Meet our guides – PJ & Barney from the Okavango Delta

In the spotlight

horse riding safari guides

We believe what makes a riding holiday step up from a memorable experience to an extraordinary experience lies in the hands of your guide/s. This is a new blog series dedicated to the phenomenal guides and owners that we work intimately with to ensure our globetrotters have a riding holiday that exceeds their expectations. This short and snappy Q & A will give you a glimpse into their lives as guides, the challenges and highlights of their job.

No better place to start than with long-term guides and hosts PJ & Barney Bestelink (pictured above) who have been running horse riding safaris in the heart of the Okavango Delta for over twenty-nine years.

How long have you been running your horse riding holidays? 
Since 1986 – 29 years

And what was the background, history or reason for starting?
Passion for horses and wildlife

How many guest horses do you have? 
45 horses

Describe your herd of horses in four words.
Free, Fabulous, Diverse, Happy

What is the philosophy or ethos behind your horse riding safaris in the Delta? 
Being part of nature and a low carbon footprint

What do you love most about your job?
Interaction between horses and wildlife

What is the most challenging part? 
Veterinary skills

Why should globetrotters sign up for this ride? 
It is the most exciting riding in the world. To view big game in an extraordinary landscape in one of Africa’s last wilderness area is an experience for your bucket list.

A tip that every globetrotter must know before signing up for this ride.
Reasonable horse riding fitness is a good idea.

Finish this sentence – Don’t leave home without…
Your camera

What has been the most memorable or significant moment of your guiding career?
Eight riders being part of the same herd of three hundred elephant all drinking at the same pool.