If anyone knows the adventure of riding in the true wilderness of Africa, it is Alison Mundy the Equestrian Manager at Singita Grumeti Reserves, who has spent her life riding horses across the landscapes of Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and now Tanzania.
We asked Alison to share some of the equestrian highlights of the year that has just passed.
We kicked off the safari season last year in June with our first mobile safaris where we used the newly launched, mobile camp, Singita Explore and then rode on to Faru Faru Lodge. These riding safaris have been a huge success with large numbers of game across the concession and perfect ground conditions lending to faster paced riding. There is nothing like the thrill of cantering with herds of wildebeest, zebra, topi, thomsons gazelle, eland, giraffe, kongoni and even interacting with elephant, buffalo and lion.
Some of the other incredible sights from horseback were serval, bat eared fox, roan, python, mamba, jackal, hyena, and the list just goes on.
The riding safaris made use of Sasakwa Lodge, Faru Faru Lodge and the new Explore mobile camp. The different sites of Singita Explore enable us to use unique locations in conjunction with Singita Faru Faru Lodge allowing for up to an eight night safari; riding in different areas each day.
The joy is that we are flexible to be able to create a riding-safari itinerary that suits individual needs not forgetting that we can also cater to non-riders and riders who only wish to ride part of each day.
Guests are falling in love with the new Singita Explore because it offers a new level of camping luxury while out on the grass plains of East Africa. Believe it or not, but the horses also enjoy the adventure of sleeping under the stars while at the camp. Guides and grooms are vigilant through the night to ensure that the horses are not disturbed by passing predators.
The last ride of our final safaris last year was truly memorable as we were watching giraffe walking from the bushes into an open area. They kept appearing and soon grew to a journey of 50 strong. They then let us approach and canter alongside them for a long distance over short grass and between trees. Cantering close to these elegant creatures is one of the most memorable things that can be done and is always a possibility here at Singita Grumeti Reserves.
For further information about horseriding safaris offered at Singita Grumeti Reserves, read more on our website– or contact Singita Reservations or your trusted Travel Agent or Tour Operator.