Day 1: Nairobi
Arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be met by our representative and you are transferred to Sarova Stanley.
Day 2: Amboseli National Park
After breakfast, your private vehicle with expert driver/guide will collect you from your hotel and drive to the Amboseli National Park, a three-and-half hours drive. Amboseli is most famous for its photographs of elephant with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. The mountain is situated on the boundary of the park and Amboseli National Park is certainly one of the finest locations for spotting the mountain. You will spend the afternoon game driving through the park
before dinner and overnight at the Amboseli Serena Lodge. FB
Day 3: Amboseli National Park
All day is spent in Amboseli National park. You will enjoy a morning and an afternoon game drive.
Amboseli is a small National Park of 392 square km, but amazingly rich is both flora and fauna. Famous world researchers on elephant are based here. The elephants are a major attraction in Amboseli. The bull elephant here have some of the largest tusks in Kenya. The elephants are generally found in larger herds than most other areas, and are surprisingly relaxed around safari vehicles, allowing excellent photography.
Day 4: Mt Kenya National Park
After breakfast, your guide will drive you to Mt Kenya National Park through Nairobi. You will have lunch at Carnivore Restaurant. You will arrive late in the afternoon and have some time to relax before you have your dinner at Mountain Lodge. Hidden in a quiet glade within Mount Kenya Forest, Mountain Lodge offers the ultimate window on wild Africa.
From the privacy of your room, you will view magnificent creatures drawn to the waterhole. Elephant, buffalo, rhino and waterbuck are common on sight.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast, you’ll be collected by your driver/guide and to drive to the Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru National Park. Arriving in time to check-in at the Lion Hill Lodge, a delightful lodge with beautiful views and friendly staff. You will enjoy stunning views from this lodge over this alkaline lake with its famous flamingos. Enjoy lunch and an afternoon drive in the Park. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve
After breakfast, you will drive to the magnificent Maasai Mara where you will have lunch at Keekorok Lodge. Located to the south of Nairobi, and bordering Tanzania, the Maasai Mara forms part of the huge Serengeti eco-system. The Mara spreads over 1510 square km of rolling plains, sudden rocky outcrops, and green winding rivers. You will have an afternoon game viewing drive until sunset when you will return to the Lodge.
Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve
Wake up early in the morning to enjoy a game drive before returning for breakfast and a relaxing morning at the Lodge. Enjoy lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. This day you have a chance to witness the sunrise over the Masai Mara from a Hot Air Balloon, an optional extra that you should not miss.
Day 8: Masai Mara – Nairobi
Breakfast at your lodge and leave the Mara for the journey back to Nairobi. You will have a free afternoon for shopping. Dinner at Carnivore Restaurant before you are transferred to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for departure.
Included in the price
• All meals while on safari,
• Transport to the national parks and game drives,
• All park fees,
• Drivers/guides’ salaries,
• English speaking, professional driver/guide,
• Bottled mineral water while on safari,
• Accommodation in the lodges as shown in the itinerary or their equivalent
• Items of a personal nature,
• Drinks and beverages,
• Traveler’s insurance,
• Tips to driver/ guides
Day 1: Nairobi
Arrive at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. After clearing customs and immigration formalities; you are met by a representative of charter link and transferred to the Holiday Inn Mayfair Court Hotel. This is a nice Hotel in the cool suburbs of Westland not very far from the Nairobi City Center. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Aberdare
Breakfast the Holiday Inn. Later, one of our members of staff will link up with you for a briefing before introducing you to your safari driver/guide for the drive to Aberdare Country Club. Arrival in time for lunch. After lunch you are picked up for the afternoon transfer to the Aberdare National Park and on to the Ark Lodge. This Lodge is shaped like the biblical Noah’s Ark. The Aberdare National Park is a thick forest zone and the mode of game viewing here is to observe the animals once they visit the floodlit waterhole. Dinner and overnight at the Ark.
Day 3: Lake Nakuru National Park
Breakfast. Morning pick up for the drive to Aberdare Country Club where you link up with our driver/guide for the drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, game viewing en route. Arrive for lunch at Lion Hill Lodge. This is a well-kept Lodge set on a hill facing the saline Lake Nakuru. The Park hosts flamingos, pelicans, buffalos, white rhino, the Rothschild Giraffe and other plains game. Return to the Lodge for overnight.
Day 4: Masai Mara National Reserve
You have a morning drive to the Masai Mara; arriving for lunch at Mara Sarova Permanent Tented Camp; game viewing enroute. Seated right inside the Reserve in an indigenous forested area with streams sprouting right here, the Camp grounds provide a peaceful retreat zone. The tents are en suite with hot water and most of the trappings of good living. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive in the Reserve. Return to the Camp for overnight.
Day 5 & 6: Masai Mara National Reserve
You have a morning drive to the Masai Mara; arriving for lunch at Mara Sopa Lodge; game viewing en route. Seated at a corner that is frequented by a lot of game, the Lodge offers excellent service and was designed with Masai traditional architecture in mind, the views are breathtaking. The Masai Mara is the most famous animal sanctuary in Kenya. It has the widest concentration of animals and it is possible to view most if not all the big five here. Bird life is also prolific with the secretary bird, ostriches, kori bastard, herons among others widely represented here. Overnight at the Mara Sopa Lodge.
Day 7: Masai Mara – Nairobi – Amboseli
Embark on the morning drive to Nairobi and on to the Carnivore Restaurant for lunch. Later continue to Amboseli National Park, with the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro appearing on the horizon. Enjoy the late afternoon game viewing en route to Amboseli Sopa Lodge. Amboseli National Park is a very beautiful Park.It has unusually huge elephant population among other game attracted by the expansive swamp that is a perennial source of water. Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 8: Amboseli National Park
This day is spent at Amboseli enjoying the early morning and late afternoon game viewing drives.
Overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge.
Day 9: Tsavo East National Park
Breakfast. You have the morning drive to Tsavo East National Park. Arrival in time for lunch at Kilaguni Serena Lodge. The Park hosts the Mzima Springs, which provides the source of water for the nearby Mombasa City. At the springs you will
observe crocodiles, hippos and other aquatic life.Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 10: Mombasa City & Beach
Today; you have a morning drive to Mombasa City and on to the four star Voyager Beach Resort. This is a well-appointed property with an uninterrupted Beach frontage. The afternoon is spent at leisure in this haven. Overnight at the Resort.
Day 11-14: North Coast Beach
You have four full days at this tranquil haven enjoying the sun, sand and sea. Overnights at the Voyager Beach Resort.
Day 15: Nairobi – Home
Breakfast at the Resort. Morning at leisure. Lunch at the Resort. Later you are picked up by our representative for the transfer to Moi Airport in Mombasa arriving in time for the scheduled flight to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta
Airport and connect onto your home bound flight( or fly from Moi airport).
Included in the price
• All meals while on safari
• Transport to the national parks and game drives
• All park fees
• Drivers/guides’ salaries
• English speaking, professional driver/guide
• Bottled mineral water while on safari
• Accommodation in the lodges as shown in the itinerary or their equivalent
• Items of a personal nature
• Drinks and beverages
• Traveler’s insurance
• Tips to driver/guides
Horse riding safari at Ndarakwai Ranch
Started in 1994, Ndarakwai ranch is a unique success story of land and wildlife rehabilitation, the first of its kind in Tanzania. With about 70 mammal species and over 350 bird species in a combination of high long grass plains, classic Acacia savannah, Commiphora thickets, and riparian habitats, a stay at Ndarakwai ranch is a great addition to any safari itinerary.
With 14 large comfortable and individually decorated tents, is set at 4200 feet in the midst of an 11,000 acre privately-owned ranch in Siha District, West Kilimanjaro. Ndarakwai ranch offers a high degree of personalized service, attention to detail, great food, as well as a wide variety of excellent wildlife related activities, cultural experiences, and excursions.
Ndarakwai ranch is perfect place for those who want to be more active on safari. They can let the car behind and hike, visit local communities, ride horses across the bush, and even go jogging, all in an area where there is plenty of wildlife and stunning scenery.
Horse Riding Safaris / Fly Camping
We can organize horse riding trips of several days (1 – 9 nights) from Ndarakwai ranch, towards the Great Rift Valley of northern Tanzania. A light camp is built by our staff and moved daily. This is a true bush experience that gets you even closer to the land, people, and wildlife.
We offer half day guided walks form the camp. Sometimes a short morning or afternoon walk just doesn’t do it and we can take your guests on an all day walk – with a catered picnic lunch. Our walks are not an endurance test – we go at your guests pace – and we can call a vehicle in at any time for the return trip to camp.
We organize long stays for experience riders willing to improve their riding skills on cross country, jumping and dressage disciplines, training on thoroughbred horses well schooled, professional equipment and miles and miles of an unspooled habitat where to ride freely.
Workshops / Retreats
Ndarakwai ranch is an ideal location for workshops, retreats, or short courses related to environmental science. We have a fully functional seminar room with digital projector, DVD player, and wireless internet.
Ndarakwai ranch is an ideal location for all sorts of filming and photography projects – even those that might require longer term filming, set construction, getting close to wildlife on foot, Maasai communities, etc.
Cater for the handicapped
Horse riding safaris for the handicapped, ensuring their safety and proper balance on the horses and potentially helping them to improve their motor skills. Top horses have good characteristics, they are not only healthy, strong and beautiful but their ability to work with all types of people makes them perfect partners.
Children can spend a good time with horse, getting fully involved in their care, learning about the maintenance of the stables and the horse-tack, riding, grooming, bedding, feeding, watering, and learning about breeding foals. Apart from horse riding we also offer great entertainments to children in our gardens, contact with different animal species and a great environment to discover. It can be a great opportunity to get to learn about other cultures, new habitats and the important of developing on a healthy environment.
How to best include Ndarakwai in your Safari Itinerary
Ndarakwai is 65 km north of Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) so it’s a great place to either start or end a safari. On arrival at KIA you can drive your guests straight to Camp (approx. 1 hour 15 min.) bringing them directly into the bush without the need for an overnight stop in the Arusha area. We can do the transfers for you and have special low rates for “first night in from KIA”. On their very first morning in Tanzania your guests can take it easy or head straight out for a walk to see wildlife. Ndarakwai is a good 3 night stay for most guests – longer if they are especially interested in walking, birds, horse riding, or generally wanting to go beyond the average safari experience. With an airstrip just a few kilometers from Camp (“Ngare Nairobi” also called “West Kili” Airstrip) your guests can charter (or use the Regional scheduled flight) to any other destination in Tanzania.
At the end of a safari guests can be enjoying any number of activities on their very last day. They can shower and have an early dinner before leaving for the airport to check in. Again, Ndarakwai Camp can do the transfer for you – freeing up your car and driver early.
Getting to Ndarakwai Camp
Ndarakwai is in Siha District in Kilimanjaro Region, between Ngare Nairobi and Tingatinga. The area is generally known as “West Kili”. We are 100 km from Arusha (one and a half – two hours), and about 90 km from Moshi.
Turn North at Hai (Boma ya Ngombe) on the Moshi-Arusha road, drive through Sanya Juu, following signs from a turning on your left before Ngare Nairobi.
We are about 120 km from Namanga (2 hours) and there is a rough track going east just south of Longido that takes you to Tingatinga. We can supply more detailed directions if needed.
Ndarakwai Horse ride expedition 8days/ 7nights
Discover the wildlife rich western slopes of Kilimanjaro as Hemingway might have. You will be thrilled by breathtaking views, exhilarating canters and close contact with wildlife such as elephant, zebra, wildebeest – to name but a few. For experienced riders, this is the African equestrian experience of a lifetime!
Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Transfer to the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve, our starting point for the safari. During the afternoon we will introduce you to the horses where you can choose one to match your size and skill. Then we embark on a ride so you can become familiar with your horse. During this ride we will explore the area along the Forest. O/N Galloping Exclusive Mobile Camps –F/B.
Day 2: Explore the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve
After a hearty breakfast we begin our horseback safari by riding into the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve – a lush world of exotic scenery. We ride carefully to spot the shy Black and white Colobus monkeys. The forest is not accessible by vehicle so we use elephant trails to pass through. Bushbuck dash for cover as we pass, a sharp eye may catch sight of an elusive leopard, and a keen ear might pick up the crunching sound of a herd of elephant feeding not far off. After a picnic lunch in the forest we return to Camp for a hot shower, a sun downer drink and a hearty meal. O/N Galloping Exclusive Mobile Camps –F/B.
Day 3: Kilimanjaro Wilderness
Today we leave Camp and ride to the northwest. Our journey leads us through a mixture of open grassland and thorn bush savannah. Along the way we encounter our first plains animals. We arrive at the Riverside fly camp for a late lunch. Afterwards time for some rest or for a hike to the nearby water hole for some wildlife viewing. After early dinner we start for a night-game drive. Here you can view, with the aid of a spotlight, all the nocturnal species not generally seen during the day. O/N Galloping Exclusive Mobile Camps –F/B.
Day 4: River Camp
Today we ride out to search for big game. We arrive in the heart of the Game Reserve for another exciting day of wildlife viewing. In addition to the ever-present antelopes, zebras and gazelles, we’ll keep an eye out for giraffes, ostriches, warthogs and maybe even a leopard. What we really hope for though, is the chance for a peaceful encounter with a herd of magnificent African elephants. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera! O/N Galloping Exclusive Mobile Camps –F/B.
Day 5: Acacia camp
Wake up early with a cup of steaming tea or coffee served in your tent. We start for a long morning ride for spotting game along the western boundary of the ranch and return for a brunch. You are in the heart of the West-Kilimanjaro wilderness and we may find seasonally large herds of Elands, sometimes up to 100 and up to 200 elephants. Expect to spot lesser kudu, waterbuck, bush pig and warthog, with some luck even predators as striped and spotted hyena, cheetah and leopard. This area is not inhibited by lion which makes it safe to wander around camp at daytime. Late afternoon we reach Acacia Camp, our private fly camp set in the shade of an ancient African tree, with stunning views of Mt.Meru. Relax with a cool drink and take in the rich colours of the African sunset. Later, enjoy a bush dinner served under the stars. O/N Galloping Exclusive Mobile Camps –F/B.
Day 6: Game rides
Rise to an African sunrise for an early breakfast. We mount our horses and head out into the savannah. Kori bustards and secretary birds are often seen here stalking their prey. Our ride today starts crossing perfect terrain for long canters through bush and grasslands. Slowly and carefully we approach the wildlife we find along the way – lesser kudus, antelopes, gazelles and a lot of other animals. If you feel up to it, you can canter with zebras and wildebeests. This is a safari the way it was meant to be! Late afternoon we start for our last sunset-ride into the savannah. Evening rides are especially good for photography because of the beautiful light, and with photos in mind, it will be a calm ride. Returning to camp there is time to refresh with a hot bush shower before dinner. Our camp chef will impress you with her culinary skills, despite the rustic setting. After dinner, retire to the campfire and marvel at the enormous night sky before falling asleep to the sounds of the African night. O/N Galloping Exclusive Mobile Camps –F/B.
Day 7: Makoa-Farm
Today we will leave the West Kilimanjaro wilderness. We explore the area of ‘Tembobridge’ and seek out herds of elephant in between the euphorbia forest. Later we continue our way southeast passing the plains between Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. See herd animals watching the horses with interest, have a canter with zebra and eland, then we stop en route for a picnic lunch. Later afternoon we meet the truck which will transport riders and horses back to Makoa Farm. Enjoy the view of Mt.Kilimanjaro while sitting on the veranda with a sunset drink. O/N Galloping Exclusive Mobile Camps –F/B.
Day 8: Departure
After a relaxed breakfast there may remain some time to have look around our farm and visit our uncountable number of animals. This is a farm environment with many dogs, cats, geese, chickens, peacocks, and little further stables for horses, a donkey, some pigs and cattle. All the animals are very friendly and welcome a pat or scratch behind the ear! Later transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for home bound flight.
Minimum price per person sharing -$5080
Please note that riding experience is required.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
– horse and all equipment;
– German & English speaking guide;
– non-alcoholic drinks and snacks during the day;
– luggage transfers where necessary;
– full board accommodation at the farm or in dome tents away from Makoa.
– Transfers to and from Makoa Farm
Horse Riding at Manyara Ranch Conservancy
Has a number of horses available for experienced riders that can be used to explore the 44000 acre exclusive use area and neighboring community areas together with the in-house guide.
At the moment, only half day rides are available which can be combined with other activities such as game walks, game drives or extensions to nearby Tarangire National Park.
The horses at Manyara are thoroughbreds and the saddles are South African Endurance saddles. The ground is generally good and the game encounters frequent, with good numbers of elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala and other game right on the doorstep. There are several prides of lion on the ranch and these are also encountered from time to time so its important to be a competent rider as both elephant and lion should be kept at a distance.
To ride at Manyara ranch, a stay of at least 2 nights is required. A night at Manyara Ranch during 2012 costs $550 per person sharing per night, plus $40 entrance fee to the ranch and each half day ride costs $100. Use of vehicle is extra if required as are transfers to and from the ranch.