Ride Overview - Kilimanjaro Safari
An amazing horseback riding vacation in Africa! This ride begins close to the border town of Namanga and crosses through the Amboseli National Park to the Chyulu Hills. Africa’s highest mountain, the snow-capped Kilimanjaro, will be a constant backdrop to your adventure. The Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills offer a beautiful riding country that is hard to rival. Your trail crosses a great variety of terrain which includes swamps, salt pans and grassy plains. The huge herds of elephant that spend all their days feeding in the swamps are a real highlight. The distance in a straight line is some 90 miles, however, your horse will cover a much greater distance exploring the bush.
Amboseli is a picture perfect destination and fabulous riding country. Throw in the stunning Mt Kilimanjaro and Africa’s incredible wildlife and it just doesn’t get any better. Tristan is the most inspirational guide and his horses are superb…..you couldn’t have felt in better hands even when excitement levels went through the roof. The trouble is, now we have to keep coming back as no other holiday will ever compare! M. J.
Ride Itinerary - Kilimanjaro Safari
Day 1 :
You will be collected from Nairobi international airport and driven to the first campsite at Lalahroi – meaning swamp of the buffaloes – near Namanga, stopping en route for a picnic lunch, there should be time for an evening ride before dinner. Overnight Namanga.
Day 2 :
Today your trail will parallel to the Tanzanian border as it leads to Amboseli. Your next destination is the Ngorambuni Rocks, where a huge boulder on top of a rocky kopje provides a cool and shaded picnic spot with panoramic views. Along the way, you are likely to see game such as giraffe, zebra, eland, gerenuk, a glimpse of a lesser kudu, impala, wildebeest, Grant’s and Thompsonʹs Gazelle. After lunch, you ride across the barren lakebed to a campsite at Soit Nado (red rocks, where your tents are pitched beneath a grove of lovely fever trees. Located some 200 yards from the Tanzanian border, this will be your home for the next three nights. Overnight Soit Nado camp.
Day 3 :
From this base you are able to ride and drive out from camp in any direction, exploring the defunct Meerschaum mines, the extraordinary landscape of LakeAmboseli Lake, and the surrounding marshes. These provide shelter to thousands of head of game, including large herds of buffalo and the famed herds of Amboseli elephant who spend hours of their day like dinosaurs in the swamp before wandering out onto the desert like features of the lake bed with its shimmering mirage of heat haze. Overnight Soit Nado camp.
Day 4 :
Another morning exploring the area on horseback, perhaps crossing the border to explore the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro. You will take a day drive into Amboseli for a barbecue lunch and an opportunity for some close-up photos of big game from the landrovers. Approaching large and peaceful bull elephant of 70 lb+ tusks by horse and landrover is one of the more exciting prospects from the Soit Nado area. Overnight Soit Nado camp.
Day 5 :
Today, you will move camp from Soit Nado. Riding northeast across the National Park, your trail will skirt the green swamps and pass many herds of game. The dry lake bed will provide as you near perfect going for the horses to canter. On the far side of the lake bed, your group will then break for lunch and a welcome siesta beneath the shade of an acacia before riding 10 more miles to camp at Risa on the plains between Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills.
Day 6 :
Your ride continues towards the Chyulu Hills which rise from the plains to a height of 7000 feet. These hills are recent volcanoes, only 500,000 years old, and some of the craters and lava flows are only 200 years old. This evening, you will camp at the foot of a small hill set amongst the beautiful groves of Balanites and Acacia Tortilis trees with craters rearing up in the background. You will feel as if you are riding through a magical park. Overnight Millennium campsite.
Day 7 :
Your group will spend a full day at the Millennium Camp from where you can do an early morning guided stalk to find fresh signs of the small but closely guarded black rhino that live in the Lava flows of the Chyulus. You can also do some game drives and take an energetic walk up Ol Donyo Sambu, one of the conical craters. There will also, of course, be the opportunity for some early morning and evening rides in this stunning scenery with soft volcanic ash footing – great going for the horses. Overnight Millennium campsite.
Day 8 :
Today, you will leave for Nairobi, arriving in time for your onward transfers as necessary.
The guide reserves the right to change this itinerary based on unforeseen circumstances.
Ride Details - Kilimanjaro Safari
Dates: June 1st – 9th
Private Rides available
Weather: December – March: African summer. short rains, warm temperatures, excellent game viewing; April – June: low season, long rains run from early April to mid-June, less crowded; July – November: comfortable temperatures, popular time due to summer holidays, high season; August – September: wildebeest migrate through the Masi Mari
Meeting Place: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya
Riding days: 6 1/2
Group size: 5 – 12
Daily Riding Hours: 5 – 7
Riding ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country.
Luggage Weight Restriction: Maximum 33 lbs.
Visa Requirements: A visa is required to enter Kenya, which can either be obtained online at http://www.kenyavisagov.com/ or at the airport.
Vaccinations: Please consult with your physician before taking all medications and inoculations. The guides recommend that guests take anti-malarial medication if staying on the Kenyan coast. Malerone is the best (do not take Larium which can have bad side effects) and state that there are no compulsory inoculations required for Kenya
Saddles: English, Western
Hotel/s: Luxury Campsites
Horses: Thoroughbred, Thoroughbred crosses
Non-riding activities: game drives, hiking
Hotel/s: private canvas mobile tents
Prices: $8,400.00 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: $150.00 per night
Private Rides available. Contact us for details.
Included: lodging, all meals, horse, guide, tack, day and night game drives, hiking, laundry, local airstrip transfers, all conservation and park fees, dayroom in Nairobi on last day if required (7 night rides only), local airstrip transfers, Amref Flying Doctors Membership (Air Evacuation)
Not included: airfare
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