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Information / Horseback-Safaris

Please note that the itineraries only serve as a guide, all scenarios are dependent on the season and the migration of game. We reserve the right to alter the itineraries in any way. Local weather conditions may also affect game movements.

Number of riders

Riding groups will normally be no more than 6, maximum 8 guests.
For private groups a maximum of 10 riders will be accommodated.

Riding ability

We cater for 'Good Intermediate+' riders on safari rides (i.e. Strong Intermediate and Advanced riders).

We will take beginner for farm rides only. We are able to provide even for beginners a great riding experience on their holiday on Makoa-Farm, tailored according to their knowledge and experience - we just have to know before so that we can adapt the route and distance!!!

The minimum riding requirement for safari rides is the ability to post to the trot or canter for ten minutes at a time, be able to canter with a secure seat, controlling the horse's speed and direction at all times. Safari rides require prior experience in riding over rough terrain as during the rides we may cross steep valleys, river with seasonally strong current and dry river beds.

We spend 4 to 6 hours per day in the saddle.

Important for Migration Ride, Kilimanjaro Big Game Trail and Wilderness Rides: You need to be able to react to the movement of wildlife which may startle the horse. You may also be required to gallop out of trouble so the minimum ability for these rides are 'Strong Intermediate'.

It will be at the discretion of the company whether you will be permitted to ride, taking into consideration the safety and enjoyment of the group as a whole.

Experience Level

We reserve the right to judge a rider's competence and ability. A rider, who in the sole opinion of the guide, is unable to control his/her horse or who poses a threat to him/herselves, a horse, or another rider in the group, will be dismounted. For your own safety, please be totally honest with us about your riding experience.
I declare that I read the information and the above details given show a true reflection of my riding ability and experience. I realise that inaccurate information will limit my enjoyment of the ride and could prove to be dangerous.
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The horses are much loved, well mannered and in excellent condition. A variety of reliable, for safari-purpose trained horses like Partbred- and Anglo-Arabian, Thoroughbred, Trakehner, Bavarian Warmblood, Australian Brumby etc., ranging from 14 to 16.2 hands (140 - 165 cm) high - there is a horse to suit everyone.

Riding terrain

The terrain can be uneven with areas of rocks, clumps of grass, thorns and holes. These obstacles can sometimes not be seen from far and therefore require a quick reaction of the horses - they will confidently jump or move around rocks, stones, thorns or holes. The horses are sure footed. They will bring the riders safe to where we want to go, however the rider is expected to be balanced enough to follow the movement of the horse.


Tack is usually bitless (Hackamore and Sidepull).
There are good quality treeless saddles (Barefoot and Torsion), Endurance and Trail Saddles available.

Riders weight limit

Usually 14 stone / 200 lbs or 90 kg (in exemptions 15 stone, 210 lbs or 95 kg but only if you are an advanced rider). The horses will not carry heavier weight than this.

What to bring

  • We recommend a light-weight and breathable riding hat, wearing one is your responsibility. 
  • A shade hat with strap
  • Bush color riding clothes (not white or bright colors)
  • Cotton riding trousers
  • Light-weight riding shoes
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • A jersey, fleece or multi pocketed waistcoat
  • A lightweight, waterproof windbreaker jacket
  • Important are chaps for protection of trousers and skin, we recommend to use long chaps, available as leather or synthetik version
  • Sun block, lip salve
  • Film, camera and binoculars on a strong shoulder strap, preferably in a (waterproof) pouch to be secured to belt.


Either both or at least one of the owners will accompany each safari as guide/s and will be equipped with a first aid kit, mobile phone and radiocall.

Important Information

Please supply us with information regarding any special occasions, dietary requirements or medical conditions before departure and with a copy of your medical insurance. Anyone with severe allergies, heart or respiratory conditions or any other physical limitations must consult their physician.

All guests are required to take out full medical and travel insurance including Flying Doctors Membership, details (e.g. membership number, emergency phone numbers) of which must be submitted prior to arrival. Please bear in mind that most insurances only cover you if a helmet was worn, in case of an injury.

You can book a membership with the Flying-Doctor-Service (from 15USD to 50 USD depending on stay) either through us or through the internet: http://www.flyingdoctorsafrica.org/ (We are within the 500 km from Nairobi Wilson Airport).

Please give us details of your health insurance and Flying Doctor Membership:

Insurance Company:…………………………………………………………

Policy-No.: ……………………………………………………………………………

Date of Policy:…………………………………………………………………….

Tel. No. in case of emergency:……………………………………………………………..

Riding and your stay with us is on your own risk! The company can not be held responsible for any damage or injuriy occuring during horseback safari or your stay on Makoa-Farm or during riding or any other activities arranged by Makoa-Farm . 

You will be required to sign an indemnity form on arrival.

Information for riders taking malaria prophylaxis:

Important is a good insect repellent and long-sleeved shirts/trousers for the evening hours. Most guests seem to tolerate Malarone or Doxycycline well. Please consider that some drugs cause physical problems which might have a negative impact on your riding holiday in case you choose other drugs for malaria prophylaxis.