- See the only active volcano in Africa - Oldonyo Lengai
- Ride through Maasai villages
- Opportunities for long canters and gallops across open grasslands, perhaps with zebra and wildebeest alongsides
Day 1 1: ARRIVE IN ARUSHA - No ridingWildlife residenceDepart on a day flight to Kilimanjaro airport, aiming to arrive in the late afternoon/early evening. 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 and transferred c. 30 minutes to your accommodation for the night. 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: ARUSHA TO KASKAZI - 2 hours ridingSafari camp TanzaniaAfter breakfast at your lodge, you are transferred to Kaskazi's fly camp which is situated west of Mt Longido and north of N'garuka village - this is a journey of c. 4.5 hours.
Upon arrival at camp, you will have the chance to settle into your tent before lunch is served. After a safety briefing it is time for your first afternoon ride - this is a short ride and a chance to get used to your horse before returning to camp for dinner.
Day 3 3: MAASAI BOMAS - 5-7 hours ridingSafari camp TanzaniaAfter breakfast in camp it is time for your first full day on horseback. Today's ride is both scenic and cultural as you ride through Maasai villages (bomas) and encounter herdsmen out grazing their cattle.
Around midday, stop for lunch under the shade of a tree - lunch may have been carried in your saddle bags or you may be met by the support vehicle.
After a siesta you re-mount your horse and up the pace in order to cover enough ground to reach your camp before the sun hits the horizon.
Day 4 4: GELAI - 5-7 hours ridingSafari camp TanzaniaEarly wakeup call followed by an English breakfast before joining your mount. Directions are northbound for the day, with Gelai Mountain overlooking you from the East. The day’s ride leaves the Masai villages behind and enters the beautiful, almost dreamlike scenery of the Natron region. If you are lucky then you might encounter big herds of
zebra and wildebeest roaming the wide-open landscape.
Lunch is taken out in the bush before riding on to the night’s camp.
Day 5 5: OLDONYO L'ENGAI - 4-5 hours ridingSafari camp TanzaniaAfter breakfast, mount up to explore the areas around the only active volcano in Africa, Oldonyo L'Engai (Mountain of God).
Late lunch back in camp with time for a siesta. The afternoon is for everyone to relax, allowing riders and horses muscles to rest.
Day 6 6: LAKE NATRON - 6-7 hours ridingSafari camp TanzaniaToday is going to be a long and tough day, covering about 60 km in close to 40 degrees Celsius temperatures.
With the volcano behind you, enter a riverbed that offers some shade and thereafter cross the open landscape before arriving to the lunch spot. Rest in the shade of some big acacias close to a riverbed, to gain some more energy for the last stretch of the days ride. The night is spent close to the hot springs, overlooking the lake.
Day 7 7: HOT SPRINGS - 2 hours ridingSafari camp TanzaniaAfter breakfast, a 45 minute walk takes place heading towards the hot springs, near the eastern shores of the soda lake. After the exhausting heat and dust of yesterdays long ride, a rewarding dip adds to the enjoyment of the days adventures.
Enjoy lunch in the springs and either walk or drive back to camp.
A late evening ride takes place, enjoying the cooler hours before darkness with good chances of seeing hyenas and jackals searching for food on the mud flats of the lake.
Day 8 8: OLDONYO L'ENGAI - 5-6 hours ridingSafari camp TanzaniaEarly morning departure, leaving the dry, desolate and hauntingly beautiful lake behind you and following the familiar riverbed back to the lush, green grassland at the foot of Oldonyo L’Engai. The night is spent in a place now familiar to everyone.
Day 9 9: DEPARTURE FROM ARUSHA - 3 hours ridingIt's time to say goodbye to the horses and riding team, pack your bags and depart to civilisation.You will ride to the airstrip where you are then transferred by light aircraft back to Arusha. Lunch at the Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge before transfer to the airport. Day rooms can be booked at an extra cost.
You can depart this evening, or we can book an additional night for you to rest and recover (at additional cost).
Day 10 10: EUROPEArrival back home in the morning
Dates & prices
- International flights are not included. The domestic flight from Lake Natron to Arusha is included in the price
- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a double or twin tent/room.
- 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 $560/€500/£445 for the duration of the safari.
- Groups consist of a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 riders, plus guides
- Wildlife Management Fees are included.
- Please note that there is a rider weight limit of 85kgs / 187lb / 13.3st
- 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.
- For those who are not keen horseriders or not confident enough, options for vehicle safaris and walking safaris can 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 backup guide
1 assistant cook
1 support vehicle
Airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Aiport
1 night in, a private villa 35' from Airport in double room in full board accommodation
Wildlife Department and Management area Fees
Price doesn't include
Visas and personal purchase
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.
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.
English or McLellan-like saddles.
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 (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.
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?
Lake Natron is a salt and soda lake in northern Tanzania which is characterized by its rich red colouring. The colour of the lake is created during high levels of evaporation - as the water evaporates it leaves behind natron (sodium carbonate decahydrate) and trona (sodium sesquicarbonate dihydrate) creating a highly alkaline solution in which salt-loving micro-organisms thrive. Some of these oganisms include a cyanobacteria which photosynthesises its own food, similar to plants, but rather than the plant's green colouring, it's photosynthesizing pigment is red. This produces deep reds in the open water of the lake and oranges in the shallower parts of the lake.
This salty, hot environment makes most of the lake inhospitable, however, 2.5 million lesser flamingo depend on it. They feed on Spirulina - a blue-green algae with red pigments - which also thrives in alkaline waters. It's the red pigment in this algae that gives the flamingoes their pink colouring.
Lake Natron hosts the largest single flock of these flamingoes in East Africa and you should be lucky enough to see them on this fantastic horseback trail ride in Tanzania.