About us

Dany Hancock

Travelling and adventure tourism became a way of life for Dany in her early 20’s. This saw her backpack through Europe, work on sheep and cattle stations in the remote Australian Outback, travel overland through North, Central & Southern Africa, hostess in a ski lodge in Colorado, USA and work on mobile safari camping safaris through Namibia and Botswana.

For the past 18 years home has been in Botswana, originally working in the Okavango Delta at a horseback safari camp. During her 9 year career with Sarah-Jane Gullick, she worked as Camp Manager, Horse Manager, Lead Horse Guide, Sales & Marketing Manager and finally as General Manager.

In 2007, Dany created Rides On The Wild Side, her specialist travel company, aiming to reach more riders from around the world and embarked on an intensive South East Asian marketing trip at the time of the Beijing pre-Olympic equestrian test events in Hong Kong.

She is delighted to have inspired so many more people from around the globe to ride in extraordinary and far-flung locations that they had never believed was possible.

She takes groups and accompanies guests on riding safaris and is passionate about sharing the incredible experiences you can only find on a horseback riding holiday. Whilst running RWS with Lily, Dany also works as a consultant for select safari camps and lodges in the Okavango Delta, Chobe and Nata regions of Botswana and rides her own 3 horses on Maun’s floodplains on a daily basis.

Lily Dugmore

Lily assists Rides On The Wild Side in driving its social media and marketing campaigns and her passion and enthusiasm for really putting the company “out there” is unequalled. Her mission is to capture new and fresh images for the website and social media platforms this year. Her background in photography and art & design, interior design and camp management lends a wonderfully creative touch to the marketing of the rides as well as the designing of itineraries and specialist safaris – both of a riding and more conventional nature.

Whilst Lily grew up for the most part in the UK, she spent a great deal of time in Botswana with her family on holidays and working with them on their safaris. Between her grandfather, father and uncle they have more than 100 years’ experience in the safari industry in Africa! Following in their footsteps, Lily has always pursued more wild and unusual destinations to explore and has ridden in: Scotland on Icelandic ponies, on the beaches and wildlife reserves of Kenya, the Okavango Delta and Kalahari of Botswana and joined a private trail riding expedition with friends in New Zealand. Having ridden since she was 4, on all sorts of ponies and horses of various breeds and sizes, she is able to “talk horse” to any rider or horse enthusiast.