Kenya ~ Sosian Lodge
Large estates, ranches where game and cattle co-exist and luxurious 'bush homes' are part of Kenya's colonial past and provide wonderful hospitality to the visitor, offering not only game viewing and the chance to enjoy Kenya's superb bush and wilderness, but also a wonderfully personal experience of Kenyan life. Sosian, Borana and Ol Donyo lodges are three of our favourites, ideal for anyone wanting to ride, perfect for a group with mixed interests and easy to combine with a few nights on the Kenyan coast, for a holiday that includes some of the best Kenya has to offer.
Sosian is a privately owned game ranch on central Kenya's Laikipia Plateau, an area bordered by the Great Rift Valley to the west, the Aberdares to the south and Mount Kenya to the southeast. Managed by Offbeat Safaris with their vast experience of riding safaris, Sosian is a fantastic choice for anyone wanting to ride but is also perfect for families and groups with mixed interests. Comfortable and stylish, yet supremely welcoming and relaxed, the lodge offers a highly personalised safari experience with a choice of game viewing by horse, by vehicle and on foot, swimming, camel safaris, fly camping, fishing, tubing and tennis - itineraries are tailor-made. Add a few days on the Kenyan coast and you have the ingredients for one of the best holidays imaginable!
Riding: tailored to suit, up to 6 hours a day.
Horses: South African Boerperd crosses, Criollo cross, polo ponies, TB, TB cross (some children's ponies)
Pace: moderate and varied (tailored to suit).
Riding ability: confident novice to experienced riders; families welcome.
Weight limit: approx 95 kgs (15 stone) but please contact us to check suitable horses are available if close to this; occasionally heavier riders by arrangement.
Accommodation: private lodge
Group size: Sosian sleeps 14; riding in small groups, usually maximum 8.
Season: all months except May & November
Horses: A mixture of cross-breeds, with several TB and TB / Arab crosses, polo ponies, local criollo crosses and some South African Boerperd crosses. Average between about 14hh and 16.2hh with one or two smaller children's ponies available. Responsive, forward going and thoroughly enjoyable to ride. Several are polo schooled. All are sensible to handle, used to game and at home in the bush. Tack is English style with some Maclellan style saddles available. Riding groups are generally a maximum of 8.
Hours: Varied and tailored to suit, with morning and evening rides out for 2 to 3 hours, or full day picnic rides which might include up to 6 hours riding.
Pace and experience required: As riding is tailored to suit, different experience levels can be catered for. However riding is in an area where there is 'big' and potentially dangerous game including elephant and lion, so all riders must have some previous experience and as a minimum should be secure at a walk, rising trot and canter in open country on a well-schooled horse. Riding is much more enjoyable if you are riding fit so if you do not ride regularly at home we recommend a few hours a week practice in the months before your trip.
Accommodation is in individual cottages that are well thought out, tastefully and stylishly decorated, with either double beds or twin queen size beds and private bathrooms. Most have private veranda, although some adjoin, sharing a veranda, which makes them ideal for families. The main lodge has a comfortable central dining and living area, where meals are eaten and there is a lovely swimming pool and pool house. The lodge sleeps up to 14 in 7 twin / double cottages. On 'fly' camps, bed rolls are set up under the stars with tables, chairs and shared long drop loo in camp.
Peak Season (16th December 2018 to 2nd January 2019)
Rates include - all riding and other on-site game viewing activities, all guiding and equipment, accommodation (based on two sharing), all meals and house drinks.
Rates exclude - International flights to Nairobi and taxes, transfers from / to Nairobi , personal medical insurance (compulsory), any visa fees, premium drinks and personal items such as tips.
Lodge stays on request
7 night sample itinerary
|Day 1||Arrive Nairobi and transfer to Wilson airport for a scheduled safari link flight to Nanyuki. Met on arrival and drive about 2 hours to Sosian. Settle in, meet the horses and a first ride to see the area. Dinner and overnight Sosian Lodge.|
| Days 2-5
||Four full days at Sosian lodge, with morning and evening rides, game drives or guided walks to view game and explore. Dinner and night Sosian.|
| Days 6
||Breakfast and a morning game drive or walk. In the afternoon set off riding to fly camp, set up in a lovely spot by the river. Dinner around the camp fire and night under the stars.|
| Day 7
||Breakfast in camp and perhaps walk back to Sosian, along the banks of the river and through rocky gorges. Lunch at the lodge, time to relax by the pool and an afternoon ride, game drive or walk. Dinner and night Sosian.|
| Day 8
||Perhaps a last ride before brunch, then set off driving to Nanyuki in time for a scheduled safari link flight to Wilson Nairobi. Met on arrival and transfer to Nairobi International airport for your flight home or onward travel to the coast.|
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International flights go to Nairobi, Kenya's capital and we will arrange onward transfers from there by vehicle or internal / private flight. There are several direct flights from London to Nairobi each day with British Airways and Kenyan Airways. Several other airlines such as Air France and KLM have flights via Europe. For an economy return flight from London budget around £650 to £850 (fares vary with season).
Transfers between Nairobi and Sosian are by private charter flight (about 50 minutes), or by an hours scheduled Safarilink flight to Loisaba or Nanyuki and onward vehicle transfer (one or two hour drive respectively). Scheduled safari link flights are approximately USD160 per person, each way, Nairobi / Loisaba or Nanyuki, including taxes. Overland transfers can also be arranged - it is about a 5 hour drive from Nairobi.