Day 6

    Our third moving day and we break camp in good time as it the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 50kms. Setting off at 7.00am, we have a picnic breakfast stopping from about 10-11am. We continue on until 13:30 where we break again for lunch and a siesta after reaching Ol Kinyei Conservancy. At 16:00 we head to our last camp, arriving at Olare Lamun (the rhino salt lick) nestled in a grove of acacia trees by a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains. Overnight at Olare Lamun Camp.

  • Day 7

    After an early wake up we will set off for a morning ride before returning to camp for a light breakfast. We will then set out for a game drive and beautiful walk up the nearby hill called Oloiburmut, returning to camp for a lunch and a siesta. At around 4pm we will drive or ride to visit the local Masai Village. Overnight at Olare Lamun Camp.

  • Day 8

    Our last morning ride before saying goodbye to our horses. After a final breakfast you will drive to the airstrip and fly back to Nairobi around 11am, landing into Wilson at 12noon. We will organise for a taxi to pick you up and either take you around Nairobi to do some shopping/visits, or to a Hotel day room (included), before taking you on to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time for your evening flight home, or your onward destination.

  • Transfer Information

    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.

What our valued Globetrotters say about The Maasai Mara Ride

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‘I just returned from the Maasai Mara ride and it was over the top. Amazing trip, horses, guests, guides, game, food, scenery… best ever! The safari team was top of the heap. Amazing attention to detail and so much fun to be with. The guides were all so experienced, amazing riders, funny, entertaining, knowledgeable, accommodating. I can’t say enough. A+.
Every day we had to pinch ourselves – just when we thought you couldn’t top what we did or saw, the next ride proved even more exciting. From a hot air balloon ride, to being in the middle of a pride of 22 lions in the dark, to galloping alongside a herd of giraffe, to crossing the Mara river (twice) full of hippos and crocodiles… Evenings spent by the campfire, incredible food and drink as we recounted the day’s events, then falling into to bed in my tent with a hot water bottle between my sheets. Everyone who met me, greeted me, drove me, worked at the hotel, etc was absolutely wonderful; I felt very safe and comfortable being a single woman traveling, and that was a big plus for me.’

Meet a Globetrotter: Allanah Powell

Allanah Powell

‘Words cannot express the satisfaction and happiness we achieved on our Maasai Mara ride. My Husband Ian and I were worried we would not be able to get horse fit for this ride. We expected we would have a day or two in the safari vehicles, but we had not a single one! Our guide, Simon, had our trusty steeds matched perfectly. Bardamat and Trevor (our steeds) where forward moving, steadfast, and had us relaxed throughout our seven days. We never once felt unsafe in the Mara. Each day was jam packed with two or three rides, and a total of 200kms across the Mara. The camp staff catered to our every need with plentiful hot showers at the end of a big day in the saddle and even hot water bottles to easy any aches away. The food was beyond fabulous. Brioche, croissants and pastries from our camp oven, handmade ravioli, fillet of beef, and unbelievable salads to mention only a few. Five star meals again and again. Galloping alongside zebra and giraffe, up close to cheetah and lion, seeing spectacular bird life and camping on the riverbank hearing the hippos at night made this ride exceed all expectations – not to mention the friends made at camp. Thank you, Globetrotting, for a trip full of lifetime memories.’

Michael Barker

‘The Maasai Mara safari was a lifetime highlight for me. The feeling of cantering along vast open plains amidst a myriad of wildlife with like-minded riders and phenomenally impressive guides  is out of this world. Simon and Megan were fantastic. Their knowledge was seemingly endless and they communicated it in a warm style. Everything food and accommodation wise was taken care of and I felt truly spoilt on this trip. The horses were fit, healthy and fun to ride. You can see they love to get out in the open spaces on safari. The scenery was spectacular and straight from Out of Africa! I am lucky to have been able to go on such an exhilarating experience. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. The pictures don’t do it justice – but my memories do.’

Globetrotting horse riding holiday Maasai Mara, Kenya

Tracie Wilson

‘The Maasai Mara ride was beyond my wildest dreams. It’s impossible to describe how incredible the experience was, and I’ll never forget cantering alongside a herd of giraffe, feeling one with the group.
At times an adrenaline rush and at others simply joyous, and often achingly hilarious. My horse, the beautiful Pauline, was a true gem – so fit, surefooted, gentle-natured, responsive and calm amidst the chance of a charging elephant or buffalo. Our host, Imogen Voorspuy, and guide, Simon Kenyon, were outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble and every single thing imaginable was covered: hot water bottles, drinks and nibbles before an amazing two-course dinner, endless kindness and generosity, and laughs and thrills too. They worked non-stop and we all adored them.
Thank you so much, Globetrotting, for making this trip possible. Everything went smoothly, for which I’m very grateful.’

horse riding safari in the Maasai Mara, Kenya

Emma Heath

‘Words just don’t do this trip justice. AT ALL! It feels like a cliche, but I am still pinching myself that this trip actually happened.’

Monique Galluzzo

“This ride exceeded all expectations, I don’t think anything will come close to comparing.”

Sophie Kearney

“Loved every minute of the trip… can’t wait to go back!”

Kim Connor

“We would highly recommend this ride – it was fast and slow and everything we had hoped for… we saw all the wildlife we hoped to see and our guides were amazing.”

Rachel Lewis

“I loved this ride. The game and riding exceeded all expectations. As a solo traveller I cannot thank Kate enough for all her kind support, advice and for helping make this happen.”

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