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7 Days/6 Nights Chyulu Horseback Safari

7 days on horseback in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro around Chyulu Hills through the conservancy and the cloud forests.

Day 1 Arrival, horse ride

Arrive at Ol Donyo Lodge airstrip and be met by your guide. Enjoy a short game drive en route to the first campsite which is nestled in thick acacia woodlands. After arrival in the camp, lunch and a short introduction you will meet the horses. This first ride sets off from the stables and is designed to introduce the rider to their horse and the local ecosystem. The Chyulu Hills offer some of the most stunning scenery in Africa: rolling volcanic hills, acacia forests, and grassy plains all in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. This first drive serves as an introduction to the area and its inhabitants; there are 38 recorded species of large mammal here and over 300 species of bird.

Day 2 - Ride at dawn and hike

After an early breakfast at the camp you will explore the forests and savannas in the vicinity of the camp. You will ride through dense acacia woodlands and cross the wide-open Mbirikani Plains overlooking the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro on the horizon. The area is very rich in wildlife. Enjoy your second breakfast in the shade of a large acacia tree before returning to camp. In the afternoon you can explore the local flora and fauna on foot. A romantic sundowner and a sumptuous dinner complete the exciting day.

Day 3 - Game drive in Amboseli National Park and ride in the afternoon

Start your half-day game drive in Amboseli National Park before dawn. Amboseli is home to some 1,500 elephants who live around the swamp at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. In addition to the famous elephants there are hippo, buffalo, antelope and various species of birds to see. You return to camp for a late lunch. Enjoy a ride in the afternoon, ending at a scenic spot for watching the sunset, including the classic sundowners.

Day 4 - Morning ride to Crater Camp and hike

You will leave the camp early in the morning on horseback and ride through dense acacia woodlands to Chyulu East National Park. Enjoy your picnic breakfast on the way. After you leave the acacia woodland, you will proceed up the Chyulu Hills. The region is perfect for seeing cheetahs, gerenuk, zebra, wildebeest and antelope. For lunch you can reach the Crater Camp, located in the vicinity of a large crater in the woods with a view that stretches to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Late afternoon climb into the crater in search of the rare Verreaux eagle that builds its nest in inaccessible rock ledges in the crater wall or you can discover the world of caves that lie beneath the crater. Enjoy the sunset from this spectacular camp.

Day 5- Full-day ride to the Mist Forest

Today’s ride after breakfast will lead another 2,000 feet higher into the Chyulu Hills. A noticeable change in climate and temperature occurs as you reach over 7,000 feet above sea level. The ride is dominated by incredible vistas of the vast wilderness of Tsavo East National Park to the east, and Mount Kilimanjaro and Amboseli National Park to the west. Due to the altitude of the area clouds often sit on the top of the Chyulu Hills. This consistent humidity has created pockets of mist forest that dot the summits of the hills. Enjoy a picnic lunch just outside one of the largest mist forests and then enter the mist forest on foot where buffalo, leopard, Sykes monkey and bush pig reside. Arrive in the late afternoon at Olekuto Camp. Enjoy a well-earned drink and rest in stunning scenery.

Day 6 Full-day ride with a barbecue lunch

After breakfast in the camp you depart on horseback to explore the woodland of Olekutu. This area is extremely beautiful and remote, with herds of giraffe, gazelle, zebra and wildebeest. Enjoy seeing ostrich and Kori bustard bathing in the red dust. Leaving Olekuto the ride passes by the Inchalai Swamps. These are swamps where breeding herds of elephant come to drink at night and if riders are lucky, they might catch the elephants returning to the thick lava flow in which they seek refuge during the day. Enjoy a scenic spot for a barbecue lunch atop some beautiful rocky outcrops. Ride across the vast savannah after lunch and into camp.

Day 7 – Departure

Enjoy your breakfast in the camp before you will depart to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi.

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