It has other advantages too – the wildlife is less spooked by the sight of a horse than a safari vehicle, so you’re more likely to capture magical safari photographs. If you want to find yourself close up to some of Kenya’s more dangerous animals – lions, elephants and buffalo, for example – Kenya Offbeat Riding also offers the option of game drives in purpose-designed safari vehicles; so you have the best of both worlds.
Your overnight flight will take you from Heathrow to Nairobi where you’ll be met and taken to Wilson Airport for your hop over to Siana Springs. It’s a scenic flight giving you a different perspective of the Kikuyu Highlands and the volcanoes scattered across the floor of the Great Rift Valley.
Once you’ve checked into your safari camp you can take your first Kenyan bush ride. The following day you can begin to explore the area more fully with a series of game drives, nature walks with a local guide and horse rides across the spectacular plains of the Masai Mara.
Stay: Two nights at Olare Lamun.
Today you break camp and set off on horseback to explore one of the world’s most game-rich regions. You’ll see elephants, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, topi and gazelles on your 50 km ride through absolutely stunning scenery. You’ll also be able to wonder at the richness of the Mara eco-system and the vastness of the rolling plains as you make your way to your next camp at the Olare Orok lugga, on the edge of the Masai Game Reserve. Drives aboard 4×4 safari vehicles will take you close to big game like buffalo, lions and elephants during the day, and at night you’re likely to hear the call of the wild from hyenas and lions through the canvas walls of your tent.
Stay: Three nights at Olare Orok
Today you fly into one of the most game-rich wildlife areas on the planet. The Ngerende airstrip is in the heart of the Masai Mara so, after checking into your safari camp, you’ll go on day and night game drives to watch a huge variety of African wildlife. As well as countless species of indigenous birds you’ll see vast herds of wildebeest, elephants, zebra, gazelle, hippos and rhinos, buffalo, impala, giraffe, eland, topi, hartebeest, warthogs and dik-dik. Not to mention the predators that stalk them: lions, cheetah, leopards, hyena and jackals.
Stay: Two nights at Soit Olololol.
Take your leave of your faithful horse, because today you’ll be driven to Deloraine, stopping on the way for a picnic in the delightful, tea-growing region of Kericho. Deloraine itself stands on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, just 45 minutes from Lake Nakura National Park, famous for its parades of comical flamingos and rhinos. You’ll have the chance to do some more riding around the farm and surrounding countryside – Deloraine has a stable of over 80 horses, including some of Kenya’s finest polo ponies.
Stay: One night in Deloraine.
Lewa –Nairobi – London
You’ll be taken to Lewa airstrip for your flight to Nairobi. Your international flight to London departs just before midnight, delivering you back to Heathrow early the next morning.