As part of our active safaris story, Jo Westermark from Kaskazi Horse Safaris chatted with us about riding through idyllic landscapes, Tanzania as a destination, her experiences of the place, and some insider information on the country for travellers.
What do you love most about Tanzania?The rawness, the remoteness, and the pristine wilderness – and, of course, very important, the Tanzanian people.
What makes it a special place for horse safaris - and what makes horse riding in this place so special to you?
Very much what I just wrote above. For me, you can still reach places in TZ where it feels like you have backtracked 50 years in Africa - especially on horseback where we are allowed to be off the roads. That way, you explore much further and deeper into the savannah than anyone can in a vehicle.
Tell us the story of how you ended up in Tanzania. What drew you there? What has made your passion for these places so enduring?
I spent a lot of time in Kenya as I grew up - however schooled in Sweden and then went down to South Africa to study. I decided South Africa was not for me, so took my bags and car and drove back up north. I drove through TZ en route back home to Kenya; however never reached Kenya but stayed in TZ and haven’t left since. Tanzania makes me feel alive
The sun is setting. Tea, G&T, or beer?
To me, nothing beats a cold Ndovu (Tanzania-brewed beer).