Offbeat Safaris Masai Mara

Masai Mara Riding Safari

8 days from £8,710 pp (excl. international flights)

Ol Kinyei & Naibosho Conservancies  – Mara North Conservancy  – Siria Escarpment

The Ultimate Riding Safari

Experience the joys of getting up close and personal to the wilds of the Mara on horseback with one of the top riding outfitters

Our partners have been operating since 1990 and have a stellar reputation for providing unrivalled mobile horseback safaris amongst big game. Riding up close to elephants, lions and buffalo, or galloping with wildebeest and zebra are life-changing experiences. If you are an experienced rider, there is simply no better way to see Kenya than from the back of a well-schooled and fit horse.

The Mara never fails to deliver outstanding game viewing from horseback, all year round. Whether you ride with the wildebeest migration from July to October or avoid the masses and opt for the warm, dry months of December to March the game viewing is always spectacular.

With a traditional mobile tented safari camp that moves with us, supported by a lorry and Land Rovers, this is the epitome of what a true 'safari' is all about. Wildlife is plentiful in all the areas that we ride and your guide is highly knowledgeable and conversant with the habits and likely reactions of the wildlife.

We ride in big game country, on open plains interspersed with bush. The short grass plains are ideal for riding (although you must look out for holes) and long canters are taken. We ride for 4 – 7 hours per day with 2-hour lunch stops, and on our longest moving day, we stop for breakfast on route. Walking on foot is sometimes necessary over rough terrain.

This week-long safari offers the pure bush experience. With 4 different camp locations, you will literally ride from one side of the Masai Mara to the other, covering over 250km.

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The itinerary…

Day 1: Arrival

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A first ride with giraffe

This morning you will either be collected from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or, if you have arrived earlier, from your Nairobi hotel and transferred to Wilson Airport for your one-hour flight departing at 10 am to Mara Naibosho. It is a beautiful flight passing over the fertile Kikuyu highlands before reaching the Great Rift Valley.

Flying across the volcano-studded floor of the Rift you will reach the Loita Hills and Naibosho airstrip by 11 am. Your guide will meet you and there will be an hour’s drive to camp. Our Olare Lamun camp is set in a grove of acacia trees near a small stream on the southern edge of the Loita plains. Olare Lamun translates to rhino salt lick in Maa. You will have time for lunch and a camp tour before your first evening ride.

Day 2: Olare Lamun Camp

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Finding a cheetah by horseback

After an early morning ride we will come back to camp for a light breakfast and then set out for a game drive and walk up the nearby hill, known as Oloiburmut. We will return to camp for lunch. There will be time for a siesta and at around 4 pm, we will head out to visit the local Masai village.

Day 3: The Big Ride

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Cantering across the plains

Today is our first moving day and we break camp in good time, as it is the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 50km. We ride across rolling open plains and the game generally becomes more plentiful as we approach the Mara ecosystem. We should see herds of zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, and gazelle and there is a good chance of seeing elephants and buffalo as well. We reach our camp on the edge of the Masai Game Reserve on the Olare Orok lugga ("lugga" meaning "small stream") in the late afternoon. From camp, we are likely to hear lions and hyenas at night and the abundance of game is apparent everywhere.

Day 4: Olare Orok

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Enjoying a game drive

A full day of morning and evening rides from camp with the option of driving into the game park for some good photographic opportunities. From the Land Rovers we can get much closer to lion, elephant and buffalo than we are able to do from the horses.

Day 5: Up the escarpment

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View from the escarpment

On our second moving day; we head west across the Mara plains and reach the Mara River on the park boundary. We hopefully ford the river (unless in complete flood) at one of the famous wildebeest crossings and then head south-west across the Mara Triangle where we have our picnic lunch before ascending the Soit Ololol Escarpment to reach our camp in a forest glade overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem.

Day 6: To Mara River Camp

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Riding along the Mara River

This is our last moving day as we descend the escarpment and ride through the Triangle once more to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. We head in a northwesterly direction and after lunch, we find our final campsite set up on the banks of the Mara River. Close by, there are some hippo pools, and their grunting at night is a special feature of this camp.

Day 7: Enjoy Mara North

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Crossing the river

With a full day camped on the river we will follow the same morning and evening ride routine, crossing the river with hippos once more. A walk or drive will be on offer after breakfast; providing another good opportunity to take photographs.

Day 8: End of the adventure

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A sundowner enjoyed during the trip

You will have a last morning ride before returning to camp and saying goodbye to your horses. After a full English breakfast, you will game drive to the airstrip and fly back to Nairobi at approximately 11am, allowing plenty of time to reach your onward destination.

Duration: 8 Days

Location: Masai Mara Safari, Kenya

Price: £8710pp

This price is based on two people sharing a tent on a set departure trip. There are set departure trips each month of the year, please enquire for more information.

Included in the price:

  • Full board accommodation and laundry
  • All house drinks and food
  • All activities, riding, game drives, walks, night drives
  • All conservation fees, park fees, camping fees
  • Internal return domestic flights from Nairobi to the safari
  • Transfers associated with the safari ( pick/drop in Nairobi)
  • Dayroom in Nairobi on the last day if required
  • Amref Flying Doctors Membership (Air-Evac to Nairobi)

Excluded from the price:

  • Single Supplement: $100 per night (if not willing to share a tent)
  • Gratuities, other services, personal items, insurance
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