Offbeat Horse Safaris, Kenya
Offbeat Mara offers excellent 7-11 day set date horse-riding safaris in the Masai Mara, Amboseli and the Laikipia Plateau. Accommodation is in their luxury mobile tented camps, which are set in wonderful remote corners, and in their lovely ranch houses, Deloraine (near Lake Naivasha) and Sosian (in Laikipia). The guides are excellent and have lots of experience and are very knowledgable. You need to be a confident rider, and able to gallop out of trouble.
Sample itinerary: Masai Mara and Deloraine Itinerary
You will be collected from your Nairobi Hotel or directly from the airport and transferred to Wilson Airport for a 10.30 charter or 10am schedule flight to Siana Springs. It is a beautiful flight passing over the fertile Kikuyu Highlands before reaching the Great Rift Valley. You will be met by your guide and there will be an hour’s drive to camp arriving in time for lunch. The camp is in a grove of acacia trees by a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains at Olare Lamun (the rhino salt lick). There will be an evening ride. Overnight Olare Lamun.
A full day to explore this remote area with abundant game. Drives, rides and walks may be taken from camp. Overnight Olare Lamun.
First moving day and longest ride of the trip covering nearly 50kms. You will ride across rolling open plains and the game generally becomes more plentiful as you approach the Mara ecosystem. You should see herds of zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle and there is a good chance of seeing elephant and buffalo as well. You reach your new camp on the edge of the Masai Game Reserve on the Olare Orok lugga late afternoon. From camp you are likely to hear lion and hyena at night and the abundance of game is apparent everywhere. Overnight Olare Orok.
Days 4 & 5
Two full days of morning and evening rides from camp with the option of driving into the game park for some good photographic opportunities. From the landrovers you can get much closer to lion, elephant and buffalo than you are able to do from the horses. Overnight Olare Orok.
Another moving day. You will head west across the Mara plains and reach the Mara River on the Park boundary. You will hopefully ford the river (unless in complete flood) at one of the famous wildebeest crossings and then head south west across the Mara Triangle where you have your picnic lunch before ascending the Soit Olololol Escarpment to reach camp, set in a forest glade overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem. Overnight Soit Olololol.
Ride South West along the top of the escarpment enjoying glorious views to the east on excellent going for the horses. You will hopefully see the beautiful Mrs Ross’ and Schalows Turaco as well as much plains game. Descend the escarpment on foot along a rocky cattle track and picnic lunch under some acacias at the foot of the escarpment. After lunch you ride back through the Mara Triangle at the foot of the escarpment before ascending on a game trail. Many bachelor buffalo herds are a feature of the afternoon. Overnight Soit Olololol.
Descend the escarpment again and ride across to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. Head in a North Western direction and after lunch, find the final campsite set up on the banks of the Mara River. Close by there are some hippo pools and their grunting at night is a special feature of this camp. Overnight Mara River.
Leaving camp after breakfast with a picnic lunch you will drive to Deloraine via the impressive tea growing area of Kericho. Arrive in time for tea and an evening walk around the beautiful garden. Overnight Deloraine.
An early morning ride before breakfast is optional. Also day trips to either Lake Nakuru or Bogoria famous for their flamingos can be arranged with a picnic lunch. Overnight Deloraine.
Transfer to Nairobi after lunch.