Young Cheetah in the Masai Mara

Kenya

We currently offer riding safaris with Ride Kenya, Offbeat Safaris and Safaris Unlimited in Kenya. The links below takes you direct to their own websites. As with all our other destinations, if you would like more information or have any questions about the riding, scheduled departure dates or prices, please email me or give me a call.

Ride Kenya: A good night’s sleep in Nairobi prepares you well for the early morning flight into the Chuylu Hills. After settling into your tent, complete with soft cozy rug on the floor, you meet your companions for the week – two-legged and four! The surrounding landscape on arrival gives you a clue to the variety of terrain you ride though over the coming days. Cantering on the flat plains with giraffe and zebra in the morning or weaving through the whistling acacia forests in the afternoon, jumping over some of the fallen trees pushed over by the elephants. The camp is moved on whilst you make the journey on horseback. The days can be as action packed as you want them with optional walks to the top of volcanic mountains or down under huge lava flows which have created cave-like tunnels. Those on the trail ride can go to the Cloud Forest which is like being transported to another world with spectacular views out towards Amboseli and Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain. A much greener habit here with flame trees in blossom when I visited and sightings of leopard in the forest included a special black leopard in the rocky hills. The horses deserve a special mention because they are well tuned engines that are so fit, comfortable and a pleasure to ride. This doesn’t happen by magic, it is the sign of a caring and well organised team that work together to provide special treats around each corner…. but I can’t tell you about them otherwise you won’t get the surprise! If any camp deserves a multi-rosette ‘good dining’ award, it is Ride Kenya. Jane

Offbeat: Arriving into Nairobi you are soon flying over the Great Rift Valley to start your ride at Deloraine House [an alternative road journey is organised if you hate flying!]. Staying here is like going back in time and after the stresses of everyday life, you feel very pampered by the beautiful gardens, relaxing on the verandah, enjoying lovely meals and curled up in front of the lounge’s roaring log fire. We were very active here, fitting in morning rides and trips to see the flamingos and wildlife at Lake Nakuru with tennis and croquet but it’s totally your choice. We felt we’d known our fellow riders for years when we started the Masai Mara journey two days later. It is a chance of a lifetime to visit the Masai Mara but to say you’ve ridden across the whole of the Mara is something not many can claim. The adventure of doing a trail ride and moving to different camps is exciting wherever you do it and the Offbeat ride certainly lived up to its reputation. The horses were very fast and it was exhilarating to take the same path as the migrating wildebeest across dusty plains. Whether riding through the gorge seen in ‘Big Cat Diary’ or Robert Redgrave’s burial mound in the film ‘Out of Africa’, this was a journey for us. No long queues of minibuses for the game that we encountered. How do the camps produce such amazing meals out in the bush? We were extremely well looked after both on and off horse. An action-packed week with excursions to Masai villages and an insight into their way of life as well as additional gamedrives when we weren’t riding. For the experienced rider an Offbeat trail in the Mara (or in Kenya’s Laikipia region) will certainly leave you wanting a repeat performance. Jane

In addition, the following properties offer riding as an activity and can cater for families with children. Options include shorter one or two-day horse rides, which are excellent for those with less confidence or for families with mixed abilities. For groups with non-riders there are options for alternative excursions, for example game drives, fishing and cultural trips.