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
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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)
Half chaps and jodhpurs (if you prefer your own)
Scarf and gloves
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
Reviews on our Horseback Safaris in Kenya
This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…
Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…
Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…
I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…