It is the norm to enjoy your safari whilst sitting comfortably within the confines of a luxury 4×4 Land Rover or Toyota (or perhaps even a Tesla – the time will come!) or even strolling through the bush, hands brushing up against the flora and fauna of the African bush, but have you ever considered leaping aboard a horse, embarking on an adventure on horseback, coming face to face with lions or leopards, galloping along the plains of the Masai Mara alongside lolloping giraffes, striped zebras and unusual looking wildebeest. This is the ultimate dream.
We have had some news from the top horse safari within Kenya’s Masai Mara:
‘After two successfully operating morning and afternoon out rides from the Ride Kenya Mara Stables, the sixteen beautiful horses located in the Masai Mara will be moved from the 1stof February to join the existing herd of horses of the Ride Kenya Chyulu Hills Stables, located at Ol Donyo Lodge.’
‘Whilst we regret not being able to continue offering horse riding in the Masai Mara, we recognise this as a great opportunity to strengthen the Chyulu Hills as one of the finest riding centres in Africa and by extension confirm Ol Donyo Lodge as one of the very best multi-activity wildlife viewing safari centres in Kenya.’
Ol Donyo Lodge guests enjoy the opportunity to do many of the following complimentary (unless stated) wildlife viewing activities under the shadow of the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding Chyulu Hills (fondly described by Ernest Hemingway in his book The Green Hills of Africa)’
Activities consist of the following:
- Morning or afternoon horse riding for riders of all experience levels from novice to expert, fully kitted with a choice of western, English or trail saddles. As well as riding clothing including jodphurs, breaches, helmets, boots, half chaps and gloves.
- Mountain biking on the plains between the Chyulu Hills and Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Exploring some of the longest extinct lava tunnels in the world.
- Guided walking through the bush to get closer to the smaller aspects of a safari.
- Day and night game drives within the 300,000 acres of exclusive wildlife areas owned by local Masai tribes.
- A log pile hide and a new sunken hide overlooking the waterholes below the lodge.
- Guided running on the plains (a vehicle will always follow you for safety)
- Bush Breakfasts and kopje sundowners.
- Cool down in either the main pool or private suite swimming pools.
- Engage in conservation discussions with our partners at the Big Life Foundation, including anti-poaching exercises with their dogs and handlers (of which a small donation is required)
- Visits to the Masai villages and their markets (a small donation is required along with this)
- And after you have embarked on all of the above, simply relax in the newly completed spa!
‘All of this along with Africa’s largest tusker elephants, Kenya’s largest populations of eland and fringe-eared oryx, a significant and growing lion and cheetah population, unusual gerenuk antelope and well over 300 species of birds.’
Do get in touch if you would like to find out more information on the changes with the riding safari within Kenya as well as any further information about what to expect at Ol Donyo.