kenya on horseback.

Riding one of the Lewa Wilderness horses allows you to enjoy the wildlife in its most natural form, without the sound of a car engine – it’s truly quite a privilege. Many of our horses are used to carrying complete beginners enabling even first time riders to enjoy this unique experience. Ride right up next to animals such as giraffe, zebra, impala, waterbuck, eland, ostrich and baboons. Advanced riders are welcome to arrange a more challenging excursion.

*The weight limit for horse riding is: beginners 85kgs/187lbs & experienced 90kg/200lbs

ride out + camp overnight.

For the more advanced riders, you can join us for a night out under the stars with the horses! Leave the lodge behind and experience the magic of Northern Kenya from a whole new perspective. Lewa is a private 62,000 acre conservancy, containing a variation of terrain. Being on the horses allows you to canter across the plains and cross down in to the valleys where no car can go. We are home to all of the Big 5, including a large population of both black and white rhinos.

The campsite is simple but provides everything that you need after an action-packed day of riding. Arrive to find hot showers and a cold beer waiting for you, in whichever order you prefer! Our camp is run by a team of Maasai who will cook for you over an open fire and ensure your mosquito dome tents are set up in the best locations for star gazing.

This special activity is for advanced riders up to 90kg/200lbs and incurs an extra cost.

example ride + camp itinerary.


Arrive at Lewa Wilderness and spend the day relaxing at the lodge. In the afternoon head up to the stables to meet the horses and the team. Here we will give you the opportunity to try out the horses that we have chosen for you, just to make sure it is a good match! Once everyone is happy, it will be time to head out for a little drive and a sundowner. Dinner will be served at the lodge where you will be hosted by Karmushu and his wonderful team.


A quick cup of coffee in bed before heading out early on the horses. We will ride across the plains to bush breakfast, and then explore some of the rolling valleys that take us to the camp. Once everyone is untacked and settled, lunch will be served and then there will be an opportunity for some down time during the heat of the day. After tea, we can either head out on the horses or if you would rather, go for a walk with an armed guard. On returning to camp a hot bucket shower will await you, and an open fire where supper will be cooked and served under the stars. Falling asleep listening to the sounds of the African bush is something that we hope you will not forget.

Waking up with the sunrise after a good nights sleep and then setting off back towards Lewa Wilderness. Stopping on route for another delicious bush breakfast before arriving back at the lodge in time for a refreshing dip in the pool and a well deserved lunch!

meet the horses.


Whirlwind has been guiding horseback safaris since a young age, she started her career down in the Chyulus before coming to us. Safari is second nature to this mare and she is one of the best spotters that we have in the yard.

Horse Safaris Kenya


Born and bred at Lewa Wilderness, Bally catches everybody’s eye (regardless of being the whitest horse in the yard). This Cinderella pony will dutifully carry anybody as close to the animals as she can get.

Horse Safaris Kenya


Serene, just as her name suggests. Originally form South Africa, she has played polo with every Craig family member, following the ball without assistance and rarely putting a foot wrong. She now embodies the same technique with the wildlife.

Horse Safaris Kenya


Retired from polo to grow old gracefully, Superstar refuses to act her age and insists on being at the front of every ride and leading first across any obstacle. She is the definition of a chestnut mare, and despite all the grumbling and face pulling is one of the bravest horses that we have.

Horse Safaris Kenya


Coming from a successful racing background in Nairobi, Fire knew little about the African wildlife after growing up in the city. Despite losing the majority of vision in his left eye, this determined Thoroughbred will not let anything slow him down and has taken to life on safari like an Egyptian goose to water.

Horse Safaris Kenya


The perfect gentleman who is always calm, cool and collected in the face of most events. With his rocking horse canter, Kaskazi will happily cruise along the track at any speed you wish.


One of our hardest working horses. Princess is a firm favourite with our guides to lead the daily beginner rides from the lodge, therefore she loves any opportunity to pick up the pace and go exploring.


The perfect hybrid - we think! A combination of Sirai Stud’s stunning friesian x boerperd stallion and one of our sweetest homebred polo ponies. We can’t wait for this little colt to grow up and see where he takes us.

Horse Safaris Kenya


Daughter to a feisty racehorse, Zambezi tried her hand at polo before she grew a little bit too tall for the sport and decided that safaris were a much better game. She is the tall, leggy queen of the yard and likes everyone to know it!

meet the riding team.

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join us for a safari amongst Kenya’s greatest wilderness.

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