Horseback Riding in Kenya

Mel and Bayard Fox, founders of Equitours, began riding in the Masai Mara in 1979, taking summer guests from their Wyoming ranch. In the early years they guided the trips themselves and have been back many times. Mel was raised in East Africa, speaks fluent Swahili and is very familiar with the flora and fauna.

Kenya was the first Equitours ride overseas and remains a great favorite. Our horseback riding safaris in Kenya are without a doubt the most exciting and adventuresome of all our rides. Strong riders, confident at all paces on broken terrain while riding athletic horses will be in their element here. The opportunity to see big game and interact with wild animals on splendid horses is thrilling. Sometimes in the Masai Mara huge herds of wildebeest and zebra extend as far as the eye can see. The opportunity to see native tribesmen whose culture is dramatically different from ours in remote areas unspoiled by frequent tourist visits never fails to fascinate.

The mobile camps on all these safaris are surprisingly comfortable. The two person tents are spacious and the beds have sheets and blankets. The fresh food is well prepared and the service is excellent. Hot showers are available every evening.

One of the unforgettable memories of an African horse safari is the concert of night noises which accompany your dreams.  Often you can hear the plaintiff, lilting calls of a hunting pack of hyena in the distance and sometimes the deep, vibrating roar of a lion.  Most galvanizing of all is the sudden shriek of a harmless hyrax in a tree above your head.  There is always the murmuring, indistinguishable background noise of myriads of birds, animals and insects which lulls one to sleep.

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Amboseli Safari

Amboseli Safari

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The Amboseli Safari passes through classic African big game country beneath snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro, which towers a breathtaking 15,000 ft. above the surrounding plains. Amboseli National Park and the nearby areas hold some of... Read more

Custom Kenya Safari

Custom Kenya Safari

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A custom Kenya safari with Equitours provided you with something beyond the ordinary; the ability to avoid the mini bus routes and get under the skin of the country. These trips are ideal for... Read more

Sosian Ranch

Sosian Ranch

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During the colonial era a strong ranching industry was built on the Laikipia Plateau with enormous ranches of over 100,000 acres and herds numbering in the thousands. This ranching tradition carries on but has... Read more

Laikipia Safari

Laikipia Safari

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This trip along the base of Mt. Kenya presents a unique perspective of Kenya, since most of the ride is on vast private ranches up to 100,000 acres. It affords fascinating insights into the... Read more

Enjoy unrivaled comfort on this horseback riding vacation in Kenya

Ol Donyo Lodge

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If you are interested in a horseback riding vacation in Kenya, Ol Donyo Lodge offers a unique opportunity to experience the nature and culture that makes Kenya an outstanding travel destination while enjoying an... Read more

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Africa- For the true sybarite

Africa- For the true sybarite

Our riding safari in Kenya is certainly the trip of a life time. The horses are magnificent, the rides are exciting, the staff is always willing to help, the camping is luxurious, the terrain... Read more

 Masai Mara Ride Safari Journal

Masai Mara Ride Safari Journal

The Ultimate Riding Experience DAY 1: I arrived for the Masai Mara Ride Safari in Kenya via a 10-passenger plane. The place looked like a movie set. For as far as I could see... Read more

Guest Reflections

"Thanks for the MAGNIFICENT trip – it really was amazing and the experience seeped into my soul.  I feel privileged to have experienced the African bush by horseback – to be immersed in the landscape, to physically travel through the plains and alongside... Read More"

Diane Dulken: February 2006

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