South Amboseli Ride

Tanzania Tanzania: (IT-TZRT06S)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/tanzania_south_amboseli_ride.aspx

Introduction
Tanzania Tanzania

This is a trail with long routes and therefore offers most of the riding, but also change of landscapes and good game. We will ride along the Ngasurai Plains where the migratory herds from Amboseli pass through on their way to Kilimanjaro and Arusha National Park from the beginning of the rains. The area is famous for elephants and old bulls can be met here amongst other game. You may encounter elephant herds, further expect to meet zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, eland and other antelopes in small herds. Part of this route we ride during our Big Game Trail but the route of the South Amboseli Trail will lead us much further into the wilderness – increasing the chance to meet more and a wider variety of game. This route is only done for this program as it requires motivated riders that do not get tired easily.

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 in Narco Plains
Night 4: Camping in Ngasurai Plains
Night 5 & 6: Camping in Sinya

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. WIFI internet access is only very limited available on the farm, as there is only a private satellite connection with slow and daily limited consumption. So make sure that during your stay you can survive without an online connection apart from e.g. a short mail or WhatsApp. Alternatively you can purchase a internet enabled SIM card for your own smartphone/iPad, which we can help you to get in the next town.

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.


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

Pace
The South Amboseli Ride offers long routes and often good terrain for extended canters, often alongside herds of zebra, wildebeest or giraffe, so rider should be fit and not easily get tired. 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.

Riding Level
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 is 'Strong Intermediate'. Riders must be able to post to the trot for extended periods (at least 10 minutes at a time) and be able to use skilled leg aids to control a horse. Riders must be able to canter with a secure seat. Good balance & state of fitness is required! 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. 

Horses
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. Forward and fast or solid and steady, let them know what you like!

Tack
Tack is usually bitless (Hackamore and Sidepull). There are good quality treeless (Startrek / Trekker), Endurance (Podium) and Trail Saddles (Sommer, Trailrider / Leon Liversage).

Guides
We offer our guests an intimate and personal horse riding holiday, affording them the best that East Africa has to offer in terms of the African 'Bush'. Our horseback safaris are highly personalized, very much ‘off the beaten track’ and away from human settlement. 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 they ensure the condition of their horses is top quality. Even in challenging circumstances in the bush the condition of their horses are superb.

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.

Your Safety
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.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival on Makoa-Farm and your first ride on the Foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro

A representative will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and drive you to the farm, our base and starting point for the safari. Driving time will be around 40 minutes. 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!
Depending on your arrival time you will meet the horses and we will help you choose one for your safari. Thereafter head out for an introductory ride, exploring the plantation and getting to know your horse. Return for a sun-set drink on the veranda and enjoy the view of the magnificent mountain in front or our doorstep – Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Day 2: The Narco Plains
After breakfast you will be transferred to West Kilimanjaro. We will find the horses at our mobile camp and start the ride from here. Soon we will ride over the Narco Plains where we will encounter the first plain animals. Our private mobile camp is erected next to an Acacia forest and our ever-friendly crew will be waiting for you. Spacious tents with 3 x 3.80m are equipped with comfortable beds and linen, additionally there is your private verandah and en suite bath tent with toilet, sink and a shower, which the crew will fill up with steaming hot water every night. The horses are always next to the camp and visible from your tent.

Day 3: Arrival at "Out of Africa"
We will wake up early and start for a long ride in this wilderness area, through Euphorbia and acacia forest and the savanna, tracking amongst others elephant, zebra, wildebeest and many other antelopes (Eland, Thomson, Grant and Impala), occasionally buffalo. Lunch will be prepared on a treehouse overviewing a waterhole - the most enjoyable entertainment with all sorts of wild animals coming, drinking, bathing and moving further. Later afternoon we will arrive at a place called "Mgunga", which is the Kisw name for Acacia trees. The view over rolling grass fields and bush with Mt. Meru at one side, Mt. Kilimanjaro behind you, and the mountains Longido and Namanga to the other side, will make you feel that this is the place where you want to stay. After a break we will depart with the 4×4 vehicle for an interesting journey into another world: to the homestead of a Masai family. Get to know the cheerful women and children and learn about their daily life. It will be dark when will return to camp, for sure we will meet some nocturnal animals usually not seen during the day.

Day 4: Acacia Forests and Ngasurai Plans
We move further, passing rocky hills and winding our way through bush and acacia forests. This is elephant and giraffe land and we will often find tracks and other signs of the giants. 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. By the evening we will reach our next private campsite, beautifully set under Acacia trees on the Ngasurai Plains. Sometimes we can hear the Masai herding their animals to the water hole during the night. They move in the darkness and use their voices to keep predators away – a magical night with ongoing Masai songs coming and moving far away.

Day 5: Plains and Masailand
There will be an early start in order to cover some ground. If there was a good rain season then these vast plains can get very populated and there are migratory herds wandering while feeding on the fresh short grasses. The area is perfect for canters with wildebeest or zebra herds – or what about a gallop with giraffe. We will stop for lunch under a shady big acacia tree next to a dam where Masai frequently water their herds. There is quite some coming and going of animals, along with lots of friendly chatting, whereas the wildlife prefers to watch this from a safe distance away. After the hottest hours passed we will continue our way, a good terrain invites again for faster paces. You will be awaited with a camp fire in our mobile Sinya camp, with a Gin &Tonic to enjoy the warm sunset colors.

Day 6: Tracking Elephants and more
A long ride will lead us up to the Kenyan border close to Amboseli Reserve in Kenya. The landscape changes completely and we will ride over Lake Ambosel and salt pans that allow for great canters - often with herds of zebra or giraffe. Although the area seems to consist of chalk it is hosting a surprising good number of wildlife. We will carefully scan the forests along the salt pans as these are favorite browsing sites for elephant. This is also cat country and we will be constantly aware in order to spot any predators well in advance. After returning to camp we will change horses against a 4×4 vehicle. We will visit the Sinya Mines that where mined for “Meerschaum” many years ago. The remaining springs and ponds turned back to nature and are frequently visited by wildlife. With some stops for wildlife viewing on the way we will finally arrive on “the rock”, a huge kopjes with a stunning view – just in time for the sunset drink. It will be almost dark by the time we will make our way back, and most probably encounter some nocturnal species on the way.

Day 7: Turning South
Wake up with the sun for the last exiting day in the bush. First we turn west, towards Mt. Longido. We will pass the plains and follow the bush line on the other side. There will be some last exhilarating canters over the plains, some accompanied by giraffe who seem to enjoy these as much as we do. Later we will meet the vehicle for a lunch picnic, afterwards load the horses and drive back to the farm. For the guests there is another interesting activity: Join a Masai warrior on a bush walk and learn about the daily life of tribal people in nature. You will be surprised how many medical plants there are on your way to cure all sorts of disorders, and that making fire was quite a task before lighters were easily available.
You will arrive just in time for nocturnal animals stretching their legs after a long day of sleep. This is the time to meet our resident bush babies, passing by to check if there is anything interesting for them. Have you ever been near to a friendly porcupine? If not then there will be the chance today, our resident porcupines moved to us after the enclosure at their previous home was to small to host them comfortably, and for being too tame a release would not have been safe for them.

Day 8: Farm and Departure
After a relaxed breakfast there may be enough time to have look around our farm and learn more about our educational projects. Maybe you like to join our rescue monkey troop on a bush walk. Or, visit the small rescue station with an ever-changing number of animals, which often arrived because they became orphaned, injured or have unwillingly lost their habitat. Some will stay, often due to injuries, and will be ambassadors for education of local school kids, teaching them about environment and conservation.
Alternatively you may decide to take another ride along the boundaries of the farm or visit Moshi for some souvenir shopping, a small town right at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
There will be a day room available for you, so you can shower and relax before your departure. This is where your safari comes to an end and you will feel it difficult to leave new friends and horses so plans for the next trip evolve! Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

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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 South Amboseli Ride

Rates include:

7 days / 6 nights on a full board basis on the farm and our 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 $812
2019 Single supplement (in single tent)- No added fee $0
2019 Single supplement (in a twin/ double tent) $700

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 07/12 - 07/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 07/26 - 08/02 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Sold Out
A 2019 08/06 - 08/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 08/24 - 08/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
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 10/19 - 10/26 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:

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. NEW 18% VAT implemented by the government of Tanzania.

Other Info
Meeting: Kilimanjao airport
Airport: Kilimanjaro
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
- Full medical and travel insurance including Flying Doctors Membership (mandatory)
- Passport
- A light-weight riding hat – wearing one is not mandatory, but some insurance only cover you if a helmet was worn, in case of an injury
- 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.