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Tanzanian Riding Safari…encounters of a lifetime!

September 15, 2011 by  

 

Riding safari at Manyara Ranch Conservancy in Tanzania

A Safari in Tanzania is about exploring the world renowned wildlife, landscape and rich cultures of the numerous tribes that inhabit the country.  It’s the breath taking herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles for as far as the eye can see, the graceful giraffes and mighty elephant herds.  It’s the elusive leopard, the sleek and swift cheetah and the magnificent lion.  The colorful and fierce Maasai or the quiet Hadzabe bushmen still living as they have throughout their long history.  All in the shadow of the majestic snow capped Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Now imagine doing your safari on horseback…galloping in the middle of herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle.  Close enough to hear their snorts and thundering hooves.  Or extremely close encounters with elephants, lions or other big game because the animals are not as afraid of a horse as they are a safari vehicle.

Tanzanian horseback riding safaris offer adventurers the opportunity to explore in a more intimate way getting closer to the wildlife and interacting with the people of Tanzania in a more basic, down to nature way.

Exploring Singita Grumeti on horseback

The trips can range from day rides returning to camp each evening to multi-day trips camping out in the bush or riding from tented camp to tented camp.  Riders can explore parts of the Serengeti, the lesser known West Kilimanjaro area which is part of the Amboseli / Ngasurai Basin eco-system and offers spectacular landscapes with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Ol Doinyo Longido and Ol Doinyo Orok, or other migratory areas that are home to some of the best wildlife conservations in the country.  Trips can also be designed so that non-riders can tag along in a typical safari vehicle and meet up with the riders in camp.

What do you need to participate?  A great sense of adventure. Good riding ability is important.  Participants should be comfortable at the walk trot and canter. Be able to gallop and react quickly and safely. Should be fit enough to ride between 4 and 6 hours a day. The weight limit is 210 lbs or 95 kgs.

Contact us to find out about our riding safari adventures in East Africa.

Serengeti Great Migration Update

Rain and spectacular thunderstorms over the past two weeks have changed Northern Serengeti and the Lamai Wedge into lush green pastures. The unusual rainfall for this time of year has created bountiful grass which the animals are loving, especially the wildebeests that are close to the area.

Attracted by the lush green grass the herds residing in the Masai Mara are now returning by the thousands creating Mara River crossing that are even more spectacular than the norm!

 

The Great Migration across the Mara River

Masai Mara River Crossing