Arusha National Park's dense vegetation hosts great numbers of big game ...several primate species including the black&white colobus monkey, flamingo and numerous birds. Elephant are present although rather shy. Due to the resident big game in the forest and on the glades this ride is suitable for intermediate riders and for safety reasons we can not take beginners or novice riders. The day ride will start at Ngongongare Gate and you will … [Read more...]
Farm Holidays and Horse Riding Adventures in Tanzania - on the Foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Makoa-Farm, an intimate small lodge, is located on a lovingly restored old coffee estate. We accommodate our guests in comfortable, spacious rooms, most of which feature a spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro.
On Makoa-Farm we offer an activity package with horserides in and around the farm, catering for all sorts of different riding abilities, further various other activities like excursions, guided hikes, visits of tribal people, village walks, market visits, etc.
The landscape and scenery are as diverse as they are enchanting. Much of the farmland is devoted to conservation, bordered by two rivers, each filled with towering trees - a habitat we are committed to preserving. The birdlife is phenomenal, monkeys, small antelope and nocturnal game abound, and are frequently seen and heard.
The farm is near Kilimanjaro's Machame Gate with access to the spectacular rainforest on the mountain's lower slopes. The area is home to the Chagga people whose small villages and coffee farms dot the hillsides. On the plains to the south, Masai graze their cattle. The area is rich in diversity and surprisingly free of the tourist trappings.
In addition to twenty five horses it is home to a variety of farm and pet animals such as donkeys, pigs, cattle, small four-legged creatures like rabbits and guinea pigs and different kinds of poultry and fowl. The occasional orphaned or injured wild animal spends time as an in-patient in the veterinary clinic. Susi and Schroeder, the pet pigs, Gin and Tonic, the tame bush pigs, and many others add to giving Makoa a delightful old country feel.
Produce from our own farm and kitchen garden (the bounty of which we happily share with monkeys, duikers and a myriad of other small creatures) is used to prepare the wonderful meals on offer.
The scenery alone is worth the visit Few farms enjoy such a stunning setting – with Kilimanjaro rising majestically to the north and the plains of the Maasai Steppe spreading out to the south. The farm is set on a ridge bordered by two rivers, so spectacular views accompany you throughout your ride. For the most part you will ride through the natural grass and bush land of and around the farm. Birds call as you pass, butterflies float around … [Read more...]
Wildlife, beautiful scenery and contact to the Masai and Chagga tribal people... on the Foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro On horseback the pace is ideal to getting to know the country. Feel like “out of Africa” in the savannah with animals roaming freely – and with Masai herding their livestock in close proximity as they might have done since hundreds of years. While trekking along the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro you will see much more than you … [Read more...]