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Big Five Safari in Kenya Holidays Tours Masai Mara Amboseli Zanzibar 5

Kenya Horse Riding Safari: Masai Mara + Beach


6YK11N
11 NIGHTS
FROM £5,295
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This mobile horse riding holiday is based in the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya, in the heart of the abundant wildlife of the Great Rift Valley of East Africa. Spend a week riding from camp to camp, while viewing game on horseback, on foot and by vehicle, followed b a few days on the beach. Suitable for competent riders only. All light aircraft flights, riding, game drives & meals included.
Horse Riding Safari Holiday Kenya, Masai Mara Offbeat Safaris
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Nairobi
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Horseback Safari
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Masai Mara Game Reserve
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Big Five Game Drives
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Soit Olololol escarpment
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Mara Triangle
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Olare Orok Valley
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Olare Lamun
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Bird Watching
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Walking Safari
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Nairobi
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Horseback Safari
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Masai Mara Game Reserve
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Big Five Game Drives
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Soit Olololol escarpment
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Mara Triangle
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Olare Orok Valley
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Olare Lamun
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Bird Watching
• 
Walking Safari
Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
 
Check in and relax in your warm and friendly African surroundings.
Day 2
You will be collected from your Nairobi hotel and transferred to Wilson Airport for your light aircraft flight across the volcano-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara, named after the Masai people and the Mara River that divides the park.
 
Masai Mara National Park is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest from the adjoining Serengeti National Park. This phenomenon occurs every year from July to October, when game migrates along a circular route from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh pastures, followed by hungry predators - most notably lions and hyena.
 
Your guide will meet you at the airstrip and drive to 1-hour to your riding camp, set up on a small stream on the southern edge of the Loita Plains at Olare Lamun (a 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 3
After an early morning ride, we come back to camp for a light breakfast.
 
Afterwards we 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 4 pm we will drive up the hill to visit a local Masai Village.
Day 4
Today is our first moving day and we break camp in good time, as this is the longest ride of our safari - covering over 30 miles (50 kms).
 
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 river late afternoon. From camp we are likely to hear lion and hyena at night and the abundance of game is apparent everywhere.
Day 5
A full day of morning and evening rides from our Olare Orok 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 6
Our second moving day; we head west across the Masai Mara plains and reach the Mara River on the park boundary.  
 
At one of the famous wildebeest crossings, we hopefully ford the river (unless in complete flood) and head south-west across the Mara Triangle, where we have a picnic lunch.
 
Afterwards we ascend the Soit Olololol Escarpment to reach our camp, set in a forest glade overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem.
Day 7
Today we will descend the escarpment again and ride through the Mara Triangle once more, to the same wildebeest crossing on the river.  
 
We head in a north westerly direction and, after a picnic lunch, we reach 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 8
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 bush walk or game drive will be on offer after breakfast; providing another good opportunity to take photographs.
Day 9
Enjoy a final early morning ride before breakfast and, after saying goodbye to your horses, transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Wilson Airport.
 
There may be some time for shopping in Nairobi, before your transfer Nairobi International Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Mombasa Airport and transferred along the coast to your beach resort.
 
Check into your hotel situated on the shores of the sparkling Indian Ocean and relax in your warm tropical surroundings.
Days 10 To 11
At leisure to relax and soak up the sun on the Indian Ocean beaches of the warm Mombasa coast.
 
Enjoy the lush tropical gardens of coconut trees, fan-shaped travellers palms and the vibrant blooms of hibiscus, bougainvilleas and frangipani - as well the splendid coastline. Various watersports are available, as well as many optional activities such as a snorkelling trip to Kisiti Marine Park and Wasini Island, Mombasa city tour, scuba diving, deep sea fishing and golf.
Day 12
Transfer to Mombasa Airport for your flight home.
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