From the first email with Emma (bonding over our mutual love of Rose) through to the final farewell in Hurghada, the Ride Egypt family was just that, a family. The itinerary was continuously adapted and refined to meet our every dream and desire, with no ask too big to ensure our comfort (including hijacking jumpers from Emma/Sabr during the colder than anticipated evenings, for this light-on traveller).
The memories of people and places are seared on my retinas;
- Marte and Vanessa escorting us, Goosebumps in place, through the Cairo deserts (Inc. bucket list Sphinx and Giza Pyramids),
- Sabr smiling and taking care of us (in literally both sickness and health) as we embraced our inner-teen and stayed up all night to witness the Sunrise Festival, Aswan and ‘toughed it’ on a phenomenal top notch cruise on the Nile from Aswan to Luxor.
- Nile House feeding us until our jodhpurs barely buttoned, Amel for her patience as we toured Valley of the Kings and Mador for the gallops through the banana trees in Luxor,
- Mohamed for continuously challenging me on a string of fantastic hot and spirited horses (including Apollo, who both challenged and humbled me with his heart-stopping gallops, Saba for her cheeky rears and frolics and Nora for escorting me for a swim in the Red Sea, almost face first) through to Hurghada.
- Emad for welcoming us, like family returning home, for a final farewell after days relaxing by the Red Sea and swimming with dolphins.
- And lastly, but not least, Emma and her team (‘the boys’) for flexibly catering for my every whim, from last minute phone calls and emergency jumpers to Rose and Gin to ease a tired buttocks from a day in the saddle, losing my breath on the awe that is Egypt.
Yes – to say it was memorable would be an understatement. It was less of a holiday, and more the beginning of lifelong friendships and a string of memories I can selfishly play on a rainy day (or any day, for that!). Thank you to the Ride Egypt team – I’ll be back.
Anastasia – Australia