Absolute Maasai Mara Horse Back Safari Experience


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This Absolute Vantage Package takes you through the African savanna, experiencing the big five and other animals on horseback... putting you in the hands of experienced riders and horseback safari experts who have been operating since 1990 and have a stellar reputation for providing un-rivalled mobile horseback safaris amongst big game. Your safari starts upon arrival in Nairobi, with an overnight before flying you to the Maasai Mara where you will spend the next 7 nights exploring the Grand Maasai Mara on horseback, riding up close to elephant, lion and buffalo, or galloping with wildebeest and zebra are life changing experiences. If you are an experienced rider, there is simply no better way to see Kenya than from the back of a well-schooled and fit horse. You will have a mobile tented camp that moves with you, the epitome of what a true 'safari' is all about. After this you will be transferred to Deloraine House in Nakuru for a relaxing 2 nights exploring the farm, ride in the forest, play friendly polo chukkas, do the cross country course, relax by the pool, play tennis and enjoy this beautiful colonial house in the rift valley. You will then be transferred back to Nairobi and leave with your PM international flight to head back home


$9000 

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Day 1 | 7th August 2020: Arrive Kenya, Nairobi with PM Flight. 

Upon arrival in Nairobi, Kenya preferably with PM flight, you will be met by an Absolute Vantage Representative who will facilitate your transfer to Tamarind Tree Hotel for overnight rest.

Main destination: Nairobi

Accommodation: Tamarind Tree Hotel |


Day 2: 8th August 2020: Nairobi > Maasai Mara ***Mara Hippo Camp***

After a leisurely breakfast at Tamarind Tree Hotel, you will be picked and transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight to Mara North in the Masai Mara. Your guide will meet you and drive you to your first camp, set up on the banks of the Mara River adjacent to a teeming hippo pool. Lunch will be served and you will have a little time to relax before meeting your horses and setting off on an evening ride. We will ride and game drive from this camp and you should see herds of zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, and gazelle and there is a good chance of seeing elephant and buffalo as well as lion.  Overnight Mara River.

Main destination: Maasai Mara

Accommodation: Mara Hippo Camp | Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 3: 9th August 2020: Maasai Mara ***Mara Hippo Camp***

We begin the day with an early morning ride, crossing the Mara River for the first time, returning to camp for a light breakfast. After breakfast a game drive will be on offer, driving provides better photographic opportunities than from a horse and exploring more of this Northern part of the Mara has much to offer. We will return in time for lunch and a siesta before setting off on an afternoon ride. We will be back in good time to shower and maybe set off in the vehicles once more for a sun downer and a short night game drive before supper.

Main destination: Maasai Mara

Accommodation: Mara Hippo Camp | Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 4: 10th August 2020: Explore *** Escarpment Soit Olololo Camp***

We leave camp after breakfast at about 9am, heading south towards the park boundary where we meet the river again at one of the famous wildebeest crossings. We cross the river and head southwest across the Mara Triangle, meeting the car with our picnic lunch at around 12:30. After lunch and a siesta we set off at about 16:00 and ascend the Soit Olololol Escarpment. We reach our camp at about 17:30 on the edge of the escarpment and spend the night overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem.

Main destination: Maasai Mara

Accommodation: Soit Olololo Camp | Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: 11th August 2020: Olare Orok Camp

We descend the escarpment after breakfast at about 9am and ride across to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. We head in a westerly direction and descend into the enchanting Olare Orok Valley with a picnic lunch and siesta from about 12:30-15:30 on the way. Reaching our camp in time at about 17:00 in time for tea, there should also be time to do an evening game drive and sundowners, before supper under the stars.

Main destination: Maasai Mara

Accommodation: Olare Orok Camp | Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: 12th August 2020: Olare Orok Camp

Here we will have a full day of exploring this glorious area on horseback, car and possibly on foot. You will have excellent photo opportunities, getting close to buffalo, elephant, lion and maybe cheetah or leopard.

Main destination: Maasai Mara

Accommodation: Olare Orok Camp | Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: 13th August 2020: Olare Lamun Camp

Our third moving day and we break camp in good time as it the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 50kms. Setting off at 7.00am, we have a picnic breakfast stopping from about 10-11am. We continue on until 13:30 where we break again for lunch and a siesta after reaching Ol Kinyei Conservancy. At 16:00 we head to our last camp, arriving at Olare Lamun (the rhino salt lick) nestled in a grove of acacia trees by a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains.

Main destination: Maasai Mara

Accommodation: Olare Lamun Camp | Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: 14th August 2020: Olare Lamun Camp 

After an early wake up we will set off for a morning ride before returning to camp for a light breakfast. We will then set out for a game drive and beautiful walk up the nearby hill called Oloiburmut, returning to camp for a lunch and a siesta. At around 4pm we will drive or ride to visit the local Masai Village.

Main destination: Maasai Mara

Accommodation: Olare Lamun Camp | Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 & 10: 15th & 16th August 2020: Deloraine House

Our last morning ride before saying goodbye to our horses. After a final breakfast you will be driven the offbeat safari vehicle free of charge (approx. 5 hours, leaving the Mara at 11am), or you can book a private charter 2 seater plane from the Mara to Deloraine for an approximate additional cost of $1,200.  Deloraine is the home to offbeat riding safaris, where their 80 + horses live. At Deloraine you can ride in the forest, play friendly polo chukkas, do the cross country course, relax by the pool, play tennis and enjoy this beautiful colonial house in the rift valley. You will be here for 2 nights

Main destination: Nakuru

Accommodation: Deloraine House | Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 11: 17th August 2020: Transfer back to Nairobi and International Departure

After a leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred back to Nairobi. An option of farewell souvenir shopping in Karen, Lunch and dayroom as you await your transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to catch your PM departure flight.