Please note that the itineraries only serve as a guide, all scenarios are dependent on the season and the migration of game. We reserve the right to alter the itineraries in any way. Local weather conditions may also affect game movements.
Number of riders:
Riding groups will normally be no more than 6, maximum 8 guests.
We cater for ‘Intermediate +’ riders on safari rides (i.e. intermediate, strong intermediate and advanced riders). We will take beginners and novices for farm rides only.
In addition riders need to have a fair general physical condition.
The minimum riding requirement for safari rides is the ability to post to the trot for ten minutes at a time and be able to canter with a secure seat, controlling the horse’s speed and direction at all times. Safari rides require prior experience in riding over rough terrain as during the rides we may cross steep valleys, river with seasonally strong current and dry river beds.
At some of these places we will dismount and lead the horses, for this reason riders need to have a fair general physical condition and need to be able to mount unassisted at anytime.
We spend 4 to 6 hours per day in the saddle.
Important for South Amboseli Ride, Meru-Kilimanjaro Big Game Trail and Wilderness Rides: You need to be able to react to the movement of wildlife which may startle the horse. You may also be required to gallop out of trouble so the minimum ability for these rides are ‘ Intermediate’.
It will be at the discretion of the company whether you will be permitted to ride, taking into consideration the safety and enjoyment of the group as a whole.
The horses are much loved, well mannered and in excellent condition. A variety of reliable, for safari-purpose trained horses like Partbred- and Anglo-Arab, Thoroughbred, Trakehner, Bavarian Warmblood, Australian Brumby etc., ranging from 14 – 16.2 hands (140 – 165 cm) high – there is a horse to suit everyone.
The terrain can be uneven with areas of rocks, clumps of grass, thorns and holes. These obstacles can sometimes not be seen from far and therefore require a quick reaction of the horses – they will confidently jump or move around rocks, stones, thorns or holes. The horses are sure footed and will bring the riders safe to where we want to go, however the rider is expected to be balanced enough to follow the movement of the horse.
Tack is usually bitless (Hackamore and Sidepull).
There are good quality treeless (Startrek / Trekker), Endurance (Podium) and Trail Saddles (Sommer, Trailrider / Leon Liversage).
Riders weight limit:
14 stone / 200 lbs or 90 kg
(in exceptional cases 15 stone, 210 lbs or 95 kg but only if you are an advanced rider). The horses will not carry a heavier weight than this.
There is a specific maximum weight each horse can safely carry and it is for this reason that we will weigh riders before assigning their horse.
Please note that the saddles available will fit riders of an average body mass index. Therefore the relationship of size and weight matters and in some cases we might not be able to offer a riding trip even if the rider’s weight is below the required weight limit.
What to bring:
- We recommend a light-weight riding hat – wearing one is your responsibility.
- A shade hat with strap
- Bush color riding clothes (not white or any bright color)
- Cotton riding trousers
- Light-weight riding shoes which are comfortable for walking. We will dismount now and then for a few minutes and sometimes we have walk and lead the horses over difficult terrain.
- Chaps, preferably long chaps to protect you from thorns
- Long sleeved shirts
- A jersey, fleece or multi pocketed waistcoat
- A lightweight, waterproof windbreaker jacket
- Torch or head lamp
- Strong sun block, lip salve, insect repellent with tick prevention
- Film, camera and binoculars on a strong shoulder strap, preferably in a (waterproof) pouch to be secured to belt. The space in the saddle bags is reserved for drinking water and first aid. Please note that there are not spacious enough to use them for cameras, also the risk of them falling out while taking something else in or out is too high.
Every ride will be accompanied by one of the owners as guide and a back-up rider and will be equipped with a GPS, first aid kit and mobile phone.
Please supply us with information regarding any special occasions, dietary requirements or medical conditions before departure and with a copy of your medical insurance. Anyone with severe allergies, heart or respiratory conditions or any other physical limitations must consult their physician.
All guests are required to take out full medical and travel insurance including Flying Doctors Membership, details (e.g. membership number, emergency phone numbers) of which must be submitted prior to arrival.
Please bear in mind that some insurance only cover you if a helmet was worn, in case of an injury.
You can book the membership with one of the the Flying-Doctor-Services (from 15USD to 25 USD depending on stay) through the internet:
AMREF: http://flydoc.org/products (Maisha Tourist Silver).
Or Flying Doctors: www.flyingdoctorsafrica.org
Pls let us know if you like us to book the Flying Doctors membership for you.
Information for riders taking malaria prophylaxis: Bring a good insect repellent and use long-sleeved shirts/trousers for the evening hours.
Deet-based products are very efficient but even most natural Citronella-based products are working really well. There are Deet-products (e.g. NoBite) which can be used to treat clothes before you travel, the deterring effect will last for your whole holiday. Make sure they are effective against ticks, too – wildlife area is tick area!
Most guests seem to tolerate Malarone or Doxicycline well. If you choose other drugs for malaria prophylaxis then consider that some drugs cause physical problems which might have a negative impact on your riding holiday.
You will be required to sign an indemnity form on arrival.