Gallop across the plains of Tanzania on this short but unforgettable 4-day horseback safari. Starting in Arusha, you'll spend a night in a boutique wildlife lodge before setting out towards Tarangire National Park. Spend your days exploring the savannah on horseback, riding through herds of wildebeest, gazelle, and giraffes. As evening falls, you'll gather around the campfire for sundowners and stargazing in the African bush.

Highlights

  • Watch wildlife grazing around your luxury lodge
  • Explore Tarangire National Park by horseback
  • Spot giraffes, zebras & wildebeest on the Tanzanian plains
  • Spend evenings stargazing around the campfire 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Arusha, Meet the Horses & Polo Lesson Arusha
Day 2 Transfer to Lolkisale Ranch, Afternoon Ride on the Plains  Tarangire National Park
Day 3 Full-Day Ride in Lolkisale Tarangire National Park
Day 4 Sunrise Ride, Return to Arusha & Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Arusha, Meet the Horses & Polo Lesson

Giraffe Residence
A polo pony on the lawns of the Giraffe Residence

Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival, you'll transfer to tonight's accommodation at the Giraffe Residence on the Dolly Estate, a boutique wildlife lodge in a peaceful, leafy area of Arusha. Get settled in and enjoy lunch by the pool, watching herds of wildlife grazing nearby. In the afternoon, you’ll meet your horses and try your hand at polo with one of the instructors, learning some of the basics of stick and ball. Alternatively, if you time your visit right, you can catch one of the regular polo matches in the late afternoon/early evening (normally on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays).

An optional extra is a scenic helicopter ride over Mount Meru (at an additional cost). As evening falls, gather for cocktails at the polo club before returning to the residence in time for dinner.

Day 2: Transfer to Lolkisale Ranch, Afternoon Ride on the Plains 

Vintage Series 1 Land Rover
Vintage Land Rovers transfer you to camp in style

Early today, the horses will be trailered to the Lolkisale Ranch to the east of Tarangire National Park, where you will ride over the next couple of days. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Giraffe Residence, then depart for the ranch in style in vintage Series 1 Land Rovers with your guides. Once you leave Arusha, you’ll be driving off-road and journeying south for around three to four hours through rural Maasai land until you reach camp.

Arrive in time for lunch and spend time relaxing before going on an afternoon ride. Explore the open plains, home to a variety of wildlife including zebra, giraffe, lesser kudu, and gerenuk. Predators are rarely seen but do cross through the area occasionally, so you need to be a competent and confident enough rider to follow your riding guide’s instructions. Return to camp for sundowners and a shower before dinner around the campfire.
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Day 3: Full-Day Ride in Lolkisale

Ride amongst wildlife on the plains of Lolkisale

You’ll spend a full day riding today, exploring the vast ranch area, riding alongside herds of wildebeest, and enjoying a fun mixture of walking, trotting, and cantering. Enjoy a bush lunch in a remote location, with time to rest in the shade before continuing your adventures in the afternoon.

There are various villages and Maasai settlements nearby that you can visit, offering a truly genuine experience, as tourists rarely reach these villages. Return to camp for an afternoon siesta, followed by drinks, dinner, and another evening of storytelling around the fire, stargazing and resting your tired limbs after an exhilarating day.

Day 4: Sunrise Ride, Return to Arusha & Departure

Goodbye Tanzania!

Enjoy a short sunrise ride this morning before returning to camp for a hearty brunch. Then you’ll set off in the Series 1 Land Rovers back to Arusha, where you'll be transferred to the airport to catch your departing flight. Safe travels!

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