Meet our Guides: PJ & Barney - Horse Riding Holidays and Safaris

Meet our Guides: PJ & Barney

The Okavango Delta Ride, Botswana

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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 short and snappy Q&A will give you a glimpse into long-term safari guides PJ and Barney’s lives in the Okavango Delta, the challenges and highlights of their job.

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.

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