Horseback Safari!

by Naomi on January 27, 2010

in Daily Life

I was treated on Sunday to the most magical few hours horse-riding with wonderful friends and wild game. If you ever have this opportunity, do not pass it up!

We rode at a beautiful place near Hartebeespoort Dam (not far from Johannesburg), which stocks Wildebeest, Zebra, a variety of Buck, Jackal, Porcupines, among other things…and a gorgeous male giraffe. He is dubbed “George” by the locals, but is COMPLETELY WILD.

Here are a few stunning pics, courtesy of Tuija Jantunen (from Finland) and Andy Hanmer, which show something quite spectacular: Tuija and her mare Destiny interacting with the giraffe! We thought that loneliness may have made him more friendly, since his mate died a little while ago. The good news for George is that he will soon have some more females to play with 🙂

DESTINY & GEORGE touching muzzles

TUIJA & GEORGE sharing an intimate moment

…and a pic of me with the awesome little gelding Warrior, who has the biggest heart and surest footing ever! THANK YOU, Warrior, beautiful boy!! HUGE thanks also to Shaun and Janice who let me ride him!!

WARRIOR & ME heading towards some Wildebeest & Zebra

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Annabelle Hill January 27, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Hi there Naomi and Dave.
Thank you for forwarding me the wonderful photographs of your horse ride at a game reserve. I am green with envy. Still plan to ride through the Namibian desert one day, and Mocambique.
Hope this finds you both well, take care and lots love.


Naomi February 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Hi Annabelle 🙂

How wonderful to hear from you! We’ve just returned from a great ski trip with family in Switzerland, and are very well, thank you. Really hope that you are too, and that 2010 is off to a fabulous start for you.

Thank you so much for your comment here & apologies for the long delay in replying! I’ve never thought about riding through the Namibian desert, nor Moçambique (although we’ve enjoyed a lot of stunning diving there), but both sound quite enchanting. Perhaps I should add that to my travel wish-list too 🙂

We’ve been chatting with Sandy about possible trips later this year, so maybe there’s a chance we’ll see you again soon, which would be wonderful!

Lots of love from us both in the meantime, xx



souldipper February 23, 2010 at 2:48 am

Love the giraffe and horse sharing a quick sniff of each other. It just delights me every time I look at it.

With fondness,


Naomi February 23, 2010 at 10:31 am

It was incredibly special, Amy 🙂 So glad you enjoy the pics, xx


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