Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve
Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport or Moshi. Transfer to the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve, our starting point for the safari. During the afternoon we will introduce you to the horses where you can choose one to match your size and skill. Then we embark on a ride so you can become familiar with your horse. During this ride we will explore the area along the Forest.
Day 2: Explore the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve
After a hearty breakfast we begin our horseback safari by riding into the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve – a lush world of exotic scenery. We ride carefully to spot the shy Black and white Colobus monkeys. The forest is not accessible by vehicle so we use elephant trails to pass through. Bushbuck dash for cover as we pass, a sharp eye may catch sight of an elusive leopard, and a keen ear might pick up the crunching sound of a herd of elephant feeding not far off.
After a picnic lunch in the forest we return to Kipepeo Camp for a hot shower, a sun downer drink and a hearty meal.
Day 3: The West Kilimanjaro Wilderness
Today we leave Kipepeo Camp and ride to the northwest. Our journey leads us through a mixture of open grassland and thorn bush savannah. Along the way we encounter our first plains animals. We arrive at the Riverside fly camp for a late lunch. Afterwards time for some rest or for a hike to the nearby water hole for some wildlife viewing. After early dinner we start for a night-game drive. Here you can view, with the aid of a spotlight, all the nocturnal species not generally seen during the day.
Day 4: Riverside Camp
Today we ride out to search for big game. We arrive in the heart of the Game Reserve for another exciting day of wildlife viewing. In addition to the ever-present antelopes, zebras and gazelles, we'll keep an eye out for giraffes, ostriches, warthogs and maybe even a leopard. What we really hope for though, is the chance for a peaceful encounter with a herd of magnificent African elephants. Don't forget your binoculars and camera!
Day 5: North Camp
Wake up early with a cup of steaming tea or coffee served in your tent. We start for a long morning ride for spotting game along the western boundary of the ranch and return for a brunch. 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. Expect to spot lesser kudu, waterbuck, bush pig and warthog, with some luck even predators as striped and spotted hyena, cheetah and leopard. This area is not inhibited by lion which makes it safe to wander around camp at daytime. Late afternoon we reach North Camp, our private fly camp set in the shade of an ancient African tree, with stunning views of Mt.Meru. Relax with a cool drink and take in the rich colours of the African sunset. Later, enjoy a bush dinner served under the stars.
Day 6: Game rides
Rise to an African sunrise for an early breakfast. We mount our horses and head out into the savannah. Kori bustards and secretary birds are often seen here stalking their prey. Our ride today starts crossing perfect terrain for long canters through bush and grasslands. 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! Late afternoon we start for our last sunset-ride into 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. Returning to camp there is time to refresh with a hot bush shower before dinner. Our camp chef will impress you with her culinary skills, despite the rustic setting. After dinner, retire to the campfire and marvel at the enormous night sky before falling asleep to the sounds of the African night.
Day 7: Makoa-Farm
Today we will leave the West Kilimanjaro wilderness. We explore the area of ‘Tembobridge’ and seek out herds of elephant in between the euphorbia forest. 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. Later afternoon we meet the truck which will transport riders and horses back to Makoa Farm. Enjoy the view of Mt.Kilimanjaro while sitting on the veranda with a sunset drink.
Day 8: Departure
After a relaxed breakfast there may remain some time to have look around our farm and visit our uncountable number of animals. This is a farm environment with many dogs, cats, geese, chickens, peacocks, and little further stables for horses, a donkey, some pigs and cattle. All the animals are very friendly and welcome a pat or scratch behind the ear! Later transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport, Moshi or Arusha.
Please note that riding experience is required.
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