Riding Safety Brief

Horse safaris are the best way to experience the African savannah. But there are a few things to think about to ensure that you remain safe. Despite horse safaris operating in Kenya for a number of decades without a major incidence, we must all respect the wild.

Riding Ability

You must be comfortable at all paces in English riding-style saddles. We will ask you to complete a written riding self-assessment on booking and then we will conduct a short assessment on your arrival at Olepangi Farm. Ideally, you should have experience in open countryside as we are likely to encounter a variety of wildlife; you must be confident enough to gallop to safety.

Personal Safety

We insist that everyone wears a riding hat and we recommend that you bring your own.  Alternatively, we have a number of helmets at the farm – please let us know your requirements in advance so we can confirm availability.  You will be required to complete a waiver before embarking on safari.  Any problems you encounter  should be raised with the guide as soon as they arise.  Our fundamental safety rules are:  show compassion for your horse and never overtake your lead guide!

Horses

The horses we use are trained for safari, with good character and are easy to handle. Our horses prefer being kept on a loose rein and respond better over rough terrain if allowed to find their own path.

Terrain

Much of the ground we cover is quite rough underfoot so riders should beware of holes and other possible hazards. We work with a guide at the front and the back of the group at all times.

Wildlife

A safari on horse-back provides a unique and special experience which allows you to get very close to the wildlife. This is a real privilege and the wildlife must be respected at all times.  We urge you to be quiet when approaching all wildlife as human voices can carry and most animals are not accustomed to these sounds and are easily startled. Wild animals are unpredictable so we ask that all riders follow the lead guide’s instructions at all times as he or she has the knowledge to read and assess a situation.

We provide a detailed safety briefing prior to your safari.