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Riding Wild

DescriptionRiding wild in Laikipia, Kenya

Riding Wild arranges tailor made riding safaris across the nothern wilderness of Borana and its neighbouring ranches. This area of Kenya is rich in wildlife, and has diverse environments that invite exploration and adventure. From the purple moorlands of Mt Kenya to the warm plains of the Northern Frontier District, Riding Wild is able to arrange safaris on horseback that bring you surprisingly close to the wildlife. Magnificent views march alongside as you ride through forest towards the tribal lands of the north.

Accomodation

Starting from Borana Lodge or Laragai House, each night will be spent in a fly camp, one of the community owned lodges in the area or in Rutundu Log Cabins on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Fly camping is simple and adventurous, and emanates days of old when ranchers would ride for days with their cattle. Sitting around a roaring camp fire at night whilst the horses snort and paw in the background, and the stars glitter above, is a truly magical experience.

The horses

Riding Wild’s horses are thoroughbred or thoroughbred-cross, standing between 14.2hh and 16.3hh. They are all well-schooled and ridden in snaffle bridles. An evening ride before departing on safari allows guests to familiarise themselves with their horse and provides the opportunity to make any necessary alterations to horse & rider combinations. Guests will ride the same horse throughout the safari.

The Experience

Increasingly acknowledged as one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Kenya, wildlife population densities in the Laikipia region rank second to the internationally renowned Maasai Mara ecosystem. The diversity of large mammals is higher than in any other part of Kenya. Laikipia hosts the highest populations of endangered species: black rhino (half of Kenya’s total population), Grevy’s zebra (70% of the world’s population), reticulated giraffe, the only viable population of Lelwel hartebeest in the country and Africa’s only expanding population of wild dog. Birds: Over 350 species. Mammals: Over 50 species including wild dog, leopard, cheetah and lion. Trees: 48 indigenous species have been identified.

Optional extras: Visits to Kisima floriculture projects; excursions to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy; cultural visits and scenic flights in a helicopter, fixed wing-aircraft or Waco bi-plane.

Owners & Hosts: Michael & Nicky Dyer

Season: Open December to October

Contact details

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Tel: +254 715 579 999 / +254 735 579 999 / +254 20 211 5453

Website: www.borana.co.ke

 

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