Tanzania & Mt Kilimanjaro Horse Safari

Traversing some of Africa’s most iconic landscapes and set to the backdrop of Mt Meru and the magnificent Mt Kilimanjaro; horse riding in Tanzania promises an unforgettable experience. As you return to a ‘safari of old’, following in the footsteps of the majestic African elephants, you will be astounded by the spectacular beauty of the African bush. Explore some of the last true wildernesses on earth, as you become part of a herd of cantering zebra, creep up on a munching elephant or gaze up in wonder at a tall giraffe.

Trail riding, with the assistance of a mobile camp set-up, and spending 8 nights watching sunsets, sitting round campfires and sleeping out in the wilderness will be an adventure like no other. With fabulous varied riding terrain, you will pass through savannah grasslands, forest canopies and thick scrub. Ride alongside game and enjoy the thrilling experience of cantering next to some passing wildebeest. You are likely to encounter giraffe, zebra, elephant and plenty of plains game – maybe even some big cats if you are lucky.

You will take on this challenge with the help of a fit and responsive four-legged friend. This riding holiday in Tanzania is for experienced riders only as you will be riding in areas with big game.

Highlights

  • The chance to ride with the backdrop of two of Africa's most impressive mountains
  • A huge variation of scenery and landscapes to feast the eyes upon
  • Experience tracking and following in the footsteps of the magnificent African elephants
  • 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

Quick Facts

  • Where Arrive and depart from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Length 8 days, 7 nights
  • When See dates and rates section for start dates
  • Rate US$5082 + $870 conservation fees
  • Riding Level 4 - 6 hours in the saddle per day. You will be riding in areas with big game and therefore you must be a strong intermediate rider, or above
  • Group Size There is a minimum of 4 guests and a maximum of 8

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) 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.

  • Please note that this is a sample itinerary and not a guarantee - wildlife determines your daily activities.
  • Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport followed by a 35 minute transfer to a private villa, where you will enjoy the first night of your trip and get to know your fellow adventurers! Over dinner you will be joined by the lead guide who will give a quick introduction to the itinerary and what to expect for the rest of your safari.

    The first night is spent at Kili Villa. A private villa based only 35 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport. Beautiful located in the bush with great views of Mt Meru and on a clear day Mt Kilimanjaro. The Villa is of exclusive use for each group that participates on safari with Kaskazi. You arrive to whatalmost feels like home, with the great service of the Villas own butler, private chef and waiter.
  • Day 2: After waking up to your first African morning and a delicious breakfast, vehicles will take you the 20 minute journey to the first mobile camp. Here, you will be welcomed by the crew and a cold beverage, and made to feel part of the team immediately. After being shown the tents and a safety briefing given over lunch, you will be introduced to your horse – soon to become your trusted companion.

    An afternoon ride will then take place, giving you the opportunity to get to know your horse and settle any first day nerves. Tonight you will enjoy your first sundowner and spend the evening round the campfire.
  • Day 3: After rising to the dawn chorus and a bush breakfast, you will mount up and set out for your first full day of riding, Mt Mure towering to your west. The ride will take you through Tanzanian farmland and the Massai steppe, a chance to enjoy African culture as you go along. The mornings are often more active, covering greater ground in the cooler hours of the day. You will have a 3 –3 ½ hour break for lunch, offering the chance for a siesta under a shady tree. In the afternoon the ride takes you across vast open plains, reaching camp for a welcome beverage before the sunsets. Camp is set in an area called Nyumbu famous for its large herds of wildebeest.
  • Day 4: Rising with the sun you will be greeted by a delicious English breakfast, before mounting up and heading for the Seven Sisters. Once you crossed the seven iconic hills, you will ride through Sinya Village and journey on towards today’s lunch spot, taken under a shady tree. The excellent riding terrain varies between open grasslands and beautiful canopy forests. There is a good chance of seeing plains game such as zebras, giraffes and wildebeests and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the shy antelope, the Gerenukthat . Tonight will be one to remember; camp is situated in the shadow of the four great mountains - Mt Meru, Namanga, Longido and the most legendary of all, Mt Kilimanjaro – an eerie and awe-inspiring sight.
  • Day 5: After rising with the sun, a cup of tea or coffee and a bush breakfast, you will be eager to get into the saddle for the days adventure. You will spend the day tracking Africa’s giants, the elephants, traversing constantly changing landscapes from thick scrublands to vast dessert flats near to the lake that caters for great gallops. Return before the sun sinks below the horizon and enjoy another night in your remote and spectacular bush haven.
  • Day 6: After breakfast, return once more to track the footsteps of the biggest land living mammal, the elephant. Hopefully your efforts will be rewarded and there will be a chance to view these magnificent animals from horseback – a moment to be remembered. The evening will be spent taking in the stunning views over the pans with its plains game and keeping a sharp eye out for any predators.
  • Day 7: This morning you will head for the Kenyan border, crossing large expanses of cat country and therefore requiring keen eyes and remaining alert for what might be around the corner. Camp tonight will be a new location and chosen that morning depending on game sightings. Hoping for clear skies you will spend yet another special night under the unparalleled stars of the vast African sky.
  • Day 8: Riding out today, you will explore the lake pans and if they are dry, the opportunity for a long and thrilling gallop is irresistible. Lunch will be taken on the edge of the pans, a lovely spot beyond the shores of the lake. Return to camp for sundowners and an evening spent around the campfire, reminiscing about what will have no doubt been a riding adventure of a lifetime.
  • Day 9: Somewhat reluctant to get up this morning, as it means bidding a sad farewell to your team and horses, you will head back to civilization. Road conditions dependent, the journey back to the airport should take around 3 hours. A day room at Kili Villa will be available for those flying out later in the day.

Dates:
Enquire for 2017 and 2018 dates

2018 Rates:

5 to 8 nights: Starting from $3800 + Conservancy fees

Single supplement, if you do not wish to share $90/night

Included:

  • All accommodation
  • Kili Villa Day room (The last day of the safari a day room at Kili Villa is available before flight departure)
  • All food and beverages
  • Transfer back and forth from the airport(at KHS set times and departures)
  • Qualified private guide
  • Horses and all riding.
  • Flying doctor membership for each client (fly out insurance)
  • WD (Wildlife department) fees
  • WMA (wildlife management area) fees
  • Village fees

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Gratuities for the camp team and guides (guideline of 15‑25USD per guest per day)
  • Any personal purchases
  • Visas
  • Medical and travel insurance (which has to be arranged prior to arrival)

Tented Fly Camp

Embrace bush life with this tented fly camp; you will have a comfortable and spacious tent which has a removable bottom section, revealing 360 views if you wish. The mosquito lining keeps your tent insect proof but allows for ventilation. Each tent has scissor beds, cotton linen, a solar light and outside there is a chair and a wash stand. Each tent has its own bush toilet and bucket shower. The toilet is a traditional short drop style toilet. The shower is a traditional star gazing canvas bucket, suspended from a tree inside the shower enclosure.

You will be moving camp regularly and at each sight the on ground team will go ahead of you, and have camp set up by the time you ride in that day.

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Kili Villa

Your first night will be spent at Kili Villa, a private villa situated out in the bush, with great views of Mt Meru and only 35 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport.  Each horse safari group has exclusive use of the villa, giving it a homely atmosphere. The double and twin rooms all have en suites and Wifi. There is also a small swimming pool.

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