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Horse safari

_1000728_15819992524_oHorse safaris are an awesome way to see the wildlife around Mihingo Lodge. Without the noise of an engine you can hear so much more and you really feel part of nature. Riding a horse means you often get the chance to see the more timid animals. If you are very lucky you may see eland and buffalo.  You will nearly always see a mixture of warthog, topi, impala, duiker, bushbuck, waterbuck and zebra. Of course the time of year and the weather do affect the number and variety of animals that you see, as the animals graze where the grass is the most delicious.Watching animals from a horse is so peaceful and a totally different experience from being on a game drive; zebras come towards you to check out the strange relative without stripes. Even the eland that are usually very shy, look curiously at the horses without running away, but keep their distance.

They carefully adjust their rides according to your riding ability; for beginners and inexperienced riders it is recommended that you only walk. If you are an advanced rider there are lovely stretches for trotting and cantering. Mihingo Lodge has been operating horse safaris since December 2008 outside Lake Mburo National Park. In November 2009, the lodge received a concession to operate horse safaris inside the Park where some fantastic routes were found.
The most exhilarating ride in the Park that is recommended for more experienced riders is a 4 to 5 hour ride which takes you onto the grassy Warukiri range of hills that are situated in the middle of the park. From high on the Warukiri ridge there are stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding hills and valleys in the Park. On the furthest hill you will find a waterhole, where you just might see a herd of buffalo enjoying the cool air. There is a magnificent view onto 9 of the 12 lakes surrounding Lake Mburo National Park. This ride changes the whole feeling of Lake Mburo National Park as it is absolutely spectacular.The maximum weight that you can be to ride our horses is 100 kg, but most of our horses cannot carry more than 85kg. Please do not be offended if they have to weigh you as they must ensure that the horses are not damaged by carrying people who are too heavy as this can seriously damage their backs.cantering-in-research-valley-in-lake-mburo-national-park_5454332178_oThe lodge provide fully adjustable helmets in all sizes as well as riding chaps. They ride with English style saddles. it is recommended that you wear long trousers and strong shoes if possible with a heel, but trainers are also fine. At the moment maximum of 6 guests are taken at a time. All rides are accompanied by at least one experienced horse guide, but in most cases there are 2 guides accompanying each ride.It is also possible to book an overnight horse safari.

 

Prices:

For guests staying at the lodge:mihingo-lodge
1 hour  € 40
2 hours € 67
3 hours € 87
4 hours € 97 incl picknick breakfast
4 hours € 145 incl an hour bush breakfast

Full day with breakfast and lunch € 193
2 half days horse safari                    € 381 incl overnight
2 days horse safari                            € 476 incl overnight
3 days horse safari                            € 760 incl 2 overnights