MEET THE CO-OWNERS AND FOUNDERS OF JUNGLECAT PANAMA S.A.
Martin was born and grew up in South Africa and attended an agricultural boarding school. There in Africa his passion for animals, especially reptiles blossomed. As an adult, with over ten years experience managing hotels, resorts and lodges in Zambia, South America and the USA, Martin found himself in the beautiful mountains of Santa Fe. Here the idea of Junglecat Panama was born. Situated in the centre of the country Martin has access to both the Pacific and Caribean waters to persue his passion of fishing. The preservation of local culture, community and environment is his primary objective allowing him to bridge the gap between tourist and local thus providing an authentic Panamanian experience.
Elizabeth was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in Botswana. She has enjoyed horse riding and competing from a young age, representing the Botswana equestrian team while in high school. While at university in New Zealand she taught chilren and adults at the Auckland Equestrian Center. After having moved to Panama the dream to own a trail riding company has become a reality. The trails here in the mountains of Central America provide some of the most spectacular scenery and you'll often see Elizabeth out and about exploring new routes on horseback. Additionally she and her partner Martin endeavor to support the local horse culture, a big part of the lifestyle here in Panama.
Our home, the village of Santa Fe has a population of about 3,500 people. It is nestled in the shadow of Cerro Tute mountain on the boundary of the Santa Fe National Park. Santa Fe is a small village with a rich history. In 1557, the Spanish crown authorised the conquest of Veraguas and Captain Francisco Vázquez founded several towns, including Santa Fe in 1558. The foundation of the town is celebrated every year with a big parade through the village where you'll see the finest examples of Paso Fino horses.
Although the town is now on the brink of entering the 21st Century as soon as you step off the asphalt road you are thrown back into a time before the automobile or cellphone.