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Itinerary for South Amboseli Ride



Sample Itinerary: 8-day program - subject to changes

Please note that the itineraries only serve as a guide, all scenarios are dependent on the season and the migration of game. We reserve the right to alter the itineraries in any way. Local weather conditions may also affect game movements.

Day 1: Arrival on Makoa-Farm and your first ride on the Foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro
A representative will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and drive (about 40 minutes) you to the farm, our base and starting point for the safari. The 358-acre coffee and horse farm is nestled into the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro. The house and rooms are situated to take in spectacular views of this impressive mountain; Africa’s highest peak!
Depending on your arrival time you will meet the horses and we will help you choose one for your safari. Thereafter head out for an introductory ride, exploring the plantation and getting to know your horse. Return for a sun-set drink on the veranda and enjoy the view of the magnificent mountain in front or our doorstep – Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm


Day 2: The Narco Plains
After breakfast you will be transferred to West Kilimanjaro. We will find the horses at our mobile camp and start the ride from here. Soon we will ride over the Narco Plains where we will encounter the first plain animals. Our private mobile camp is erected next to an Acacia forest and our ever-friendly crew will be waiting for you. Spacious tents with 3 x 3.80m are equipped with comfortable beds and linen, additionally there is your private verandah and en suite bath tent with toilet, sink and a shower, which the crew will fill up with steaming hot water every night. The horses are always next to the camp and visible from your tent.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Day 3: Arrival at "Out of Africa"
We will wake up early and start for a long ride in this wilderness area, through Euphorbia and acacia forest and the savanna, tracking amongst others elephant, zebra, wildebeest and many other antelopes (Eland, Thomson, Grant and Impala), occasionally buffalo. Lunch will be prepared on a treehouse overviewing a waterhole - the most enjoyable entertainment with all sorts of wild animals coming, drinking, bathing and moving further. Later afternoon we will arrive at a place called "Mgunga", which is the Kisw name for Acacia trees. The view over rolling grass fields and bush with Mt. Meru at one side, Mt. Kilimanjaro behind you, and the mountains Longido and Namanga to the other side, will make you feel that this is the place where you want to stay. After a break we will depart with the 4×4 vehicle for an interesting journey into another world: to the homestead of a Masai family. Get to know the cheerful women and children and learn about their daily life. It will be dark when will return to camp, for sure we will meet some nocturnal animals usually not seen during the day.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Day 4: Acacia Forests and Ngasurai Plans
We move further, passing rocky hills and winding our way through bush and acacia forests. This is elephant and giraffe land and we will often find tracks and other signs of the giants. Wildlife is variable but often animals are seen only last second before they take off. Although this is Masai land, too, there might be predators present in this area and we will be constantly alert. By the evening we will reach our next private campsite, beautifully set under Acacia trees on the Ngasurai Plains. Sometimes we can hear the Masai herding their animals to the water hole during the night. They move in the darkness and use their voices to keep predators away – a magical night with ongoing Masai songs coming and moving far away.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Day 5: Plains and Masailand
There will be an early start in order to cover some ground. If there was a good rain season then these vast plains can get very populated and there are migratory herds wandering while feeding on the fresh short grasses. The area is perfect for canters with wildebeest or zebra herds – or what about a gallop with giraffe. We will stop for lunch under a shady big acacia tree next to a dam where Masai frequently water their herds. There is quite some coming and going of animals, along with lots of friendly chatting, whereas the wildlife prefers to watch this from a safe distance away. After the hottest hours passed we will continue our way, a good terrain invites again for faster paces. You will be awaited with a camp fire in our mobile Sinya camp, with a Gin &Tonic to enjoy the warm sunset colors.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Day 6: Tracking Elephants and more
A long ride will lead us up to the Kenyan border close to Amboseli Reserve in Kenya. The landscape changes completely and we will ride over Lake Ambosel and salt pans that allow for great canters - often with herds of zebra or giraffe. Although the area seems to consist of chalk it is hosting a surprising good number of wildlife. We will carefully scan the forests along the salt pans as these are favorite browsing sites for elephant. This is also cat country and we will be constantly aware in order to spot any predators well in advance. After returning to camp we will change horses against a 4×4 vehicle. We will visit the Sinya Mines that where mined for “Meerschaum” many years ago. The remaining springs and ponds turned back to nature and are frequently visited by wildlife. With some stops for wildlife viewing on the way we will finally arrive on “the rock”, a huge kopjes with a stunning view – just in time for the sunset drink. It will be almost dark by the time we will make our way back, and most probably encounter some nocturnal species on the way.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping

Day 7: Turning South
Wake up with the sun for the last exiting day in the bush. First we turn west, towards Mt. Longido. We will pass the plains and follow the bush line on the other side. There will be some last exhilarating canters over the plains, some accompanied by giraffe who seem to enjoy these as much as we do. Later, we will meet the vehicle for a lunch picnic, afterwards load the horses and drive back to the farm. For the guests there is another interesting activity: Join a Masai warrior on a bush walk and learn about the daily life of tribal people in nature. You will be surprised how many medical plants there are on your way to cure all sorts of disorders, and that making fire was quite a task before lighters were easily available.
You will arrive just in time for nocturnal animals stretching their legs after a long day of sleep. This is the time to meet our resident bush babies, passing by to check if there is anything interesting for them. Have you ever been near to a friendly porcupine? If not then there will be the chance today, our resident porcupines moved to us after the enclosure at their previous home was to small to host them comfortably, and for being too tame a release would not have been safe for them.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm

Day 8: Farm and Departure
After a relaxed breakfast there may be enough time to have look around our farm and learn more about our educational projects. Maybe you like to join our rescue monkey troop on a bush walk. Or, visit the small rescue station with an ever-changing number of animals, which often arrived because they became orphaned, injured or have unwillingly lost their habitat. Some will stay, often due to injuries, and will be ambassadors for education of local school kids, teaching them about environment and conservation.
Alternatively you may decide to take another ride along the boundaries of the farm or visit Moshi for some souvenir shopping, a small town right at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
There will be a day room available for you, so you can shower and relax before your departure. This is where your safari comes to an end and you will feel it difficult to leave new friends and horses so plans for the next trip evolve! Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Meals included: Breakfast
 
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Sample Itinerary: 7-day program - subject to changes

Please note that the itineraries only serve as a guide, all scenarios are dependent on the season and the migration of game. We reserve the right to alter the itineraries in any way. Local weather conditions may also affect game movements.

Day 1:  Arrival at "Out of Africa"
A representative will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and you will be transferred to West Kilimanjaro. Your guide will meet you on a treehouse overviewing a waterhole - the most enjoyable entertainment with all sorts of wild animals coming, drinking and splashing in the muddy water.
Lunch will be served and there is some time to relax before you meet your horses and set off on an evening ride.
Savannah dotted with umbrella acacia trees, with giraffe, zebra and other wildlife roaming freely. We will arrive at a place called "Mgunga", which is the Kisw name for Acacia trees. Our private mobile camp is waiting for you and the crew will make sure your stay will be a comfortable one.
Spacious tents are equipped with comfortable beds and linen and en suite WC, shower and wash basin which the crew will fill up with steaming hot water every night. This is a non-participation ride, all chores for the camp, meals and horses will be done by our ever-friendly staff. We will stay here for the next two nights.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Day 2: Tracking Wildlife
We will wake up early and start for a long ride in the surrounding wilderness area, tracking amongst others elephant, zebra, wildebeest and many other antelopes (Elands, Thomson, Grant and Impala), occasionally buffalo. We will return for a late lunch and will find our table prepared on a beautiful site with stunning scenery. The view over rolling grass fields and bush, with Mt. Meru at one side, Mt.
Kilimanjaro behind you and the mountains Longido and Namanga to the other side will make you feel that this is the place where you’d like to stay…
After a break we will depart with the 4x4 vehicle for an interesting journey int another world: to the homestead of a Masai family. Get to know the cheerful women and children and learn about their daily life. It will be dark when will return to camp, for sure we will meet some nocturnal animals usually not seen during the day.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Day 3: Acacia Forests and Ngasurai Plans
We move further, passing rocky hills and winding our way through bush and acacia forests. This is elephant and giraffe land and we will often find tracks and other signs of the giants. Wildlife is variable but often animals are seen only last second before they take off. Although this is Masai land, too, there might be predators present in this area and we will be constantly alert. By the evening we will reach our next private campsite, beautifully set under Acacia trees on the Ngasurai Plains. Sometimes we can hear the Masai herding their animals to the water hole during the night. They move in the darkness and use their voices to keep predators away – a magical night with ongoing Masai songs coming and moving far away.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Day 4: Plains and Masailand
There will be an early start in order to cover some ground. If there was a good rain season then these vast plains can get very populated and there are migratory herds wandering while feeding on the fresh short grasses. The area is perfect for canters with wildebeest or zebra herds – or what about a gallop with giraffe. We will stop for lunch under a shady big acacia tree next to a dam where Masai frequently water their herds. There is quite some coming and going of animals, along with lots of friendly chatting, whereas the wildlife prefers to watch this from a safe distance away. After the hottest hours passed we will continue our way, a good terrain invites again for faster paces. You will be awaited with a camp fire in our mobile Sinya camp, with a Gin &Tonic to enjoy the warm sunset colors.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Day 5: Tracking Elephants and more
A long ride will lead us up to the Kenyan border close to Amboseli Reserve in Kenya. The landscape changes completely and we will ride over Lake Ambosel and salt pans that allow for great canters - often with herds of zebra or giraffe. Although the area seems to consist of chalk it is hosting a surprising good number of wildlife. We will carefully scan the forests along the salt pans as these are favorite browsing sites for elephant. This is also cat country and we will be constantly aware in order to spot any predators well in advance. After returning to camp we will change horses against a 4×4 vehicle. We will visit the Sinya Mines that where mined for “Meerschaum” many years ago. The remaining springs and ponds turned back to nature and are frequently visited by wildlife. With some stops for wildlife viewing on the way we will finally arrive on “the rock”, a huge kopjes with a stunning view – just in time for the sunset drink. It will be almost dark by the time we will make our way back, and most probably encounter some nocturnal species on the way.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping

Day 6: Turning South
Wake up with the sun for the last exiting day in the bush. First we turn west, towards Mt. Longido. We will pass the plains and follow the bush line on the other side. There will be some last exhilarating canters over the plains, some accompanied by giraffe who seem to enjoy these as much as we do. Later, we will meet the vehicle for a lunch picnic, afterwards load the horses and drive back to the farm. For the guests there is another interesting activity: Join a Masai warrior on a bush walk and learn about the daily life of tribal people in nature. You will be surprised how many medical plants there are on your way to cure all sorts of disorders, and that making fire was quite a task before lighters were easily available.
You will arrive just in time for nocturnal animals stretching their legs after a long day of sleep. This is the time to meet our resident bush babies, passing by to check if there is anything interesting for them. Have you ever been near to a friendly porcupine? If not then there will be the chance today, our resident porcupines moved to us after the enclosure at their previous home was to small to host them comfortably, and for being too tame a release would not have been safe for them.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farm

Day 7: Farm and Departure
After a relaxed breakfast there may be enough time to have look around our farm and learn more about our educational projects. Maybe you like to join our rescue monkey troop on a bush walk. Or, visit the small rescue station with an ever-changing number of animals, which often arrived because they became orphaned, injured or have unwillingly lost their habitat. Some will stay, often due to injuries, and will be ambassadors for education of local school kids, teaching them about environment and conservation.
Alternatively you may decide to take another ride along the boundaries of the farm or visit Moshi for some souvenir shopping, a small town right at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
There will be a day room available for you, so you can shower and relax before your departure. This is where your safari comes to an end and you will feel it difficult to leave new friends and horses so plans for the next trip evolve! Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Meals included: Breakfast
 
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South Amboseli Ride
Tour Code: IT-TZRT06S
8 days / 7 nights ~$5,375.00
Dates : Jan-Mar, June- Dec

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 06/28 - 07/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Expired
B 2020 06/28 - 07/04 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Expired
B 2020 07/09 - 07/15 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Expired
A 2020 07/09 - 07/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Expired
A 2020 07/16 - 07/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Expired
B 2020 07/16 - 07/22 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Expired
B 2020 08/01 - 08/07 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Expired
A 2020 08/01 - 08/08 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Expired
A 2020 08/09 - 08/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Sold Out
B 2020 08/09 - 08/15 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Sold Out
B 2020 08/29 - 09/04 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
A 2020 08/29 - 09/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
A 2020 09/06 - 09/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
B 2020 09/06 - 09/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
B 2020 09/20 - 09/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Sold Out
A 2020 09/20 - 09/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Sold Out
A 2020 09/28 - 10/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Sold Out
B 2020 09/28 - 10/04 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Sold Out
B 2020 10/05 - 10/11 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
A 2020 10/05 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
A 2020 10/16 - 10/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
B 2020 10/16 - 10/22 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
B 2020 10/25 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Sold Out
A 2020 10/25 - 11/01 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Sold Out
A 2020 11/05 - 11/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
B 2020 11/05 - 11/11 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
B 2020 11/14 - 11/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
A 2020 11/14 - 11/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
A 2020 11/26 - 12/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
B 2020 11/26 - 12/02 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
B 2020 12/05 - 12/11 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
A 2020 12/05 - 12/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
A 2020 12/20 - 12/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
B 2020 12/20 - 12/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
B 2020 12/28 - 01/03 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
A 2020 12/28 - 01/04 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /6 Reserve
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Tack: Tack is usually bitless (Hackamore and...
Horses: Partbred- and Anglo-Arabian, Thoroughb...
Pace: Extended trots and fast canters and ga...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Kilimanjaro
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