My husband and I have just returned from perhaps the best place on Earth. We had planned for a long time to go on a horse back safari and was recommended (by a friend) to try Sasakwa Lodge. We were not sure how good it was going to be until we actually got there.
The level of service was way higher than anywhere else we have been, and we have been fortunate enough to travel frequently to to many excellent places and hotels around the world. We were surprised to find that the meal menu presented to us at each meal was designed around my husband's rather unusual 'vegetarian' diet (he eats chicken breast, mince and sausages and not too many vegetables). The Lodge is completely a part of the Reserve, not fenced in at all so the animals wander in and out at their leisure - therefore, at night there is a escort service to and from your sleeping accommodation to keep everyone safe from the 'visiting wildlife'.
We stayed at the lodge for two splendid nights then moved on to the "Explore Tented Camps - Maji and Lion Rocks - both for two nights each. The camps are designed to use as a base for further safari exploration, either by vehicle or, as in our case, horseback. The campsite was far more luxurious than we had imagined - running cold water and solar powered electricity to each tent - there were a total of six tents at each site (very substantial tents with mosquito net "windows" and mosquito net around a very comfortable double bed with luxury sateen linen. The bathroom area has flushing toilet, running cold water to hand basin and a "bucket" shower for when you get back from your dusty safari. As with the Lodge, the tents are completely a part of the Reserve so there are escorts to see you to and from your accommodation tent after sunset, to keep everyone safe.
The camp sites are for exclusive use of your group - you do not share the site with another group or groups - therefore, as it was only me and my husband on this trip, we had the site to ourselves, hosted and staffed by 18 of the nicest people you could meet. The food was superb, considering it was prepared in a camp kitchen and cooked either on the briar or the camp fire - including home made bread and puddings !!!
The horse riding side of the holiday, again, surpassed our expectations. The horses were fit, strong and steady with endless stamina and courage. We were paired up with a suitable horse to meet our riding ability (a form had to be completed on booking our holiday setting our previous/current riding levels and experience). Depending on the amount of riding you wanted to do - either a morning and afternoon or just morning, our guides, Martin and Ali took us to places the usual Game Viewers could not reach and we were able to canter among the animals (wildebeest and zebra, etc) A totally thrilling experience that will stay with me forever.
As were are slightly more advanced riders than some of the guests the guides had had previously we were able to cover vast areas of the Reserves and were able to be the first to venture into the Ikorongo Game Reserve which they had just been given temporary permission to enter, on horseback, as a trial period - this was extremely exciting and Martin and Ali had not ventured into that area either and it was one big adventure for everyone - there were huge herds of Zebra and Buffalo!
Again, as the camp site was exclusive, so were the rides - just my husband and I, Martin and Ali as the guides and two grooms to act as another couple pairs of eyes to look out for any danger. Martin carried a rifle at all times (which he has never had to draw thankfully) just in case we found ourselves in a sticky situation.
I really cannot say enough GOOD about this trip - we are already planning to return next year with two of our daughters !
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