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These mobile horse safaris take you off the beaten track and promise to be an unforgettable experience. Your experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you deep into the bush to witness the wonders that Africa has to offer; the wildlife, the scenery, and the interaction with the local tribes who inhabit these areas.
Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari
This seven night safari takes you through the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro northwards over Tanzanian farmland and the Massai steppe. There are many possibilities for cultural interactions with the local people.
On safari you follow in the footsteps of the largest mammal on earth, the elephant. Plains game abound and there are opportunities for some long gallops. The first night is in a permanent tented camp, and six nights are spent in mobile camps.
The Kilimanjaro Elephant Safaris are for experienced riders due to the opportunities for faster riding and as you will be riding in areas of big game.
The Arusha National Park Safari (three nights) is suitable for less experienced riders, but who are still secure in the saddle at all paces. This is also a good option as part of a longer itinerary in Tanzania.
The horses are all purpose trained safari horses, with a mix of local breeds and thoroughbreds. They range between 14.2hh and 16hh. All the horses are given lots of love, care and attention and have nice characters and strong personalities. With a range of temperaments, there is a horse suitable for different abilities and your guides take great care in finding the perfect fit for each rider.
Most of the horses are ridden in snaffle bridles and there is a choice of saddles, either general purpose English leather or Wintec saddles, and South African trail saddles – although some horses may go better in one or the other. Please let us know if you prefer an English saddle, although this may limit the selection of horses available for you. Each horse also carries two pommel bags for your water bottle and camera.
You will be riding for four to six hours a day, with stops for refreshments and lunch. For these safaris you must be a fit and experienced rider in the outdoors at all paces with some jumping. Since this is an area with dangerous game all riders should be confident and secure in the saddle and able to stay on your horse should you need to react quickly. The pace can be fast and challenging at times.
The Arusha National Park Safari is suitable for less experienced riders as the pace can be adjusted to suit the group.
There will be occasions when you need to lead your horse on foot, so general fitness is important.
Riding style is English. Most of the horses are polo trained and used to being ridden with the reins in one hand.
There is a rider weight limit of 85kg.
Hard hats are mandatory.
The first night is spent at the Golf Safari House, a boutique hotel set in a wildlife estate. Room amenities include free WiFi, a safe, bath robes, an electric kettle (for coffee and tea), drinking water, a mosquito net and international sockets for charging personal devices. This offers a quiet area to relax and unwind, and enjoy the spectacular views of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru. The bar is located near the swimming pool and a fire is lit each evening for sundowners.
The tents on the mobile camp are spacious tents with mosquito netted doors and windows. Each tent is provided with cot beds, white clean cotton linen, towels and a solar light. There is one bush toilet and bucket shower per tent/two people.
Arusha National Park Safaris (three nights) can be arranged for groups of four or more. Please ask us for a price if your group is less than four.
Private Kilimanjaro Elephant Safaris (seven nights) can be arranged for groups of four or more.
Each set date safari needs a minimum of four guests to confirm to run.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari||9 Nov 2021 - 16 Nov 2021||7 nights 7 ngts||$6,042.00||Book|
|Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari||4 Jun 2022 - 11 Jun 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$6,042.00||Book|
|Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari||18 Jun 2022 - 25 Jun 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$6,042.00||Book|
|Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari||30 Jul 2022 - 6 Aug 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$6,042.00||Book|
|Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari||13 Aug 2022 - 20 Aug 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$6,042.00||Book|
|Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari||10 Sep 2022 - 17 Sep 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$6,042.00||Book|
|Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari||24 Sep 2022 - 1 Oct 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$6,042.00||Book|
|Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari||8 Oct 2022 - 15 Oct 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$6,042.00||Book|
|Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari||6 Nov 2022 - 13 Nov 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$6,042.00||Book|
INCLUDES Accommodation; meals (from dinner on arrival day to lunch on departure day); most drinks (except not at the lodge); guides and riding; National Park fees; Wildlife Department fees; Wildlife Management Area fees; Village fees; Flying Doctor insurance. Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari also includes return transfers from Kilimanjaro/Arusha airport (on set days).
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT There is no single supplement if you are willing to share. Otherwise a supplement is payable of $70.00 per night to guarantee a single room/tent.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Gratuities; drinks at the lodge; imported wines and spirits on safari.
NEAREST AIRPORT Kilimanjaro or Arusha.
TRANSFERS Included from Kilimanjaro/Arusha on set days for the Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari. At other times, and for the Arusha National Park Safari, transfers can be arranged for $66.67 per vehicle each way (max 4 pax).
Return transfers are included from Kilimanjaro airport or Arusha on the first and last days of the safari. Private transfers can be arranged at other times (extra cost).
Flights should arrive between 06:30 and 23:00 on the first day of the safari. Flights on the last day should depart after 15:00.
Kilimanjaro airport is served from Europe by KLM, which flies daily from Amsterdam. Qatar Airlines via Doha offer good arrival and departure times. Turkish Airlines also offer a popular route, but the very early morning arrival time will mean additional accommodation will be required on this night.
From Nairobi, flights are available with Air Kenya to Kilimanjaro, or smaller charter flights with Safarilink to Arusha.
AT ITINERARY LEVEL
Starting from Kaskazi Horse Safaris base on the outskirts of Arusha Town, the area lies at an altitude of 1,400m above sea level, which offers an ideal climate for horses and riding. The stables have a magnificent view of Mount Meru, with Mount Kilimanjaro itself emerging to the north on a clear day.
Tanzania lies just south of the equator and on the whole enjoys a tropical climate. There are two rainy seasons, the short and the long rains. The long rains, called Masika, fall from mid-March to May, and the shorter rains, called Mvuli, fall from November to mid-January. The cooler climate is during the dry season and lasts from May to October.
Being close to the equator, and with an altitude of approximately 1,400 m (4,600 ft), the temperature is relatively consistent.
Incredibly fun riding through very beautiful and varied terrain. We traversed about 700 km and camped at 5 different locations. We kept a good pace, but also spent plenty of time to study the animals and herds we met. We came very close to the animals, but we always felt safe. We galloped with zebras and herds of giraffes – it was absolutely incredible.
Apart from game viewing, the landscape and the scenery mustn't be forgotten. These rides are in some of the most spectacular areas in Africa. As you ride the interaction with the local herdsmen will keep you totally enchanted.
It is very important to wear long sleeved shirts and to take sunscreen along as the African sun is extremely strong and can cause sunstroke. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.