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Riding in the Private Concessions of the Masai Mara and Laikipia

What is this safari about?

Kenya is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most diverse countries. It offers an incredibly varied landscape with tropical rainforests, golden deserts, paradisiacal beaches, snow-capped mountains, lakes and its famous savannah. Kenya is also Africa’s oldest safari destination. Three wonderful horseback safaris are offered, two in the private concessions of the greater Mara and one in Laikipia, with each offering a way to truly be close to nature.

The Masai Mara Ride is a 9-day adventure that takes you through the vastness of the Masai Mara savannah. The Masai Mara is famous for its endless expanses, an extraordinary amount of wildlife and especially for the annual migration in which over a million wildebeests, followed by countless zebras journey through the savannah. It is simply one of the most impressive natural spectacles on earth.
With a bit of luck you are at the right place at the right time and get the chance to experience this unique happening to its fullest as you gallop alongside the migration and becoming one with the endless herds.

The Mara is also home to the Maasai tribe, who are a symbol of the region with their herds of cattle and colourful traditional garments. Get to know their culture, their traditional customs and their special way of living close to nature.

During the safari, you are welcomed after a long day of riding to a comfortable mobile camp, with large mosquito-proof canvas tents, comfortable beds and warm blankets. A delicious dinner will be cooked by staff over an open fire every evening while you sit back and enjoy the last hours of an adventurous day. Sip a gin and tonic or a refreshing cool drink while you observe the impressive starry sky of Kenya.

For those who prefer to spend fewer days in the wilderness ‘A short ride in the Mara’ is a perfect adventure. This shorter but no less exciting safari consists of 6 nights in comfortable wilderness camps located in the most scenic locations of the Masai Mara.

Another option is the Lollboran ride. A very special safari in Laikipia County that can be booked on request. This vast and wild part of Kenya stretches over the north-eastern highlands of Mount Kenya and offers a mixture of wide grasslands, impressive mountains, thick forests, rivers and a high wildlife density. This is one of the most beautiful regions for safaris and an even more impressive experience on horseback. You will also get privileged access to the ethnically diverse cultures of the Mukogodo Maasai, Samburu, Pokot and other peoples of the region.

Who can go?

  • As this is BIG 5 terrain, only intermediate to advanced riders with a weight limit of 90kg can participate.
  • You must be confident at all paces and able to gallop out of trouble. A sense of adventure and good physical fitness is also beneficial, as many hours are spent in the saddle every day and long distances are covered.

Why is this special?

  • The greater Masai Mara is Kenya’s most diverse nature reserve and covers more than 300,000 hectares of pure wilderness.
  • Experience the world’s largest wildlife migration from horseback in the Masai Mara.
  • Enjoy long gallops through the savannah’s vastness alongside herds of wildebeest, zebra and giraffe.
  • The chance to look out for rare animals such as black rhino and African wild dog when riding in the Laikipia region.

Where is this?

The ‘Masai Mara ride’ and ‘short ride in the Mara’ take place in the private concessions around the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.  Here you can expect endless expanses of green-golden grasslands, traversed by green wooded regions. This region is one of the most species-rich and varied nature reserves in Africa.

The ‘Lollboran ride’ safari can be experienced in the beautiful Laikipia region in Kenya’s highlands. This is about 2,000km above sea level and offers a hillier and denser landscape with a wonderful species diversity. With a little luck, you can even have encounters with the rare black rhino.

What should I expect to pay?

  • Masai Mara Ride costs from US$ 8,995 per person for 8 nights sharing.
  • A short Mara Ride costs from US$7,240per person for 6 nights sharing.
  • Lollboran Ride costs from US$ 6,390 per person for 6 nights sharing.

What Extensions do you recommend?

After many hours in the saddle and nights in a rustic wilderness camp, a few relaxing days in one of the surrounded lodges with a little more comfort is a wonderful way to unwind and reflect on all you have experienced.

A stopover for ‘beach time’ on the Kenyan Coast or Zanzibar is also a great option!

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