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The Kenyan Horseback Adventure

“Embark on a journey of a different kind and explore three wild corners of Kenya in the most natural and exciting way, on horseback”

Price from $8400 USD
Country
Kenya
When to Go
All Year
Duration
7 Nights
Safari Type
Lodge
Location

Immerse yourself in nature and discover the area’s flora and fauna as you safari in the most authentic way. Replace the rumble of a motor vehicle with the gentle sound of hooves on bare earth.

Your journey begins in southeast Kenya, in the heart of the Chyulu Hills. Nestled in a beautiful mountain range, Ol Donyo Lodge offers breathtaking views of a landscape of open steppes and lush green hills with majestic Kilimanjaro in the background.
This area offers the perfect conditions for a riding safari. The wide plains invite you to take extensive gallops and thanks to your environmentally friendly transport, you have the opportunity to explore  nature off the beaten track. This gives you greater chance to observe the natural behaviour of giraffe, zebra, countless antelope and with a little luck some of the last ‘big tusker’ elephants up close. The tourist density here is still very low, and big cats such as lions may also be found.

Thanks to the perfectly trained and very experienced horses, the rides are suitable for all riders; whether beginner, intermediate or advanced, riders will all have a wonderful, tailored experience.

From here you continue to Lewa Wilderness Lodge. The lodge is near Mount Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain, in the middle of the Lewa Wildlife Nature Reserve. The reserve is home to the ‘Big 5’ and importantly the very rare black rhino is still found here.
Every type of rider will find what they are looking for at Lewa. Beginner riders are transported safely through the wild thanks to the experienced safari horses and have the chance to ride close to wild animals such as giraffes, impala, eland, ostriches and baboons.

For the experienced rider, there is the possibility to participate in more challenging rides and to ride in areas where the ‘Big 5’ of African animals are found. Or for a special highlight, go on a camel ride led by a Maasai warrior through the wilderness. This is a ride of a special kind.

The last stop of the journey takes you to Ol Malo Ranch, in northern Laikipia province. You will spend 3 nights here and have plenty of time to explore this part of northern Kenya on the back of a trusty safari horse. Exciting highlights such as a visit to a Samburu manyatta (village) or an overnight stay in the lodge’s treehouse with the twinkling night sky above you await.
Here, too, all riding activities are suitable for beginners through to experienced riders and will be adapted to suit your level. The Laikipia region, where you will be riding, is uniquely beautiful and its location at about 2000 metres above sea level distinguishes it from the parts of Kenya that you have already come to know. You will find denser and hillier landscapes, crossed by impressive mountains, green forests and wide steppes. The density of wildlife is especially high and with some luck, the black rhino can be found.

If you feel that 3 more days in the saddle are too many, you can choose to partake in alternative activities such as bushwalks, camel rides or game drives, also at night.

This safari offers the perfect mix of luxury and adventure while giving you insight into several of Kenya’s wild areas. Thanks to well-trained horses, the programme is flexible and suitable for a beginner as well as an experienced rider.

Itinerary in Brief

 

2 Nights Ol Donyo

2 Nights Lewa Wilderness

3 Nights Ol Malo Ranch

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detailed itinerary

After landing at Nairobi Wilson Airport, a small aircraft will take you directly to the Chyulu Airstrip, which is close to the lodge.

Nestled in the Chyulu Mountains in southern Kenya, Ol Donyo Lodge is surrounded by pure idyllic nature. The lodge itself is excellently located, with stunning views of the surroundings and wildlife viewing from its terrace and pool.

The spacious guest rooms offer a cosy and luxuriously furnished living area. They have large double beds and a seating area. The en-suite bathrooms have toilets and indoor and outdoor showers. All this is crowned with a private, spacious terrace with deckchairs, a pool with a view of the wilderness and another roof terrace with a bed that invites you to sleep under the stars.

In addition to daily planned rides in the exceptionally wild surroundings of the lodge, there are several other activities to choose from. Early morning and evening game drives, guided bush walks, picnics in the wild, mountain bike tours and night game drives can be arranged.

Meals: All inclusive

Lewa Wilderness Lodge is located in central Kenya, north of Ol Donyo Lodge. A charter flight will take you directly to a small airstrip near the lodge where you will be welcomed by your transfer.

Lewa Wilderness Lodge is in the middle of the Lewa Wildlife Reserve; home to an overwhelming amount of wildlife and impressive scenery.

The lodge itself has 9 exclusive and spacious guest rooms, lovingly furnished in a rustic safari style. Comfortable double beds with breathtaking views over the surrounding nature are one of the many highlights of the lodge.

The dining room is located on a covered outdoor terrace, making even the breakfast or lunch buffet a wonderful experience as you observe wild animals roaming the plains.

The lodge has a library, a billiard room, a small gym, a tennis court and a beautiful garden giving plenty of options for time spent at leisure. The infinity pool and deck is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view from one of the numerous deck chairs after many exciting hours in the saddle and fascinating animal encounters.

Meals: All inclusive

An early morning transfer takes you to Ol Malo Ranch, which offers great game-viewing.The ranch has a spacious guest house with 3 bedrooms and a large living and dining room with an open fireplace and wide views. The adjoining, lovingly furnished cottages offers space for 6 more guests.

The adjacent Ol Malo Lodge has 4 private guest rooms nestled charmingly on the cliffs. Each is furnished in the local style with handmade furniture and has a small veranda with a spectacular view.

There are varied daily rides, which are adapted to the game movements in the surrounding areas to give you as many animal-encounters as possible. However, a host of other activities also await you.
Early morning bush breakfasts, sunset dinners, bush walks, night game drives, camel rides through the wilderness and overnight stays in a treehouse can be arranged.
Visits to a Samburu Village or the Samburu Women’s School are great experiences and offer a dramatic change from the bush. A Swahili-style barbecue dinner will be a special highlight.

Meals: All inclusive

A transfer will take you to the nearby airstrip, where a charter flight to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport awaits you.

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