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The South Amboseli Ride: from Kilimanjaro to the Kenyan border

"The route of this 7- or 8-day safari takes you through traditional Maasailand up to the Kenyan border."

Price 3935 EUR
Country
Tanzania
Duration
7 Nights
Safari Type
Camping, Lodge, Mobile Safari
Kids Min Age
16

Tanzania is one of the most diverse countries in Africa. Alongside endless expanses and golden-yellow steppes, the country also offers much more. It has tropical beaches with white sand, rain forests full of exotic birds, lush green buffalo grasslands, evergreen mountain forests, Afro-alpine regions, craters, rivers and lakes, and of course the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro!

And at this mountain’s base, this riding safari starts, in West Kilimanjaro. Here the wilderness for which East Africa has become so famous awaits you.

The route leads through the wildlife corridor that connects Arusha National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park and Amboseli National Park in Kenya. As the corridor is used by animals to travel between the parks in search of water and food, a particularly high density of wildlife can be expected here.  This will give you the chance to follow herds of zebra, giraffe, wildebeest and even elephant and to ride closer to them than you could imagine.

The route heads north, up to the Kenyan border. This region is also called Maasailand and some cultural interactions can be experienced here.
For centuries the indigenous people of Tanzania and Kenya have lived here – the Maasai. The tribe is known for their colourful style of dress, their wilderness-adapted lifestyle and their enormous herds of cattle. As they did hundreds of years ago, they are still leading their cattle through the wide plains of the country in search of fresh grazing.  On this safari, you will get to know their customs and traditions and get an insight into their culture.

Wide-open plains and varied scenery characterise this safari. The landscape pairs with viewing a variety of wild animals and gaining insights into the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous people, making this is an unforgettable safari.

Enjoy fast gallops, accompanied by zebras or giraffes, exciting wildlife viewing, staying in mobile camps in the middle of the wilderness and breath-taking views of snow-covered Kilimanjaro.

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highlights

  • Riding in the midst of Tanzania’s wilderness with dramatic views of Africa’s highest mountain.
  • Getting to know the culture and customs of the Maasai people.
  • Galloping with herds of giraffe and zebra over vast expanses of grassland.
  • Activities for non-riders can be synchronised with those of the riders.

map and overview

You will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. From there a transfer will take you to:

  • 1 night on Makoa farm.
  • 5 nights in a mobile camp.
  • 1 night on Makoa farm.

From Makoa Farm a transfer will take you back to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward connections.

start dates

This is only a selection of the available dates. Other dates and personalised safaris are available on request. 

Non-rider programs can be organised and synchronised with those of the riders.

20 December 2019 - 27 December 2019
6 January 2020 - 13 January 2020
4 February 2020 - 11 February 2020
4 March 2020 - 11 March 2020
21 June 2020 - 28 June 2020
11 July 2020 - 18 July 2020
30 July 2020 - 5 August 2020
28 August 2020 - 4 September 2020
15 September 2020 - 22 September 2020
5 October 2020 - 12 October 2020
25 October 2020 - 1 November 2020
26 November 2020 - 3 December 2020
5 December 2020 - 12 December 2020

suitable for

  • Since the ride takes place in big game terrain, only advanced and strong intermediate riders can participate in this safari.
  • You should be confident in the saddle, even in rough terrain. This sometimes includes small jumps over rivers or ditches.
  • You must be confident trotting and galloping over long distances, feel safe in any terrain and at any pace and must be able to control your horse at all times. You should also be able to gallop out of risky situations.
  • 5-7 hours a day will be spent in the saddle, (in exceptional cases even more) crossing some rough terrain. Therefore, good physical fitness is a great advantage.
  • Maximum rider weight of 85kg in order to ensure the horse’s well-being.
  • The group size is from 2 to 6 riders.

detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Makoa Farm

You arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and a transfer takes you to Makoa Farm. After lunch, you are met by the safari team and horses, ready for a first hack on the farm grounds. You have the chance to see if you form a good team with your safari horse, or to change horses if needed before the big journey.

You spend your first night in the comfortable guest rooms of the farm, overlooking Kilimanjaro.

Day 2: Narco Plains

After a hearty breakfast, you will transfer with the horses to the West-Kilimanjaro area. Here the safari starts, the route takes you west to the Narco Plains, where your first wild animals can be seen. Around noon you will meet the crew for a well-deserved break and picnic lunch.

Well-fortified, you continue riding to the mobile camp, which is set up in an acacia forest around the horse paddock. Settle in and enjoy your first night in the African wilderness, with a view of the stars from your tent and all the exotic sounds that the African night has to offer around you.

Day 3: Out of Africa

After you are woken with a traditional early morning tea or coffee in your tent, everyone meets for a hearty breakfast. When everyone is well fed, the horses are mounted and you ride into a unique landscape of Euphorbia forests. Euphorbias are large, cactus-like trees that are home to a surprising variety of animals.

Your lunch break takes place on a viewing platform right next to a waterhole. From here you can observe undisturbed the different animal species that come here to quench their thirst. After a well-earned break, the route continues to the ‘Out of Africa’ Camp with its fantastic view of the savannah and the volcanic ridge of Mount Meru.

After good rains, this area is home to an amazing number of elephants and other steppe animals. A special inhabitant is the eland; a species that has become very rare.

A special highlight awaits you at sunset. A Maasai guide will allow you to get to know his boma. This is the name for a small Maasai village.

Day 4: Ngasurai Plains

Today the ride leads through Maasailand and past many small ‘manyattas’. The local children welcome the horses exuberantly and are always excited about visitors. Then you continue riding through dense bush. Here the riding is thrilling because the dense vegetation offers good protection for elephant and buffalo.

In the afternoon you finally reach the Ngasurai Plain, which stretches from Mount Meru to the Amboseli National Park in Kenya. This flat landscape is perfect for long and fast gallops, sometimes accompanied by zebras or giraffes.

After a short lunch break, you reach the camp at the edge of the Rift Valley in the late afternoon, with views of Mount Meru, Kilimanjaro and Longido.
After a delicious dinner, you can relax around the campfire and share stories of the day’s events with your safari companions.

Day 5 & 6: Sinya Mines

Today the journey continues over the Ngasurai plains. These seemingly endless plains are populated after every rainfall by a multitude of game animals looking for fresh grass. In the middle of this remote and wild expanse the crew awaits you with a delicious picnic so that you can undertake the last leg to the next camp well strengthened.
In the afternoon you arrive at what will be your home for the next 2 nights.

The next day you can ride up to the Kenyan border. This area is popular with elephants during their migration and with a bit of luck, you will get to see the gentle giants up close.

Again the landscape has changed completely. It is a mixture of mineral-rich salt pans with almost completely white soil, lush green grasslands and small acacia groves. The varied habitats offer perfect conditions for many different species. Feline predators feel comfortable here thanks to the high wildlife populations, so careful riding is called for.

We return to the camp for a lunch break and then start a new adventure in the afternoon in an off-road vehicle. Enjoy a trip to the old Sinya mines, whose water basins serve many animals.  Then for a lovely end to the day, you head to a beautiful vantage point where cool sundowners await you in time for sunset.

Day 7: Maasailand

After a tasty breakfast, you get back on the horses.  A colourful variety awaits you on this ride where Maasai cattle herds often graze only a few metres from herds of plains game.

The route invites you to a last fast ride with exciting gallops, before meeting with the crew who await you with a late lunch and the horse transporter. A fitting end to an exciting safari.

Once the horses have been loaded, you have can take a hike with a Maasai guide to learn more about the life of his people. Get to know their traditional medicine, cultural practices and their way of life in the bush. You will also have the chance to capture some last pictures of wild animals.

Afterwards, you return to Makoa Farm. The farmhouse terrace with its lush vegetation and view of Kilimanjaro offers the perfect backdrop to end the safari with a cool drink.

 

Day 8: Makoa Farm and Departure

To complete the safari, you can take a trip to Moshi, the closest town. Here you enjoy a visit to the local markets with their African hustle and bustle, colours and smells. If you’re not ready to return to civilisation, you have the alternative of staying on the farm and visiting the animals in the animal sanctuary, who are always happy to be stroked or enjoy a last ride on the farm grounds.

Later in the day, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

accommodation

  • You will spend the first and last night in a cosy cottage on Makoa Farm.
  • They have a private bathroom with shower and toilet and a veranda with a wonderful view at Kilimanjaro.
  • For the remaining nights, a comfortable mobile safari camp in the middle of Tanzania’s wilderness will be your home, ready for you in a new location when you arrive each day.
  • The mobile camp consists of spacious, walk-in safari tents that provide ample room to move around and for all your luggage and a comfortable bed with mattress and bedding.
  • The large double tents have an en-suite bathroom with a toilet and warm bucket showers.
  • For the smaller single tents, there is a separate shower tent outside with the same equipment.
  • There is also no lack of comfort even in the African bush.
  • A team of chefs and waiters accompanies the safari to prepare delicious meals, which they cook fresh each evening over the open fire.

Safari Tent

 

price

  • For 6 nights: € 4,050 per person sharing.
    Plus an additional €698 for entrance fees and nature conservation surcharges for private and national reserves.
  • For 7 nights: €4.350 per person sharing.
    Plus an additional €698 for entrance fees and nature conservation surcharges for private and national reserves.

Included:

  • Full board accommodation; 2 nights in guesthouse/cottage on Makoa Farm and 5 nights in a mobile safari camp.
  • Locally sourced beverages including table wine, beer and local spirits (other requirements can be arranged prior to arrival and will then be charged at cost price).
  • Return airport transfers.
  • Horse with equipment.
  • Catering vehicle and staff.
  • German speaking tour guide.

 

Excluded:

  • International flights.
  • Entrance fees for private and state reserves and Wildlife Management Areas.
  • Gratuities for the camp team and guides.
  • Any personal purchases.
  • Visas, medical and travel insurance, which must be arranged prior to arrival.

additional information

  • The horses that await you on this riding safari are mostly thoroughbred mixes with parts of Trakehner and Anglo-Arab, as well as thoroughbred mixes from Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
  • Since they have spent their whole life in Africa, they are very sure-footed even in rough terrain and feel at home in the African bush.
  • Their stick size varies between 145cm and 168cm.
  • The horses are kept all year in open stables with daily grazing and regular training to balance their temperament. They are reliable, persevering and willing safari horses.
  • Every horse is ridden bit-ess, with a Hackamore or a Sidepull bridle. A variety of saddles are available: treeless trail riders, podium distance saddles, trekking saddles and summer trail saddles. Each horse has its own saddle.
  • The groups consist of a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 6 riders.

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