Elephant Playtime, Ride Kenya Amboseli

May 2010 Newsletter, Horseback Safaris


What a winter weíve had! Iím sure like me you canít wait for Spring with new growth and warmer weather. I have huge admiration for anyone who has to work outside every day in all weathers. I never missed volunteering one day a week for my local Wildlife Trust when I helped with their livestock, but seeing the conditions that our builders work in has been an insight. The end is nearly in sight and having Volter (my horse) at home with me will make it a lot easier to balance my work and play.

Several of you found the Winter weather just too depressing and Iím pleased that you enjoyed your last minute escape to a safari in the sun. I love hearing reactions when it is a first-time safari: I donít tell you all the secrets otherwise there would be no surprises around the corner. ďYou never told us how close you got to the wildlife!!Ē ďThe meal we had was simply the best that Iíve ever eaten in my whole life!Ē

Hwange Trail Ride

I hope that you are looking forward to your holidays for this year. Some of you off to see bears in Canada, others are headed down under to New Zealand. If you havenít yet decided, then youíd best be quick. Many camps and flights are becoming limited on availability for August/September.

If you are a confident and experienced rider do you fancy coming with us in September? Our safari is with James and Janine Varden who have put together a new trail ride in the middle of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. It is very unusual for a National Park to allow horse riders inside the boundary and Iím excited about seeing the game here. Hwange has a reputation for big herds of elephant and giraffe Ė a good combination for a certain people that Iíve ridden with before!! Zimbabwe?! Is that safe I hear you ask: itís easy to reach via Johannesburg and then a short flight to Victoria Falls. You could extend the 7-night riding safari with a few nights in Victoria Falls or extra nights on safari in Zambia or Botswana. There are still places on the ride so contact me and Iíll see what combination works out best for you.

Hwange Trail Ride

Other updates:

Masai Mara Trail Ride

If a group of you who ride together want a safari, then talk to me about taking over a whole ride. You can then adapt the route, the number of days and within reason the pace of the ride to suit. If you prefer, let me come out to you and give you a slideshow.