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Amboseli Safari

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Amboseli Safari

Horse riding holiday in KenyaThe Amboseli safari gives you some of the most thrilling riding in the world, as you take horses through swamps filled with elephant, buffalo, lion, hyena and more. This safari is for the serious, experienced rider; one who is used to long days in the saddle and riding at speed. This 6 night mobile safari is quintessentially East African, offering riding with views of Mount Kilimanjaro, across vast open plains, into acacia forests, swampland, volcanic hills and mist forests. Your accommodation are luxury mobile tents for the 6 nights. Due to the flight arrival times in Nairobi and transfers to the safari, you are likely to need a night or day in Nairobi. We can advise and arrange safe, good quality accommodation from budget to luxury, all of which has been checked personally by Redlands.

Director's Review :'one of the world's true safaris, moving camp and leaving only ash from the fire as you journey on. Well schooled horses, lots of game, excellent guides and outstanding cuisine. This ride is a must for experienced riders who enjoy a fast pace' Karen Davies, Managing Director, October 2011

There are oppportunities to combine this safari with a stay at the commencement or conclusion at one of Kenya's most luxurious lodges - Ol Donyo Lodge. Please click here for a more detailed description of the lodge.

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Ol Donyo Lodge is a family-owned lodge located on a communally-owned Maasai Group Ranch with exclusive use of 70,000 acres of the reserve, and has magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro. In 2008 the lodge was completely redesigned and rebuilt, along sound environmental and conservation lines. With 10 cottages comprising one family cottage with 2 separate bedrooms, bathroom, open veranda and a plunge pool as well as 6 pool cottages with separate plunge pools, en suite bathrooms and outdoor showers, and 2 cottages without a pool, this is arguably Kenya's finest lodge. All cottages have roof-top star beds for those who love to sleep outdoors. The gem of this camp is the variety of activities, from horse riding, game drives, walks, hikes, mountain bike rides, village visits and day expeditions to the Amboseli.

The lodge is well known for its homely, warm, child friendly and welcoming atmosphere and is the touchstone of a new, sustainable model of conservation tourism, helping to secure a future for the area's threatened wildlife. Ol Donyo Lodge boasts a communal swimming pool, open fires and a wine cellar, and accommodates up to 20 people. It is is staffed by people from the local community and produces fabulous all inclusive meals.

In November 2012, ol Donyo Lodge became the first accredited member of Relais & Châteaux. The Relais & Châteaux 5 C’s ethos of Calm, Charm, Character, Courtesy and Cuisine give you a good idea of the kind of experience you will enjoy at this superb lodge.

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An epic adventure on horseback! Ride from Amboseli National Park, through the Kimana wildlife sanctuary and into the remote and beautiful Chyulu Hills.

Day 1:  Arrival, Game Drive & Horse Ride

Fly into Amboseli National Park airstrip and meet your Ride Kenya guides.  Take a game drive through the southern end of the park just in time to view huge herds of elephant as they meander down from the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro to drink from the Amboseli swamps. Trekking alongside the elephants are hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of other animals, including zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, warthog, ostrich and giraffe.

Drive into camp. Enjoy a cold drink and an orientation. Before lunch, meet the horses and the staff who will accompany you throughout your safari.

After a post lunch siesta, mount the horses for an afternoon ride in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Come back to camp for sundowners around the fire, a hot shower and three-course candlelit dinner.

Day 2: Horse Ride & Game Drive into Amboseli National Park

Wake up early to the dawn chorus and the sounds of wildlife stirring around camp. Enjoy fresh coffee or tea in your tent, followed by a light breakfast of fruit, porridge and homemade muesli in the dining tent.

After breakfast set off on an exhilarating ride through one of Amboseli National Park’s most game-dense forests.  This morning the horses move alongside the plains game as it makes its way to the swamps for an early morning drink. Expect to find lion or hyena following the game to water. As everyone is now used to their horses, this ride will put the horses through  their paces, with a little jumping for those that wish.

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Come back to camp for lunch.

In the afternoon, enjoy a game drive within the Park to photograph the majestic scenes that Amboseli is world-famous for. Expect to see large breeding herds of elephant, as well as buffalo, hippo, giraffe and plains antelope. A wonderful variety of birdlife also abounds in this area.

Day 3: Horse Ride from Amboseli to Kimana

An early start today, with a light breakfast in camp as the sun rises. A few snacks are packed into saddlebags for the journey ahead.

Ride back into the Park this morning for more fantastic game viewing before heading through a wildlife migration corridor en-route to the Kimana wildlife sanctuary. On this ride, there is the chance to track and view lion as they seek shade from the heat of the day.  The riding today is fast and the going fantastic, with fallen logs serving as ideal jumps for those who are interested.

Arrive into camp for a late lunch and a shower to wash away the Amboseli dust.  In the evening, enjoy a gentle evening game drive with sundowners.

Day 4: Horse Ride & Walk along the Kimana River

After a full English breakfast in camp, ride out and explore the beautiful Kimana River, where lofty fever trees provide plentiful shade for an abundance of game. The renowned American author Ernest Hemingway used to camp along this river, enjoying its ‘Garden of Eden’ appeal. Expect to encounter hippo, crocodile, waterbuck, impala, giraffe and cape buffalo in this stunning bit of forest.

After lunch, opt to return to the banks of the Kimana River on foot to view the diverse birdlife that descends upon the river in the late afternoon.  It is normal to see eagles, owls, hawks and all manner of water birds as they utilize the forest as a stopover on their migrations. This is also a wonderful place to enjoy a night game drive.

Day 5: Horse Ride back to the Chyulu Hills

This morning camp is packed up again and sent ahead to the Chyulu Hills. 

Leaving Kimana, the ride soon emerges onto the quintessentially East African Olengosua grasslands that stretch out for miles, with the Chyulus in the background.  Expect to see small herds of gerenuk, fringe-eared oryx, Coke’s hartebeest and eland, as well as klipsringer, baboon, vervet monkey and a superb variety of vegetation.  The landscape changes here from riverine to volcanic, providing fascinating contrast.

The riding today is cross-country style, with forward canters through dry riverbeds and up and down sandy banks. Lunch is a picnic served at a large granite outcrop known as Nongia, which provides an unrivalled panoramic view of Mt Kilimanjaro, the Chyulu Hills and the East African savannah.

After lunch, the ride continues throughout the afternoon into a beautiful campsite known as ‘Pelican Camp’, where there are plenty of large acacia tortilis trees to provide ample shade.

Tonight, a night game drive is offered with a chance to investigate the lava flows that have spilled from the once active Chyulu Hills, and also to observe any nocturnal activity in this area. More often than not, the big cats that use the lava flows for shade during the day are spotted as they head out to hunt on the open plains.

Day 6: Morning Horse Ride & Elephant Tracking on Foot.

An early start takes the ride into the lunar landscape known as Lenkiliriti, at the northern end of the Chyulu Hills.  This otherworldly environment is home to klipspringer, mountain reedbuck, baboon and Kenya’s last wild population of black rhino.

Nomadic Maasai herdsmen are often seen tending to their livestock in this area and the brushy corral fences (bomas) surrounding abandoned villages make for ideal hedge jumping.  Enjoy an exhilarating gallop along a steep ridgeline of one of the dormant volcanoes in the area, before riding back down the other side of the volcano and finding a full English breakfast in the shade of a large lonesome shade tree.

Ride back into Pelican camp for a late lunch.

As the evening sun begins to cool, set off on foot to track down the massive bull elephants as they browse in the acacia forests that surround camp.  A close approach on foot will leave guests with a new appreciation for the size, sensitivity and intelligence of these incredible creatures.

Day 7: Horse Ride & Crater Climb

Leave camp early on horseback and proceed through the Acacia woodland, up towards Chyulu East National Park.

Taking a packed breakfast in the saddle-bags allows the ride to be flexible and allows for wandering with the game on its daily movements.

The ride soon leaves the thick acacia woodland and enters vast stands of whistling thorn Acacia on the ascent up into the Chyulu Hills. This ecosystem provides a good opportunity for seeing cheetah, gerenuk, zebra, wildebeest and Coke’s hartebeest.

This morning is a long and fast ride, with plenty of chances to canter, gallop and jump. Over the course of the morning, the ride ascends about 2,000 feet above the plains with stunning views stretching for 90 miles on a clear day.

Arrive into Crater camp for a late lunch.

Crater camp is nestled into a forest next to a large volcanic crater.  It is situated overlooking the acacia-studded plains that lead up to Mt. Kilimanjaro. 

Late afternoon, climb the volcanic crater in pursuit of the rare Verreaux’s Eagle which nests in the rocky outcrops at the rim. Or, explore the lava tubes under the crater, which lie within walking distance of the camp. These jagged caves stretch for miles as they lead away from the crater and have been used for generations of hunter-gatherers as shelter.

Enjoy sunset in this most spectacular campsite. If the weather is clear, riders will be able to see the 120 mile route of the safari undertaken in the past week.  A celebratory drink may be in order! 

Day 8: Departure

Enjoy breakfast in camp, followed by departure to the Ol Donyo Lodge airstrip. Scheduled flight to Nairobi departs at 08.15.

2013 Dates:

9-16 February
22-29 June
27 July -3 August
14-21 September
28 December 2013 - 4 January 2014


2013 Prices: 8 days, 7 nights, full board - from £3,589pp

Single Supplement: from £755pp 

Transfers: from £380pp return

Price Includes: 7 nights full board accommodation in luxury mobile tented camp, all meals whilst on safari, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (excluding champagne and imported premium drinks), and laundry.

Not Included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Nairobi transfers between JKIA and Wilson Airport, Temporary membership of Flying Doctors Society of Africa, gratuities.

Optional extras: Game drive into Amboseli National Park

Meeting point: Amboseli National Park, having caught an early morning flight from Wilson Regional Airport in Nairobi (Strict luggage weight limit on internal flights - 15 kgs luggage per person)

Indicative Flight Price: Flights from London to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi cost from £450 - £850 pp depending on time of year.

Group Size: 4 (min) - 10 (max)

Max Weight: 90 kgs

Hours In Saddle: Variable but approximately 6-7

Suitable for Non-riders: No


  • STRICT 15kgs/33lb luggage restriction, per person, on all internal flights in Kenya.
  • You require a visa to enter Kenya, which you can buy at the airport on arrival (USD 50pp) or arrange through the Kenya High Commission.

Redlands Equestrian is delighted to confirm all set departure rides with a minimum requirement of one rider!

We will charge a small group supplement of £64.50 per person per night. This supplement will be charged only if minimum numbers have not yet confirmed, in order to secure the departure for 1-3 riders. The supplement will be refunded as soon as a 4th rider books.

Call us on +44 (0)1225 000000 or email contact@redlandsequestrian.com to check the ride availability and dates, once we have confirmed availability you can download and fill in a booking form:

Each rider in the party must also complete a riding ability questionnaire before we can complete the final confirmation of your holiday booking.

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