Horseback Travel & Equestrian Tradition
Menu

A roaming safari through Tanzania

Safari between Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro

10 days / 7 days riding from £ 3,565

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 THE THRESHING BARN - HOMME CASTLE BARNS
SHELSLEY WALSH
WORCESTERSHIRE, WR6 6RR. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

Imprimer

TANZANIA-Safari between Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro

10 days / 7 days riding from 3565£


Activity :

Level :

Comfort :

This horseback safari through Tanzania covers 3 diverse ecosystems, full-of-life forests, at an altitude of 4565m, around Mt Meru in the Arusha National Park, vast plains of the Enduimet corridor and the foothills of Kilimanjaro (5890m). This itinerant horse riding trip to Kilimanjaro offers occasions to observe majestic wildlife, such as giraffe, hippo, elephant and eland. Be moved by the sense of freedom that comes from riding in Tanzania and spend the night in 'Out Of Africa' style camps.

Strengths

- 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

Itinerary

Day 1 : UK - ARUSHA - MACHAME - 2 hours riding

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 flights arrival time before 21h30. Should your flight arrive too late, you will spend the night at a hotel close to the airport.

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

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 4WDs 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

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.

Day 10 : UK -

Arrive in the UK in the morning.


Price details

- Flights are not included but we can assist with this on request.

- Extensions to this trip, for 2 or more people, are a possibility - just ask us for more information.

- Groups are made up of 2 - 8 riders max.

- Entry fees to the National Park are not included in the above price - fees covering the entirety of the safari come to approx. £800.

IMPORTANT :
- If you would prefer to spend the trip on your own in a spacious en suite double tent then a c. £435 supplement will be added to your invoice
- If you are travelling on your own and do not wish to pay the above supplement, you will stay in a smaller single person tent

IMPORTANT : All of the departure dates for this ride may be adjusted depending on the movements of the wildlife and the date choices of the first riders to book on to this ride
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 guide
1 English-speaking "back-up guide"

Logistics

1 vehicle and driver for transporting your baggage

Inland transport

Return transfers to and from Kilimanjaro airport

Accommodation

2 nights in comfortable rooms on your hosts' farm
5 nights spent camping 'Out of Africa' style in large 2 person tents with a separate toilet and shower tent

Meals

Full-board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 9
Included in the price are all snacks, tea, coffee and other drinks, evening apéritifs and dinner drinks : wine, beer and local alcohols

Horses and equipment

Horses, tack and horse transportation, etc.

OPTION

Accommodation

Individual rooms or tents with a supplementary charge : £435 per person

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Transports

International flights

Extras

Laundry, telephone calls and other personal extras
National Park entry fees : £800

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

TIPS

It is customary to tip in Tanzania. Tips, which remain at your discretion, should be based on your level of satisfaction with the team. These tips are split across the team at the Makoa Farm - a reasonable tip would be around £10 - 15 per day.

HORSES

The stable in Tanzania consists of Half-blood Anglo-Arabs, Pure and Half-blood Bavarians, Australian Brumbies, Trakehners, etc.

The horses are all lively, sure footed and comfortable to ride, making them perfect for safaris. They are well trained and well looked after (both of your hosts are practicing vets). They are also all inventively named; Kili, Pumucki, Bagira, Petite Blanche, Sanjan, Talisman, Tonino, Danya, Narcolino, Shilling, Akrobat...

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

To get the most out of this safari, you need to be at ease at all 3 paces (rising trot, galloping in a group with a well-balanced seat) and be able to maintain this trot and gallop, for around 10 minutes, while keeping control of your mount over uneven terrain. Jumping experience over naturally-occurring obstacles is a plus.

This ride is for good intermediate+ riders.

For riders over 90kg/ 14st 1lb/ 198 lbs, it is important that you contact us before signing up to this ride. If you are over 95 kg / 15st / 210 lbs, but an accomplished rider, please get in contact with us to discuss mount options.

PACE

The base pace of this horseback safari is a walking pace. You will experience trots and long, rhythmic gallops whenever the terrain allows. The horses will respond perfectly to your movements and often with relaxed reins.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be expected to assist with grooming, tacking up and untacking your horse each day whilst out on the trail.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

To help get the most out of this trip, riders who have not been riding regularly are required to get back into the saddle before heading out for this safari.

Heading out through Tanzania, you will meet people from a different culture with a different mindset to your own, you must be ready to accept and respect any differences you encounter.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

You will be riding on quality trail saddles, e.g. Podium (Italy), Trailrider (Leon Liversage South Africa), Deuber & Partner, Sommer and Barefoot (both German) - some these saddles are tree-less (e.g. Barefoot). Long-distance and trail riding saddles are also available - this wide variety of saddles ensure one will be found to suit each rider.

Horses are ridden with simple bits, either Hackamore or Sidepull, which can require a little bit of time to get used to.

COMFORT

This safari offers up a variety of accommodation styles. You will spend 2 nights in a private cottage on your hosts' farm which grants spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. You will spend 5 nights camping out in the Tanzanian wilderness in 'Out of Africa' style encampments. Your mobile camp will be made up of comfortable single person tents, a separate toilet tent and a hot shower tent or Big V-frame double / twin tents with en suite toilet / shower.

The tents are equipped with beds, mattresses and linen, bedside table and the verandah has comfortable chairs and an extra table - which doubles as a crate for any items you might not want to keep in your tent.

Your meals will all be homemade from the farm's produce and all prepared by a fantastic cook!

CLIMAT

Generally speaking, Tanzania has 2 distinct climatic zones:
- The inland climate, with its plateaus at altitudes of up to 1500m, has a moderate tropical climate
- On the coast, Tanzania benefits from a humid equatorial climate

The higher you move up into the country, the lower the temperature drops. The further you move down towards the Indian Ocean, the hotter it will become - occasionally extremely hot.

The seasons in Tanzania are quite varied. The dry season is from May to October and the hottest season from December to February. The country has a long rains season stretching from mid-March to the beginning of May, with the most substantial rainfall falling in April. The evenings during this period are often cool or cold. The lighter rains last from the beginning of November to mid-December. Throughout this period, the rain doesn't usually fall all day, only a few hours at a time.

On Mount Kilimanjaro, in January and February there is often snowfall throughout the night and nights reaching freezing temperatures through July and August.

Meals

Your meals on the safari will consist of English breakfasts: tea, coffee, egg and bacon with beans or other veggies, fresh home-made bread, cheese, fresh fruit and sweet options.
With the exception of a picnic lunch, your lunch will be served from a back-up vehicle where the chef will be waiting for you with a table and chairs all set up. Lunch will consist of – salad, often gratins, pie, pizza or quiche, etc., as well as dessert (e.g. home-made cake, biscuits or fruit).
Dinner will be a 3-course meal, usually starting with a soup, then meat or fish, vegetables, rice, potato or home-made pasta, followed by dessert.

Wine and beer are served with dinner or for sunset-drinks, together with other options.

Support Team

Guide and local team

You will enjoy excellent guiding by 2 former professional long-distance riders, they are both vets and are passionate about showing their guests the beauty of Tanzania's wilderness.

Packing list

When on a horseback safari, it is best to wear clothes of a neutral colour (green, brown, beige or grey) that will blend in to the countryside.

Head
- A riding helmet is mandatory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable. You also have the option of buying protective shells to go under your hats (Ranch & Rider, Lexington Safety Products) or western hat helmets (Troxel).
- Sunhat (indispensable) with a cord to go under your chin
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun, wind or rain

Upper body
- 4 to 6 polo shirts in cotton or long-sleeved shirts (to protect against the sun)
- 1 or 2 long-sleeved shirts for the evening
- 1 lightweight fleece or jumper (from September to June)
- 1 warm fleece or jumper (from June to September during the winter)
- 1 lightweight or warm waterproof jacket (depending on the season). It is always a good idea to wear a coat with a multitude of pockets to keep your cameras, snacks, other items in.

Legs
- 2 pairs of lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs in cotton with either mini or long chaps in leather or other synthetic materials - this will help to protect you against the long vegetation. We recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)
- Non-irritant cotton or synthetic underwear

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half. We don't recommend taking your favourite leather boots in case they get damaged
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of warm socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Our Recommendations
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera - see below, lip balm etc)
- For your cameras, we strongly recommend keeping them in a dust-proof pouch, that can be attached to you whilst riding. It should be easily accessible and not take more than 2 seconds to take out of the pouch. Keeping your camera in your saddle bag is not ideal as by the time you have extracted the camera, you can be sure that whatever you wanted to take a picture of will have moved away!
- Sunscreen can be carried in saddlebags
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- 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!

Photos & Extras
- We recommend bringing a camera with a zoom capacity of 200 or 300 mm to take the fantastic photos of the animals on the plains and large panorama images of the countryside
- Bring a change of batteries and a charger adapted for a vehicle cigarette lighter. We recommend you bring changes of batteries and multiple memory cards
- A pair of binoculars
- Before taking a photo of a person, you must always ask permission of the people concerned. You must consider the feelings/ opinions/ respect due to the possible subjects of your photos
-Throughout the world, and particularyl in Africa, it is forbidden to take photos on or of administative or military installations

Other useful it
- Travel bag 70-100 litres (hold luggage)
- Travel bag 25-30 litres (cabin bag
- Double saddlebags are available on request
- Water bottle (1.5 litres or 2 equivalent)
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Toiletries
- Protein or cereal bars for the longer stretches of riding
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it after use
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Small plastic bags for you rubbish
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- A pair of binoculars

Medical kit
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) and clearly stated in your medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Painkillers
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhea medication
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Eye drops
- Hydrating/ soothing cream
- Plasters
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

General information
- The airline allows only one bag to be checked-in per passenger. Make sure it weighs no more than the specified weight limit; if it exceeds this weight, you will have to pay excess luggage fees at check-in
- Hand luggage mustn't contain any sharp objects (knives, scissors, nail file or nail scissors, etc.) and the quantity of liquid allowed per passenger is limited to 100ml per container.
In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant over 100 ml and all bottles can be decanted into small, clear, plastic Ziplock bags. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- If you wish to travel 'light' and wash your clothes throughout the ride, please bring with you laundry detergent that is biodegradable
- All waste that could be considered toxic (batteries, aerosols, batteries, empty cream tubes, film) needs to be kept with you and transported back to the UK, where recycling is done well and efficiently. Avoid, wherever possible, to bring with you unnecessary packaging

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.

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

This horseback safari through Tanzania covers 3 diverse ecosystems, full-of-life forests, at an altitude of 4565m, around Mt Meru in the Arusha National Park, vast plains of the Enduimet corridor and the foothills of Kilimanjaro (5890m). This itinerant horse riding trip to Kilimanjaro offers occasions to observe majestic wildlife, such as giraffe, hippo, elephant and eland. Be moved by the sense of freedom that comes from riding in Tanzania and spend the night in 'Out Of Africa' style camps.

  • Horseback safari in Tanzania
    Riders in Tanzania
  • Zebras and Buffalos in Tanzania
    Safari in Tanzania
  • Pink flamingo - Riding in Tanzania
    Horseback safari in Tanzania
  • Beautiful lunches and dinners laid out for you
    Riders on a horseback safari in Tanzania
  • Colobe - horseback safari in Tanzania
    Horseback in Tanzania
  • Riding into the lush Tanzanian forest
    Horseback safari in Tanzania
  • Tanzania boasts incredible ecosystems
    Horseback safari in Tanzania in the lush forest
  • A group of riders led by experienced guides
    Guided riding safari in Africa

STRENGTHS

- 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

ITINERARY

Day 1 : UK - ARUSHA - MACHAME - 2 hours riding

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 flights arrival time before 21h30. Should your flight arrive too late, you will spend the night at a hotel close to the airport.

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

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 4WDs 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

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.

Day 10 : UK -

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Back to top

Did you know ? 

Thomson's gazelle 

While you are riding in Tanzania you are likely to meet with the Thomson's gazelle. It has a bright fawn on the upper half of its body and white on the inside of the legs and belly, a horizontal dark fawn stripe along its flanks. With a split coat of  half-long, silky fur  which is shorter on its legs.

This gazelle is very sociable, a herd can consist of six to sixty individuals, sometimes even more. The composition of these herds is curious because they consist of only females with one lone-adult male. 

Gazelles are extremely fast and can run at speeds of 50-60 km / hour on long distances  or sprint short distances at 80 km / hour to escape from a predator.

The Thomson's gazelle is known for its high leaping gate. It is always fun to gallop with them by your side in the savannah.