The Masai Mara Horse Riding Safari, Kenya
An unrivaled mobile horseback safari amongst big game!
Day by day:
* Description below is an example of the program. The itinerary can be different during your travel week.
We will do everything possible to follow the indicated itinerary, although spot changes can occur due to unforeseen circumstances. Rides are subject to change depending on weather, location, accommodation and difficulty of terrain In the unlikely event that this happens on your trip, we ask you flexibility and understanding. This is a sporty and adventurous vacation!
4 different camp locations on this Safari
Day 1 : Mara River Hippo Camp
You will either be collected from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or if you have arrived earlier, from your Nairobi hotel, and transferred to Wilson Airport for your 10am flight to Mara North in the Masai Mara. Your guides will meet you and drive you to your first camp, set up on the banks of the Mara River adjacent to a teeming hippo pool. Lunch will be served and you will have a little time to relax before meeting your horses and setting off on your first gentle evening ride (about 2 hours).
Day 2 : Mara River Hippo Camp
We begin the day with an early morning ride, crossing the Mara River for the first time, returning to camp for a light breakfast. After breakfast a game drive will be on offer, driving provides better photographic opportunities than from a horse and exploring more of this Northern part of the Mara has much to offer. We will return in time for lunch and a siesta before setting off on an afternoon ride. We will be back in good time to shower and maybe set off in the vehicles once more for a sundowner and a short night game drive before supper.
Day 3 : Escarpment Soit Olololo Camp
We leave camp after breakfast at about 9 am, heading south towards the park boundary where we meet the river again at one of the famous wildebeest crossings. We cross the river and head southwest across the Mara Triangle, meeting the car with our picnic lunch at around 12:30. After lunch and a siesta we set off at about 16:00 and ascend the Soit Olololol Escarpment. We reach our camp at about 17:30 on the edge of the escarpment and spend the night overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem.
Day 4: Olare Orok
We descend the escarpment after breakfast at about 9 am and ride across to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. We head in a westerly direction and descend into the enchanting Olare Orok Valley with a picnic lunch and siesta from about 12:30-15:30 on the way. Reaching our camp in time at about 17:00 in time for tea, there should also be time to do an evening game drive and sundowners, before supper under the stars.
Day 5 : Olare Orok Camp
Here we will have a full day of exploring this glorious area on horseback, car and possibly on foot. You will have excellent photo opportunities, getting close to buffalo, elephant, lion and maybe cheetah or leopard.
Day 6 : Olare Lamun Camp
Our third moving day and we break camp in good time as it is the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 50kms. Setting off at 7.00am, we have a picnic breakfast stopping from about 10-11am. We continue on until 13:30 where we break again for lunch and a siesta after reaching Ol Kinyei Conservancy. At 16:00 we head to our last camp, arriving at Olare Lamun (the rhino salt lick) 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 we will set off for a morning ride before returning to camp for a light breakfast. We will then set out for a game drive and beautiful walk up the nearby hill called Oloiburmut, returning to camp for a lunch and a siesta. At around 4pm we will drive or ride to visit the local Masai Village.
Day 8 : Departure Day
Our last morning ride before saying goodbye to our horses. After a final breakfast you will drive to the airstrip and fly back to Nairobi around 11am, landing into Wilson at 12noon. We will organise for a taxi to pick you up and either take you around Nairobi to do some shopping/visits, or to a Hotel day room (included), before taking you on to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time for your evening flight home, or your onward destination.
The itinerary goes in both directions (Mara River to Olare Lamun or Olare Lamun to Mara River).
into Wilson at 12noon. We will organise for a taxi to pick you up and either take you around Nairobi to do some shopping/visits, or to a Hotel day room (included), before taking you on to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time for your evening flight home, or your onward destination.
Moving Days, Hours in the saddle
● Day 3 - River Camp to Escarpment Camp: 5 Hours Riding (Breakfast at Camp, Ride 9 am-12:30, picnic lunch + siesta, Ride 16:00 - 17:30)
● Day 4 - Escarpment Camp to Olare Orok Camp: 5 Hours Riding (Breakfast at Camp, Ride 9am-12:30, picnic lunch + siesta, Ride 15:30 - 17:00)
● Day 6 - Olare Lamun Camp, Ol Kinyei & Naibosho Conservancies 7 - 8 Hours Riding (Small Breakfast at Camp, Ride 7am - 10am, Picnic Breakfast, Ride 11am - 13:30, Picnic lunch + siesta, Ride 16:00 - 17:30)
Camps & Conservancies
● Mara River Hippo Camp, Mara North Conservancy 1°10'03.4"S 35°04'41.1"E - Google Maps
● Soit Olololo Escarpment Camp, Siria Escarpment 1°15'33.4"S 34°58'23.4"E - Google Maps
● Olare Orok Camp, Mara North Conservancy 1°15'47.4"S 35°09'07.4"E - Google Maps
● Olare Lamun Camp, Ol Kinyei & Naibosho Conservancies 1°20'03.1"S 35°28'10.0"E - Google Maps