A tower of giraffe seen from horseback in Tanzania

South Amboseli safari

Join a horseback safari through Tanzania and explore the great plains of Ngasurai. Experience fast canters at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, and enjoy the spectacular views of the highest summit in Africa. Discover the Kingdom of giants and observe elephants and giraffes in their natural habitat, ride across the heart of the savannah and see majestic wildlife such as zebra, hippo and eland. On this horse safari, watch the beautiful sunset colours of the bush, and be moved by the sense of freedom you get from spending a night under the stars.
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Horseback Safari
10 days / 6.5 riding -
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  • A herd of zebras with horseback riders in the background
    Riding with zebra in Tanzania!
  • Rider watching a herd of wildebeest from horseback
    Watching wildebeest from the saddle in Tanzania
  • Rider watching wildlife from the back of her horse
    Spotting wildlife on a riding safari
  • Giraffe watching a group of riders in Taniza, Amboseli
    An inquisitive giraffe!
  • Riding in Tanzania and spotting wildlife
    Discover the varied ecosystems of Tanzania
  • Group of riders watching elephants
    Spotted: One of the Big five!
  • Riding holiday in Tanzania
    Riding safari in Tanzania, South Amboseli
  • A tower of giraffe seen from horseback in Tanzania
    Watching giraffe from horseback on a riding safari - a "tower" of giraffes!
  • Watching giraffe and zebra on a horse riding safari
    An exciting horse safari for keen riders
  • Elephant as seen between the ears of a horse
    Between the ears views



- Sleep in the heart of the bush in comfortable safari tents and reconnect with nature.
- Relax under the stars and enjoy delicious home-made local meals
- From horseback, observe a wide range of African wildlife in 3 different ecosystems, including giraffe, elephant, gnus, impala and much more
- On some dates, you may have the chance to witness the "great migration" (zebra and wildebeest) on their annual migration.
- 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

    Overnight flight from Europe to Kilimanjaro airport - arrival the next day. Flights are not included but can be arranged on request.

    If you would prefer a same-day flight, please contact us to discuss the best travel arrangements. Depending on arrival, an additional night can be arranged with a supplement fee (please see dates and prices)
  • Day 2 WEST KILIMANJARO - 1 to 2 hours riding

    Safari camp Tanzania
    On arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be met by your guide and driven 40 minutes to Makoa Farm, your base and starting point of the safari. The 358-acre lodge is nestled into the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro with spectacular views of the highest summit in Africa! Depending on your time of arrival, you will meet the horses before heading out for your first ride of the week, where you can take the time to bond, and get to know the cheeky characteristics of your horse. End your first day with sundowners and enjoy the view of the magnificent, world-famous Kilimanjaro.
  • Day 3 KILIMANJARO - 5 hours riding

    Safari camp Tanzania
    After breakfast, you will be transferred to West Kilimanjaro where your horse and guide will be waiting for you. A bite to eat and some time to get to know your fellow riders at lunchtime, you are ready to truly start your adventure. Here, you will ride through the Narco plains, take shade under the exceptionally large acacias trees and watch the first of many African species. After a day in the saddle, you will head back to your private camp, situated next to an Acadia forest. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the savannah that stretches between Mount Meru, Kilimanjaro and the mountains of Longido and Namanga.
  • Day 4 KILIMANJARO - 5 hours riding

    Safari camp Tanzania
    Wake up in the early hours of the morning to watch the sun rise over the savannah. After a light breakfast, you will head out for a ride into the wilderness and discover the incredible countryside, open savannahs and dense Euphorbia forests. Here, you may cross a herd of elephants on their morning walk towards the watering hole, you may see the striking colours of a zebra, or even wildebeests and antelopes grazing in the lush pastures. After a morning of excitement following the tracks of wild animals, lunch will be prepared on a tree house overlooking a watering hole. Here, you can enjoy the serenity of the savannah, and be entertained by the comings and goings of animals and their daily routine of drinking, bathing and even playing. Following lunch, you will leave your horses behind for a well-deserved rest, and take a jeep to meet a Masai family. Here you will take a step into someone else's world, and learn about the local traditions and daily life. Head back to camp where you will see the savannah at dusk, and discover what nocturnal animals will come out to play!
  • Day 5 PLAINS - 5 to 6 hours riding

    Safari camp Tanzania
    Wake up to another beautiful day in the heart of the savannah with tea and coffee in your tent. A full day in the saddle moving deeper into the plains, crossing rocky hills and winding your way through the African bush towards Ngasurai camp. Here you will reach the kingdom of giants. In the land of giraffes and elephants, it is the perfect opportunity to photograph one of the Big Five, and watch the African elephants in their natural habitat. Make sure to keep an eye out for tracks and signs of other Tanzanian giants. Here in Maasai country, predators prowling the lands are usually shy, but you must constantly be on alert to spot the continent's most iconic animals. Rest for an evening in camp, beautifully set under the Acacia trees of the Ngasurai plains. When the sun begins to set, you can hear the Masai herders leading their herds to the watering point. They move in the darkness and use their songs to keep the predators away.
  • Day 6 PLAINS- SINYA CAMP - 5 to 6 hours riding

    Safari camp Tanzania
    After breakfast at sunrise, your horse safari will lead you over terrain that is ideal for longer canters. Race alongside herds of wildebeest and zebras, and watch in amazement as the giraffes run across the open grasslands. After the rain season, the Ngasurai plain becomes particularly populated in wildlife. Migratory herds flock in search of rich, fresh grass giving you the perfect opportunity to see nature at its best. Stop and relax in the hot midday sun. Enjoy a luxurious picnic lunch under the shade of an acacia tree and watch on as the Masai water their herds. After an afternoon of long, fast stretches of canter, you will finish your day at the private camp of Sinya. With a gin & tonic in hand, sit back and watch the beautiful colours of the African sunset. Another successful day on safari!
  • Day 7 MINES - 5 hours riding

    Safari camp Tanzania
    Start your day with a long ride that will lead you to the Kenyan border, close to Amboseli National Park. You will notice the complete change in landscape as you ride across the beautiful open plains towards Lake Ambosel . Here, and often accompanied by herds of zebras or giraffes, you will rideacross a stretch of salt pans that shine brightly under the sun. As you carefully watch for elephants peaking through the forests lining, you may be lucky enough to encounter a hippopotamus enjoying the fresh water of the remaining springs and ponds. You will ride further into cat territory, where you will be on alert to spot one of the most beautiful, but deadly predators of Africa. Swap your saddle for a 4x4 vehicle and visit the Sinya Mines before enjoying a sunset drink, and a night safari drive back to camp.
  • Day 8 CAMP - 5 to 6 hours riding

    Makoa Farm
    Wake up to another beautiful sun rise and get ready for your last ride in the bush. This morning, you will ride west towards Mount Longido. As you gallop across the sun-drenched savannah, you can enjoy the last fast, exhilarating paces of the week, and take in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. After the horses are safely taken back to Makoa farm, you will join the Masai warriors on a bush walk. Here, you will learn about the many traditions of the tribal people, and discover their fascinating medicines made from plants found in the heart of the savannah. End your evening with a drive back to camp where you may be lucky enough to stumble upon some of the farm's resident bush babies and friendly porcupines.

    After a relaxing breakfast you will be given the opportunity to explore your guide's farm and discover the numerous educational projects that teach to the local school children, educating them on 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 become injured, orphaned or sadly lost their native habitat. Alternatively, you may enjoy a ride into Moshi, and discover the small town at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro where you can buy local souvenirs. Say goodbye to your wonderful guides, team and horses before being transferred to the international Kilimanjaro airport to catch your overnight flight back to Europe.
  • Day 10

    Arrival into Europe in the morning.

Dates & prices

Price details

No departure for this destination. Please contact our travel advisers for more information.
- Flights to your destination (international/domestic) are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.     

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double tent/room.

- Groups are composed of a minimum of 2 international riders and a maximum of 8 riders, plus guides.

- Entry fees to the National Park are not included in the above price - fees covering the entirety of the safari come to approx. €700/£625/$820 and will be invoiced (2021-22 rates, subject to change)

- We have included a flying doctor membership to the price.

- If you would prefer to spend the trip on your own in a spacious en suite double tent then a c. €450/£410/$530 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. There is a single supplement payable at the farm at €65/£60/$80 per night at the farm.

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

- Rider weight limit: 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.
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 backup guide
1 English-speaking horse guide

Horses and equipment

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 assistant cook
1 cook
1 vehicle and driver
Return transfers to and from Kilimanjaro airport
Extra: flying doctor membership


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


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

Price doesn't include


First and last night hotel accommodation: see price details for more information


Entry fees to the National Park are not included in the above price - fees covering the entirety of the safari come to approx. €908/£820 and will be invoiced (2020 rates)
Flights are not included but we can assist with this on request.


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
We are currently updating our dates and prices they will be online soon. If you want details of this holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Equestrian info


The horses on this safari are mainly Half-blood Anglo-Arabs, Pure and Half-blood Bavarians, Australian Brumbies, Trakehners, etc.

They 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 practising vets and accomplished endurance riders). They are also all inventively named; Pumucki, Tonino, Narcolino,Talisman (to name just a few)

Minimum riding ability

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.

Rider weight limit: 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.


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

Tacking ability and participation

The team of brilliant grooms will tack and untack your horses each day whilst out on the trail. It is not expected from you to assist with this, but if you would like to help then you are more than welcome to do so.

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.

The riding style is "Endurance", with long reins. The horses will also respond to neck reining - keeping one hand free for pictures. The ground can be uneven and in order to release the back of the horse you will be asked to stay in a “half seat” during trots or canters.
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

For safari rides you will be riding on treeless Startrek and Trekker, Endurance (Podium) and treeless Trail Saddles (SA Trailrider / Leon Liversage) as well as the comfortable Hungarian Touring Saddles. Each horse has its own saddle which has been correctly fitted.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

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

Travel info


This safari offers 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.

No electricity when out fly camping: make sure you brink spare batteries (a solar charger is also a good idea). There is no open wi-fi internet access available on Makoa Farm.


Your meals on 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 sundowners, together with other options.

Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice. Please contact us.


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.

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.


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 $20-25 (£15-20) per day. Transfer drivers should get extra tips depending on the time and effort they have shown.

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.

- A riding helmet is recommended. 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.

- 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

Other useful items
- 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 torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Toiletries
- Protein or cereal bars for the longer stretches of riding
- 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
- Game country is always tick country... make sure your insect repellent also protects you from ticks. Additionally we recommend you treat your clothes with a special repellent for clothes (e.g. from NoBite). Do this before you start your journey, the effect lasts for several weeks and it really makes a difference!

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!
- 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!

Visa & Health


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 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:

Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania/entry-requirements

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. :
    Fax :
  • Ambassade de France en Tanzanie
    Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road
    PO Box 2349
    Dar es Salaam
    Tél. : +255 22 219 88 00
    Fax :
  • Tanzanian High Commission
    3 Stratford Place
    W1C 1AS London
    Tél. : +44 (0) 207 569 1470
    Fax :


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.


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.


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.

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.
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

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

Did you know?

Did you know?

On this horseback safari you ride along the Enduimet wildlife corridor between Lake Amboseli, Kilimanjaro National Park and Arusha park – an area well known for its large populations of elephant. Masai tribes also share this area and you will most likely be able to see them and their herds mingling with game such as zebra and wildebeest on the wide open plains.

Did you know? The Enduimet Wildlife Management Area is conservation area located near the Tanzania-Kenya border on the western foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro. It is surrounded by other conservation areas including Amboseli national reserve, Kilimanjaro and Arusha national parks and the Natron Wildlife Management Area. This is an important migratory route for many animals including the African elephant, big cats and plains game that are becoming increasingly plentiful.

Your horse riding safari takes you through this fantastic area and you are sure to come back with warm memories from the wildlife and local Masai culture.