Farm vacation at a beautiful farm on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro
The Farm is located in Northern Tanzania, south of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The farm is near Kilimanjaro’s Machame Gate with access to the spectacular rainforest on the mountain’s lower slopes. The area is home to the Chagga, people whose small villages and coffee farms dot the hillsides. On the plains to the south, Masai graze their cattle. The area is rich in diversity and perfect for a wonderful riding holiday in Tanzania. Experience the African landscape from horseback. We ride through wilderness and farmland, enjoying stunning scenery with opportunities for viewing Kilimanjaro up close.
Farm Holidays and Horse Riding Adventures in Tanzania - on the Foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro
The intimate small lodge is located on a lovingly restored old coffee estate. We accommodate our guests in comfortable, spacious rooms, two of which feature a spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro. At the Farm we offer an activity package with horserides in and around the farm, catering for all sorts of different riding abilities, further various other activities like excursions, guided hikes, visits of tribal people, village walks, market visits, etc.
The landscape and scenery are as diverse as they are enchanting. Much of the farmland is devoted to conservation, bordered by two rivers, each filled with towering trees - a habitat we are committed to preserving. The birdlife is phenomenal, monkeys, small antelope and nocturnal game abound, and are frequently seen and heard. The area is home to the Chagga people whose small villages and coffee farms dot the hillsides. On the plains to the south, Masai graze their cattle.
In addition to twenty five horses it is home to a variety of farm and pet animals such as donkeys, pigs, cattle, small four-legged creatures like rabbits and guinea pigs and different kinds of poultry and fowl. The occasional orphaned or injured wild animal spends time as an in-patient in the veterinary clinic.
Produce from our own farm and kitchen garden (the bounty of which we happily share with monkeys, duikers and a myriad of other small creatures) is used to prepare the wonderful meals on offer. The scenery alone is worth the visit. Few farms enjoy such a stunning setting – with Kilimanjaro rising majestically to the north and the plains of the Maasai Steppe spreading out to the south. The farm is set on a ridge bordered by two rivers, so spectacular views accompany you throughout your ride. For the most part you will ride through the natural grass and bush land of and around the farm. Birds call as you pass, butterflies float around you, and monkeys play in the trees. We will explore the different areas of the farm and the coffee plantation, riverine forest, thick bush and grassland. You will be amazed by the variety of landscapes you experience during your stay with us. Sample Itinerary Day 1: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro Farm, nestled into the southern slope of Mount Kilimanjaro. If you arrive early enough, you can meet the horses, choose one for your safari and begin an introductory ride, exploring the plantation and getting to know your horse. Farming in Africa may be a little different from what you are used to. We ride through the coffee plantation and along natural grass and bush land. In addition to the expected farm animals like cattle, horses, pigs, chicken and geese, the area is also inhabited by a variety of wild creatures, most obvious the noisy ones such as Sykes monkeys, yellow baboons, and vervet monkeys.
Day 2: The day begins with tea or coffee served on the farmhouse veranda with a breathtaking view of Kilimanjaro. Then we head out on horseback for a half day’s exploration of the area. The 358-acre farm consists of coffee, crops and also natural bush and grasslands. In addition to traditional farm animals, we share the farm with many others: There is small, mostly nocturnal game like duiker, bush pig, jackal, serval, genet and civet cat, aardvark, even striped and occasionally spotted hyena and leopard. However, these animals are rather shy and very difficult to spot. During the day you have a good chance of seeing Sykes or Vervet monkeys, savannah baboons and a seemingly endless variety of birds.
In the distance we will see small homesteads of the local Chagga people and later we will stop at a scenic spot for some refreshments. From here you can choose to descend on foot to a waterfall and caves that are home to a big colony of mountain fruit bats. Although you might think they should be sleeping, they seem to enjoy frolicking in the spray of the waterfall. If you are lucky we may also catch sight of Freddie, the two meter long monitor lizard. Lunch will be taken at the farmhouse.
In the afternoon we will introduce you to the numerous farm-residents: the farm is heaven for many domesticated and wild animals, some of which where brought to our veterinary clinic when injured or orphaned. Those who could not be re-introduced into the wild, due to injuries, live with us and play an important role of animal ambassadors to enable local children a “hands-on”-experience on animals for a deeper understanding of nature and conservation. See how animals interact with each other and humans, take the chance to accompany bush pigs or banded mongooses on a walk, observe the perfect beauty of a 3-legged serval cat or feed our wild bush babies in the evening. Most of the animals are very close to humans and they believe that all the visitors are here to give them a scratch behind their ears... Day 3: This horseback trail leads through farmland and bush deep into Masasiland. We pass a historical bridge and move far down inside a fertile valley. Our crew prepared a delicious lunch at a scenic point. Later on we return on another way to the farm, crossing the steep gorge of the Kikafu river. When we reach the Kikafu River Gorge, we’ll dismount and lead the horses into this enchanting area to explore. After a small break or some exploring of the riverbanks on foot we make our way further through bush- and farmland, passing flower and coffee plantations. Day 4: Wake up early in the morning for an early morning ride. The ride leads you through the Farm and you have a good chance to meet some of the wildlife who shares the farm with us. We come back for breakfast and depart by 4 x vehicle to the Hot Springs to see more of this unusual ecosystem. We retrace the footsteps of Dr. Livingstone on a guided walking tour through numerous springs and small streams. Keep alert for exotic birds, different types of monkeys, and for crocodiles! We return to the springs for lunch and for a refreshing plunge into the spring, followed by an afternoon for leisure. Late afternoon we drive back to the Kilimanjaro Farm, arriving there just after sunset.
Day 5: This morning we suggest a flight around Mt. Kilimanjaro inside 4-seater Cessna (This is not included in the rate, booking on extra charge). Depending on the weather this might be arranged for another day. Enjoy a fabulous view of the glaciers of Mt. Kilimanjaro and see from here which places you will visit during the next days. We will be back for breakfast and afterwards you have the chance to visit a local Masai market. You will be surprised what items Masai trade in and what they will take home, often multiple day-journeys away, carried on their donkeys back. After lunch we depart for another ride towards the Masailand. We will find another place to reach the deep Kikafu river gorge and anyone who wants to join the horses for refreshing splashes or a plunge in the water is welcome. On our way back for sure you will experience one more of the unforgettable sunsets of Africa. Day 6: Chagga villages and small coffee farms, passing through scenic river valleys to reach a beautiful spot on a flower farm with an incredible view over the Masaisteppe. Our picnic lunch will be prepared under old trees. The non-riders will be transferred by vehicle to this spot and have a look around the flower farm until the riders arrive for lunch. They also may choose to do a long hike to reach the flower farm; in this case they will be accompanied by a local guide. Later in the afternoon we will make our way back, taking a slightly different route. What will not change is the permanent good mood of all local people we meet. Day 7: Day trip on horseback over an historic bridge to the Kibo-Kikafu-Coffee Plantation, where we pay a visit to Tom, the 170 year old giant tortoise. During lunch we enjoy a breathtaking view of the plains. After a break we saddle our horses again and ride back home to the farm. The day ends with sunset on horseback and, weather permitting, the breathtaking scenery of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the evening sun.
For non-riders we will offer an exciting hike, crossing the deep gorge of the Kikafu River. Be prepared to get wet feet and there is always lots of enjoyment during the river crossing as there is no bridge! Your guide will show you many plants on the way which are used to produce local medicines.
With a moderate pace it will take you about 2 1/2 hours to get to the picnic spot where you meet the riders. After a well-earned picnic and the visit of Tom you will be transferred back to Kilimanjaro Farm by 4xdrive vehicle.
Day 8: In the morning a hike through the smallholder farms of the Chagga tribal people. See people’s daily life, admire their permanent good mood and learn about their interesting farming methods. For non-riding family members or friends, we offer alternative itineraries and many activities / excursions. Options include trips by jeep, on foot or mountain bike to reach the same destinations as the riders and meet for picnic. (subject to change)
Program: Star rides/Hacking
Catering: Full Board
Rooms: Double room, Single room
Languages: English, German
Bring own Horse: No
Capacity min/max: 1/6
Der Reiterhof am Fusse des Kilimanjaro bietet Reitsafaris sowohl für erfahrene als auch weniger geübte Reiter, so dass sich jeder seinen Traum vom Reiten in Afrika verwirklich kann! Dazu geniessen Sie allen Komfort einer stilvollen Farm in Tansania.
Your Expert: Angelika Kaiser
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.
Saddle & tack: Tack is usually bitless (Hackamore and Sidepull). There are good quality treeless saddles (Barefoot and Torsion), Endurance and Trail Saddles available.
Riding level & experience:
We will take beginner for farm rides only. We are able to provide even for beginners a great riding experience on their holiday on the farm, we cater for 'Good Intermediate+' riders on safari rides (i.e. Strong Intermediate and Advanced riders).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. Riding groups will normally be no more than 6, maximum 8 guests. For private groups a maximum of 10 riders will be accommodated.
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.
There is a strict 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.