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Kaskazi Horse Safaris, Tanzania





Horses



Type of horses:

The horses are all purpose trained safari horses, with a mix of local breeds and thoroughbreds. Ages ranging from 6 - 15.

Nature of horses:

All horses are given lots of love, care and attention, resulting in their nice characters and different temperaments, which allows the staff to find a perfect fit for each rider.

Height of horses:

Approx: 14.2-16hh

Weight limit:

85kg (approx 186 lbs or 13.5 stone)

Tack type:

English leather saddles, Wintec saddles and Australian stock saddles. Saddlebags available.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

Kaskazi Horse Safaris is based in Northern Tanzania and offers fantastic horse riding safaris in the wilderness, founded on a love for horses, Africa and its people. The owner has many years of experience working within the industry and has decided to focus on her privately guided riding company here in Tanzania where game is rife, there is beautiful scenery and where the local tribes can still be found. The riding base is situated in an area called Kilo Bravo, just on the outskirts of Arusha, at an altitude of 1400m above sea level. This offers an excellent climate for riding. From the stables there is an incredible view of Mount Meru and on a clear day, Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen emerging from the skyline. During mobile safaris the horses are trucked from here to the required location.

These safaris are led by qualified, professional guides who seek to provide guests with an exciting adventure whilst keeping you informed about the country's rich fauna and flora. You will travel deep into the bush together and experience some of the best that Africa has to offer from horseback. The horses are all trained specifically for the safaris and are primarily a mix of local breeds and Thoroughbreds. They are provided with lots of care and attention which results in them having nice natures. They each have their own personality and temperament which means that there is generally a perfect fit for each different rider.

There are several different rides available here so please take a look at the itineraries below and see which one appeals the most. Regardless of which one you choose, you will be housed in luxurious camps and extremely well fed by head-chef Mark, from England, and his team of professionally trained bush chefs.

New for 2018 is the option of a mobile safari in the Serengeti during the wildebeest migration - this route was tested with previous guests of Kaskazi during early 2017 so you can be assured of an equally fantastic safari experience.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Depending on the ride chosen you will stay in the lodge at the stables or while on mobile safari you will stay in very comfortable canvas tents. The villa has en suite double and twin rooms and there is a small swimming pool. One of the camps is semi-permanent and the KD tents each with its own en suite bathroom and toilet. Meals will be provided in a large dining tent.

The food is of great standard, with professionally trained chefs and a head-chef, Mark, from England. The team create delicious dishes with a mix of local and international cuisine, based around wholesome good cooking.

Breakfast is a traditional cowboy style meal, accompanied by fresh juice and exotic local fruits. Lunch is eaten outside at a scenic location in the wilderness, such as under a shady tree - it will either be carried by the support vehicle or in saddle bags. Dinner is a three course meal and is always served with freshly baked bread, salad and herbs.

Drinks are locally sourced and a good variety is provided. If you require something special, please let us know and it can be organised with prior arrangement (at cost price).

 

Activities

For those who are not keen horse riders or not confident enough, options for vehicle safaris and walking safaris can be arranged. Their itinerary will be tailored to individual needs and sample itineraries are available upon request.

 

Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: Generally good health required. Good fitness is a real advantage on these rides.

Age limit: 12+

Tuition: No.

Included: Full-board accommodation, transfers, qualified guides, flying doctor membership, wildlife department fees, wildlife management fees, village fees, charted flights from Natron - Arusha/Kilimanjaro

Not included: International flights, gratuities for the camp team and guides (approx 15-25USD per person per day), visas, medical and travel insurance.

 

Travel Information

Fly to Arusha or Kilimanjaro international airport (depending on itinerary), transfers included (at set times). The airports is served from Europe by KLM/Northwest.

Airport: Arusha Airport

Alternative Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport

 

Programmes


Kusini Ride



A ride within the Maasai steppe; beautiful scenery with plains game to be seen and with cultural interactions. This itinerary is based at Kaskazi's base camp in an area with little dangerous game and so is more suited to families or less experienced riders than the other itineraries.

Day 1

Pick up in Arusha, transfer to Kaskazi’s base camp in time for a late lunch. After lunch has been served you will be introduced to your horse and an afternoon ride takes place. Back in camp before dark; drinks around the bonfire and a three-course dinner, before a good night’s rest.

Day 2

Full English breakfast before heading out for a morning ride with a good chance to see some game - in the early morning hours, the animals are at their most active. You will return to camp for lunch or, sometimes, lunch is taken out in the bush. You will enjoy an exciting afternoon ride before heading back to camp for another comfortable evening around the fire.

Day 3

Wake up to tea or coffee on your porch, before enjoying an early morning ride and brunch out in the bush. Feeling satisfied and well rested, having had a chance to digest, the ride continues through the day and ends at “the rock” in the late afternoon, where sundowners will be served. Drive back in vehicles to camp with good chances to see some nocturnal species.

Day 4

Today will be an early start in order to enjoy the last morning ride. You will be back in camp for late breakfast/brunch and time to rest. There will be time to say farewell to your equestrian companion and the staff before departing back to Arusha.

Please note: the itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of your hosts and guides.



Accommodation: The tents are spacious bell tents with mosquito netted door and windows to allow for ventilation but still remain insect proof. Each tent is provided with beds, white clean cotton linen and a solar light. Each tent has its own bush toilet and bucket shower. The toilet is a traditional short drop style toilet with a nice wooden toilet seat over a metal box with open sides.
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Strong beginner and above
Type of ride: Based from semi-permanent camp
Total riding time: 3-5 hours per day
Departure dates: 2017: 26-29 June

2018: 25-28 June
Please contact the office for possible additional dates.
 
Pricing: 2017:

£1873 per person

Single supplement: £70 per night

Includes: 3 nights full board accommodation (shared), transfers to and from Arusha at set times, a qualified guide, flying doctor membership, local taxes and wildlife fees.

Does not include: International flights, gratuities for guides/staff (guideline of US$15-25 per person, per day), visas, medical and travel insurance.



Amboseli Elephant Ride



Week long safari trail surrounded by four giants: Longido, Namanga, Mt Meru and most famous of all, Mount Kilimanjaro. You will experience the culture of the Maasai people as you ride through farmland before entering the wild game areas.

Day 1

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, here you will be picked up and driven to the lodge, where the night is spent. Settle into the new surroundings and meet the others that are participating in the safari. The lead guide will join the dinner party and briefly introduce the itinerary for the upcoming days.

Day 2

After a big breakfast, you depart in vehicles and drive to the mobile camp (2 hours). Upon arrival, the crew will welcome you with drinks and open arms, making you part of the team from day one. After placing your gear in your tents it will be time for lunch where a briefing takes place. The guide will introduce you to your horse and you will head out on an afternoon ride which will allow you to get to know your horse and settle into the saddle. The day ends with drinks around the campfire.

Day 3

You wake up with the sun and a big breakfast is served. Today you will set out north bound, with Mt Meru towering in the west. Today's ride is among Tanzanian farmland and the famed Maasai steppe. Making use of the cooler early morning hours you will aim to cover as much ground as possible before the heat of the day sets in. Your lunch is served under a huge acacia tree, or sometimes near to a dam where the Maasai frequently water their cattle - your horses will also have the chance for a drink. You will enjoy a good 3 hour stop for lunch, with time for a siesta to regain some strength. The afternoon continues across open plains, making sure you reach your night stop before the sun hits the horizon. The night will be spent in an area called "Nyumbu" by the locals, because of it's normally frequent abundance of wildebeests.

Day 4

Early wake up calls followed by a tasty English breakfast. Everyone mounts their horses and the safari group will begin to head towards the so called "Seven Sisters" hill range - because of the seven distinct peaks. After you have crossed the Seven Sisters you will ride through Sinya Village before your lunch stop - a delicious spread served under a the shade of trees. The terrain in this area varies from wide open grassland to beautiful canopy forests. The day offers good chances of seeing plains game such as; zebras, giraffes and wildebeests, but most importantly the shy antelope - the "Gerenuk". The night is spent in an astonishing place, where on a clear night you will have the feeling of being watched over by four powerful mountains, Mt Meru, Namanga, Longido and the most legendary of all, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Day 5

Wake up to warming coffee and tea before a lovely bush breakfast is served. Today will be spent tracking the biggest land living mammal - the elephants. In this area, the terrain differs from thick scrublands to beautiful desert flats allowing for great fast gallops. Before sunset you will return to the previous nights camp to further enjoy this remote and remarkable place!

Day 6

You will rise with the sun and after a filling breakfast, you will mount your horses and head toward the Kenyan border. During this ride everyone needs to keep their eyes peeled for big cats. The last night’s camp is not in a set location, allowing your guides to choose in the last minute where the best area is for this specific day. Hopefully the night is clear, as apart from the view of the impressive mountain ranges in this area, the African night sky is a breath-taking sight to behold.

Day 7

Today you head out on your last journey with your horse and companions. After heading back to camp for brunch it is time to pack your bags, say farewell to the crew and to your equestrian friend. Transfer back to the airport (2.5 hours). For those with a late flight, there is a day room available at Kili villa (where you spent the first night) so you can relax and freshen up before heading to the airport in the evening.

Please note: The itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of your hosts and guides.



Accommodation: The first night is spent at the lodge with ensuite rooms and butler service. The tents are spacious bell tents with mosquito netted door and windows to allow for ventilation but still remain insect proof. Each tent is provided with beds, white clean cotton linen and a solar light. Each tent has its own bush toilet and bucket shower. The toilet is a traditional short drop style toilet with a nice wooden toilet seat over a metal box with open sides.
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Strong intermediate riders and above. This ride is in an area of dangerous game and you need to be confident that you can stay on if you need to gallop out of danger. There are opportunities for fast riding across the flat pans.
Type of ride: Trail safari
Total riding time: 4-6 hours riding per day
Departure dates: 2017: 10-16 July

2018: 10-16 July
Other dates may be possible on request for groups - please enquire
 
Pricing: 2017:

£3938 per person

Single supplement: £70 per night

Includes: 6 nights full board accommodation (shared), transfers to and from Kilimanjaro international airport at set times, a qualified guide, flying doctor membership, local taxes and wildlife fees.

Does not include: International flights, gratuities for guides/staff (guideline of US$15-25 per person, per day), visas, medical and travel insurance.



Natron Flamingo Ride



An 8 night, 9 day safari ride around the spectacular Lake Natron, famed for its large flamingo populations. The emphasis on this trail is the landscape rather than the wildlife - the area around the lake is dry, desolate and hauntingly beautiful.

Day 1

The clients are collected at Kilimanjaro International Airport and driven to the family lodge built on the foothills of Mount Meru, in Northern Tanzania. The house has ten acres of private gardens and woodland, with views spanning south and east across the Masai land. The colonial-style main house and four outlying cottages provide not only great privacy and comfort, but are also in the perfect position to receive the cooling breezes coming off the mountain. This is the perfect place to unwind before and after any safari.

Day 2

After a big English breakfast you will be driven to the mobile camp, just north of N’garuka Village (c. 4.5 hours drive). Upon arrival the crew are waiting with welcome drinks and open arms for everyone to join the safari team. Having being shown to your tents and allowed to settle in, a tasty lunch is served in camp and a safari briefing takes place with your guide. After lunch each guest will be introduced to their horse and you will be able to enjoy an afternoon ride in order to become comfortable in the saddle. The day will end with drinks around the bonfire.

Day 3

Wake up to a hot tea or coffee before a delicious breakfast is served. The day’s ride is not only scenic, but cultural, as you will ride through Masai bomas (fenced enclosures), encountering the local herdsmen out grazing their cattle. Around midday you will stop for a lunch break where you will enjoy some delightful refreshments under the shade of a large tree. Your lunch will either arrive in the support vehicle or it will be carried in your saddlebags. Through the afternoon you will try to cover the ground in order to reach your overnight stop before the sun hits the horizon.

Day 4

Enjoy an early English breakfast before joining your horses and mounting up. Directions are northbound for the day, with the impressive Gelai mountain overlooking you from the East. Today you will leave the Maasai villages behind and enter the beautiful - almost dream-like - scenery of the Natron region. If you are lucky, you will encounter some large herds of zebra and wildebeest roaming this open landscape. Lunch break will be taken out in the bush before you begin to travel in the direction of tonight’s camp.

Day 5

Wake up to coffee and tea before a delicious bush breakfast. Thereafter you will mount your horses and continue the safari trail. Today you will explore the areas surrounding Africa's only active volcano, Oldonyo L’Engai (roughly translated as Mountain of God). A late lunch will be served back at camp with plenty of time for a restful siesta. This afternoon has been set aside for everyone to relax, allowing riders and horses to rest their muscles and re-gain their strength.

Day 6

After an early and much needed full English breakfast, you have the longest ride of the trip ahead of you - covering about 60 km through the day. With the volcano a dazzling backdrop behind you, you will ride through riverbed's that offer some respite from the sun, before crossing the open landscape and arrive at your lunch stop. You will sit in the shade of some large acacia trees, close to the riverbed to build up your energy reserves for the last stretch of the day! Tonight will be spent at a camp close to the hot springs and overlooking the beautiful soda lake.

Day 7

After breakfast you will be given the chance to take a 45 minutes walk heading towards the springs which feed the soda lake from the eastern shores. After the heat and dust you will be able to enjoy a rewarding dip, which really adds to the enjoyment of the day's adventures. A delicious lunch by the springs will set you up for the return walk (or drive) back to camp. You will be able to ride in late evening, taking advantage of the cooler hours before darkness, with some great chances to spot hyenas and jackals from horseback, who are out searching for food on the mud flats of the lake.

Day 8

An early morning departure will see you leaving this hauntingly beautiful lake behind you. Following the riverbeds will see you heading out to the lush, green grassland at the foot of Oldonyo L’Engai, before heading to your camp in the afternoon.

Day 9

This morning is the time to pack your bags and wish a find farewell to your safari team. Mounting your horses for the last time on this journey, you will ride another three hours to the airstrip, where a chartered plane is waiting to fly you back to Arusha.

**Your flight should depart this evening, or we can book extra nights accommodation if you wish to extend your holiday.

Note: The itinerary may be changed, without prior warning, at the discretion of your guides and hosts.



Accommodation: The first night is spent at the lodge with ensuite rooms and butler service. The tents are spacious bell tents with mosquito netted door and windows to allow for ventilation but still remain insect proof. Each tent is provided with beds, white clean cotton linen and a solar light. Each tent has its own bush toilet and bucket shower. The toilet is a traditional short drop style toilet with a nice wooden toilet seat over a metal box with open sides.
Minimum group size: 6
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Strong intermediate riders and above. The temperatures in this region can be very high and so you need to be fit and used to many hours in the saddle.
Type of ride: Trail safari
Total riding time: 4-6 hours per day
Departure dates: 2017: 19-27 April
2018: 1-9 May
 
Pricing: 2017:

£5194 per person

Single supplement: £70 per night

Includes: 8 nights full board accommodation (shared), transfers to and from Kilimanjaro international airport at set times, a qualified guide, a chartered flight from Natron to Kilimanjaro, flying doctor membership, local taxes and wildlife fees.

Does not include: International flights, gratuities for guides/staff (guideline of US$15-25 per person, per day), visas, medical and travel insurance.



Kilimanjaro Elephant Ride



A 7 night, 8 day safari ride in the footsteps of the greatest mammal on earth, the elephant. Highlights include interacting with Maasai tribesmen as well as hopefully viewing the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro on the horizon. There are lots of opportunities for fast riding on the open pans.

Day 1:

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will be collected and driven c. 35mins to a private villa where you will be accommodated for the night. You will have a chance to settle into your new surroundings, enjoy the facilities on offer here and meet the other guests that are participating in the safari. The lead guide will join you for dinner and briefly introduce the itinerary for the next few days as well as answering any questions you may have.

Day 2:

After a big breakfast, you will set off and take the c. 2hr drive to the mobile camp. Upon arrival the crew will welcome you with drinks and open arms, making you feel part of the team from day one. After being shown to your tents and allowed to settle in, it will be time for lunch where you will receive a short briefing. After lunch, your guide will introduce you to your horse and you will head out for an afternoon ride to get to know your mounts and settle into the saddle. The day will end with drinks around the campfire.

Day 3:

Today you will wake with the sun and enjoy a tasty breakfast in camp. Mounting your horse, you will head out northwards, with the impressive Mt Meru towering to your west. The day's ride will be amongst typical Tanzanian farmland in the famed Maasai steppe. You will make good use of the cooler early morning hours, trying to cover as much ground as possible. Your lunch will be served under the shade of a large acacia tree, sometimes near the dam where the Maasai herdsmen water their cattle - also an opportunity for the horses to a have drink. You will have a good 3 hour stop for lunch, with time to enjoy a siesta and regain some lost strength. The afternoon continues across open plains, ensuring you reach your overnight stop before the sun hits the horizon. The night is spent in an area known locally as "Nyumbu", named after its abundant wildebeest population.

Day 4:

An early wake up call will be followed by a tasty English breakfast which will set you up well for the day ahead. The safari will begin by heading out towards the Seven Sisters hill range, so called because of the seven prominent peaks. Riding over the seven hills, you will reach the Sinya Village which you will pass through in order to reach your lunch spot, under the shade of another delightful, large tree. The terrain in this area varies dramatically from open green grassland to beautiful canopy forests. This day of riding offers great chances of spotting plains game such as zebras, giraffes and wildebeests, but most importantly the shy antelope - the "Gerenuk". Tonight is spent at an astonishing location which, on a clear night, will allow you to experience the feeling of being watched over by the four powerful mountains, Mt Meru, Namanga, Longido and the most legendary of all, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Day 5:

Another early wake up with coffee and tea before a delicious bush breakfast is served. Today will be spent tracking the largest land-living mammal in Africa - the elephant! The terrain differs significantly from that of the previous day, with thick scrublands and beautiful desert-like flats close to the edges of the great lake. You will find plenty of opportunity to enjoy some great, fast gallops. Before sunset, you will return to the camp in order to further enjoy this remarkable setting.

Day 6:

Today you will be offered another chance to track the footsteps, and hopefully spot, the elephant herds. Riding around the plains, you will learn the art of recognising certain, specific tracks and markers; for the lucky, it will result in a rare chance to experience these magnificent animals up close and personal. The night will be spent at a mobile camp overlooking the pans, the perfect viewing spot to watch the herds of plains game - on constant alert for predators!

Day 7:

You will wake with the sun and enjoy another early start to your riding day, in order to make the most of the cooler early hours. Today you will be heading out towards the Kenyan border. The majority of the riding will take place in some very good big cat country providing a great opportunity of spotting these wonderful creatures - make sure to keep your eyes peeled. Your overnight stop will be in an entirely new location, chosen by your guides on the same morning as you leave camp. Hopefully the night will be clear, as apart from the view of the beautiful mountains in this area, the African night sky is a breath-taking sight.

Day 8

A more leisurely morning as you enjoy a large breakfast and then pack your belongings for the transfer back to the airport (c. 3 hours drive). If everyone's flight times allow then there may be a short ride first but this isn't always possible. For those departing late, a day room is available at Kili villa (where you spent the first night) and you can relax and refresh before transferring to the airport later in the day.

Note: The itinerary is subject to change, without prior notification, at the discretion of your hosts and guides.



Accommodation: The first night is spent at the lodge with ensuite rooms and butler service.
The following nights are in spacious bell tents with mosquito netted door and windows to allow for ventilation but still remain insect proof. Each tent is provided with beds, white clean cotton linen and a solar light. Each tent has its own bush toilet and bucket shower. The toilet is a traditional short drop style toilet with a nice wooden toilet seat over a metal box with open sides.
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Strong intermediate riders and above. The ride is in areas with dangerous game and you need to be capable of galloping out of danger if the need arises. There are also opportunities for gallops on the open pans and so you should be a confident and capable rider.
Type of ride: Trail safari
Total riding time: 4-6 hours per day
Departure dates: 2017: 3-10 June, 30 June-7 July, 22-29 July, 5-12 August, 19-26 August, 2-9 September, 16-23 September, 2-9 October (FULL), 14-21 October, 28 October-4 November, 11-18 November.

2018: 3-10 June, 30 June-7 July, 22-29 July, 5-12 August, 19-26 August, 2-9 September, 16-23 September, 2-9 October, 14-21 October, 28 Oct-4 November, 11-18 November.
 
Pricing: 2017:

£4455 per person sharing

Single supplement if unwilling to share: £70 per night

Includes: 7 nights full board accommodation (shared), transfers to and from Kilimanjaro international airport at set times, a qualified guide, flying doctor membership, local taxes and wildlife fees.

Does not include: International flights, gratuities for guides/staff (guideline of US$15-25 per person, per day), visas, medical and travel insurance.