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This unique horseback safari is perfect for those of you who have passions for the bush, wildlife, and horses. With this package, you will get a mix of adventures and luxury hideaways tucked away in the bush. This is a unique experience that can be enjoyed from horsebacks. You will have the opportunity to be completely focused and immersed in the natural world and to get the chance to feel a horses true spirit, brought to the surface by the wildness of a setting like Africa.
During your horseback safari, you will stay for 8 nights in a mobile camp and 2 nights at Deloraine House in Nakuru.
On this safari, you will ride in areas where big game wildlife is abundant and alongside the Maasai Mara, through the northern ranches on fairly open plains where you will find black cotton soil interspersed with acacia bush. Many areas have short grass plains ideal for riding. Care must be taken for holes but canters and gallops are taken on the open plains. Sometimes if you encounter rough terrain, you will dismount and have to walk.
Please keep in mind that good riding ability is important. You should be comfortable at all paces, be able to gallop, and react quickly and safely. You should be fit enough to ride between 4 and 6 hours a day. The limit of weight that the horses can take is 95 kilograms unless special requests are made. The equipment which you will use is English saddle (with a selection of polo, jumping, French trekking, and Australian stock).
You will either be collected at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) or, if you have arrived earlier, from your hotel in Nairobi and transferred to Wilson Airport (WIL) for your flight to Mara Shikar in Maasai Mara. Your guide will meet you and transfer you to your first camp, set up on the banks of the Mara River adjacent to a teeming hippo pool.
Lunch will be served and you will have a little time to relax before meeting your horses and setting off on an evening ride. You will ride and have a game drive from this camp and you should see herds of zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle, and there is a good chance of seeing elephant and buffalo as well as lion. Your overnight stay will be in Mara River area.
You will leave the camp with a picnic lunch in your saddle bags and head south toward the park boundary. You will meet the river again at one of the famous wildebeest crossings (unless in complete flood) and then head southwest across the Mara Triangle where you will have your picnic lunch before ascending the Soit Ololol Escarpment to reach your camp in a forest glade overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem. Your overnight stay will be in Soit Ololol area.
You will ride southwest along the top of the escarpment enjoying glorious views to the east. You will hopefully see the beautiful Lady Ross’ and Schalows turaco as well as much plain’s game. You will descend the escarpment on foot along a rocky cattle track and have a picnic lunch under some acacias at the foot of the escarpment.
After lunch, you will ride back through the Mara Triangle at the foot of the escarpment before ascending on a game trail. Many bachelor buffalo herds are a feature of the afternoon. Your overnight stay will be in Soit Ololol area.
Today, you will descend the escarpment again and ride across to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. You will head in a westerly direction and descend into the enchanting Olare Orok Conservancy and picnic by the stream with opportunities to swim in some lovely pools. You will reach your camp in time for tea and there should be time to do an evening game drive. Your overnight stay will be in Olare Orok area.
This will be a full day of exploring this glorious area on foot, horseback, and land rover, with the opportunity to go by a vehicle right into the Maasai Mara National Reserve with an elaborate picnic. Hopefully, you will get excellent photo opportunities and see buffalo, elephant, lion, and maybe cheetah or leopard. Your overnight stay will be in Olare Orok area.
Today, you will pack the camp in good time as it will be the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 50 kilometers. With lunch in your saddle bags, you will head to your last camp in a grove of acacia trees by a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains at Olare Lamun (the rhino saltlick). Your overnight stay will be in Olare Lamun area.
This is your day to fully explore this remote area with abundant games. Game drives, rides, and walks may be taken from the camp. Your overnight stay will be in Olare Lamun area.
This morning you will take a flight back to Nairobi. Once you arrive, you can head to the Deloraine House.
You will spend the rest of your trip at Deloraine House in Nakuru. You can relax after your week-long horseback safari and enjoy your time in Kenya.
Your safari vacation will take place in Maasai Mara, Kenya.
You will be accommodated on a full board basis during your safari. The meals include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all drinks. Picnic lunches are carried in saddle bags on days when the camp is moved. Lunch normally lasts for 1 to 2 hours with a short siesta.