Perhaps the most exciting riding safaris in Africa...

Offbeat Riding Safaris have been operating since 1990 and have a stellar reputation for providing un-rivalled mobile horseback safaris amongst big game.  Riding up close to elephant, lion and buffalo, or galloping with wildebeest and zebra are life changing experiences.  If you are a rider, there is simply no better way to see Kenya than from the back of a well schooled and fit horse.

We ride across the Masai Mara, Laikipia and Amboseli, choosing the best routes over 5-10 days.  With a mobile tented camp that moves with us, this is the epitome of what a true 'safari' is all about.

After more than 10 trips with Offbeat Safaris, they still manage to combine beauty, excitement, fear, luxury and a deep connection with Nature in a manner I believe no other holiday can...
— Lucinda Green, MBE (Olympic & World Champion 3 Day Event medalist)

Riding Safaris

Mara Ride

With outstanding game viewing from horseback and superb riding country, the Mara exceeds all expectations.  This is undoubtedly our most popular riding safari, especially for first timers to Kenya.  


Laikipia Ride

These are true wilderness safaris, riding across 1 million acres of private game and ranch land.  With all of the 'Big Five' and dramatic scenery, Laikipia offers an almost pioneering experience with very low tourist numbers.

With many beautiful 5 star lodges in this area we are also able to offer luxury lodge to lodge riding with Sosian Horseback Safaris.  Click here to find out more.

Amboseli Ride

With the stunning backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro and its famous herds of elephant, Amboseli and the Chyulu Hills offer beautiful riding country that is hard to rival.  we offer a set departure in June but can do tailor made rides at any time of year.

2017 Set Departures

Click here for the 2017 set departure dates and rates

These are 7 or 10 night all inclusive itineraries with a maximum of 12 spaces per ride.  Bespoke / private rides may also be arranged.



Our People

Tristan Voorspuy - Head Guide, Owner & Founder of Offbeat Safaris

Tristan has been leading safaris in Africa since the early 1980's so it is no surprise that he has been recognised by The Times as one of the top safari guides in Africa. His knowledge and experience of Kenya and its wildlife has led to him being chosen as one Kenya's honorary Game Wardens. Tristan has a deep understanding of the interaction between wildlife and man on horseback. After a glorious day on safari and around a bush fire at night there are few better story tellers in Africa.

Archie Voorspuy - Riding Guide

Tristan's son, Archie has literally grown up on safari and more than 20 years later has become a fully fledged riding guide in his own right.  A true horseman and a superbly knowledgeable guide, Archie couldn't be more qualified for the job.  With boundless youth and energy Archie makes everyone feel at ease and is the most charming of hosts.  As one of Kenya's top polo players, plus stints in the UK and Australia, he provides much expertise and tuition when playing chukkas with guests back at Deloraine House. 

Jakob von Plessen - Riding Guide

Born and raised in Argentina, Jakob is a highly proficient horseman.  He has worked for Tristan for nearly 20 years and on any riding safari with Jakob you quickly appreciate he is an inspirational source of knowledge for Kenya's wildlife as well as being the perfect host.  Jakob is fluent in German, Spanish, English and French.  From July to October Jakob is in Kenya but when the rains come he heads back to Argentina to run his own riding safari company.  He is rarely seen not wearing his traditional Argentinian 'boyna' hat.

Netty - Spotter

A Mara safari would not be complete without its Maasai spotter/guide.  Netty epitomises a young man brought up in the bush. His eyesight and spotting ability is second to none and he is an inspiration whilst walking in the bush.  He has an uncanny perception for danger in thick bush and can always tell where the buffalo or elephant have passed or may be lurking. Maasai with their tradition of hunting lion are not particularly frightened when encountering them on foot.  However, he has a very healthy respect for the larger mammals, especially buffalo, elephant and hippo.  He also acts as a vital liaison between our guests and our Masai hosts and landlords in the Mara.

What to Pack

We are often asked by guests, 'what should we pack?'  With relatively tight luggage limits on the internal flights (15kg per person), a suggested packing list can be helpful.  Please click here for a downloadable copy.



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