The concept of horseback safari originated in Kenya, back in the 1970’s. A horse riding holiday in Kenya is a hugely popular way to experience safari, and get up close to Africa’s wildlife.

Today, Kenya can give you one of the most exciting horse riding holidays on the planet. With unrivalled game viewing, and during migration, the chance to horse ride alongside the largest herds of wildebeest and zebra in Africa. Kenya boasts both lodge-based horse safaris and the traditional luxury mobile tented-camp horse safaris. The accommodation is as if lifted from the set in ‘Out of Africa’. Consequently, every single detail is thought of, this is luxury Africa at its absolute best. Immerse yourself and feel at one with Africa’s wilderness, while also lavishing all those wonderful creature comforts. The price for a horse riding holiday in Kenya may be high, but believe us, it’s worth every penny.

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6 Nights: $7 240 pps

The Masai Mara with Gordie Church

The Masai Mara with Gordie Church

6 - 9 Nights

Kenya

Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari

Join the legendary Gordie Church for an unforgettable ride across the Masai Mara.

horse riding in Kenya

1 Night: From $600 pps

Foothills of Mt Kenya – Borana Lodge

Foothills of Mt Kenya – Borana Lodge

TAILOR MADE

Kenya

Wildlife & Scenery Focused Horse Safari

Slot into the laid-back way of life in the foothills of Mt Kenya at Borana Lodge

7 Nights: From $6 500 pps

Laikipia Horse Riding Safari in Kenya

Laikipia Horse Riding Safari in Kenya

7 Nights

Kenya

Wildlife Focused Horse Safari

Enjoy exclusive and spectacular game viewing without another tourist in sight.

1 Night: From $750 pps

Chyulu Hills – Ol Donyo Lodge

Chyulu Hills – Ol Donyo Lodge

TAILOR MADE

Kenya

Wildlife Focused Safari

Horse riding in some of Kenya's most spectacular landscapes

Horse Riding Kenya

As the original home of the African horse safari, Kenya offers unrivalled opportunities when it comes to horse riding. The country boasts a variety of safari experiences; from luxury high-end lodge-stays, to fly-camping and nights spent dining and sleeping under the stars. Choose to ride through the great open plains of the Masai Mara or scale the steep rocky outcrops in Laikipia’s high country. Perhaps even combine the two for the ultimate safari experience!

A Kenyan riding safari is most famous for offering the chance to ride alongside the world-renowned wildebeest migration. Picture cantering alongside and weaving through vast herds of wildebeest and zebra as they migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara. Long and rolling savannah filled with the whole cast of the Lion King – wildlife everywhere you look!

However, horse riding in Kenya goes beyond simply the Masai Mara. Smile at the flourishing population of wild dog and their pups in Laikipia, and gasp as Mt Kilimanjaro breaks through the clouds in the Chyulu Hills. From the vast plains of the Mara, to mountainous regions further North, Kenya offers a huge variation of experiences. Riders and non-riders, families, couples, groups and solo adventurers alike, there is something for everyone. Intermediate riders and families can be catered for here as the landscapes are more open, meaning you are far less likely to come across any wildlife by surprise. On horseback safaris in Kenya, you will experience the best the country has to offer, and from the best seat available!

Safari, Landscape & Wildlife

There are three main areas where you can mount-up in Kenya; Laikipia, the Masai Mara and the Chyulu Hills.

Laikipia is home to the second highest peak on the continent, Mt. Kenya. Here, you’ll be faced with dazzling views of the mountain as you traverse the high country on horseback. View endangered plains game such as the Jackson’s Hartebeest, Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk and the Reticulated Giraffe from the saddle. Communities here have been passionately involved in the conservation of both Black Rhino and White Rhino over the last few decades.

In the Masai Mara, it is likely you will experience the thrilling sensation of viewing predators from horseback. Lions are regularly seen from the saddle, and if you’re lucky, cheetahs and leopards may also make an appearance. With highly professional guides (and horses) you’ll always be kept safe – It is an adrenaline kick like no other!

Forming a corridor between Tsavo West and Amboseli, the Chyulu Hills boast striking and diverse landscapes. Horseback ride in the presence of some of the largest and most impressive Tusker Elephants that still roam beneath the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Culture

Kenya’s vibrant, colourful and fascinating culture is a joy to experience whilst on safari. Relish combining some of the most outstanding game viewing opportunities that Africa has to offer, with the fascinating traditional culture of the Maasai tribe. As a break from the saddle, visit a Maasai Boma and learn from the famous Maasai warriors. They will proudly show you the traditions of their people and how they manage living and herding cattle in a Big 5 landscape!

Be inspired by passionate antipoaching teams who protect their treasured and increasingly threatened black and white rhino. Riding safaris in Kenya help fund these programmes and help act as a reason to keep fighting for their conservation.

Accommodation

When it comes to where you lay your head after a day of horse riding, there really is an accommodation to suit everyone. Recline in luxury after many hours in the saddle at one of our lodge-based horse riding holidays. Or alternatively, choose the ‘Out of Africa’ experience with the highest standard of luxury mobile horse safari. Despite being a mobile camp stay, you will have comfortably furnished tents and food you would’ve expected to be cooked in a five-star hotel, not over a simple wood fire.

FAQs

When is the best time for a safari in the Masai Mara?

Game viewing is said to be best between July and September, coinciding with the migration, a bucket list experience! However, with incredible wildlife sightings year round, you will never be disappointed, no matter what time of year you go! Many choose to travel on the edges of the peak season, with less tourists and lower prices, and most avoid March and April which is known for heavy downpours.    

Will I see the wildebeest migration on horseback in the Masai Mara?

The migration is a constant movement of millions of animals following the rhythms of nature – so it is impossible to predict where they might be. The riding route is in the paths of the wildebeest migration, so you may get to experience the magic of riding amongst the herds, a surreal feeling that you will never forget! If you have your heart set on witnessing the death defying river crossings, we suggest adding a few days on a vehicle safari where you can dedicate more time to this and travel further afield. 

Do I need a yellow fever vaccination for Kenya?

Kenya is considered a Yellow Fever risk country and you may be asked for a vaccination certificate on arrival, or when travelling to other African countries. The Yellow Fever vaccination is given as a single injection at least ten days before travelling offers lifelong protection. We highly recommend consulting with your doctor or visiting a travel clinic before you travel. 

Do I need a visa for Kenya?

Requirements for visiting Kenya are a valid passport, with 2 blank pages, and a visa. Currently, it is possible to get a visa on arrival, however, it is best to get an e-visa online before you travel. You can apply for these up to a week before travel and it is a very simple process. Check with your local Kenya embassies regarding visas before travelling as it could change without prior notice.

What if I have dietary requirements?

Most dietary requirements can be catered for if we request them well in advance. You must remember that many of the safaris are in the middle of the African bush, so there is no way to pop out to the shops or local restaurant. We also love being part of special occasions, so when you book your safari, let us know if you are celebrating any birthdays or anniversaries.

Chyulu Hills: Ol Donyo Lodge

Forming a corridor between Tsavo West and Amboseli, Chyulu Hills boasts striking and diverse landscapes in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.  This is a place where time stands still, and you are more likely to come across the paw print of a lion than a human footprint!  Unrestricted by roads, ride along ancient elephant paths, canter through endless plains of golden grass, or take time out to explore the rugged jumble of extinct volcanic craters. Here you will find the rare Gerenuk, endangered Black Rhino and some of the world’s most magnificent “big tusker” elephants.

Pride rock at sunset

Laikipia: Borana Lodge + Sosian Lodge

Stretching from the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley, the Laikipia Plateau is increasingly being recognised as one of Kenya’s best kept secrets. A mosaic of farmland and conservancies, some of Kenya’s best conservation success stories are unfolding here. Vast open plains create a haven for wildlife, and you will find yourself riding with endangered species such as black rhino, Grevy’s zebra and wild dogs. This area is made for adventurous travellers with unusual activities like scaling Mount Kenya, visits to chimpanzee sanctuaries and some sensational rhino sightings!