Sight seeing by carriage in Luxor or Aswan

Brooke Hospital wants to emphasize: "...visitors can help in animal welfare:
- discourage fast driving
- refuse to tip the main who is quickly wearing out his horse
- refuse to travel more than four to a cab
- if you encourage sensible quiet driving the horse will remain sound and well.
- please don't ride more than four to a carriage.
- if you see a horse in discomfort take its registration number and telephone the clinic.
Brooke Aswan tel : 097 / 231 05 33

Especially in Luxor: before you get on a carriage, please make sure
- the price is for the carriage, not for each person!
- the price is Egyptian Pounds not British Pounds!
- If it is a longer ride, you will pay for each hour the same (some ask for a low price for one hour and claim the second hour would cost much more).
- if a driver should shout and insult you, to make you afraid in order to get more money than agreed, take his registration number and tell the police.

For the arrangements for a trip of my parents to Egypt I received from my father a feature from a newspaper: "The luxourous tour". Ekkehard Eichler describes beautiful tours with Ragib, a coach driver from Luxor, who drove the journalist across the suq, along mosques, to the shoemaker Yussuf, to Salim, the snake charmer, to the blacksmith. Instead to canvass papyrus-, parfume- or carpet shops, Ragib had invited him for tea and a shisha, they drove across the countryside, crossed to Theben West the next day.
Beside the article was also a photo from Ragib (man with the white turban), which made it easy to find him and ask for a similar tour for my father (man with the blue turban) and mother. They have been enthusiastic about the tour and I was avid about his well-attended horse.

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The Brooke is the UK's leading overseas equine welfare charity and our aim is to improve the lives of horses, donkeys and mules working in the poorest parts of the world. These animals form the backbone of the economy in many developing countries, supporting countless poor communities where many people earn less than a dollar a day.
The Brooke's mobile vet teams and community animal health workers, and our partner organisations worldwide, provide free treatment to animals and train animal owners, local healers, farriers, saddlers, feed sellers, harness and cart makers. We currently operate across nine countries in Asia, Africa, Central America and the Middle East...
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