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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 GP style saddles or Australian stock saddles, all with saddles bags. Most of the horses play polo and respond to neck-reining. A few are ridden 'English style' but in this case your guide will inform you.

 

Travel Advice



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

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 professionally-trained bush chefs.

Your guides can also organise polo for a few days before your safari if you wish to extend your stay - please enquire for more details.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The mobile safaris begin with one night at a boutique lodge hotel, Golf Safari House. This is situated just 30 minutes from the airport and has 10 well-appointed rooms, all en-suite.

Once your safari begins, you will stay in tented camps in canvas sleeping tents which have been custom-made for your hosts. These are 3x3m with a mosquito-netted door and windows, allowing ventilation but ensuring insects don't get in. The tents are furnished with scissor beds (fold-out beds), cotton linen and solar lighting. On each tent's 'veranda' there are chairs with a wash stand which you share with your tent partner.

Each tent has its own bush toilet and hot bucket shower. The toilets are long-drop style featuring a wooden seat over a metal box with open sides. The KHS motto is 'rhinos cover it, please do the same'. The shower is a traditional star-gazing 'open air' enclosure with a canvas bucket which is suspended from a frame.

Meals are served in the mess tent which is spacious and fully equipped. The food is of great standard, prepared by professionally-trained bush chefs. 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, fresh 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+. Children must be competent riders, able to ride a full-sized horse.

Tuition: No.

Included: Accommodation, meals (from dinner on arrival day to lunch on departure day), drinks (except with lunch on departure day), transfers, qualified guides, flying doctor membership, wildlife department fees, wildlife management fees, village fees, charted flights from Natron - Arusha/Kilimanjaro.

Not included: International flights, lunch/drinks on arrival day, drinks with lunch on departure day, gratuities for the camp team and guides (approx 25-40USD per person per day), visas, medical and travel insurance.

 

Travel Information

On the set arrival day, Kaskazi will pick guests up at any time and any place between Arusha Town and Kilimanjaro International Airport. These are included in the safari prices.

If you arrive a day or two early or choose to depart later, then transfers are an additional $60 USD per vehicle (max 4 pax). This applies to the region of Arusha Towns and Kilimanjaro International Airport.

On the set departure day, Kaskazi will drop guests off within Arusha Town and Kilimanjaro International Airport but it is VITAL that nobody has a departure flight before 15:00 (3pm) this day. For guests who depart later and prefer not to wait at the airport, a day room can be organised at additional cost.

Airport: Arusha Airport

Alternative Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport

 

Programmes


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:

You are collected from Kilimanjaro International Airport and driven to the lodge for your first night (30 - 35 mins). Settle into your surroundings and meet the rest of your group before sundowners and dinner. If there's a polo game on then sundowners will be served in the polo clubhouse before dinner back at the lodge. 

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. This day can be very hot, up to 40C. 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 arriving 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 lake.

Day 7:

After breakfast you will be given the chance to take a 45 minute 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. Lunch is served on arrival at the lodge (drinks at own cost) and showers are available. If you would prefer to have access to a day room then this can be organised at additional cost - please enquire. 

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



Accommodation: 1 night at the Golf Safari House lodge and 7 nights camping on safari.
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: 5-7 hours per day
Departure dates: 2021: 3-11 April
 
Pricing: 2021:

£6332 per person

Single supplement: £57 per night (payable for guests not willing to share a tent with another guest of the same sex)

Includes: 8 nights full board accommodation (shared) including meals from dinner on arrival day to lunch on departure day, all drinks when mobile camping, transfers at set times, a qualified guide, a chartered flight from Natron to Arusha, flying doctor membership, local taxes and wildlife fees.

Does not include: International flights, lunch on arrival day, drinks when at the lodge, gratuities for guides/staff (guideline of US$25-40 per person, per day), visas, medical and travel insurance.

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.



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 the Golf Safari House lodge where you will be accommodated for the night. You will have a chance to settle into your new surroundings 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 at around 11am for the 20 minute drive to Arusha National Park's gate. Here the horses will be waiting for you and you set off riding into one of the most beautiful parks in East Africa. The vegetation will change dramatically from open grassland to rainforest. There are good opportunities to see elephant, buffalo, plains game, leopard and rarer species such as Suni, Red Duiker and the magnificent Hartlaub's turaco. 

There is a magical feeling as you enter into the big canopy forests. Lunch will be taken along the route and there is time for a short siesta, after which your ride continues through leopard country and on towards your night stop, passing by Margarete Trappe's old house. This legendary lady is known and remembered as the 'Iron Lady' from the First World War: "If, as children, we were thrilled by Buffalo Bill we should have been still more spellbound by Mrs Trappe's adventures, the adventures of the fearless woman with her two legendary horses, Comet and Diamond, and her two inseparable Alsatians. Like a phantom she would suddenly appear, like a phantom she would vanish; as intimate with wild beasts as though they were tame." These are some of the tales about Margarete whose old riding paths your horse safari follows through the park's holy forests. 

You will arrive at camp, situated at the foot of Mt Meru, in time for showers, sundowners and dinner under the stars. 

Day 3:

After being woken by the talkative Colobus monkey, you have breakfast and set out riding towards the area where the film Hatari, staring John Wayne, was filmed. Halfway through your morning ride you start ascending to Fig Tree Arch - a massive arch of fig trees which is large enough to stand five horses underneath. Continue to lunch located in the rainforest next to a waterfall at 2,000m. 

After lunch, you head back towards camp, passing a 30m high waterfall. At camp there is the option to jump into the vehicles to go and visit Momella lakes where you may see hippo and water birds. Have sundowners beside the lake and head back to camp for dinner.

Day 4:

Today you will wake with the sun and enjoy a tasty breakfast in camp. Today you ride out of Arusha, with Mt Meru behind you and head eastwards towards Mt Kilimanjaro. The day's ride is long,  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. 

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 acacia woodland. Today you will return to camp for lunch and then head out for another ride in the afternoon. Before sunset you return to camp to enjoy another night in this remote and remarkable place.

Day Six:

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 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, with more opportunities to search for elephant from horseback. Your camp will be situated overlooking the pans with its plains game on constant alert for predators. 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). On arrival back to the lodge you will enjoy a last lunch today. Showers will be available but day rooms can be organised at additional cost for those flying out later (please enquire). 

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



Accommodation: 1 night at the Golf Safari House lodge and 6 nights camping on safari.
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: 5-7 hours per day
Departure dates: 2020: 6-13 June, 20-27 June, 28 June-5 July (FULL), 25 July-1 August, 8-15 August, 22-29 August (FULL), 5-18 September (Tailor Made Programme), 18-25 September, 5-12 October, 17-24 October, 31 October-7 November, 8-15 November.

2021: 5-12 June, 19-26 June, 3-10 July, 17-24 July, 31 July-7 August, 14-21 August, 28 August-4 September, 11-18 September, 25 September-2 October, 9-16 October, 9-16 November.
 
Pricing: 2020/2021:

£4905 per person sharing

Single supplement if unwilling to share: £57 per night

Includes: 7 nights full board accommodation (shared) including meals from dinner on arrival day to lunch on departure day, all drinks when mobile camping, transfers at set times, a qualified guide, flying doctor membership, local taxes and wildlife fees.

Does not include: International flights, lunch on arrival day, drinks when at the lodge, gratuities for guides/staff (guideline of US$25-40 per person, per day), visas, medical and travel insurance.

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.



Serengeti Ride



Join a magical mobile riding safari in the Serengeti during the wildebeest migration and discover the wild, flat plains dotted with huge herds of game. Please note that the below itinerary is subject to game movement and weather conditions, so may be altered slightly so that you have the best possible chances for viewing wildlife and enjoying the terrain on horseback.

Day 1:

You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred c. 30 mins to the Golf Safari House lodge for the night. Here you will meet the rest of the group and your guide over dinner before getting a restful nights sleep ahead of your adventure. If there is a polo came on then sundowners will be served at the polo clubhouse before dinner. 

Day 2:

An early morning start to catch a charter flight to Ndutu airstrip in the southern Serengeti. Depending on where you are flown in (your route may take you over the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park!), you will have anything from a 2 - 4 hour drive on the other side. On landing at Ndutu you will be met by a safari vehicle and there is a short wait whilst you are checked-in at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area registration post, then you will set off. Along the journey you will pass impressive rocky outcrops known as kopjes, river courses and the famous 'short grass plains' which are prime grazing areas for the migrating wildebeest during the early months of the year. With luck (always dependent on weather!) the plains will be thick with wildebeest, which arrive in their thousands after the rains, to make the most of the fresh grass. The plains are the wildebeest's favoured birthing spot and it is one of nature's miracles that the females can delay giving birth until after the rains and grass arrive, so as to give their young the best start in life before setting off on the long march north to Kenya's Mara plains.

The drive ends when you arrive at your first camp, which will be situated in the shade of a flat-topped acacia tree. Meet the support team, settle into your tent and enjoy a welcome lunch in the shade of the mess tent. After a short siesta, meet the horses and grooms, and time allowing, set out on a first evening ride. Return to camp for hot showers, drinks around the campfire and your first dinner in the bush.

Days 3 - 7:

Five more days of riding to explore the open plains and grassy valleys dotted with picturesque granite outcrops, swathes of whistling thorn and typically East African flat-topped acacia trees. The route and arrangements each day will vary with the weather and movement of game but your guide will aim to ride to at least one or two more camps so that you can discover new areas.

One of the afternoons or mornings the horses will be given a rest and you will jump into vehicles to visit Olduvai Museum, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. This museum houses fossils and artefacts of our human ancestors, as well as skeletons of many extinct animals who shared their world. During your safari you will most definitely cross this gorge 'Cradle of Human Kind' on one or more occasions on horseback. 

The following day will be another early start with tea or coffee served at your tent, 3 - 4 hours of riding, meeting the back-up crew for an al-fresco lunch in the bush and time to rest in the heat of the day, before heading off again aiming to reach the new camp by tea time. Set up in advance by the back-up team, tonight's camp might be spectacularly situated in the middle of the vast open plains where, at peak migration time, the air will be filled with the braying and mesmerising grunts of wildebeest. A cup of tea or a cold beer when you arrive in camp, followed by hot showers and dinner, listening to the sounds of the bush.

Day 8:

At one point during the safari (weather permitting) you will spend the night in a lightweight fly camp, sleeping under mosquito nets. This is essentially a prolonged game drive (not a ride) so you will jump into your vehicles and start your adventure. The game drive includes a picnic lunch en-route and takes you into the short grass plains where you can look out for cats such as cheetah, lion and leopard which all thrive here. You may also spot elephant and flamingo who gather on the area's soda lakes. Later in the afternoon you will reach the fly camp in time for sundowners followed by dinner under the stars. 

Day 9:

An early wake-up call for breakfast and a farewell to your horses and the crew. This morning's drive will be up into the Ngorongoro highlands and breakfast will be served en-route, overlooking the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. After checking out at the gate you head to the African galleria, a great place to buy anything from arts, tanzanite or perhaps just a small Tanzanian gift to take home.

Shortly after you will head to the Manyara airstrip for a 40 minute flight back to the lodge where lunch will be served. Showers are available to all but we can also organise a day room for those who have later flights (additional cost, please enquire). 



Accommodation: 1 night at the Golf Safari House lodge and 7 nights camping on safari (usually 6 in the standard canvas tents and 1 night fly camping).
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: You need to be a capable rider who is confident riding in open spaces at all paces. This is a big game area and so you need to be able to stay on your horse and remain in control.
Type of ride: Mobile Safari
Total riding time: 9 days / 8 nights / 5.5 days riding / 5-7 hours riding per day
Departure dates: 2021: 9-17 January (FULL), 27 January-4 February (CONFIRMED), 10-18 February (FULL), 20-28 February (CONFIRMED), 2-10 March (FULL), 20-28 March.
 
Pricing: 2021:

£6690 per person sharing

Supplement to guarantee single room: £57 per night

Includes: 8 nights full board accommodation (shared) including meals from dinner on arrival day to lunch on departure day, all drinks when mobile camping, transfers at set times, a qualified guide, charter flight to Serengeti/NCAA and return, visit to Olduvai Gorge Museum (entry fee), flying doctor membership, local taxes and wildlife fees.

Does not include: International flights, lunch on arrival day, drinks when at the lodge, gratuities for guides/staff (guideline of US$25-40 per person, per day), visas, medical and travel insurance.


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.