Tributes paid to murdered British expat Tristan Voorspuy

Tristan Voorspuy
South African-born Mr Voorspuy was raised in Sussex and served for six years in the British Army. Photo: Offbeat Safaris

Tributes have been paid to murdered British expat Tristan Voorspuy who was killed by pastoral herders a week ago while inspecting one of his lodges which had been torched days earlier.

The South African born Brit was educated and brought up in Sussex.

After leaving the army in 1981 after six years, Mr Voorspuy rode a motorbike from London to Cape Town, before launching Offbeat Safaris in 1990.

In a statement, Offbeat Safaris thanked those who had sent messages of condolence following their founder’s murder.

“We cannot thank you all enough for all your amazing messages, sending us so much love and overwhelming support since Tristan’s untimely death. It has strengthened us all hugely,” said a statement from Offbeat Safaris.

“Our main comfort is knowing that when Tristan set out on his horse from Sosian, he was doing it for what he loved and believed in most; fighting for a cause that he was completely committed to.

“He was driven by his honourable dedication for the welfare of the wildlife and indeed the safety of us all here in Kenya.” – Offbeat Safaris statement

Mombasa-based Scenic Air Safaris used their Facebook page to post their own tribute.

“It is with very very deep sadness that we report the tragic death of Tristan Voorspuy co-owner of Offbeat Safaris and Sosian Ranch in an incident in Laikipia today, Sunday March 4.

“Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Cindy and family and to his friends and partners at Sosian Lodge and Offbeat Safaris.

“A true officer and a gentleman.#sosianlodge #offbeatsafaris.” – Scenic Air Safaris

Scenic’s marketing manager, Simon Penfold, wrote on his page that Mr Voorspuy was murdered “in cold blood” by people who were “driven by crooked political motives that can only be described as 16th century – at best”.

“To those vexatious individuals I say this – you cannot hide – the truth will prevail – RIP an officer and a gentleman – we will never forget. Thoughts and prayers to Cindy and the family on this tragic day.”

– Simon Penfold, Scenic Air Safaris Marketing Manager

Mr Voorspuy’s death was a double tragedy for the horse riding community, after Sussex rider Sue Webb died while draghunting near Heathfield the day before.

As well as paying tribute to Mrs Webb, Social Secretary of the Mid Surrey Farmers’ Draghounds Gina Weare added: “I feel we should also add thoughts to the family of Tristan Voorspruy who was killed at his home in Kenya on Saturday night. Many drag members, particularly Peter and Sue enjoyed fantastic safari holidays with Tristan and his team over the years.”

Melanie Siggs also posted: “What a sledgehammer of emotions. Still reeling, feeling numb at the news of Sue Webb and the tragedy of Tristan Voorspuy. Made me think of the pictures of Sue and Peter on safari and jumping the breakfast table. I hope those two find each other for more safaris and adventures.”

Mr Voorspuy was cremated at his Deloraine Farm on Friday and his murder has been condemned by British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey.

Local MP Mathew Lempurkel has also been arrested on suspicion of being involved in Mr Voorspuy’s murder.