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Tharua Ranch
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Tharua Ranch


... is located in the Laikipia South area of north-central Kenya.

Notice of closure : This lodge closed down in 2013. We are presently unaware of any plans for it to reopen. The review below has been left in place for reference purposes only.

On the upside ...

+ private ranch
+ owner-hosted
+ swimming pool
+ horse-back safari
+ good quality horses
+ pretty landscapes
+ access onto the fenced Ol Pejeta Conservancy
+ prolific wildlife
+ very well-priced

Situated on a relatively small private ranch immediately to the south of the much larger Ol Pejeta Conservancy, this very pleasant farmstead is a base horse-back safari.

The farmstead itself is relatively simple, but perfectly adequate and in a lot of ways pleasantly authentic.

Riding is carried out both on the home ranch and on longer expeditions into Ol Pejeta.

Tharua Ranch is represents probably the best mid to lower priced horse-back safari in the country, a fraction of the price of the premium riding operations.

On the downside ...

- basic accommodation
- proximity to human habitation
- no wildlife in immediate vicinity

The compromises are that the accommodation at the farm is quite basic and that the rides are not in truly wild landscapes ... these ranches are surrounded by some quite dense areas of population.

How we like to include this lodge in trips ...

Although Tharua Ranch is relatively simple, it is a rare example of a lower cost horse-riding operation in Kenya and, as such, we have often had cause to recommend it to our guests and the feedback has been good.

It is most commonly accessed by light aircraft schedule into the nearby town of Nanyuki and can be combined with just about any other area.
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