Kenya has long been Africa’s most storied safari destination. Known for its legendary wildlife and evocative landscape, the concept of safari was born in Kenya, where in Kiswahili the word means “journey”. Kenya’s dramatic contrast and endless array of ecosystems that showcase a host of extraordinary wildlife, makes Kenya a leading destination for safari seekers.
Safari goers mainly experience wildlife viewing in Kenya’s vast savannah’s while on game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, with window seats that allow plenty of room to have the best wildlife sighting. But have you ever imagined going on an extrodinary safari adventure replacing vehicles with horses – this is the ultimate horse-riding safari run by Go Wild Africa.
Go Wild Africa is run from Olepangi Farm, nestled in the foothills of Mount Kenya. Their horse-riding safari’s go into miles and miles of the African bush into the Lolldaiga Hills where wildlife stroll freely across the endless plains. A typical horse-riding safari runs for 5 – 7 nights and they cater for both riders and non-riders. How exciting is that!
Discovering Kenya is going to take you on day-to-day horse riding safari journey with Go Wild Africa:
Day One: You will arrive at Olepangi Farm and spend your first night relaxing at the farm. At the farm, you will be matched with the right horse, the perfect beauty to be your safari partner. You will enjoy sundowners overlooking the valley and chilly nights drinking hot chocolate around the fire pit.
Day Two: Make sure to wake up at dawn and watch the sunrise over the magnificent Mount Kenya. After a delicious and organic breakfast prepared from fresh farm produce you will ride out into the Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, often referred to as the most beautiful ranch in Kenya. You will arrive just in time for lunch followed by an evening game drive which leads you to an exceptionally special sundowner spot with mesmerising views across the conservancy.
Day Three: After a snug with hot water bottles tucked into your cozy sleeping bags, you wake up to the sound of the dawn chorus. After breakfast, you now ride out to explore 49,000 acres of private game reserve. Depending on the season, you might be cantering through open plains or pushing through seas of tall grass, anticipating to come to eye-to-eye with giraffes, antelopes, elephants, buffalo’s, zebras to name a few…
A bush lunch in a shady spot gives the riders and the horses some time to soak into the sights and sounds of your surroundings. A quiet afternoon ride back to base is the perfect time to take pictures and take some time to encounter some of the best bird life viewing. At sunset, you are most likely to come close to an elephant interaction – this is one the most magical moments of your safari. An extra special on this day, evening games drive – lets see who comes out in the dark.
Day Four: On this morning, you will get onto your horse on the first light of dawn to experience the cool and fresh air and the greater game activity. You will head back to camp right in time for a shower and lunch. This afternoon, you will leave the horses to rest and go on a foot exploration down to the eastern part of the ranch where caves to ancient rock art can be found. Your evening will be spent around the campfire toasting to marshmallows.
Day Five: Today is your last riding day, you will be taken through different country making your way through clouds of grass to plains dotted with cedar trees. While passing through woodlands, you might just experience some big game sighting again. This time, your riding pace may increase as you break out into the plains, perhaps disturbing troops of baboons or cantering alongside giraffes or cape buffalo’s. Arriving back at the serene and beautiful Olepangi Farm, there is time to shower before lunch and enjoy the rest of the day relaxing around the farm – it is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
This is an experience that every horse rider and non – rider must try. Go Wild Africa horse riding safari is exceptionally a unique adventure, there is a very low number of visitors to the conservancy making the experience private for riders. It is usually just you, your group and the African wilderness. The mobile camping sites are hand picked and vetted by the founders Clinton and Elizabeth choosing the best surroundings and accessibility to the best parts of the Lolldaiga’s.
If you don’t fancy the camping life, you can stay at the Lolldaiga Farm House, a 1960’s traditional cedar log house set in the set in luscious gardens.