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Horse Riding Holidays Kenya – Offbeat Safaris, Masai Mara

PRICES & DATES top

Offbeat Safaris Masai Mara: Prices & Dates 2018

Suitable for confident intermediate plus riders who are secure in the saddle as this ride encounters big dangerous game.

Rates are quoted per person sharing.

7 Night Mara Safari

£4,370/€4,970/$5,900
6-13 January, 13-20 January
10-17 February
9-16 June
1-8 December

£5,105/€5,810/$6,900
15-22 July
4-11 August, 11-18 August
15-22 September

10 Night Mara Safari & Deloraine House Safari

£7,325/€8,330/$9,900
17-27 February
10-20 March
07-17 July
18-28 August
1-11 September, 22 September- 2 October
6-16 October, 19-29 October

Single Supplement if not willing to share twin tent - £90/€112/$135 per night

We can also tailor make safaris and there are many options in the Mara including riding and stays at Sosian Lodge and the Offbeat Mara camp. Please contact us for a personalised itinerary.

Includes – All the riding, accommodation, meals, drinks & alcohol, flights & transfers associated with the safari, activities on safari including bush walks & game drives.

Excludes – Flights, tips & champagne.

Getting There
International flight to Nairobi.

Transfer
Internal flights to Lakipia and Mara, or a 5 hour car transfer.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Offbeat Safari Mara Safari  is a very well known & extremely popular horse riding safari travelling across the Mara in Kenya in the Great Rift Valley offering adventurous riding in remote wilderness areas. The 10 night  Mara rides finish at your hosts’, very impressive colonial home, Deloraine and stretch as far as Masai land and Laikipia – it’s quite possible to ride on this extraordinary safari for 200 miles without seeing a fence post, giving riders ample opportunity to view the most wonderful & varied game.

On Offbeat Safaris  Mara safari  the landscape is typical of East Africa, open plains and grassland interspersed with bush, ideal for long canters and gallops. Nothing beats viewing the African wilderness from horseback – there is something thrilling about cantering alongside giraffe or wildebeest and blending into the bush with no car or sound of an engine for miles.

Your hosts are are avid polo players and they have a yard of 80 mounts. You can expect the horses to be forward going and all of them have been tried for polo with even the best polo ponies going out on safari. You will spend about 4-6 hours in the saddle covering 20 -30 miles per day, with picnic lunches carried in the saddle bags.

One of the most popular of  Offbeat Safaris Mara is that of the ‘Great Wildebeest Migration’ which can be experienced anywhere through from July to September. Guests can expect to see vast herds of game traversing the great plains of the Mara, a real wonder and privilege to see. There are limited dates on which guests can join this exciting adventure, and it books out well in advance – it’s always a good idea to plan this trip at least a year in advance.

THE RIDING top

Horses – Thoroughbred, Thoroughbred & Arab Crosses, Polo Ponies.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced. A good level of fitness is recommended to full enjoy the riding, which is 5 – 7 hours per day.

Tack – English style with various types of saddles – Polo, Wintec, French Trekking and Australian stock.

Weight Restriction – 15 stone / 210 lbs / 95 kgs.

Group Size – Maximum 12.

ACCOMMODATION top

Large walk-in, mobile tents with private long drop loos and hot showers. On the 10 day safaris, there is also a couple of nights at either at your hosts own homes, ether Deloraine House, a big grand old colonial house with sweeping, beautiful gardens or Sosian Ranch Homestead, with large open verandahs, both with pools.

Food through out the safari is of a very high quality and you can expect 3 course, candle lit dinners every evening, with plenty of good wine.

Horse Riding Holidays at Offbeat Safaris Masai Mara are part of the Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Kenya collection.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

Please Ask About

  • Apart from mobile riding safaris, guests can enjoy static lodge & camp based safaris in a variety of different locations, tailor made and include:
    • Deloraine House, on the Western edge of the Great Rift Valley and home to the Voorspuy family. Nights from £310/€350/$420 per person
    • Mara Camp, in the Mara North Conservancy. Nights from £330/€370/$445 per person
    • Ekorian Mugie Camp, Northern Laikipia in a quiet conservancy abundant with game. Nights from £330/€370/$445 per person
    • Mugie House, set on a hilltop in Northern Laikipia. Nights from £435/€490/$592 per person
  • Beach add on
    • Zanzibar is a fabulous island to visit and chill at the end of your safari

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Offbeat Safaris 7 night Mara Safari

Day 1 – Olare Lamun
You will either be collected at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or if you have arrived earlier from your Nairobi Hotel and transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight at 10:00 am to Naboisho. It is a beautiful flight passing over the fertile Kikuyu Highlands before reaching the Great Rift Valley. You will fly across the volcano studded floor of the Rift before reaching the Loita Hills and Naboisho Air strip. You will be met by your guide and there will be an hour’s drive to camp. We reach our camp in a grove of acacia trees by a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains at Olare Lamun (the rhino salt lick) 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.

Day 2 – Olare Lamun
After an early morning ride we will come back to camp for a light breakfast and then set out for a game drive and walk up a hill nearby called Oloiburmut returning to camp for a brunch/lunch. There will be time for a siesta and at around 4pm we will drive up the hill to visit the local Masai Village.

Day 3 – Olare Orok
Our first moving day and we break camp in good time as it is the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 50kms. We will meet the vehicles to break the ride with a picnic breakfast and lunch along the way. Riding across the rolling open plains the game generally becomes more plentiful as we approach the Mara ecosystem. We should see herds of zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle and there is a good chance of seeing elephant and buffalo as well. We reach our camp on the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve on the Olare Orok lugga late afternoon. From camp we are likely to hear lion and hyena at night and the abundance of game is apparent everywhere.

Day 4 – Olare Orok
A full day of morning and evening rides from camp with the option of driving into the game park for some good photographic opportunities. From the landrovers we can get much closer to lion, elephant and buffalo than we are able to do from the horses.

Day 5 – Escarpment
Our second moving day; we head west across the Mara plains and reach the Mara River on the Park boundary. We hopefully ford the river (unless in complete flood) at one of the famous wildebeest crossings and then head south-west across the Mara Triangle where we have our picnic lunch before ascending the Soit Olololol Escarpment to reach our camp in a forest glade overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem.

Day 6 – Mara River
Today we will descend the escarpment again and ride through the Triangle once more to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. We head in a North Westerly direction and after a picnic lunch we find our final campsite set up on the banks of the Mara River. Close by there are some hippo pools and their grunting at night is a special feature of this camp.

Day 7 – Mara River
With a full day camped on the river we will follow the same morning and evening ride routine and often take the opportunity to cross the river close to the hippo which is an exhilarating a highlight. A walk or drive will be on offer after breakfast; providing another good opportunity to take photographs.

Day 8
We will have a final early morning ride before breakfast and after saying goodbye to your horses we will drive to the airstrip to meet your flight back to Nairobi at around 11am in time to do some shopping in town and relax before your evening flight or in good time to reach your onward destination.

Offbeat Safaris 10 night Mara & Deloraine House Safari

DAY 1

You will be collected from your Nairobi Hotel or directly from the airport and transferred to Wilson Airport for a 10.30 charter or 10am schedule flight to Siana Springs. It is a beautiful flight passing over the fertile Kikuyu Highlands before reaching the Great Rift Valley. We fly across the volcano studded floor of the Rift before reaching the Loita Hills and Siana Springs Air strip. You will be met by your guide and there will be an hour’s drive to camp. We reach our camp in a grove of acacia trees by a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains at Olare Lamun (the rhino salt lick) in time for lunch. There will be an evening ride. Overnight Olare Lamun.

DAY 2

A full day to explore this remote area with abundant game. Drives, rides and walks may be taken from camp. Overnight Olare Lamun.

DAY 3

Our first moving day and we break camp in good time as it is the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 50kms. We ride across rolling open plains and the game generally becomes more plentiful as we approach the Mara ecosystem. We should see herds of zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle and there is a good chance of seeing elephant and buffalo as well. We reach our camp on the edge of the Masai Game Reserve on the Olare Orok lugga late afternoon. From camp we are likely to hear lion and hyena at night and the abundance of game is apparent everywhere. Overnight Olare Orok.

DAY 4 & 5

Two full days of morning and evening rides from camp with the option of driving into the game park for some good photographic opportunities - we should see lion, elephant and buffalo. Overnight Olare Orok.

DAY 6

Another moving day. We head west across the Mara plains and reach the Mara River on the Park boundary. We hopefully ford the river (unless in complete flood) at one of the famous wildebeest crossings and then head south west across the Mara Triangle where we have our picnic lunch before ascending the Soit Olololol Escarpment to reach our camp in a forest glade overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem. Overnight Soit Olololol.

DAY 7

We ride South West along the top of the escarpment enjoying glorious views to the east on excellent going for the horses. We hopefully see the beautiful Mrs Ross’ and Schalows Turaco as well as much plains game. We descend the escarpment on foot along a rocky cattle track and have a picnic lunch under some acacias at the foot of the escarpment. After lunch we ride back through the Mara Triangle at the foot of the escarpment before ascending on a game trail. Many bachelor buffalo herds are a feature of the afternoon. Overnight Soit Olololol.

DAY 8

We descend the escarpment again and ride across to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. We head in a North Western direction and after lunch, we find our final camp-site set up on the banks of the Mara River. Close by there are some hippo pools and their grunting at night is a special feature of this camp. Overnight Mara River.

DAY 9

Leaving camp after breakfast with a picnic lunch we drive to Deloraine via the impressive tea growing area of Kericho. We arrive in time for tea and an evening walk around the beautiful garden. Overnight Deloraine.

DAY 10

An early morning ride before breakfast is optional. Also day trips to either Lake Nakuru or Bogoria famous for their flamingos can be arranged with a picnic lunch. Overnight Deloraine.

DAY 11

Transfer by private charter to Nairobi. Leaving after lunch.

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Kenya Holidays Testimonials

Kevin & Cindy on Gordie’s Masai Mara, Kenya

Gordie's horses like to canter almost at a gallop pace and they were fantastic. Love a horse you have to hold back. Only got semi telling off for "breaking the line". We saw 250 bazillion animals and even got chased by a lioness!!!

Kevin & Cindy Berry from Canada