Tanzania Safari Getaways

Tanzania Tanzania: (IT-TZRT05S)
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Introduction
Tanzania Tanzania
Watch Big Game from the back of your horse at Mt. Kilimanjaro

With the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro rising to your East and Mt. Meru to the West, Longido further North and the Rift Valley in the distance, this safari takes place in one of the most dramatically beautiful settings in East Africa. Exploring your environment, bush and game area on horseback is the perfect way to experience the real African Bush! Follow in Hemingway’s footsteps over the western game corridor of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Enjoy the diverse scenery and flora and fauna, from the montane forest to the western savannah, where African animals roam freely as they have for thousands of years. This safari is designed for experienced riders and offers breathtaking views, exhilarating canters and close contact with wildlife such as elephant, zebra, eland, wildebeest – to name but a few. Enjoy the 24 hour bush-experience, lighted by lanterns, listening to animal voices next to the camp fire- an experience you won't soon forget!

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a wilderness wide, so nights will be a mixture of farm-stay and camping.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes
Night 1: The Farm
Night 2 & 3: Camping

The Farm
The farm is an intimate small lodge, is located on a lovingly restored old coffee estate. We accommodate our guests in comfortable, spacious cottages, most of which feature a spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro. We have 5 cottages total: 4 with double beds and 1 family guest house with 2 double and 1 single bed). All cottages have en-suite bathroom, private verandah, early morning tea-coffee service for wake-up-call, and laundry service.
There is no open Wi-Fi internet access available on the farm. So make sure during your stay your will survive without permanent online connection or you may purchase a internet-enabled sim card for your own smartphone/i-Pad which you can get in the next town. Registration by id-card and fingerprints is required if purchasing a local sim card.

Camping
Spacious tents of 3m x 3.80m are equipped with comfortable beds and linen, private verandah, and en-suite bath tent with toilet, sink and a shower, which the crew fills up with hot water every night.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement fee is waived if the rider is willing to stay in a smaller tent with bath facilities next to the tent on camping nights.


Meals
All meals are included from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day.

Meals are prepared fresh and most of the ingredients are produced on the farm. This includes most vegetables, meat, milk and milk products. There will be fresh home-baked bread on your table every morning. There will also be home-made confectionary available in the afternoon.

Depending on the schedule, lunch will be served in camp or under a shady tree as a picnic, usually at a scenic place (on a hill, under an acacia tree, etc). Breakfast and dinner will usually be taken in camp, depending on the weather and temperature this might be in the mess tent or again at a scenic place near camp.

Non-alcoholic drinks like water, homemade juices, tea, coffee available throughout the day. For safety considerations we will not serve alcohol for lunch if a riding itinerary is scheduled for the afternoon. If no riding then beer or wine can be served for lunch. In the evening there will be sunset drinks, and beer and wine with dinner.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Level
This ride caters to strong intermediate riders and above. Participants should be able to post to the trot for 10 minutes at a time and be able to canter with a secure seat, controlling the horse’s speed and direction at all times. In addition, prior experience in riding over rough terrain is required as we may cross steep valleys, river with seasonally strong current and dry riverbeds.
You need to be able to react to the movement of wildlife, which may startle the horse. You may also be required to gallop out of trouble.
At times, we will dismount and lead the horses. For this reason, riders need to have a fair general physical condition and need to be able to mount unassisted at any time.
It will be at the discretion of the company whether you will be permitted to ride, taking into consideration the safety and enjoyment of the group as a whole. So please do not over estimate your riding skills, as you will not receive a refund if you are denied.

Riding style
The riding style is “Endurance style”, probably most similar of a relaxed British/European leisure style. This means fairly long reigns, the horses will also respond to riding with one hand only (,neck reining‘ - as we assume that riders often need their other hand for making pictures. The ground can be uneven and in order to release the back of the horse we stay in “half seat” during trot or canter.

Pace & Riding Terrain
Plains game with many zebra, wildebeest, and antelope, and hopefully elephants in the savannah of West Kilimanjaro. Therefore variable paces possible, including long canters, even with herds of giraffe or zebra.We spend 4 to 6 hours per day in the saddle.

Horses
The horses are much loved, well-mannered and in excellent condition. We have a variety of reliable, safari-purpose trained horses like Part bred Anglo-Arab, Thoroughbred, Trakehner, Bavarian Warmblood, Australian Brumby etc., ranging from 14 – 16.2 hands (140 – 165 cm) high. There is a horse to suit everyone. Forward and fast or solid and steady, let them know what you like!
Our safari horses have a good ´bush sense´ – constantly training as additionally to their training they roam 24/7 on huge pastures and paddocks with all sorts of different terrain.
The offspring starts early getting experience as they, from an early age, join their mothers on outrides on the farm and into the bush.

Guide
Every ride will be accompanied by one of the owners as guide and a back-up rider. They will be equipped with a GPS, first aid kit, mobile phone and radio-call.

Hosts
Your hosts are experienced Veterinary Practitioners who care for the needs of the domestic and ‘wild’ creatures of the area and provide a constant warm welcome to two- and four-legged visitors alike.
They were both professional Endurance riders in the past.

Weight Limit
200 lbs (some exceptions for highly experienced riders). There is a specific maximum weight each horse can safely carry and it is for this reason that we will weigh riders before assigning their horse. Please note that the saddles available will fit riders of an average body mass index. Therefore, the relationship of size and weight matters and in some cases we might not be able to offer a riding trip even if the rider’s weight is below the required weight limit.

Travel Insurance
All guests are required to take out full medical and travel insurance including Flying Doctors Membership, details (e.g. membership number, emergency phone numbers) of which must be submitted prior to arrival. Please bear in mind that some insurance only cover you if a helmet was worn, in case of an injury. You can book the membership with one of the Flying-Doctor-Services through the internet.

Non-Riders
Alternative itinerary for non-riding attendant can be arranged.

Child Policy
We will only take riders from over 15 years on our horseback safaris. They must be accompanied by a parent or their guardian. In exemptions we might take riders below our minimum age requirements on horseback-safaris, depending on size, fitness and riding abilities. There is no reduced rate, the rate will be the same as for adults.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival at the farm on the Foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Arrive late afternoon at the farm, our starting point for the safari. The 358-acre coffee and horse farm is nestled into the lower slopes of 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. The scenery of Africa as known from films. 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 for the next two nights is waiting for you and our ever-friendly 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.

Day 2: Tracking Wildlife
We will wake up early and start for a long ride in this wilderness area, tracking amongst others elephant, zebra, wildebeest and many antelope (Elands, Thomson, Grant and Impala), occasionally buffalo. A late lunch will await us, 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 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.

Day 3: More game... on the ride towards Mt. Kilimanjaro
Another long morning ride for spotting game along the western boundary of the reserve. In addition to the ever-present antelopes, zebras and gazelles, we’ll keep an eye out for giraffes, ostriches, warthogs and maybe a cheetah. What we really hope for though, is the chance for a peaceful meeting with a herd of magnificent African elephants and we will explore the area of “Tembobridge” to seek out herds in between the euphorbia forest. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera! 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 vehicle and transport horses and guests back to the Farm. Enjoy the view of Mt. Kilimanjaro while sitting on the veranda with a sunset drink.

Day 4: More game ... on the ride towards Mt. Kilimanjaro
After a relaxed breakfast there may be enough time to have a 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 are here because they were found 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.

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* 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.


Rates and Dates for Tanzania Safari Getaways

Rates include:

Accommodations (1 night farm, 2 nights at camp) with all meals, non-alcoholic drinks, wine with dinner, sunset-drinks (happy hour), activities described as in the itinerary, sutiable riding horse including equipment, entrance fees in national and private reserves, back-up vehicle, transfers from and to the farm - Kilimanjaro Airport, English speaking guides.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20194 day trip, AP$2750
Minimum Deposit: ~$50.00 per person

Rates Note:

50% deposit required.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

50% deposit required.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Return transfers included from Kilimanjaro Int Airport $0
2019 Community/Conservation/Entry/WMA/Wildlife/Activity Fees, (MANDATORY) PP- subject to changes $430
2019 Single supplement (in single tent)- No added fee $0
2019 Single supplement (double or twin tent) $350

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 03/30 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 06/01 - 12/31 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve

Dates Note:
Dates are available on request with 2+ riders

Rates do not include:

Tips and gratuities, laundry and phone calls, other items of a personal nature, alcoholic beverages. . NEW 18% VAT implemented by the government of Tanzania.

Other Info
Meeting: Kilimanjaro Airport
Airport: Kilimanjaro
Transfer: Kilimanjaro Airport

Climate:
                                                Arusha area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

82

84

83

79

74

73

73

75

78

81

81

81

Average Low Temperature (°F)

61

62

64

64

63

59

58

59

60

62

63

62

Average High Temperature (°C)

28

29

28

25

23

23

23

24

26

27

27

27

Average Low Temperature (°C)

16

17

18

18

17

15

15

15

15

16

17

17

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

7

6

9

15

10

3

1

1

1

3

8

8

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Tanzania is hot throughout the year and is humid on the coast and dry on the central plateau.
The heavy rains last from March to June and can make unsealed road travel difficult.
The hot, dry weather in January and February attracts the most tourists.
 
The best time to visit the Serengeti is from January to March when the grazers are calving and there are plenty of lions around, or to witness the wildebeest migration to and from Kenya which occurs at the onset of the dry season and again with the first rains, usually the beginning of June and mid-November.

Best time to do this ride is August or September since it is not hot or too dusty and usually with good game viewings.

What To Bring:
What to Bring
- A hard but well ventilated light-weight riding hat. However, wearing one is your responsibility but check with your insurance policy- you might lose your insurance cover if you don't wear a hard hat!
- A shade hat with strap
- Bush color riding clothes (not white or any bright color)**
- Riding trousers
- Light-weight riding shoes which are also comfortable for walking. Sometimes we will dismount and walk because the horses wneeds to be led over difficult terrain.
- Chaps, preferably long chaps to protect you from thorns (doesn’t have to be leather)
- Long sleeved shirts
- A jersey, fleece or multi pocketed waistcoat
- A lightweight, waterproof windbreaker jacket
- Torch or head lamp
- Sun block 50+, lip salve with sun blocker, insect repellent with tick prevention***
- Film, camera and binoculars on a strong shoulder strap, preferably in a (waterproof) pouch to be secured to belt.****

Remarks:
*For sun protection you should have a hat with a wide brim.

**Animals will react to white or bright (e.g. red) colors, so you should wear earth colors, such as sand, olive, browns, however dark blue or black are also ok, but might be hot.

***Game country is always tick country... make sure your insect repellent also protects you from ticks. Additionally we recommend you treat your clothes with a special repellent for clothes (e.g. from NoBite). Do this before you start your journey, the effect lasts for several weeks and it really makes a difference!

****There is no space on horse for you to put any heavy or big items such as a BIG camera. To carry it in a back pack is also unpractical as you never have it in your hand if you need it.
If you like to carry a camera then this has to go in a proper camera bag that protects the camera from dust and rain, at the same time it must be easily accessible, otherwise you’ll never get good pictures. Most practical are camera bags you can secure with a strong shoulder bag and additionally on your waist belt. Alternatively you may take a small camera (that easily goes in any pocket or on the waist belt) and keep the big camera in the back pack you send with the lunch vehicle.

Note: During safari ,in the bush‘ there is no electricity available! Make sure you have enough fully charged batteries or a full charged power bank for your
devices.

All the luggage is transported by support vehicle. There will be drinking water on the horse as well and you also should bring your rain jacket on every ride (this can be tied on the saddle). The remaining space after we packed drinking water may be used for a few, very small items, like sun screen.