- Big game area offering the chance to ride with elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra etc
- Opportunties for fast riding on the dried out pans of Lake Amboseli (weather permitting)
- There may be options for jumping, particularly around the cattle bomas
- Ride through traditional Maasai villages
- Experience the wonder of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru, Longido and Namanga
Day 1 1: LONDON - ARUSHA - No ridingDepart the UK on a day flight to Kilimanjaro airport, aiming to arrive between 18.00 and 20.30 (flight not included). If your flight is earlier or later, you will be required to pay an additional transfer fee of c £45 per vehicle. 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 (Arusha) and transferred c. 30 minutes to your accommodation for the night at the Safari Polo Club. The camp is beautifully located on a wildlife estate with great views of Mt Meru - and even Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day. 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 2: MOUNT MERU - 1-2 hours ridingSAFARI CAMP TANZANIAAfter breakfast you are transferred from your lodge to your camp, close to Mount Meru, the second highest mountain of Tanzania.
After being shown to your tent, time for refreshments before a short introductory ride to get to know your horse. The vegetation will change dramatically from open grassland to rain forest, with the possibility of seeing elephants, buffaloes, leopards and plains games. The big canopy forests are stunning and the atmosphere is quite eerie. After lunch you will also ride by Margarete Trappe's old house.
Camp is set at the foot of Mt Meru. The day ends around the campfire with a drink in your hand, and before dinner the safari briefing takes place to prepare everyone for the next day’s adventure.
Day 3 3: NGAREJANI - MOMELLA LAKES - 4-6 hoursSAFARI CAMP TANZANIAAfter an early wake up call (perhaps from the very talkative Colobus monkeys...) and breakfast, mount your horse and head towards the area where the movie Hatari was filmed.
Half way into the morning ride, you will start the climb with the horses, aiming to reach the “Fig Tree Arch”, a massive fig tree arch, big enough to fit five horses underneath it!
The ride continues until you reach lunch, beautifully located in the rain forest next to a waterfall. You are now on about 2000 meters above sea level. After lunch you head back towards camp, passing by another waterfall on the way back.
After returning to camp, there will be an option to jump into the vehicles and go visit the Momella lakes, hoping to see some hippos and beautiful water birds. Sundowners at the lakes before heading back to camp for showers and dinner.
Day 4 4: MOMELLA LAKES - AMBOSELI - 4-6 hours ridingSAFARI CAMP TANZANIAYou wake up with the sun and after a big breakfast is served, it is time to get on your horse. Today the plan is to ride out of Arusha National Park. The directions are eastbound heading towards Mount Kilimanjaro and leaving Mount Meru behind. The day’sride is long and amongst Tanzanian farmland and the Massai steppe: it is scenic with many cultural interactions as the rides goes along.
You will likely make use of the cooler hours in the morning and try to cover as much ground as possible. Lunch is served under a big acacia tree, sometimes near to a dam where the Massai water their cattle. The horses also have the opportunity to have a drink. You will have a long stop for lunch, with time for a siesta to regain some strength. The afternoon sees you entering into rich wildlife areas again, continuing across opened plains, making sure you reach camp before the sun hits the horizon.
Day 5 5: AMBOSELI PANS - 4-6 hours ridingSAFARI CAMP TANZANIAEarly wake up with coffee and tea before a bush breakfast is served. The day will be spent tracking the biggest land living mammal: the elephants. The terrain differs from thick scrublands to acacia woodland. You will return to camp for lunch and head out for another ride in the afternoon. Before sunset, you return to camp to enjoy another night in this remote and remarkable place on earth.
Day 6 6: AMBOSELI PANS - 4-6 hours ridingSAFARI CAMP TANZANIAThe safari starts heading towards the so-called Seven Sisters. After crossing the seven hills (Seven Sisters) you ride through Sinya Village and continue towards lunch, served under a shady tree. The terrain varies from opened grassland to beautiful canopy forests. The day offers good chance of seeing plains game such as zebras, giraffes and wildebeests but most important is the presence of the shy antelope - the Gerenuk.
The night is spent between the four powerful mountains, Mt Meru, Namanga, Longido and the most legendary of all, Mt Kilimanjaro.
Day 7 7: AMBOSELI - 4-6 hours ridingSAFARI CAMP TANZANIAWake up with the sun, then ride towards the Kenyan border. This day will be spent tracking the footsteps of the elephants. The night will be spent overlooking the pans with its plains game on constant alert for predators.
Day 8 8: AMBOSELI - ARUSHA - 2-3 hours ridingAfter a leisurely breakfast, it is time to set off on your very last ride in the Tanzanian wilderness. You will be back at the Camp on time for lunch, followed by your transfer back to Arusha (c. 3 hours drive).
A room will be made available at the Polo Club for the afternoon, before heading back to Kilimanjaro Airport and your flight back to the UK.
Day 9 9: LondonArrive back to London
Dates & prices
- Groups are usually a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 riders, plus guides (6-15 in the summer July - August)
- Wildlife Management Area (Park) fees of USD960 in 2019/2020 ($960, c. £740) are not included in the above prices, but will be invoiced. Although we try to keep this website updated to reflect recent changes on taxes and levies, they are subject to change without prior notice.
- There is no single supplement if you are willing to share with another rider. To request your own tent is an additional c. USD50/£40 per night (2019/2020).
- Other departures are possible and can be planned on request throughout the year, except during April and May which correspond with the long rainy season in Tanzania.
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.
1 additional guide for groups of 6+ riders
1 support vehicle
1 assistant cook
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle
Price doesn't include
Wildlife Management Area (Park) fees separately invoiced
May - June 2020
Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status 06/06/2020 14/06/2020 £3,900 Open Book now 20/06/2020 28/06/2020 £3,900 Open Book now 28/06/2020 06/07/2020 £3,900 Full
July - August 2020
Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status 25/07/2020 02/08/2020 £3,900 Open Book now 08/08/2020 16/08/2020 £3,900 Open Book now 22/08/2020 30/08/2020 £3,900 Open Book now
September - October 2020
Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status 05/09/2020 13/09/2020 £3,900 Open Book now 19/09/2020 27/09/2020 £3,900 Open Book now 03/10/2020 11/10/2020 £3,900 Open Book now 17/10/2020 25/10/2020 £3,900 Open Book now 31/10/2020 08/11/2020 £3,900 Open Book now
November - December 2020
Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status 08/11/2020 16/11/2020 £3,900 Open Book now
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
Please note that there is a rider weight limit of 85kgs.
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
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.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.
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.
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.
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.
Guide and local team
- 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
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and thorns
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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)
Visa & Health
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 and most other nationalities 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: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/
It is no longer possible to get a visa from the Tanzanian High Commission in London. American nationals are required to apply for a multiple entry e-visa for all tourism visits to Tanzania; the ordinary single entry e-visa is unavailable for Americans to apply to.
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: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/
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
Tél. : 01.53.70.63.66
- Ambassade de France en Tanzanie
Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road
PO Box 2349
Dar es Salaam
Tél. : +255 22 219 88 00
- Tanzanian High Commission
3 Stratford Place
W1C 1AS London
Tél. : +44 (0) 207 569 1470
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.
Budget and money
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.
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.
Telephone and jetlag
GMT + 3 hours
Dialling code +255
Did you know?
Did you know?
On this horseback safari you ride through the Enduimet Wildlife Management Area (EWMA) which lies in the Longido district of Tanzania, near the border with Kenya. Situated between the national parks of Amboseli and Kilimanjaro, the EWMA serves as an important trans-national migratory route and dispersal area for many species of wildlife, in particular the elephant. It remains the only corridor that connects to the Kilimanjaro ecosystem. The Enduimet area is also home to 17,000 people with the dominant ethnic group being Ilkisongo Masai, who cultivate the land for agriculture and cattle.
The EWMA has rangers which frequently patrol the corridor to provide access for wildlife to move from Kilimanjaro to Amboseli. These rangers help to prevent poaching, and the Enduimet corridor lost no elephant to poachers in 2013 - proof that community based conservation can work.