African horse safaris combine the best of adventure with the thrill of searching for wild game on horseback, and luxury with beautiful and comfortable fly camps and lodges to return to in the evenings. At Ker & Downey, we’ve worked hard to handcraft high experiential horseback safaris using some of the best guides in the business. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to the expert guides leading our horseback safaris, but today we’re kicking off the series with an overview of the journeys themselves.
Our African Horse Safaris in Kenya explore the Chyulu Hills region, Hemingway’s beloved “Green Hills of Africa,” with four days of riding through vast savannah, volcanic craters, and mist forests is pursuit of giraffe, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and syke’s monkey. Each day consists of four to six hours of riding and at night, you’ll return to the comfortable ol Donyo Fly Camp, nestled next to a large volcanic crater and the perfect place to watch the setting sun and share bush stories around the campfire. After four days spent exploring the Chyulu Hills, you’ll head to the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve for a traditional safari experience at Mara Toto Camp with game drives and village visits. There’s a minimum of fourteen years for this African horse safari, but it’s available year-round.
Our Botswana horseback safari mixes luxury and adventure with five days of horseback riding through the Okavango Delta and three nights at the iconic Shinde Camp. Before your riding safari begins, you are paired with a horse that has been hand-picked for you from over 60 horses, mostly thoroughbreds and thoroughbred crosses, Arabians and Arabian crosses, and Boerperds, that call the Okavango Delta home. For five days, you’ll ride through a maze of papyrus lined waterways, canter with herds of wildebeest and zebra, and get up close to a variety of wildlife. At night, you’ll hear the sounds of hippos grunting in the water nearby and the roar of lions while chatting by the fire. There is no age restriction for riders on this African horse safari, but we recommend riders have intermediate to advanced riding skills to truly enjoy the ride.
Out of our top five horse safaris, this one is the most luxurious with accommodations on horse riding days at the exclusive Singita Explore Camp – a true “Out of Africa” experience. You’ll spend 4 days riding through the Grumeti Reserve located in the Serengeti, an area saturated with game and home to over 2,500 lions. Each morning you’ll head out on horseback through the plains, hills, and valleys, returning each afternoon for lunch and tea. In the afternoons you have the option to head out on another short ride or take a game drive with your private guide, seeking out new experiences in the region. Because the camp is an exclusive use camp, you’ll have an entire staff to cater to your every whim and desire. This safari is available June through the first weeks in November, but there is an minimum age requirement of fourteen years and we recommend riders have intermediate to advanced riding skills to truly enjoy their adventure.
African Horse Safaris in South Africa
If you’re planning an African riding safari that the whole family can enjoy, our horseback journey through South Africa is the perfect option for you. It’s available January through May and July through December and there is no age minimum or required skilled level. You’ll be accommodated in luxury lodges throughout the journey, each with horseback riding activities available for all skill levels, including Shetland pony rides for young children. Because there isn’t a set horseback riding itinerary, you can set your preferences for how many hours you want to ride and which activities you want to participate in at each lodge. Polo enthusiasts wishing to learn the sport can even visit the stables and tuition center at Kurland Hotel and Spa, home to internationally renowned championship polo grounds and site of one of the ten best polo matches in the world. And at Grootbos Forest Lodge, children can partake in private riding lessons, sure to spark their love for the animals and horseback riding.
Our horse safaris through Namibia are handcrafted for our most experienced riders with eights full days of riding from Twyfelfontein to the Skeleton Coast through the rugged terrain of Damaraland. You’ll awake each morning to a lavish breakfast around the campfire before beginning a four to five hour ride. You’ll break for lunch, and perhaps a siesta, before continuing onto your next campsite. As you make your way west, you’ll encounter rare desert-adapted wildlife like elephant, rhino, cheetah, and plains game. This exciting adventure is available from June to July, and because there is the possibility of coming upon lions and the unique rugged terrain of the area, riders should have advanced riding skills.
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