Tanzania - Kaskazi Safaris
8, 7 and 3 night adventurous mobile safaris, staying in private tented camps. Suitable for experienced riders. Different routes available January to late March and June to November.
Where Exploring Tanzania's un-touristed wilderness just south of the Kenyan border between Amboseli National Park to the north east and the Serengeti to the far west. There are several routes, depending on the time of year.
What is it like Adventurous, a mobile camp to camp safari, in the traditional safari style. Nights are in private tented camps, set up and moved ahead by a back up team, with the first night usually in a small hotel or private lodge. Serengeti Safaris explore the huge open plains of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro ecosystems in north west Tanzania; Kilimanjaro Elephant Rides follow a circular route below the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and towards the edge of Amboseli National Park; Natron Flamingo Ride follow a little used route through dry desolate country to the shores of Lake Natron, the biggest soda lake in East Africa.
Who do they suit Traditional safari lovers, who enjoy exciting, often fast, riding and have a sense of adventure. The safaris are a 'journey' from camp to camp - although you may not move evey day and there is also time to relax, enjoying comfortable camps, hot showers, sundowners and atmospheric dinners against the night sounds of the bush. For those with less time, shorter 3 night safaris explore Arusha National Park.
Why do we love them For all the things above - the adventure, the safari living, the exciting riding, the top notch hospitality of the local team - all in a remote, off the beaten track setting, you'd be hard pushed to get to except on a horse.
Riding: 4-6 hours a day
Horses: TB cross, local breed & Arab crosses
Pace: moderate to fast with plenty of long canters in open country
Riding ability: suitable for confident intermediate to experienced riders
Weight limit: about 85kg (13st 7lbs) but please call to discuss if you are close to this
Accommodation: 5∆ camping, occasional lodge
Group size: max 10, occasionally 12 (min 4)
Season: year round
Price: 7 night safaris from USD 6045 (approx £4650) per person
Horses: Mostly thoroughbred or Arab cross and other crossbreeds, many of which are used for polo. They average between about 14.2hh and 16hh and are generally of a fairly lively temperament although they are also well mannered and sensible, used to game and at home in the bush. All are forward going and responsive, making long riding hours on safari a real pleasure. Grooms look after the horses and prepare them for rides. Saddles are either English general purpose or Australian stock saddles. Groups are usually a maximum of 10 guests, occasionally 12, with a guide and back up rider.
Hours: Usually 4 to 6 hours riding a day, broken up with rests for lunch, game viewing and short periods of walking to rest horses' backs.
Pace and experience required. To join a safari you must be a fairly experienced rider who is comfortable on a well schooled horse at all paces from walk to fast canter in open country. Riding is in an open, unfenced and varied area where there is 'big' 9 (and potentially dangerous) game including elephant and lion. The going on safari is generally good and the pace is often fast, with long canters across open plains and riders encouraged to spread out. You are expected to cope, keep up, watch out for holes and stop when required, so you need to be confident and fit. If in doubt about ability please contact us.
Accommodation for the most part is in private tented camps set up ahead by staff, with the first night usually spent in a small hotel or private villa on the Kilimanjaro Wildlife Estate. Camp sites are carefully chosen for their different views and aspects. Spacious 5x5 meter tents are used with stretcher beds and all linen provided. Water on safari is limited but each tent has a canvas basin set up outside with hot water for washing provided morning and evening. Camps also have shared long drop loos and tradtional 'bucket & pulley' showers (usually one between two tents) and enough water for a hot shower at night. Meals are at a long table in the mess tent or 'al fresco' next to the camp fire. Lunches are often out in the bush when riding, with comfortable floor cushions provided for seating and siestas.
Kilimanjaro Elephant Ride (7 nights) - USD 6045 per person
Rates include - All riding, guiding, equipment and back up on safari, twin accommodation, all meals (dinner first day to breakfast last), drinks with meals, return vehicle transfers on the first / last day to/from Arusha or Kilimanjaro International airport (depending on ride), charter flights within safari itinerary (for Natron and Serengeti Safari), flying doctor membership, Wildlife Department and Wildlife Management area fees at current rates (government rates subject to change at any time).
Rates exclude - International flights to Tanzania and taxes, personal travel / medical insurance (which you must have); visa fees and any tips you may wish to leave staff (as a guide, approx. USD25 - USD40 per day is suggested).
Prices are quoted in US dollars. Payments to us can of course be made in pounds sterling if you wish and we can give you a sterling rate at the time of booking.
Serengeti Safari (8 nights)
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|Itinerary in brief - Kilimanjaro Elephant Ride (please enquire for other itineraries)|
|Day 1||Arrive Kilimanjaro airport and transfer about half an hour to a small hotel or private villa on the Kilimanjaro Wildlife Estate. Dinner and overnight.|
||Breakfast and set off driving about 20 minutes to meet the horses at the Arusha National Park gate. Set off riding through this beautiful park, with changing landscape and good chances of seeing elephant and plains game. Camp is set up at the foot of Mt Meru. Night in camp.|
||Wake up to the sound of Colobus monkeys then set off riding, passing waterfalls and huge fig tress. A picnic lunch then return to camp by a different route. Dinner and night in camp|
||An early breakfast and ride out of the national park, heading towards Klimanjaro. A long ride crossing famrland and Masai plains, stopping for lunch under an acacia tree. After a siesta continue riding to the new camp.|
||A bush breakfast and set off, tracking elephants. There is a good chance of encountering some of the massive tusked elephants for which this area is known, and also good opportunities for long canters. Lunch back at camp and ride out again in the afternoon. Dinner and a second night in this beautiful campsite.|
||An early breakfast and ride towards Seven Sisters hills, then trhough Sinya village and on to the open plains, with chances to see game such as giraffe, zebra and the she gerenuk antelope. Dinner and night in camp.|
||Ride towards the Kenya border - this is both elephant and big cat country so keep an eye out! Reach camp with views of the snowy summit of Kilimanjaro and other mountains.|
||Breakfast in camp and then transfer about 3 hours to Kilimanjaro aiport.|
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The closest airports are Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. Arrival can be any time on the first day. There are flights to Kilimanjaro International from London with KLM and also with British Airways to Dar-es Salaam then an internal connection from there to Arusha, although these are not daily and flight schedules normally mean Nairobi is the more convenient airport to use. There are daily flights to Nairobi from London with British Airways and Air Kenya (direct overnight, arriving Nairobi early the next morning). From Nairobi you can either fly to Kilimanjaro or take a shuttle bus transfer to Arusha in Tanzania - there are two departures a day on a reliable shuttle from Nairobi (cost approx USD30). For an economy return flight from London to Nairobi budget around £500 to £700 (fares are seasonal).