Tristan Voorspuy, who was shot dead in Kenya on Sunday aged 61, devoted much of his energy to conserving the wildlife, and with it, he thought, the future of his adopted nation and its peoples; he was best known beyond Africa as the intrepid guide of mounted safaris that offered his clients exhilarating encounters with big game at close range.
Voorspuy, a former cavalry officer in the British Army, settled in Kenya in 1983 after riding a motorcycle from London to Cape Town. (Later he flew a light aircraft out from Britain, spare fuel piled in cans on the seats.)
His adventurous spirit soon found a berth with Tony Church, who was pioneering safaris on horseback rather than in vehicles. Voorspuy felt the added vulnerability gave a better sense of man’s place in the order of things.
In 1990, he and his wife Lucinda (Cindy) set up their own company, Offbeat Safaris. Soon after, they moved into...
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