Horseback Riding in Kenya

Sosian Ranch


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 of course changed with the times. Now ranchers realize that the wildlife populations, once seen as competition for scarce grazing, are a huge asset with the rise of eco-tourism.

Sosian Ranch still raises cattle and sheep, but also works to encourage the return of wildlife and the ranch now boasts resident lion prides, leopard and the rare wild dog. This unique background makes Sosian Ranch an ideal location for a horse riding holiday in Kenya.

In addition to walking and game drives, Sosian is perfect for horseback and camel riding. The ranch has numerous trails of varying levels of difficulty, and a ready supply of well-trained horses. It is home to 18 horses and going for a ride is one of the most wonderful ways of blending into the bush and seeing wildlife.

You can get up close to the game, but also get away quickly if you need to! Not for complete beginners, but not to be missed by anyone keen on riding. Most of the horses are thoroughbreds and crosses, ranging from 14 hands to 16 hands and a combination of English saddles and Australian Stock saddles are used.

The lodge, a beautifully restored African ranch house, was built in the 1940s by Italian artisans. It accommodates up to fourteen people in the atmosphere of a private home. Four cottages lie in the tropical garden, each with its own private veranda.

Sosian is known for its delicous home cooked African safari food using as many local and fresh ingredients as possible, often home grown. There is a large organic vegetable garden onsite, providing all vegetables used in the cooking.

  • Overview:
    The horses are Thoroughbred and Thoroughbred cross that have been bred and raised on local ranches. They are accustomed to the wildlife and riding in the bush, and are well trained and fit. Traditional English and McClellan-type saddles are available; Snaffle bridles are utilized, although many of the horses neck rein.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Thoroughbreds, Somali Cross Ponies
  • Trip Pace:
    Flexible depending on ability
  • Tack:
    English saddles and a few Australian stock saddles
  • Weight limit:
    210 Ibs

This is a great destination for non-riding companions. Please have a look at the itinerary page for details.


Itinerary Summary

A Typical Day At Sosian Ranch

Early wake up at 6:30am with a cup of tea or coffee brought to your room.

After a quick light breakfast, an exhilarating ride through the ranch property with great views of the wildlife before the heat of the day sets in. Or, if you prefer, a morning game drive, stopping for a walk led by a professional guide, a chance to learn about tracking and the smaller details of the bush.

Picnic brunch on the side of the river, then return to the lodge to relax by the pool or siesta.

After tea an evening drive, or fishing expedition, sundowners on top of a hill overlooking miles of African wilderness followed by a night drive with a spotlight in search of leopard, porcupine and more exciting nocturnal animals.

Back at the lodge, a quick shower and then a 3 course dinner in the cozy dining room with an open fire.

The ranch offers the following activities:

Game Drives
The best way to cover distance is by vehicle and being in a 4x4 certainly enables you to get close to the wildlife. The animals react differently when you are in a car, they virtually ignore you, enabling visitors to get some great photos and to just sit and enjoy looking at them and observing their behavior. Game drives are available at most safari camps and lodges in Kenya, but Sosian is fortunate to be able to offer so much more; make sure you try some of the other activities.

Night Drives
Night drives are an adventure not to be missed, taking you out after dark in an open vehicle with a spotlight in search of exciting nocturnal species such as aardvark, striped and spotted hyenas, leopard, porcupine, white-tailed mongoose, bush-babies and genets.

Camel Riding
Camels are a familiar sight in Northern Kenya and have been raised here for hundreds of years. Not only are they very hardy providers of milk for northern Kenyan farmers, they are friendly and wonderful to ride as they provide such a great vantage point from which to see the bush.

Fly Camping
Fly-camping means sleeping outdoors in a very simple camp, eating under the stars around a camp-fire and falling asleep listening to the noises of the African bush. At Sosian Ranch we offer small private groups the opportunity to do exactly this, quite different to staying in the lodge and a completely unique experience.

Take a rod and a local expert and venture down to the river, or one of the pools below the waterfalls, or to one of the dams on Sosian Ranch. Tilapia, barbel and catfish are all common takers for worms or bait. Fly-fishing has also been tried and you are welcome to bring your own rod. We have spinning rods at Sosian for adults and children and it is a very popular way to spend a late afternoon, not only might you catch a fish or two but usually you will see an array of wildlife whilst you are fishing.

Kenya has excellent populations of sand-grouse and guinea fowl, both Helmeted and Vulturine, and we can arrange bird-shooting safaris from Laikipia Ranch. For serious enthusiasts, day-trips and overnight safaris to Kalacha, an oasis in northern Kenya's Chalbi desert are available at an extra cost, and here you can find one of the highest populations of sand grouse in Africa and excellent shooting.

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Trip Dates & Pricing

The lodge has a flexible schedule. "Seasons" reflect busy and quiet periods and do not refer to the weather or game numbers, which are consistent throughout the year.

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $815High season July-August
  • Pricing Variation
  • $715Mid season January, February, June, September, October
  • $665Low season March, April, December 1-19
  • $865Peak season December 20-January 5, 2021

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $845High season July-August
  • Pricing Variation
  • $745Mid season January 6-13, February, June, September, October
  • $695Low season March, April, November, December 1-19
  • $895Peak season December 20-January 5
Additional Pricing Information:
Special Pricing available for children ages 2-11 and teens ages 12-17. Please ask your ride consultant for details. Price includes conservation fees. Ride price is set, guaranteed, and final at the time deposit is paid.

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My time on safari with Equitours in Kenya was unlike anything I had ever experienced and surpassed my wildest expectations. It was truly the most exquisitely planned and wonderful introduction to Africa that I could have hoped for and is something that I will, and must, do again.

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