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9 Day Serengeti Migration Horse Riding Safari in Arusha, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti Ecosystem, North Tanzania

Horseback Riding Vacation Tanzania

Kaskazi Horse Safaris is established in the Northern circuit of Tanzania. While not on safari, the horse base, called Kilo Bravo is on the outskirts of Arusha. The stables have a magnificent view of Mount Meru, with Mount Kilimanjaro emerging itself in the north on a clear day. Kaskazi’s establishment is formed by their great love for horses, a passion for Africa and its people. After years within the safari industry, the next step is to explore the remote African bush from the back of a horse, by foot, combined with visits to the many unexplored areas of Tanzania, away from the crowded destinations and running engines.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 187 pounds / 85 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 15 hands
  • Tack type: all horses come with their own tack, some in Australian stock saddles and some in Wintec and English saddles
  • Horse breed: a mix of local breeds and thoroughbreds

Highlights

  • 7 days of horse riding
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 - 6 hours
  • WD, WMA, village, and national park fees
  • Qualified private guide, horses, and riding
  • Internal flights to Serengeti / NCAA and back
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

Polo club - permanent camp

The first night is spent at Kaskazi Horse Safaris' permanent camp, where they have combined spacious traditional safari tents with their permanent Polo Safari Club. The camp is beautifully located on a wildlife estate with great views of Mt. Meru and, on a clear day, Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The camp overlooks the polo clubhouse and two polo fields where often zebras and wildebeests are seen grazing. They have 10 fully equipped tents, each with its own en suite bathroom, flush toilet, and white fluffy towels. There is Wi-Fi in the clubhouse and a swimming pool, gym, and spa treatments to be enjoyed. All beverages and delicious home cooked meals are prepared for you at the spectacular clubhouse (a replica of the Sultan of Zanzibar’s very own palace).

Mobile camp - under Kaskazi Horse Safaris' private canvas

Seven nights are spent under Kaskazi’s custom made mobile camp. The tents are of their own design with en suite bush toilets and hot bucket showers. Full board accommodation and locally sourced beverages are offered (other requirements can be arranged prior to arrival and will then be charged at cost price).

Polo club - day room

The last day of the safari is a day room at the permanent camp, available before flight departure.

Program

Please be aware that the ride below is for strong intermediate riders only and that each itinerary is subject to change due to the movement of the game and weather conditions. The routes are designed for the best possibilities of viewing wildlife and follow suitable terrain for horses. If the itinerary would change prior to the safari, this would only be for the safety and to the benefit of the journey on horseback.

Safari Day 1

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will be met and transferred around 30 minutes to the Polo grounds for the first night, a comfortable permanent camp. Meet up with the rest of the group and dinner will take place in the polo clubhouse.

Safari Day 2

Have an early start to catch a morning charter flight to Ndutu airstrip in the southern Serengeti. After the flight, depending on where you fly in, anything between 2 to 4 hours drive, depending on routing (you may be flown over the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park, a wonderful opportunity to see these iconic sites from the air), you will be met by a safari vehicle at Ndutu.

Have a short wait whilst you are checked-in at the National Park registration post, then set off driving through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park, past impressive rocky outcrops known as “kopjes", river courses and across the Serengeti’s famous ‘short grass plains’.

Prime grazing area for migrating wildebeest during the early months of the year, with luck (always dependant on the weather!) the plains may be thick with wildebeest which arrive in their thousands after the rains to make the most of the fresh grass. The plains are also the wildebeests’ favored birthing spot.

It is one of nature’s miracles that females delay giving birth until the rains and grass arrive in an effort to ensure their newly born young get the best start in life, a chance to build their strength on lush new grass before setting off on the long march north to Kenya’s Mara plains.

Leave the National Park and NCA and after a drive of about 2 hours, eventually, arrive at the spot chosen for the first camp in the shade of a lovely flat-topped acacia. Meet the team of support staff, settle into your tents and a welcome lunch in the shade of the mess tent.

Then, have a short siesta before meeting the horses and their grooms, and time allowing, an evening ride to try them. Return to camp at sunset for hot showers, drinks by the campfire, and your first dinner together in the bush, before tomorrow when the adventure really starts! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Safari Days 3 - 8

Enjoy six more days to explore, riding across the open plains, into grassy valleys dotted with picturesque granite outcrops, swathes of whistling thorn, and typically East African flat-topped acacia trees. The route and arrangements each day will vary with the weather and movement of the game.

But your guide will aim to ride to at least one more camp so you can discover another new area and you may (weather allowing) also be able to spend a night in a lightweight fly camp, sleeping under mosquito nets. One day there will also be a long game drive with a picnic or barbecue lunch into the Serengeti National Park itself.

You will cross the short grass plains and look out for cats such as cheetah, lion, and leopard which thrive here, as well as elephant and the flamingo which gather on the area’s soda lakes. Dinner, with a chance to chat through the next day’s plans, and six nights will be spent at the camp. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included every day.

Safari Day 9

Have an early wake-up call for breakfast and a farewell to your horses and support team before heading back through the Serengeti National Park to Ndutu airstrip for your return charter flight to Arusha Airport (ARK), about an hour’s flight. There will be lunch in Arusha and time to shop for souvenirs if you wish before your vehicle transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for onward flights. Breakfast is included.

Note

Please note that this is an example of the itinerary planned. Day-by-day arrangements, camp locations, and routes will be varied by your guide in absolute discretion according to the weather, game movements or if other local conditions require. This is left to the experience and discretion of your guide.

Location

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 days of horse riding
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All meals and beverages
  • Transfer back and forth from the airport (at set times)
  • Qualified private guide, horses
  • Flying doctor membership for each client (fly out insurance)
  • One day park fees into Ngorongoro Conservation Area or Serengeti National Park
  • WD (wildlife department) fees
  • WMA (wildlife management area) fees
  • Village fees
  • Internal flights to Serengeti / NCAA and back

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Gratuities for the camp team and guides (guideline of 20 - 35 USD per guest per day)
  • Any personal purchases
  • Visas, medical and travel insurance, which has to be arranged prior to arrival

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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