In February 1992 I flew to the Waterberg, three hours north of Johannesburg and started writing the letters home that later became the essence of my memoir 'Ride the Wings of Morning'.
The dream of riding through the game reserves of South Africa has not ended. This March it became a reality for twelve British riders when they took up the challenge of joining me in raising £1,000 each for Save The Waterberg Rhino and local community projects.
The team was made up of experienced riders and was led by Ant Baber, who appears in the book.
Endless sandy tracks ensured the going was good and the pace was both fast and exhilarating.
The idea was to traverse 175kms of remote country
while taking the opportunity to learn about rhino conservation and discover more about the Waterberg in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.
If you would like to get involved or find out more The Waterberg Trust have a Facebook page here. Riders are raising sponsorship on Justgiving.com here
Author Sophie Neville riding with rhino, March 2016