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Horse riding safari at Ndarakwai Ranch
Tanzania horse riding safari this safari is a trial run for safari guests so a number of us got together to critically test the product. It is over a long weekend, a safari of 3 nights of which two were based in an up market mobile camp-privately sited for our group-and a final night at the Ndarakwai Ranch tented camp.
The horse safari operator, Carlos’s da Silva now bases his horses at the ranch and has set up his riding operations at Ndarakwai.
The Mountains of Kilimanjaro, Meru and Longido were the back drop for the riding and the first afternoon is a short ride from the main camp area into the mobile camp, a ride of a few hours as the light of the day faded.
The following day will be almost a full day out and we will bring the lunch and drinks. The 3 hours ride out that morning bring you close encounters with many wild animals including a group of elephants which Carlos expertly led the riders away from at first (as they came together near some thick bush) and then watch the 30 plus pachyderms from a safer distance. Eland, giraffe, water buck, zebra and wildebeest numbers are good here when it is somewhat dry and the thrill of being on horse back and near these beautiful animals put a smile on every ones faces.
Towards Longido Mountain the landscape opens up dramatically and the riders could gallop at full speed as they came into the spot you drive to for lunch.