Experience The Thrill, The Adventure & The Speed on Horseback
Many lodges, hotels and private reserves of East Africa offer horse-riding facilities. Typically, the horses are provided either by established lodges or by private stables. Well-cared for and carefully trained, they are often retired polo ponies or racehorses. All ‘tack’ is provided as are hard hats. Horses are provided according to the specific riding capabilities of the rider. Well-versed in providing horses to even those with only limited riding ability, the stables can also provide children’s ponies as well as horses suited to being ‘led’ by the accompanying syce. Rides can be as short as one hour or as long as a day. Game-viewing by horse is a very special experience especially because many animals are habituated to horses and will allow them in close proximity. Some of the private reserves also offer horse safaris which typically travel through the region for a number of days arriving at their own private camp every night. Such adventure on horseback is provided with experienced guides, it enables the visitor to explore the more remote and inaccessible areas of East Africa where vehicles cannot venture. Staged in areas of breathtaking scenic beauty, such safaris also offer an unprecedented opportunity of viewing wildlife close up. Riding safaris vary greatly but typically you commence your ride in the cool of early morning, stopping along the way for a bush breakfast and lunch. Accommodation is provided by means of either permanent or semi-permanent camps which are established in advance of arrival. As night falls, campfire is lit, drinks served and visitors can get to enjoy hot shower before a candle-lit bush dinner.