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Get Up Close to Africa’s Wildlife on a Horse Riding Holiday in Kenya

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.

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! If you’re someone who craves adventure and wants to explore the African wilderness from a different perspective, a horse safari in Kenya can provide an exhilarating and off-the-beaten-path adventure. And for non-riding partners, friends or family, Kenya offers unforgettable safari experiences with some of the best guides in Africa!

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 lodge-based horse safaris and 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 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: From USD $7995GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Luxury Masai Mara Safari with Gordie Church

  • 6 / 8 Nights
  • Kenya
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Embark on a remarkable glamping adventure through the iconic Masai Mara with the legendary Gordie Church.
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Ride accross teh river at Sosian Lodge Kenya

3 nights: From USD $2340GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

HORSE RIDING HOLIDAY AT SOSIAN

  • 3 - 7 Nights
  • Kenya
  • Wildlife Focused Horse Safari
Experience thrilling horse safaris and adventure activities at Sosian Lodge – exploring Kenya's wild beauty.
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6 nights: From USD $6685GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Borana & Lewa Luxury Trail Ride – Kenya

  • 6 / 7 Nights
  • Kenya
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
An extraordinary journey with equestrian adventure, luxury accommodation and breathtaking landscapes.
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horse riding in Kenya

3 nights: From USD $2490GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Horse Riding Holiday at Borana Lodge

  • 3 - 10 Nights
  • Kenya
  • Wildlife & Scenery Focused Safari
Immerse yourself in a conservation-focused safari in the foothills of Mount Kenya, combining adventure and purpose.
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A close elephant encounter on a horseback safari

3 nights: From USD $3750GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Horse Riding Holiday at Lewa Wilderness

  • 3 - 10 Nights
  • Kenya
  • Wildlife Focused Horse Safari
Immerse youself in this very special part of Kenya, where luxury, adventure and conservation are intertwined.
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Luxury Horse Safari at Ol Donyo Lodge

  • 3 - 10 Nights
  • Kenya
  • Wildlife Focused Safari
Discover the wonders of riding in the Chyllu Hills, a fusion of wildlife and luxury in the heart of Kenya.
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OVERVIEW OF HORSE SAFARIS IN KENYA

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 wild dog population 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 farther 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!

RIDE LOCATIONS IN KENYA

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara, in South-West Kenya, is the quintessential Africa most people dream of. Together with the Serengeti National Park, it is a sanctuary for some of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife and the awe-inspiring annual wildebeest migration. Being one of the most diverse ecosystems in Africa, and home to over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds, the Mara’s magic is almost impossible to rival. With its wide-open plains teeming with wildlife, this true African bush forms the idyllic setting for the ride of a lifetime

See big cats from horseback in the Mara

LAIKIPIA: BORANA LODGE + LEWA WILDERNESS + 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

Rhinos and horses in Kenya
Ride with rhinos in Laikipia

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, the endangered Black Rhino and some of the world’s most magnificent “big tusker” elephants

Horse riding with elephants at Ol Donyo, Kenya
See the giant tuskers at Ol Donyo

Safari Highlights

EXCEPTIONAL WILDLIFE!
Ride through the iconic Maasai Mara, one of Africa’s most renowned wildlife reserves. Encounter the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros) and witness the Great Migration if your visit coincides with this incredible natural spectacle


GREAT WILDEBEEST MIGRATION
Riding amongst thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle is a bucket list adventure! While we cannot guarantee that you will see any dramatic river crossings from horseback, you might get lucky! Horseback safaris allow for a more intimate and quiet approach to observe animals in their natural habitat


RIVER CROSSINGS
Crossing the Mara River on horseback is a thrilling experience. Following the footsteps of the herds of wildebeest and under the watchful eye of pods of hippos and crocodiles is an experience you’ll never forget


RHINOS FROM HORSEBACK
The Lewa-Borana Conservancy has been passionately involved in the conservation of both Black Rhino and White Rhino over the last few decades. If seeing rhinos from horseback is on your bucket list, there is no better place in East Africa. You’ll also be able to head out with the anti-poaching teams to see what a vital role they play


HORSE RIDING WITH BIG CATS
In the Masai Mara, you will likely 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


THRILLING RIDING
Enjoy the thrill of riding across vast open plains, where you can appreciate the breathtaking scenery and the sense of freedom that comes with exploring the African wilderness on horseback. The horses are fit and love to show off their paces, even letting you fly over elephant- felled logs


SUNDOWERS & BUSH DINNERS
Experience the magic of a traditional safari sundowner. Enjoy drinks and snacks as the sun sets over the plains. Some safaris also offer bush dinners, providing a unique dining experience under the stars


CULTURAL IMMERSION
Interact with the Maasai people, known for their rich cultural traditions. Some horse safaris offer visits to Maasai villages, providing opportunities to learn about their way of life, traditions, and crafts. Many of the guiding teams and camp staff are from the local villages and they’ll share their stories with you

 

 

 

Horse safari with lion
Your chance to see lions from horseback
Epic River Crossings on horseback in the Masai Mara Gordie
Crossing the Mara River on Horseback
Horse riding alongside herds of wildebeest in the Masai Mara
Ride alongside the migration
Masai Man with horses in Kenya
Learn about Kenya from the Masai

Activities

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


GAME DRIVES
Game drives are the quintessential safari activity. You’ll embark on guided drives in specially equipped vehicles to explore Kenya’s national parks and wildlife reserves. This is an excellent opportunity to spot the “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) and many other wildlife species


WALKING SAFARIS
For a more intimate wildlife experience, you can go on guided walking safaris. Accompanied by experienced guides, you’ll have the chance to track animals on foot, learn about local flora and fauna, and appreciate the smaller details of the ecosystem


PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARIS
If photography interests you, many lodges offer specialised photographic safaris. You’ll be accompanied by a professional wildlife photographer who can provide tips and guidance for capturing the best shots of Kenya’s incredible wildlife and landscapes


CONSERVATION EXPERIENCES
Participate in conservation activities such as joining the antipoaching team on their walks, learning about the training of the antipoaching dogs and doing a snare sweep on horseback


HOT AIR BALLOONING
Experience the African sunrise from a hot air balloon as it floats over the plains. This offers a breathtaking, bird’s-eye view of Kenya’s wildlife and landscapes (Can be booked in the Masai Mara)


SCENIC FLIGHTS
Take a scenic flight over the Lakipia wilderness in a unique bi-plane! Giving you a bird’s eye view of the open plains below and an adrenaline rush as you spot journeys of giraffe, or huge herds of elephants below


FLY CAMPING EXPERIENCE
Spend a night under the stars with a fly camp set up just for you. Sleep in comfortable tents, surrounded by the sounds of the African night, and wake up to the beauty of the sunrise with your horses tethered nearby


VILLAGE VISIT
Explore the rich cultural heritage of Kenya by chatting with your local guides or visiting a traditional village. Learn about traditional customs, dances, and crafts, giving you a deeper understanding of the people who call this land home

 

Horse riding with rhino
Ride alongside endangered rhino
Game drives in the Masai Mara with Offbeat
Game drives in the Masai Mara
Biplane safari with gorgeous views in Kenya
Biplane safari with gorgeous views in Kenya
horses in front of safari tent in Kenya
Fly camping at Borana Lodge

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. Kenya offers a range of luxury safari lodges located in prime wildlife areas. These lodges often feature spacious and beautifully decorated rooms with en-suite bathrooms, comfortable beds, and all the amenities you’d expect from a high-end accommodation. Some lodges even have private plunge pools and stunning views of the surrounding wilderness.

Or, for a more immersive experience, head out on a mobile safari where the camps move with your equestrian journey. These camps are set up in the wild and provide comfortable tents with all the necessary facilities, allowing you to explore remote areas. And for pure indulgence, choose the ‘Out of Africa’ experience of riding with Gordie and Felicia Church. 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. Whichever you choose, you can expect excellent dining options featuring a blend of local and international cuisine, knowledgeable guides for game drives and wildlife viewing, and incredible horse riding.

Cottage accommodations in Kenya
Luxury lodge stays in Laikipia
Horse safari and tent in the Masai Mara
Mobile Horse Safaris in the Masai Mara

Kenyan 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!

Masai Warrior in the Masai Mara
Learn about the bush from the Masai

KENYA SAFARI 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 and 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.

RECENT KENYA REVIEWS

Amazing week riding in Kenya!
We had such an amazing week riding at Borana lodge in Kenya in August!! The lodge is
stunning, we loved the attention to detail and eco-friendliness. The food was amazing, our room was beautiful and the staff made us feel so spoiled. We rode twice a day with super horses and guides, getting quite close to wildlife and having some fun gallops along the way. The horses are well-trained and lots of fun to ride. The conservancy is huge and every ride was different. We absolutely loved our night fly-camping with the horses - such a special experience! We also took the chance to do a game drive one afternoon and got close to cheetahs and lions. Overall it was the perfect combination of riding, safari and rest at the beautiful lodge. One week definitely felt too short!

Alessia PignattiBorana Lodge - Kenya

Absolutely magical experience!
We just returned from 6 nights at Borana, filled with excitement, stories and a true love and appreciation for Kenya. What an absolutely Magical experience! We are a family of four with teen girls 14 & 16. African Safari recommended Borana to us and they were absolutely spot on. The riding, scenery , and staff all exceeded our expectations. As I told the staff there, they are the keepers of the Garden of Eden! They should be so proud of what they do and what they are doing for conservation! Daisy, you did an amazing job from start to finish! Thank You for the memories and allowing us to score high in the eyes of our teens for choosing the right vacation!

Johanna Sylvia SambergBorana Lodge - Kenya

Best. Trip. Ever. The most well run trip I’ve ever been on!
BEST. TRIP. EVER. I truly had such an amazing time. It was the most well run trip I’ve ever been on. No detail was overlooked, the staff and guides were wonderful, and the horses were fabulous. I’m still pinching myself that it happened. I can’t really pick just one memory, the entire trip was so memorable! We saw so many cheetahs and lions, which were the two animals I had never seen on a safari, so I was really happy with that. I got to see a cheetah run at top speed chasing its prey. The horse I rode, Mars, was a total gentleman who loved the fast gallops and jumping all the logs we could find. Thank you so much for all your help and guidance! This was such a great experience and I’m definitely going to do another one at some point!

Sylvia FuchsMasai Mara Horse Safari - Kenya

One of the best experiences of my life!
I’ve recently had a 5 night stay at Borana Lodge in Kenya and can’t recommend this place enough. One of the best experiences of my life. Can’t thank African Horse Safaris enough for organising it all at such short notice, only 3 weeks went into planning my trip! I have too many photos to share! Slightly tearful that I’m home again, but will forever cherish these memories!

Hannah JohnsonBorana Lodge - Kenya

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