About Ride Botswana

From the waterways of the Okavango Delta to the arid salt pans of the Makgadikgadi, Botswana is a land where the desert meets an oasis. 

A land where wildlife still roams freely over vast distances and the Milky Way glitters in all its glory above. A land still home to the San Bushmen, the original inhabitants of the great land, Africa. 

Nothing compares to to the wealth of space in a land time forgot. With our passion for wildlife, pristine wilderness and ancient people, join us on horseback exploring these remote areas. 

We are the only company offering horseback safaris in different areas of the country - the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari Desert and along the Thamalakane River. Combining these areas creates the ultimate horse safari - Desert & Delta on horseback. We would love everyone to have the chance to experience Africa from horseback so have designed a range of horse safaris to suit everyone - from experienced riders to complete beginners. 

Meet the Feet

Both born and raised in Africa, David and Robyn Foot share a love for exploring the wildest places in Africa on horseback. 

Together with their four children, Gordon, Kirsty, Julie and Harry, they have ridden with guests in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. David and Robyn have run their own horse safari operation since 1993; initially in the Nyika National Park in northern Malawi; since 2008 they have been fortunate to call Botswana home offering horse safaris in the Okavango Delta, Kalahari Desert and along the Thamalakane River. 

 

Ride Botswana remains a 100% owner-operated company with their eldest daughter Kirsty who officially joined the business in 2016. 

Their other children regularly return to Botswana to help on safari, often accompanying David on his trips on which the family combines their love of horses with a passion for the wilderness. 

With over 30 years guiding experience, David is considered one of Africa's most accomplished horse guides.

The Horses

With over 30 years of caring for horses, David and Robyn now have a herd of 41 horses which are fit, responsive and reliable, and also adapted to the African environment. 

The horses range in breeds from sporty Thoroughbred X, to hardy Apaloosas and tough African Boerperds, as well as some lovely Shire X, Friesian X, and well tempered Botswana Kalahari ponies - perfect for Kids!

 

The horses range in size from 14hh - 17hh, including some weight carries which can cater to riders  of up to 95kgs. 

Under the guidance of our permanent and qualified Equestrian Stable Manager, our team of 15 guides and grooms take pride in the well-being of each horse ensuring that they are well schooled (but not over-worked), and well-rested between trips, hence each guest will have the opportunity to experience several horses during their safari with us. 

Great care is taken when matching horse to rider. We ask all our guests to respect each of our horses and treat them as they would their own; they are an integral part not only of Ride Botswana but also of the Foot Family.