Okapuka - Namibia

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   9 September 2018

Vanessa (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Okapuka, Namibia | I was matched with a beautiful (prize-winning!) young Arab and have never ridden a more calm, obedient and brave horse. He was untroubled by being surrounded by giraffe or galloping wildebeest and carried me daily for 5-6 hrs, including over mountains so steep we had to dismount to descend safely. These horses are magnificent and compete at the highest level. Ingeborg Hernes, who owns the stables, is an extraordinary horsewomen and the temperament and fitness of her horses is testament to her care, skill and patience. The week was full of the most wonderful riding I've ever experienced.

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The Accommodation

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Ingeborg had arranged for us to stay in a lodge on the mountain side. Our rooms were large and supremely comfortable, serviced daily, and the view from our balconies was as if the whole of Africa was spread out before us. She even lent us her Land Rover to travel the short distance from the lodge to the restaurant/hotel. Fantastic.

Before Your Holiday

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A life changing experience.
I was absolutely blown away by the week in Okapuka. Ingeborg was our guide and companion all week, sharing her incredible knowledge and experience of the terrain, the wonderful animals and birds, and her horses. She could not have been kinder or more generous. She was able to give us close encounters of rhino, vultures, giraffe and many more stunning creatures as well as exhilarating rides through acres of open and varied terrain. We rarely saw another human being on any of our rides. Ingeborg made sure that we had the most intense, exciting yet safe and supremely comfortable time on Okapuka. I'm so grateful to her - my life will never be the same again and I can't wait to go back!