Horse Riding

• 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 of years
• 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 Camp.

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 viewing.

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 lunch.

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.