Meet Tamlyn Whitebread – the head guide of our horse safaris, operating out of Abelana Safari Camp which opens next month.
Tamlyn grew up in South Africa’s Free State where she began her love affair with horses and soon fell in love with the bush too, getting a degree in nature conservation and becoming a qualified guide, pioneering the way forward for women in South Africa’s safari industry.
Tamlyn has guided throughout Africa and has travelled the continent extensively. In 2012 she decided to combine her love of horses with her love of the bush, consolidating her equestrian and guiding skills, by offering horseback safaris in Big Five areas.
“When I started guiding, female guides were not as commonplace as they are today. I was the first female guide to work on Karongwe Game Reserve and only the 2nd female guide to be employed full-time at the prestigious Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge,” she says. “I would like to think I played a small role in creating a platform for more females to step into the industry.”
Tamlyn’s guiding career it took her to some wonderful places like Gabon, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique. “It definitely broadened my horizons and I became a true conservationist, where my belief in conservation through tourism became evident,” she says. “I am looking forward to an exciting journey with Abelana and to exploring its amazing landscapes from the saddle, showing guests a completely different way of viewing game and experiencing the wilderness.”