The magnificent horseback safari

Take to the plains on horseback
And become a part of the living wilderness
The magnificent horseback safari

Horse-back riding

It’s an experience you will never forget – a ride through the wilderness on horse-back. It’s not just that you’ll enjoy panoramic views, or that you’ll benefit from the wildlife guidance of a very experienced team, it’s also that because you’re out of the safari vehicle, and on four legs rather than two - you’ll be an actual part of the great theatre of the wild.

You’ll ride alongside herds of zebra or giraffe, you’ll encounter buffalo herds as they graze the plains. You may ride past stately eland, or kongoni, perched atop their anthill mounds. You may see the hippo in their pools and you’ll certainly encounter some fascinating bird life. Best of all, during the annual migration you can actually ride with the migrating herds – a once in a lifetime experience. 

About the stables

The dedicated Ride Kenya stables are located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just a short drive from the camp. Established by safari professionals Martin Dodwell and Ali Mundy, they offer a selection of superb horses, all of which are safari-trained. Choose from mounts of various breeds, size and temperaments.

Escorted rides

Every ride is escorted by a professional safari rider who will guide you on a circular ride that takes in savannah, dry river beds, hippo pools and glades where plains game graze. A standard ride lasts for two hours (led by either Martin Dodwell or his partner, Ali Mundy, and accompanied by members of their carefully trained team of grooms). Should you wish to ride for longer, or further, the ride can be tailored to your specification; and can even include a picnic breakfast or lunch. Ali and Martin will also take pictures of you as you gallop off across the plains; and email them to you later. 

Complete kit provided

Worried that you don’t have the correct riding equipment? Ride Kenya offers a complete range of beautifully presented kit – from helmets to boots – with everything in between.

What you can see: this unique ecosystem hosts over 95 species of mammals. Highlights include: elephant, buffalo, hippo, Masai giraffe, topi, Coke's hartebeest, Grant's and Thomson's gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk's dik - dik, bushbuck, waterbuck, red duiker, baboon, vervet monkey, blue monkey, red-tailed monkey, nocturnal bush baby and tree hyrax. Predators include lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena. Birds: 550 recorded species, 5 of which are globally threatened. 

Terms

Rides must be booked in advance, but can be arranged at very short notice. Simply ask our front desk to enquire about availability.

Please note: riders must be reasonably proficient, which Ride Kenya qualifies as ‘around 50 times in the saddle’. All riders will be given a thorough briefing before the ride commences, they will also be required to demonstrate their competency with a brief ride around the stable’s central arena (and sign a simple insurance waiver). Riders must also be above the age of fourteen.

 

 

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