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GM: What items will be essential for me to pack
for the safari?
GC:See the list below
GM: Your videos of safaris are amazing! Your horses look happy and healthy. Tell us about your horses…
GC: We love
our horses; they are part of the family. We typically have between 25-30 horses
ranging from a 12-hand pony for Tyga (our daughter) to 16.3 Warmblood cross.
We have a variety of mixed breeds all purposely chosen by us to
become safari horses. Their breeding consists of South African Boerped,
Thoroughbred, Somali pony thoroughbred cross and warmbloods. They live with us
at our farm and graze freely on 4,500 acres with all the wildlife. They are
totally accustomed to game. We breed our own and have all our young stock
coming through. We break them in using natural horsemanship from Parelli to
horse whispering. It is always a happy moment watching a guest enjoying a
homebred horse whilst on safari. We are lucky enough to have a good reputation
in the local horse community for looking after our horses, which in turn means
we get offered lovely horses to buy.
GM: Will I choose my own horse, or will you choose
a horse for me?
you have completed a detailed riding form we will choose the best horse
GM: Seeing the African landscape and variety of wildlife from horseback must be incredible. What about encounters with lions
and other predators?
GC: With over 45 years of experience we are
probably the most experienced outfitter that has approached predators and other
big game of which we encounter almost daily. To see a lion from the back of a horse is a
very special and unforgettable moment.
GM: Describe a safari day from morning until
GC: After a ‘full-monty’ breakfast we ride in a
northerly direction, through a gorge looking for leopard, lions and hyenas and
out over the Ololituroto plain, scattered with the occasional balanities tree.
Exceptional views in every direction on excellent going for the horses. An excellent opportunity to run along side
the plains game. Picnic lunch in the Olomai forest, siesta and a glorious
afternoon ride down to the Mara river, with many large pods of hippo and the
odd monster crocodile. Dropping into camp for a well deserved cocktail and a
hot shower. Followed by canapés by the campfire and a candle lit supper. Off to
bed to await the excitement of the noises of the night. Hugging your hot water
bottle till morning to be awoken by ‘jambo, jambo’ and a steaming hot coffee or
tea to your bedside.
GM: As a seasoned rider and a terrific horseman,
what does horsemanship mean to you?
means to me trust, respect, courage and companionship between man and horse. A
complete understanding of one another’s ability’s, strengths and weaknesses.