My horse-riding adventure with Offbeat Riding Safaris started with a short flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi to the Maasai Mara, where I met the group with whom I would be spending the next week riding. We had a short game drive to camp, ready for a delicious lunch. On our game drive, we came across a herd of over 200 buffalo with lots of babies.
Our first ride was in the afternoon, so we got to meet all the horses! I was riding a fiery chestnut mare called Ginny, who had a great jump on her. On the first fallen tree jump of the holiday, she decided to jump it about three times higher than it actually was! But don’t worry – Offbeat also has a selection of quieter horses for those who’d prefer. We managed to find the big herd of buffalo that we’d seen on our drive over, and they were all very interested in the horses (just like cows!).
Our camp was based on the banks of the Mara river, which was beautiful. No one needed an alarm clock the next morning, as the hippos made sure everyone was awake with all their grunting.