A riding safari in Kenya brings horse lovers a whole new adventure.
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For any rider, game viewing in
Africa on horseback is, without
doubt, a bucket-list item. To
canter alongside gira;es or
zebras, and then get within a
hair’s breadth of the continent’s
largest inhabitants—there really is
nothing else quite like it.
On my most recent trip to
Africa, a short stay in Kenya took
me to the stunning Olepangi
Farm, home to the exciting new
equestrian venture, Go Wild
Go Wild Africa has been a
lifelong dream for owners Clinton
Lucy and Elizabeth Loker, who
have spent the past three years
investing in this stunning 120-
acre property, which welcomes
equestrians and wildlife
enthusiasts all year round.
This a;able couple has
been involved in horses all of
their lives and, aside from this
business, often spend their
weekends playing chukkas at the
local polo club in Nairobi.
On arrival to Olepangi Farm
one early autumn afternoon, I
was greeted by their marketing
manager, Louise Holman-Baird,
a British citizen drawn in by the
beauty of Kenya who had been
instrumental in setting up Go Wild
Africa several months earlier.
Designed by American architect
Elizabeth Calabrese, the main
“round house” and adjacent
cottages at Olepangi resemble
something out of a fairytale with
their spectacular thatched roofs
and wooden balconies.
MY HEART WAS RACING a mile a minute. I
remembered all too well the adrenaline rush I had felt
many times before as the imposing 7-ton bull elephant
strolled in our direction as we carefully made our way
through the thick undergrowth on horseback. We were in
the depths of Kenya, and I was truly in heaven.
The dinner table all
set in the thatched-roof lodge at