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Mara-Chyulus Safari

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Mara-Chyulus Safari

NEW 10-night horseback safari with luxury mobile tented camping

The Mara-Chyulu's safari

1st – 11th June 2013 (10 nights)

Experience the best of both worlds: game-rich Maasai Mara and the unmatched, stunning landscapes of Chyulus-Kilimanjaro.

The very best riding that Kenya has to offer!

For experienced riders only.


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 Mara & Chyulu's Horseback Safari: 1-11 June 2013 (10 nights)

1 June – Olare Orok

This morning you will be collected from the international airport, or your hotel, and transferred to Wilson Domestic Airport in time for your flight into Mara North airstrip where your guide will meet you and drive you to your first camp in the pretty Olare Orok valley. After lunch in camp you will meet your horses and head out on your first ride in this game filled area.

We should see herds of zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle and there is a good chance of seeing elephant and buffalo as well. From camp we are likely to hear lion and hyena at night and the abundance of game is apparent everywhere. Overnight Olare Orok

2 June – Olare Orok

A full day of morning and evening rides from camp with the option of driving into the game park for some good photographic opportunities. From the landrovers we can get much closer to lion, elephant and buffalo than we are able to do from the horses. Overnight at Olare Orok.

3 June – Olololol Escarpment

Today is our first moving day. We head west across the Mara plains and reach the Mara River on the Park boundary. We hopefully ford the river (unless in complete flood) at one of the famous wildebeest crossings and then head south west across the Mara Triangle where we have our picnic lunch before ascending the Soit Olololol Escarpment to reach our camp in a forest glade overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem. Overnight Soit Olololol.

4 June – Olololol Escarpment

We ride South West along the top of the escarpment enjoying glorious views to the east on excellent going for the horses. We hopefully see the beautiful Mrs Ross’ and Schalows Turaco as well as much plains game. We descend the escarpment on foot along a rocky cattle track and have a picnic lunch under some acacias at the foot of the escarpment.

After lunch we ride back through the Mara Triangle at the foot of the escarpment before ascending on a game trail. Many bachelor buffalo herds are a feature of the afternoon. Overnight Soit Olololol.

5 June – Mara River

We descend the escarpment again and ride across to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. We head in a North Western direction and after lunch, we find our final campsite set up on the banks of the Mara River. Close by there are some hippo pools and their grunting at night is a special feature of this camp. Overnight Mara River

06 June - Arrival: introductory game drive and horse ride This morning you will fly from the Mara to the Ol Donyo Airstrip in the Chyulu Hills for the next 5 nights. Be sure to arrive ready to ride, as your horses will be waiting for you! After lunch and a briefing with the guides you will ride to the first campsite which is nestled in an acacia woodland at the foot of the Chyulu Hills. The Chyulu Hills offer some of the most stunning scenery in Africa: rolling volcanic hills, acacia forests, and grassy plains converge under the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. This first ride serves as an introduction to the area and its inhabitants; there are 38 recorded species of large mammal here and over 300 species of bird.

On arrival into camp at dusk you can enjoy a sunset drink by the fire, a hot shower and a three-course dinner. As the sun goes down, listen to the jackal and hyena calling as they commence their nocturnal hunts.

07 June - Full day ride to crater camp

After a light breakfast in camp, depart early and proceed through the acacia forest up towards Chyulu East National Park. This morning is a long, exciting and fast ride, with plenty of chance to canter, gallop and jump. Taking snacks and water in the saddlebags allows the ride to be flexible. Expect to spot a diversity of game ranging from small creatures like guinea-fowl, dik-dik or jackal, to enormous oryx, eland and elephant.

Leaving the thick acacia forests, the ride begins to pass through vast stands of whistling thorn acacia on the ascent up into the Chyulu Hills, eventually ascending around 2,000 feet. Stunning views stretch for 90 miles on a clear day, and this is a good ecosystem for seeing cheetah, gerenuk, zebra, ostrich, wildebeest and Coke’s hartebeest. Stop on top of Ol Donyo Wuas – ‘The spotted hill’- in the middle of the Chyulu Hills range, for a picnic with a view. Once horses and riders are rested continue to Crater Camp. This camp is situated within a forest next to a large extinct volcanic crater, and overlooks the quintessentially East African plains that lead up to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Stop on top of Ol Donyo Wuas – ‘The spotted hill’- in the middle of the Chyulu Hills range, for a picnic with a view. Once horses and riders are rested continue to Crater Camp. This camp is situated within a forest next to a large extinct volcanic crater, and overlooks the quintessentially East African plains that lead up to Mount Kilimanjaro. In the later afternoon, take the opportunity to 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.

8 June Full day ride to the Mist Forest

Depart after breakfast in camp. Today’s ride ascends another 2,000 feet higher into the Chyulu Hills with a noticeable change in climate and temperature as you reach over 7,000 feet above sea level. The view is dominated by the vast wilderness of Tsavo East National Park to the east, and Mount Kilimanjaro and Amboseli National Park to the west. Today’s riding traverses steep slopes and valleys (leading the horses may be necessary at times) and is a slower day in terms of riding pace, but provides challenging and stunning terrain. Due to the altitude of the area, clouds often sit on the top of the Chyulu Hills. This consistent moisture has created to pockets of mist forest that dot the summits of the hills. Enjoy a picnic lunch just outside one of the largest mist forests, and then enter the mist forest on foot, in search of buffalo, leopard, Sykes’s monkey and giant forest hog that reside within.

Get back on the horses after exploring the mist forest and enjoy the dramatic descent out of the hills, passing a few subsistence farmers’ villages en route. Most of the farmers are Kamba people, who make a living with maize farming on the hillside. Rural school children often spot the horses and follow them for a while, giggling and running along beside. Arrive in the late afternoon to Olecuto Camp. Enjoy a well-earned drink and rest in stunning scenery.

09 June – Full day ride to Lengolertiti Camp in the far north of the Chyulus

After breakfast in camp, depart on horseback to explore the forests of Olecutu. This area is extremely beautiful and remote, with herds of giraffe, gazelle, zebra and wildebeest. Enjoy seeing ostrich and Kori bustard bathing in the red dust. Leaving the forest, the ride passes by the Inchalai swamps. These are swamps where breeding herds of elephant come to drink at night and if riders are lucky they might catch the elephant returning to the thick lava flow in which they seek refuge during the day. Maasai herdsmen and women also bring their livestock for water in the swamps. Enjoy a midday break for a picnic lunch and then ride across the vast savannah and into Lengoleriti campsite, at the northern end of the Chyulu Hill range.

10 June - Lengoleriti

Enjoy a long morning ride in the beautiful Lengoleriti plains and a hair-raising gallop along the spine-backed ridge of one of the many volcanoes in this area. After a bush breakfast ride south again through the forest and begin to head back to the Ride Kenya stables. Enjoy visiting the stables, meeting the rest of the horse herd and staff, and return your horse for a well-earned bath and feed.

Return to camp for a late lunch and siesta, followed by an afternoon game drive to the stunning granite rocks known as kopjes. Enjoy sun downers beneath Kilimanjaro’s snowy peak.

Night drive back to camp for final dinner and re-counting the adventures of the ride around the camp fire.

11 June – Nairobi, depart

This afternoon you will take a flight back to Nairobi. End of your safari!

2013 Dates: 1-11 June 2013 (10 nights)

2013 Prices: 10 nights, full board - from £5,000pp 

Single Supplement: Contact us for details

Includes: 10 nights luxury mobile tented camp accommodation, full board, all riding, internal flights (Nairobi to & from safari), and airport transfers (to & from JKIA & Wilson Airport, Nairobi).

Not Included: Flights and Travel Insurance.

Meeting point: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi.Please note there is a STRICT weight limit for luggage on internal flights - 15kgs per person.

Indicative Flight Prices: Return flights from London to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi cost from £450-£800pp, depending on time of year.

Group size: Maximum 10

Max weight: 95 kgs

Hours in Saddle: Variable

Suitable for  Non-riders: No

Suitable for Children: Yes, minimum age 12 years, experienced riders only.


  • There is a STRICT weight limit for luggage on internal flights - 15kgs per person.
  • 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.

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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