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Essential data

Group size:

Min. 2 max. 12
Age >12yrs

Grade:

[4] - Experience required (3-7 hours riding per day)

Duration:

8 day , 7 nights (you can extend)

Depart dates:

01 Jan - 31 Dec 2005

Departure point:

Johannesburg international airport

Finish point:

Johannesburg international airport
Trails for Africa Kenya horseback safari
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Chyulu trail to Kilimanjaro, an 8 day (7 nights under canvas) luxury ride in the shadows of Mt Kilimanjaro. (Actual riding days = 6.5 and/or 1 day by vehicle in Amboseli National Park). This fabulous ride takes us along the world's youngest mountain range, the Chyulu Hills - smoothly shaped, grass covered rolling country rising to 7 000 ft above sea level. Between the Chyulus and Mt Kilimanjaro are vast plains occupied by a wide variety of wild animals co-existing with the nomadic Masai. It is Hemingway's 'Green Hills of Africa' and 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro' at one sitting. This will be an African dream.

Price includes: Airfare Johannesburg - Nairobi - Johannesburg on South African Airways; Transfers; Accommodation in Nairobi on a bed and breakfast basis; 7 night's tented accommodation including all meals and drinks; Professional guide; Full compliment of safari crew (cooks, waiters, mechanics, drivers, grooms, porters and tent stewards); Safari equipment and support vehicles; Horses and saddlery; All camping and park/wilderness concession fees .

Price excludes: visas, travel insurance, health requirements, gratuities, all items of a personal nature and any service not specified.

Notes:

  • We reserve the right to alter or change itineraries due to circumstances beyond our control.
  • Riding safaris are undertaken at your own risk and we insist you have your own accident and medical insurance.
  • Riders must be experienced and confident at all paces. Approximately 3 - 7 hours are spent in the saddle each day.
  • Mornings and evenings in the Kenya highlands can be very cold. You should bring warm clothing and a waterproof. Proper riding gear is essential.
  • We ride English on trekking saddles. We do not have any western saddles.

  • Detailed intinerary

    Day 1: Depart Johannesburg International Airport on South African Airways to Nairobi. On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Mayfair Court Holiday Inn, located in the suburb of Westlands. Overnight here on a bed and breakfast basis.

    Day 2: A professional guide from Safaris Unlimited will meet you at your hotel after breakfast. We then drive from Nairobi down the Mombasa Road, over the hills at Kilima Kiu to Emali where we branch off towards the beautiful Chyulu Hills. After about three and a half hours we reach Muereshi on the Kiboko Sand lugga (dry river bed) and find our private camp set up under some shady acacia trees. Afternoon ride to familiarise ourselves with the horses amongst the game where we may see Grant's gazelle, lesser kudu, Masai giraffe, Burchell's zebra, Kirk's dik dik and more. All meals in camp. Overnight : Mobile Tented Camp ~ Muereshi, Southern Masailand.

    Day 3: We saddle up after breakfast and ride south across the semi arid Muereshi Plains with a picnic lunch on the slopes of Ol Doinyo Lambajai Hill before continuing to Ol Doinyo Enkirodini at the northern end of the Chyulu Hills. The Chyulu's are the youngest range of mountains in the world dating back only several hundred years. These volcanic hills are beautifully shaped and forested at the top. We expect to see a variety of plains game, as well as the rare gerenuk and the fringe-eared oryx. The nomadic Masai tribesmen with their herds of cattle have wandered these vast and varied landscapes co-existing with the game for several hundreds of years. During the safari we will have many opportunities to enjoy the company and wisdom of these fascinating people. Dinner in camp. Overnight : Mobile Tented Camp ~ Enkiroriti, Southern Masailand

    Day 4: Morning and evening game rides on horseback in search of game: white-bearded wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle, lion, cheetah and stripped hyena, in this stunningly scenic landscape around Ol Doinyo Sambu and Enkirodini - a large cinder cone rising out of the Mbirikani Steppe. Ornithologists will find the birdlife a constant source of fascination. All meals in camp. Overnight : Mobile Tented Camp ~ Enkiroriti, Southern Masailand.

    Day 5: After breakfast we ride across the savanna plains leaving El Mau Hill to the west. Here the lava flows reach the low country and provide ideal cover for lion, elephant and Cape buffalo. We expect to see herds of plains game against the back-drop of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After a picnic lunch our trail takes us up into the wooded Chyulu Hills to an altitude of about 5 000 ft where our camp is set up near a small yet impressive caldera. The views out across the plains to 'Kili' are quite breathtaking. Dinner in camp. Overnight : Mobile Tented Camp ~ Crater Camp, Chyulu Hills.

    Day 6: Today we ride along the crest of these volcanic mountains, covered in red oat grass and copses of indigenous forest trees. The mornings can be misty with the cloud moisture feeding a variety of orchids and 'old-mans-beard' (Spanish moss) which are found draped over the African cedar trees. We hope to see Coke's hartebeest, East African eland, and Chanler's mountain reedbuck on this day. We enjoy a picnic lunch at over 6 000 ft before the trail descends to Oltiasika and on to find camp below the rock cliffs of Leyangaji Hill. These cliffs are a retreat for a large troop of olive baboon. The land sweeps away to the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the west. Dinner in camp. Overnight : Mobile Tented Camp ~ Leyangaji, Southern Masailand

    Day 7: A full day in the saddle passing Lake Olugarua Le Soit Pus and the Lolterish stream with panoramic views dominated by the twin peaks of Mawenzi (16 900 ft) and Kibo (19 320 ft) forming the dome of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Elephant often pass through this low hot country to drink from the Lolterish. We ride pass several Masai manyattas (villages) and we will enjoy close contact with these fascinating and most colourful nomadic people. The young warriors often tend to their livestock on the lower slopes of the Chyulu Range. Picnic lunch with dinner in camp. Overnight : Mobile Tented Camp ~ Engiyaa Kopje, Southern Masailand.

    Day 8: A full days game drive using our 4x4 safari vehicles in the world famous Amboseli National Park to photograph the wildlife at close quarters. This park boasts a large and well protected elephant population, which often feed in the permanent swamps throughout this wilderness. Birdlife along the different watercourses is phenomenal. Picnic lunch with dinner in camp. Overnight : Mobile Tented Camp ~ Engiyaa Kopje, Southern Masailand.

    Day 9: After a 'full Monty' breakfast we say our goodbyes to the camp staff and horses and return by vehicle to Nairobi in time for the afternoon flight on South African Airways to Johannesburg.


    Please Note:Terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to change prices if necessary.

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    Elephants up close
    Elephants up close

    Lion on the banks of kazinga channel
    Lion on the banks of kazinga channel

     
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