Horseback offers guests an intimate and exciting view of Africa’s game and Borana has horses to suit all abilities. The riding safaris off the ranch – sample itineraries on the left – are subject to a minimum booking of four guests.
When the Dyer family first came to Borana, horses were the only means of transport. The family’s love of horses remains and horseback continues to be one of the best ways of seeing big game. We thoroughly recommend it to all our guests, whatever their ability.
Today, three different stables house the horses used by our guests and riding safaris can last from a few hours to many days.
Close to the Ngare Ndare River is Rose Dyer’s stable of Patent Safety horses, which have been trained to be careful with children and novice riders. From here guests can ride through the plains among giraffe, hartebeest and impala or into the forest that cloaks the foothill of Mount Kenya.
Further up Mount Kenya at Kisima we keep a stable of polo ponies suitable for experienced riders. From here guests are able to stick and ball at the North Kenya Polo Club, ride through a beautiful farm or ride in the heather covered moorland of the mountain.
At Borana Ranch we keep a stable of 26 horses also suitable for more experienced riders. From here guests can explore Borana with a guide, riding among both its lifestock and the big game animals that abound on the plain.
Rides generally start early. Guests may leave Borana after an early morning cup of tea for either a quick hack before breakfast at the ranch or a longer ride, stopping in a secluded valley for a picnic breakfast under an olive tree with fresh fruit and bacon and eggs sizzling on an open fire.
For experienced riders, custom-tailored riding safaris lasting from one to four days offer the ultimate horseback experience. Each night is spent either fly camping in one of the community owned lodges or in the cabins of Lake Rutundu on the slopes of Mount Kenya.
Our horses are thoroughbred or throughbred-cross, standing between 14.2hh and 16.3hh. All the horses are well-schooled and ridden in snaffle bridles.
We use English and Wintec saddles and we also have a few Australian stock or South African western-style saddles. These are chosen specifically to ensure the comfort of both the horse and rider.
We provide sheepskin seat-savers and saddlebags.
All riders to the Borana stables need to be comfortable at a walk, trot and canter in an English saddle. This is because the occasion can arise when one has to flee an angry elephant or buffalo and our horses are fit and strong. Non-riders are welcome at the Ngare Ndare stable.
A horse riding trek puts you right among the wildlife. Miles Bredin mounts his steed to discover the magnificent landscape of Laikipia, with its soaring mountains, lush forests and wide, open grasslands.