Make 2017 a wild year and sign-up for a horseback riding safari in Africa – You will love it!
Calling all equestrians to get off the farm and out of the show ring for a riding adventure that you maybe have only dared to dream. This year, is your year to take a horseback riding vacation in Kenya.
We first learned about Offbeat Safaris through one of our writers here at Eventing Connect, Ema Klugman. She was lucky enough to enjoy a working student position with this top notch company and peaked our interest after she wrote about her adventures.
Offbeat Safaris was founded by Tristan Voorspuy in 1990, beginning purely as a riding safari outfitter, based out of Deloraine House. However, this all changed when Piers Winkworth came to work for Tristan in 2002. Falling in love with Kenya and looking for an exciting new venture, by 2005 Piers had joined Tristan to offer a non-riding side of safaris, in the form of Offbeat Mara Camp. At this time Tristan also took on the restoration of Sosian Ranch, with six other shareholders, and so Sosian Lodge was born. The Offbeat Safaris collection remains small and personal and true to its traditional safari roots.
Tristan Voorspuy – Owner & founder of Offbeat Safaris Ltd
Tristan was born in South Africa but schooled and raised in Sussex, England. He spent a brief period at Agricultural College before joining the British Army in 1975 for a three year Short Service Commission which he extended for another three years. A total of six years in the army including a two year stint as a ceremonial mounted cavalry officer inspired a wanderlust and return to Africa. After leaving the army in 1981 he drove a motorbike from London to Cape Town for nine months, looking for work opportunities in Africa. Having heard of mounted safaris pioneered by Tony Church in Kenya, he applied for a job and spent six years guiding with Tony before beginning Offbeat Safaris in 1990.
He has now lead mounted and other safari’s professionally for 32 years in East Africa and ridden in Botswana, South Africa, Ethiopia, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. He holds a Kenya gold level certificate of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association and is an honorary warden of the Kenya Wildlife Service
Piers Winkworth – Owner & Director of Offbeat Mara Camp
Piers was born in the UK and grew up around horses on his parents racehorse training yard and stud farm. Aged 26 years, Piers came out to Kenya to help Tristan on the riding safaris for a three month working holiday. Today, some 14 years later he is still here! In 2005 Piers officially became a partner in Offbeat and helped develop the non-riding side of the company, offering photographic and walking safaris from Offbeat Mara Camp.
Piers, who is married to Nina and together have two little boys, Charlie and Casper, bases himself in Nairobi and divides his time between the office and the Mara camp.
To enjoy this vacation, it is important that as a rider you are at able to confidently ride at all paces, are balanced and able to gallop out of trouble.
Eventing Olympian and multiple four-star winner Lucinda Green highly recommends Offbeat Safaris saying. “After more than 10 trips with Offbeat Safaris, Tristan still manages to combine beauty, excitement, fear, luxury and a deep connection with Nature in a manner I believe no other holiday can.”
Perhaps the most exciting riding safaris in Africa…
Offbeat Riding Safaris have a stellar reputation for providing un-rivalled mobile horseback safaris amongst big game. Riding up close to elephant, lion and buffalo, or galloping with wildebeest and zebra are life changing experiences. If you are a rider, there is simply no better way to see Kenya than from the back of a well schooled and fit horse.
Book your trip and you will ride across the Masai Mara, Laikipia and Amboseli, as your guides choose the best routes over 5-10 days. You will live in a mobile tented camp that moves with the group, this is the epitome of what a true ‘safari’ is all about.
There are three riding safari choices:
With outstanding game viewing from horseback and superb riding country, the Mara exceeds all expectations. This is undoubtedly our most popular riding safari, especially for first timers to Kenya.
These are true wilderness safaris, riding across 1 million acres of private game and ranch land. With all of the ‘Big Five’ and dramatic scenery, Laikipia offers an almost pioneering experience with very low tourist numbers.
With many beautiful 5 star lodges in this area we are also able to offer luxury lodge to lodge riding with Sosian Horseback Safaris. Click here to find out more.
With the stunning backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro and its famous herds of elephant, Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills offer beautiful riding country that is hard to rival. we offer a set departure in June but can do tailor made rides at any time of year.
Sosian Horseback Safaris
For more luxurious accommodations you can choose Sosian Horseback Safaris. This is a lodge to lodge/camp riding safari, traversing some of Laikipia’s most stunning scenery with excellent game viewing and total privacy.
Highlights in this package include:
- LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATION – Starting and finishing from Sosian Lodge you will ride to three other comfortable and permanent camps and lodges.
- EXCLUSIVITY – Tailor made rides, with small groups on private land – but without the price tag.
- MEDIUM PACED RIDING – These are half-day rides, with full English bush breakfasts along the way! The riding is fun and exhilarating yet comfortable…(remember, this is a holiday!) Afternoons are free to enjoy game drives, walking, botany and tracking. Ideal for mixed groups as well.
So don’t delay. Make 2017 an exciting riding year and treat yourself to horses in the wilds of Kenya. This is a trip that won’t disappoint.
2017 Set Departures
Click here for the 2017 set departure dates and rates
These are 7 or 10 night all inclusive itineraries with a maximum of 12 spaces per ride. Bespoke / private rides may also be arranged.
What is included in the vacation package?
7 or 10 night safari, all riding, game drives, walking, full board accommodation, all drinks and internal flight and transfers
What vacation extras are available for purchase outside of the package?
Hot balloon safaris
What airport do you fly to?
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Jkia) in Nairobi.
Do you offer pickup service from the airport?
Yes (included in the price).
What day of the week do the safaris begin?
What are the temperature ranges from day to night?
Warm sunny days and cool nights with highs of 23c and lows of 14c.
What riding gear should one pack?
Chaps, boots and riding hat.
What type of clothing should one pack?
Jodhpurs/cotton trousers/jeans, t-shirts & long sleeve shirts, fleece/jersey, light rain coat, shorts – bush colours are preferred.
What vaccinations are recommended?
None are needed but wise to be up to date with tetanus. If travelling through other African countries then yellow fever is also required with a certificate.
What wild life will one be guaranteed to see?
Elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, giraffe, zebra, gazelle, wildebeest, warthog with high chance of leopard and cheetah too.
What type of food and drink are supplied?
Everything is included. English breakfasts, bbq or light lunches and 3 course dinners. Beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks all included.
How many riders are on each safari?
Maximum of 12.
Any other tips that riders should know before signing up?
There is a single supplement if you are not willing to share accommodation. We use a mobile tented camp with long drop toilets and hot safari showers.
This is luxury camping! Be honest about your riding capabilities. There are always 4 x 4 vehicles for tired riders or non-riding friends and family. They offer excellent game drives with guides and spotters from these vehicles.