Pat & Mandy Retzlaff

Pat & Mandy Retzlaff have been married for over thirty-five years and spent 25 years farming commercially in Zimbabwe before moving to Mozambique. In 2006 they established Mozambique Horse Safari on the beaches of Vilankulo with rescued horses from Zimbabwe’s land invasions. They have built an excellent reputation as great guides, horseman and hosts, they are passionate about their horses and the Mozambique coastline.

Pat was born in Arusha, Tanzania, he grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe and studied Animal Science at University of Natal, South Africa. For over 25 years he was a commercial farmer, award winning sheep and cattle breeder, and leading agronomist in Zimbabwe. He is is passionate about horses, is our leading guide and has a vast knowledge of the flora, fauna and history of the Vilanculos region. Pat provides the majority of the veterinary care required as well as all the farrier work at Mozambique Horse Safari.

Mandy is Mozambique Horse Safari’s lead rider, programme facilitator, marketing manager and is in charge of all of the day-to-day running of our team. She is absolutely charming, has a wonderful sense of humour and keeps the clients and volunteers in high spirits. In her spare time she enjoys making soaps, producing natural oils and writing. Her book “One Hundred & Four Horses” , published by Harper Collins, is an international bestseller. For more on her published letters and poems please visit