Masai Mara Reserve, Narok, Kenya
A truly wonderful and unique way to see game and experience Kenya close up is to go on a horse safari; you should do this only if you're an experienced rider—you want to be able to gallop if you meet a hungry predator—and if you're fit enough to ride four to six hours a day. Your safari begins at Deloraine, the beautiful old colonial mansion owned by Tristan and Lucinda Voorspuy, who keep more than 80 horses on the estate—Tristan served in the British Household Cavalry, so he really knows his oats. The estate, which has welcomed British royalty, is on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley on the lower slopes of Mt. Londiani. When you choose the Mara safari, you'll stay at small rustic but comfortable tented camps along the way, sometimes spending two or three nights at the same camp, depending on which route you choose. But even if you get a bit saddle-sore, riding alongside hundreds of thousands of plains game is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Offbeat also has riding safaris in Amboseli and Laikipia.
- an adventurous and original way of viewing game
- a bit of a hidden secret
- must be an experienced horseback rider
- it's tricky getting photos when you are on horseback
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