What to expect
We guarantee a few wonderful days you will never forget. An utterly enchanting and truly unique adventure that’s full of laughter – safely guided through the glories and drama of the Spanish countryside.
Setting off on a horse matched to your ability and accompanied by a team of expert caballeros, you will be riding old cattle-driving routes and bridle ways – paths carefully chosen by George. These are tracks that aren’t open to the public, so you’ll soon say goodbye to cars and indeed people.
Before long, you’ll be immersed in the sights, sounds, smells and raw beauty of this untouched natural park – an extraordinary landscape of rich biodiversity. There will be oak and cork trees, dramatic and sometime spiky undergrowth, unbelievably colourful wild flowers (if you join us in Spring), birds of prey (among them, eagles, griffon and black vultures, flycatchers and bee-eaters) red and fallow deer, wild boar and, if you are lucky, the Iberian lynx (one of the rarest cats in the world). Time will slow and, with luck, you’ll forget all about the racing demands of the 21 st Century.
While there will be elements we can predict, equally there will be those we cannot. This is because we want your experience to be unique – to be open to adventure and serendipity. So there will be moments when we offer you the opportunity to choose which fork in the path to take. In this way, you’ll have the chance to shape your journey rather than be led on some pre-determined route like an average tourist experience.
Before you start the safari, you will stay a night in the comfort of our family home, Trasierra. On the first night in the Sierra Morena, you will sleep in a traditional unrestored farmhouse, where dinner will be served by candlelight. From then on, you’ll stay in George´s magnificent Rajasthani safari tents (inspired by his time in Jodhpur), pitched under one of the most unpolluted night skies on earth. The tents are equipped with linen sheets, hot water bottles, beautiful dressing tables with mirrors and sinks, handmade soaps, fresh cologne and tea and coffee delivered to your bedside table every morning. Plus, there’s a fully stocked bar and a selection of board games.
Pit stops with sherry, Jamon iberico and other locally sourced delicacies will be served in different spots chosen for their beauty and stunning views. Beautifully set up picnic lunches in the middle of nowhere. On one day you’ll even be joined by a horse-drawn carriage, laden with lunchtime treats, parked in yet another outstandingly beautiful viewpoint.
In the evening, you will enjoy a magnificent feast of traditional Andalucian food cooked over fires, accompanied by organic wines of the area – with candles and oil lamps dotted around the camp and flamenco gypsies playing wild music.