Offbeat Riding Safaris
Offbeat Riding Safaris
Maasai Mara, Kenya
per person for 7 nights based on 2 people sharing on a Mara ride on a fully inclusive basis including transfers.
At a Glance
Camping in beautiful and remote corners of Kenya
Galloping over the plains alongside the game
Drinks round the camp fire each evening to mull over the day's adventures
The horses are well schooled thoroughbred and thoroughbred crosses
Offbeat uses English saddles (with a selection of polo, jumping, French trekking and Australian stock) and they mainly use snaffle bridles
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Offbeat Riding Safaris don't take place in April, May or November. The tourist season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.
Northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month, and November the wettest.
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Staying in mobile camps in the Maasai Mara, Offbeat Riding Safaris provides some of the best riding safaris in Africa accompanied by expert riding guides. Explore the iconic Maasai Mara and enjoy stunning game viewing with different discoveries each day.
Offbeat Riding Safaris give you an exceptional adventure on horseback in the heart of the Maasai Mara, exploring the vast plains and enjoying spectacular wildlife sightings on a completely unique safari. The rides vary in length from 8 to 11 days and all comprise some mobile camping while some also include a couple of nights at Deloraine - Offbeat Safaris' stately house - on the edge of the beautiful Rift Valley.
The tents used on mobile safaris are spacious 10ft by 9ft tents with twin camp beds, mattresses, sheet and blankets. Towels, soap and torches are provided and there is a gas lamp and hurricane lamp in each tent. In addition, each tent has a private long drop toilet and bucket showers are always available.
Offbeat matches you with a horse, all of which are well-trained and of high quality stock that are used to the varied terrain as well as the wildlife, including big game, that you are likely to encounter. Their guides are very experienced to ensure a safe and highly enjoyable ride. Guests should be considered as experienced riders and comfortable at all paces and be able to gallop out of trouble. You can expect to spend between four and seven hours in the saddle each day with a generous break for lunch. Set departures take a minimum of four and a maximum of 12 riders.
Offbeat Riding Safaris are not suitable for children due to the fast nature of the activity posing a potential hazard to their safety.
Horses, camping equipment and tack are all provided, but we recommend that you bring your own riding helmet and boots. All the safaris are led by experienced guides who will adapt to the needs of each guest.
Rose Gemmell (Staff)
Of all my African experiences, Offbeat Safaris has to have been one of the most exciting, fun and unique. The safari is owned and run by Tristan and Cindy Voorspuy and the riding safaris are led by either Tristan himself or Jakob von Plessen both of whom are extremely knowledgeable and experienced and have a real passion for what they do. The horses are all well-schooled, responsive and fit and you very quickly become highly attached to your horse. Offbeat safaris are not for the faint hearted and good riding ability is important as you are riding in the heart of the Masai Mara alongside the wild game. Some highlights of the trip were swimming the horses across the Mara River with Jakob cracking his bull whip to move the hippo blocking our way, galloping alongside a herd of stampeding wildebeest and relaxing by a campfire under the stars after a long day of riding. Offbeat riding safari truly is a once in a lifetime experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a passionate rider.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
For keen riders the Offbeat riding safaris really are the ultimate way to see game in Africa. Whether galloping across the plains or having a drink round the camp fire at the end of the day every second will be action packed.
Game drives in the Maasai Mara
Exploring this iconic ecosystem in an adapted, open 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional safari guide is one of the best ways to get up close to the huge volume and wide diversity of wildlife in the Mara.
Maasai Mara Balloon Safari
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Maasai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
The Great Migration
The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.
Walking in the Maasai Mara
Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4x4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.
Location & directions
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Offbeat Riding Safaris cover a range of locations from the Maasai Mara in the south of Kenya to Laikipia in the north and can also incorporate Amboseli National Park.