Gorillas & Horses in THE MIST, Uganda
Rural Ugandan Villages – Lake Victoria – Mabira Forest – River Nile – Pygmies Tribe - Bwindi Nat. Park – Silverback Gorillas
Want to know who we are?...With whom you book this trip?...Who are the travel guides?... Below a brief introduction to our “Entre Orejas” guides.
If anyone can say "been there, done that" then it’s Paul Coudenys!
Paul, born in Flanders Belgium, was once in his previous life a farrier. At age 21, he travelled backpacking around the globe, 3 years later and with a luggage full of travel and riding experiences he returned to Belgium. During his "long journey", he worked as a blacksmith shoeing horses at the polo club in Singapore, as a blacksmith and cowboy at a cattle station in Australia, as a gaucho in South America and as a rider in too many places and countries to mention.
In 1996 he founded “Hippo-Trek” and became one of the pioneers of worldwide riding holidays in Europe. Paul rode horses in 53 different countries and is perhaps one of the most experienced trail riders in the world. Loving the great horse culture and hospitality in Latin America Paul decided to move to Brazil in 2010. He lives in the southern state of Santa Catarina, home of the South American gaucho (cowboy). After years of experience in organizing and guiding equestrian holidays and riding expeditions around the world, he now only concentrates on trail rides and equestrian tourism in Latin America. He is guiding all the riding trips himself and assures you participating at the best horse treks in Latin America.
Paul is also co-founder and president of ALATCE; Asociación Latinoamericana de Turismo y Cultura Ecuestre. (Latin American Association of Equestrian Tourism and Culture)
He speaks 6 languages, loves humor and life, is a very social person and knows like no other how to take you on a ride on the wild side!
Originally from New Zealand, Natalie arrived in Uganda in 2000 and fell in love with the beauty of the country and the wonderful people. She met TJ in 2004 and they then purchased a piece of land on the banks of the Nile and carved out a home and stables from scratch. Along with their daughter Kya, now 17, they breed, train, compete and instruct in dressage, show jumping and cross country disciplines. Natalie was the first woman in the world to complete a first descent of the Mighty Nile, is an ardent environmentalist and passionate advocate for the Batwa (pygmies). She knows Uganda like no other and is therefore the ideal host for this African equestrian holiday.
Moses has been working with Nile Horses for 14 years, starting out as a complete novice rider and honing his skills to be the top lead guide in Uganda. His amazing sense of humour, local knowledge of the country and tribes, and skilled horsemanship are a huge contribution to the success of all our safaris.