Offbeat Safaris riding holiday in Kenya - Far and Ride
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Programme


• Masai Mara Ride

 

Horses



Type of horses:

Thoroughbred and Thoroughbred crosses.

Nature of horses:

Responsive, tough and fit.

Height of horses:

15 - 16.2hh on average.

Weight limit:

95kg / 210lbs

Tack type:

English GP saddles (both Wintec and leather). Some Australian stock saddles are available on request. Seat savers are also available for those who require it. They mainly use snaffle bridles.

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

Offbeat Safaris have been operating since 1990 and are well-known for their mobile riding safaris with big game, in addition to their traditional safaris in lodges and camps. Seeing Kenya from the back of a well-schooled, fit horse is a pleasure for riders and there is nothing so special as riding amongst the spectacular wildlife of the Masai Mara and beyond. Guests on the mobile safaris stay in a traditional tented safari camp which moves through the wilderness, fully supported by a knowledgeable, experienced team.

The horses of Offbeat are based at Deloraine House and are trucked out to each safari destination before guests arrive. Deloraine is home to the Voorspuy family, your hosts, and is also a base for their safaris - we can also organise stays there on request. Offbeat's Masai Mara ride is considered the ultimate riding safari as the Mara never fails to provide incredible game viewing throughout the year. During this exciting adventure you are joined by a professional, passionate guide who will escort you through this big game country, crossing open plains interspersed with bush.

Riders for the mobile safaris need to be experienced, confident riders who are balanced in the saddle with an independent seat. Riding is generally for 4 - 7 hours a day so good fitness is required, as is the confidence to get out of trouble calmly and at the necessary speed. The short grassy plains are ideal for riding (but do keep a look out for holes!) and there are plenty of chances for long canters.

Game drives, night drives and bush walks are all available for non-riding companions or for anybody who would like a break from the saddle. Enjoy days of exhilarating sightings, be it on horseback or by vehicle, before sipping on a cold drink as the sun goes down and you wait for a delicious three course dinner.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

In the mobile tented camps you will find a mess tent where meals are served and then the guest tents for sleeping - they are 9ft x 10ft and are furnished with camp beds, mattresses, sheets and blankets. Each tent has a long drop loo and there are hot bucket showers always available for guests. Towels, soaps and torches are provided and there is a solar lamp in each tent with hurricane lamps outside at night time.

Food is all freshly prepared and includes English breakfasts, light lunches and three-course dinners. If the weather is good then you will often enjoy a picnic. The chefs are excellent and produce freshly baked bread everyday, cooked on the open fire. Ice cubes are available and all house wines, beers and spirits are included (not champagne).

Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

 

Activities

Game drives, night drives and bush walks are available for non-riders or for any rider who would like a break from the saddle. Offbeat have an excellent team of guides and spotters who take non-riding guests out by vehicle, meeting up with the others for all meals, picnics and sundowners.

 

Further Details

Languages: English.

Health requirements: General good health and fitness recommended.

Age limit: Teenagers of 14 and older will be accepted on set departures if they are competent riders and prepared to join in with the adults. Younger guests are welcome on private, tailor-made safaris (please enquire).

Tuition: No.

Included: All conservation and park fees, internal flights and transfers associated with the safari, day room in Nairobi on last day if required, tented accommodation, all meals and drinks (except champagne), riding, game drives, walking, laundry, local airstrip transfers and Amref Flying Doctors Membership.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, extra transfers/hotels not associated with the safari, single supplement (available at added cost for those not willing to share), premium spirits and champagne, tips, items of a personal nature.

 

Travel Information

Guests are collected from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi or from a Nairobi hotel and transferred to Wilson Airport for a 10am flight to Mara North in the Masai Mara. You should be at Wilson Airport 1 hour prior to departure and most guests arrive to Nairobi the day before the safari begins and stay overnight in a hotel to ensure they have plenty of time.

On departure day you are transferred to the local airstrip for an 11am flight back to Nairobi, landing back to Wilson airport at around 12 noon. Offbeat will organise a taxi to take you around Nairobi if you wish or for a hotel day room (included in the price) before trading you on to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your evening flight home.

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi

 

Programme


Masai Mara Ride



A seven night riding adventure in Kenya's Masai Mara. During the week you will stay in four different mobile tented camps, fully supported by a team of experienced staff and support vehicles. The Mara is home to a host of impressive wildlife including big game.

Day 1 - Mara River Hippo Camp:

You will either be collected from Jomo Kenyatta International airport or from a Nairobi hotel, if you have arrived the day before, and transferred to Wilson Airport for a 10am flight to the Mara. You will be met by your guides at the airstrip and driven to your first camp, set up on the banks of the Mara River adjacent to a teeming hippo pool. Lunch will be served and there is some time to relax before you meet your horses and head out on a gentle evening ride (approximately 2 hours).

Day 2 - Mara River Hippo Camp:

Today begins with an early morning ride, crossing the Mara River for the first time, before returning back to camp for a light breakfast. After breakfast a game drive will be on offer - this provides better photographic opportunities than horseback and gives you a chance to explore more of this northern part of the Mara which has so much to offer. You will return to camp in time for lunch and a siesta before your afternoon ride. You'll be back to camp with plenty of time for a shower and maybe you'll head off in the vehicles once more for a sundowner and a short night game drive before supper.

Day 3 - Escarpment Soit Olololo Camp: 

Today you'll head out from camp after breakfast at about 9am, heading south towards the park boundary where you meet the river again at one of the most famous wildebeest crossings. You will cross the river and head southwest across the Mara Triangle, meeting the car with your picnic lunch at roughly 12:30. After lunch and a siesta you'll set off at about 16:00 and ascend the Soit Olololo Escarpment. You will reach your camp at about 17:30, situated on the edge of the escarpment, and will spend the night overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem. 

Day 4 - Olare Orok Camp: 

You will descend the escarpment after breakfast at about 9am, riding across the same wildebeest crossing at the river. You will head in a westerly direction and descend into the enchanting Olare Olok Valley, stopping for a picnic lunch and siesta from about 12:30 - 15:30 along the way. You will reach your camp at about 17:00 in time for tea, followed by an evening game drive and sundowners before supper under the stars. 

Day 5 - Olare Orok Camp: 

Today you will have a full day exploring this glorious area on horseback, by car and possibly on foot. There are excellent photo opportunities, getting close to buffalo, elephant, lion and maybe cheetah or leopard. 

Day 6 - Olare Lamun Camp: 

This is your third moving day and you will break camp in good time as it is the longest ride of the trip, covering nearly 50kms. Setting off at 07:00am you will stop for a picnic breakfast from around 10 - 11am. You will ride on until 13:30 where you will break again for lunch and a siesta after reach Ol Kinyei Conservancy. At 16:00 you head to your last camp, arriving at Olare Lamun (the rhino salt lick) which is nestled in a grove of acacia trees by a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains. 

Day 7 - Olare Lamun Camp: 

After an early wake-up you will set off on a morning ride before returning to camp for a light breakfast. You will then head off on a game drive and a beautiful walk up the nearby hill called Oloiburmut, returning to camp for lunch and a siesta. At around 4pm you will drive or ride to visit the local Masai village. 

Day 8 - Departure Day: 

There is a last morning ride before saying goodbye to your horses. After a final breakfast you will be driven to the airstrip for a flight back to Nairobi at 11am, landing into Wilson airport at around 12 noon. Offbeat will organise a taxi to take you around Nairobi for shopping or visits or they will take you to a hotel day room (included in the price) where you can shower and rest before they transfer you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time for your evening flight home. 



Minimum group size: 5
Maximum group size: 12
Ability description: Riders must be experienced, competent riders who are comfortable at all paces (walk, trot, canter and gallop), able to get out of trouble calmly and at the necessary speed. You should be balanced with an independent seat and fit enough to ride long days and manage long canters.
Type of ride: Mobile safari.
Total riding time: Riding on 8 days with up to 7 hours per day.
Departure dates: 2020: 4-11 Jan, 11-18 Jan, 8-15 Feb (confirmed), 15-22 Feb, 7-14 Mar, 6-13 Jun, 20-27 Jun (FULL), 11-18 Jul, 18-25 Jul, 8-15 Aug, 15-22 Aug (FULL), 5-12 Sep, 12-19 Sep, 19-26 Sep, 3-11 Oct (8 nights, different price!), 5-12 Dec.
 
Pricing: 2020:

£5905 per person

Single supplement: £116 per person, per night

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.