The Seregenti plains dotted with wildebeest

The Serengeti Migration Safari

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.
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Horseback Safari
10 days/ 6 days riding
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From the horse’s mouth

  • The Serengeti Migration Safari
    January 2020 Rachel aged 38
    It was absolutely fantastic. The people, the ponies, the wildlife were all amazing. Even when the weather wasn't playing its part, Jo and her team found ways to make it work.
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    The Seregenti wildebeest migration, seen from horseback
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    Ride across the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania
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    Camping out in the Tanzanian bush
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    Discover Tanzania on a horseback safari with Equus Journeys
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    Serengeti horseback safari, Tanzania



- 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

    Fly to Kilimanjaro International airport. You will be spending the first night at a comfortable lodge located on a golf, polo and wildlife estate.

    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 2: ARUSHA-NDUTU-CAMP - 2 hrs riding

    Safari camp Tanzania
    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 3: NDUTU - 5-7 hrs riding

    Safari camp Tanzania
    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 4: NDUTU - 5-7 hrs riding

    Safari camp Tanzania
    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 5: NDUTU - 5-7 hrs riding

    Safari camp Tanzania
    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 6: NDUTU - No riding

    Safari camp Tanzania
    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 7: NDUTU - 5-7 hrs riding

    Safari camp Tanzania
    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 8: NDUTU - 5-7 hrs riding

    Safari camp Tanzania
    Last day riding in the West of Tanzania. Wildebeest and other animals will be close by during your ride.
  • Day 9 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 estate in Arusha and be given some time to shop for last minute souvenirs. Showers available to share and day rooms can be booked on request. Later you will be transferred back to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home. It is important your flight departs after 3:00 pm that day.
  • Day 10 10: EUROPE

    Arrive back home.

Dates & prices

Price details

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

- Wildlife Management Area (Park) fees are included in the above prices. Although we try to keep this website updated to reflect recent changes on taxes and levies, they are subject to change without prior notice.

- The group is made of 4-10 international riders maximum.

- The above rates are per person, based on sharing a tent. A single tent supplement applies and is $560/€500/£445 for the duration of the safari. Not applicable if willing to share.

- Transfers:
Road transfers are included to/from Kilimanjaro airport or Arusha town. On the way back, your flight must depart after 3:00pm to allow time for the transfer. Private transfers can be organised at the cost of around $60/£55 per car if arriving a day early.
The return light aircraft transfer from Arusha to Ndutu is around $625/£495/€560 and will be invoiced and arranged by us.

- 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 horse riders or not confident enough, options for vehicle safaris and walking safaris can be arranged. Their itinerary will be tailored to individual needs and sample itineraries are available upon request.

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


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


7 nights in mobile camp
1 night at a lodge


Full board from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 9
All the drinks including wines and cocktails except at the lodge


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

Price doesn't include


International flights
Internal flights (return) Serengeti to Arusha


Tips to the local team


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



Single tent supplement


Private airport transfers if required
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Equestrian info


Jo has a good selection of horses and polo ponies, a mixture of Thoroughbreds and local breeds. The horses are all purpose trained safari horses. Close to all of them play polo so are western or neck-rein trained (one hand). This allows you to take photos and dig into your saddlebag while out on safari. Only some of them are ridden English style, if this is the case the guide will tell you before you mount your horse. All horses are given lots of love, care and attention, therefore resulting in their nice characters and strong personalities. They all have their own heads with different temperaments, which allows Jo and her team to find a perfect fit for each rider.

Minimum riding ability

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


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 (5-7 hours every day). 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. Sometimes, you may be asked to dismount and lead your horse on foot.

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. Helmets are not available to borrow.

Travel info


Permanent Camp/Lodge (1 night): the first night is spent at a lodge situated on a golf, polo and wildlife estate , only 30 minutes drive from the international airport. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom, flush toilet and white fluffy towels. There is WIFI and a swimming pool to be enjoyed and SPA treatments can be organised upon request

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.


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.

All drinks are included in the mobile camp, however not at the lodge.


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!

- 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.

Guide and local team

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

All guides are qualified and professionally trained, with good knowledge about Tanzania’s fauna and flora. A keen interest is taken in the smaller creatures as well as bigger game. The cultural visits bring in knowledge of medicinal and traditional beliefs about Tanzania’s trees and plants.

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


Tipping in Tanzania is common and well received when you are happy with the service. We recommend $25-40 per day per day per person (for the whole team), but it is left at your discretion.

Packing list

Important: For horse safaris, you should wear neutral coloured clothing (green, brown, beige or grey) to blend in with the landscape.
Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided, particularly for light air transfers.

- 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.

- 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. Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided, particularly for light air transfers.
- 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

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:

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:


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?

The Serengeti Migration is probably one of the most exciting safari experiences there is – and it is even more special to take it all in on horseback. The Great Wildebeest migration is the annual migration of large herds of wildebeest (also known as gnus) and gazelle as they make their way from the southern Serengeti plains in Tanzania, to the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of greener pastures. Of course, such an abundance of plains game is a magnet for big cats…

You can witness the wonders of the migration all year-round. However, this riding safari focuses on a small area of the Serengeti. As such we only run dates from January to March, when the herds are in the southern area of the Serengeti and the Ndutu plains. In this greener area, many wildebeest calves will be born before they make the long trek to the Masai Mara.

Watching the Seregenti wildebeest migration on horseback is one of the finest horse safaris there is.

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  • Rachel aged 38 1 trip
    January 2020
    It was absolutely fantastic. The people, the ponies, the wildlife were all amazing. Even when the weather wasn't playing its part, Jo and her team found ways to make it work.
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    Equus Journeys' reply

    Thanks for your feedback Rachel, so pleased you enjoyed your holiday with Jo & her team!