• Discover the wildlife rich western
slopes of Kilimanjaro
• Travel through the rain forest to the western savannah
• See African animals roam freely as they have for thousands
• Be thrilled by breathtaking views, exhilarating canters
and close contact with wildlife such as elephants, zebras and wildebeests
• For experienced riders, this is the African equestrian experience
of a lifetime!
Day 1 – Arrive Kilimanjaro or Nairobi Jomo
Kenyatta Airport. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2 - Transfer in 4 x 4 to Makoa Farm, a 358-acre
coffee and horse farm is nestled in the slopes of Kilimanjaro and
the starting point for your safari. You will be introduced to the
horses so you can choose one to match your size and skill. A ride
out so you can get to know your horse.
Day 3 - After breakfast explore the farm on horseback
experiencing the diverse and beautiful landscapes. Return to the
farmhouse for lunch then in the afternoon you and your horse are
transferred to the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve and the Kipepeo Fly
Day 4 – After a breakfast, ride into the Kilimanjaro
Forest Reserve - a lush world of exotic sounds and scenery where
black and white Colobus monkeys call from the trees and Sykes monkeys
scamper through the canopy overhead. A sharp eye may catch sight
of an elusive leopard, and a keen ear might pick up the crunching
sound of a herd of elephants. After a picnic lunch in the forest
return to Kipepeo Camp.
Day 5 - Leave Kipepeo Camp and ride northwest. The
landscape changes completely as we head through a mixture of open
grassland and thorn bush savannah. Along the way encounter antelopes,
ostriches, jackals and a variety of colorful birds. Arrive at the
Ndarakwai Ranch for lunch at the riverside fly camp. After a chance
to settle in and rest, we hike to a water hole for some wildlife
Day 6 - Today we ride out to search for big game.
After early morning tea or coffee, we mount our horses and head
out into the savannah. Slowly and carefully we approach the wildlife
we find along the way - elephants, lesser kudus, antelopes, gazelles
and a lot of other animals. If you feel up to it, you can canter
with zebras and wildebeests. Late afternoon we reach North Camp
with stunning views of Mount Meru.
Day 7 - A rest day for the horses as you head out
in a 4x4 to Sinya Mines close to the border of Amboseli National
Park (in Kenya) and then to the Ngasurai Plains in search of wildlife
such as zebra, gazelle, ostrich and giraffe.
Day 8 - Rise to an African sunrise for an early breakfast.
Our ride today starts crossing perfect terrain for long canters
through bush and grasslands. Then we arrive in the heart of Ndarakwai
Ranch for an exciting day of wildlife viewing. In addition to the
ever-present antelopes, zebras and gazelles, we'll keep an eye out
for giraffes, ostriches, warthogs and maybe even a leopard or the
chance for a peaceful encounter with a herd of magnificent African
elephants. We ride on through the West Kilimanjaro wilderness, searching
for wildlife as we go. Tonight we camp in an area called Tembo Bridge
("Elephant" Bridge). Fires are lit in camp to create a
strong human presence to keep animals away from the horses.
Day 9 - Keep an eye out for elephants near camp this
morning. It is not unusual to have elephants watching from the distance
during breakfast. We begin our ride today exploring the area and
seeking out herds of elephants. On horseback you can really get
close to the elephants later we continue in the direction of Kilimanjaro
Forest Reserve and Kipepeo Camp, stopping en route for a picnic
Day 10 - After breakfast we transport the horses
back to Makoa Farm. Those keen to continue on horseback can ride
part way through the farmland of Sanya Juu. The last part of the
journey must be by vehicle for all horses and riders. In the afternoon,
head for your deluxe hotel in Moshi.
Day 11 - Transfer to Kilimanjaro International or
Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta for return flight home or depart for onward
journey for safari, Zanzibar or climb Kilimanjaro.