11-Days Kenya Explorer Safari on Horseback Description

Explore Kenya on horseback on this exhilarating safari through the country’s richest wildlife sanctuaries – Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Masai Mara National Reserve. Riding up close to elephant, lion and buffalo, or galloping with wildebeest and zebra are undoubtedly life changing experiences.

SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

DAYLOCATIONACCOMMODATIONACTIVITY
1NAIROBIKAREN BLIXEN COTTAGESLEISURE
2OL PEJETA CONSERVANVYSANCTUARY TAMBARAREG.D, BONFIRE, HORSE-RIDING
3OL PEJETA CONSERVANCYSANCTUARY TAMBARAREHORSE-RIDING, G.D
4MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVESAND RIVER CAMPHORSE-RIDING, G.D
5MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVESAND RIVER CAMPHORSE-RIDING, G.D, SUNDOWNER, NIGHT G.D,
6MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVEESCARPMENT SOIT OLOLOLO CAMPG.D
7MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVEOLARE OROK CAMPG.D, SUNDOWNER
8MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVEOLARE OROK CAMPG.D, HORSE-RIDING, WALKING SAFARI
9MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVEOLARE LAMUN CAMPHORSE-RIDING
10MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVEOLARE LAMUN CAMPWALKING SAFARI,

MASAI VILLAGE VISIT, HORSE-RIDING

11NAIROBIN/AN/A

 

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Balloon safari ride at $450pp

 

G.D Means Game Drive

N/A Means Not Applicable

11-Days Kenya Explorer Safari on Horseback Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and after clearing customs & immigration, collect your luggage and meet your driver and our office representative at the Arrivals Hall who will transfer you to Karen Blixen Cottages, your home for the night.

  • Dinner and overnight at Karen Blixen Cottages
  • Meal Plan: Halfboard

Day 2: Nairobi to Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After breakfast, meet your driver guide at the reception and transfer to Wilson Airport for your flight to Kamok airstrip. On arrival, you are met by our guide and transferred to the camp. You have time to settle in and have lunch before embarking on an afternoon game drive on this wildlife-rich conservancy.

Tucked in a grove of fever trees looking out across the Ol Pejeta Conservancy at the foot of Mt Kenya is Sanctuary Tambarare. Lion, leopard, wild dog, and Grevy’s zebra roam free in the 90,000-acre wildlife conservancy known for its rhino and chimpanzee conservation efforts. Decorated in blue, white, and tan, each of the ten spacious rooms enjoys fabulous views of the plains through floor-to-ceiling windows and from a private veranda. Colourful, comfy seats in the main area are the perfect place to relax after a day spent exploring the conservancy on a game drive, tracking lions, riding horses, cycling, or getting up close to the last two northern white rhinos left in the world. In the evening, gather around the campfire at the boma to share the day’s adventures with your favourite drink at hand.

  • Dinner and overnight at Sanctuary Tambarare
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ol Pejeta Conservancy Full Day

After breakfast, set out on a morning ride in this home of Najin and Fatu, the last two northern white rhinos in the world, in their Endangered Species Enclosure. The predator-free enclosure is also home to other species including the southern white rhino, Grevy’s zebra, Jackson hartebeest, and other plains game. Being on horseback lets you get a little closer to the animals whilst hearing about the astounding efforts that the conservancy is going to in order to save this species from extinction. Afterward, explore Ol Pejeta’s open savannah and ride alongside a myriad of wildlife, from dazzles of zebras to towering giraffes.

  • Dinner and overnight at Sanctuary Tambarare
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ol Pejeta to Masai Mara National Reserve

Enjoy breakfast as you bid the Tambarare staff farewell, transfer to Kamok airstrip for your flight south to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival at the airstrip, your guides will meet and drive you to your first camp, set up on the banks of the Mara River adjacent to a teeming hippo pool. Lunch will be served and you will have a little time to relax before meeting your horses and setting off on your first gentle evening ride.

  • Dinner and overnight at Sand River Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Masai Mara National Reserve

Begin the day with an early morning ride, crossing the Mara River for the first time, and returning to camp for a light breakfast. After breakfast a game drive will be on offer, driving provides better photographic opportunities than from a horse and exploring more of this Northern part of the Mara which has much to offer. Return in time for lunch before setting off on an afternoon ride. You have the option to set off in the vehicles once more for a sundowner and a short night game drive before dinner.

  • Dinner and overnight at Sand River Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve

Depart camp after breakfast, heading south towards the park boundary where you meet the river again at one of the famous wildebeest crossings. Cross the river and head southwest across the Mara Triangle, where you will enjoy a picnic lunch at around 12:30. After lunch, set off and ascend the Soit Olololol Escarpment. Arrive at camp at on the edge of the escarpment and spend the night overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem.

  • Dinner and overnight at Soit Olololo Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve

Descend the escarpment after breakfast and ride across to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. Head in a westerly direction and descend into the enchanting Olare Orok Valley with a picnic lunch on the way. Reaching camp in time for tea, there should also be time to do an evening game drive and sundowners, before dinner under the stars.

  • Dinner and overnight at Olare Orok Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Masai Mara National Reserve

Today, you have a full day of exploring this glorious area on horseback, car, and possibly on foot. You will have excellent photo opportunities, getting close to buffalo, elephant, lion, and maybe cheetah or leopard.

  • Dinner and overnight at Olare Orok Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Masai Mara National Reserve

Today marks the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 50kms. Setting off at around 7.00 am, enjoy a bush breakfast. Continue riding until when you break again for lunch after reaching Ol Kinyei Conservancy. Later head to the last camp, arriving at Olare Lamun (the rhino salt lick) nestled in a grove of acacia trees by a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains.

  • Dinner and overnight at Olare Lamun
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Masai Mara National Reserve

Wake up early and set off for a morning ride before returning to your camp for a light breakfast. Then set out for a game drive and beautiful walk up the nearby hill called Oloiburmut, returning to camp for lunch. At around 4 pm, ride or drive to visit the local Masai Village.

  • Dinner and overnight at Olare Lamun
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Masai Mara to Nairobi

Enjoy one last morning ride before saying goodbye to the horses. After a final breakfast, you will drive to the airstrip and fly back to Nairobi around 11 am, landing in Wilson Airport in Nairobi. You will be met by our driver guide who will take you to a hotel where a day room will have  been reserved with enough for last-minute shopping before transferring you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time for your flight home.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast.

Safari Cost Include the following:

  • Transport in a safari Land-cruiser jeep
  • English speaking Driver/guide
  • Game drives
  • Fullboard accommodation
  • Meals on Full Board
  • Mineral water for use during the safari
  • All Park Entrance Fees,
  • Horse rides

Safari cost Does not Include the following:

  • Soft & alcoholic drinks
  • Things of personal nature
  • International Airfares, Visa Fees
  • Optional activities unless specified as included
  • Tips and gratitude
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