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Safari in the Serengeti

The Serengeti Migration Safari

10 days/ 6 days riding from 6084€

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-The Serengeti Migration Safari

10 days/ 6 days riding from 6084€


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The Serengeti spans over 12,000 square miles and covers the borders between Kenya and Tanzania. On this exceptional riding safari, you will have the possibility to explore rugged landscape and undulating grassland, and experience the famous wildebeest migration from horseback. Plenty of other game species can be seen, such as zebras, gazelles and impala, all following the grass in the wake of the rainy season. You may also see elephant, buffalo, giraffe, eland and hartebeest.

Strengths

- A chance of seeing the amazing wildebeest migration on horseback
- Fantastic game viewing with a chance to see elephant, lion, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and numerous antelopes
- A very intimate safari experience with only 8 riders
- Ride through Maasai territory
- Quality horses and a pacey ride to include a number of long canters and gallops, as well as the possibility to jump along the way



Itinerary

Day 1: EUROPE – ARUSHA - MOUNT MERU -

Fly to Kilimanjaro International airport. Your flight must be scheduled to arrive at around 18h and 20h30 to make it in time for the transfer to the Polo Club Camp (30min drive). If your flight arrives outside the scheduled transfer, you will need to take a private transfer (please see dates and prices). You will be spending the first night at the Polo Club, a beautiful and comfortable permanent camp with spacious safari tents. Meet the rest of the group and team at dinner and have a great night's rest.


IMPORTANT: the following itinerary is subject to the movement of the wildlife and the weather conditions. It may be slightly altered to give you the possible safari experience.

Day 2: ARUSHA-NDUTU-CAMP - 2 hrs riding

You will have an early start this morning, to catch your charter flight from Arusha to Ndutu airstrip in the South Serengeti. On landing, you will be driven through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. Your drive will take you through vast plains and “kopjes", or rocky outcrops, following the rivers. With luck, the plains will be teeming with wildlife and especially wildebeest that arrive in their thousands after the rains to make the most of the fresh grass - you may even spot some newborn calves. As you leave the National Park, arrive at your camp in time for lunch.

After lunch, you will meet the horses and the grooms, if time allows a short introductory evening ride will follow. An evening with drinks around the campfire before dinner and then the briefing to prepare for the following day's adventure.

Day 3: NDUTU - 5-7 hrs riding

You will be woken with a welcome cup of tea or coffee before heading for breakfast in the mess tent. You will set off early to explore the area with its gently rolling grasslands, interspersed with granite outcrops and valleys of acacia trees. You should have a good chance of seeing the wildebeest for which the area is famous, gathering on the vast grassy plains.

Depending on the weather and movement of the game, you may head out for a long morning ride, returning to camp for lunch and then either another ride in the afternoon or perhaps a game drive in the late afternoon. Alternatively, you could be out all day, meeting the support crew for lunch in the bush.

Day 4: NDUTU - 5-7 hrs riding

Today at dawn you will pack before breakfast, and get in the saddle to set off for a new camp. You will ride through areas that have rarely been visited before and possibly pass Maasai herdsmen or their small settlements, along the way. After a few hours riding, you will meet the back-up crew for an al-fresco lunch in the bush and a short rest before heading off again to reach the new campsite by tea time. The camp tonight could be situated in the middle of the vast open plains, where at peak migration time, the air will be filled with the braying grunts of wildebeest. You will be welcomed with a cup of tea or an ice cold beer when you arrive at camp, followed by a hot shower and dinner.

Day 5: NDUTU - 5-7 hrs riding

For the next four days, you will be exploring every inch of the Ndutu area. Ride across the open plains and grassy valleys dotted with picturesque granite outcrops and typical East African flat-topped acacia trees. The route and arrangements may vary depending on the weather and the movement of the game. If possible, you might be able to spend a night in a lightweight fly camp, sleeping under mosquito nets.

Day 6: NDUTU - No riding

Today might be the day when a jeep safari is planned to explore the hidden corners of the Serengeti National Park. You will have the opportunity to encounter other animal species and get closer to the elephants. If you are lucky enough, you might even catch a glimpse of a few predators such as lions, cheetahs and leopards. Return to camp for the night.

Day 7: NDUTU - 5-7 hrs riding

A beautiful day riding through the bush and its marvellous landscapes. You and your horse will be following one of the largest animal migrations at close range. You are not the only one following the herds, and other animals such as vultures, marabous and hyenas are roaming the area. Every night the group will gather around the campfire to enjoy the African nights under the stars.

Day 8: NDUTU - 5-7 hrs riding

Last day riding in the West of Tanzania. Wildebeest and other animals will be close by during your ride.

Day 9: NDUTU-ARUSHA - No riding

After an early breakfast, you will be saying goodbye to your horse and the wonderful support team before heading back to Ndutu where you will catch a charter flight back to Arusha Airport (1h flight). You will be having lunch at the Polo Club in Arusha and be given some time to shop for last minute souvenirs. Later you will be transferred back to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home.

Day 10: EUROPE -

Arrive back home.


Price details

- International flights are not included but can be booked upon request.

- Wildlife Management Area and Wildlife Department fees are included in the price

- The above rates are per person, based on sharing a tent. A single tent supplement applies and is €350/£310 for the duration of the safari. Not applicable if willing to share.

- Transfers are included to/from Kilimanjaro airport at set times. Private transfers can be organised at the cost of around £60 per car.

- The return light aircraft transfer from Arusha to Ndutu is €440/£395 and will be invoiced and arranged by us.

- The group is made of 4-10 international riders maximum.
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
1 extra equestrian guide (6+ riders)

Logistics

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 support vehicle with driver and camping gear
1 cook and cook assitants
Groom team

Inland transport

Airport transfers

Accommodation

7 nights in mobile camp
1 night in Polo Club Camp

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 9
All the drinks including wines and cocktails

Extras

Wildlife Management Area and Wildlife Department fees are included in the price

OPTION

Accommodation

Single tent supplement

Transport

Private airport transfers outside of set times

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Transport

International flights
Internal flights (return) Serengeti to Arusha

Extras

Tips to the local team (£15-£20 per day per person)

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 Tanzania is common and well received when you are happy with the service. We recommend $15-20 per day per day per person (for the whole team), but it is left at your discretion.

HORSES

Jo has a good selection of horses and polo ponies, a mixture of Thoroughbreds and local breeds. They are well schooled and responsive mounts for competent riders. All horses are given lots of love, care and attention. English saddles or trail saddles are used and the horses will respond to English or Western aids.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

As this is an area where there is dangerous game you need to be an experienced rider, be competent and confident at all paces and in open spaces. There may be requirements to gallop out of danger if the situation arises. There will also be the opportunity to jump (although these jumps are optional).

Please note that there is a rider weight limit of 85kgs / 187lb / 13.3st

PACE

There will be long spells at walk whilst viewing the game, but there are also plenty of opportunities for long trots, canters and gallops across the open plains.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

A team of grooms will take care of watering, feeding and tacking your horse. Your help will be required to collect the saddles and bridles at the lunch break and on arrival into camp.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You will need to be physically fit in anticipation for the long hours in the saddle under the African sun. The terrain is varied with holes, branched and fallen logs so you will need to be balanced and secure in the saddle. If you do not ride regularly you must get riding fit before joining this trip.

Meeting different cultures and mentalities implies acceptance of these differences and respect.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Saddlebags are provided so that you can keep essentials with you during the day. English saddles or trail saddles are used and the horses will respond to English or Western aids.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

COMFORT

Polo Club Camp (1 night): a permanent camp beautifully located on a wildlife estate with great views of Mt Meru. There are fully equipped tents, all en-suite. WiFi is available at the clubhouse. Swimming pool.

Mobile camp (7 nights): Each site is carefully chosen. The tents are spacious and each has a bush toilet and a bucket shower. Comfortable bedding and bath towels are provided.

CLIMATE

Tanzania has two distinct climatic zones:
- The Highlands (more than 1500, altitude). It is a pleasant semi-tropical climate.
- The coast, with a humid equatorial climate
The higher the terrain, the lower the temperatures will be. As you get closer to the Indian Ocean, temperatures will get warmer and sometimes it is very hot!

Seasons:
- Dry season: From May to October. The hottest months are from December to February.
- Long Rains season: From mid-March to early May. However, the high rainfall month is April. Evenings can be cool, even cold.
- Short rains season: Early November to mid-December. During these months it does not rain all day, only at certain times.

Meals

Local chefs will be preparing all of your meals.
- Traditional breakfasts with juice, tea and coffee.
- Lunch will be prepared on the spot when the logistic team joins you at mid-day.
- For dinner, the chefs will cook delicious local and international dishes, always accompanied by bread and fresh salads. Drinks included.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Your lead guide is Joanna Westermark. She speaks perfect English and has a great knowledge of the fauna and flora.

Packing list

Important: For horse safaris, you should wear neutral coloured clothing (green, brown, beige or grey) to blend in with the landscape.

Head
- A riding helmet is strongly recommended and often compulsory. We recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. Helmet manufacturers (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 for when not riding - Essential
- Sunglasses with high UV protection- they should have a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun.

Upper body
- 4-6 Long-sleeved shirts to provide protection from the sun (quick dry fabric)
- T-shirts and jumpers for the evening
- Lightweight fleece or jumper - some nights can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - rain can be difficult to predict and it's better to be prepared.

Legs
- 2 pairs of lightweight, comfortable riding trousers, jeans or chaps - 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)
- A swimming costume may be useful.
- Non-irritant cotton or synthetic underwear

Hands and Feet
- Light hiking boots or comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps.
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun.

Horse riding extras
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- Backpacks are not permitted whilst riding. You can carry all your small belongings (lipstick, sunscreen, passport, mini camera, glasses, etc.) inside your jacket's pockets or in the saddlebags.

Other useful items
- Travel bag, preferably a soft bag 70-100ltrs (15kg max.)
- Water bottle (1.5l)
- Head torch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Toiletries (biodegradable wipes to replace water)
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Backpack of 25-30ltrs
- Earplugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- A pair of binoculars
- Small plastic bags to throw in the trash.

Medical kit
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) are clearly stated in your medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Painkillers
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrheal 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
- Hand wash gel

General information

- The internal flight only allows up to 15 kg per passenger and no more than 100ml of liquids.
- We recommend taking any valuables, such as your camera, iPod, iPad, medicines and glasses etc. in your hand luggage. Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals.
- If, in wishing to 'travel light', you plan to wash your clothes throughout the trip, please ensure you bring biodegradable laundry products with which to do your washing.
- Ensure you bring something for your chemical waste (batteries, aerosol cans, cream tubes, plastic wrapping), in order to take it back to Europe where recycling and waste disposal is done well and effectively. We advise to, wherever possible, avoid altogether bringing wrapped products to Tanzania. If you do, ensure you take them back to Europe with you

ENTRY FORMALITIES

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your visa application.


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.

All British passport holders need a tourist or business visa to enter Tanzania. Tanzania has introduced an ‘e-visas' system through which applications can be submitted and approved online in advance of travel. It is no longer possible to get a visa from the Tanzanian High Commission in London.

It is also possible to get a tourist or business visa for a single entry on arrival at main ports of entry to Tanzania, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration requirements. You may be asked to provide proof of your return journey. You will not be able to get a multiple entry visa on arrival. For further information about visas visit the Tanzanian immigration website.


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

The Serengeti spans over 12,000 square miles and covers the borders between Kenya and Tanzania. On this exceptional riding safari, you will have the possibility to explore rugged landscape and undulating grassland, and experience the famous wildebeest migration from horseback. Plenty of other game species can be seen, such as zebras, gazelles and impala, all following the grass in the wake of the rainy season. You may also see elephant, buffalo, giraffe, eland and hartebeest.

  • Discover the Serengeti on horseback
    Riders in the Serengeti plains, Tanzania
  • Wildebeest Serengeti migration on horseback
    Horseback riding between Kenya and Tanzania
  • Wild dogs, wildebeest and zebras in Seregenti
    Wild animals in the African plains
  • A short break to enjoy the beautiful African bush
    exploring the serengeti by horse
  • Campsite in the middle of Tanzania
    Mobile camps in Tanzania and Kenya
  • Ride in Maasai territory
    Maasai people near the game parks.
  • Your guide and a Maasai in Tanzania
    Maasai and rider watching the game in Tanzania
  • Maasai Tribe
    Maasai Tribe in the Serengeti horse safari
  • Close encounters with zebras and wildebeest.
    Following the herds of wildebeest in the saddle
  • Horseback riding safari in Tanzania
    Riding close to giraffes in Africa
Early bird discounts
Get 3% off all trips booked before 31/12/2019 for a departure in 2020.
Terms and conditions:
  • This 3% early bird discount applies to the cost of the trip, and excludes transfers & supplements, international or domestic flights, and any additional services.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other current discount.