Kenya Riding Safari


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.

Riding Safari in Kenya with DD Kingscote

Travel Africa Director, DD Kingscote, has recently returned from a successful Riding Safari in Kenya with a group of clients. Organised through Safaris (Un) Limited Africa, DD and her group spent a week in Laikipia, a vast expanse of wild country in the central highlands of Kenya rich with fascinatingly diverse cultures, scenic landscapes and abundant wildlife. They traversed three of the greater Laikipia conservancies, Lolldaiga, Ole Naishu and Borana on horseback.

DD has written an article detailing her Riding Safari experience below.

My Sort of Therapy by DD Kingscote

"It's hard to describe the little bit of magic that happens for me when I put my foot down in Africa, especially Kenya, the land of my birth. It's like taking off a heavy winter overcoat and revealing the skin underneath. There are places in Kenya that are so “right" that they bring comfort to one's very soul. So you can see that I am biased before I even begin to tell you about my kind of therapy".


Safaris Unlimited

Safaris Unlimited specialises in offering its guests an intense experience of Africa’s wildlife, landscapes and people. Internationally renowned for its professionalism and extraordinary experiences, this family business was started by Tony Church in 1971 and is now owned by his son, Gordie Church, who shares his father’s passion for wilderness and adventure.

Safaris Unlimited offers an unforgettable journey – on horseback, in a vehicle, on foot or from the air; witness panoramic landscapes of unrivalled beauty. Your own private and professional safari guide will ensure your holiday surprises and excites you, beyond your imagination.

Safaris Unlimited specializes in traditional mobile safaris under canvas with the inclusion of hand-selected boutique lodges. Private mobile camps are pitched in the most secluded and beautiful areas, offering ultimate privacy and total luxury.

Their horseback riding and wildlife safaris are journeys of discovery and exploration in Africa’s wild and remote places. Journeying through the open plains of Kenya on solid crossbred horses offers an unrivalled African experience to see abundant wildlife and habitats off the beaten track.

Borana Lodge

Ideal for Experienced & Novice Riders | Ideal for Families

For both experienced and novice riders and fabulous for families, Borana is a small luxurious lodge, imaginatively designed, situated on the working farm of the historic Dyer family who are 3rd generation Kenyan. Borana is set in a stunning location with panoramic views of Mount Kenya and Kenya's Northern Frontier in the wonderfully remote Laikipia District.

Experienced Riders - The horses at Borana are suitable for the more experienced rider. Guests can explore the ranch with guides searching for the big game that abounds there. Picnic lunches and sundowners are organised for those wanting a day's ride; similarly, a hack before breakfast is just as easy to arrange. Flexibility is the key at Borana; you can ride all day; go on a mobile tented safari down into the remote Seiko Valley, or, combine riding with guided bush walks, mountain biking, game viewing and farm visits whilst enjoying this sensational location.

Novice Riders - Not far from Borana lodge, at the foot of the escarpment is the Ngare Ndare River. Here Rose Dyer keeps a stable of horses and ponies home bred especially for their temperament so they are suitable for novices. This is an old Kenya working farm which embodies the character of a Kenya settler's life. Chatting to Rose and Tony Dyer, who are part of the local history, is worth a visit in itself.

GoWild Africa

Ideal for Experienced & Novice Riders | Ideal for Families

GoWild Africa is a family-owned safari company situated at the foothills of Mt Kenya – the heart of wild Africa! Going on “safari” is an incredible experience and something that we believe everyone should do at least once in their life.

Use Olepangi Farm as a base to explore Laikipia with riding lessons on offer for beginners and longer outrides or polo lessons for experienced riders. Day trips include 4x4 safaris in Ol Pejeta, Samburu and Lolldaiga Ranch, walk and explore Ngare Ndare forest where there is a tree top walkway and beautiful blue pools to swim in, and for those who want a challenge hike up Mt Ololokwe!

You can also choose from a 5 or 7 night itinerary and enjoy a safari in Lolldaiga Ranch, said to be the most beautiful ranch in Kenya. You can be taken out on horseback (experienced riders only), on foot and in a 4x4 game vehicle. Their base is a private campsite with spacious dome tents, stretcher beds with cosy sleeping bags, mess tent, long drop loos and bucket showers. Evenings are spent around the campfire under the starry African sky.

Lewa Wilderness

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. 

Sosian Horseback Safaris

For Experienced Riders

Sosian is a 24,000 acre private wildlife conservancy which prides itself on managing a unique blend of tourism, conservation and traditional cattle ranching in Laikipia’s highlands offering the perfect setting for an “Out of Africa” equestrian adventure for the whole family.

In addition to horseback, Sosian is perfect for walking, game drives and camel riding. The ranch has numerous trails of varying levels of difficulty, and a ready supply of well-trained horses. Not for complete beginners, but not to be missed by anyone keen on riding. Most of the horses are thoroughbreds and crosses, ranging from 14 hands to 16 hands and a combination of English saddles and Australian Stock saddles are used.

Riders must have considerable riding experience and be confident at all paces. Rides tend to be 2-3 hours in the morning and/or evenings led by an experienced guide.

Offbeat Safaris

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.

Ol Donyo Wuas Lodge

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.