Great Plains Conservation announced the opening of the first permanent riding stables in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Ride Kenya Mara is a stand-alone riding stable of 16 horses, offering rides in the wildlife-rich Maasai Mara and exclusive Mara Conservancies.
The rides are available to any competent horse rider (min. age 14+, max. weight 95kgs) staying in any camp in the Mara Conservancies and Maasai Mara National Reserve. The stables are located in the very heart of these protected areas. Morning and afternoon rides of up to eight guests are available to competent riders at a price of US$250 per ride.
The very experienced head guides of Ali Mundy and Martin Dodwell have migrated north from spending the last 12 years in the Grumeti Reserves of Tanzania to the new Ride Kenya – Mara stables, together with all of their top-condition horses and equipment that they know so well; this some six months before the great zebra and wildebeest migration will do the same in their millions on their annual search for fresh pasture.
That Great Migration will typically arrive two months later than Martin and Ali have been used to further south, around July (in the Mara), however the influx of the the Loita Hills migration of zebra and wildebeest will usually arrive at a time they are accustomed to hearing the first grunts of gnus, around late-May, and not leave to move eastwards until around November.
Outside of these two migration seasons riding is equally thrilling with the highest concentration in Africa of resident predators in the Mara and its conservancies.
Great Plains Conservation, www.greatplainsconservation.com