A horse safari is like no other experience. The thrill of being at one with nature never fades. You move freely amongst the animals as if you’re one of them. High on a horse, you ride through a herd of eland or spot a lonely Topi atop a termite mound. You feel the sun-warmed breeze on your face, see the grasses rippling beneath you, and hear birdsong trilling in the trees.
Every ride is different. A flock of sunbirds might ripple through the air. A vivid turaco flashes past. Zebras shiver their ears and whinny. A lion, deep in the grasses, raises his head. On your horse, accepted by the animals, you’re immersed in the experience.
The Maasai Mara, voted Africa’s leading national park six years running, has an extraordinary variety of wildlife, including all the Big 5. Known for the annual Great Migration, when vast herds of wildebeest pour across the plains and plunge through the rivers, the Mara has a huge variety of animals and birds at all times of the year.
On the fringe of the Maasai Mara lies Olerai Conservancy. A private 5000-acre conservancy, Olerai has lush plains, trickling streams, rocky crags and forested hills. Here you’ll experience truly natural Africa as it has been since the beginning of time. Fuel your soul, absorb the magic of nature and fill your eyes with wonders.
Nadine, our Equestrian Manager, has been with Ride Mara from the very first day. She designed the stables, oversaw the constructions, selected the horses, established the herd, and is continually building and training the equestrian team, buying and fitting the tack and scouting riding routes. She knows every horse intimately.
Meet Stanley, our smart and passionate Maasai horsemen. Stanley is originally from Mau Forest, but some of his family live within the Olerai Conservancy as Landlords. When Stanley was a student, he represented Narok county in the long-distance running competition, and competed at a national level.
John Ekalale is our witty, reliable, and compassionate barn manager and our lead horse safari guide. He is part of the Turkana tribe of Northern Kenya and grew up in the western part of Lakipia.
Nadine personally designed our stables according to the most up-to-date research and knowledge, together with beliefs developed over her years of experience working with horses. She has designed our stables to the benefit of all the horses that live here, ensuring they are healthy and happy.
The spacious stables are 300m2. The high makuti thatched roof keeps the stables cool and shady. We cut no trees to build the stables, and several large trees grow through them, improving the stables’ air quality and natural environment. The many windows have wooden shutters, open throughout the day for breeze and light and closed at night to make the stables completely predator-proof.
Horses are herd animals like zebras. Therefore, our stables are open-plan with no divisions, allowing the horses to mingle and move as they like. Another benefit of keeping horses in a group is that they form their own hierarchy. And during a ride, that hierarchy is maintained, so they don’t need to establish a new hierarchy during rides.
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