Tour Length: 6 Nights
Dates offered: July 21 – 27, 2019
Explore the Masai Mara in Kenya by horseback on a 6-night safari. Riding along with the most experienced and luxurious riding outfit in the region, we make our way down narrow gorges to discover a lush valley filled with wildlife, or even gallop alongside herds of wildebeest during the migration. On this large game reserve, get up and close to many species including giraffes, wildebeests, lions, cheetahs, zebra, gazelle and more! This sanctuary will take your breath away as you spend your days riding across the savannah, evenings spent in camp oozing luxury and enjoy delicious catered meals to fuel your adventure.
Day 1 – Arrival in Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
You will be met and transferred from your hotel to Wilson airport for a safari briefing. Our morning flight departs at 10.00 a.m. and arrives in the Mara at approximately 11.00 a.m. Your professional safari riding guide will meet you there for a game drive to our private-canvas mobile camp arriving in time for lunch. This area is a favourite for elephant, leopard and cheetah. The afternoon is spent settling-in, followed by a short ride or game drive in Eneskiria, Naboisho Conservancy. Riding distance: 5-10 kms
Day 2 – Eneskiria, Naboisho Conservancy
Morning and afternoon rides and game drives exploring the Talek, Ololmorijoi streams and the surrounding game country of Naboisho. Topi, hartebeest, baboons and buffalo frequent this area. Bloody Mary’s in the morning and Pink Gin’s for ‘sundowners’ in the evening. All-in-all, a heavenly day on safari. Riding distance: 15-20 kms
Day 3 – KO8, Mara North Conservancy
A pre-dawn wake-up call prepares us for the longest ride of the safari. Heading due west, we traverse the vast rolling plains of Koiyaki. Ostrich, gazelle, wildebeest, eland and hyena may be encountered. We descend the Motorogi escarpment, cross the Ntiakitiak stream, before finally reaching the Enkoyanai spring for a picnic lunch. Long siesta followed by a beautiful ride up the Olare Orok stream and its’ mighty fig trees. Riding distance: 45-50 kms
Day 4 – KO8, Mara North Conservancy
A well deserved morning of rest for the horses, we set off in our private 4×4 safari vehicles to photograph the wildlife at close quarters. Two large prides of lion make this area their home, allowing for a sensational big-cat experience. Afternoon ride, drive or walk in this magical corner of the Mara. We may go out by vehicle with a spotlight to discover the nocturnal creatures. Riding distance: 5-10 kms
Day 5 – Mara River, Mara North Conservancy
After a ‘full-monty’ breakfast we ride in a northerly direction, through a little gorge and out over the Ololituroto plain, scattered with the occasional balanities tree. Exceptional views in every direction on excellent going for the horses. Picnic lunch in the Olomai forest, siesta and a glorious ride down to the Mara river, with many large pods of hippo and the odd monster crocodile. Riding distance: 20-25 kms.
Day 6 – Mara River, Mara North Conservancy
A stunning area to explore by horse or vehicle. We may ford the river and ride under the iconic Siria escarpment. The concentration of game is breathtaking and with plenty of opportunity to jump fallen trees created by the resident elephant. Waterbuck, jackal and lion occur, as do many other wildlife species. Riding distance: 15-20 kms
Day 7 – Departure from Nairobi
Our last morning ride or drive following the banks of the river. Wonderful opportunities for long canters over the Serian and Maternity plains. After a hearty brunch we say our “goodbyes” to the horses and camp crew. Our afternoon flight to Nairobi departs at 4.15 p.m. Upon arrival at approximately 5.30 p.m., you will be transferred to JKIA for your international flight home. Riding distance: 10-15 kms
Tour Pricing & Booking
$6,925 double occupancy
Fees based on double occupancy
Air travel into and out of Nairobi – not included.
Lodging – Luxury mobile tents
Meals – All meals catered and included in price