Exciting new safari rides in Africa
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Catering for experienced riders a holiday here will ensure exciting, up-close game sightings and sporty riding on wonderfully schooled horses.
Multi-day horse safari in Uganda
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
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!