Experience the perfect horseback safari in Kenya

Get up-close-and-personal with herds of wild game in one of Kenya's most immersive wildlife experiences.

Experience the perfect horseback safari in Kenya available in Amboseli National Park, Chyulu Hills (Amboseli), Kenya Central Highlands, Kenya, Kenya Southeast, Kenya Southwest, Masai Mara, Mount Kenya National Park

Get up-close-and-personal with herds of wild game in one of Kenya's most immersive wildlife experiences.

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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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.

Know before you go

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.

When to go

​It’s best to go in the dry season and ideally during the great wildebeest migration.

What to pack

  • Horse riding helmet (if you prefer your own)
  • Riding boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Half chaps and jodhpurs (if you prefer your own)
  • Scarf and gloves
  • Head torch
  • Binoculars
  • Medicines
  • Waterproof jacket

Weather and Climate

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.

Safari / Holiday Styles

​A truly immersive safari experience that brings as close as possible to wildlife. It will be a guided safari with an experienced guide.

Where to stay

  • ​Aloe Blossom Ride
  • Olea Africana Safari
  • Equitours
  • Maasai Mara
  • Amboseli
  • Chyulu Hills
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