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So the other weekend I’m in Hluhluwe and I get cajoled into doing a horse safari. But horses terrify me. And all I can think about is the time I went camel trekking… That was a disastrous feat. Three days of ass rubbing and camel bucking in the sweltering heat of Rajasthan. (India).

Typically I land the grisly camel. An insolent grunting female who insisted on repeatedly walloping me off her hump and dumping me face down in the sand. Painful is an understatement – I was left internally bruised, seething with camel hatred and swearing never again.

The memory has forever haunted me, not to mention severely hampered my enthusiasm for horses, a breed that in my mind, is not far off the camel family.

But apparently a game drive doesn’t quite cut it anymore, now we can gallivant through the bush and spot Zebra on bareback.

I can’t say I was bounding towards the paddock. But I didn’t want to seem a sissy either. And my friends were all prodding fingers, desperate for me to join. So I swallowed the lump in my throat and reluctantly agreed.

My horse was called Grace. Unfortunately I lack the genetic compound that finds an ability to truly bond with animals. But I must be honest – Grace did a good job at coaxing me into some sort of affectionate inkling.

She was a slender feline, striking and beautiful. And she elegantly nosed me through the thorny sand forest bordering False Bay – a vast watery expanse that opens out to Lake St. Lucia.

Felicity (from Hluhluwe horse safaris) led the two-hour trail through False Bay Nature Reserve. She was a buxom and reassuring type, who kept check of the horses and made me feel at ease with her chat of being born on the back of a horse – thanks to her father who was an avid polo player.

We networked through acacia trees, stumbled on a warthog bathing in a watering hole, and watched him scuttle off into the thicketed distance. As the forest cleared, some Nyala darted across our tracks and skitted out of sight, leaving us with a horizon of flat sun streaked Lakeland.

I can’t claim to be a reformed horse lover, but my misgivings have lessened. This is definitely something to try, regardless of whether you’re a fearful cynic like me – it certainly offers something different to the standard game drive.

FYI: Hluhluwe Horse Safaris operate out of Hluhluwe River Lodge, Tel 035 562 0246, Web www.hluhluwehorsesafaris.co.za, e-mail horsetrails@lantic.net.



2 Responses to “Zululand horse safari – iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Kwazulu Natal”

  1. Carolyn

    Now sightseeing on horseback is definitely my kind of holiday! Even if no convert, I’m glad you’re at least coming around to the idea :)

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