Walking with Jackson Looseyia, Masai Mara

May 2013 Newsletter, Horseback Safaris

Remember all that snow and Arctic conditions in January? I was fortunate to have my horse taken care of while I sunned myself in Kenya for a fortnight. To be fair, I was working hard, visiting 23 lodges/camps, so that I can recommend the best options when you want to escape our next British Winter.

Sosian swimming pool

My safari took me firstly to Meru, a secluded park that doesn’t get many visitors. I loved the Offbeat camp here and the hospitality and quality of food set a high standard. The views from Elsa’s Kopje at Meru are a honeymooner’s dream.

From Meru we went by road to Laikipia. Many ranching fences are coming down, with the wildlife getting better and better. En-route we saw the world’s first elephant under-pass, which is opening up old migration routes. Again, very few visitors at Laikipia and exceptional dining and hosting. Next stop Sosian, where the young team work very hard to make each and every day as action-packed as possible. All clients get 100% personal attention. You must try the comfortable swing chairs around the lovely pool.

Serian stick insect

I visited old colonial houses, lodges as well as the newest bush camps, such Laikipia Wilderness who specialise in walking and tracking wild dogs. Then it was on to the Masai Mara, and making camp notes at Serian was interrupted by one of the biggest stick insects I’ve ever seen. Children on safari would be fascinated by the variety of different bugs, with several of the camps offering child-friendly excursions in addition to regular game drives.

Bird walk with Jackson

A particular highlight of the trip for me was a birding walk in the bush with Big-Cat Diary presenter Jackson Looseiya. He’s based at a private house in a beautiful and peaceful setting in the hills above the Mara Plain: what a sunset view! Come and meet me to hear more about my latest safari experiences at the Suffolk Show where I’ll be on the Safari Consultants stand on Weds 29th and Thursday 30th May or at the Bird Fair in August.

Masai Mara Elephants

A Horseback Safaris newsletter and no mention of horses?! In January we visited Charlotte’s well cared horses at Sosian – very nice riding for the experienced rider and good game too. A new stable is being built as I write, and this is definitely a place for both riders and non-riders. I’m so excited to being riding across the Masai Mara at migration time with Gordie Church whose father set up the very first horseback safaris in Africa. More of that next time. And then to celebrate Graham’s special birthday a Limpopo Tuli ride is pencilled in for April 2014.