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Lake Natron Ride

10 days / 8 days riding from £ 4,875

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.

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS Fingerpost Cottage
Hopton Wafers
Shropshire, DY140NA. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

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TANZANIA-Lake Natron Ride

10 days / 8 days riding from 4875£


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A trail ride through the hauntingly beautiful Lake Natron area in Tanzania, famous for its vast breeding colonies of flamingoes. Here it is the landscape which is the attraction rather than large herds of game, although you may see zebra and wildebeest if you are lucky. Ride past traditional Masai villages and their cattle bomas before reaching the wildlife areas.

Strengths

- The hauntingly beautiful landscape of the Lake Natron area, with it's vast numbers of flamingoes
- See the only active volcano in Africa - Oldonyo Lengai
- Ride through Maasai villages
- Opportunities for long canters and gallops across open grasslands, perhaps with zebra and wildebeest alongsides

Itinerary

Day 1: LONDON - ARUSHA - No riding

Depart the UK on a day flight to Kilimanjaro airport, aiming to arrive in the late afternoon/early evening. Please note that, depending on flight schedules it may be necessary to depart the UK a day earlier and spend a night either in Kenya or Tanzania.

You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro airport and transferred c. 30 minutes to your accommodation for the night. Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to rest before dinner with your group.

NB. Please note that this itinerary is a guide - the actual route will depend on game movements and local conditions but always with your best interests at heart.

Day 2: ARUSHA TO KASKAZI - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

After breakfast at your lodge, you are transferred to Kaskazi's fly camp which is situated west of Mt Longido and north of N'garuka village - this is a journey of c. 4.5 hours.

Upon arrival at camp, you will have the chance to settle into your tent before lunch is served. After a safety briefing it is time for your first afternoon ride - this is a short ride and a chance to get used to your horse before returning to camp for dinner.

Day 3: MAASAI BOMAS - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

After breakfast in camp it is time for your first full day on horseback. Today's ride is both scenic and cultural as you ride through Maasai villages (bomas) and encounter herdsmen out grazing their cattle.

Around midday, stop for lunch under the shade of a tree - lunch may have been carried in your saddle bags or you may be met by the support vehicle.

After a siesta you re-mount your horse and up the pace in order to cover enough ground to reach your camp before the sun hits the horizon.

Day 4: GELAI - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

Early wakeup call followed by an English breakfast before joining your mount. Directions are northbound for the day, with Gelai Mountain overlooking you from the East. The day's ride leaves the Masai villages behind and enters the beautiful, almost dreamlike scenery of the Natron region. If you are lucky then you might encounter big herds of
zebra and wildebeest roaming the wide-open landscape.

Lunch is taken out in the bush beforeriding on to the night's camp.

Day 5: OLDONYO L'ENGAI - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

After breakfast, mount up to explore the areas around the only active volcano in Africa, Oldonyo L'Engai (Mountain of God).

Late lunch back in camp with time for a siesta. The afternoon is for everyone to relax, allowing riders and horses muscles to rest.

Day 6: LAKE NATRON - 6-7 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

Today is going to be a long and tough day, covering about 60 km in close to 40 degrees Celsius temperatures.

With the volcano behind you, enter a riverbed that offers some shade and thereafter cross the open landscape before arriving to the lunch spot. Rest in the shade of some big acacias close to a riverbed, to gain some more energy for the last stretch of the days ride. The night is spent close to the hot springs, overlooking the lake.

Day 7: HOT SPRINGS - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

After breakfast, a 45 minute walk takes place heading towards the hot springs, near the eastern shores of the soda lake. After the exhausting heat and dust of yesterdays long ride, a rewarding dip adds to the enjoyment of the days adventures.
Enjoy lunch in the springs and either walk or drive back to camp.

A late evening ride takes place, enjoying the cooler hours before darkness with good chances of seeing hyenas and jackals searching for food on the mud flats of the lake.

Day 8: OLDONYO L'ENGAI - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

Early morning departure, leaving the dry, desolate and hauntingly beautiful lake behind you and following the familiar riverbed back to the lush, green grassland at the foot of Oldonyo L'Engai. The night is spent in a place now familiar to everyone.

Day 9: ARUSHA - 3 hours riding

It's time to say goodbye to the horses and riding team, pack your bags and depart to civilisation.You will ride to the airstrip where you are then transferred by light aircraft back to Arusha. Lunch at the Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge where a room will be also available for a shower and some rest.

You can depart this evening, or we can book an additional night for you to rest and recover (at additional cost).

Day 10: LONDON -

Arrival back to the UK in the morning


Price details

- International flights are not included

- Groups consist of a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 riders, plus guides

- Wildlife Management Fees are not included but will be invoiced - these are USD 960/GBP 750.

- There is no single supplement if you are willing to share. To request your own tent throughout there is a supplement of c. £40 per night.

- Internal flight from Lake Natron to Arusha is included in the price
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

Support Team

1 English speaking horse guide
1 backup guide

Logistic

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 cook
1 assistant cook
1 support vehicle

Inland transports

Internal flight from Lake Natron to Arusha
Airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Aiport

Accommodation

7 nights mobile camp, 2 per safari tent with on suit bush toilets and hot bucket showers.
1 night in, a private villa 35' from Airport in double room in full board accomodation and locally sourced beverages.

Meals

Full board accomodation and locally sourced beverages during safari

Extra

Flying doctor membership for each client (fly out insurance)

OPTION

Accommodation

Single tent supplement

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Imported wines and spirits, personal extras

Transports

International flights to Kilimanjaro Airport

Extra

Gratuities for the camp team and guides (guideline of 15-25 USD per guest per
day)
Wildlife Department and Management area Fees separately invoiced

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.
Visas and personal purchase

TIPS

It is customary to tip in Tanzania and we would recommend c. £10 per person per day, but this is entirely at your discretion. We suggest tipping your lead guide who can distribute the money amongst all members of the team.

HORSES

There are 15 horses, a mixture of Thoroughbreds and local breeds. They are well schooled and responsive mounts for competent riders. English saddles or trail saddles are used and the horses will respond to English or Western aids.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be a competent rider, capable of standing to the canter and remaining in control in open spaces. There may be requirements to gallop out of danger and so you need to be secure in the saddle and confident at all paces. There are some obstacles and so some jumping ability is preferable, but all jumps are optional.

Please note that there is a rider weight limit of 85kgs.

PACE

There will be long stretches of walk across technical terrain, but there are many opportunities for long trots and canters across the open grasslands, possibly with herds of game. The cooler mornings offer more chances for faster riding, whereas the afternoons are usually shorter and quieter.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

Your horses will be groomed and tacked up for you, but you may be asked to assist with untacking your horse at lunch stops and on arrival in camp in the evenings.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You need to be physically fit for the long hours in the saddle (up to 7 hours each day) in hot and sometimes humid conditions. This ride is the most challenging of our itineraries in Tanzania and so you should be prepared for the heat and strenuous nature of the ride. The terrain requires your full attention - there may be holes or branches to avoid and you may need to ascend/descend riverbanks or ravines.

Riders who do not ride regularly must get riding fit before joining this safari.

You will meet different cultures and mentalities which requires acceptance of these differences and respect for others.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Saddle bags are provided so that you can keep essentials with you during the day.
English or McLellan-like saddles.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

COMFORT

Kaskazi Flycamp uses large bell tents, each with proper beds, ensuite bush toilets and bucket showers.

The first night in Arusha is spent at the permanent camp at the Polo Safari club. There are ten fully equipped tents (en-suite - flush toilets). There is WiFi in the clubhouse and a swimming pool.

CLIMATE

Tanzania has two main seasons - the dry season and the wet season. The dry season is from May to October, when it is unlikely to rain and the daytime temperatures are warm.
There are two rainy seasons: the long rains extend from mid-March to early May, with the majority of the rain in April. Evenings can be cool or even cold.
The short rains are from early November to mid December - during this period the rain is not constant but falls in heavy showers during the day.

The hottest months are December to February.

Around Mount Kilimanjaro there is often snowfall overnight in January and February, and freezing cold nights in July and August.

Meals

Meals are prepared by a professionally trained bush chef.
Breakfast is traditional and includes fresh fruit juice
Lunch is either sandwiches from the saddle bags or a selection of light dishes produced from the support vehicle in a shady spot.
Dinner is three courses and a mixture of local and international dishes with fresh salads and freshly baked bread.
Drinks are included whilst on safari but payable locally at lodges added on at the beginning/end.

Support Team

Guide and local team

You will likely be guided by owner Jo and at least one back-up rider. They are English speaking and have a good knowledge of the fauna and flora.

Packing list

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 for easy transportation between camps.
- 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
- Waterbottle to keep in the saddlebags
- Swimsuit - for the Lake Natron ride
- Towel. A camping towel will both dry quicker and pack lighter
- Binoculars for viewing game
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - must be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Ear plugs, particularly if you are a light sleeper
- Anti malarial tablets and Yellow Fever Certificate (check with your doctor)

ENTRY FORMALITIES

A passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry to Tanzania is required by all nationals of Australia, USA, Canada, the UK and other EU countries.
While still part of Tanzania, Zanzibar and the other islands are administered autonomously; they have their own immigration procedures and you will be asked to show your passport on entry and exit.

Visas
Visas for Tanzania are required by all nationals referred to above, except:
Nationals of Cyprus and Romania, who do not require a visa.
You can obtain single-entry and transit visas on arrival at the port of entry into Tanzania. Passport photos are not required; all other requirements must be in place.
Visa note:
Nationals not mentioned are advised to contact the embassy or high commission to check visa requirements for Tanzania.
Types and cost:
Single-entry tourist visa: US$50 on arrival (the exception is US citizens for whom a single-entry visa is US$100) or £40 in advance.
Multiple-entry business visa: £80 (six months) or £100 (12 months).
Validity:
Single-entry tourist visa: up to three months from the date of issue. You can re-enter Tanzania on the same visa (providing it is still valid) if coming into Tanzania for a second time from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda or Burundi.

IMPORTANT:
Tanzania has announced that it will ban single-use polythene bags from June 2019 in the war against plastic pollution.

Travellers bringing plastic bags in the country may face heave fines. Please do not try to bring in any plastic bags (including zip lock bags for liquids under 100ml) into the country.

Addresses of consulates

  • Paris | Ambassade de Tanzanie
    7 ter rue de Leonard de Vinci
    75116 Paris
    Tél. : 01.53.70.63.66
    Fax :
    ambtanzanie@wanadoo.fr
  • Ambassade de France en Tanzanie
    Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road
    PO Box 2349
    Dar es Salaam
    Tél. : +255 22 219 88 00
    Fax :
    contact@ambafrance-tz.org
  • Tanzanian High Commission
    3 Stratford Place
    W1C 1AS London
    Tél. : +44 (0) 207 569 1470
    Fax :
    balozi@tanzania-online.gov.uk

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Tanzania except that you will need to have a cholera stamp (to prove you don't have the disease) if you plan to visit Zanzibar. And you need a Yellow Fever vaccination if you have travelled to a country (7 days or less before entering Tanzania) where that disease is widely prevalent. A yellow fever vaccination is often recommended anyway!
The general vaccinations against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) are recommended, as are both Hepatitis A and Typhoid.
If you are staying longer than 3 months or have a particular risk 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.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

Mobile phone roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Tanzania's many cellular networks cover almost all towns, the urban sections of the coast, Zanzibar and the tourist areas, but not some of the parks and reserves or the southwest of Tanzania away from the towns and the main road. SIM and top-up cards for the pay-as-you-go mobile providers are available just about everywhere; in the towns and cities they often have their own shops, but you can buy cards from roadside vendors anywhere, even in the smallest of settlements.
GMT + 3 hours
Dialling code +255

BUDGET AND MONEY

Tanzanian Shilling (TZS; symbol TSh). Notes are in denominations of TSh10,000, 5000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500. Coins are in denominations of TSh200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 but these are worth very little and are rarely used. In Kiswahili, it is shilingi and written prices are often denoted with the symbol /=; i.e. 100/= is the same as TSh100.
Credit cards:
Most top-end hotels, safari lodges, airlines and tour operators accept Visa and MasterCard (American Express and Diners Club less so), though a commission of 2-5% is usually charged. Budget hotels and most restaurants and shops do not accept credit cards, and they are rarely accepted for payment outside the main tourist areas.
ATM:
Cash can easily be withdrawn from ATMs using Visa or MasterCard. Any sizeable town has at least one bank with an ATM, and there are ATMs at the larger airports. ATMs generally only dispense notes in increments of TSh 10,000 and these larger notes are often hard for people to change – hoard smaller change whenever possible to pay for taxi fares, snacks, souvenirs and the like.
The import and export of local currency is prohibited, so use up you Shillings before departing.

VOLTAGE

230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are mostly UK-style square three-pin, but round three-pin plugs are also in use. Power cuts are common in the rainy season, though most large hotels have back-up generators.

ACTIVITY :Horseback Safari

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

A trail ride through the hauntingly beautiful Lake Natron area in Tanzania, famous for its vast breeding colonies of flamingoes. Here it is the landscape which is the attraction rather than large herds of game, although you may see zebra and wildebeest if you are lucky. Ride past traditional Masai villages and their cattle bomas before reaching the wildlife areas.

  • The flamingos at Lake Natron
    Horse riding safari lake Natron Tanzania
  • Taking a dip in Lake Natron with the horses
    Horseback safari near Lake Natron in Tanzania
  • Cantering across the open plains of Tanzania
    Safari on horseback near lake Natron Tanzania
  • Meeting with elephants in Tanzania
    Safari near lake Natron Tanzania on horseback
  • Seeing the real Tanzania and discovering a new culture
    Horseback riding safari Lake Natron Tanzania
  • Watching the wildebeest with your experienced guide
    Riding safari on horseback in Tanzania
  • The mess tent at Camp, with all the comforts of home
    Horse riding holiday safari near lake Natron Tanzania
  • Don't be late for your flight!
    Safari on horseback near lake Natron Tanzania
  • Time for refreshments with the most stunning backdrop
    Riding safari in Tanzania
  • What a spot to lay camp!
    Horseback riding safari near lake Natron Tanzania

STRENGTHS

- The hauntingly beautiful landscape of the Lake Natron area, with it's vast numbers of flamingoes
- See the only active volcano in Africa - Oldonyo Lengai
- Ride through Maasai villages
- Opportunities for long canters and gallops across open grasslands, perhaps with zebra and wildebeest alongsides

ITINERARY

Day 1: LONDON - ARUSHA - No riding

Depart the UK on a day flight to Kilimanjaro airport, aiming to arrive in the late afternoon/early evening. Please note that, depending on flight schedules it may be necessary to depart the UK a day earlier and spend a night either in Kenya or Tanzania.

You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro airport and transferred c. 30 minutes to your accommodation for the night. Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to rest before dinner with your group.

NB. Please note that this itinerary is a guide - the actual route will depend on game movements and local conditions but always with your best interests at heart.

Day 2: ARUSHA TO KASKAZI - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

After breakfast at your lodge, you are transferred to Kaskazi's fly camp which is situated west of Mt Longido and north of N'garuka village - this is a journey of c. 4.5 hours.

Upon arrival at camp, you will have the chance to settle into your tent before lunch is served. After a safety briefing it is time for your first afternoon ride - this is a short ride and a chance to get used to your horse before returning to camp for dinner.

Day 3: MAASAI BOMAS - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

After breakfast in camp it is time for your first full day on horseback. Today's ride is both scenic and cultural as you ride through Maasai villages (bomas) and encounter herdsmen out grazing their cattle.

Around midday, stop for lunch under the shade of a tree - lunch may have been carried in your saddle bags or you may be met by the support vehicle.

After a siesta you re-mount your horse and up the pace in order to cover enough ground to reach your camp before the sun hits the horizon.

Day 4: GELAI - 5-7 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

Early wakeup call followed by an English breakfast before joining your mount. Directions are northbound for the day, with Gelai Mountain overlooking you from the East. The day's ride leaves the Masai villages behind and enters the beautiful, almost dreamlike scenery of the Natron region. If you are lucky then you might encounter big herds of
zebra and wildebeest roaming the wide-open landscape.

Lunch is taken out in the bush beforeriding on to the night's camp.

Day 5: OLDONYO L'ENGAI - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

After breakfast, mount up to explore the areas around the only active volcano in Africa, Oldonyo L'Engai (Mountain of God).

Late lunch back in camp with time for a siesta. The afternoon is for everyone to relax, allowing riders and horses muscles to rest.

Day 6: LAKE NATRON - 6-7 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

Today is going to be a long and tough day, covering about 60 km in close to 40 degrees Celsius temperatures.

With the volcano behind you, enter a riverbed that offers some shade and thereafter cross the open landscape before arriving to the lunch spot. Rest in the shade of some big acacias close to a riverbed, to gain some more energy for the last stretch of the days ride. The night is spent close to the hot springs, overlooking the lake.

Day 7: HOT SPRINGS - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

After breakfast, a 45 minute walk takes place heading towards the hot springs, near the eastern shores of the soda lake. After the exhausting heat and dust of yesterdays long ride, a rewarding dip adds to the enjoyment of the days adventures.
Enjoy lunch in the springs and either walk or drive back to camp.

A late evening ride takes place, enjoying the cooler hours before darkness with good chances of seeing hyenas and jackals searching for food on the mud flats of the lake.

Day 8: OLDONYO L'ENGAI - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : SAFARI CAMP TANZANIA

Early morning departure, leaving the dry, desolate and hauntingly beautiful lake behind you and following the familiar riverbed back to the lush, green grassland at the foot of Oldonyo L'Engai. The night is spent in a place now familiar to everyone.

Day 9: ARUSHA - 3 hours riding

It's time to say goodbye to the horses and riding team, pack your bags and depart to civilisation.You will ride to the airstrip where you are then transferred by light aircraft back to Arusha. Lunch at the Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge where a room will be also available for a shower and some rest.

You can depart this evening, or we can book an additional night for you to rest and recover (at additional cost).

Day 10: LONDON -

Arrival back to the UK in the morning

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YOUR ADVISOR

Did you know?

Lake Natron is a salt and soda lake in northern Tanzania which is characterized by its rich red colouring. The colour of the lake is created during high levels of evaporation - as the water evaporates it leaves behind natron (sodium carbonate decahydrate) and trona (sodium sesquicarbonate dihydrate) creating a highly alkaline solution in which salt-loving micro-organisms thrive. Some of these oganisms include a cyanobacteria which photosynthesises its own food, similar to plants, but rather than the plant's green colouring, it's photosynthesizing pigment is red. This produces deep reds in the open water of the lake and oranges in the shallower parts of the lake.

This salty, hot environment makes most of the lake inhospitable, however, 2.5 million lesser flamingo depend on it. They feed on Spirulina - a blue-green algae with red pigments - which also thrives in alkaline waters. It's the red pigment in this algae that gives the flamingoes their pink colouring.

Lake Natron hosts the largest single flock of these flamingoes in East Africa and you should be lucky enough to see them on this fantastic horseback trail ride in Tanzania.