Ride Overview - Mara River and More Safari
A popular longer horseback riding vacation for first timers to Kenya. With outstanding game viewing from horseback and superb riding country, the Mara exceeds all expectations. The guides have a stellar reputation for providing un-rivaled mobile horseback safaris amongst big game. Riding up close to elephant, lion, and buffalo, or galloping with wildebeest and zebra are life-changing experiences. Your trails are found in open plains interspersed with bush. The short grass plains are ideal for riding (although you must look out for holes) and long fast canters are taken. You will ride at an average altitude of 5,500 feet which makes for warm days and cool nights with very few mosquitoes. In addition to your upscale camp, you will stay and ride across the historic Deloraine estate. It is a unique hosted property with half of Kenya’s history bottled up in it. Over the years many British royals have stayed at Deloraine, including the late Queen Mother and the Duchess of York, when a young bride. There are 3 large double rooms with their own bathrooms in the main house plus a further 2 family rooms with shared bathrooms. There are also 3 double rooms with their own bathrooms in the cottage adjacent to the house. All meals are taken on the veranda or in the dining room and guests become part of the family atmosphere. The mature gardens are magnificent, boasting a croquet lawn, tennis court and swimming pool. You can also visit the Nakuru Park for a fantastic opportunity to see rhino and flamingos, as well as a few different species that you may not have found in the Mara.
After more than 10 trips….they still manage to combine beauty, excitement, fear, luxury and a deep connection with Nature in a manner I believe no other holiday can… L.C.
Ride Itinerary - Mara River and More Safari
You will be collected from your Nairobi Hotel and transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight at 10:00 am to Nabosho. It is a beautiful flight passing over the fertile Kikuyu Highlands before reaching the Great Rift Valley. You will fly across the volcano-studded floor of the Rift before reaching the Loita Hills and Naibosho Airstrip. Your guides will meet you and there will be an hour’s drive to camp. Your camp is nestled in a grove of acacia trees near a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains at Olare Lamun (the rhino salt lick) in time for lunch. There will be an evening ride.
After an early morning ride, your group will return to camp for a light breakfast and then set out for a game drive and walk up the nearby Oloiburmut hill for a brunch/lunch. There will be time for a siesta and at around 4:00 PM, you will ride or drive up the hill for a cultural visit to the local Masai Village.
Your first moving day to break camp in good time, as it is the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 30 miles/50 km. You will ride across rolling open plains and as your group approaches the Mara ecosystem, the game generally becomes more plentiful. You should see herds of zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle and there is a good chance of seeing elephant and buffalo as well. You will reach your camp on the edge of the Masai Game Reserve on the Olare Orok in the late afternoon. From camp, you are likely to hear lion and hyena at night and the abundance of game is apparent everywhere.
Days 4 and 5:
You will have two full days of morning and evening rides from camp with the option of driving into the game park for some good photographic opportunities. From the land rovers, you can get much closer to lion, elephant and buffalo than you are able to do from the horses. The lions on the Olare Orok have grown up with the horses and enable amazing up-close encounters from the horses.
The second moving day will lead you west across the Mara plains to reach the Mara River on the Park boundary. Your group will hopefully ford the river (unless in a complete flood) at one of the famous wildebeest crossings. You will then head south-west across the Mara Triangle where a picnic lunch is served before ascending the Soit Olololol Escarpment to reach your camp in a forest glade overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem.
Your trail descends the escarpment through the Mara Triangle to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. After lunch, you will ride to your final campsite set up on the banks of the Mara River near a pod of hippos.
With a full day camped on the river, you will follow the same morning and evening ride routine, crossing the river once more. A walk or drive will be on offer after breakfast; providing another good opportunity to take photographs.
You will have one last morning ride before saying goodbye to your horse. After a final breakfast, you will either drive or fly to Deloraine arriving in time for lunch and an evening ride or tea and a walk around the stables.
Today is an opportunity to ride and relax by the pool at Deloraine but a trip to Nakuru Park for a picnic breakfast will also be on offer. This is a fantastic opportunity to see rhino and flamingos, as well as a few different species that you may not have found in the Mara. You will be back in time for an evening ride, or alternatively can opt to go the park after a morning ride and be back mid to late afternoon.
After one last morning ride, you will get a taxi back to Nairobi in time for your return flight or to your hotel in Nairobi.
The guide reserves the right to alter the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances.
Ride Details - Mara River and More Safari
Dates: Please contact us for dates. Private rides also 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
Daily Riding Hours: 5 – 7
Riding days: 9
Group size: 5- 12
Riding ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country. Some foot walking over rough terrain.
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 Wintec, Australian Stock
Hotel/s: Luxury Campsites, upscale hotel
Horses: Thoroughbred, Thoroughbred Cross
Non-riding activities: game drives, hiking
Hotel/s: private canvas mobile tents
Prices: $9,945.00 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: $150.00 per night
Plus: Deloraine trail riding, riding lessons or polo: $40.00 per hour. Since you select the number of hours to ride, this is not included in the package.
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, *Deloraine Park trip ($230.00 – $330.00 per person, based on group size), Deloraine horseback riding, lessons or polo
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