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Masai Mara Horse-riding Safari

Imaging following the famous Wildebeest Migration routes among big game like lion, buffalo and elephant. Imagine galloping with thousands of wildebeest and zebra across the vast plains of the Masai Mara, stopping along the way for picnics in some of the world’s most scenic locations. This unique horse-riding safari offers competent and experienced riders an adventure like no other.

Revel in the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride among big game and mega-herds of wildebeest as they migrate from the Serengeti into the Masai Mara’s in search of fresh grazing between July and October.

Cross the Mara River (unless in full flood) at one of the popular wildebeest junctions under the curious eyes of crocodiles and hippos. Go on game drives and guided walks from camps situated in sublime locations in the Masai Mara.

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Highlights

  • Wonderful safari experience for competent horse riders
  • Gallop among herds of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and gazelle
  • Ford the Mara River at a renowned wildebeest crossing point
  • Superb big game viewing on horse rides, game drives and guided walks
  • Picnic breakfasts and lunches in picturesque locations

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 8 Days

  • Start: Mara North
  • End: Kenya

Destinations Visited

Accommodations Visited


Kenya

Offbeat Olare Lamun Mobile Camp

2 Nights


Kenya

Offbeat Olare Orok Mobile Camp

2 Nights


Kenya

Offbeat Soit Olololol Camp

1 Night


Kenya

OffBeat Mara Camp

2 Nights
Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Fly into the Mara North | 2 Nights

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Your scenic short-haul flight will take you from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the Naboisho airstrip in the Mara North. You will fly over the fertile Kikuyu Highlands and the crater-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley. After touching down, your guide will drive you to your first stop-over, Olare Lamun Mobile Camp. This camp is set on the banks of the Mara River, overlooking a lively pool of resident hippos. After lunch and a little downtime, you will set off on your first sunset ride. You will also have the option to go on a game drive to spot herds of wildebeest, zebra, and if you are in luck, elephant, buffalo and lion.

Day 2: Cross the Mara River

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Leave camp with a picnic lunch in your saddlebags and ride south along the park’s boundary until you meet up again with the Mara River. You will traverse the river (if not in full flood) at one of the renowned wildebeest crossing points under the curious gazes of hippos and crocodiles. Continue riding across the Mara Triangle, stopping along the way for a welcoming picnic lunch. After ascending the Soit Ololol Escarpment and walking through an enchanting forest, you will reach camp Soit Ololol in a tranquil glade. Dismount and drink in the jaw-droppingly beautiful views of the Masai Mara landscape.

Day 3: Explore the Soit Ololol Escarpment | 2 Nights

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After breakfast, you will journey along the top of the escarpment and wonder at the awe-inspiring views over the Masai Mara’s landscape. You should see plenty of plains game down below and, if you are in luck, you might get a glimpse of the solitary Schalow’s or Mrs Ross’s turaco – colourful, fruit-eating birds.

Descend the escarpment on foot, following a rocky cattle track before breaking under the shady canopy of some acacia trees to enjoy lunch.

Enjoy a scenic ride along the foot of the Mara Triangle and ascend back up the escarpment via a game trail featuring large herds of bachelor buffalo. Make your way back to camp Soit Ololol, freshen up and savour a delicious dinner followed by a tipple of your choice beside a cosy campfire.

Day 4: Back over the Mara!

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Today you will descend the escarpment once again and ride back across the same wildebeest crossing spot as on Day 2. You will head west and descend into the gorgeous Olare Orok Valley and dismount for a picnic beside a serene streamlet. Arrive at camp Olare Orok just in time for afternoon tea, followed by an evening game drive. Olare Orok offers comfortable sleeping tents equipped with torches, gas lanterns and hurricane lamps. Each tent features a bathroom tent with authentic safari hot bucket-showers. Be lulled to sleep for the next two nights by the distant calls of lion and hyena.

Day 5: Venture into the Masai Mara National Reserve | 1 Night

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Go on morning and evening horse rides from camp and enjoy exploring Kenya’s flagship conservation area on a game drive. You will revel in up-close photographic opportunities while spotting big game like lion, elephant and buffalo – and maybe cheetah and leopard if you are lucky.

Day 6: Ride across rolling plains | 2 Nights

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Break camp early as today you will ride a distance of almost 50 kilometres or 31 miles through big game country. Gallop among herds of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and gazelle, stopping en route for a picnic breakfast and lunch. Resting beside a tranquil streamlet on the southern edge of the Loita Plains and nestled within a gorgeous grove of acacia trees, you will find camp Olare Lamun (meaning ‘the rhino salt lick’). This will be your refuge for the next two nights.

Day 7: Explore the Loita Plains

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Go on game drives, horseback rides or guided walks to discover this remote area of the Masai Mara. The Mara’s superb year-round game viewing means that you can enjoy incredible sightings of lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hyena, zebra, giraffe, and of course, the astonishing number of wildebeest that arrive from about July to November.

Day 8: Bid farewell to Kenya

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After breakfast, you will be driven to Nairobi with treasured impressions of Africa that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Inclusions

Game drives (day & night)
Internal flights and transfers associated with each safari
Local airstrip transfers

Exclusions
International flights
Airport taxes
All meals and drinks not specified
Tips and gratuities
Items of a personal nature

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