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5 star rating
11 September 2019
Meriel (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) eSwatini Chubeka Trails | I had two lovely horses. African Ace was experienced, fast (I won the race!!!) and very sure-footed. Manola a big rangy WB x was lovely, polite and also very sure footed despite it being his first time in the mountains.
The riding was varied, fabulous scenery and the hills were challenging, especially the scrambles, so a little adrenaline produced, which is always good. We did plenty of canters and our two guides looked after us superbly.
While not full of big game there were lots of antelope and a great encounter with a Baboon, lots of crocodiles (Aghh), cows and amazing birds. A lovely chilled enjoyable 6 days.
5 star rating
15 July 2018
Juliette who has been on 15 In The Saddle rides. Swaziland ,Mliwane Explorer | The riding exceeded expectations in terms of stunning countryside and a huge host of game to see. Ann’s team at Big Game Parks were great especially our guides Nathi and Thandaza . Kate took good care of us during our non riding jaunts. As a new ride I expected a few glitches but the organisation of the whole ride was exceptional and the horses were perfect for the riding we did.
Michelle who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Mlilwane Journey | This was my first trail ride and trip to Africa. The horses were all very well cared for and so very well schooled. Great care was taken to make sure that we were all matched to the right level of horse. I got to ride the very beatiful Toppy who i would have happily packed in my suitcase and transported home. The riding pace matched the terrain, and the variety of terrain really surprised me. We rode through the Mlilwane reserve getting up close to the zebra, wildebeest and antelope, then through forests, the community and into the mountains where you felt you were on top of the world with 360 degree views that stretched on for miles an miles!
Mlilo who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. eSwatini- Mlilwane Explorer | The horses were in excellent condition and it was very evident that the welfare of the horses was paramount.
The whole holiday far exceeded my expectations. I had not ridden for over 10 years and was not sure what to expect. I was perfectly teamed up with a horse that ensured I had the most wonderful 6 days of trail riding. Millpond was a perfect gentleman.
GRIZZLE who has been on 12 In The Saddle rides. eSwatini-Mlilwane Explorer | Everything exceeded expectations. The saddles were very comfortable indeed and had been tailormade for endurance riding. No horse had any scarring, or sores or old marks, testament to the standard of care and attention they are given.