- 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: ARRIVE IN ARUSHA - No ridingWildlife residenceDepart on a day flight to Kilimanjaro airport. Please note that, depending on flight schedules it may be necessary to depart 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 Lodge. Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to rest before dinner with your group. We generally use the Wildife residence but other lodges may be used depending on availability.
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 driven for about thirty minutes to Arusha National park gate. 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 TanzaniaThis morning you will hop into the vehicles and drive out of Arusha National Park, the drive will take about 2 1⁄2 hours and is eastbound heading towards Mount Kilimanjaro and leaving Mount Meru behind us like a shadow. Later this morning you will find the horses waiting for you in the bush (they would have been trucked here the evening before). The ride is amongst Tanzanian farmland and the Massai steppe, its scenic with many cultural interactions as the rides goes along. We will try to cover as much ground as possible. The lunch is served under a big acacia, sometimes near to a dam where the Massai’s water their cattle and we our horses. You will have a good 3-hour stop for lunch, with time for a siesta to regain some strength. The afternoon ride continues across opened plains, making sure to reach our night stop before the sun hits the horizon at a new camp location.
Day 5 5: 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 6 6: 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 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 - No ridingThe last morning has arisen, and the safari has come to its end, enjoy a big breakfast before directions are taken towards civilization, depending on road conditions about 3 hours journey back to the airport. If anyone flies out late and wish to book a day room, please let us know in advance so we can book it for you.
Day 9 9: EUROPEArrive back in Europe
Dates & prices
- The above rates are per person, based on sharing a twin or double room and tent.
- There is no single supplement if you are willing to share a room/tent with another guest of the same sex. To guarantee your own room/tent there is a single supplement of $490/€440/£400 for the duration of the safari.
- Groups are usually a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 riders, plus guides
- Wildlife Management Area (Park) fees are included. Although we try to keep this website updated to reflect recent changes on taxes and levies, they are subject to change without prior notice.
Road transfers are included to/from Kilimanjaro airport or Arusha town. On the way back, your flight must depart after 2:00pm to allow time for the transfer. Private transfers can be organised at the cost of around $70/£60 per car if arriving a day early.
- 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.
- If guests are travelling with an extra bag that is not needed on the riding portion of their trip (as space is limited in the tents). Arrangements can be made to store extra bags for a fee of $20 per person.
- Please note that there is a rider weight limit of 85kgs/187lbs/13st3
- For those who are not keen horseriders or not confident enough, options for vehicle safaris and walking safariscan be arranged. Their itinerary will be tailored to individual needs andsample itineraries are available upon request
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
Airport transfers at set times
Price doesn't include
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Guide & local team
Out on safari the lead guide is either armed or carries a bullwhip and communicate over radios and cellphones, with a mobile station in each vehicle.
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
Please note that there is a rider weight limit of 85kgs/187lbs/13st3
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. Helmets are not available to borrow.
Mobile camp (6 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.
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.
- 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)
- Travel light. It's a little known fact, but the lighter you pack, the better for the environment as heavy bags will produce higher emissions (when flying a plane or driving a car!).
- Reduce plastic waste. Take your favorite reusable bottle with you. Avoid single-use bags, cups, or straws.
- Preserve nature. Always take your rubbish with you during the ride and recycle them. Leave all the flowers or plants as you found them, and never get too close when observing wildlife. Make sure to use eco-friendly products such as body wash or laundry detergent (if camping) to protect both your skin and the environment.
- Choose your experiences carefully. Respect animal life by not participating in any activities that abuse wild animals (shows, elephant rides, etc.).
- Support local populations. Buy local handicrafts, be respectful of customs, and learn about the culture of local communities.
- Share! Raise awareness among your family and friends about sustainable tourism.
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.