Kilimanjaro Big Game

Tanzania Tanzania: (IT-TZRT05)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/tanzania_kilimanjaro_game_trail.aspx

Introduction
Tanzania Tanzania
Follow in Hemingway’s footsteps...

Come ride with us over the western game corridor of Mt. Kilimanjaro and enjoy the diverse flora and fauna, from the mountain forests to the savannah in the West, where the wildlife roams freely, just as they have for thousands of years. With the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro rising to your East and Mt. Meru to the West, Tanzania is a country famous for its plentiful wildlife and fantastic scenery - for good reason! Here is where you will find the greatest concentration of wild animals left anywhere in the world, extremes of climates unknown in the western world, and people with cultural backgrounds so distinct from your own that you are forced to question all your previous beliefs and  way of life. This is wild Tanzania and here is your opportunity for the exploration of a life time from the back of a horse! This safari is designed for experienced riders and offers breathtaking views, exhilarating canters and close contact with wildlife such as elephant, zebra, eland, wildebeest - to name but a few.

Exploring on horseback is the perfect way to experience the real African Bush! Enjoy 24 hour days in the wilderness; listen to the voices of the animals from around the camp fire and as you drift off to sleep at night! Our aim is to offer our guests an intimate experience with nature, affording them the very best that East Africa has to offer on safari. Our trips are highly personalized, very much ‘off the beaten track’ and away from any human settlements that disrupt the natural environment. You will be accompanied on all rides and activities by your hosts ensuring that your riding holiday will be a truly memorable one. Your hosts are both veterinarians and ensure first class condition of the horses, even in the challenging circumstances of the bush!

A shorter 4 day/ 3 night Safari option is available throughout the year on request with 2+ riders, which can be combined with extra days at the farm. Game viewing is possible even if you are on a tight schedule. If you are an experienced rider, we invite you to join us for an unforgettable adventure. As we ride through the African bush, far away from roads and other tourists, we share the pristine habitat with elephants, wildebeests, giraffes, gazelles, and more. 
 

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a wilderness ride, so nights will be a mixture of guesthouses and camping.

Description
You will spend 2 nights in cottages at the farm and 5 nights camping. Below you'll find the proposed locations, however the exact location always depends on wildlife movements - Tanzania remains unfenced and animals move freely. Our aim is to show our guests as much wildlife as possible and therefore we will adapt the locations whenever required to reach this goal.

Night 1 & 7: The Farm
Night 2 & 3: Camping at the border of Arusha NP
Night 4: Camping in Masailand
Night 5 & 6: Camping in Enduimet

The Farm
The farm is an intimate small lodge, is located on a lovingly restored old coffee estate. We accommodate our guests in comfortable, spacious cottages, most of which feature a spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro. We have 5 cottages total: 4 with double beds and 1 family guest house with 2 double and 1 single bed). All cottages have en-suite bathroom, private verandah, early morning tea-coffee service for wake-up-call, and laundry service.

Camping
Spacious tents of 3m x 3.80m are equipped with comfortable beds and linen, private verandah, and en-suite bath tent with toilet, sink and a shower, which the crew fills up with hot water every night.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement fee is waived if the rider is willing to stay in a smaller tent with bath facilities next to the tent.

Internet availability
There is no open Wi-Fi internet access available on Makoa-Farm as there is only a private satellite connection for our office work, with daily limited consumption. So make sure during your stay your will survive without permanent online connection or you may purchase a internet-enabled sim card for your own smartphone/i-Pad which you can get in the next town. Registration by id-card and fingerprints is required if purchasing a local sim card.


Meals
All meals are included from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day. Meals are prepared fresh and most of the ingredients are produced on the farm. This includes most vegetables, meat, milk and milk products. There will be fresh home-baked bread on your table every morning. There will also be home-made confectionary available in the afternoon. Depending on the schedule, lunch will be served in camp or under a shady tree as a picnic. Non-alcoholic drinks like water, homemade juices, tea, coffee available throughout the day. For safety considerations we will not serve alcohol for lunch if a riding itinerary is scheduled for the afternoon. If no riding then beer or wine can be served for lunch. In the evening there will be sunset drinks, and beer and wine with dinner. Lunch will usually be taken en route at a scenic place (on a hill, under an acacia tree, etc). Breakfast and dinner will usually be taken in camp, depending on the weather and temperature this might be in the mess tent or again at a scenic place near camp.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Level
This ride caters to strong intermediate riders and above. Participants should be able to post to the trot for 10 minutes at a time and be able to canter with a secure seat, controlling the horse’s speed and direction at all times. In addition, prior experience in riding over rough terrain is required as we may cross steep valleys, river with seasonally strong current and dry riverbeds.
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.
At times, 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 any time.
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. So please do not over estimate your riding skills, as you will not receive a refund if you are denied.

Riding style
The riding style is “Endurance style”, probably most similar of a relaxed British/European leisure style. This means fairly long reigns, the horses will also respond to riding with one hand only (,neck reining‘ - as we assume that riders often need their other hand for making pictures. The ground can be uneven and in order to release the back of the horse we stay in “half seat” during trot or canter.

Pace & Riding Terrain
The ride offers various landscapes, from dense mountain forest, lush glades, swamps with springs and rivers to savannah. The terrain can be steep, rocky, thorny or with holes and for this reason the predominant pace will be walk, with only few trot or canters for a change. The ride is still demanding, and riders need to manage riding up or down steep hills, as well as small jumps over rivers or logs, sometimes might need to jump off the horse so the horse can maneuver over or through a tricky passage. We spend 4 to 6 hours per day in the saddle.

Horses
The horses are much loved, well-mannered and in excellent condition. We have a variety of reliable, safari-purpose trained horses like Part bred 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. Forward and fast or solid and steady, let them know what you like!
Our safari horses have a good ´bush sense´ – constantly training as additionally to their training they roam 24/7 on huge pastures and paddocks with all sorts of different terrain.
The offspring starts early getting experience as they, from an early age, join their mothers on outrides on the farm and into the bush.

Guide
Every ride will be accompanied by one of the owners as guide and a back-up rider. They will be equipped with a GPS, first aid kit, mobile phone and radio-call.

Hosts
Your hosts are experienced Veterinary Practitioners who care for the needs of the domestic and ‘wild’ creatures of the area and provide a constant warm welcome to two- and four-legged visitors alike.
They were both professional Endurance riders in the past.

Weight Limit
200 lbs (some exceptions for highly experienced riders). 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.

Travel Insurance
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 Flying-Doctor-Services through the internet.

Non-Riders
Alternative itinerary for non-riding attendant can be arranged.

Child Policy
We will only take riders from over 15 years on our horseback safaris. They must be accompanied by a parent or their guardian. In exemptions we might take riders below our minimum age requirements on horseback-safaris, depending on size, fitness and riding abilities. There is no reduced rate, the rate will be the same as for adults.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival at the farm on the Foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Arrive at the 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! During the afternoon we will introduce you to the horses, and help you choose one to match your size and skill. Then we take you on a ride so you can become familiar with your horse.

Day 2: Arusha National Park
Early breakfast and transfer of riders and horses to Arusha National Park. Arusha National Park encompasses Mt. Meru which is the 2nd highest mountain in Tanzania and the 3rd highest free-standing mountain in Africa. There are dramatic variations in scenery: open savannah, dense forest and thick bush, impressive craters and many lakes. Furthermore there are 5 distinct vegetation zones which host a wealth of flora and fauna, Arusha Park is home to some of the most impressive big game such as leopard, elephant, and buffalo. We begin our ride and soon we reach the area known as “Little Serengeti” which is open pasture, home to plains game. Afterwards we will continue our way by passing through various glades and forests with breathtaking scenery. Often enough spoor and fresh smell will remind us of the close proximity of the forest inhabitants. We will pass by the Park-Resthouse, the original home of the famous "White Huntress" Margarete Trappe. Then we continue towards Mt. Meru and just before sunset should arrive at our mobile camp in the middle of the fantastic setting of this impressive mountain. Our private mobile camp is waiting for you and the crew will make sure your stay will be a comfortable one. Spacious tents are equipped with comfortable beds and linen and en-suite bathroom, shower, and wash basin, which the crew will fill up with steaming hot water every night. Your dinner is prepared on nothing more than a wood fire, served under the stars (weather depending there might be a mess tent). Our camp chef will impress you with her culinary skills, despite the rustic setting. The stars are visible from your pillow, and the night noises of Africa are the background to your sleep. Nothing brings the experience of Africa closer.

Day 3: Tracking game in Arusha Park
Waking to the calls of Colobus monkeys we will start early and ride through a “fairytale” forest with tree ferns and moss. What we really hope for though, is the chance for a peaceful meeting with a herd of magnificent African elephants. There are many paths with tracks and spoor, giving away the presence of hidden eyes watching you. Look out for the colourful Hartlaub Turaco with deep red wings, their calls echoing far through the forest. We will reach a well-known landmark of Arusha National Park: The “Fig Tree Arch”, a natural feature created by assorted animals and birds. Brunch is set at a place overlooking plains and lakes with a bird's eye view ending only at Mt. Kilimanjaro. Next we will descend to the thundering waterfall at the base of Mt. Meru; where we are guaranteed to meet some buffalo on their way back from their grazing areas. These massive animals can be watched excitingly close whilst they are grazing or resting... lots to do for your cameras! Back to camp we will change the horses for a vehicle, to visit the Momella lakes a bit further away. The lakes are populated by flamingo and lots of other fowl. Hippos may be seen in close, but safe, distance and there are good chances to watch other game near the water edge, such as buffalo, giraffe and smaller species as antelope and more.

Day 4: Arusha Park and Masailand
A long ride in the morning leads us through dry forest and savannah where we look forward to seeing giraffe, buffalo, antelope, and other game. Tanzanian National Parks are not fenced and the animals we encounter might have travelled great distances. Late morning we will cross the border of Arusha Park. All of a sudden the landscape changes and we are leaving the green meadows and lush acacia forests, which indicate the presence of underground water, behind us. There will be a short lunch break on the way as we will aim to cover a lot of ground through Masailand, giving a good opportunity for canters. Masai herders appear as colourful dots in the afternoon sun as we pass through a mix of plains and their farmlands. We will find our camp at a romantic place under yellow-barked acacia and next to a trail quite regularly used by elephant. Enjoy a hot shower and delicious meal and go to sleep with the sounds of the wild.

Day 5: Heading North
Rise to an African sunrise for an early snack. We mount our horses and move further, passing rocky hills and winding our way through bush and acacia forests. We will cross Euphorbia forests, elephant land and we will follow the tracks and other signs of the giants, hoping to meet these magnificent animals. Wildlife is variable but often animals are seen only last second before they take off. Although this is Masai land, too, there might be predators present in this area and we will be constantly alert. We will return for brunch and thereafter you may take the chance to accompany a Masai guide on a walk, learning about their life in nature. After the walk and a siesta we will start again for an evening ride, crossing perfect terrain for long canters through bush and grasslands. 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 zebra and wildebeests. This is a safari the way it was meant to be!

Day 6: Another Day in the Savannah
Wake up with the sun and start for a long morning ride of game spotting along small hills. The route of this day and whether we will change camp will be mostly dictated by the game movements. You are in the heart of the West-Kilimanjaro wilderness and many animals use this corridor on their routes between Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru and Amboseli. In the months following the rains there are usually herds of elephant and buffalo. All year round we may encounter giraffe, zebra, eland and other game, also expect to spot lesser kudu, waterbuck, many other antelopes and smaller species like warthog. Predators are frequently heard although quite secret during the day, with some luck we might encounter such game as striped and spotted hyena, cheetah and leopard. This is now Enduimet Wildlife Management Area, the wildlife corridor connecting Kilimanjaro and Arusha National Park. Late afternoon we reach camp and you will be welcomed with a cold gin & tonic at the end of the day. Our private mobile camp is set in the shade of an ancient African tree, with stunning views of Mt. Meru, now in the far distance. Relax with a cool drink and take in the rich colours of the African sunset.

Day 7: Heading towards Mt. Kilimanjaro
Today we will leave the West Kilimanjaro wilderness. We will ride through a mixture of open grassland and thorn bush savannah and explore the riverine forests, favourite routes of animals when they wander between Kilimanjaro forest and the savannah. Later on the fantastic scenery of the montane forests of the Kilimanjaro National Park to the East appears; a lush world of exotic scenery. We turn East and ride along the forest. The route provides fantastic scenery with endless forest on the left and at the same time Enduimet in the West. The terrain varies and so will our pace, from slow riding so as to spot the shy black and white Colobus monkeys to great canters. We will leave the horses on a farm next to Kilimanjaro forest and drive back to the farm. Enjoy the view of Mt. Kilimanjaro in its lush environment and watch the bush babies visiting you while you sit on the veranda with a sunset drink.

Day 8: Departure
After a relaxed breakfast there may be enough time to have look around our farm and learn more about our educational projects. This is a farm environment, attached to a veterinary clinic and an uncountable number of animals, pet and tame wild ones, which have often arrived because they became orphaned, injured or have unwillingly lost their habitat and found themselves stuck between human population. Those who will not be able to fend for themselves, often due to injuries, get a new home at Makoa-Farm and are ambassadors in education. On a weekly basis various Tanzanian school children come to see, smell and touch the animals - for most of them an eye-opening experience which encourages them to become passionate about their environment. All the animals are very friendly and welcome a pat or scratch behind the ear! Or, if are you still up for an adventure and would like to learn more about life around Mt. Kilimanjaro you might decide for one, or even two more days; riding while circumventing this impressive mountain. On this route you will ride through Chagga villages, small holding farmland, banana and coffee plantations and cross scenic valleys. We turn East and ride along the forest. The route provides fantastic scenery with endless forest on the left and at the same time Enduimet in the West. The terrain varies and so will our pace, from slow riding so as to spot the shy black and white Colobus monkeys to great canters. Later transfer for Kilimanjaro International Airport and departure.

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There is also canoeing or cycling available in Arusha National Park. These activities need to be pre-booked and will be on extra charge.

*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.
 


Rates and Dates for Kilimanjaro Big Game

Rates include:

8 days / 7 nights on a full board basis in the camps and locations as described in the itinerary, during the day non-alcoholic drinks, in the evening also alcoholic drinks (sunset-drinks, wine/beer for dinner), horse including equipment, back-up vehicle, all transfers and luggage handling from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport, English speaking guides.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20198 day trip, AP$5375
Minimum Deposit: ~$50.00 per person

Rates Note:

50% deposit required.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

50% deposit required.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Return transfers included from Kilimanjaro Int Airport $0
2019 Community/Conservation/Entry/WMA/Wildlife/Activity Fees, (MANDATORY) PP- subject to changes $1,056
2019 Single supplement (in single tent)- No added fee $0
2019 Single supplement (double or twin tent) $700

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 07/12 - 07/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 07/27 - 08/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/10 - 08/17 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/24 - 08/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/07 - 09/14 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 09/21 - 09/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 10/05 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 10/14 - 10/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 10/26 - 11/02 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 11/08 - 11/15 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 11/23 - 11/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 12/08 - 12/15 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 12/20 - 12/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 12/29 - 01/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve

Dates Note:
Additional dates are available on request with 2+ riders

Rates do not include:

Tips and gratuities, laundry and phone calls, other items of a personal nature, medical/accident insurance, Conservation Fees community fees, WMA fees, entrance into private or national reserves.

Other Info
Meeting: Kilimanjaro Airport
Airport: Kilimanjaro
Transfer: Kilimanjaro Airport

Climate:
                                                Arusha area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

82

84

83

79

74

73

73

75

78

81

81

81

Average Low Temperature (°F)

61

62

64

64

63

59

58

59

60

62

63

62

Average High Temperature (°C)

28

29

28

25

23

23

23

24

26

27

27

27

Average Low Temperature (°C)

16

17

18

18

17

15

15

15

15

16

17

17

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

7

6

9

15

10

3

1

1

1

3

8

8

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Tanzania is hot throughout the year and is humid on the coast and dry on the central plateau.
The heavy rains last from March to June and can make unsealed road travel difficult.
The hot, dry weather in January and February attracts the most tourists.
 
The best time to visit the Serengeti is from January to March when the grazers are calving and there are plenty of lions around, or to witness the wildebeest migration to and from Kenya which occurs at the onset of the dry season and again with the first rains, usually the beginning of June and mid-November.

Best time to do this ride is August or September since it is not hot or too dusty and usually with good game viewings.

What To Bring:
What to Bring
- A hard but well ventilated light-weight riding hat. However, wearing one is your responsibility but check with your insurance policy- you might lose your insurance cover if you don't wear a hard hat!
- A shade hat with strap
- Bush color riding clothes (not white or any bright color)**
- Riding trousers
- Light-weight riding shoes which are also comfortable for walking. Sometimes we will dismount and walk because the horses wneeds to be led over difficult terrain.
- Chaps, preferably long chaps to protect you from thorns (doesn’t have to be leather)
- Long sleeved shirts
- A jersey, fleece or multi pocketed waistcoat
- A lightweight, waterproof windbreaker jacket
- Torch or head lamp
- Sun block 50+, lip salve with sun blocker, insect repellent with tick prevention***
- Film, camera and binoculars on a strong shoulder strap, preferably in a (waterproof) pouch to be secured to belt.****

Remarks:
*For sun protection you should have a hat with a wide brim.

**Animals will react to white or bright (e.g. red) colors, so you should wear earth colors, such as sand, olive, browns, however dark blue or black are also ok, but might be hot.

***Game country is always tick country... make sure your insect repellent also protects you from ticks. Additionally we recommend you treat your clothes with a special repellent for clothes (e.g. from NoBite). Do this before you start your journey, the effect lasts for several weeks and it really makes a difference!

****There is no space on horse for you to put any heavy or big items such as a BIG camera. To carry it in a back pack is also unpractical as you never have it in your hand if you need it.
If you like to carry a camera then this has to go in a proper camera bag that protects the camera from dust and rain, at the same time it must be easily accessible, otherwise you’ll never get good pictures. Most practical are camera bags you can secure with a strong shoulder bag and additionally on your waist belt. Alternatively you may take a small camera (that easily goes in any pocket or on the waist belt) and keep the big camera in the back pack you send with the lunch vehicle.

Note: During safari ,in the bush‘ there is no electricity available! Make sure you have enough fully charged batteries or a full charged power bank for your
devices.

All the luggage is transported by support vehicle. There will be drinking water on the horse as well and you also should bring your rain jacket on every ride (this can be tied on the saddle). The remaining space after we packed drinking water may be used for a few, very small items, like sun screen.