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Kenya Hotels

Offbeat Safaris

Pros

  • An adventurous and original way of viewing game
  • A bit of a hidden secret

Cons

  • Must be an experienced horseback rider
  • It's tricky getting photos when you are on horseback

Updated 10/19/2012

Fodor's Review

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.

Hotel Information

Address:

Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Phone:

072-596–8351

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • All meals
  • Rate is for a 7-night horseback safari for two people

Updated 10/19/2012

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