Chasing giraffe and zebra on a horse riding safari
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ur rides in Kenya are operated in the most game-rich wilderness locations on the continent, in some of the largest unfenced expanses in Africa. Far from civilization, the sense of space and freedom is overwhelming. These areas offer great diversity in wildlife species, birdlife and scenery. They are also home to the Masai and Samburu people, with their herds of livestock.

MAASAI MARA

Altitude 5,000 – 6,500 ft. ~ Area c. 5,000 sq. km.

The beauty of the greater Mara Conservancies has come to represent the epitome of East Africa. The landscape is one of rolling savannah and acacia woodland, intersected by dark green veins of riverine forest on the banks of the Mara and Olare Orok rivers. This wilderness is an extension of the Serengeti (Tanzania) ecosystem and is considered to be Kenya’s best wildlife sanctuary, where animals can still be seen in vast numbers. Carnivores, antelopes, primates and rodents are some of the mammals to be found. The annual migration of up to one million wildebeest is most dramatic and considered to be one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. Needless to say, the flora, fauna and birdlife are phenomenal. The Mara is also home to the colourful and handsome Masai people who, with their herds of livestock, are synonymous with the region.

LAIKIPIA

Altitude 3,280 – 8,530 ft. ~ Area c. 9,500 sq. km.

Laikipia is a vast expanse of wild country in the central highlands of Kenya. It stretches from the snow- capped peaks of Mt. Kenya in the east, across the Equator, to the Great Rift Valley in the west. The landscape is physically diverse with open grasslands, basalt hills, escarpments, rivers and dense forests. It is widely accredited as Kenya’s premier safari destination ~ the combination of abundant wildlife and exceptional scenic beauty provides the basis for Laikipia’s unique and high quality tourism. Wildlife is free to roam between the surrounding conservancies, ranches and community lands into Kenya’s northern rangelands. High levels of community involvement and participation allow visitors privileged access to the ethnically diverse cultures of the Mukogodo Masai, Samburu, Pokot and other peoples.

# I must thank you all for a wonderful week. A week full of fun, laughter, serious calorific intake and dare I say ‘learning’. It never ceases to amaze me that in a world so full of ‘dark’ news headlines, you can spend a week or so on horseback and discover that contrasting to the vast differences that punctuate different places and cultures. We always seem to find new friends and new appreciations of what the world has to offer. Kenya has been a fantastic example of this. Your organisation and attention to detail sets you apart from many others and I am sure that the success of your safaris can contribute positively to protecting the magnificence of all that we have seen over the last week. #