Arusha Park Wilderness Ride

Tanzania Tanzania: (IT-TZRT06M)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/tanzania_arusha_park_wilderness_ride.aspx

Introduction
Tanzania Tanzania  
“Momella – a farm in Africa“. This German film documents the life of Margarete Trappe, a famous German “White Huntress”, also known as “Mother of the Masai”.

She arrived in Tanzania at the beginning of the 20th century and founded the farm called “Momella”, located in what is now Arusha National Park. As a result of her extraordinary life as a pioneering white woman in Africa and her cat-and-mouse games as a scout for Von Lettow Vorbeck in the First World War she became famous and later instigated conservation in this area.

The Arusha National Park has a dense vegetation and hosts great numbers of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wart hog, different types of antelope, hippo, several primate species including the black & white colobus monkey, flamingo and numerous birds. Elephant are also found here and we will use their paths during our riding safari.

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.

For the first time in the history of Tanzania´s National Parks TANAPA has given us exclusive access to take riding safaris within the park boundaries. Dive into the world of Margarete Trappe and follow her footsteps tracking game!

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a wilderness wide, so nights will be a mixture of farm-stay and camping.

Night 1: 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.

Night 2 & 3: 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
Arusha Park 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 to Tanzania

We will pick you up from the airport and drive to the Farm, our starting point for the safari. The 358-acre plantation and horse farm is nestled into the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The house and rooms are situated to take in spectacular views of this impressive mountain, Africa’s highest peak. After arrival 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 plantations, bush and grass land which is used for grazing horses and cattle. Wild animals also inhabit the area; 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.
Meals: Lunch & dinner. All drinks (except for spirits/liquor)
Accommodation: Guest house / cottages at the Farm.


Day 2: Riding in Arusha National Park
Transfer to Arusha National Park from where we soon will depart on horseback. Expect to see buffalo, zebra, giraffe, antelope and more at the "Little Serengeti". Often spoor and fresh smell will remind us of the close proximity of forest inhabitants and we will pass through breathtaking scenery with various glades and forests. After a short stop and a saddle picnic we continue towards Meru, passing the original home of the famous "White Huntress" Margarete Trappe. We will find our mobile camp set up in the middle of the fantastic setting of this impressive mountain. 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. Enjoy a hot shower and delicious meal and go asleep with the stars that are visible from your pillow, and the night noises of Africa that are the background to your sleep. Nothing brings the experience of Africa closer.
Meals: All meals and drinks included (except for spirits/liquor)
Accommodation: Private mobile camping inside Arusha NP

Day 3: Buffalo Glades, Fig Tree Arch, and more!
Wake up with a cup of steaming tea in your tent. We will head off to the buffalo glade where these massive animals can be watched excitingly close whilst they are grazing or resting. Watch out for giraffe and antelope, also warthogs which feel most comfortable in close proximity of a buffalo herd. We will be back at camp for lunch and a siesta, thereafter change horses for a vehicle and drive to the Momella lakes. The first impression are pink flamingo flocks shimmering from far away. Hippos may be seen and there are good chances to watch other game near the water edge such as buffalo, giraffe and also some smaller species. The evening ride will lead us up the mountain through a “fairytale” forest with tree ferns and moss. The “Fig Tree Arch”, is a well-known landmark of Arusha Park, a natural feature created by assorted animals and birds. A few meters further there is a breathtaking view over the West Kilimanjaro area and Mt. Kilimanjaro glowing in the evening sun.
Meals: All meals and drinks included (except for spirits/liquor)
Accommodation: Private mobile camping inside Arusha NP

Day 4: Departure
Wake up with the sun, enjoy early breakfast and get on the horse to head back to the farm. Transfers to the airport in accordance with your flight.
Meals: Breakfast and non-alcoholic drinks included

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* 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 Arusha Park Wilderness Ride

Rates include:

accommodations on a full board basis in the camps and locations as described in the itinerary, during the day non-alcoholic drinks, 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
    20194 day trip, AP$2885
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 $675
2019 Single supplement (in single tent)- No added fee $0
2019 Single supplement (in double tent) $350

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 03/30 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 06/01 - 12/31 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Personal expenses (e.g. phone calls), tips and gratuities, imported spirits and Champagne, Conservation Fees, Entry Fees, Insurance, National and International flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Other Info
Meeting: Kilimanjaro Airport
Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Transfer: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

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 climate in the Amboseli region of Tanzania is hot all year round. The average maximum temperature is normally around 33 C / 91 F and the average minimum temperature is normally around 27 C / 80 F, however, like Lake Manyara, this area has two rainy seasons, first from April to May and then later in November and December.

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.