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Kilimanjaro Elephant Ride

Kilimanjaro Elephant Day 1

Arrive to Kilimanjaro International Airport, here you will be picked up by Kaskazi and driven for 35 minutes to our permanent lodge, where the night is spent. Settle into the new surroundings and meet the others that are participating in the safari. The lead guide will join the dinner party and briefly introduce the itinerary for the next upcoming days.

Kilimanjaro Elephant Day 2

After a big breakfast, you depart in vehicles and drive for 2 hours to our fly camp. Upon arrival, the crew will await you with welcome drinks and opened arms, making you part of the Kaskazi team from day one. After introduction to the tents, it will be time for lunch where a briefing takes place. Thereafter you walk over to the horses, and the guide will introduce you to your horse and shortly thereafter an afternoon ride takes place for you to get to know your horse and settle into the saddle. The day ends around the campfire.

Kilimanjaro Elephant Day 3

You wake up with the sun and a big breakfast is served, thereafter it is time to get on your horse. The directions are north bound, with Mt Meru towering in the west. The days ride is amongst Tanzanian farmland and the Massai steppe, its scenic with many cultural interactions as the rides goes along. We make use of the cooler hours in the morning and try to cover as much ground as possible. The lunch is served under a big acacia, sometimes near to a dam where the Massai’s water their cattle and we our horses. You will have a good 3 – 3 1⁄2 hour’s stop for lunch, with time for a siesta to regain some strength. The afternoon continues across opened plains, making sure to reach our night stop before the sun hits the horizon. The night is spent in an area called Nyumbu, named after its usual frequent abundance of wildebeests.

Kilimanjaro Elephant Day 4

Early wake up calls followed by an English breakfast. Everyone mounts their companion and the safari starts heading towards the so-­‐‑called Seven Sisters. After have crossed the seven hills (seven sisters) we ride through Sinya Village and continue towards lunch, served under a shady tree. The terrain varies from opened grassland to beautiful canopy forests. The day offers good chance of seeing plains game such as zebras, giraffes and wildebeests but most important is the presence of the shy antelope, the Gerenuk that we will keep an eye for as we ride along. The night is spent at an astonishing place, hopefully the night is clear and you will get the feeling being watched by four powerful mountains, Mt Meru, Namanga, Longido and the most legendary of all, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro Elephant Ride Day 5 

Early wake up with coffee and tea before a bush breakfast is served. The day will be spent tracking the biggest land living mammal, the elephants. The terrain differs from thick scrublands to the never-­‐‑ending dessert flats near to the lake that caters for great gallops. Before sunset, we return to the previous nights camp to enjoy another night in this remote and remarkable place on earth.

Kilimanjaro Elephant Ride Day 6

This day will be spent tracking the footsteps of the biggest land living mammal, the elephant. Hopefully we have good luck tracking and get the chance to see these giants from the back of a horse. The night will be spent overlooking the pans with its plains game on constant alert for predators.

Kilimanjaro Elephant Ride Day 7

Wake up with the sun, taking directions for the Kenyan border. The riding will take place in good cat country and everyone needs to be on constant alert on what might be encounter around the corner. The night is spent in a new location, chosen the same morning as we leave camp. Hopefully this night is clear, as apart from the view of the mountains within this area, the night sky is a mind-­‐‑blowing site.

Kilimanjaro Elephant Ride Day 8

The last morning has arisen and the safari has come to its end, enjoy a big breakfast before directions aretaken towards civilization, depending on road conditions about 3 hours journey back to the airport. For those who fly out late there is a day room available at Kili villa.

Safari ends…for this time…

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