On horse-back with a tusker – photo © Offbeat Safaris

The encounter: Ride tall in the saddle on horse-back safaris through Kenya’s Masai Mara or Amboseli National Park, galloping alongside zebra, giraffe and wildebeest herds and viewing elephants, buffalo and wallowing hippos close up.

What’s involved: Seven or eight-night horse riding safaris take in rides of up to 50km per day between camps through mostly open plains where big game is abundant. Riders must have good riding ability and be fit enough to ride up to six hours a day.

Do it: Offbeat Safaris offers 10-night safaris, including eight nights riding in the Masai Mara staying in four different camps, from £4,600. Alternatively, biking safaris are offered by operators including Classic Retreats and Adventure International.

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