Riding in Africaby Ian H. Williams
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Riding in Africa captures the escapades of more than twelve journeys to Africa. Author Ian Williams offers sage-if somewhat tongue-in-cheek-advice on how to get from one end of an African horse safari to the other without killing yourself.
Read about African flora and fauna, evolution, history, language, the eccentricities of human character, and above all, the perspectives of a scientist-adventurer who puts himself on life's edge. Williams tells of succumbing to pneumonia in the foothills of Mount Kenya, his experiences in a small African cottage hospital and later in the Nairobi Hospital, part of which he spends in morphine-induced delirium and part in the hospital room reserved for former Kenyan strong man, Daniel arap Moi.
Williams also shares stories of adventures with horses and people while riding through the savannahs of Kenya, the mountains of Malawi, the swamps of Botswana, the deserts of Namibia, and the Lapalala Wilderness, home to the fearsome black rhino.
Riding in Africa is about middle passages: the leap from one side of fifty to the other and the fine line between life and death.
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I just loved this book. Anyone who would go to Africa 11 times and ride horses across deserts, swamps, amongst lions and giraffes has to be worth reading. Williams is erudite and tells many witty annecdotes which keep the pace moving along like a galloping horse. Even if you don't know or like horses you will enjoy this.
When I was recommended this book I thought, 'Oh, no, not another book about Africa.' But this was not 'another book'. It is a delightfully funny story of one man's expereinces in Africa seen from the back of a horse. The author digresses into the hsitory of Africa, its languages, animals and culture, while all the time delighting the reader with amusing annecdotes about his riding skill, or more commonly, lack thereof.