Ride Overview - Masai Mara Offbeat Safari
A popular 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. You will ride across open plains interspersed with bush. The short grass plains are ideal for riding and long fast canters are taken. Because you will ride at an average of 5500 feet, you will enjoy warm days and cool nights with few mosquitoes. 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!
This is the epitome of what a true ‘safari’ is all about. W.C.
Ride Itinerary - Masai Mara Offbeat Safari
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 10:00 AM flight to Mara North in the Masai Mara. Your guides will meet you and drive you to your first camp nestled on the banks of the Mara River adjacent to a teeming hippo pool. After lunch, you will have a little time to relax before meeting your horse and setting off on your first gentle evening ride.
After an early morning ride during which you will cross the Mara River for the first time, you will come back to camp. After a light breakfast, you will set out for a game drive. Driving provides better photographic opportunities than from a horse and exploring this Northern part of the Mara has much to offer. You will return in time for brunch and a siesta before setting off on another afternoon ride. You will be back in good time to shower and maybe set off in the vehicles once more for a sundowner and night game drive before supper.
You will leave camp with a picnic lunch, heading south towards the park boundary where your group will meet the river again at one of the famous wildebeest crossings. After you cross the river, you will ride southwest across the Mara Triangle to meet the car with your picnic lunch. Next, your trail will ascend the Soit Olololol Escarpment. You will find your camp on the edge of the escarpment and spend the night overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem.
Your trail descends the escarpment to the wildebeest crossing on the river. Next, you will head in a westerly directly and descend into the enchanting Olare Orok Valley for a picnic lunch. Finally, you will reach your camp in time for tea and if time permits, an evening game drive before supper under the stars.
You will have a full day of exploring this glorious area on horseback, foot and by car. You should get excellent close photo opportunities of buffalo, elephant, lion and maybe cheetah or leopard.
During this third moving day, your group will break camp in good time, as it the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 3o miles/50 km. With a picnic breakfast and lunch along the way, you will ride to your last camp at Olare Lamun (the rhino saltlick) tucked in a grove of acacia trees by a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains.
After an early wake-up and cup of tea or coffee, you will mount up for a morning ride before returning to camp for a light breakfast. You will then set out for a game drive and beautiful walk up the nearby Oloiburmut hill; returning to camp for a brunch/lunch. There will be time for a siesta and at around 4:00 PM, you will drive or ride to visit the local Masai Village
You have 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 11:00 AM in time to do some shopping before your evening flight or in good time to reach your onward destination.
The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances.
Ride Details - Masai Mara Offbeat Safari
Dates: January 12th – 19th, March 9th – 16th, June 15th – 22nd, July 6th – 13th, August 10th – 17th, September 14th – 21st, December 7th – 14th
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: 7
Daily Riding Hours: 5 – 7
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 may be required.
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: Endurance, Western
Hotel/s: Luxury Campsites
Horses: Thoroughbred, Thoroughbred cross
Non-riding activities: game drives, hiking
Hotel/s: private canvas mobile tents
Prices: $7,300.00 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: $150.00 per night
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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)
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