Horseback Riding in Tanzania

Serengeti Migration Ride

Overview

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.

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.

  • 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 Australian stock saddles
  • Weight limit:
    185 lbs

Kilimanjaro International Airport

Trip Itinerary

Please note this is only an outline, with day-by-day arrangements open to variation by your guides at their discretion as the movement of game, weather or other local conditions require.

Day 1

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport to be collected and driven thirty minutes to the night’s accommodation at the Golf Safari House on the Polo Club private estate. Each room has its own bathroom, and the lodge has wifi and a swimming pool, with spa treatments organized on request. If there’s a polo game taking place this evening, enjoy a sundowner at the club house.

Day 2

An early start to catch your morning charter flight from Arusha to Ndutu airstrip in the South Serengeti. After the flight, usually about 40 minutes, but can be up to 1.5 hrs depending on routing (you may be flown over the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manayara or Tarangire National Park, a wonderful opportunity to see these iconic sites form the air), you will be met by safari vehicles. After a check-in at the National Park registration post you will set off for a drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park, passing by impressive rocky outcrops known as “kopjes” and river courses across the Serengeti’s famous grass plans. With luck the plains may be thick with migrating zebra and wildebeest, which arrive in the thousands after the rains to make the most of the fresh grass. The plains are also the wildebeests’ favored birthing spot to ensure that the newly born calves get the best start in life on lush new grass before setting off north to Kenya’s Mara plains. A drive of about 2-4 hours total will bring you to your first camp in the shade of a lovely flat-topped acacia. Meet the team of support staff, settle into your tents and enjoy a lunch in the shade of the dining tent. Then a short siesta before meeting the horses and their grooms, and, time allowing, go for a short evening ride. Return to camp for hot showers, drinks by campfire, and your first dinner together in the bush before the adventure really starts

Day 3

Wake up at about 7am for tea and breakfast in camp, before mounting up at about 8am. Depending on the weather and movement of game, you might ride out for a long morning today, returning to camp for lunch and another ride or game drive in the late afternoon – or you might head out for a full day ride, meeting the backup team for a lunch out in the bush. Either way you should have a good chance of seeing the gathering herds of wildebeest, as well as giraffe browsing in the acacia scrub, zebra and perhaps predators, such as the hyena and jackal. Dinner and night in camp.

Day 4

Today could be your first move to a new camp. An early wakeup at dawn gives you time to pack up before breakfast, then mount up to a new destination. You’ll ride through areas that have rarely been visited on a horse, perhaps passing Masai herdsmen or their small settlements, where the tribesmen live off the land as they have for centuries. After about 4 hrs of riding, meet the support team for al alfresco lunch in the bush and time to rest in the heat of the day, before heading off again to reach the new camp by tea time. It will be set up before your arrival, and is planned to be spectacularly situated in the middle of the vast open plains, where at peak migration time, the air will be filled with the braying of wildebeest. A cup of tea or a cold beer when you arrive in camp, followed by hot showers and dinner, listening to the sounds of the bush.

Day 5

From today through Day 8 explore the region, riding across the open plains, into grassy valleys dotted with picturesque granite outcrops, swathes of whistling thorn and typically East African acacia trees. The route and your arrangements each day will vary with the weather and movement of game, but your guide will plan to ride to at least one more camp so you can discover another new area. On one of the afternoons or mornings the horses will be given a rest as you travel by vehicle to visit Olduvai Museum, one of the most important paleoanthropological sits 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 will will cross by horseback the Olduvai gorge, considered the “cradle of humankind.”

Day 9

Wake early for breakfast and bid farewell to your horses and support team. Drive back through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and to Ndutu airstrip for your return charter flight to Arusha International Airport. Lunch in Arusha and time to shop for souvenirs if you wish before your vehicle transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport for onward flights.

Itinerary Addendum

This itinerary is flexible and changes may occur at the guide's discretion due to weather, movement of game and other unforeseen circumstance.

Trip Map

Trip Dates & Pricing

Departure Dates

Trip Starts
Trip Ends
Jan 25, 2020
Feb 2, 2020
Feb 3, 2020
Feb 11, 2020
Feb 15, 2020
Feb 23, 2020
Mar 14, 2020
Mar 22, 2020

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $8,315
  • Single Supplement
  • $640Not required if willing to share

Departure Dates

Trip Starts
Trip Ends
Jan 9, 2021
Jan 17, 2021
Jan 27, 2021
Feb 4, 2021
Feb 10, 2021
Feb 18, 2021
Feb 20, 2021
Feb 28, 2021
Mar 2, 2021
Mar 10, 2021
Mar 20, 2021
Mar 28, 2021

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $8,315
  • Single Supplement
  • $640Not required if willing to share
Additional Pricing Information:
A 50% deposit is required for this ride.  Price includes all transfers, camping and park entrance fees.


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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