West-Kilimanjaro Wilderness Ride : 4 days
Day 1 : Arrival at Makoa Farm
You will arrive late afternoon on Makoa Farm, our starting point for the safari. The 358-acre coffee and horse farm is nestled into the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro. The house and rooms are situated to take in spectacular views of this impressive mountain, Africa’s highest peak.
In the afternoon we will introduce you to the horses and start on a ride so you can become familiar with horses, tack and riding style. For the non-riders this is time to settle in their rooms or to stretch their legs on a relaxed walk.
Both, ride and walk, follow the boundary of the farm through grass and bush land which is used for grazing horses and cattle. Wild animals also inhabit the area, and unlike on other farms, we welcome them. These include Sykes monkeys, yellow baboons, duikers, bushbucks, reedbucks and bush pigs as well as nocturnal animals like aardvarks, porcupines and jackals.
In the evening you will receive a briefing on all details about the safari and riding in game area.
Day 2 : West-Kilimanjaro Wilderness
After breakfast you will be transferred to a meeting point, the horses will be waiting for you. On the plains between Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru we start our ride to the northwest. The non-riders have their own vehicle and this will be the first game drive for them, they also might spot the rider group on the way. The landscape changes completely as we head through a mixture of open grassland and thorn bush savannah. This is a long ride interrupted by a short break and some snacks on the way. We may encounter the first antelopes, zebra maybe some ostriches and jackals.
For sure we will meet indigenous Masai herding their cattle. If you are interested then you may take the chance to visit them in their Masai Boma to learn more about their daily life later this afternoon.
Late lunch will be prepared next to a water hole, the elevated wooden platform offers great wildlife viewing during your meal. The sightings will keep your camera busy and the warm afternoon light will provide the best background. If you are interested in Masai culture then you will do an excursion to visit them after lunch. Alternatively you may decide for another sunset-ride or take the chance for a little walk to our near camp for a sun downer drink. For the next two nights you will stay at Ndarakwai Camp. This is a permanent tented lodge on Ndarakwai Ranch, West Kilimanjaro. With views of both Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, the camp is nestled in a lush forest of towering fig, podo, and yellow-barked acacias that line the seasonal Ngare Nairobi River (North). Back in camp you will enjoy your spacious and comfortable tent and after the traditional bush shower we meet for dinner.
Day 3 : Out of Africa
TWake up early with a cup of steaming tea or coffee served in your tent. This will be an exciting day for game viewing; the route will be mostly dictated by the game situation. We mount our horses and head out into the savannah. You are in the heart of the West-Kilimanjaro wilderness and we may find seasonally large herds of Elands, sometimes up to 100, and up to 200 Elephants. Kori bustards and secretary birds are often seen here stalking their prey. Slowly and carefully we approach the wildlife we find along the way – lesser kudus, antelopes, gazelles and a lot of other animals. If you feel up to it, you can canter with zebras and wildebeests. This is a safari the way it was meant to be!
The non-riders and their ranger will find their own route through the wilderness and meet with the riders at Mgunga. Here the whole group will be welcomed by the crew with a delicious picnic lunch in the shade of an ancient African Acacia tree, with stunning views of Mt. Meru.
Late afternoon we ride on another route back to camp, while we enjoy the sunset from horseback in the savannah.
Evening rides are especially good for photography because of the beautiful light, and with photos in mind, it will be a calm ride. The non-riders may decide to walk or drive back (with the picnic vehicle) to camp.
Day 4 : More game… on the ride towards Mt. Kilimanjaro
Start early for a long morning ride for spotting game along the western boundary of the ranch. In addition to the ever-present antelopes, zebras and gazelles, we’ll keep an eye out for giraffes, ostriches, warthogs and maybe a cheetah. What we really hope for though, is the chance for a peaceful meeting with a herd of magnificent African elephants and we will explore the area of “Tembobridge” to seek out herds in between the euphorbia forest. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera!
The non-riders may decide to go for a game walk or a game drive. Maybe climb Pasironga Hill that offers an incredible view over the whole area, from here you can observe game movements and even the riders group.
Later we continue our way southeast passing the plains between Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. See herd animals watching the horses with interest, have a canter with zebra and eland, then we stop en route for a picnic lunch.
The non-riders will drive by 4xvehicle to the picnic point. Later afternoon we meet the vehicle and transport horses and guests back to Makoa Farm. Enjoy the view of Mt.Kilimanjaro while sitting on the veranda with a sunset drink.
Later departure for your onwards or homewards journey or opt for another night at Makoa for a more relaxed pace.
The package is inclusive of :
Horse and all equipment, German & English speaking guide, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks during the day, luggage transfers where necessary
1 night full board accommodation at the farm, 2 nights full board fly-camping in the bush, transfers to and from Makoa Farm.
The package is exclusive of:
personal expenses, tips, gratuities for safari guide and camp staff, airport departure tax, travel insurance, Visa and Passport fees.