Namibian Conservancy Tourism Exchange
The Wuparo Conservancy first BEC
When Dan Austin of Austin Lehman Adventures (ALA) and Keith Sproule of World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) first talked of bringing a delegation of Conservancy and Tourism Leaders to Montana this fall, they knew it would be great, but they just didn’t know how great.
Dan and ALA are also a key player in the Non Profit Bikes for Africa Program Wheels of Change (WOC), partnered with Michael Linke with Bicycle Empowerment Network Namibia (BEN). When Dan shared with Keith his efforts and connections in Namibia with Michael and BEN… yet another idea was born…. How about working together (ALA, WOC, WWF and BEN) to establish a Bicycle Empowerment Center (BEC) in one of the conservancies traveling to Montana with ALA and WWF?
It is frankly amazing hope all the dots connected and collectively we are proud to announce…
The newest BEC will be established at the Wuparo Conservancy in the Caprivi Region of Namibia. The effort will be a project possible by the coordinated efforts of ALA, BEN, WOC, WWF and Catholic Social Services. (and many more)
The manager of the Wuparo Conservancy will be literally presented with the first container of bikes while in Billings Montana on the upcoming “No Borders Tour”. The container will ship to Walvis Bay and onto to the Caprivi soon after the Montana Trip, hopefully open for business by Christmas.
But wait, there is more…. Nkasa Lupala, working with BEN, ALA and WOC and working out of the Nsheshe Craft Center in Wuparo, will establish a “village bike tour” to utilize some of the bikes to invite guests to join a guide in a cycle tour of the nearby village.
Much more to come so stay tuned…