Arusha & Mt Kilimanjaro Horse Safari

This is an African horse riding holiday in Tanzania at its very best; follow in Hemingway’s footsteps as you cross the western game corridor of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and return to safari without an engine. Riding through some of Africa’s most iconic scenery, and taking in the diverse flora and fauna, will make for an unforgettable adventure.

Encounter wildlife such as buffalo, zebra, elephant and many more as you explore the montane forest of Kilimanjaro, the western savannah, the magnificant Mt. Meru and the lush Arusha National Park. Riding in Arusha National Park is an exclusive experience which offers some supurb riding terrain and great game viewing. Set to the backdrop of two of Africa’s highest free-standing mountains, you will ride along trails, frequently used by game, and explore these spectacular landscapes. This Tanzania adventure offers breathtaking views, exotic and varied landscapes, close encounters with Africa’s wildlife and long thrilling canters.

Highlights

  • The chance to ride to the backdrop of two of Africa's most impressive mountains
  • Riding in Arusha National Park; one of Africa's most diverse, lush and beautiful treasures
  • The unparalleled experience of riding and cantering alongside game in some of Africa’s most iconic settings
  • Getting to immerse yourself in bush-life; camp fires, sundowners, alfresco dining, unbelievable sunsets and spectacular stars
  • Spending some time at Makoa farm, home to a variety of rescue animals and community projects

Quick Facts

  • Arrival and Departure Kilimanjaro airport
  • Length 8 days, 7 nights
  • When 02 - 09 September, 18 - 25 November. Group bookings available on request
  • Rates 2017: £4150pp fully - inclusive
  • Riding Level 14 stone / 200 lbs or 90 kg weight restriction.
  • Group Size No more than 6, maximum 8 guests. For private groups a maximum of 10 riders will be accommodated

Destination Description

The areas that surround the ‘four giants’ – Longido, Namanga, Mt Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro – are teaming with wildlife and the landscapes boast a wide variety of ecosystems. You will cross areas of mountain forests, wide open savannah plains, African scrub and Massai farm land as you explore the diverse scenery.

The Enduimet Wildlife Management Area (EWMA)

The area was formed in 2007 and covers 1,280sq km of land. The area is situated in the Longido District, near to the Tanzania-Kenya border, and provides an essential trans-national migratory route and dispersal area for many fauna including the African Elephant. The EWMA is the only corridor that connects to the Kilimanjaro Ecosystem, and is extremely important in creating a safe haven for Tanzania’s wildlife to pass through.

Arusha National Park

The park is home to Tanzania’s second highest peak – and the third highest free-standing mountain in Africa – Mt. Meru. Alongside Kili these stunning mountains create a magnificent backdrop as you ride through dramatically varying terrain; passing from wide open savannah, dense forest, thick bush, impressive craters and many beautiful lakes. Arusha National Park boasts 5 distinct vegetation zones which host a wealth of flora and fauna. The park is home to some of the most impressive big game such as leopard, elephant and buffalo, so keep your eyes peeled!

Explore an areas called the “Little Serengeti”, a wide open landscape home to many plains game. For lunch you will stop off at the Park-Resthouse, the original home of the famous ‘White Huntress’ Margarete Trappe, and enjoy your meal near this historic environment.

 

  • This is a sample itinerary for an 8 day safari. Please be aware that this is a guideline and therefore may vary slightly. However any changes will always be made with the horse and rider's best interests at heart.
  • Day 1: You will arrive at Makoa Farm, a 358 acre coffee and horse farm nestled in the idyllic setting of the foothills of Kilimanjaro; it is from here you will start your adventure! After being welcomed with a cold drink you will be settled into your room which boasts spectacular views of Kili and the surrounding wilderness.

    After lunch you will be introduced to the horses and help will be provided in finding your perfect four-legged friend for the journey. Once pairs are made, you'll mount up and ride out for the afternoon and get to know your steed.
  • Day 2: After waking up to a beautiful African morning and the dawn chorus, breakfast will be served early and you will then transfer with the horses by vehicle to Arusha National Park.

    The park is home to Tanzania’s second highest peak - and the third highest free-standing mountain in Africa - Mt. Meru. Alongside Kili these stunning mountains create a magnificent backdrop as you ride through dramatically varying terrain; passing from wide open savannah, dense forest, thick bush, impressive craters and many beautiful lakes. Arusha National Park boasts 5 distinct vegetation zones which host a wealth of flora and fauna. The park is home to some of the most impressive big game such as leopard, elephant and buffalo, so keep your eyes peeled!

    Your ride will begin from the area known as “Little Serengeti”, a wide open landscape home to many plains game. After exploring for a while and checking out any wildlife, you will continue through several glades, forests and the beautiful Tanzanian scenery. For lunch you will stop off at the Park-Resthouse, the original home of the famous ‘White Huntress’ Margarete Trappe, and enjoy your meal near this historic environment. Lunch over, you will continue towards Mt. Meru and should arrive in camp just as the sun is setting and casting enchanting light over the magnificent mountain.

    The fly camp consists of a basic, yet comfortable tent under a beautiful Acacia tree, with a long drop toilet and classic hot bush shower next to your tent. You can take your shower under the twinkling night sky and the stars are even visible from your pillow. There is nothing quite like drifting off to sleep with the noises of Africa’s wilderness playing in the background – a true bush experience.
  • Day 3: After rising to the dawn chorus and the calls of Colobus monkeys, you will set off through the fairytale-like forest. Fingers crossed you might come across a herd of magnificent African elephant. The birdlife is abundant and you might catch a flash of red as the colourful Hartlaub Turaco races by.

    Your path will lead you to the well-known landmark of Arusha National Park: The “Fig Tree Arch”. Brunch is set overlooking the endless landscape of plains and lakes, only interrupted by Mt. Kilimanjaro. After lunch you will descend to the thundering waterfall at the base of Mt. Meru, a common spot to find buffalo grazing and resting. You will get excitingly close to these giant beasts as they are calmed by the presence of your horses.

    Once back at camp, swapping horse for engine, you will visit the Momella lakes which are slightly further away. The lakes are home to an abundance of birds and animals; it is the perfect place to sit and watch the wildlife come and go by the water edge. You are likely to see beautiful flamingos, hippos, buffalo, giraffe and many smaller species of antelope.
  • Day 4: There is a long exhilrating riding this morning, across savannah plains and through dry forests, where you hope to see giraffe, buffalo, antelope and other game. On your journey, you will cross the border of Arusha Park and continue through Masailand. There will be a short lunch break before you set off again amongst the colourful dots of the Masai herders. Aiming to cover a lot of ground there is good opportunity for some long canters through the plains and farmlands, doused in the warm afternoon sun.

    Tonight’s camp is a beautiful spot in the shade of an acacia and next to a trail regularly used by elephant. You will be welcomed by a hot shower, delicious meal, and a very comfy bed!
  • Day 5: Rise to an African sunrise for an early breakfast before heading out north, crossing terrain calling out for long canters. Kori bustards and Secretary birds are often seen here stalking their prey. As you come across plains game, if you feel up to it, you can canter with zebra and wildebeests - an unforgettable experience!

    You will pass into Enduimet Wildlife Management Area, the wildlife corridor connecting Kilimanjaro and Arusha National Park. In the afternoon you reach Mgunga Camp where an ice cold drink will be waiting for you. Camp tonight boasts stunning views of Mt. Meru, now far in the distance, and is the perfect spot to watch one of Africa’s greatest assets – its glorious sunsets. Your dinner, prepared on the fire, served under the unparalleled night stars, and after a long day's ride, will be magnificent.
  • Day 6: Wake up with the sun and set out after breakfast for a long morning ride, keeping eyes open for game dotting the small hills. Today’s route and camp destination will be determined mainly by the game movements; you are in the heart of the West-Kilimanjaro wilderness and many animals use this corridor on their routes between Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru and Amboseli. Predators are frequently heard at night but are often difficult to spot by day. However, with some luck, you might encounter game such as striped and spotted hyena, cheetah and leopard.
  • Day 7: This morning you leave behind the West Kilimanjaro wilderness and ride through the open grasslands, thorn bush savannah and explore the forests, following the trails made by game.

    In the afternoon you will pass through the lush and exotic montane forests of the Kilimanjaro National Park; following the outskirts of the forest you will have sweeping views of the endless forest on one side and to the left the beautiful Enduimet. The terrain will vary greatly creating time for some slower paced riding and monkey spotting in between the long canters. As your last ride of the trip have some fun and make the most of releasing your inner cowboy one last time!

    Finally, arrive at a farm next to the forest where you will dismount and both the horses and yourselves will be transported back via vehicle to Makoa Farm; where a lovely veranda and sundowner drinks will be waiting for you.
  • Day 8: After a lazy morning and relaxed breakfast you may wish to have a look around the farm, learn about the education projects at Makoa, view their veterinary clinic – often filled with an interesting assortment of animals both tame and wild. Those who will not be able to fend for themselves, often due to injuries, get a new home at Makoa Farm and they are ambassadors in education. On a weekly basis various Tanzanian school children come to see and touch the animals - for most of them an eye-opening experience which encourages them to become passionate about their environment. All the animals are very friendly and welcome a pat or scratch behind the ear!

    Later transfer for Kilimanjaro International Airport and departure.

Dates:
02 - 09 September
18 - 25 November
Enquire for more 2017 and 2018 bookings
Group bookings available on request

2017 Rate: £4150pp sharing

Rates are per person sharing a twin/double room or tent. A minimum of 2 riders required to confirm the ride.

Single supplement £340 if client is not willing to share or there is no other rider to share rooms/tents then single supplement applies.

*Rates, fees, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice and in the event of a change on government taxes, levies, concession/ wildlife/community fees, Makoa-Farm reserves the right to pass on any increase to the clients or agents, even after a booking has been made and the safari will still take place.

Rate includes:

  • 8 days / 7 nights full board
  • 2 nights on Makoa-Farm and 4 nights in our private mobile camp
  • All meals and snacks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages, tea, coffee, sunset drinks, at dinner wine, beer, local spirits.
  • Horses, all riding and equipement vehicle,
  • Transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport, luggage transfers, German/English speaking guide.
  • Conservation Fees

Rate not included:

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Laundry
  • Items of a personal nature

Accommodation mixed between Makoa Farm and mobile tented camps.

You will stay at Makoa Farm; a 358 acre coffee and horse farm nestled in the idyllic setting of the foothills of Kilimanjaro with access to the spectacular rainforest on the mountain’s lower slopes – it is from here you will start your adventure! All rooms and the lovely veranda boast spectacular views of Kili and the surrounding wilderness. The farm is near Kilimanjaro’s Machame Gate . The area is home to the Chagga people whose small villages and coffee farms dot the hillsides. On the plains to the south, Masai graze their cattle.

The fly camp consists of a basic, yet comfortable tent under a beautiful Acacia tree, with a long drop toilet and classic hot bush shower next to your tent. You can take your hot shower under the twinkling night sky and the stars are even visible from your pillow. There is nothing quite like drifting off to sleep with the noises of Africa’s wilderness playing in the background – a true bush experience.