This safari explores the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of the wider Serengeti Ecosystem. It is an incredible opportunity to indulge in your sense of adventure and get truly off the beaten track with riding in some of the most untouched parts of the Serengeti.
We have timed this trip to give you the best chance of seeing the migration of the wildebeest and zebra from the Masai Mara back to the grassy plains of the Serengeti. Since the movement of the herds is dependent upon rainfall you need to be prepared to visit the migration by vehicle if the areas around the campsite are dry.
The rainstorms can be quite localized on the rolling plains of this vast expanse of Africa. You will come across Masai herding their flocks to water in age old hand dug wells. There will also be an opportunity to visit the Olduvai Gorge, the site of Mary Leakey’s discovery of Zinj, one of the very early hominids. With a comfortable camp moved ahead by your support team, and accompanied by great horses, this is sure to be a unique and unforgettable experience.
The first night is spent at the Golf Safari House on the grounds the Polo Club. On safari you move between 3 different fly camps in the greater Serengeti ecosystem. These camps consist of spacious tents with mosquito netting, beds and linens, long drop loo and bucket shower.
Meals & Drink
The food is of high standard, with professionally trained bush chefs. It is good wholesome home cooking in a mix of local and international styles.
Ride & Horse Details
- Overview: >The horses are all purpose trained safari horses, with a mix of local breeds and thoroughbreds. All horses are given lots of love, care and attention, resulting in good characters and strong personalities, which allows a perfect fit with each rider. English saddles and cavalry saddles are available.
- Horse Breeds: > Thoroughbred crosses
- Trip Pace: > Challenging
- Tack: > English saddles
- Weight limit: > 90 kg / 198 lb
- Excellent fast paced riding alongside a variety of game and through a vast, pristine wilderness area
- Get off the beaten track and ride in wildlife areas inaccessible to vehicles
- Experience an “Out of Africa” experience with canvas tents, al-fresco dining and breath-taking bushveld views
- The opportunity to witness the great wildebeest migration on horseback and ride with the huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle
- Get to meet and interact with local Masai and see the real Tanzania through their eyes
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport followed by a short transfer to your first base for the night. Located on a wildlife estate with great views of Mt Meru, and on a clear day Mt Kilimanjaro, the lodge is the perfect place to get acquainted with Africa. Here you will have some free time to relax and get to know your fellow adventurers! Over dinner you will be joined by the lead guide who will give a quick introduction and an overview of what to expect during the course of your safari.
An early start to catch a morning charter flight to one of the airstrips in the southern Serengeti. You may be flown over the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manayara or Tarangire National Park -a wonderful opportunity to see these iconic sites from the air! After the flight, you will be met by a safari vehicle for your game drive to the camp. Depending on where you fly in, expect anything from 2-4 hours drive.
A short wait whilst you are checked-in at the National Park registration post, then set off driving through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area 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’ favoured 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, you’ll 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, a short siesta, before meeting the horses and their grooms, and time allowing, an evening ride. Return to camp at sunset for hot showers, drinks by the campfire and your first dinner together in the bush, before the adventure really starts!
You will be woken at daybreak with tea or coffee brought to your tent, then breakfast in the mess tent before heading to the horses to mount up at around 8am. Five 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 game but your guide will aim to ride to at least one or two more camps so you can discover new areas.
On one of the afternoons or mornings the horses will be given a rest and you jump into the vehicles to visit Olduvai Museum, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. The museum includes fossils and artifacts of our human ancestors and skeletons of many extinct animals who shared their world. Throughout the safari we will most definitely cross this gorge ‘Cradle of humankind” on one or more occasions on horseback.
The following day, you will have an early wake up at dawn gives you time to pack up before breakfast, then mount up to set off to a new camp, riding through areas that have rarely been visited by anyone except on horseback, perhaps passing Maasai herdsmen or their small settlements, where tribesmen live off the land as they have done for centuries.
After about 4 hours riding, meet the back-up crew for an al- fresco lunch in the bush and time to rest in the heat of the day, before heading off again, aiming to reach the new camp by teatime. Set up ahead by the backup, the camp might be spectacularly situated in the middle of the vast open plains, where, at peak migration time, the air will be filled with the braying and mesmerizing grunts of wildebeest. A cup of tea or a cold beer when you arrive in camp, followed by hot showers & dinner, listening to the sounds of the bush
At one point during the safari (weather allowing) you will spend the night in a lightweight fly camp, sleeping under mosquito nets. This morning you jump into the vehicles (there will be a game drive with a picnic lunch on route, crossing the short grass plains and looking 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. Later in the afternoon you will reach the fly camp in time for sundowners followed by dinner under the stars.
An early wake-up call to say farewell to the horses and crew. The drive this morning will be up the Ngorongoro highlands and breakfast will be en-route overlooking the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. After checking out at the gate you head to the African Galleria, a great place to buy anything from arts, tanzanite or just a small Tanzanian gift. Shortly after you head to the Manyara Airstrip followed by a 40 minutes flight back to the estate where lunch will be served. There will be showers available in a shared dayroom however if you like your own dayroom please let us know and we will book this in advance (extra cost – latest departure 18h00) Thereafter vehicle transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport for onward flights.
The best time to visit the Serengeti National Park is in the Dry season (from late June to October). This period offers the best wildlife viewing in general – with the wildebeest migration as its absolute highlight. Wildlife viewing is good throughout the year, but certain areas are better at specific times.
Please be aware of that the ride below is for STRONG INTERMEDIATE RIDERS only and that each itinerary is subject to change due to movement of game and whether 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.
Please note that although this is an example of the itinerary planned it is only an example and day-by-day arrangements, camp locations and routes will be varied by your guide in her 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.
- Permanent Lodge: The first night is spent at a lodge situated on a golf, polo and wildlife estate, only 30 minutes drive from the international airport. Each room provides its guests with a delightful mix of comfort, privacy and style, blending together simple, modern colours and furniture with pieces of historic dhow wood from the East African coast. Each room has its own en-suit bathroom, flush toilet and white fluffy towels. There is WIFI and a swimming pool to be enjoyed and SPA treatments and golf can be organized upon request..
- Mobile Safari Camp:Embrace bush life with this tented fly camp; you will have a comfortable and spacious tent which has a removable bottom section, offering 360 degree views when open. The mosquito lining keeps your tent insect proof but allows for ventilation. Each tent has camp beds, cotton linen, a solar light and an outside chair and wash stand. Each tent has its own bush toilet and bucket shower. The toilet is a traditional short drop style toilet. The shower is a traditional star gazing canvas bucket, suspended from a tree inside the shower enclosure. You will be moving camp regularly and at each site the ground team will go ahead and have camp set up by the time you arrive.
DATES & RATES
Scheduled Departures in the early months of the year to coincide with the migration.
11 Jan – 19 Jan / 25 Jan – 02 Feb / 08 Feb – 16 Feb / 22 Feb – 02 Mar / 11 Mar – 19 Mar = 2024 and 2025
USD $8315 pps + USD $625 return charter flights
Additional Pricing Information:
- All food and beverages at the mobile camp
- Dinner included upon arrival to the lodge and lunch upon departure
- 1-night accommodation at the permanent lodge
- 7 nights accommodation in mobile safari camp
- Horse riding with qualified guides
- Shared airport transfers
- Flying Doctor Membership
- Park and Wildlife Fees ($1400 per person)
- Visit to Olduvai Gorge Museum (entry fee)
- USD625 return charter flights
- International Flights
- Gratuities for the camp team and guides (guideline of USD $25-40 per guest per day)
- Personal Purchases
- Travel and Medical Insurance