Kenya is the birthplace of horseback safaris, offering some of Africa’s most outstanding riding. Sosian is no exception to this, and over the last 10 years has become one of Kenya’s top lodge based riding destinations. With over 24,000 acres of pure Laikipia wilderness, traversing this vast expanse of game filled land with Mt. Kenya as a backdrop is an entirely private experience to only those staying at Sosian.
Sosian is a conservation project and employs over 100 people from the neighbouring communities, to help run the tourism, cattle ranching, anti-poaching and security.
The income generated from the tourism enterprise has directly led Sosian to be able to get involved with community projects such as schools and education, healthcare clinics, family planning and community cattle buying schemes to name a few.
The lodge offers full board accommodation with a a total of 8 bedrooms spaced out across the lodge gardens.
The Italian Cottage, which is ideal for honeymooners, has a large bedroom with a king-size double bed and airy en suite bathroom that offers the ultimate comfort and privacy.
The Family Cottage is perfect for younger families with interconnecting double and triple rooms.
The Garden Cottages have a double and twin room each that come with ensuite bathroom and private veranda.
Rides are generally 1-3 hours morning and/or afternoon. The keener riders may also choose to ride out to an overnight fly camp for the night. This is a fantastic experience, camping out with the horses and sleeping under the stars, returning to the lodge for lunch the following day.
We have a yard of 26 well-schooled safari horses (including children’s ponies) to suit all abilities. However, to ride out in the bush you do need considerable riding experience, and be confident to handle a horse in open country at all paces. For the less experienced riders we offer shorter rides close to the lodge and lessons in the sand arena.
We will plan and map out your ride together with you and explore the surrounding lands on horseback with 2 nights’ stay at other lodges - one night each. This is a minimum of 4 nights, arriving and first night and 4th night/last night at Sosian Lodge. As this is tailor made with you, this Horseback Safari as long as its booked for minimum of 4 nights, can be as many nights as you wish! See Safari Riding activities to book.
With a beautifully built stable yard for 30 horses, Sosian has always ensured a varied string of well-schooled and well-mannered horses to suit all abilities, and rides are tailored to ability.
The horses are generally thoroughbred or thoroughbred cross, with the tough native ponies originating from Ethiopia. Besides being stabled at night to protect them from lions, the Sosian horses otherwise live a very natural existence running as a herd during the day which we firmly believe gives us such easy horses to work with, as they are genuinely happy & relaxed animals.
The drive to our lodge is 6 hours from Nairobi.
Scheduled flight - 45 mins from Nairobi to Loisaba. We will pick you up from Loisaba, which is a 1 hour game drive to Sosian Lodge.
Private charter flight - Direct to Sosian Airstrip, from where it's a 5 minutes transfer to Sosian Lodge.