BELINDA BRAITHWAITE

Author, Explorer, Film-maker, Artist

With mountaineers and intrepid explorers on both the Norwegian and Scottish sides of her family, exploration is in Belinda's genes. She has been riding horses since almost before she could walk, and followed a competitive eventing career up to being short-listed for the British U21 squad. Taking a break from horses, she worked for Safmarine in Cape Town before embarking on an epic 1700 mile solo ride from Gibraltar to Paris, and then a further four-month trek by horse from Calgary to San Francisco.

Her travels took a back seat for a few years as she raised four children, but this allowed her artistic side to flourish in the creation of Cortijo El Aguilon in Tarifa, Spain. Built from scratch, within two years this fashionable boutique hotel was Harpers & Queen's  'Country House Hotel of the Year'.  

Belinda's adventurous life had given her plenty of on-camera experience, and eventually led her into film-making. Rodrigo then introduced her to underwater filming. Her artistic eye for detail gives her the ability to quickly get to grips with the subject; be it land or sea, plant or animal.  Although Belinda is an experienced scuba diver, her affinity with animals is most apparent when free-diving as she is able to approach and film notoriously shy marine mammals. 

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