Horseback Riding in Tanzania

Lake Natron Safari

Overview

In an area little touched by the hand of man, on this horse safari in Tanzania you ride beneath Ol Doinyo Lengai, the only active volcano in East Africa. Great plains full of zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and Grant’s gazelle provide excellent footing for spectacular fast canters.

The lake is approached along a sandy riverbed, where the Masai can be seen bringing their herds to water. The inhospitable lake shore, ringed by flamingos, holds game that is adapted to the desert environment and provides the ultimate adventurous equestrian experience.

One night at a Polo Club near Arusha, and seven nights moving between fly camps on Lake Natron. Each tent has its own bush toilet and bucket shower.

The food is of high standard, with professionally trained bush chefs. It is good wholesome home cooking.

  • 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, and all the horses go in snaffle bridles.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Thoroughbred crosses
  • Trip Pace:
    Challenging
  • Tack:
    English saddles and cavalry saddles
  • Weight limit:
    200 lbs

Kilimanjaro Airport

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be picked up by your outfitter and driven to thirty minutes to the Polo Club where you’ll spend the night. Here your accommodations are in spacious luxury tents with ensuite plumbed bathrooms, about 150 yards away from the clubhouse with full restaurant and bar. The day ends with dinner when the safari briefing takes place to prepare everyone for the next day’s adventure.

Day 2

The following morning after a big English breakfast there is a 4.5 hour drive to the fly camp, North of N’garuka Village. Upon arrival the crew will await the guests with welcome drinks and opened arms to join the safari team. After introduction to the bell tents, lunch is served and a safari briefing takes place. After lunch each guest is given his or her horse for an afternoon ride to get comfortable in the saddle. The day ends around the bonfire.

Day 3

Everyone is woken up to some tea or coffee, thereafter breakfast is served. The day’s ride is scenic and cultural and the ride passes through Masai bromas to encounter herdsmen out grazing their cattle. Around midday stop for a lunch break when all have some refreshments under a nice shaded three. The lunch is either vehicle supported or carried in saddle bags. Thereafter the journey continues to try to cover ground to reach the night stop before the sun hits the horizon.

Day 4

Early wakeup call followed by an English breakfast before mounting the horses. Directions are northbound for the day, with Gelai mountain overlooking from the East. The day’s ride leaves the Masai villages behind and enters the beautiful, almost dreamlike, scenery of the Natron region. Perhaps an encounter with a big herd of zebras and wildebeest roaming the open landscape will also take place. A lunch break is taken in the bush before taking directions for the night’s camp.

Day 5

Early wakeup with coffee and tea before a bush breakfast. Thereafter everyone mounts their horse and the safari continues. Today riders will explore the areas around the active volcano Oldonyo L’Engai (Mountain of God). Late lunch back in camp with time for a siesta. The afternoon is for everyone to relax, allowing riders’ and horses’ muscles to rest.

Day 6

After a full English breakfast it’s time for the longest and toughest ride. You will be covering about 60 km, leaving the volcano behind as you enter a river bed that offers some shade. Next you’ll cross the open landscape before stopping for a lunch break in the shade of some big acacia trees. This should help sustain your energy for the final stretch of the day’s ride. The night is spent close to the hot springs, overlooking the lake.

Day 7

After breakfast a 45 minutes walk takes place heading towards the springs which enters the soda lake on the eastern shores. After experiencing the heat and dust a rewarding dip adds to the enjoyment of the days adventures. Enjoy lunch in the springs and walk or drive back to camp. A late evening ride takes place, enjoying the cooler hours before darkness with good chances of seeing hyenas and jackals searching for food on the mud flats of the lake.

Day 8

Today there is an early morning departure, leaving the dry, desolate and hauntingly beautiful lake behind, following the well know riverbed back to the lush, green grassland on the foot of Oldonyo L’Engai. The night is spent in a place now familiar to everyone.

Day 9

Everyone wakes up after a good night’s rest, it’s time to leave camp. A sad farewell is due to happen, and everyone has to say goodbye to the camp crew. It is time to pack your bags and mount your horse for the last time on this journey for a three hour ride to the airstrip, where a chartered plane is waiting to fly us all back to Arusha.

Itinerary Addendum

This itinerary is flexible and may be changed at the guide's discretion due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Trip Dates & Pricing

Departure Dates

Trip Starts
Trip Ends
Mar 26, 2020
Apr 3, 2020

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $7,875
  • Single Supplement
  • $640Not required if willing to share.

Departure Dates

Trip Starts
Trip Ends
Apr 3, 2021
Apr 11, 2021

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $7,875
  • Single Supplement
  • $640Not required if willing to share.
Additional Pricing Information:
A 50% deposit is required for this trip.


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My horse had a good strong walk, was comfortable and fit: perfect. Long gallops were a blast. While camping, the Milky way overhead was a halo on our piece of heaven. I wouldn't change a single moment of our adventure.

George Richardson, 2014