"Mozambique is the most beautiful country in the world
for beach-riding. It is heaven. The horses themselves
are lovely: safe, well-schooled and great fun to ride. I
spent a week pinching myself to check I wasn't
Kate Kellaway - Journalist, The Observer Newspaper, United Kingdom.
"I fell in love with a lovely white Arab
with whom I spent hours cantering along the beach, only
stopping to watch the fishermen coming back with their
catch of the day - which I knew would inevitably end up
on my plate. What more do you need!
Joelle Boniface, Paris, France.
"I am lucky enough to have been on many riding holidays around the world but none quite as memorable as staying with Mozambique Horse Safari.
I don't often say this, as the world is full of exciting
places to visit, but i shall return."
Roz Hughes, United Kingdom.
October is a beautiful month in Mozambique. It is our
spring. The birds are in abundance, the trees start to
blossom and as we ride the scent of wild jasmine follows us.
Dawns are beautiful and sunsets spectacular. We are now in
our 6th year of running Mozambique Horse Safari in
Vilanculos and have come a long way. A journey of discovery,
hardship, frustration, sadness and happiness.
The most exciting news this month is the engagement of Lucy
Campbell Jones to Graham Pollard. Lucy has looked after our
horses for four years on Benguerra Island. Before that she
helped me in Chimoio when Patrick was trying to start the
horse safari in Vilanculos. In Chimoio she was accidentally
kicked in the face and had to return to England to have a
titanium plate put in her cheek bone. A loyal and special
person who helped us through some very bad times. She met
Graham on Benguerra Island where he runs a fishing business
called Fish Therapy
www.fishtherapymozambique.com . Two wonderful people and we are so
thrilled and look forward to the wedding.
The other exciting news is we bought a Ram. His name is
Baaaaz. Pat and I were driving past the Donna Anna hotel
when we spotted a ram tied with a rope waiting at the port.
We slowed down to have a closer look. He is an indigenous
breed from the Island of Bazaruto. Pat who used to be a
sheep farmer was fascinated so stopped the car and rushed
over to the sheep to have a closer look. Baaaaz shook his
rammy horns at him and Pat was immediately captivated. We
looked around for an owner but the port was strangely quiet.
One of the guards approached us wondering I suppose what two
Mazungus were doing staring in delight at a sheep. We
explained that we would like to buy the sheep. The guard
shouted something and soon people materialized followed by
the owner. The owner was reluctant to sell Baaz. He had been
procured for a traditional wedding and had come over by
dhow. We made an offer but the owner shook his head. Baaz
was a special treat for the wedding party. We upped the
price but the owner walked away. In exasperation we told the
Guard to ask the owner how much money he would need to
release Baaz. The owner stuck his finger in his ear and
looked at the horizon for guidance. An exorbitant figure was
eventually negotiated and I had to borrow the money from
Benedito the taxi driver and Baaz became ours.
Benedito thought we were mad and refused to put Baz in his
car as he had just cleaned it to do his taxi run. Pat and I
both looked at the Rav our son Jonathan’s car. Could we fit
him in the boot? We trussed poor Baz up with his rope and
carefully loaded him in the back hoping nobody was watching.
We drove off and Baz lay quietly giving an indignant baa.
The owner gave us a jubilant farewell patting his pocket
with his stash of cash.
When we hit the bumpy Chibuene Road things started to go
wrong. Baaz somehow wriggled out of his ropes and his rammy
horns and beady eyes appeared over the back seat with intent
to make a break for it. We came to a screeching halt and Pat
dived in the back to wrestle Baaz back in the boot. Baaz was
not having any of it and proceeded to try and head butt his
way out of danger. There was no alternative Pat had to sit
on top of Baz for the rest of the journey home.
On arrival at the stables the grooms were horrified as Pat
and Baaz tumbled out of the boot. It was feeding time so the
horses were all in and happily munching on their maize. They
picked up their heads to see what was happening. When Baaz
rushed in attached to his rope swinging his horns the horses
were horrified.A cacophony of neighing made Baaz madder than
ever and to stop him leaping around we tied him to a tree.
Baaz was incensed and so were the horses. The next day Baaz
went on a hunger strike and would not touch his haynet. He
stomped his little feet and then danced in agitation. The
funniest of all were the horses. They could not make out
what Baaz was. Some horses chose to ignore him but others
like Gambler could not resist a sniff and smell. Fortunately
Baaz settled down and the horses and sheep live in harmony.
When Baaz munches on his hay net I like to think that he is
grateful we saved him from the pot.
We have had a busy few months with volunteers from all over
the world who assist us in all aspects of the horse safari.
Our clients in the last few months have come from France,
England, Holland, Sudan and French Polynesia. We had
wonderful volunteers from New Mexico who taught us a lot
about Southern Cooking. We have thrown some wonderful dinner
parties and lucky for us so many of our volunteers are such
great cooks. Our girths are definitely increasing.
Our soap making is improving and we are very grateful for
the essential oils and other necessities that come out with
the volunteers. We have a craft fair on the 6th of January
so wish us luck.
Our beloved land rover has finally come to a halt and is in
serious need of repair. It has worked every day for years
carrying grass for the horses and is much loved by us all.
So hope Pat can fix Landy soon .
Thank you for supporting us .
From us all at Mozambique Horse Safari and of course Baaaz.
I sit fingers poised over the keys of my laptop wondering what has happened to the year and where to start. Hard to believe we are now in September. Where does time go when you are having such fun? March brought us Kate Kellaway
a renowned journalist for the Guardian Newspaper. She missed
her flight but fortunately managed to board another and
arrived safely in Vilanculos with all her luggage. Kate was
absolutely delightful and fitted into Mozambican life
effortlessly. We wanted to show her the very best of
Mozambique and thank you to all the lodges that helped make
Kate’s stay so enjoyable. A highlight of Kate’s trip was her
deep sea fishing experience with Graham Pollard of Fish
Therapy who was Kate’s guide - so a big thank you to Graham!
To read more about Kate's story please
Hard on her heels arrived Wild Frontiers and their lovely
clients. This delightful group was led by the exuberant tour
leader Lulu Perry and was accompanied by Minty Clinch a well
known journalist who wrote a wonderful article about their
adventures in the Financial Times – to read the story
click here. Unfortunately a borehole broke down at their
resort so they spent a few days without water. Two were
shocked in the shower and then the whole group was lost at
sea. Despite the hardships they were absolutely lovely and
we had a wonderful time with them. We named them the Ride,
Dive and Survive Group.
For months Pat and I have planned to do an exploratory ride
to the Vilanculos Wildlife Sanctuary. We intended to ride
the horses across the bay at low tide crossing small rivers
before entering the Sanctuary and spending a night at the
luxurious Nyati Lodge. In August we set off early in the
morning in high spirits and crossed the bay. Jo our
volunteer was riding Mushy, who unfortunately slipped and
fell in a muddy area causing poor Jo to sail over his head.
She was up very quickly and jumped back on; other than that
it was a magnificent ride with incredible wide open beaches
and blue skies. We very nearly made it except for the final
crossing into the Sanctuary. The tide had started to come in
and the current in the final tributary had become too strong
for us to cross. I had visions of horses being swept
downstream which was a little unnerving so sadly we had to
turn the horses back. Mission unaccomplished - we were so
near yet so far. Next time
Our next visitor was Patrick Walsh a literary agent from
Colville & Welsh in London who came to see me about writing
a book on our horses, their rescue from Zimbabwe and
experiences in Mozambique. Patrick quickly assumed the role
of a volunteer and adjusted to the busy schedule of
Mozambique Horse Safari. It was lovely to have him out and
his warm personality charmed our clients. He was followed by
Rob Dinsdale a writer who came to talk to me about writing
and how to start the book. It was lovely having him out but
he had to leave to pursue a story in Kenya about a White
Samburu with a lot of camels who is married to a famous
English artist. I am very excited about getting the
opportunity to write the book and hope that I can live up to
Patrick and Robs expectations.
Our volunteers program is stronger than ever and Pat and I
meet the most wonderful people from all over the world. We
learn so much, and so enjoy the stimulation that comes from
having young enquiring minds around us. We have had
volunteers from the US, Australia, Zimbabwe Canada, Italy,
Ireland, Scotland and UK.
Lucy has been busy on Benguerra Island and has so many
wonderful reviews from people who ride the horses there.
Nobody can love our horses more than Luce and she puts so
much into making Mozambique Horse Safari successful on the
How lucky we are meeting all these amazing people and how
humbled that we have so much support from people all over
the world. Our horses have been brilliant without them we
would not succeed. They behave so beautifully and try so
hard. They are all characters and they are loved so much. I
do not think you could get happier horses. Clients and
volunteers shower them with praise and they deserve all the
accolades bestowed on them. They have taught people to ride,
the have given confidence to the not so confident, they have
made people happy when they were sad. They make us laugh and
have taught us so much. How fortunate we are to have had the
opportunity to share their lives.
Our down days are when we think of our beloved horses that
died last year of plant poisoning. Every ride we take we
know they are riding with us and their hoof beats will
always be heard on the beaches of Chibuene.
A big thank you to absolutely everyone who supports us. We are so grateful.
From all of us at Mozambique Horse Safari
February 2011 NEWSLETTER
Dear Friends of the Mozambique Horses,
I see that I have not written a newsletter since October. It has been extremely difficult to express the sadness and
desperation of losing 26 beautiful horses to a plant called Crotalaria. We have learnt another important lesson
in our turbulent lives. The lesson is called “Never be complacent”.
It’s amazing how your whole life can change within minutes as ours did that fateful morning when three
horses were brought in off their feed and with temperatures. These horses had been through so much with us. How could
something like this happen? In October when we were short of grazing we had the opportunity to send this group of horses
12km inland. The area was close to a small freshwater lake with an abundance of grass. What looked like paradise was
their demise. A pretty plant called Crotalaria grew there - left over from the Portuguese days when it was used to fix
nitrogen in the soil. It brutally killed 26 of the most beautiful and noble horses while Pat and I sat back
helplessly. There is no cure. There was no vet or remedy that could save them from this fate. Day and night we sat
with them watching them fight a battle that was already lost. Their eyes told a story and their trust will haunt us
forever. There was just nothing we could do. Our only comfort was that they were saved from death in Zimbabwe and
they were well cared for and so loved by so many people. May their hoof beats always be heard on the beaches of Chibuene
and let the wind whisper their names for ever. Their spirits will always run free and they will never be forgotten.
A big thank you to Allan and Alex the vets who helped us so much. Thank you for all the support of so many people. The
wonders of Facebook unfolded as so many concerned Facebook friends researched the internet and helped us through this
terrible time. A very big thank you to our client Dave Endicott who smuggled samples from the brain, liver and
spleen of one of the horses in a sandwich and somehow managed to pass through customs in South Africa. A big kiss
for our volunteer Abbey Elkins who smuggled a plastic container full of samples in her hand luggage. There was no
greater friend than Meryl Knox who fetched and carried samples from the airport to the vet lab and was always there
to meet a runner. How grateful we are! A big thank you to Ivor Keppler who paid our vet’s lab fees.
All these people are absolutely wonderful!
Life moves forward from tragedy and one has to focus on the things ahead. It has been a busy start for Mozambique Horse
Safari. Last year Nicolas Hulot rode our horses on Benguerra Island and his documentary www.ushuaia.com was
seen by millions of French people. Many people wrote in and we thank France for taking an interest in us. Tomas Askeberg
a Swedish client wrote a wonderful article about us which was published in a Swedish magazine
- thank you Tomas for
your support. Next month Kate Kellaway visits us a respected British journalist. It is this support and encouragement
that keeps us going. We know without doubt that we have the best beach riding in the world. The Bazaruto Archipelago is
one of the most beautiful places on earth and we are privileged to be here. We strive under difficult
circumstances to give the very best to our clients but most people fall in love with Mozambique anyway.
Our volunteer program keeps running and we meet wonderful people who come from all over the world to share their lives
with us. We hope that they learn from their experience in Mozambique and go back home feeling positive about this
wonderful country. It is always sad to see them go. Naturally it takes volunteers time to adapt and get into the
rhythm of life in this third world country and the chaos of our lives. They have to deal with clients, push the land
rover, oil tack, play with beach dogs, jump into shappas to get in to town. Our volunteers come from all backgrounds but
most are privileged it must be a very humbling experience for a lot them but it teaches them a lot about life and how to deal with it. We continue our projects with the local
community and support the school with conversational English. Our motto is "giving back" and so many of our
volunteers and clients endorse this message.
We continue to make our coconut oil soap with the volunteers and we present it as a gift to our clients. You will be
pleased to know we have our caustic soda ratios right for those of you who have heard stories and are shaking your
head saying poor client. As the soap is rather rustic looking it is often mistaken for a piece of fudge or a
biscuit. We often have to explain that it is actually soap to our non English speaking clients. A French group rode
with us a few weeks ago. We handed out our soap which is lovingly put in a little bag with a business card. The
French obviously spoke no English and we spoke no French. With sign language I motioned a quick demonstration of
washing your body. I then sniffed the soap to show the French the wonderful aroma of the essential oils. They
smiled happily and thanked me profusely. I turned my back for a minute to collect the hats only to find the French had
swiftly opened their soap packages and were taking a bite. Our Russian riders thought it was a snack for the horses and
were caught just in time as Brutus was offered a rather large lump of peppermint soap. I have no doubt Brutus would
have swallowed it whole being the greedy horse he is.
Lucy Campbell Jones looks after our horses on Benguerra and has wonderful reviews from so many clients. Benguerra has
the most amazing beach riding. Lucy is also wonderfully creative and makes beautiful beaded necklaces with shells.
She has a never ending demand for these exquisite pieces.
We have just completed a ride from Vilanculos to Inhassoro - over a 100km along the Mozambican coastline. We started off
from Chibuene and headed for Sailaway camp run by Sailaway Dhow Safaris. Our first leg of the journey was a wonderful
easy ride. The beach was beautiful and we had a delicious lunch at Villa de Indicos and then an effortless ride to the
Sailaway camp. We were so well looked after at Dave’s camp and the food was so tasty we had to have seconds. A full
moon rose and drenched the beach in moonlight it was so beautiful. Lying in our tent listening to the waves lap on
the shore was so therapeutic.
The second leg of our journey was through unchartered territory. We saddled up early and rode out as soon as the
tide started to recede. We were armed with water bottles and Aimee’s our volunteers jelly bears. We hit some soft spots
in the sand and detoured inland. When we eventually found our way back to the coast hours later the tide was coming in
and we were informed by locals that we would not be able to cross the river a few kilometers ahead. The river as
predicted was in full torrent and we were unable to cross so we unsaddled the horses and lay on the beach looking at the
stars sucking on our jelly bears for sustenance. I must say Mozambique starry nights take your breath away. It was a
long wait but we eventually managed to get across the river and rode through the moonlight to our camp - it was
wonderful to arrive and thanks to Jay for all the hard work setting up such a splendid camp near Inhassoro.
The trip was exciting and indeed an adventure - we now know for sure that we must have the best beach riding in the
world. Pat was brilliant leading the expedition and got us safely through some tricky patches. We can’t wait to share
this adventure with our clients. I must say I have a very sore bum but I would do it again in an instant. It was so
A big thank you to absolutely everyone who supports us. We are so grateful.
From all of us at Mozambique Horse Safari
October 2010 NEWSLETTER
Dear Friends of the Mozambique Horses,
Where to begin?
I sit at the computer with a trickle of sweat running down
my nose. I would like to put the fan on but we have had huge
problems with electricity cuts. Astonishing for all of us in
Vilanculos as we apparently sit on one of the largest gas
in the world and
could provide energy for all of
Mozambique and beyond. Sometimes I forget to warn
clients that the lights can go out unexpectedly. This
happened in the case of my French client Joelle. At about 11
pm Joelle thought she would go out to the veranda of her
large Indonesia casa dressed in her nightie, sit down in the
cool night air and smoke one of her cigarillos. As she
dragged on her cigarette admiring the stars the lights went
off. Joelle sat in the pitch dark wondering what to do next.
She is from Paris and lives in a small apartment. She had
not brought her torch and she would never have found the
candle provided. She got up and started to feel for the door
while she was blindly groping for the handle the door
slammed shut. Joelle was frozen with fear. Had she locked
herself out? She had visions of having to stretch herself
out on the floor boards till dawn. Fortunately she managed
to reopen the door but then had to navigate the interior.
She decided it would be safer on her hands and knees. She
crawled around in circles till she found the bedroom and
thankfully was able to haul herself back into bed. So moral
of the story keep a torch handy in Mozambique. When she
recounted her tale of her night’s adventures at breakfast
that morning my mouth formed an O of disbelief. “But Joelle
you should have made your way to the manager’s house and
alerted him to your situation” I chided her. She looked
sceptical and raised an eyebrow. “What go over to the
Manager’s house at 11.30 pm at night dressed in my short
nightie and knock on his door?” I am French Amanda I know
what he would be thinking.
The highlight of October was the arrival of my brother Dave.
He was accompanied by his wonderful French wife Anne and my
adorable little niece Lea who is five. She speaks fluent
French and English and was a constant source of amusement
the way she could switch languages in mid sentence and a
very good vuvuzela blower. I have always been fascinated by
people who can speak several languages. Patrick and I are so
rubbish at Portuguese. My first attempt at speaking
Portuguese took place at the famous Legion club in Mutare.
Our teacher was Irish. I know it sounds strange but she had
a very good command of the language. There was quite a crowd
to start off with but most of them would excuse themselves
half way through the lesson pretending to go to the
bathroom. They usually never came back and would be found
later round the bar clutching a castle lager. It was my turn
to read a section of Portuguese from a text book. I though I
had read it rather well putting on a quaint nasal accent. I
looked up to see our teacher looking at me strangely.” Don’t
give up your day job” she said curtly. Unfortunately our
lessons came to an abrupt end when the cassette recorder was
My brother almost didn’t arrive in Vilanculos as he was not
booked on the flight Maputo Vilankulo. Although I had
checked diligently the day before that all was in order at
the LAM office. It seemed his name was missing. You can
imagine the thought of him being left behind while everybody
boarded. I threw myself in a shappa and headed off to
Vilanculos airport where I threw a tantrum the size of the
last cyclone. Pacienca is the key word in Mozambique. I was
told to sit on a chair while it was sorted out. Fortunately
as the plane was about to taxi down the runway David and his
family boarded. I was amazed that they had been let on the
plane because they came loaded with horse equipment. Pat and
I had Christmas in October. I can’t tell you how lovely it
was going though all the packages.
It was amazing having my brother and his family here as we
had not seen each other for six years but we made up for it.
It was wonderful showing them Vilanculos and so wonderful
that they all rode. My adorable niece Lea rode almost daily
with the help of a groom and showed no fear. Lea had brought
brightly coloured sherbet tubes with her and when she left I
found one lying by the computer. I had not had sherbet in
years so I quickly snipped off the top of the tube and took
a long sip for nostalgia. The most vile taste filled my
mouth and I projectile vomited into the waste paper basket.
What I had mistaken as a brightly coloured tube of sherbet
turned out to be a glow stick. I was discovered by my
volunteer Annabel bent over double. Annabel assessed the
situation and quickly analyzed the tube of sherbet
confirming it was a glow stick given to Lea at the Halloween
party. Moral of story Curiosity killed the cat. It took a
long time for Annabel to stop laughing.
We have had wonderful clients and lots of fun with them. How
lucky Pat and I are to meet so many different people from so
many different countries. We share a common passion horses.
It is wonderful sharing the experience of riding along
uninhabited beaches seeing flamingos, pelicans and amazing
sunsets. We have said goodbye to our volunteer Annabel and
the beautiful Marina has joined us. We took Annabel to Tofu
so that I could show her my body surfing skills. I ended up
with a stiff neck and my costume round my ankles but we had
an amazing time. We stayed at Laura’s place a little white
house on the beach next to the market. Laura is Italian and
makes you feel so at home. We tried different restaurants
and bars, sampled cocktails and had such fun. We were very
sad to see Annabel go and hope she will be back one day.
The gorgeous Kate our daughter headed for London it was
touch and go as she had to apply for an Ancestral Visa. Kate
attended the Riding Holiday Show at the Strand Palace Hotel
and said it was very interesting and met lots of lovely
people. She has now found herself a job at the Putney Beauty
Salon and has put her CV into several agencies hoping that
she will find something eventually in Chemistry. I have to
stop myself phoning every day I know the phone bill is going
to be enormous.
We had a wonderful donation from Andrew Frodsham and we
really appreciate this magnificent gesture in these hard
times. Thank you Andrew from all of us at Mozambique Horse
Safari. A big thank you to our volunteers who bring so much
out for the horses. May you continue to support us as it is
so difficult finding tack, veterinary products etc so we are
eternally grateful for everything that is brought out.
Lucy has been busy on Benguerra Island and does an amazing
job of looking after our horses there. She has wonderful
reviews from all sorts of people and we are always so
encouraged by the amazing feedback we get from people who
have ridden with her. Luce is one in a million.
We of course have had bad times too and while I type Pat is
nursing horses that have gone down with a tick borne
disease. There are so many frustrations that we meet on a
daily basis it is not easy finding the right drugs or vet
advice in Mozambique but the community rallies round and we
say a big thank you to Meryl and Ursula who managed to fly
drugs up to us. Thank you from us all. The good days out
number the bad fortunately. Our poor land rover deserves a
medal and when it eventually dies we will have to have it
bronzed and put on a pedestal. The best land rover ever. It
works night and day and is as loved as much as the horses.
We also say a huge big thank you to Casa Guci, Nick at
Archipelago Lodge, Dolphin Dhow, Enrique’s fishing village,
Odyssey Dive (who looked after my brother and family so
well) Samara Restaurant, Soraya, Taurus supermarket, (Lyn
Joshua who gets us out of scrapes), Ursula at Fed Air its
only with their support we are able to give our riding
clients the best time ever.
Pat, Mandy, Kate, Lucy, volunteers, staff and the Mozambique Horses.
September 2010 NEWSLETTER
Dear Friends of the Mozambique Horses,
Goodness the end of September! Where to start? September is an absolutely beautiful month in Mozambique and the Mozambique horses have been kept busy. Ten years ago if somebody had looked into a crystal ball and said” Do you know what? I see you perched on a horse taking people for a ride along uninhabited beaches in Mozambique”. I would have thrown my head back and laughed out loud my children would have laughed as well. So it just goes to show you just don’t know where life can take you and just like that car advert you must do your best to enjoy the ride. Pat and I have had the opportunity of meeting so many interesting people who come and share our lives. Friendships and bonds develop and our lives are so enriched. Hopefully they take something back from their experience as well.
Most of our clients this year have been French and they have been absolutely delightful. So a big thank you to the French Agencies. We had a wonderful honeymoon couple Benoit and Helen. I was very apprehensive at first as the last honeymooners were English and their visit turned into a hideous nightmare for us all. Firstly the bride had been unaware of her surprise destination. She had thoughts of the Bahamas or Mauritius. On arrival at the Vilanculos Airport our young bride looked distraught. “Where is this place?” she wailed as we bumped over sandy roads passing African villages with smiling children waving? Her young husband was looking equally bewildered as he realized his mistake. He had not anticipated that his darling might not share his love for wild Africa. On arrival at their Casa things went from bad to worse. The bride hated their roomy casa it was too big and made her feel insecure. As the sun sparkled on the water showing off the colours of the Bazarutto Archipelago to its best our young bride stamped her foot” I want to go home right now”. My heart sank. “He” she sobbed stabbing an accusing finger at the young groom “Only had one thing to do and that was to choose the Honeymoon” Things got no better, our young bride was a vegetarian but did not eat green pepper, tomato, onion or garlic the staple vegetables of Mozambique. She liked baked potato with creamy cheese sauce. The Groom was not a rider but had chosen a riding holiday for his beloved and I admired him for this. Love is blind but even he could see the bride was behaving irrationally. As we cantered across white sands and splashed in the warm Indian Ocean I was hoping our bride would begin to see the magic of Mozambique but this was not to be. My volunteers tried everything to to keep the young bride happy but soon dismissed her and had more fun teaching the young groom how to do posting trot. I saw the young bride’s face darken as the groom’s laughter filled the air. Fortunately we survived and so did they. If their marriage has, well that would be interesting. Our fears that Benoit and Helen might be the same disappeared on arrival and we had a magic time with them. We said goodbye to our volunteer Rebecca Yarrow who spent a month with us. It was wonderful having her and we wish her well.
Kate our daughter has been running Benguerra while Lucy is in Wales. She will be going to the UK soon and hopefully will be able to do some marketing for us. This year has been difficult for most tourist operations but we look forward to a better 2011. Our riding is magnificent and you can never grow tired of the the Bazarutto Archipelago. Next month we have return clients and that is always something special that people have such a good time they want to come back. We continue to work with the community and our Fishing Village Ride is as popular as ever. Our clients also have the opportunity of interacting with the school. Jonathan our son still does guided tours into Gorongoza for clients and volunteers and this is a wonderful park. The call it the lost Eden and indeed it is. We say a big thank you to Casa Guci and Archipelago without their support we would not be able to keep our clients so happy. On certain occasions Casa Guci allow clients and volunteers to cook up meals in their kitchens. We have such fun tasting dishes from other countries. We have so much fun.
Then on to soap making. Mozambique Horse Safari is now in to soap production. We are hoping to teach the fishing community this skill but we need to perfect it ourselves first. As the main ingredient besides the coconut oil is caustic soda one has to take a few precautions. Many years ago when we were first kicked of the farms we were staying in a safe house in Chinhoyi kindly lent to us by a British businessman. Having nothing to do all day I decided to have a bash at soap making. I was so excited with the first batches of soap and had such fun colouring them with things like turmeric and cinnamon it took my mind off the traumas of the time. Soon I had accumulated massive piles of soap and was not sure what to do with it all. My mother Beryl who was nursing at an old age home at the time took great pride in my soap making skills. I always knew you had a special talent she said looking at me fondly. I donated the bars to the old age home and my mother proudly handed them out to willing pensioners. That night I received a phone call. It was Mum.” Darling” she hesitated for a minute”” Everyone absolutely loves your soap.” There was a slight pause” but old George used it in the shower last night and Darling I hate to tell you this but it has taken the skin of his balls”. Sadly my ratio of oil to caustic soda must have had a huge discrepancy. My mother never mentioned soap again and I think the pensioners chucked the donated bars in the waste paper basket fearing they might have the same experience as old George.
This time we have lye calculators and internet helps. We are back on track and our guests can look forward to their free gifts of Mozambique Coconut oil soap. Any takers? “What!! You don’t want your free bar?”
Patrick continues to make wonderful girths, fixes and makes our saddles and continues to keep the horses in the best condition possible. We struggle with the high cost of feeding horses here but slowly he works things out and without Patrick there would not be Mozambique Horse Safari. Also a big thank you to Jonathan Mazulu whose loyalty and dedication to these horses can not be surpassed. A special thanks to Luka as well.
Thank you to our volunteers and clients who lug so much stuff out for the horses but without these donations of tack we would struggle to fit out horses. We are so grateful for everything. We need so much but we always seem to get by on the little we have. The most important thing is that we have happy horses and hopefully happy clients and wonderful volunteers.
We look forward to new volunteers and clients and wish everyone a wonderful October.
Pat, Mandy, Kate, Lucy, volunteers, staff and the Mozambique Horses.
August 2010 NEWSLETTER
Oh where to start! July was such an exciting month for Mozambique Horse Safari. We had our very first overnight safari at Sandy and Snowy’s camp in Mucunhe. For those of you who like to know exactly where you are that is about 25km from Vilanculos headed north.
Our Swedish clients Tom and Siv expressed an interest in
becoming our guinea pigs. The plan was that Tom and Siv
would ride on Benguerra with our volunteers Luisa and Suah.
They would then go snorkelling at Margaruque and a boat
would bring them back to Macunhe where Pat and I would be
all set up. Ha Ha well sometimes the best laid plans go
askew!!. In the meantime back at Blue Waters Pat and I
prepared our camping equipment. In no time at all we had a
huge mound of boxes, cooking utensils, mattresses and pots
almost the size of the Himalayas. The idea was to load
Junior’s boat and make our way to the camping site. The pile
of things I needed grew steadily. I unpacked a few boxes but
there was not much evidence of a decrease in the load. The
skipper of Junior’s boat did a double take when he saw what
was to be carried on his small boat. I would have loved to
take a picture of his face but unfortunately the camera had
dropped in the sand so wasn’t working. The boat was so
overloaded that we had to chug along very slowly with the
motor straining. The skipper had to scoop water out of the
boat with an old tin can and decided he would have to change
the engine for a bigger one so that we could try and go a
little faster. The journey took forever with Pat and I
perched gingerly on top of all the equipment. The locals it
seemed thought we were leaving for good and rushed to the
beach to wave us a fond farewell. Well so we thought until
one shouted an obscenity. One is never loved by everyone in
Our estimated time of arrival at Mucunhe was of course
delayed as our passage was taking much longer than expected
with our overburdened boat. Our clients unfortunately
arrived well before we did. As the sun set they became
rather chilly (they were still dressed in their costumes and
we had their bags). Of course they felt a little
apprehensive being left to their own devices on a lonely
stretch of beach without matches or a torch. Luisa our
volunteer enterprisingly gathered some drift wood and lit a
fire with a borrowed piece of hot charcoal under the light
of the moon. In the meantime Suah generously shared her old
banana which she found in her pocket with our hungry
clients. As Pat and I chugged along the moon started to rise
fairly high and a few stars started to twinkle. Not having a
clue where Mucunhe was Suah was called on her cell phone to
stand on the beach waving a blue flag so the skipper could
navigate the boat to shore. Suah spent a lot of energy doing
star jumps, waving her blue flag with intermittent screaming
but we could not see her from out at sea. The local children
watched her antics silently with puzzled looks on their
faces. We eventually found our way and I am happy to tell
you our clients had an absolutely fabulous time. We
unfortunately forgot our own tent and blankets so lay on
paper thin rubber mats under a mosquito net braving the
elements. Pat and I blamed each other for the poor
organization of our own camping equipment and our volunteers
tactfully said nothing. It was unbelievably cold for
Mozambique. Suah’s face resembled a granite boulder when she
woke up in the morning with all the sand flea bites and then
she got stung by a scorpion that ran up her pants. We bathed
in a bucket of cold water and so did our clients. The fun
part was frying our fish and calamari over an open fire and
burning our hands on the melted plastic handle. The horses
were not too keen on the tented camp and four of them
clearly anxious they were going to remain in Mucunhe for
good took flight and ran home to Vilanculos to join their
friends. I was fielding phone calls from frantic people
describing horses galloping down roads. Fortunately for us
they made their way to the beach and gunned it home in time
for their dinner. They were met by a very surprised Jonathan
our stable manager... A big kiss and Thank you to Miguel and
Su who alerted us.
Flushed with the success of our first tented camp we
returned home secure in the knowledge that Mozambique must
have the best beach riding in the world. We are now
encouraged to go further along the coast in the future. Any
guinea pigs? Luisa and Suah did I hear you say you would
love to do it again.!!! While back on the boat (this time
going a lot faster) I received a call that there was a wild
buffalo running around near the stables. It had charged into
Botswana House and uplifted Pedro’s wife. It juggled her
around on its horns and then tossed her to the ground and
then stamped on her. She ended up in hospital. It then
rushed round to the baracca pinned some poor man against the
wall and he grazed his nose. He too was on his way to
hospital. The buffalo has not been seen since but we are all
a little apprehensive that it might come back. It seems any
angry buffalo so Jonathan is keeping the gate shut.
We said goodbye to our volunteers Suah and Kate. Luisa arrived from Portugal and Rebecca from England. We had some amazing clients. Veronique from Brussels who cooked us the most wonderful Vietnamese food. We love our volunteers cooking us up cuisine from their home countries. We have many a festive evening at Casa Gucci sampling dishes we have never heard of. Last nigh our client Susannah and volunteer Rebecca made us traditional English fare. Cottage pie and the best desert ever Eton Mess. Berries with whipped cream and bits of meringue. Too lovely. Our worst meal has been our lovable neighbor Len’s contribution. He whipped up a calamari stew having had more than a few stiff whiskies. As he staggered round the kitchen tossing in various spices he managed to drop the chili container into the pot. Our hungry clients and volunteers sat down forks in hand waiting impatiently for their bowlful of simmering calamari stew. There had been so much talk of Len’s cooking skills and our mouths had been watering all day. The first mouthful I had was like a blow torch through my intestines. Len did not seem to taste the chili and wolfed down three large helpings. The rest of us writhed in agony pouring sugar and milk on the calamari. I gave up in the end but I could see that it became a challenge as to who could eat their calamari.
Patrick and I have a wonderful little granddaughter Talia Lily who I must tell you must be the most beautiful baby on earth. We have been strutting around boring everybody to death with our descriptions of how beautiful our granddaughter is. It is so wonderful being so very excited and proud. Pat can’t wait to get
Talia riding. He is already getting to work on little saddles and stirrups. I just adore babies, it is just a pity
that Talia will be so far away.
Our saddest news was the death of our beloved Aruba. A noble gentleman who taught so many people to ride. He was found in the paddock lying down. I guess he just went to sleep. Everyone loved him so much and he touched so many people. So he has gone to join our beloved Benjy and Grey. Such a wonderful old boy.
our beloved Aruba
We had a wonderful donation of riding boots, reins and stirrup leathers from a very kind person who left them at Taurus supermarket. If you read this newsletter - thank you so much. Without your donations of tack, hats etc we would not be able to equip the horses as it is impossible to buy anything in Mozambique. Pat is making his own saddles, girths and stirrup leathers. He is amazing. Without Pat’s amazing dedication we would not be here, still surviving.
Our land rover keeps on going and thank you to everyone who brings in spares for etc. We are so grateful. Thank you to all our volunteers and special thanks to Lucy Campbell Jones who looks after the Benguerra Horses. Lucy is off to Wales for a month and Kate will come and look after Benguerra. We still need donations and we are so short of hats, chaps, stirrup leathers, head torches etc, for any volunteers coming out these are easy things to put in your suitcase and do not weigh much. We will have to buy another car soon and I am waiting for enterprising volunteers to think of fund raising projects. Then to drive the car through Africa. Are you reading this Danni?
Keep looking at our website and follow us on Facebook and thank you for all the support.
Lots of love
From us all at Mozambique Horse Safari.
JUNE 2010 NEWSLETTER
Dear friends of the Mozambique Horse Safari,
Where to start? Well first of all how wonderful to have the
world cup on our doorstep. The other night I woke Pat up,
apparently I sat up in bed, elbowed him in the face and
shouted Espana. That must be world cup fever surely. South
Africa looks as though it is having the best fun ever.
Blowing on their vuvuzelas with their faces painted. I was
thinking of painting the horses the colours of the different
countries as a fun thing but when it was pointed out that we
would probably need ten gallons of face paint which is
unobtainable here so the idea soon faded.
We have been having our own fun though. As you know Diane
our volunteer is a psychological therapist. Pat and I race
each other every morning to get to Diane first. She has the
ability to listen which is a wonderful trait. It’s the
compassionate look on her face which makes you talk
endlessly about your life. I must say I think we might have
exhausted her as she has had to have a few early nights. Pat
and I were feeling so good that in a fit of generosity I
decided to share Diane with a few Vilanculos residents. This
proved to be very successful. We did a wonderful session in
the riding school with the help of Brutus. Jonathan the
stable manager managed to hide his amusement as Diane put us
through a series of exercises. Brutus was a little
uncooperative to begin with and put his ears back but then
he too fell under Diane's spell. It was a wonderful
afternoon and we had a lot of fun.
Diane also did a workshop for IMAP school and we took loads
of photographs which we have not been able to download. So
hopefully when Diane gets back to Hawaii she will be able to
send them. We continue our community fishing ride,
conversational English and I hope we will start helping with
a junior school soon.
It always amazes me that people come from all parts of the
world to join Pat and I in crazy old Mozambique and give up
their time and of course their money to share our lives.
They in fact enrich our lives in so many ways. Of course not
everyone likes us or appreciates what we do but most of our
volunteers are sincere, wonderful people who bring so much
to the horses. It must be very difficult coming to a strange
country, especially a third world country like Mozambique.
It is also good to come with an open mind. We live in one of
the most beautiful places in the world but there are laws
and certain ways that westerners might find very difficult
Patrick and I are very excited about our beautiful little
granddaughter Talia Lily. A very difficult birth for Julia.
She is so gorgeous and pat and I can’t wait to meet her. Pat
is already thinking of riding lessons. Making her a little
saddle and stirrups. He will soon have her cantering down
We say goodbye to Diane on the 7th July and look forward to
meeting Kate Chapman and Suah Kim. They will be joining us
for a month. Suah is from America and Kate from England.
Sarah Cox’s article in the Hurlingham Polo news has been
much appreciated. Please read the article by
We have had some wonderful letters of
encouragement from some lovely people. I thank you Sarah for
taking the time to write such a good article.
A big thank you to Oriane Lee who has donated 500us dollars
to the horses. Oriane held a slide show of her time in
Africa with us and Varden Safaris. The proceeds which came
to us. This is a wonderful gesture and it is much
My next big project is to raise funds to replace our
wonderful Land Rover which is just the most amazing vehicle
in the world but it is falling apart. It is just rusting
away. So I am going to focus on that. It is the most
wonderful model and I am sure we would find one in the UK.
This Land Rover works from 6am in the morning till late at
night. . It would be fun to buy it in England and drive it
down to Mozambique. I expressed this fun thought but was
shouted down by nearly everyone. Just put it in a container
and save yourself the hassle I was told. Where is there
sense of adventure? Without the Land Rover we would be in
trouble as it works so hard.
And what about the horses I hear you ask? Well they are
happy and healthy. We have had a big tick problem again this
year. We are short of grazing land but we persevere and
something always comes up. They remain loyal and lovable and
have the ability in keeping themselves in they style they
have become accustomed to. They know they have to work hard
and they do. Giving so many people pleasure. Lucy continues
to look after the horses on Benguerra and they too are happy
and healthy. She is looking for a volunteer to look after
Benguerra in September when she will be in England to attend
We have also heard news from previous volunteers. Danni is
back Mozambique and has been looking after the horses on
Bazaruto Island. She has been very busy entertaining a
prince (royal one). Lisa Molera is doing a farrier course
and is doing so well. Pat can’t wait for her to visit again.
Rowenna is looking after trail horses in the welsh
mountains. Oriane Lee has been busy with her business in
Canada. Anna from Portugal sends her love. We are so happy
they keep in touch and tell us about their lives. Ahmed from
Egypt has bought a horse which is exciting news for him.
So hold thumbs that the rest of the year bodes well for
Mozambique horse safari and we continue to do what we do
best providing some of the best beach riding in the world.
We will continue to raise money for our horses as we are
beginning to need so many things. So if you can think of
happy and fun raising things to do please contact us.
Wishing you all a happy month ahead.
From Mandy, Pat, volunteers and all the horses.
MAY & JUNE 2010 NEWSLETTER
Where to start! It is the end of May. The Merry Month of May
which has now turned into June. For those who read my
newsletters I am delighted to tell you that my mother Beryl
is back home recovering. She had a particularly bad time and
I was passportless. She had to go on life support and I was
convinced she had given up. I phoned the world, cried for
two days, so did Pat and Jonathan got drunk with the anguish
of it all. My cousin flew back from Cape Town expecting a
funeral. My brother Tim spent every spare hour at the
hospital. I lay awake all night waiting for the call to say
that she had passed on. In the morning I phoned the hospital
expecting the worse. You can imagine my shock when they said
Beryl had a good night and had woken in the morning asking
for a Mango. Granny is a legend.
Julia and Jonathan produced a beautiful daughter Talia Lily.
Pat and I are Grandparents and very proud. We have been
skyped beautiful photos and we are longing to meet her. Pat
can’t wait to get her riding and I am sure he will make her
a little saddle and stirrups. Very exciting! It’s just a
pity they are so far away.
We were sad to say goodbye to our volunteers Amanda Kwong
and Chantahl Stedman. We wish them luck with their travels.
A big thank You to Lisa Molera for her enormous donation and
encouragement. Also a huge thank you to Ahmed Serour for his
wonderful donation. This money helped us through a very
difficult period and we are so grateful. This has been a bad
year for tourism so far and we hope that things improve. We
know the World Recession has not helped but Mozambique is
quite an expensive destination to get to. We are hoping that
air flight prices will be looked at and cheaper packages
will be put together. Our volunteers bring so much for us
and we are so delighted that people take the trouble to fill
their backpacks with so much. It is impossible to get
anything in Mozambique. Pat is making our saddles, girths,
stirrup leathers and he is amazing. It is all done by hand.
He puts so much effort into it and I know how hard he works
We also have to say thank you to Anita Quigley for her
donation. Thank you Anita.
Lucy Campbell Jones attended Indaba and represented
Mozambique Horse Safari. She said it was worthwhile and she
met loads of interesting people. While Lucy was doing Indaba
I was attending meetings with angry villagers. Horses had
broken free and had eaten a swathe of maize through Chibuene.
I am getting good at this now. It seems more and more people
are moving into the Chibuene district so we are finding it
difficult grazing the horses. We have problems ahead and
will have to look for more grazing land.
I took the TCO bus to Maputo to renew my British Passport.
You have to be quite intrepid. The road to Maputo is
presently under repair so it is quite a journey and not for
the meek. Maputo was wonderful and I was entertained and
looked after by Bill and Jane Clegg. I love Maputo and there
is so much going on. I had my hair cut for 200mets by a
lovely Chinese man who could not speak English we were
treated to an amazing head massage as well. That alone was
worth 200 mets.
Our new volunteer Diane Kennedy has arrived followed by
Danni Holdsworth who if you read my newsletters was with us
last year. Danni is looking after the horses on Indigo Bay
for a couple of weeks. Now Diane is a Psychologist and a
therapist. Where has she been all my life? Pat and I are
taking it in turns to pour our hearts out. I must say Diane
is looking a little exhausted and I have only just started
telling her about my life. Pat and I race each other to get
to her first. To think I used to laugh about people having a
personal Guru. So I am sharing Diane with the Chibuene
residents and we are holding a workshop on Wednesday. Will
tell you how it goes in the next news letter.
Our volunteers continue conversational English at IMAP
School. The community fishing ride is one of our most
popular rides and I give 10US dollars from each ride to the
community. We did a leadership skills course with Diane for
the English Students at IMAP. I am presently trying to raise
funds for a lap top so volunteers can continue to interact
with the school once they have left.
A big thank you to Sarah Cox, she wrote a wonderful article
about Mozambique Horse Safari in the Hurlingham Polo
Magazine. Thank you so much for trying to raise our profile
in the UK. Please read the article by
Our old Land Rover is seeing its last days so my goal is to
raise the funds to get a good second hand replacement. It
has been the most amazing vehicle and works so tirelessly
for the horses. Collecting grass, water, and never ever has
a rest period. It has to be pushed a lot and it causes some
hilarious moments. I always mean to write to Landrover to
say this Land Rover deserves a medal. It would be such an
amazing trip to buy one in the UK and then drive it back
through Africa. Anyone keen?
Thank you for all the continued support without it Pat and I
would not be here. I am always humbled by people’s affection
and kindness to us. Let’s hope business picks up and we can
continue to keep our horses safe and happy.
From Mandy, Pat, Volunteers and all the horses.
APRIL 2010 NEWSLETTER - MOZAMBIQUE HORSE SAFARI
Friends of the Mozambique horses,
Where to begin?
Sadly we have said goodbye to most of our volunteers. We
were very sad to say goodbye to Lisa Molera who had been
with us for four months and was so much part of the family.
I think her family were beginning to worry she might have
got involved with a strange cult as there were frantic calls
wondering if she was ever going to go home. Sam leaves us on
the 28th April and we will be sorry to see her go. Sam has
put in an enormous amount of work in her three months
training horses but is now off to sunny California and will
leave behind the chaos of Mozambique for more sophisticated
stables. Oriane Lee Johnston left us to ride with Varden
Safaris and is now safely back in Canada. She has lots of
stories to tell of her time in Africa. We now have Chantahl
from Australia and Amanda Kwong also from Canada who is
looking after Benguerra while Lucy is away.
We also had wonderful clients Anita, Maggie and Roz who were
such fun and so nice! Roz arrived without her luggage and
had to borrow shoes, bras etc but was extremely good about
it and caused no fuss. Fortunately for us her suitcase did eventually arrive
and she thankfully was able to get back into her own
clothes. Roz and Maggie took time to adjust to Mozambique
and spent the first week full of welts from various
insects. By their second week they both bloomed and were
truly adapted to African life and and loved the beach riding.
Jonny Bealby from Wild Frontiers arrived but unfortunately
not his girlfriend. She was unable to fly out of London to
join him because of the volcanic ash eruption in Iceland. So as I write
this he is at
honeymoon destination all by himself. It was great fun having
Jonny and if you read his profile you will see that he has
written travel books and is a real adventurer. He absolutely
loves Mozambique and we hope he markets us very soon.
May and June worryingly look very quiet for us and
the whole of Vilankulo - so we are holding thumbs that bookings will come in.
Nobody is really sure what the next few months will be like
with the world cup in SA. We had such high expectations but
it seems that many people have been frightened off with the
increasing price of flights and hotels in South Africa. We
can only wait and see what happens.
The highlight of April for us was the Andy Johnson / Kate Mellon
wedding. Something we have been excited about for so many
months. We were not sure how to get to Nyanga as the
Landover is needed here as it works so hard bringing in
grass and carrying water. We pondered over riding across the
mountains but we finally hired a car. It was the first time
Pat and I had been back in years. After a few payments to
people called Pedro and Elias we managed to get the car
cleared. We were overwhelmingly home sick once we crossed
the border. It was amazing to see the shops so well stocked.
Kate had to keep a tight rein on Pat and I before we spent
all our money. We ran up and down the aisles of the local
supermarket clutching Mazoe Orange and Colcom ham. Kate
was continually racing behind us reminding us that we had hotel bills to pay.
Finally we arrived at Troutbeck our son Paul who is
responsible for our wonderful websites was best man to Andy. Our cousin Tanya had sent heaps of dresses from
Harare and our ex volunteer Julia had sent me a wonderful pair
of pink shoes all the way from London. Kate and I had our
hair done so everyone did a double take seeing us looking so
glam. The wedding reception was at the Troutbeck Hotel. It
was absolutely amazing. Paul’s speech took us completely by
surprise, after half a bottle of rescue drops he took to the
podium like a politician and executed the most brilliant
speech. We were so proud I almost burst. It was a truly
emotional day for us all and I am so glad that we made it.
We saw so many of our dear friends from Zimbabwe - it was a day we will never
forget. Kate Mellon was the most gorgeous bride and we have
known her ever since she was a baby.
Of course with all the happiness we have to have some
sadness. Somebody stole three of our saddles which was a terrible loss
to us as it’s impossible to get anything vaguely related to
horses in Mozambique. We take such great care of equipment
and are very disappointed that we are now three saddles down. Nobody can give us any
information and it’s a mystery why they should be taken. To
make matter worse they chose our English General Purpose
Saddles which we make the most use of.
My beloved mother Granny B was rushed to hospital and has
had part of her bowel removed. She is so far away from us in
St. Ives in the UK and I
worry about her. However it seems that she is making a good
recovery - so lets keep our fingers crossed.
The horses are well. A few bad eyes and Jade has been lame.
The horses on Benguerra are looking lovely - thanks so much
to Lucy & Amanda. Once again I would like to thank our
amazing clients and volunteers - where would we be without
With all our love
Pat, Mandy & the Mozambique horses
FEBRUARY 2010 NEWSLETTER - MOZAMBIQUE HORSE SAFARI
I hope you are all well. February has been a quiet time for
us - we have lacked clients which is expected at this time
of year but have made up for it in volunteers. We have had 8
amazing volunteers join us from all around the world; they
are Aaron, Amanda, Ahmed, Ana, Lisa, Lee, Rowenna and
I am so thankful that our volunteers leap on planes, travel
across the world and give a month or two of their lives to
our wonderful horses. It is usually their first time in
Africa, yet they always seem to fit in without a problem and
sail through the experience. I could not imagine myself
jumping on a plane and setting off for British Colombia or
Lapland facing the unknown and looking after a whole herd of
At the moment we have a mixed group of volunteers and Pat
and I are learning loads of things. We have been shown how
to speak to horses, tasted green tea, heard about personal
growth, yoga and meditation. Our latest volunteer, Amanda
has spent one month in a Masai Village teaching English
before coming to Mozambique. She said it was a fantastic
experience and something we should all try out – sounds like
lots of fun. We also have a down to earth English
girl, Sam from Manchester training our horses - she is doing
an incredible job.
I love the volunteers; they light up our lives. They lug
suitcases of horse equipment from all around the world - we
are very grateful to these contributions. Without them the
horses would have a much more difficult time. So thank you
to all my wonderful volunteers
This month Getaway Magazine,
www.getaway.co.za , the largest
travel magazine in South Africa will come out to interview
us and take some good shots of the horses on the beach – how
cool is that! Soon the acclaimed travel writer Jonny Bealby,
who is one of the last great modern travellers and owner the
UK-based adventure company Wild Frontiers
www.wildfrontiers.co.uk , will be riding with us. So we feel
very honoured that so much interest is being shown in
Mozambique Horse Safari.
In April, the excitement of the year will be the Johnson
wedding in Nyanga. Paul our son is best man to Andy Johnson
who is marrying the amazingly beautiful Kate Mellon. I am so
excited about the wedding and am so looking forward to it.
We are hoping that Lucy Campbell Jones; who looks after the
horses on Benguerra Island can get to Africa's largest
travel trade show, INDABA this year. It could mean that we
are represented for the first time – let’s hope it works
out. Lucy – thank you for all the effort you put into making
Mozambique Horse Safari better!
A big thank you to our Egyptian volunteer Ahmed, for his
very generous donation that he gave to the horses – it was
very, very kind of you. Also to AnaMarta from Portugal who
brought her own weight in presents for the horses. We are
missing you both so much.
So we send you all good karma and hold thumbs that we have a
good season. Thank you so much for the wonderful letters we
receive and a big thank you to all our clients, and
volunteers - without you, where would we be.
Lots of love,
Pat, Mandy, Jonathan, volunteers and all the horses
JANUARY 2010 NEWSLETTER - MOZAMBIQUE HORSE SAFARI
Friends of the Mozambique Horses,
Where to begin? December was a very busy time for the
Mozambique Horses; we had lots of new clients, volunteers,
an amazing vet and so many interesting people
from all over the world who came to visit us.
The highlight of January was
a visit from Allan Hislop; an incredible vet and wonderful
person who gives up so much his time to
tend to our dearly loved horses. He performed a range of operations on the
horses and when he had a spare moment managed to spay some strays dogs and do a few other essential
veterinarian jobs. Thank you so much. Unfortunately when Allan left for
South Africa, he forgot his 'Donna
Anna Piri Piri' sauce behind which was an enormous tragedy as
it was a gift for his wife Spook.
While Allan was here we had the most delightful film crew
who have come to document the story of our horses. They
spent ten days filming us at our most unglamorous and I hope
when they get to the final edit they will somehow be able to
make us look more
photogenic. It was so nice having them and they were such
fun. One of the highlights was our dhow trip to Paradise
Island. A farewell trip for a friend who did not manage to
make it nor did any of his party due to their severe hangovers. So
it was the film crew and us who boarded our dhow and set off
on a 3 hour journey to the island. We were all
curious to see the Paradise Island since Survivors had been filmed
there. When we arrived it was very quiet but the snorkelling
was great. We had a wonderful lunch and a wander round the
old hotel. So interesting, especially for me as my family
used to holiday there when I was a little girl.
The trip back took us four hours. I kid you not - the
wind picked up and we battled the high seas! We felt like
the survivors clinging on for dear life as the boat rocked
and rolled. The slap of warm salty
sea water would hit us in the face at regular intervals
as the waves broke over the bow. The film crew reached for the beers to cheer themselves up
while we reached blindly for the vomidine to try and prevent
sea sickness. Next time we will use a motorized boat but it
was well worth the
Now to our volunteers. Lucy went home to Wales for Christmas
and was sadly missed. She is a miracle worker who puts so much
time and effort into looking after the horses on Benguerra
also worked with a French film crew on Benguerra and they
took some wonderful footage of the horses. Lucy said the
horses were so well behave. They had to spend hours in water
or in the sun waiting for the perfect shot.
Lisa Molera looked after Benguerra Island while Lucy was on
leave. Lisa is from California and has been with us for two
months. She is full of laughter and hugely sensible. We had
a wonderful farewell dinner for her at Blue Waters. We drank
loads of champagne and all made wonderfully emotional
speeches some of us made them twice. A great night but Lisa
suddenly decided she didn’t want to leave so made a quick
trip to Johannesburg to sort out some things and arrives back today.
So tonight we are having her Welcome Home Party.
At the moment we have Samantha Yates who is looking after
the horses on Bazaruto Island for a week or two. Samantha has
ridden all over the world; she was a casino manager before
she became a horsy traveler. We are all in awe at the moment
she has given us a few hot tips on how to win at Black Jack.
I am thinking of sending her off to SA to try her luck at
the roulette wheel and make sure the horses can live the
rest of their lives in the style they have become accustomed
We have Ana from Portugal who is delightful and spends a lot
of her spare time working with the disabled. She bought a
mammoth suitcase of stuff for the horses, so big that it
dwarfed her completely as she is so tiny and I almost missed
her at the airport.
We also have Rowenna from Hereford who has just left school
and who has just been on safari in Kenya. Lucky Rowenna!
In February we are getting Oriane Lee Johnston who does
leadership skills with horses and practices holistic
medicine. She has a great website which you need to look at
. Last but not least we have Ahmed
from Egypt - I know a man. So Ahmed is going to have a hard
time with all the girls. Or maybe not.!!!
We also had a visit from Mark from Redlands Equestrian
www.relandsequestrian.co.uk in the UK. We hope that he will put something together for his clients
so that they can come out to Mozambique and enjoy some of
the best coastal riding in Africa.
Mark kindly gave us his complimentary bottle of champagne
that he received from Azura. He also visited James and
Janine Varden, I saw some photos of their
amazing safari in Hwange.
Thank you to our friends old and new. We receive so many
lovely emails from people cheering us on and we are very
touched at the warmth and concern from so many people all
over the world.
A big thank you to Archipelago Resort for their continued support.
Nick, Tracy and Grant and the Reilly’s help us in everyway
and we are grateful for their commitment. A Big Thank you to
our clients and volunteers. Where would we be without you?
We meet so many wonderful people who are so supportive. We
have had some wonderful laughs and a lot of tears are shed
at Vilanculos Airport when we say goodbye.
We hope that 2010 will be kind to us and that we are busy.
The huge expense of looking after the horses sometimes takes
its toll and we have stress weeks. On the whole Mozambique
is good to us and let’s hope that each year will get better
and that we will establish a strong business. Mozambique
Horse Safari would not exist without my husband Patrick
whose courage and fortitude has kept us going. He has never
lost sight of his goals and his commitment to these
With lots of love from the bottom of our hooves,
The Mozambique Horses.
DECEMBER 2009 NEWSLETTER - MOZAMBIQUE HORSE SAFARI
Friends of the Mozambique Horses,
Well now where to start. As you know I went off to the
Philippines to see Paul and Rachel.
I loved Manila and we spent our time having foot massages,
facials, full body massages and drank thousands of smoothies
and green tea. It was just perfect. I could not believe how
tiny the Filipinos were, Gran and I were like giants; we
didn't fit into a single thing at the clothes shop. A big thanks you
to my brother Tim, Paul, Rachel and my mum Beryl for making
it such a special time for me. Paul is also
responsible for our wonderful websites, he
devotes a lot of time to it and I think it has made a big
difference in promoting Vilanculos and the horses.
A big thank you to Mike Moyes for lending us his car to go
and do some urgent horse business in Chimoio. Unfortunately
for Mike we crashed it ten km from Pambara on the way back.
As we came over a rise singing aloud to the Mamas and the
Papas a drunken herdsman chose to chase two cows across the
road, Pat had to make a split decision and chose the calf
hoping the damage would be minimal. The calf was instantly
killed and the car was crushed. We had to phone Ryan at Blue
Waters to rescue us and tow us back. On the way back Ryan's
car overheated and we came to a standstill wondering where
we could find water. Just as Ryan was about to urinate in a
bottle the police arrived guns blazing. They stopped us
demanding our passports. They said that they had a report we
had run over somebody. Goodness "a la Mozambique" Pat was
hauled off in the back of the truck along with African
Impact Nicky who was with us at the time.
Fortunately I knew the owner of the cow and got him to rush
out and restore some sanity. It seems the herdsman thought
he would spice up the policeman's day and thought maybe
something lucrative would come out of it for both parties.
Mozambique Madness at its best. Which brings me back to our
favourite joke why does the Mozambique Chicken Cross the
road? So that the owner can get 10,000 mets. Now if you are
living in Mozambique you will find this hysterically funny
as its absolutely true. Michael was very
gracious about his car and fortunately it was insured - but
poor Michael we are so so sorry.
So any good news? I can hear you asking. Well plenty. We
have our new volunteer Lisa Molera with us who is great and
has decided to stay on for another month. She is a charming
hardworking American full of fun. She seems to have blended
into the chaos extremely well and can hold her own in this
crazy place. Lucy has gone on well deserved leave so Kate
our daughter is on Benguerra Island.
Our lovely girls in Scotland had a wonderful cake sale and
sent us 500US which is amazing and keeps us in food and meds
for awhile. Rosie thank you from all of us. Pat has been
making saddles, girths and halters so we are now nearly self
The horses themselves have been so amazing. They have worked
hard and behaved. You will never find gentler and sweet
horses in the world I am convinced. We have had huge tick
infestations specially ears and have had a tough time
keeping them at bay. We have had quite a few clients come
through this year which has been wonderful. The horses
deserve a lot of accolades but Patrick needs a medal for his
absolute dedication and belief in these horses. We would
have put our heads in the gas oven long ago except for Pat's
constant energy and encouragement. We just hope that we
continue to grow and that business improves.
A big thank you to Jayne Janet, Andrew Frodsham, Lucy
Campbell Jones, Rosie, Eileen, The volunteers and all the
people who constantly support us. I thank everyone who takes
the time to write in and give us so many words of
Also thank you to Archipelago Resort for their continued
support Tracy in the Office, Grant who lets us graze the
horses round Archipelago and to Nick Faulk who takes such
great care of our guests. Brenda from Archipelago bookings
who always tries to help where she can and last but not
least Jeff and Jane Reilly who have always given us a lot of
A big thank you to all the lovely clients who come out and
ride with us. We have been deeply touched by so many of you
and appreciate how easy you are in this funny old third
world country. I am thrilled that so many of you have booked
to come again. So we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy
New year. Let’s hold thumbs that year ahead will be good to
the Mozambique Horses.
Merry Christmas from Pat, Mandy, Kate, Lucy, Lisa and all