This seven or eight-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.
- Horse Breed:TB and TB crosses
- Pace:Moderate to fast
- Weight Limit: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, September/October.
- Group size:Minimum of 5 riders and maximum of 12 riders
- Time in Saddle:4 to 7 hours in the saddle each day. 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.
- 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. Loo tent for each double tent and hot showers always available.
- Ride Length:7 night and 8 night itineraries 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. There is a single supplement of $150 USD per night payable if requested however it’s not compulsory for a single booking as long as guests are prepared to share.
- Exclusions:International flights and travel insurance (compulsory).
DEPARTURE DATES & RATES
**Book on a 2020 departure and pay your deposit BEFORE June 30, 2019 and you can take advantage of the 2019 ride rates!
There is a single supplement of $150 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) and any accommodation/activities outside the itinerary.
Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.’
‘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.’
“This ride exceeded all expectations, I don’t think anything will come close to comparing.”
“Loved every minute of the trip… can’t wait to go back!”
“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.”
“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.”
“A huge thank you to you too Kate, you’ve been incredibly helpful and informative right from my very first enquiry. I can’t wait to get my savings in order and book my next ride with Globetrotting, I am hooked!!”
“We hit the jackpot with galloping with the wildebeest migration as that rarely happens apparently, but standing/walking so close to lions I would have never thought was possible. It was like a dream.”
The camaraderie among the riders and guides was exceptional, which made the whole trip a truly wonderful experience.”
Stories from the saddle
Meet Tomahawk, a piebald gelding who is part of the safari string in the Maasai Mara, Kenya. I was super fortunate to ride this handsome fellow on our last guided ride and sheesh was he responsive. We jumped, we swam, we raced and we conquered. Check out his credentials here: Name of horse: Tomahawk Breed: Sire is Hiawatha, a piebald […]
Ok, I know I say this often but I swear this time it’s true – Simon Kenyon has THE BEST job in the world! He is a head guide on our horse riding holiday in Kenya’s great Maasai Mara, and gets to gallop with zebra and wildebeest, wander with giraffes, and keep a watchful eye […]
Emma Heath recently travelled to Kenya to experience the Maasai Mara ride for herself, and she could never have imagined the world she discovered there! This truly is the ultimate horse riding safari, and in our opinion (and Emma’s!) the best possible way to experience the Maasai Mara. Read on to hear about Emma’s horse […]