The adventures, what adventures!! Close encounters of the simba. Meeting a herd of sixty elephants was exceptional, as was the reverse charge of the light brigade away from them! The journey over those great plains, the vistas of land and sky, those titanic African clouds and glorious wildlife are deeply etched.
What an incredible experience we have had here in the Masai Mara on our horseback riding vacation. I have been on many riding holidays around the world, including two other African riding safaris. However, none came close to caliber of that like Safaris Unlimited. Gordie gives his guests such an incredible look at Africa through his relaxed personality, his attention to detail and his knowledge of the African animals, as well as, the African people. It is fantastic that he can still see Africa through his guest’s eyes and has not gone cold to all the beauties that Africa holds.
From the warm smiles and welcome at the reunion with your camp staff to the last part spent at Sirikoi ending with the baby black rhino visit and spotting of the three cheetah on the way home on the last game drive. A perfect footnote to a perfect holiday. The amazing experiences in between are too numerous to list. Already planning our next trip.
What an extraordinary adventure, what an all consuming experience! It’s a truly beautiful country and there is no better way to see it than on your horses. Thank you for opening and elevating our hearts and spirits. And what a delightful team from British blondes to James, Sampson, Julius to the Maasai elder, can there be any more elite crew anywhere? Fabulous.
You and Kenya have touched our hearts. There have been so many “firsts” on this trip that it is hard to know where to begin. The first time we saw a herd of elephants walk right in front of us, the first time we witnessed the singing wells and Samburu warriors, the first time we watched Santa arrive on a camel. We look forward to having more “firsts” on a future trip!
Thank you all so much for a fantastic and all too brief sojourn in the wilds. It’s been another completely unforgettable experience. And if you see four vultures on the ground – give us a wave as you trot by.
Vastness… beauty… diversity… numbers… elegance… What an incredible experience for one who loves life and beauty. Thank you for sharing with me, my husband Gary, and my daughter Jane. The wildlife and scenery were overwhelming. The Masai and their children were thought–sprovoking. The Morani were unbelievable. A world existing outside my norm. Your staff were so excellent that they are an inspiration to me, people who care so much for the comfort and enjoyment of others…unforgettable. Thank you so much.
Of course, it wont be the same as eating Njoki’s incredible food, served in style by Sampson and Daniel, or being looked after by Kioko or Makau, William, Sammy, Karanja, Daniel, Julius, Kikwai, John and Maina. But then nothing is. So vulturedom it has to be. We’ll have to give up the football and volleyball too – although the wings would come in handy in goal. And the conversation around the evening carcass – it just wont be the same. But if it is the only way to extend the wonderful time we have had with you – yet again – then it has to be.
What a privilege, a joy to ride with you in the Mara and share your passion for this incredible land. Each day brought new excitement and many magical moments not to be forgotten: the lions waiting, the Mara crossing and the unforgettable canter with the wildebeest. That was art! Riding Kashan was a treat, she is a lovely and beautiful mare. Thank you so much for letting me rider her and I congratulate you on the wonderful condition of all your horses. Perfect safari horses. Your crew is incredible, efficient, charming and always smiling. You run a perfect operation and I can truly say that in 16 years of riding trips around the world, I put you at the very top! Until we ride again.
Ok. It’s time to fess up. You remember that hippo thing from last trip? Didn’t last. The orthodontist’s bills for a start. And the weight watching. Keeping yourself over 3,000 lbs – really hard work. I mean heavy stuff. So we came back. And now we have to leave you again. Insupportable. So we’ve got a new idea. The Vulture Squadron. Neat, huh? Soaring above the savannah at 5,000 feat, descending every now and again to peck at a nicely deliquescent wildebeest eyeball ’ sort of runny, like a nice fried egg. Sounds pretty good.
The Danish group thanks you and your entire team for a wonderful safari. Seeing lion from horseback to crossing the Mara river. Fantastic horses, which were perfectly matched to each rider. Mess tent service was unrivalled. Kitchen staff performed miracles every day. Guided walks and drives were carried out excellently by James. Evidently a lot of care went into every detail of the tents, cars and all the outfit.
Safaris Unlimited: Definition: an infinite amount of brain candy, adventure, magic and sunshine wrapped in a Masai blanket. Life at its finest. My life has been so enriched by our safari with you and your crew. Living life with the animals in East Africa and Masai Mara, hearing the sound of hooves moving through the grass and hearing the sounds that excite and calm the soul. Your crew is world class, Blue chip, top of the crop. Thank you for sharing your life, your love, your passion with me. As a little girl I dreamed of riding with wild animals and swimming with dolphins. Little did I know a cow girl from Nebraska would find another plane that gave so much life to my spirit and ignite it into a blazing flame. Great appreciation and love to you and all that has touched my life.
This is the most unbelievable trip I have ever been on. Since I have never been to Africa or on a horse riding vacation, I didn’t really know what to expect but this trip has been beyond anything I had dreamed of. Everything has been top notch from the horses, to the food, the camping facilities, and the staff and of course Gordie… Gordie is an unbelievable spotter, I have seen more animals during this trip and learned so much about them. He knew exactly where to find them and how close we should go without putting us in danger. I felt right at home from the minute the trip started. I am sure that the reason Gordie has such a great staff is because he is such an enjoyable person to be around.
I must thank you all for a wonderful week. A week full of fun, laughter, serious calorific intake and dare I say ‘learning’. It never ceases to amaze me that in a world so full of ‘dark’ news headlines, you can spend a week or so on horseback and discover that contrasting to the vast differences that punctuate different places and cultures. We always seem to find new friends and new appreciations of what the world has to offer. Kenya has been a fantastic example of this. Your organisation and attention to detail sets you apart from many others and I am sure that the success of your safaris can contribute positively to protecting the magnificence of all that we have seen over the last week.