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Wait A Little – South Africa

Africa does tend to seep into your veins and often once you have visited this astonishing continent for the first time, it is almost like a poison in which you feel the need to go again and again – you just need to get yet another fix of her formidable sights, sounds and experiences.

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Alcainca – Portugal

Breakfast of coffee croissants and the signature Portuguese custard tart with delicious flaky pastry at 7.00am on Tuesday 4th April in the arrivals hall of Lisbon’s International Airport was the start of our “magical month”. Well ten days really. We were on our way to the School of Equitation at Alcainca in the small village of Alcainca 25km northwest of Lisbon Portugal.

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Quinta do Rol – Portugal

In October 2016 I visited Quinta do Rol a lovely family estate in the ‘orchard of Lisbon’. Here I discovered excellent instruction and gorgeous Lusitano horses, so well-trained that they are a treat to ride.

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Nile Explorer – Uganda

I accompanied the first In The Saddle group to Uganda in June 2016. This trip gets 10 out of 10 and I found it very difficult to make any suggestions for improvement – except perhaps to say that I ate too much but who is to blame for that!

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Punjab Rides – India

Just writing up this itinerary filled me full of excitement as it was clear there was just going to be so much to see and experience. I accompanied the first group on the Hola Mohalla ride in 2016 along with 9 guests.

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Kalahari Safari – Botswana

The Kalahari makes you feel very small in the grand scheme of things as everything around you is larger than life and endless. The Makgadikadi Pans stretch out in front of you into infinity, and you would think you were on the surface of the moon except for the scorching desert heat.

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Macatoo – Botswana

I know that I am in Africa immediately, as stepping into the airport at Maun my body is immediately in shock at the sudden African heat (something a fair skinned English girl is unused to after the British winter). But boy was it lovely to be warm and see the sun shining.

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Namib Desert – Namibia

The Namib Desert Ride is more than a riding holiday, more than the sum of its parts – fast riding, camping and long days in the saddle – it is an experience like no other.

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Bahia Beach Ride – Brazil

We really enjoyed all of the horses that we rode – being polo ponies they were super-easy to ride – willing and forward-going but with good brakes, which was great for the canters along the never-ending beaches.

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Tour Israel – Israel

As I left Tel Aviv airport building the sound of the birds hit me. There are two trees either side of the doors and they were full of little sparrows, all tweeting like mad! What a lovely welcome to this country!

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Footsteps of Lawrence – Jordan

Words can’t fully describe how amazing this experience was… Petra is epic, and we spent around 8 hours inside, looking at all of the monuments, enjoying lunch and having a cheeky donkey ride when our legs got tired.

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Okapuka – Namibia

In April this year I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to visit Namibia. Mention this country to anyone who has seen it for themselves and you are sure to be regaled with stories of a land of great beauty and diversity.

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Sierra Nevada – Spain

Bleary eyed I set out at 4am for Birmingham airport to get a local flight to Malaga. My flight was on time and less than 3 hours later I was in Southern Spain at Malaga airport. My flight had arrived by mid-morning and my transfer was not until 4pm, so I read my book for a little while and had lunch at a little café in the airport.

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Catalan Coastal Trails – Spain

The late afternoon transfer from Barcelona to Mas Alba took about two hours and we arrived at our guesthouse in the evening. Despite it being dark, all of the lights were lit within the guesthouse and the cosy lamps lit up this unique old stone farmhouse beautifully.

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Maasai Mara – Kenya

Although I’ve lived and worked in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia for many years, I’d never had the opportunity to visit Kenya and so I was looking forward to my trip there.

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Borana – Kenya

After camping (albeit luxury camping) on the Amboseli safari I was looking forward to running water – especially in the shower. Other than that I really was not sure what to expect at Borana and when I landed at Lewa Downs Airstrip I was greeted by two of our clients who were on their way out.

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Tuli Trail – Botswana

My flight from Heathrow arrived on time and my luggage was already going around the conveyor belt once I had been through passport control. Johannesburg airport was very well organised and all the directional signs within the airport were clear and easy to understand.

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Los Alamos – Spain

We all reached Los Alamos just after 3.30pm and as well as the sunshine coming out we were also warmly met by Rhiannon and Jackie. We were shown our rooms and then served a very welcome late lunch which we quickly devoured due to being hungry. Lunch was a mixed salad with dressing, sliced tomatoes, deep-filled potato and cheese tortilla, Spanish cold meats (sausage, salami, ham etc.) cheese and bread. Served with a “summer wine” and water.

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