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Masai Mara ride

11 days / 8 days riding from 8310€

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in luxury camps with proper beds and linen. Toilets and showers are usually provided.

 

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KENYA-Masai Mara ride

11 days / 8 days riding from 8310€


Activity :

Level :

Comfort :

Ride with the original pioneers of horseback riding safaris across Masailand. Journey through the open plains of Kenya on well schooled horses to see abundant wildlife and habitats off the beaten track. Stay in mobile camps, pitched in the most secluded and beautiful areas and perhaps witness the incredible spectacle of the wildebeest migration. A horseback safari as it should be.

Strengths

- Ride with Gordie Church, an incredibly knowdgeable guide with a great understanding of the Masai people.
- Large and comfortably furnished tents with twin or double beds and imported linen
- The true essence of a traditional safari with full immersion in the wilderness
- Camps are pitched in the most secluded and beautiful areas, offering ultimate privacy and luxury
- Interact with local Masai tribes as they tend their cattle
- The possibility of witnessing the greatest wildebeest and zebra migration in the world
- Fantastic game viewing in a true Big Five area
- Non-riders are very welcome and will be taken on game drives with experienced guides

Itinerary

Day 1: LONDON TO NAIROBI -

Overnight flight from London to Nairobi. If you choose a day flight, which arrives into Nairobi in the evening then you will need to overnight in a hotel in the city before transferring to the camp the following morning.

Alternatively, you can fly overnight, departing London at c. 21:00 and arriving into Nairobi early the following morning.

Day 2: NAIROBI TO MARA CAMP - 1-2 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

Your driver will meet you at the International airport in Nairobi and transfer you to Wilson domestic airport to catch the Air Kenya scheduled flight departing at c.10.30 and arriving at the airstrip at c.11.15. You will then be taken on a game drive to the mobile tented camp in time for a late lunch. Settle into camp before enjoying a short ride to familiarise yourself with the horses.

Overnight in the Lemek Conservancy

Day 3: PLAINS OF LEMEK - 4-6 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

Wake up to for your first morning in the bush. You will spend this morning and part of the afternoon exploring the riverine forests and open plains of Lemek.

There is abundance of wildlife in this region, including giraffe, warthog, zebra, hartebeest, topi, wildebeest and with some luck you might even spot a cheetah or leopard.

Overnight in the Lemek Conservancy

Please note that the itinerary may change depending on the weather and other local conditions and may run in reverse order.

Day 4: MARA NORTH - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

After a hearty breakfast, ride in a northerly direction, through a little gorge and out over the Ololituroto plain, scattered with the occasional balanities tree. Exceptional views in every direction on excellent going for the horses.

Stop for a picnic lunch in the Olomai forest, siesta and a glorious ride down to the Mara river, with many large pods of hippo and the odd monster crocodile.


Overnight in the Mara North Conservancy

Day 5: SIRIA ESCARPMENT - 4-6 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

A stunning area to explore by horse or vehicle. We may ford the river and ride under the iconic Siria escarpment. The concentration of game is breathtaking and with plenty of opportunity to jump fallen trees created by the resident elephant. Waterbuck, jackal and lion occur, as do many other wildlife species.

Overnight in the Mara North Conservancy.

Day 6: MARA TRIANGLE - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

After a 'full-monty' breakfast you will ride south across the Maternity Plain. Stunning view in every direction and excellent terrain for pacey horses. Cross the Mara River on horseback and reach the famous Mara Triangle. Picnic lunch will be enjoyed in a patch of thick forest often occupied by elephants. After lunch you will enjoy another short ride before ascending on foot to the top of the escarpment.

Overnight in the Mara Triangle.

Day 7: MARA TRIANGLE AND MASAI VILLAGE VISIT - 4-6 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

Today you will have options to ride and drive in the triangle with magical views looking down towards the Serengeti in the distance. This corner of the ecosystem is blessed with croton thickets, forest and endless tall grasslands, the perfect environment for rhino, elephant, buffalo and lions. In the late afternoon you may visit a small traditional homestead of the local Masai hosts.

Overnight in the Mara Triangle.

Day 8: OLARE OROK STREAM - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

Today you will descend the escarpment on foot and head East to hop in the saddle and ride back over the Mara river. Ride through the large village of Rianta and onwards, to a lovely picnic lunch under scattered acacia trees.

After a lond siesta over the Koiyaki Plain you will reach your new camp on the Olare Orok Stream. The stream is used by the Masai to water their cattle.

Overnight in the Mara North Conservancy.

Day 9: MARA RIDE - 4-6 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

Morning and afternoon ride, drive or walk discovering this magical corner of the Mara. This area can provide a sensational big-cat experience since large prides of lion make this area their home.

After supper you may head back to the wild with the vehicle and a spotlight to discover the nocturnal creatures.

Overnight in the Mara North Conservancy.

Day 10: FINAL DAY - 2-3 hours riding

Your last morning ride or drive following the banks of the river, with wonderful opportunities for long canters. After a hearty brunch you say your "goodbyes" to the horses and camp crew.

The afternoon flight to Nairobi departs at 2:45 p.m. Upon arrival at approximately 4:15 p.m., you will be transferred to JKIA for your international flight home. Make sure you book a flight late in the evening to allow for your connection.

Dinner en-route to the airport is optional and payable locally.

Please note a shorter safari of 6 nights is also available, please call us for further details.

Day 11: NAIROBI TO LONDON -

Arrive back in London in the early morning.


Price details

- International flights to Nairobi are not included. Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a double/twin tent.

- Internal air and road transfers are included

- Groups are usually confirmed with 2 - 12 riders. A small group supplement might apply for four guests or less (please contact us).

- There is no single supplement if you are prepared to share with another rider of the same sex. To request your own single tent incurs a supplement of £1625.

- Conservation fees are included.

- The above dates are set departures but it is possible to schedule additional dates for private groups - please contact us for details.

- Shorter 6 nights rides are also possible - please enquire
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Logistics

4x4 viewing vehicles with Kenya professional safari guide in each vehicle
Full safari crew
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
Support vehicles and trucks

Inland transport

Internal flights and road transfers

Accommodation

Full board accommodation in tents

Additional equipment

First aid kit
Flying Doctors' membership

Extras

Game drives
Conservation fees

OPTION

Accommodation

Single tent supplement

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Transport

International flights

Extras

Tips to the local team (around $25 per person per day)

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation
Visas and personal purchase

TIPS

Tipping in Kenya is customary so please have some small denomination notes for the porters at the airport etc. For your safari guides and staff we recommend $25 per day, which will be distributed between everyone.

HORSES

The horses are a mixture of Somali-Arab crossbreds and thoroughbreds and range between 14hh - 17hh. They are well schooled, responsive and even-tempered. There is a wide range of horses to suit each individual and every effort is made to match horse and rider. The horses are sure footed in their terrain and comfortable in their environment.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You should be a competent rider, secure in the saddle at all paces with the ability to post to the trot for stretches of 10 minutes at a time and be able to gallop out of trouble. There will be opportunities for some canters across the plains when the terrain dictates. Much of the riding is at a walk due to the terrain and so that you don't startle the wildlife, but this is classed as an experienced ride due to riding with dangerous game.

The guide will assess the capability of each participant and should he feel that any rider is not competent and therefore imposes a risk to themselves and others, he will ask them to continue the safari in a vehicle rather than on horseback.

Max. weight limit of 90 kgs. Heavier riders might be accommodated with shorter rides, game drives and walks - please contact us.

PACE

Much of the riding is at a walk due to the terrain, but there are opportunities for trot, canter and some exhilarating fast gallops when the surroundings allow.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

The horses are tacked and untacked for you under the professional guidance of Felicia and her team of grooms.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You will ride between 4 and 8 hours each day, covering 20 to 40 kilometres, so a good level of fitness is required. Experience of a previous riding holiday would be an advantage, but not necessary - just a great sense of adventure.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Horses are ridden English style using snaffle bridles and very comfortable French cavalry and English general –purpose saddles. Double-sided saddlebags are provided.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

COMFORT

Camps are pitched in the most secluded and beautiful areas, offering ultimate privacy and total luxury. You will stay in spacious twin or double bedded tents, comfortably furnished with duvets and a hot water bottle to keep you warm on the cold nights. Each tent has a hot bucket shower to wash away the dust and a long drop toilet. At meal times uou will find the mess tent transformed with a fully laiden dinner table and the bar caters for all preferences with some great cocktail choices.

CLIMATE

The climate in Kenya is fine all year round with little seasonal variation. During the day it will get hot while at night temperatures can drop quite sharply and it can feel cold. The long rains fall in April and May and the short rains in November.

Meals

Professional chefs provide delicious meals prepared over open fires and served by waiters. The furnished dining tent is where camp meals are served and include a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, fish and fowl. The food is locally sourced with hearty breakfasts, al fresco lunches and impressive candlelit dinners and freshly baked bread each day. There is even a safari freezer so you can have ice in your drinks! The 'bush bar' is stocked with imported wines and spirits local beers, soft drinks and there will be cocktails!
Special dietary requirements can be catered for and every effort is made to accommodate special requests.


Support Team

Guide and local team

Gordie Church guides these safaris and he is a third generation Kenyan. He grew up on safari with his father Tony Church who was one of the pioneers of the long distance riding safaris in the 1970's.
Gordie along with his wife Felicia and their experienced team offer one of the friendliest yet professional safaris in Africa.
Each riding safari is personally guided by Gordie, with Felicia on hand to assist with the horses.

Packing list

Please note that there is a 15kg luggage limit and your bag must be of soft sided construction.
Head
-Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
-Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and thorns
- T-shirts
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - the rains can be difficult to foresee and it's better to be prepared.
- Casual clothes for the evening

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps to protect against thorns. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for moving around the lodge and camp
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding

Nightwear

Our Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided, particularly for light air transfers. There is usually a luggage limit of 15kgs for the light aircraft transfer.
- Wherever possible you should wear neutral colours, such as beige, brown or natural bush colours for riding as bright colours, such as red, yellow or white can startle the wildlife and they will see you long before you've seen them
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for plunge pools
- Binoculars for viewing game
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
this should help
-Insect repellent and bite relief cream

ENTRY FORMALITIES

To enter Kenya, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry, and with at least one blank page, is required by all nationals of the UK, Australia, Canada, USA and other EU countries.
Visas
Visas for Kenya are required by all nationals referred to above, except for nationals of Cyprus, who do not need a visa.
You can obtain your visa on entry; passport photos are not required. However, multiple-entry visas cannot be issued at the point of entry, and must be obtained in advance through Kenya's embassies.
Travellers who are also visiting Rwanda and Uganda may find it more useful to apply for an East African cross-border joint visa which allows entry into all three countries on a single visa.
Visa note:
Nationals not referred to above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Kenya.
Kenya has an agreement with Tanzania and Uganda to waive visa re-entry fees if travelling between the three countries as long as the single-entry visas remain valid for each country. This means multiple-entry visas are not required if going from Kenya to Tanzania or Uganda and back to Kenya.
Types and cost:
Transit visa on arrival: US$20; Single-entry visa on arrival: US$50, payable in US Dollars, Euros, Pounds Sterling or Swiss Francs.
East African tourist visa: US$100.
If you prefer to obtain your visa in advance then current costs are: Transit visa: £10; single-entry visa: £30; multiple-entry visa: £60.
Validity:
Single-entry visa: three months; multiple-entry visa: one year; East African tourist visa: multiple entries within three months.
Transit:
Transit visas are available to air passengers with connections in Kenya and for those travelling through Kenya to other destinations within a three-day period; an onward ticket or tour itinerary/confirmation is required.

IMPORTANT - From 1ST JULY 2015 it is possible to apply for your visa online at
Ecitizen
Visa for China - http://www.ecitizen.go.ke

This service is for single entry tourist and transit visas. From the 1ST SEPTEMBER 2015 all visas must be obtained in advance online. It will not be possible to purchase visas on arrival after this date.

Embassies
Kenya High Commission in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7636 2371/5. Website: http://www.kenyahighcommission.net

Addresses of consulates

  • Consulat du Kenya
    3, rue Freycinet
    75 116 PARIS
    Tél. : 01 56 62 25 25
    Fax : 01.47.20.44.41
    paris@amb-kenya.fr
  • Ambassade du Kenya
    Avenue Winston Churchill 208
    1180 Bruxelles
    Tél. : +32 (0) 2 340 10 40
    Fax : +32 (0) 2 340 10 50
    info@kenyabrussels.com
  • Ambassade du Kenya
    Avenue de la Paix 1-3
    1202 Genève
    Tél. : 022/906 40 50
    Fax : 022/731 29 05
  • Ambassade de France à Nairobi
    Adresse : Barclays Plaza Tower - 15th floor
    Loita street
    Nairobi
    Tél. : +254 20 277 8000
    Fax : +254 20 277 8180

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Kenya except that you need a yellow fever vaccination if you have travelled to a country (7 days or less before entering Kenya) where that disease is widely prevalent. A yellow fever vaccination is generally recommended anyway!
It's advisable to get your vaccinations in order before travelling to Kenya. The general vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) is recommended. Also Hepatitis A and Typhoid are usually recommended.
If you are staying longer than 3 months or have a particular risk (travelling by bike, handling of wild animals, visits to caves) you might consider a rabies vaccination. Vaccination against Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B are also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months.
Like most African countries south of the Sahara, Malaria is prevalent in the country. Don't underestimate this tropical disease and take precautions. Buy repellent (preferably with 50% DEET), and sleep under a net.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.Vous devez absolument être assuré en assistance et rapatriement pour participer à nos voyages.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

The international dialling code for Kenya is +254
Kenya's time zone is GMT + 3 hours

BUDGET AND MONEY

Kenyan Shilling (KES; symbol KSh) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of KSh1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins are in denominations of KSh20, 10 and 5.

MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted; American Express and Diners Club less so. Major hotels now also accept payment by credit card, as do major safari companies, travel agencies and restaurants. Almost every bank now has an ATM, and they are increasingly being installed at petrol stations.

VOLTAGE

220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are UK-type square three-pin.

ACTIVITY :Horseback Safari

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

Ride with the original pioneers of horseback riding safaris across Masailand. Journey through the open plains of Kenya on well schooled horses to see abundant wildlife and habitats off the beaten track. Stay in mobile camps, pitched in the most secluded and beautiful areas and perhaps witness the incredible spectacle of the wildebeest migration. A horseback safari as it should be.

  • Horseback safari in the Masiai Mara
    Masai and his horse
  • Meeting with the Kenyan wildlife
    Horseback safari in the Masai Mara Kenya
  • Horseback safari in the Maasai Mara
    Riding safari in the Maasai Mara Kenya
  • Horseback safari in the Maasai Mara Kenya
    Riding safari in the Maasai Mara Kenya
  • Meeting with buffalos during the safari
    Horseback safari with the Big Five
  • Masai and his horse in Kenya
    Horseback safari in the Maasai Mara Kenya
  • Horses and giraffe in the Maasai Mara
    Horseback safari in the Maasai Mara Kenya
  • Wildlife and horses in Kenya
    Riding with wildebeest in Kenya
  • Crossing the river on a horseback safari
    Riding safari in the Masiai Mara Kenya
  • Masai Mara riding safari in Kenya
    Luxurious horseback safari in Kenya

STRENGTHS

- Ride with Gordie Church, an incredibly knowdgeable guide with a great understanding of the Masai people.
- Large and comfortably furnished tents with twin or double beds and imported linen
- The true essence of a traditional safari with full immersion in the wilderness
- Camps are pitched in the most secluded and beautiful areas, offering ultimate privacy and luxury
- Interact with local Masai tribes as they tend their cattle
- The possibility of witnessing the greatest wildebeest and zebra migration in the world
- Fantastic game viewing in a true Big Five area
- Non-riders are very welcome and will be taken on game drives with experienced guides

ITINERARY

Day 1: LONDON TO NAIROBI -

Overnight flight from London to Nairobi. If you choose a day flight, which arrives into Nairobi in the evening then you will need to overnight in a hotel in the city before transferring to the camp the following morning.

Alternatively, you can fly overnight, departing London at c. 21:00 and arriving into Nairobi early the following morning.

Day 2: NAIROBI TO MARA CAMP - 1-2 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

Your driver will meet you at the International airport in Nairobi and transfer you to Wilson domestic airport to catch the Air Kenya scheduled flight departing at c.10.30 and arriving at the airstrip at c.11.15. You will then be taken on a game drive to the mobile tented camp in time for a late lunch. Settle into camp before enjoying a short ride to familiarise yourself with the horses.

Overnight in the Lemek Conservancy

Day 3: PLAINS OF LEMEK - 4-6 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

Wake up to for your first morning in the bush. You will spend this morning and part of the afternoon exploring the riverine forests and open plains of Lemek.

There is abundance of wildlife in this region, including giraffe, warthog, zebra, hartebeest, topi, wildebeest and with some luck you might even spot a cheetah or leopard.

Overnight in the Lemek Conservancy

Please note that the itinerary may change depending on the weather and other local conditions and may run in reverse order.

Day 4: MARA NORTH - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

After a hearty breakfast, ride in a northerly direction, through a little gorge and out over the Ololituroto plain, scattered with the occasional balanities tree. Exceptional views in every direction on excellent going for the horses.

Stop for a picnic lunch in the Olomai forest, siesta and a glorious ride down to the Mara river, with many large pods of hippo and the odd monster crocodile.


Overnight in the Mara North Conservancy

Day 5: SIRIA ESCARPMENT - 4-6 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

A stunning area to explore by horse or vehicle. We may ford the river and ride under the iconic Siria escarpment. The concentration of game is breathtaking and with plenty of opportunity to jump fallen trees created by the resident elephant. Waterbuck, jackal and lion occur, as do many other wildlife species.

Overnight in the Mara North Conservancy.

Day 6: MARA TRIANGLE - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

After a 'full-monty' breakfast you will ride south across the Maternity Plain. Stunning view in every direction and excellent terrain for pacey horses. Cross the Mara River on horseback and reach the famous Mara Triangle. Picnic lunch will be enjoyed in a patch of thick forest often occupied by elephants. After lunch you will enjoy another short ride before ascending on foot to the top of the escarpment.

Overnight in the Mara Triangle.

Day 7: MARA TRIANGLE AND MASAI VILLAGE VISIT - 4-6 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

Today you will have options to ride and drive in the triangle with magical views looking down towards the Serengeti in the distance. This corner of the ecosystem is blessed with croton thickets, forest and endless tall grasslands, the perfect environment for rhino, elephant, buffalo and lions. In the late afternoon you may visit a small traditional homestead of the local Masai hosts.

Overnight in the Mara Triangle.

Day 8: OLARE OROK STREAM - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

Today you will descend the escarpment on foot and head East to hop in the saddle and ride back over the Mara river. Ride through the large village of Rianta and onwards, to a lovely picnic lunch under scattered acacia trees.

After a lond siesta over the Koiyaki Plain you will reach your new camp on the Olare Orok Stream. The stream is used by the Masai to water their cattle.

Overnight in the Mara North Conservancy.

Day 9: MARA RIDE - 4-6 hours riding

Accommodation : WILDERNESS CAMP

Morning and afternoon ride, drive or walk discovering this magical corner of the Mara. This area can provide a sensational big-cat experience since large prides of lion make this area their home.

After supper you may head back to the wild with the vehicle and a spotlight to discover the nocturnal creatures.

Overnight in the Mara North Conservancy.

Day 10: FINAL DAY - 2-3 hours riding

Your last morning ride or drive following the banks of the river, with wonderful opportunities for long canters. After a hearty brunch you say your "goodbyes" to the horses and camp crew.

The afternoon flight to Nairobi departs at 2:45 p.m. Upon arrival at approximately 4:15 p.m., you will be transferred to JKIA for your international flight home. Make sure you book a flight late in the evening to allow for your connection.

Dinner en-route to the airport is optional and payable locally.

Please note a shorter safari of 6 nights is also available, please call us for further details.

Day 11: NAIROBI TO LONDON -

Arrive back in London in the early morning.

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YOUR ADVISOR

Did you know?

The world famous Wildebeest migration is not just restricted to Kenya - the herds are permanently on the move through Kenya and Tanzania. The exact timings of the migration are governed by rains and the supply of good grazing grasses, but the following offers some guidance.

In late November, after the short rains, the Wildebeest can be found on the short, grassy plains of the Serengeti near to the Ngorongoro crater. They remain here through December, January, February and March, giving birth to their young around February time. Around April they start their migration westwards and northwards in search of better grazing and water. In May they can be found around Seronera in Tanzania where they are joined by vast numbers of zebra and Thompson's and Grant's gazelles. In June they reach the Grumeti river and congregate here for a while before crossing and heading north into Grumeti and the northern Serengeti during July and August.

September is the most dramatic month with the herds reaching the Mara River, gathering in huge numbers and then crossing the river in a spectacular display of panic and confusion, with many being taken by crocodiles. They then arrive in Kenya and graze the plains of the Maasai Mara through September and October before heading south again and back into the Serengeti in Tanzania.

To view the migration on a horse riding safari you should choose dates around September/October. Other dates throughout the year offer different highlights - Kenya is a Big Five destination and game viewing is superb throughout the year.