A stunningly beautiful country with the best big game viewing to be found anywhere in Africa, Kenya offers riding visitors the experience of a lifetime, whether you wish a full ten day safari or one of the increasingly popular short breaks.
Riding and staying overnight in a combination of Safari Award Winning tented or lodge accommodation, allows you to venture off the beaten track from the seemingly endless Masai Mara, with its seasonal migration of wildebeest and zebra to the northern hills of Laikipia overlooked by Mount Kenya. Explore the area between the vast dry lake beds of Amboseli to the majestic Chyulu Hills to the West on the back of a horse with Mt Kilimanjaro as the backdrop.
See below for our handpicked selection of recommended horseback safaris in Kenya.
Ideal for Experienced & Novice Riders | Ideal for Families
Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenyas oldest private safari experiences and has been the Craig family home since 1972. There are rides for all standards, and not only on horses. At Lewa Wilderness and Lewa House, located in a renowned sanctuary to the endangered rhino, you can ride horses but you can also ride a camel!
"There is nothing as good as riding out on a crisp morning, overlooked by Mt Kenya, searching for game and enjoying the spectacular, undulating landscape."
Lewa Wilderness sits within one of Kenyas major private conservation success stories; the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. 62,000 acres of varied African terrain, overlooked by the magnificent Mount Kenya, is one of the best wildlife experiences in Africa. The lodge has nine cottages tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewas Eastern Marania Valley, each luxuriously comfortable with the rustic character of a ranch homestead. Natural springs, home-raised livestock, and a 5-acre organic garden is the source of the healthy and delicious cuisine served against the backdrop of passing herds of wildlife.
There are several other choices of lodges located in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy suitable for families, all offering a marvellous experience, so please contact us so we can recommend the most suitable for you.
Riding from Ol Donyo Wuas offers an unforgettable experience. With Mount Kilimanjaro as the backdrop, rides traverse from the vast dry lake beds of Amboseli to the majestic Chyulu Hills (Hemmingway's "Green Hills of Africa") through a variety of fascinating eco systems where over 38 species of large mammals, including the Big Five, roam freely. You certainly won't find any tourists in mini buses out here!
"In all the years we have been riding we have not encountered anything quite so special."
The Lodge has just seven stand alone cottages. Some are two bed, while others are four bed lodges with their own private lounge and swimming pool. The four bed lodges are perfect for families or small groups of friends who prefer extra privacy. All bedrooms have spacious en-suite bathrooms with superb views, a shower and bath, twin vanities and a flush loo with an additional outdoor shower. All rooms (except one) have their own rooftop "star-bed" spot where there are dramatic views over the plains and towards Mount Kilimanjaro. More adventurous guests have the option to experience a night sleeping under the stars on these rooftops.
Imagine riding all day and coming home to a hot bath or shower, a private swimming pool, great food, charming hosts and world class service. You can also enjoy game drives, bush walks and night game drives.
For Experienced Riders
Well established and experienced, Offbeat Safaris offer some of Africa's most exciting mobile riding safaris. Various safaris, for experienced riders only, run to set dates, taking you far off the beaten track staying in a selection of stunning mobile camps and beautiful private lodges. Choose from the Masai Mara, Meru National Park, the Great Rift Valley or the Laikipia region of Northern Kenya.
Founder Tristan Voorspoy, is legendary in his own right as one of Africa's top safari guides. His reputation being built on his charismatic guides, his passion & respect for Africa's wildlife and his high standards of comfort & service offered throughout. After a glorious day in the saddle, sat round the campfire, there are few better story tellers!
These safaris are for experienced riders only. Guests should be comfortable at all paces, be able to gallop and react quickly and safely. Riding is off the beaten track in areas where big game wildlife is abundant and riders should be fit enough to ride between 4 and 6 hours a day.