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Horse Riding holidays in Tanzania

Horse Riding holidays in Tanzania

Explore Africa in the saddle

There are many incredible opportunities for riding holidays in Africa. Almost all countries offer rides through the African wilderness, with horseback excursions varying from a few hours suitable to all levels to several days out on the trail while sleeping in fly camps for the experienced equestrian. 

It’s an incredible way to explore the bush, with most plains game unperturbed by your presence. Riding alongside herds of zebra and giraffe is a truly unforgettable experience. There are also epic coastal and desert trails to discover and for something a little different, camelback safaris are a speciality in the wilderness of East Africa.

Horseback riding in Africa is usually offered by specialist camps and lodges in areas that have lower game densities. Thus even beginners can be amazed by rolling hills, pristine beaches and vast plains, without worrying about the dangers of riding in lion country. More experienced riders will enjoy faster paces, longer ride-outs or several days in the saddle with magnificent horses of great character. Even if you’re just looking for a few hours in the saddle, contact us for further details.

Our top horseback safaris

Get inspired for your riding safari in Africa.

Makoa Farm Makoa farm Lodge

On the slope of Mount Kilimanjaro

Benguerra Beach Holiday

This luxurious lodge offers a fantastic blend of total relaxation and more active pursuits. Explore your idyllic surroundings with a range of land and water-based activities before unwinding with a massage and sundowner drinks on the beach.

Benguerra Lodge

Benguerra Lodge stables ten horses near the lodge. It offers guided horseback riding around its local area, including along the pristine white, palm-fringed sandy beach in front of the lodge. Feeling the ocean spray as you gallop through the waves is unforgettable.

Golden Jackal Fly-in Safari

A contrasting safari of a lodge and a tented camp, action-packed activities in Laikipia and wildlife-filled game drives in the Maasai Mara, yet overall a consistently high quality experience.


Borana’s two stables house around 50 horses. The one located near the Ngare Ndare River has horses suitable for novice riders, while the other has beautiful, ex-polo mounts to cater for experienced riders as well as to offer longer guided trips.

Hamerkop Fly-In Safari

Different wildlife, contrasting camps and a whole host of activities, this is a safari for those wanting to get out and about and not just sit in a vehicle.


Sosian owns very good stables and breeds horse; it has 23 available for riding. More experienced riders will enjoy guided full-day bush rides and gallops across open plains, while beginners on holiday can go on gentler walks of a few hours closer to the ranch house.

Big Cat Fly-in Safari

Combining two of Kenya’s best wildlife viewing areas, this slow-paced safari to the Lewa Conservancy and Maasai Mara guarantees iconic wildlife. The long established, well-rated camps are great value too.

Lewa Safari Camp

Horseback and camel safaris are arranged with nearby Lewa Wilderness Camp, whose 40 horses are available to experience riders as well as beginners. The plain grazers are relaxed around horses, making it a great way to get up close.

Tawny Eagle Fly-in Safari

Explore Laikipia and the Maasai Mara ecosystem with stays in the Ol Pejeta and Naboisho conservancies. Two smart yet authentically rustic bush camps provide a traditional safari experience, offering a high standard of guiding and excellent level of care.

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp offers horse riding in the protected areas of Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Accompanied by guides, you’ll enjoy gentle rides among the conservancy’s famous rhinos, including the last two northern white rhinos.

African Hawk-Eagle Fly-in Safari

Two luxurious camps provide quieter game-viewing within Laikipia and the Mara ecosystem. Situated on private conservancies, Lewa Wilderness and Naboisho offer the chance to sight all of the ‘big 5’ and enjoy a range of safari activities.

Lewa Wilderness

Ride through the rolling hills of the Kenya’s Lewa Conservancy on your holiday, or take a camel trek from Lewa Wilderness. Guided horse rides here can take from a couple of hours to the whole day, and allow you to get close to various antelope, giraffe and zebra.

African Finfoot Fly-in Safari

A unique start to the safari in Nairobi National Park, then classic, luxurious camps combine for a high end and exclusive safari in fantastic wildlife destinations.


Located in an exclusive 30km2 area of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Sirikoi offers riding opportunities with horses suited to beginners or experienced riders, accompanied by experienced guides on horseback to ensure safety.

Rothschild Giraffe Safari

A example of a luxury Kenyan safari, starting at the iconic Giraffe Manor before fabulous stays on the spectacular Solio Reserve and Sala’s Camp in a remote corner of the Maasai Mara.

Solio Lodge

Solio is home to an impressive population of white and black rhinos, and rides take place outside their sanctuary. Explore the woods and rolling plains and keep watch for a diversity of species, including the northern varieties of plains wildlife.

De Brazza Monkey Fly-in Safari

Enjoy a range of activities in the remote wilderness of northern Kenya before exploring the wildlife-rich plains of the Mara ecosystem. Private vehicles and guides heighten the personalisation of this highly immersive safari.


While northern Kenya is generally arid, the bushy landscapes around Sarara attract good wildlife and riding excursions offer a new perspective. Most of the plains grazers are relaxed around the horses. Gentle hacks or faster rides can be arranged.