WHEN: 27 November to 4 December 2021
WHAT: 7 NIGHT EXPLORATORY SAFARI THROUGH CENTRAL KENYA
A horse riding holiday in Kenya has a different feel to it.
The large herds of wildlife, the Maasai who look after you and your horse, and the inherent style that riders adapt to on-horse, regardless of their previous riding experience or disciplines.
Kenya is the Africa you’ve read about, dreamed about (and probably watched Meryl Streep and Robert Redford act out). . . While the outfits may have changed a bit, the essence of a safari in Kenya, and most certainly a horse safari in Kenya, is exactly what you’ve been dreaming.
From the back of a horse in these special wilderness areas and private conservancies of Kenya, the jeeps of tourists aren’t a worry, and the only beings you’ll need to share this space with are your fellow riders, guides, horses and wildlife.
THE RIDING + WILDLIFE
PLEASE NOTE: This is a horseback safari for very experienced riders, as we will encounter quite a bit of ‘dangerous’ game on – elephant, rhino, buffalo and possibly lion. And if we need to make a quick getaway, riders must be able to stay calm and keep a good seat.
*Max weight is 90 kgs / 200 lbs*
KENYA HORSEBACK SAFARI ITINERARY
Guests fly into Lewa Downs airstrip and are driven in safari vehicles to Lewa Wilderness, our hosts on this safari and our first stop on this nomadic trail across the center of the Kenya wilds.
Enjoy lunch at the lodge with a bit of time to settle in and maybe have a quick cat nap (or dip in the pool), before we head over to the stables.
Meet and great with your paired safari horse for the trail and a first ride out across Lewa. If you don’t gel with your horse on this first ride, don’t worry as there’s plenty of horses to swap in to find your perfect fit.
We’ll end the day with sundowners and supper at the lodge.
After a lush sleep amongst the quiet of Lewa Wilderness, you’ll wake early to coffee or tea delivery and rusks to your room. You’ll be staying at the lodge again tonight, so no need to pack your traveling bag just yet.
Pull on your boots and head over to the stables as we depart early on the horses for a beautiful morning ride as the rest of the world (and wildlife) awakens.
In the distance as your belly starts to rumble, you’ll spot a long table under a classic Acacia, ready and waiting for you with a full bush breakfast.
Back to the lodge for lunch, refreshing dips and naps by the pool, before heading out on a further afternoon ride or game drive. The choice is yours and either way you’ll meet the group at our secret sundowner spot for the night.
Back at the lodge, enjoy a delicious farm-to-table dinner in the open-air seating in front of a roaring fire.
Wake with the sun for an early lodge-based breakfast before we mount up and ride off for a full day on horseback. Make sure your bag is fully packed as you won’t return to the lodge. Your luggage will await you at the camp for the night, but it’s best to pack a smaller bag with the essentials for our fly camping night.
We say goodbye to Lewa Wilderness and begin our journey across Kenya. A refreshing picnic lunch breaks up the day in the saddle, and we arrive onto new land with new landscapes to explore before reaching our authentic Kenya fly camp in time for sundowners by the fire.
Settle in to your tent and stretcher bed after a hot bucket shower and hearty fire-cooked dinner beneath towering trees.
You’ll sleep soundly, with the soft nickering of horses on the picket line and the ever-dependable presence of Maasai to make sure you have a safe and undisturbed night.
Wake to the feel of fresh moisture-filled air as the day breaks – and the coffee brews. Unzipping your tent, you’ll find your way to the fire for coffee and breakfast.
Mount up and depart the fly camp as we ride deeper into the Il Ngwesi community land. Over 8,500 hectares of dedicated conservation area with a spectacular ecosystem and docket of wildlife, fully recovered by the custodians of this special land – the Maasai.
White rhino, Grevy’s Zebra, African Wild Dog, Leopard and Lion now reside here, with Il Ngwesi playing a significant role in the conservation of these special Kenyan species.
We’ll arrive at the eco-lodge for lunch after a full morning in the saddle. Enjoy the pool and an afternoon rest.
The evenings activity is your choice – ride out on your horse or head to the Rhino sanctuary and enjoy a bush walk with the rhino and their ever-present Maasai custodians.
We’ll hop into safari vehicles and drive to our sundowner spot for the evening, and head back to the eco-lodge for dinner. Don’t unpack too much, as you’ll only spend one night here in this special place.
Your coffee or tea order will be delivered to your open-air room for a gentle wake-up call. Dress for a long day of riding, have your luggage ready to go, and make sure the essentials are ready to pop into your saddle bags!
We depart Il Ngwesi on horseback as we make our way into the renowned Borana conservancy, owned and managed by the Dyer family.
Stop for a rest and a picnic lunch along the way before carrying on and arriving at the Borana fly camp in the late afternoon. Your overnight bag will be waiting for you.
Hot bucket showers, a cold drink (or two!) and dinner over the fire as you reminisce with your fellow riders about the day you all had.
Retire to your tent for a night filled with the sounds one can only hear in the middle of the untouched Kenya wilderness.
Your sixth day will be a bit of a surprise, as we ride out from the fly camp and into the Ngare Ndare forest with a special guest and guide, who will take us to an extra special spot for lunch.
After the respite in the secluded and shaded forest, we’ll ride on for the afternoon until we reach the beautiful family-owned Borana lodge. Settle in and unpack, as you’ll be spending the next two nights here.
Sundowners at the iconic Pride Rock. Yes, this is where the movie The Lion King got its inspiration! Back to the lodge for dinner and a restful night.
This is your last full day with us and your safari horse. Take it all in and savor these final blissful hours in the saddle, in the middle of the African wilds.
After an early morning breakfast, we’ll depart the lodge on horseback and explore a small piece of the 32,000 acres of Borana conservancy. Who knows, we may happen upon lions lazing in the sun or even a cheetah dashing across the plains for her next meal.
After a lodge lunch and afternoon R&R, the evening will provide a final and exhilarating ride out, as you feel the beat of your horses hooves with the wind whipping through your hair and the unbeatable Kenya landscape envelopes you.
Last sundowners and a farewell dinner at Borana lodge (if you’ve brought a collared-shirt or a dress, now is the time to pop it on!).
Your final morning won’t see you pulling on your riding boots, but rather kitting up for an immersive game drive in the Borana conservancy as the day breaks.
Back at the lodge you’ll enjoy breakfast before packing up and saying your farewells. You’ll be transferred to the Lewa Downs airstrip for your onwards journey in Kenya or Africa, or to start your trip home.
THE LODGES + FLY CAMPS
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COST: FROM $7500 USD PER PERSON
*This is a small, bespoke safari and thus each guest will enjoy a room (or tent!) all to themselves*
2 spots available for standard single at $7500 USD.
2 spots for upgraded single at $7700 USD.
where your final two nights will be spent in the luxury cottage at Borana with private dip pool.