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David Foot Safaris

David Foot Safaris does exactly what it says on the tin! On foot and horseback in some of the most extraordinary wild places in Botswana.

David Foot on horseback in the Makgadikgadi Pans

African born David Foot has a passion for bird watching and his broad knowledge of wildlife, flora and fauna and Africa’s traditions and cultures sets him apart.

David has lived and worked in some of Africa’s greatest wildlife areas. First of all as a guide in South Luangwa and Kafue in Zambia and Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools and Matusadona. He then went to Malawi’s Nyika Plateau where he lived for 15 years.

Today David Foot lives in Botswana with his wife Robyn and their two children. So following their passion, their company, Ride Botswana and “David Foot Safaris”, offers horse trails and private safaris from the Okavango Delta to the Makgadikgadi salt pans in the Kalahari. So whilst we rate David’s team as one of the top safari companies in Botswana, David himself is also available for private explorations in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.

Family safari specialist

Many families are choosing interactive travel experiences  over the classic bucket and spade holiday. Furthermore, parents are keen for their children to learn about new environments. So they’re putting emphasis on wildlife conservation and its importance. Africa’s a great starting point!

“Our 50 year African journey has led us to settle in Botswana.  A vast country of few people with endless wilderness and some of the highest concentrations of wildlife anywhere on the continent.”

David’s aim is to share Botswana in all her glory. Discover wildlife, wilderness and interact with the delightful San Bushmen of the Kalahari. So whether you travel by 4×4, horseback or a walking safari, it’s all there. Join David and Robyn on a horseback safari here.

David and Robin Foot

David and Robin Foot of Ride Botswana are rated as one of the best safari companies in the country

Great guiding stems from great training

For a safari travel experience, especially when you’re travelling with children, safety is paramount. So, it’s all about training safari guides. Not only in all aspects of wildlife, birding and conservation but how to stay safe. David recommends the Okavango Guiding School to the young guides entering the profession.

Okavango Guiding School was started by brothers Grant and Brent Reed. Two of the safari industry’s most highly qualified guides with a passion for learning and training. With such biodiversity the new guides need to be trained to spot the species, understand the complex interactions and interpret behaviour. Student guides learn the skills needed to conduct a game-drive, pole a mokoro along the Okavango and track and spot wildlife, flora and fauna.

‘Experimental’ travel experiences

David encourages ‘experimental’ interactive and unique travel experiences. So, he’s running a new mobile safari – The Delta and Desert Safari Experience explores the vastness of the Kalahari with its friendly meerkats:

  • ride across the Makgadikgadi salt pans and on to the edge of the Okavango Delta
  • the back up team set up the mobile camps
  • the team’s chefs freshly prepare and cook the food over open fires
  • we’ll ride horseback from camp to camp with donkeys carrying the bags.
  • when we reach the Okavango the donkeys are no longer used and the packs are transferred to mokoros (dug out canoes).

If you’d like to join David Foot Safaris on this incredible adventure, drop us a line here and we’ll add you to the list.

David believes that “life in the African bush is a family affair. My two children, now in their teens, have grown up surrounded by the wild beauty of southern Africa. The children share their knowledge and love of nature as well as offering companionship to the families who stay with us.” We must admit, we’re inclined to agree.


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