Here, between the highest point in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, we explore the West Kilimanjaro Wilderness, encountering amongst others elephants, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and hundreds of different antelope.
This is a mobile tented safari for 2-6 experienced riders at a time, making it a very personal experience. The tents are dome tents and provided with comfortable mattresses and bed linen. There are en-suite toilet and hot bucket shower tents. The food is freshly cooked and of a very high standard.
The horses are mostly Warm blood, some Arab and Thoroughbred and X, all ridden in bitless bridles on a loose rein with trail or treeless saddles. Your hosts are both veterinarians and ensure the condition of the horses even in the challenging conditions in the bush, are superb. This horse riding holiday is at all paces where the terrain permits.
**Please note there are compulsory conservancy fees for this ride - please see prices and dates tab**
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Review received from DH of on 26/08/2010
Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.
The horses are mainly warmblood and range from 14.3 to 16hh. There are 16 well schooled horses to choose from. They are all ridden in bitless bridles and with long reins. They are very responsive to neck reining and weight shifts. There are trail and treeless saddles available, the saddle type is matched to the horse to ensure a correct fit.
The horses are all in excellent health and very well schooled. The owners are both veterinarians and ensure the best health care round the clock! The riding can be at all paces including a good gallop on an airstrip. In the game area most game viewing is at a walk and canters are along sandy tracks to avoid the holes. The group can decide for an early ride, snack in between and back in camp for late lunch, siesta afterwards with an evening walk following OR extended breakfast, morning ride, picnic in forest, but without siesta, afternoon ride, back in camp in evening. The total riding hours will not change.
For this safari riders should have a secure and independent seat and be in control of a horse at all paces. In addition riders should be fit enough to ride for 6 hours in a day and be able to trot and canter for 15 minute stretches. On this safari you will come face to face with big game such as elephant and buffalo and riders should be able to beat a hasty retreat if necessary!
The weight limit for this ride is 209 lb/95 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.
Coffee Plantation Accommodation. At the farm there are 2 large chalets with beautiful views of the snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro from private balconies. There is also a family cottage and large guest room in the main farm house. All rooms have en-suite hot showers, a basin and a toilet. Meals at the farm are taken on a large netted veranda with views of Kilimanjaro. There is a large living room with a fire lit every night in the colder months. Your hosts are very welcoming and are helpful with requests for unusual items. At lunch time a vehicle usually meets the ride and brings a full cooked lunch with table and chairs but on occasional long days a simple saddle bag picnic with sandwiches is the order of the day.
Safari Accommodation: The tented accommodation are V framed walk-in tents, large enough to stand up in and equipped with beds, mattresses, sheets and duvets. Each tent accommodates 2 people either as a double or twin and has en-suite bathroom facilities. Soap and towels are provided.
Single dome tents are also provided for those wishing to avoid the single supplement charge. These tents are still spacious enough to fit in a bed, bedside table and enough comfortable space for luggage and moving around but the bathroom facilities will be erected separately next to the tent (instead of en-suite).
There may be a dining tent enclosed with fly netting and a roof for shade where necessary, or weather permitting the meals are at the table under the stars. There is a full service from aperitifs to a four course dinner served at the table. There will be a camp fire in the evenings. Torches are provided to make your way around the camp sites at night.
Single supplement: there is no single supplement charge for riders happy to share accommodation and if a sharer can be found or for riders staying in single dome tents (see above). A single supplement charge is payable for riders wishing to secure a larger V frame double tent.
**Although torches can be provided there will be only the “normal” ones. We recommend that riders take head torches as this will be make it more convenient.
Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.
You should have a valid passport and visa when visiting Tanzania. You can obtain visas at Tanzanian diplomatic missions or on arrival.
The British High Commission in Tanzania is at Umoja House, Garden Avenue, PO Box 9200, Dar es Salaam. Tel: (255) (22) 211 0101. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tanzania High Commission in the U.K is at 3 Stratford Place,London, WIC 1AS. Tel: 0207 569 1470. Email: email@example.com
The Foreign and commonwealth office gives travel advice on www.fco.gov.uk or on 0207 008 0232/0233
Short rains in October/November, long rains from the end of March through to first half of June.
Cold season June/July/August, very pleasant riding weather with temperatures around 25C during the day. Temperature drops in the evening, requiring a fleece.
In the summer temperature goes up around 35C in the day, dry heat.
Before leaving the UK, you should take medical advice on appropriate anti-malaria medication and on arrival in Tanzania, ensure you take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes. Please ask your G.P for advice.
For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org. You can also check the Department of Healths website at www.dh.gov.uk.
Malaria prophylaxis. Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A&B, Typhoid and Meningitis advisable.
With effect from Monday 21st January 2008 all passengers travelling to Tanzania will be required to produce a valid yellow fever certificate upon arrival in any entry point (all borders points, sea ports and international airports)in Tanzania (whether coming from an infected area or not).
All current and prospective passengers must carry a valid yellow fever certificate if travelling to Tanzania. The vaccination needs to be administered at least 10 days before travel to Tanzania.
Voltage is the same as in the UK and most appliances such as battery chargers for videos, hair dryers etc. can be plugged in with appropriate adapters. These are available for purchase at most airports and travel shops.
Make sure that you buy plenty of film and spare batteries in the UK before you travel as they are not readily available in Tanzania.
There is electricity available at the farm to re-charge digital camera's and batteries, although this will not be available at the camps along the way.
You need a riding helmet or a broad rimmed hat which must stay on firmly and sunglasses with string.
Khaki, green and bush colours; please avoid wearing white as this scares wild life or black as it tends to attract insects.
At least 2 pairs of riding trousers/jodhpurs, half or full leather chaps are recommended, riding gloves, jersey, warm jacket (May-August), shorts, long sleeves shirts, T-shirtsraincoat (seasonal), sunblock, insect repellent, antihistamine cream / pills, torch, camera, plenty of film and batteries, binoculars, indispensable bumbag, 1 pair of lightweight riding boots and 1 pr of trainers/ shoes to wear when not riding.
Film, camera and binoculars on a strong shoulder strap, preferably in a (waterproof)pouch to be secured to belt.
Torches are provided to make your way around the camp sites at night.**Although torches can be provided there will be only the “normal” ones. We recommend that riders take head torches as this will be make it more convenient.
From 1st June 2019 plastic bags are prohibited from mainland Tanzania, with the exception of plastic or plastic packaging for medical services, food stuff, Ziploc bags (used to carry toiletries) or sanitary.
This is an 8 days / 7 nights programme with 8 days riding available on set departure dates. Please contact us as further dates may be available for groups of two or more and tailor made itineraries can also be arranged.
2020: 18 Jan; 14 Feb; 4, 14 Mar; 9, 18, 29 Jul; 15, 28 Aug; 6, 15, 26 Sept; 5, 16, 25 Oct; 5, 14, 26 Nov; 5, 20, 28 Dec
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|2020||8d/7n||8||Conservation fees/entry fees for private or national reserves||1,209|
|2020||8d/7n||8||Xmas / New Year Supplement pppn||27|
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|2020||8d/7n||8||Conservation fees/entry fees for private or national reserves||1,409|
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|2020||8d/7n||8||Conservation fees/entry fees for private or national reserves||12,989|
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David Read has written some interesting books on his life in Tanzania and about the Masai culture. See; 'Waters of Sanjan', 'Barefoot over the Serengeti' and 'Beating about the Bush'. A range of interesting and inspiring equestrian travel books can be purchased from www.horsetravelbooks.com (part of the Long Rider’s Guild)
The landscape and scenery are as diverse as they are enchanting. Much of the Coffee Plantation farmland is devoted to conservation, bordered by two rivers, each filled with towering trees - a habitat we are committed to preserving. The birdlife is phenomenal, monkeys, small antelope and nocturnal game abound, and are frequently seen and heard.
In the safari areas you there are amongst others large herds of elephants, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and hundreds of different antelope types.
All guests are required to take out full medical and travel insurance including Flying Doctors Membership, details (e.g. membership number, emergency phone numbers) of which must be submitted prior to arrival.
Please check to see if your travel insurance includes Flying Doctor Membership. If it does not then you can book a membership with the Flying-Doctor-Service by visiting http://www.flyingdoctorsafrica.org/ (the farm is within the 500 km from Nairobi Wilson Airport).
Tanzania was a German colony from the 1880s until 1919, when it became a British trust territory until 1961. Julius Nyerere became Minister of British-administered Tanganyika in 1960, and continued as Prime Minister when Tanganyika became independent in 1961. Tanganyika and the neighbouring Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania in 1964. Nyerere introduced African socialism, or Ujamaa, which emphasized justice and equality, but proved economically disastrous, leading to food shortages as collective farms failed.
Though it remains one of the poorest and most corupt countries in the world, with many of its people living below the World Bank poverty line, it has had some success in wooing donors and investors and is slowly progressing towards a more stable economic structure.
It also has one of the largest, wildest animal populations in the world including wildebeest, monkey, antelope, lion, cheetah, crocodile, gazelle and flamingo.
Tanzania is three hours ahead of GMT and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram.
The international dialling code is +255.