Tatler Travel Guide ft. Ride Kenya
Ride Kenya on the cover of Tatler Travel Guide 2013 described as “The most African Africa you could ever experience”

We’re so thrilled that Great Plains Conservation’s Ride Kenya is featured all over the Tatler Travel Guide 2013 this month, including the front cover.

Pick up your copy of January’s Tatler, on international newsstands, and read the excellent feature highlighting the best eleven horse rides in the world. Ride Kenya opens the show through an excellent article complied 
by Daisy Finer and experienced first–hand (actually about 15 hands) by her mother, Hilary Finer, riding amongst wildlife beneath the snow-capped backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Ride Kenya’s Big 5 ways to ride:
  1. 7 days/6 night Chyulu Hills safari itinerary. Unbeatable scenery and riding for strong intermediate to advanced riders.
  2. 8 days/7 nights Amboseli safari itinerary. Advanced and adventurous riders only.
  3. NEW 11 days/10 nights Amboseli–Chyulu safari itinerary. Combining both the Amboseli Ride and Chyulu Hills ride.
  4. Private tailor-made departures e.g. 4 nights itinerary. For private groups.
  5. Centre-based riding holidays at ol Donyo Lodge
The first four are fully–supported mobile rides with anything from 2-10 people on a ride. The latter is perfect for mixed-ability groups of riders and non–riders based at our newly accredited Relais & Châteaux lodge, ol Donyo Lodge. For the mobile safaris riders do have to be fit, competent jockeys, capable of keeping up a fair pace over uneven terrain. Expect to spend between 4 and 7 hours a day in the saddle. As well as riding there are plenty of opportunities to game drive, walk and to relax — giving sore behinds a rest after a thrilling day in the saddle.

Patrick's party piece
Patrick

Patrick Stanton, Ride Kenya’s co–founder has moved to the UK to pursue a range of equestrian adventures. He is, however, available to give talks on Ride Kenya through client events that you may be planning to hold, as well as being a private guide on a freelance basis for Ride Kenya private group departures.  Please contact me if you’d be interested in taking up his services. He leaves Ride Kenya after 9 years in the very capable hands of Paddy and Kim (see box on right).

Big Life Foundation
The Chyulu Hills safari costs USD4,500 per person sharing in 2013 (excluding flights). This includes a USD600 per person contribution to the work of the Big Life Foundation, which has recently merged with the Maasailand Preservation Trust, headed by Richard Bonham and Nick Brandt. Big Life does hugely important work with local communities and safe-guarding wildlife in the Chyulu Hills-Amboseli-Kilimanjaro region.

We still have availability on the 19th January Amboseli departure for those seeking a week of excitement during what’s otherwise the height of a cold winter.


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Alex Walters

Great Plains Conservation

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RK CHANGES

2013 amendments The 19th January set–departure has been changed to a 7 night Amboseli Departure, although if you have guests wanting to do the 10 night combination of the Amboseli and Chyulu Hills ride this may still be possible.
The March set–departure has been removed from sales as private tailormade bookings have confirmed.
To view all rates and set departures please download the new 2013 rates sheet, which has new, seasonal rates for new Mara Toto Camp.


Our guides Ride Kenya’s founders, Nicola and Patrick have passed on their long reins to Paddy Cowley and Kim Davey, who now lead all Ride Kenya rides. Patrick Stanton and his whip (see Tatler article) have moved to the UK. Nicola Young has moved to Great Plains Kenya Nairobi HQ as General Manager and is still doing a fair amount of whip–cracking herself.  

Paddy Cowley and Kim Davey are our new lead guides, with Paddy as the new manager of Ride Kenya.
Paddy Cowley
Paddy Cowley
Paddy, born in England, grew up with racing and polo. Captained Young England polo in his youth, then played high–goal polo around the world. Seven years ago he set his sights on horseback safaris. He trained as a guide and ran horseback safaris in Botswana before moving to Kenya.

Kim Davey
Kim Davey
Kim’s Kenyan and has spent his youth exploring the far corners of the country, competing in horse shows and working in hospitailty throughout East Africa. His passion for and knowledge of Kenya is exceptional. Has a nose for finding new and exciting routes.
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