Day 1: Arrival at Makoa Farm
Meeting point is Makoa 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 where you can choose one to match your size and skills. Then we embark on a ride so you can become familiar with the farm and with your horse. The ride follows the boundary of the farm through grass and bush land which is used for grazing horses and cattle. Wild animals also inhabit the area, and unlike on other farms, we welcome them. These include Sykes monkeys, yellow baboons, duikers, bushbucks, reedbucks and bush pigs as well as nocturnal animals like aardvarks, porcupines and jackals.
Day 2: West-Kilimanjaro Wilderness
In the morning we load the horses and drive with them to the point where the wilderness starts… On the plains between Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru we offload the horses and ride to the northwest. The landscape changes completely as we head through a mixture of open grassland and thorn bush savannah. Along the way we may encounter the first antelopes, zebra maybe some ostriches and jackals. We will choose an acacia tree for a picnic lunch. After a small siesta we continue our way to Mgunga camp. Arriving to camp by sunset, there is time to refresh with a hot bush shower before dinner. Our camp chef will impress you with his 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 3: Gameviewing from horseback
Today we ride out to search for big game. After early morning tea or coffee, we mount our horses and head out into the reserve. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera! Slowly and carefully we approach the wildlife we find along the way - elephants, lesser kudus, antelopes, gazelles and a lot of other animals. This fabulous ride takes us over open plains through rolling grasslands. An exciting day with the opportunity to see elands, sometimes up to hundred, and large herds of zebra and wildebeest grazing on the plains.
We return to camp for lunch. After some rest we start again and when the weather is clear then there are fantastic views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro! We spend a wonderful sunset on horseback before you have a drink around the camp fire. This is a safari the way it was meant to be!
Day 4: Back to Makoa-Farm
Our track again follows the riverbed with its huge wild fig trees. Our last day in the savanna. Keep an eye out for elephants near camp as it is not unusual to have elephants watching us during breakfast if they not already visited us for dinner. Today we will explore the area of ‘Tembobridge’ and seek out herds of elephants 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 vehicle and transport the horses back to Makoa Farm. Enjoy the view of Mt. Kilimanjaro while sitting on the veranda with a sunset drink. Then transfer to your onwards or homewards journey or opt for another night on Makoa-Farm for a more relaxed pace.
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