Kenya is a pioneer of horseback safaris in Africa. It was here that the concept began in the 1970’s and several decades on, it’s still a highlight. The country offers the best in terms of wildlife diversity as well a breathtaking landscape. There are numerous safaris and accommodation facilities, as well as guides for the perfect horseback savannah adventure. Having said that, planning for horseback safaris in Kenya is the key to a truly enjoyable experience.
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What You Need To Know
Timing is everything for a horseback safari in Kenya. While most parks and game ranges are open for much of the year, November and the rainy months of March to early May, sees some of the major parks closed. The rainy months will also limit the amount of time you are out riding because the terrain can be muddy. The African summer can be quite hot with the sun scorching as early 10 and it is only till late in the evening that temperatures cool. If you are riding on the plains this can be an issue you want to prepare well for while highland ranges and parka can be quite forgiving even in summer.
Horseback safaris in Kenya are dependent on the season you are in the country, the tours company you select and the location of your safari. Set out your safari goals beforehand and then contact several tours and travel company and listen to their offers and advice.
It goes without saying that before embarking on a horseback safari, you need to ensure that you’re comfortable on a horse. The service provider and experienced ranger/guide will ensure that you are paired with the best horse for your temperament. You will be spending extended periods on horseback, so this type of safari requires more stamina from the tourist – having a good level of fitness will aid your experience. Before booking your safari, ensure that you use an affiliated service provider with experience in horseback safaris. Do your research to find the best regions/countries for horseback safaris and then list the accommodation options and service providers that offer horseback safaris to compare rates and packages – check the region to see what season is best for this type of safari.
It’s best to go in the dry season and ideally during the great wildebeest migration.
Horse riding helmet (if you prefer your own)
Half chaps and jodhpurs (if you prefer your own)
Scarf and gloves
If you are riding on the plains you’ll want to prepare well for the highland ranges and a light parka jacket can be quite forgiving even in summer. However early mornings and late in the evenings can get quite chilly regardless of the location. June and July are some of the coldest months and it can get foggy too, but nothing that warm clothing can’t take care of. The rainy season can expose you to snap showers or unceasing rainfall as well thunderstorms, which makes it a challenge riding out.
A truly immersive safari experience that brings as close as possible to wildlife. It will be a guided safari with an experienced guide.
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Popular Horseback Safaris in Kenya
Each of our popular itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your budget as well as your specific interests.
The currency that you will be using on a Kenya Safari is the Kenyan shilling.
Pack neutral-coloured clothing to blend into the bush during Game drives
Long-sleeved shirts help to provide sun and mosquito protection
T-shirts and shorts are also great for warmer days
Evenings and cooler days call for jeans or longer pants
A rain-proof jacket is always a good idea to pack along
The Nile Crocodile
Nairobi National Park is a national park in Kenya's south-central region, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of Nairobi.
It was Kenya's first national park, founded in 1946, with a total size of 45 square miles (117 square kilometers) and elevations of 5,000–6,000 feet (1,500–1,800 meters).
Africa is a great continent to go horse riding and the fact that many destinations in Africa that you may want to visit may not have functioning roads, so horse riding could be one of your only options to achieve seeing all there is to see.