Exciting new safari rides in Africa

May 26th 2017  |   Kenya, Travel, Countries, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda  |  by   Alice Gully
New safari rides in Africa, horse riding group silhouette at sunset, Tanzania, Kaskazi Riding Safaris

It’s always exciting to receive news from the riding safari guides in Africa. Their stories and pictures make it hard to be sitting at a desk in the UK, rather than on a horse in the bush. Here’s a round-up of recent news and new safari rides.

A first for Kenya – Day rides in the Mara

Horse riding with guide in the Masai Mara, Kenya Great Plains Conservation

Morning and afternoon rides in the Masai Mara, Kenya, Mara Plains, Great Plains Conservation

Great Plains has opened stables in the Masai Mara allowing clients staying at its own properties, Mara Plains and Mini Mara, as well as those on neighbouring concessions such as Kicheche, to experience the renowned wildlife of the area from horseback as a morning or afternoon ride.

Ride Kenya riding with wildlife Masai Mara Great Plains Conservation

Ride Kenya riding with wildlife Masai Mara, Kenya, Great Plains Conservation

Riders who are confident at all paces can enjoy an exhilarating outing with opportunities for fast canters. An alternative option, the plains ride, is a gentler two hour excursion, generally at walk and trot and in open areas with good visibility.

Tanzania – riding in the Serengeti

new rides Kaskasi riding safari in the Serengeti, elephants and group of horseriders

Ride with elephants in the Serengeti, Tanzania, Kaskazi Horse Safaris

Kaskazi Horse Safaris operates riding safaris in northern Tanzania and among new itineraries on offer is the Serengeti migration ride which offers the chance to ride among the wildebeest migration in this extraordinary wilderness area.

Flamingos at Lake Natron, new riding safari by Kaskazi Riding Safaris

Natron flamingo ride, Lake Natron, Tanzania, Kaskazi Horse Safaris

Other safaris include Natron flamingo ride – where you might spot millions of breeding flamingos – and during which you will ride through an exceedingly beautiful landscape, and the Kilimanjaro elephant ride, a big game ride which explores the beautiful wilderness area dominated by mountains Meru and Kilimanjaro.   We’re looking forward to checking out these exciting rides – expect feedback soon in a blog or newsletter.

New rooms for Wait A Little

One of our favourite African riding safari partners, Wait A Little, is in the process of rebuilding its rooms.  The new design will provide light and airy accommodation, each room with a bath and outside shower as well as a shady verandah – perfect after a long day in the saddle.

Wait a Little double bedroom suite South Africa

Each room with a bath and outside shower as well as a shady verandah, Wait A Little, South Africa

Owners Gerti and Philip Kusseler offer three incredible riding itineraries through the wildlife rich Karongwe Private Game Reserve close to the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Horse riding guide Philip Kusseler - Wait A Little with rhino lying down

Riding safari guide Philip Kusseler with white rhino Kruger, South Africa, Wait A Little

Catering for experienced riders a holiday here will ensure exciting, up-close game sightings and sporty riding on wonderfully schooled horses.

Horseriding guide Philip Kusseler taking riders on a riding safari in South Africa Wait A Little

Ride through the wildlife rich Karongwe Private Game, Kruger, South Africa, Wait a Little

Multi-day horse safari in Uganda

Riding safari in Uganda - horseriding couple swimming with their horses in the Nile

Explore tea plantations, rain forest and the source of the River Nile, Uganda, Nile Horseback Safaris

A great addition to Uganda’s safari offerings is Nile Horseback Safaris’ multi-day riding safari which offers fabulous riding around the source of the River Nile.  Over the course of the seven day ride, guests will explore tea plantations, rain forest, traditional Ugandan villages, jungle, and open plains.  The views are spectacular and while big game is not prolific there is wonderful bird viewing and monkeys galore.  It’s another we are due to trial shortly and we’ll keep you posted with further details.

An update from the team at Offbeat Safaris

Simon Kenyon guiding riding safaris in the Masai Mara with buffalo and lions

Simon Kenyon guiding riding safaris in the Masai Mara, Kenya

It was great to catch up with the Offbeat Safaris team at Badminton Horse Trials last month.  Some lovely news is that Simon Kenyon, who worked alongside Tristan for many years, will be heading up the guiding team.  Born and brought up in Kenya, Simon is a proficient horseman and superb guide and will, we are sure, run the riding safaris in the same spirit of adventure for which they have become so famous.

As you can see there are many styles of riding safari, with differing terrain, wildlife and pace of riding. For an African riding safari get in touch with us either on the phone, meet face to face, email or live chat and let us help you choose. Aardvark Safaris have large depth of knowledge when it comes to riding safaris – chat to Alice, Francis, Lucinda and Jo. We have ridden with them all, slept in the beds, eaten the food and met the guides!

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