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Many horseback riding itineraries require some form of camping or glamping. The style of camping varies from the most basic and rudimentary to extremely luxurious real beds and sheets, en suite bathrooms with hot water and sumptuous dining.

Travel arrangements for kings, emperors and their concubines were often extravagant. This kind of camping probably saw its peak in India where elephants and camels were often used as well as horses to carry people and camp equipment. 

Today there are still a few luxury glamping rides in India, but most of the best horse safaris are in Africa where the British settlers adopted techniques from India. The Masai Mara safari in Kenya, for example,  has tents holding beds with sheets and blankets, nearby toilet and shower tents, kerosene lanterns, mirrors on the wall, etc. Dinners are served with white table cloths and lit by candle. The service from the local staff is impeccable. It is still the kind of luxury camping Hemingway loved and made famous. It is possible to move these elaborate camps by truck and there are as many staff members as there are guests. 

 In some parts of Africa, like the Tuli in Botswana, the weather is so dry for much of the year that tents are really superfluous and one can sleep on a comfortable mattress directly under a clear sky studded with an incredible number of stars people never see in New York City.

Pack trips in wilderness areas where there are no permanent structures necessitate rougher camping and can hardly reach the glamping level.There is minimal staff, usually only the guide, and loading pack horses is much more time consuming than throwing equipment in the back of a truck. It is difficult to rig hot showers and toilet facilities are far more rudimentary. Some are still willing to make small sacrifices in order to fully appreciate the solitude and vastness of the wilderness.

 

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Skeleton Coast

This is a newer itinerary for our well established partners in Namibia. They are pleased to be able to offer this route that combines both the coast and wild Damaraland. A sense of adventure and sense of humor, as... Read more

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Kilimanjaro Ride

This horseback riding vacation in Tanzania ventures into prime elephant habitat, allowing you to and experience the excitement of horseback riding among these magnificent creatures. You have opportunities to view all the exciting wildlife Africa has to offer, and... Read more

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Shekhawati Desert Ride

Marwari horses will carry you across the changing landscape of the Rajasthan, and you will also visit some of the architectural wonders of India. No other region in India or perhaps, even in the world, has such a large... Read more

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Ride through the Mongolian steppe on this classic horse trek

Mongolian Classic Trek

This horse riding trek in Mongolia combines the lush beauty of the Blue Khentii Mountain and the austere landscape of the Gobi Desert. The mountains of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park are breathtaking; lush green forests, crystal-clear lakes, mountain streams, waterfalls... Read more

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7 Night Masai Mara Safari

This is the land which was so loved by Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen. How fortunate for us that it remains much as it was in their day. The Masai are still there, herding their cattle, and living as... Read more

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Navajoland

The Navajoland trip traverses the most spectacular and interesting parts of the vast Navajo Indian Reservation. Cross three distinct portions of the Navajo Indian Reservation with several Navajo guides accompanying you throughout the journey, as well as your local... Read more

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Discover the Delta

Rather than a permanent riding camp, a lightweight mobile camp is transported by a flotilla of mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), or when the water levels are too low for the mokoros to navigate, a train of pack donkeys takes... Read more

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Gobi Steppe Ride

This well-designed trek introduces a concept of practical and desirable travel. You will live with the horses and the camel carts in the great outdoors, choosing the life of the nomad. It is an active holiday calling for some... Read more

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Lake Natron Safari

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... Read more

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See vast land and animals on this tour of the Serengeti

The Serengeti Extension

The perfect complement to a horseback riding adventure in Tanzania is spending time in the magnificent Serengeti National Park. The park is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra. Depending upon the season... Read more

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Serengeti Migration Ride

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... Read more

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