8 Days – Horse Riding Safari at Masai Mara, Amboseli & Laikipia

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  • Kenya & Tanzania 2008

Golden Elephant Safaris have a stellar reputation for providing un-rivalled mobile horseback safaris amongst big game.  Riding up close to elephant, lion and buffalo, or galloping with wildebeest and zebra are life changing experiences.  If you are a rider, there is simply no better way to see Kenya than from the back of a well schooled and fit horse. We ride across the Masai Mara, Amboseli, and Laikipia, choosing the best routes.  With a traditional mobile tented safari camp that moves with us, supported by a lorry and Land Rovers, this is the epitome of what a true ‘safari’ is all about. Wildlife is plentiful in all the areas that we ride and your guide is highly knowledgeable and conversant with the habits and likely reactions of the wildlife. Set Departures & Tailor Made Safaris Our set departure 7 or 8 night riding safaris run throughout the year. These go ahead with a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 12 people. Tailor made bespoke safaris can also be organised for those wishing for a more private experience, for a minimum of 5 nights.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Nairobi
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Full board tented accommodation All conservation & park fees
All meals & drinks All riding
Game drives Walking
Local airstrip transfers Walking & Local airstrip transfers
Laundry Amref Flying Doctors Membership (Air Evacuation to Nairobi)
NOT INCLUDED
International flight (can be arranged if required) Visa and personal insurance.
Drinks, tips and gratuities Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
Single Supplement: $100 per night (if not willing to share) Flying Doctor Membership (US$ 15 per person – required)
Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package Returning to Deloraine after a safari can be organised on request

 

 

DAY 1 – Mara River Hippo Camp – 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. 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. Lunch will be served and you will have a little time to relax before meeting your horses and setting off on your first gentle evening ride (about 2 hours).

DAY 2 – 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.

DAY 3 – Escarpment Soit Olololo Camp – 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.

DAY 4 – Olare Orok 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

DAY 5 – 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.

DAY 6 – Olare Lamun 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.

DAY 7 – 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.

DAY 8 – Departure Day – 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

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