Depart Nairobi and head north towards the Rift Valley town of Naivasha. On route we will stop for views across the Great Rift Valley, Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha. Drive around the southern end of the lake, past the flower farms to the entrance of Sanctuary Farm.
On arrival at Crayfish Camp, you will be met by your horse-riding guides who will give you a safety briefing and get you kitted-up ready to mount your horse. For two hours you will explore Hells Gate National Park and enjoy riding amongst the wild game including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala and gazelle. Then later enjoy a picnic.
Basically, you will only go at a pace that you feel comfortable. You will encounter wildlife on this safari, however the horses live and interact with this game daily and are not scared by close up riding. There are no predators in the areas where you will ride. All horse safaris are accompanied by two or more guides, so riders within groups have the opportunity to temporarily separate, allowing more experienced riders to ride at a more advanced pace and those not so confident to stay within their comfort zone.
After 2 hours horseback riding we proceed on an exploratory tour either on bikes or by vehicle:-
Hells Gate National Park
We explore Hell's Gate National Park - only National Park in Kenya which visitors are free to leave their vehicle and walk in the Park. Hell's Gate National Park is an ideal getaway for a day trip from Nairobi.
Hell's Gate National Park is famous for its natural hot geysers, eagle and vulture breeding grounds, visitors have the choice of driving, walking, camping, cycling and rock-climbing within the park. Horseback safaris can also be arranged. Hell's Gate National Park special locations to view include: Fischer's Tower, formerly a volcano's plug, the Central Tower and Njorowa Gorges.
Two extinct volcanoes: Olkaria and Hobley's are worth a trip. Natural steam vents rise from fissures in the volcanic rock. Obsidian, a striking black glassy rock formed from cooled molten lava is a feature of this landscape. Game to view includes: buffalo, Masai Giraffe, eland, Coke's Hartebeest, lion, leopard and some cheetah.
Later depart Naivasha, returning to Nairobi arriving around 17:30.
*Note: This horse-riding safari is suitable for experienced riders - or those with minimal or no horse-riding experience. The guides and horses are well trained, and you will receive a brief training before your safari on the basics of controlling your horse.
Mandatory safety helmets are provided for each rider. All horses have saddlebags, ideal for storing camera, wallets, sunscreen and water etc while out riding.
Transport to/from Nairobi, driver/guide, all entry fees, horse hire, safety equipment, picnic lunch, boat-ride.
items of a personal nature,
Don’t forget to bring: sunhat, sunscreen, fleece for cool mornings/ evenings, drinking water, camera and binoculars. Please wear long trousers and closed in shoes.
*Special note: There is a 90kg (200 pounds) rider weight limit.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.