Drumbeat Autumn 18

Riding Safari Update We recently asked a handful of riding guides where they’d always wanted to ride in Africa. Namibia was the firm favourite for many so Jo, who rode with Andrew Gilles and the crew from Namibia Horseback safaris last year worked with Andrew to hatch a plan. The outcome is a week-long riding holiday crossing the most scenic deserts on the planet in the company of some of Africa’s finest riding guides. Travelling through Namibia’s rugged and remote Namib Desert is not for the faint-hearted, and it’s a challenging ride, but for those with an adventurous spirit this seemingly inhospitable land holds many wonderful surprises. We’re looking forward to bringing you stories and photos from the ride as soon as they are back. If you are interested to know more before then, have a look at our Namibia guides ride blog for all the information bit.ly/NamibiaGuideRide Kenya has always been a riding safari hot-spot and Alice is hosting a ride with Safaris Unlimited in October. This trip is fully booked but we’re hoping to run another similar soon – let us know by email if you’d like to be kept updated with details. If you would like to know what it’s like to take a join a hosted ride have a look at the Q&A we did with Alice after one of her previous rides bit.ly/HostedRidingAliceQA T: +44 (0)1980 849160 E: mail@aardvarksafaris.com www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk l P15 Other news in Kenya comes from our friends at Great Plains Conservation whose stable of 15 horses is based just on the edge of the Masai Mara National Park. It’s now possible to arrange a two or four hour ride from many camps in the area so great for riding enthusiasts who aren’t actually doing a full-on riding safari. Crossing lush grasslands, riverine woodlands and tree dotted plains, you can expect to encounter elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. If you’d prefer a longer ride it’s also possible to create tailor-made trips riding from camp to camp which is a fabulous way to explore this magnificent wilderness.