Kaskazi Horse Safaris riding holiday in Tanzania - Far and Ride
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Kaskazi Horse Safaris, Tanzania


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. Most respond to neck-reining but are ridden in snaffle bridles. Saddle bags are provided.


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 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.

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

Depending on the ride chosen you will stay at the Polo Club in a permanent tented camp or while on mobile safari you will stay in very comfortable canvas tents.

The Polo Club has spacious traditional safari tents overlooking the Polo clubhouse and two polo fields where zebras and wildebeest often graze. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet. There is WiFi in the clubhouse and a swimming pool, gym and spa.

The mobile camps also have fully equipped tents with en-suite bush toilets and hot bucket showers. Meals will be provided in a large dining tent.

The food is of great standard, with professionally trained chefs and a head-chef, Mark English, from South Africa. 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).



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). The airport is served from Europe by KLM/Northwest.

Transfers are included on your arrival and departure day only. If you arrive a day or two early or choose to depart later, then transfers are an additional USD 80 per vehicle (max 4 pax). You cannot depart earlier than 15:00 on the final day.

Airport: Arusha Airport

Alternative Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport



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 Polo Club where your camp overlooks the Polo Clubhouse and fields. Settle into your surroundings and meet the rest of your group before sundowners and dinner in the clubhouse, where a ride briefing will also take place.

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 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 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 Polo Club in a permanent tented camp.

The rest of the week is at a mobile camp where tents are spacious bell tents with mosquito netted door and windows to allow for ventilation but still remaining 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: 5-7 hours per day
Departure dates: 2019: 10-18 April
Pricing: 2019:

£5386 per person

Single supplement: £39 per night (only payable if not willing to share)

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 Arusha, 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 the Polo Club 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 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 and Red Duiker. 

You will stop for lunch during the day, with a brief siesta. After lunch, you ride through leopard country, passing Margarete Trappe's old house - you will hear tales of this legendary lady and her two horses, Comet and Diamond, as you follow the trails through the forests of the park. Arrive at your camp at the foot of Mt Meru in time for showers and sundowners before dinner.

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 Four:

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). For those departing late, a day room is available at the Polo Club (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 Polo Club in spacious traditional safari tents over looking the Polo clubhouse and polo grounds.

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: 5-7 hours per day
Departure dates: 2019: 10-17 January, 20-27 January, 7-14 June, 20-27 June, 5-12 July, 20-27 July, 7-14 August, 2-9 September, 20-27 September, 14-21 October, 28 October - 4 November
Pricing: 2019:

£4747 per person sharing

Single supplement if unwilling to share: £39 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.

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 One:

You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred c. 30mins to the Polo Club 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.

Day Two:

An early morning start to catch a charter flight to Ndutu airstrip in the southern Serengeti - the flight can take anything from 40mins to 1.5 hours depending on the routing (you may fly over the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manayara or Tarangire national park!). On landing at Ndutu you will be met by a safari vehicle and after being checked-in at the National Park registration post, you will set off through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. 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.

Leave the national park and after a drive of c. 2 hours 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 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.

Day Three:

You will be woken at c.7am with tea/coffee in your tent before breakfast in the mess tent and heading to the horses for 8am. Depending on the weather and movement of game you may ride out this morning, returning to camp for lunch before another ride in the afternoon, or you may head out on a full-day ride with the back-up team bringing lunch into the bush. Either way, you should have a good chance of seeing the gathering herds of wildebeest for which the area is famous, as well as giraffe browsing in the acacia scrub, zebra and perhaps predators such as hyena and jackal. Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day Four:

Today might be your first moving day. An early wake-up call at dawn gives you time to pack up before breakfast, then mount up to set off to a new camp. Ride through areas which have rarely been visited on horseback, perhaps passing Maasai herdsmen or their small settlements, where tribesmen live off the land as they have done for centuries. After about 4 hours of riding you meet the back-up crew for an al-fresco lunch in the bush with time to relax in the shade during the heat of the day.

As it cools, set off riding again, aiming to reach the new camp by tea time. Camp will have been set up already for you and may be spectacularly situated in the middle of the vast open plains, where the air will be filled with the braying and mesmerizing grunts of the wildebeest. A cup of tea or cold beer awaits you, followed by hot showers and dinner whilst listening to the sounds of the bush.

Days Five - Eight

Four 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 more camp so you can discover a new area, and you may (weather allowing) be able to spend a night in a lightweight fly camp, sleeping under mosquito nets.

One day there will be a long game drive with a picnic or BBQ lunch into the Serengeti national park itself, crossing the short grass plains and looking out for cats such as cheetah, lion and leopard, which thrive here, as well as elephant and the flamingo which gather on the area's soda lakes.

Dinner each night will be in camp, and the next day's plan will be discussed over dinner with you.

Day Nine:

An early wake-up call for breakfast and a farewell to your horses before heading back through the Serengeti national park to Ndutu airstrip for your return flight to Arusha (c. 1 hour flight). Lunch in Arusha, with time to shop for souvenirs if you wish, before a vehicle transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight home.

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: 2019:
7-15 February; 6-14 March; 16-24 March (confirmed); 26 March - 3 April.
Pricing: 2019:

£5732 per person sharing

Supplement to guarantee single room: £39 per night
(For 2018, single travellers who are willing to share but end up in a single tent, do not have to pay the supplement).

Includes: 8 nights full board accommodation (shared), transfers to and from Kilimanjaro international airport at set times, return internal flights to Ndutu, 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.