We tracked Gordie down in between safaris to ask him a few questions that would give us an insight into the person he is.
What’s your first safari memory?
Being on safari in Amboseli, which is in the southern area of Kenya. Memories of enormous Tortillas acacia trees, snow on ‘Kilimanjaro’ and terrifying Masai warriors with spears.
What do you love most about being on safari?
I love the escape. Exploring pristine wilderness under canvas far from urbanization, is a real privilege.
What’s the name of your safari horse and why is the horse called that?
My safari horse is called Mshale, meaning ‘The Arrow’. It represents that he is fast, stealthy and fearless – qualities that are imperative for a lead horse.
How do you switch off?
Evening walks at home on the ranch, with all my family and dogs.
Where do you go on holiday?
We usually head to our family home on the southern coast of Kenya and bathe in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, and when we are in need of a complete change, we will head to the Alps and go skiing.
Was there a moment when you knew that you loved Felicia and you knew that she would be an amazing partner with you in SUA?
Yes – in fact there was. Felicia & her horse Kashan suddenly submerged into a muddy waterhole, far deeper than they both expected, and then reappeared, as if it was all part of the ride, less a stirrup, less a little pride, but hey-ho – on on, as they say. I knew that she was made of strong stuff!
What’s your biggest dream or ambition?
I would love to journey to South Georgia Island & Antartica.