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Arusha Riding Safari


Itinerary for Arusha Riding Safari




Sample Itinerary: 8 days - subject to changes

Please note that the itinerary described below is to be considered indicative. There are various itineraries and to better enjoy this experience, the guides can modify it to follow the natural movement and migration of the animals, according to the seasons and rains.

Day 1: Arrival to Tanzania
Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport, and transfer (approx. 40 minutes) to the lodge where the first night is spent. Settle in and meet the other participants on the safari.
Over lunch, a briefing will take place followed by an afternoon introduction ride. This is a good opportunity for everyone to get to know their mount before heading into the National Park the following day.
The afternoon ride takes place on a wildlife estate, home to plenty of plains game like zebras, wildebeests, elands and if lucky there is a good chance of seeing one of the shyest and rarest antelopes in Africa, the Gerenuk (also know as giraffe antelope).
Back to the lodge in time for showers and sundowners before dinner is served.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner 
Overnight at Lodge


Day 2: Riding into Arusha National Park
Wake up call with tea and coffee. After breakfast, we drive for about 30 minutes to Arusha National Park gate. Here, the horses will be waiting, ready to be mounted. As we ride into the park, the vegetation will change dramatically, from open grassland to rainforest. We have good chances of seeing elephants, buffaloes, plains game, leopards and rare species such as Suni, Red Duiker, the magnificent Hartlaub's turaco and so much more. The feeling is magical as you enter into the big canopy forests.
Lunch will be set on route, with time for a small siesta. After lunch the ride continues through leopard country and as we head towards our night stop. On our way, we will pass by Margarete Trappe’s old house. The legendary lady known and remembered as the Iron lady from the first world war.Our riding safari follows Margarete's old riding paths through the holy forests of the park. 
Our camp is located at the foot of Mt Meru.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Overnight at Camp near Mt Meru

Day 3: Fig Tree Arch Ride
This morning, you will hopefully wake up to the very talkative Colobus monkeys. Breakfast is served and shortly thereafter we ride towards the area where the film Hatari was filmed, starring John Wayne. Halfway into the morning ride, we start the climb (on horseback) to the best viewpoint of the park. Here, we will leave the horses and continue by 4X4. We will pass through the famous “fig tree arch” and then proceed to stop for lunch near a waterfall, located 2000 meters above the sea level. After lunch, we go back to the horses, riding back to camp.
Once back at our camp, there will be an option to jump into the vehicles and go visit the Momella lakes, hoping to see some hippos and beautiful water birds.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Overnight at Camp near Mt Meru

Day 4: Masai Ride
After an early breakfast, we will leave Arusha Park in the direction of Mount Kilimanjaro. After about 2.5 hours, we will arrive at the meeting point with the horses. We will ride through the lands of the Masai and we will get to know them.
We stop for lunch under an acacia tree and in the afternoon ride to reach our new tented camp by sunset.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Overnight at Camp in Masai Country

Day 5: Plains Ride
Today, we wake up very early and ride towards the Kenyan border. After passing the "seven sisters", we stop for lunch and enjoy a siesta in the shade of the acacia trees.
In the afternoon, the landscape changes, from the leafy forest we will pass to the wider prairies and therefore we will also see the fauna change, meeting many zebras, elephants, antelopes and warthogs.
Tonight's camp offers great views of Mt Kilimanjarp, Mt Meru, Namanga and Longido.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Overnight at Camp

Day 6: Elephants Ride
Morning riding through various landscapes on elephant tracks. Then, return to the camp for lunch and in the afternoon another safari in the saddle until sunset.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Overnight at Camp

Day 7: Wildlife Ride
For our last riding day, we will try to trace elephants, lions and even the shy Kudu.
Dinner and overnight at the same tented camp.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Overnight at Camp

Day 8: Departure
This morning, we return to civilization and transfer (about 3 hours) to the departure lodge. Time for a shower and a last lunch (drinks not included) before the transfer to Kilimanjaro airport (the return flight must not be before 3.00 pm).
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch



Sample Itinerary: 4 days - subject to changes

Please note that the itinerary described below is to be considered indicative. There are various itineraries and to better enjoy this experience, the guides can modify it to follow the natural movement and migration of the animals, according to the seasons and rains.

Day 1: Arrival to Tanzania
Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport, and transfer (approx. 40 minutes) to the lodge where the first night is spent. Settle in and meet the other participants on the safari.
Over lunch, a briefing will take place followed by an afternoon introduction ride. This is a good opportunity for everyone to get to know their mount before heading into the National Park the following day.
The afternoon ride takes place on a wildlife estate, home to plenty of plains game like zebras, wildebeests, elands and if lucky there is a good chance of seeing one of the shyest and rarest antelopes in Africa, the Gerenuk (also know as giraffe antelope).
Back to the lodge in time for showers and sundowners before dinner is served.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner 
Overnight at Lodge

Day 2: Riding into Arusha National Park
Wake up call with tea and coffee. After breakfast, we drive for about 30 minutes to Arusha National Park gate. Here, the horses will be waiting, ready to be mounted. As we ride into the park, the vegetation will change dramatically, from open grassland to rainforest. We have good chances of seeing elephants, buffaloes, plains game, leopards and rare species such as Suni, Red Duiker, the magnificent Hartlaub's turaco and so much more. The feeling is magical as you enter into the big canopy forests.
Lunch will be set on route, with time for a small siesta. After lunch the ride continues through leopard country and as we head towards our night stop. On our way, we will pass by Margarete Trappe’s old house. The legendary lady known and remembered as the Iron lady from the first world war.Our riding safari follows Margarete's old riding paths through the holy forests of the park. 
Our camp is located at the foot of Mt Meru.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Overnight at Camp near Mt Meru

Day 3: Fig Tree Arch Ride
This morning, you will hopefully wake up to the very talkative Colobus monkeys. Breakfast is served and shortly thereafter we ride towards the area where the film Hatari was filmed, starring John Wayne. Halfway into the morning ride, we start the climb (on horseback) to the best viewpoint of the park. Here, we will leave the horses and continue by 4X4. We will pass through the famous “fig tree arch” and then proceed to stop for lunch near a waterfall, located 2000 meters above the sea level. After lunch, we go back to the horses, riding back to camp.
Once back at our camp, there will be an option to jump into the vehicles and go visit the Momella lakes, hoping to see some hippos and beautiful water birds.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Overnight at Camp near Mt Meru

Day 4: Departure
After breakfast, we enjoy a last morning ride in this magical place. Late morning, we will get back to the Arusha National park gate where we dismount and say farewell to our four legged friends. 
We then drive to the lodge for lunch, before a transfer back to the airport.
It is possible to add extra nights at the lodge and play polo.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch


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Arusha Riding Safari
Tour Code: IT-TZRT02
8 days / 7 nights
Dates : June to November

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2024 06/01 - 06/08 8d / 7n 8 day safari 4 /10 Expired
A 2024 06/15 - 06/22 8d / 7n 8 day safari 4 /10 Expired
A 2024 07/03 - 07/10 8d / 7n 8 day safari 4 /10 Expired
A 2024 07/13 - 07/20 8d / 7n 8 day safari 4 /10 Expired
A 2024 07/24 - 07/31 8d / 7n 8 day safari 4 /10 Sold Out
A 2024 08/10 - 08/17 8d / 7n 8 day safari 4 /10 Reserve
A 2024 08/22 - 08/29 8d / 7n 8 day safari 4 /10 Reserve
B 2024 09/01 - 09/04 4d / 3n 4 day safari 4 /10 Reserve
A 2024 09/04 - 09/11 8d / 7n 8 day safari 4 /10 Sold Out
A 2024 09/18 - 09/25 8d / 7n 8 day safari 4 /10 Reserve
A 2024 11/02 - 11/09 8d / 7n 8 day safari 4 /10 Sold Out
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Tack: English
Horses: Mix of local breeds and thoroughbreds
Pace: 4-6 hours in the saddle per riding day
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
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