We are a small family business situated on the edge of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. Over the past 25 years we have been operating horseback safaris in remote areas of Africa; although so very rewarding on many levels, such a vocation is not without extraordinary challenges.
Unfortunately, like everyone else, we now find ourselves in an unprecedented crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic precipitating the complete collapse of tourism in our country. There is little clarity as to when the borders will reopen again to the international tourists on whom we rely. Tourism is what helps to keep our herd alive and happy and over the years our horses have been integral in showcasing nature in its purest form to the many visitors who have enjoyed the wonders and wildlife of beautiful Botswana. Together with members of the local communities with whom we work closely, we have created a haven in order to keep them healthy, happy, and fit and riding-ready for safaris.
The tourism industry in Botswana is essential in supporting the continuing conservation efforts here and is the lifeline for all the communities within the areas that it supports. Our “family” not only includes our 38 trusted steeds but extends to the team of dedicated community members who have learnt to love the horses as their own.
The welfare of a horse includes daily feeding (imported hard feed and hay), farrier care, unforeseen veterinary bills, including teeth, daily insect repellent, rental of fields, water collection, stabling expenses, associated fuel costs as well as the support for the local communities employed to help. The list is endless.
David and Robyn Foot, whose hearts and souls are invested in Africa, are planning a ride around Botswana in an effort to raise awareness and funds to help care for the herd. We simply cannot sit here and watch matters deteriorate further. Any contribution to this effort, however small, will go a long way to keeping our extended family intact and fed. Every step of the way will be chronicled so you may share the challenges of this unprecedented journey into the wild on horseback.
Please see the below link to hear more details from David about the expedition.
- Julia Davison
- Chris Austin
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