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Natron Flamingo Ride

Natron Flamingo Ride Day 1

The clients arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport to be collected by Kaskazi Horse Safaris. Drive thirty minutes to Shangazi House. A family home built along the foothills of Mount Meru in Northern Tanzania. Shangazi House has ten acres of gardens and woodland with views south and east across the Masai land. The colonial-­‐‑style main house and four outlying cottages provide not only great privacy and comfort, but also the comfort of the cooling breezes coming off the mountain. Shangazi is the perfect place to unwind before and after a safari.

NATRON FLAMINGO Ride Day 2

The following morning after a big English breakfast there is 4 1⁄2 hours drive to Kaskazi’s fly camp, North of N’garuka Village. Upon arrival the crew are waiting with welcome drinks and opened arms for everyone to join the safari team at Kaskazi. After introduction to the tents, which are bell tents, lunch is served and a safari briefing takes place. After lunch each guest gets given his or her horse and an afternoon ride takes place for everyone to get comfortable in the saddle. The day ends around the bonfire.

NATRON FLAMINGO Ride Day 3

Everyone is woken up to some tea or coffee, thereafter breakfast is served. The day’s ride is scenic and cultural and we ride through Masai bomas and encounter herd’s men out grazing their cattle. Around midday we stop for a lunch break were we all have some refreshments under a nice shaded three. The lunch is either vehicle supported or we carry it in our saddlebags. Thereafter we continue and try to cover ground to reach our night stop before the sun hits the horizon.

NATRON FLAMINGO Ride Day 4

Early wakeup call followed by an English breakfast before joining your mount. Directions are northbound for the day, with Gelai mountain overlooking us from the East. The day’s ride leaves the Massai villages behind and enters the beautiful almost dreamlike scenery of the Natron region. If lucky the day’s ride will encounter big herds of zebras and wildebeest roaming the opened landscape. Lunch break is taken place out in the bush before taking directions for the night’s camp.

NATRON FLAMINGO Ride Day 5

Wakeup with coffee and tea before a bush breakfast. Thereafter everyone mounts their horses and the safari continues. Today we will explore the areas around the only active volcano in Africa, Oldonyo L’ʹEngai (Mountain of God). Late lunch back in camp with time for a siesta. The afternoon is for everyone to relax allowing riders and horses muscles to rest.

NATRON FLAMINGO Ride Day 6

After an early full English breakfast, we have the longest and toughest ride ahead of us. We are covering about 60 km in close to 40 degrees Celsius temperature. With the volcano behind us, we enter a riverbed that offers some shade and thereafter crossing the open landscape before arriving to the lunch break. We stop in the shades of some big acacias, near to a riverbed to gain some more energy for the last stretch of the days ride. The night is spent close to the hot springs, overlooking the lake.

NATRON FLAMINGO Ride Day 7

After breakfast a 45 minutes walk takes place heading towards the springs which enters the soda lake on the eastern shores. After the exhausting heat and dust a rewarding dip adds to the enjoyment of the days adventures. Enjoy lunch in the springs and walk or drive back to camp. A late evening ride takes place, enjoying the cooler hours before darkness with good chances of seeing hyenas and jackals searching for food on the mud flats of the lake.

NATRON FLAMINGO Ride Day 8

Early morning departure, leaving the dry, desolate and hauntingly beautiful lake behind us, following the well know riverbed back to the lush, green grassland on the foot of Oldonyo L’Engai. The night is spent in a place now familiar to everyone.

NATRON FLAMINGO Ride Day 9

Everyone wakes up after a good night’s rest. A sad farewell is due to happen, and everyone has to say goodbye to the camp crew. It is time to pack your bags and for the last time on this journey, together with your mount ride for another three hours to the airstrip, where a chartered plane is waiting to fly us all back to Arusha.
Safari ends…for this time…

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