African Reins

Food & Travel Magazine - African Reins

From the Kalahari Desert to Okavango Delta, Rosalyn Wikeley saddles up for the ride of her life! Read the full Food & Travel article here.

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A Merry Happy Horsey Christmas… Family, Fun and Friends

Botswana family Christmas

I am beyond fortunate to have met extraordinary people in my 7 year safari life.  In these great forged friendships, a few I become very close to and then they are like family.  The Foots, David and Robyn, and their kids are one such family and having promised to come to spend time with them…

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A Life in the Wilderness

Leopardess, Kalahari

In the late 1980s I began working in Zimbabwe and Zambia in some of the most sublime wild places on earth. Photographic safaris were just beginning to gain momentum, and under the guidance of some of the legends of the safari industry, I thought I was the luckiest guy alive! In Mana Pools, on the…

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Royal Treatment and Family Fun

It comes as no surprise to us that the beautiful Royal Tree Lodge, a private game reserve where we stable our horses on the banks of the Thamalakane River, works as a destination in its own right for certain guests – especially families. It just shows the importance of listening to guests’ wishes and suppressing…

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Followed By a Moon Shadow

Dawn on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

It is through the summer months that we spend our days on horseback, roaming with the vast herds of zebra and wildebeest as they feast on the expansive grass covered islands within the vast Makgadikgadi salt pans. The rain soaked pans have temporarily transformed into an alluring inland sea with limited access to what has…

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A Safari With a Difference

Matopos Hills, Zimbabwe

A safari with David Foot is always different, but in this case we had no idea quite how different! Having enjoyed a relaxing couple of days in the tranquil and luxurious surrounds of the Royal Tree Lodge on the outskirts of Maun, we found ourselves cruising comfortably down the long stretch of road from Nata…

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Alone in the Makgadikgadi

For the past five years we have explored the renowned Kalahari on horseback to the east of the Makgadikgadi–Nxai Pan National Park. During that time we have been fortunate to have had the most astonishing experiences in this extraordinary landscape. We have cantered alongside the zebra and wildebeest migration. We have become familiar with the…

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A Moving Tribute to Chapman’s Baobab

Lily Ashley at Chapman's Baobab

We have just returned from the Makgadikgadi Pans having had another wonderful adventure on horseback. However, it was our first time to see the, once mighty, fallen Chapman’s Baobab. It was with an immense, overwhelming, feeling of sadness that the following poem was beautifully written. The Upturned Tree By Lily Ashley Staring at the roots…

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In the Tracks of the Early Explorers – On Horseback

Horse riders in the Makgadikgadi sunset

PART TWO: Through the desert and into a new year. Having enjoyed a quiet family Christmas at home, riding along the banks of the Thamalakane River with friends, our next adventure was to take us north of the CKGR, to the magnificent Makgadikgadi Salt pans of the Kalahari. Moving horses is always an anxious time,…

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