Amboseli horse riding safari
FROM PRICE: $ 4490 | ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY: $ 3995
Chyulu Hills and Amboseli National Park, Kenya - 7 days/6 nights
The price is per person fully inclusive for the duration of the trail, starting from Nairobi and ending in Nairobi. The special rate is for starting in Amboseli National Park and ending in Chyulu Hills.
This 7 day trail spends 3 nights in the first tented camp located just meters from the Kenya/Tanzania border and with fantastic views of Mt Kilimanjaro. Rides take place in and around the surrounding Amboseli park and game viewing should include elephant, buffalo, hyena, hippo, lion, cheetah, zebra and wildebeest amongst others. On the fourth day, we leave camp early in the morning and ride across the national park, over the dry bed of Lake Amboselli, to Olgulului Ranch for the night. Day 5 sees us aiming for the north end of the Chyulu Hills and two nights in Longeriti Camp on the Mbirikani Ranch. Day 6 is spent walking and driving in the wonderful misty forests on the Chyulu Hills although there is still time for an afternoon ride. The safari ends on the 7th day at the ranch airstrip and guests are flown back to Nairobi.
Where is it?
The safari takes place in and around Amboseli National Park and up to the lovely Chyulu Hills. It is possible to book a few extra nights in the permanent lodge in the hills (not included in the price), for a more relaxed end to your safari.
What is the best time of year to go?
Although close to the equator, our climate can vary. June to August are the cooler months, when a fleece is needed for the evenings. There are two rainy seasons; November and April to May. The hottest months are February and March, September and October but there are no hard and fast rules on this. We ride at an average of 5500ft which means there are very few mosquitoes and other biting insects and the end or start of the day is often cool. Most days will be hot.
How to get there
We will organise transfers for you from Nairobi to Amboseli and back again. If you'd like us to assist with your international flights to Nairobi, we are very happy to help.
Tips and Notes
Riding Ability: You should be comfortable at all paces and be able to sit to a horse shying. We ride in big game country but the game is quite unaccustomed to people so it tends to move away. You should be fit enough to ride between 4 and 6 hours a day.
Length of Rides: The average is 4-6 hours in the saddle. We usually ride in the morning, arriving at camp for lunch, though some days we may be met with a picnic lunch en route to camp. Lunch is followed by a walk or a game drive in the afternoon, before returning to camp for drinks at sundown. Guests also have the option of more riding in the afternoon if they want. Sundowner drinks are followed by a hot shower and dinner later on. Night game drives (looking for wildlife with a spotlight on the vehicle) are available after dinner.
Size of the Rides: Maximum of 8 guests. Minimum 2 guests
Weight Limit: Maximum weight is 200 lbs for a novice rider and 210 lbs for an advanced rider (15 stone or 95 kg).
Type of Horses: We currently have twenty horses. Some are South African Boerpeds, whilst others are thoroughbreds, TB crosses and Somali ponies. Most of our horses are around 15hh or over but we have four ponies for those who prefer something smaller. All of our horses are well trained and very used to wildlife.
Tack: All the horses are ridden in English tack. Some of our saddles are English General-Purpose saddles, and others are the more relaxed 'Trail-Rider' saddle which is ideal for those more familiar with western riding. There are seat savers provided if anyone wishes.
Meals: Full English breakfasts, that comprise of fruit, cereal, bacon, sausages, eggs, tomatoes and fresh bread, are served every morning. Lunch in camp is usually a three-course meal with a varied menu which is likely to include chilled soups, freshly baked breads, pasta, risotto or pizza, with meat or fish and plenty of fresh salads. If having a picnic it would be fresh salads, quiches and cold meats with cookies, fruit and hot and cold drinks. Dinner is a candlelit three-course meal at a set table.
Special diets can be catered for, with advanced notice given through your booking form.
Drinks: Are included except champagne. We do carry ice and cold boxes to ensure that the drinks are cold throughout. A good variety of soft drinks and alcohol are available. Bottled water is always carried on horseback and readily available in camp and at the lodge.
Terrain: The country offers several different ecosystems, from steep wooded hills to open plains. Most soil is lava ash therefore ideal for the horses although occasionally we would need to cross a rocky lava flow. Some places may require us to get off and walk because of rough or steep terrain. The riding pace is varied, with plenty of opportunity for long canters on the open plains, jumping logs or fallen trees and also some more technical riding up and down the hills. Mount Kilimanjaro provides our backdrop.
Game: Where we ride we have 38 recorded species of large mammals including all the big five - Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo, plus the plains game dominated by zebra, wildebeest and eland.
Single Supplement: Is only charged for those who are not prepared to share accommodation.
A medical kit is on hand in camp and in the saddle. We are in radio contact from camp to the main lodge that is in contact with the Flying Doctor Service. We also have a satellite phone for emergencies and both the guides are trained in equine specific first aid.
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