Mel Temple review 7 Sep 2019
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Swimming with the horses.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Check which guide & whether will be English speaking based. Check wether you are able to ride alongside each other as opposed to in a line riding school style
The riding pace is slow, if you enjoy fast paced trail riding this is not for you
Take a seat saver & consider padded undershorts for under your jodhpurs
the saddles are very uncomfortable.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
No. That was a big disappointment. There was no engagement with the
local culture or community. The guide knew little or nothing of the heritage of
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Read the operator's response here:
Thanks for your comments we have taken them all on board.
You mentioned the lack of contact with the local community, which is a nebulous ingredient to a holiday but one we place huge emphasis upon (as indeed RT do). I have always been impressed how our operators succeed in providing employment for local people through the running of their stables, horse husbandry tasks (blacksmith and the like) and the point that local family-run accommodation is used.
We continue to talk/revisit our relationship with the company involved.
I appreciate the impact all this is having on your time, but would be grateful to hear your response. I also appreciate your vast experience both as rider and wilderness first responder. I value your comments.