- - Enjoy the unique chance to ride through the stunning Arusha National Park, with special authorisation, and explore the spectacular countryside at the foot of Kilimanjaro
- Experience an itinerant horseback safari in small groups of 8 riders
- Spend the night in campsites in comfortable tents, with separate bathroom tents and access to hot showers, and relax in the African bush in the light of lanterns and a crackling campfire
- Or choose to stay in one of the big new V-frame tents with en suite bathroom (WC and shower)
- From horseback, observe a wide range of African wildlife in 3 different ecosystems, including giraffe, elephant, gnus, impala and much more
- At the end of the safari, discover a small farm full of life and energy, nestled in the Kilimanjaro foothills and home to orphaned and displaced animals as well as a veterinary clinic caring for injured local wildlife
Day 1 : UK - ARUSHA - MACHAME - 2 hours riding
Accommodation : MAKOA FARM
You will fly out from the UK to Kilimanjaro airport where you will be met and transferred (30 minutes) to your safari's starting point at the foot of Kilimanjaro.
Pick ups and transfers to Makoa from the airport can be arranged to fit with any flight arrival time.
Depending on your flight time, once you arrive at the farm, you will get to meet the horses and join the ride that sets off at around 16:00 to explore the farm.
Day 2 : MACHAME - 2 hours riding
Accommodation : MAKOA FARM
You will be welcomed by your hosts onto their small farm, situated in the heart of a 145 hectare coffee plantation and tropical forest which surround the Machame Gate, one of the entry points for people wishing to climb Kilimanjaro. The house itself and the rooms have been built to make the most out of the truly spectacular views of the highest summit in Africa.
Looking out over the farm land, you will see not only the domesticated farm animals but also the native Vervet monkeys and baboons. Makoa is also home to Gray´s and red duiker, bushbuck, reedbuck and bush pigs as well as nocturnal animals like aardvarks, porcupines, civet cat and jackal, even striped and occasionally spotted hyena and leopard.
Makoa is a safe haven for many domesticated and wild animals, some of which where brought to our veterinary clinic when injured or orphaned – so the you will have a chance to see and learn about more animals usually not often spotted.
You will have lunch on the farm before spending the afternoon in the stables and enjoying a ride around the property to get to know your horse for the week a little better. You will have your dinner and spend the night on the farm.
Day 3 : MACHAME - MT. MERU ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK - 4-6 hours riding
After an early breakfast and transfer of both horses and riders to Arusha National Park you will find yourself in the environs of Mount Meru. This still active volcano reaches a peak altitude of 4656 metres and is the 4th highest summit in Africa and the second highest in Tanzania. Surrounding this majestic peak is incredible countryside - open savannahs, dense forest, impressive craters and numerous lakes. In each distinct vegetal region, you will find varied and lush flora and fauna, including the 'Big Five' such as elephant, buffalo and leopard.
You will start your horseback safari in the region known as the Little Serengeti, a large plain frequented by many species of herbivore. Progressively, you will make your way into the foothills around the base of Mount Meru before stopping for lunch at Park Resthouse. You will then continue across the slopes of Mount Meru enjoying spectacular views. In a truly magical spot, you will arrive at and settle into your camp for the evening, Camp Brousse.
Day 4 : ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK - 4-6 hours riding
In the early hours of the morning, you will wake to the calls of mantled guereza, long-haired black and white monkeys. After a light breakfast, you will head out early - in order to benefit from the best observation opportunities - and ride into a forest, straight from fairy tales, brimming with tree-like ferns and immense moss-covered trees. You may even cross the path of a herd of elephants. Following numerous animal tracks, you will ride to the Fig Tree Arch, a giant fig tree whose trunk has been formed into an arch by the digging and passage of the local wildlife. There, a brunch will be waiting for you, as well as a splendid view of the plains and lakes that stretch out all the way to Kilimanjaro.
Following your brunch, you will ride down towards the Mount Meru waterfall where it is almost guaranteed that you will observe buffalo grazing in lush pastures. Your will return to your camp and allow the horses a break as you take the 4x4s to Momella Lakes where you will find flamingo, hippo, giraffe, antelope and gazelle and a fantastic view of Kilimanjaro.
Day 5 : ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK - MAASAILAND - 4-6 hours riding
Waking up early, you will be served tea or coffee in your tent. Then, you will ride out for a long morning on horseback through a tree-strewn savannah where you can observe giraffe, buffalo, and antelope etc. Towards the end of the morning, you will leave behind the green pastures and dense acacia forest of the Arusha National Park and enter vastly different Maasaï country.
Your lunch stop will be brief as the afternoon ride will be long, allowing for fantastic gallops. Here and there, you will cross paths with Maasaï shepherds and their herds before reaching you camp - seemingly pulled right out of a scene from 'Out of Africa' with its romantic atmosphere. The encampment is found amidst large yellow-trunked acacias not far from a path well-trodden by elephants. A welcome shower, a drink and a good dinner around a campfire in the heart of the savannah will await you upon your arrival... a dream experience.
Day 6 : MAASAILAND - ENDUIMET CORRIDOR - 4-6 hours riding
After breakfast at sunrise, your day's safari will lead you north onto terrain that is ideal for galloping, sometimes alongside zebras and gnous. At a gentler pace, you will be able to observe wildlife such as, kudus, antelope, gazelle, and Kori bustards.
You will ride through the Enduimet pass, a protected region, which allows for the annual large wildlife migration between Amboseli, the Kilimanjaro region, and Arusha National Park.
At the end of the day, you will ride into Mgunga private Camp, found in the shadow of an immense tree. You will spend the evening relaxing, looking out over, the now distant, Mount Meru as the sun sets casting an ethereal light across the savannah. You will remember this magical moment in the heart of the African brush.
Day 7 : ENDUIMET - WEST KILIMANJARO - 4-6 hours riding
As the sun rises behind Kilimanjaro, your guiding team will wake you with a cup of tea or coffee, whichever you would prefer, before enjoying a day dedicated to animal observation. These open plains, strewn with acacia trees with their tender leaves attracting herds of giraffe, are dominated by small hills which upon riding over will offer some fantastic viewpoints. These plains are also home to delicate impala and massive eland. You should also be able to observe kobs, kudu, Grant and Thompson gazelles, Burshell zebras - often found in the company of gnous.
From horseback, you may also sometimes catch a glimpse of spotted hyenas, timid leopards and the equally as rare cheetah, as well as occasionally crossing ambling herds of buffalo and elephant.
Day 8 : RIDING TO KILIMANJARO - 4-6 hours riding
Accommodation : MAKOA FARM
The day's ride will see you leave behind the exceptional natural spaces of West Kilimanjaro to once more find yourselves amongst the coffee and cocoa plantations. You will ride through the open savannah and explore the surrounding forests as throughout the day, the slopes of Kilimanjaro reveal their wooded nature. You will ride the edge between the savannah to the west and the forest to the east. At the end of the afternoon, you will reach the transport that will transfer you back to your hosts' farm.
Day 9 : MACHAME - KILIMANJARO AIRPORT -
After a relaxing breakfast, you will have a bit more time to explore your guides' farm and discover the numerous education projects that run there to teach school children about ecological sustainability and environmental protection.
This farm is also a functioning veterinary clinic which offers shelter and care to many domestic and wild animals who have either been injured, orphaned or displaced from their native habitat.
Later in the day, you will be transferred to the International Kilimanjaro airport to catch your overnight flight back to the UK.