Ride Overview - Damura Horseback Safari
An epic Damura horseback safari in Namibia, Africa. Your ride begins in the Kunene region of north-western Namibia. This is the home to rhino, oryx, springbok, lions and elephants. From Twyfelfontein, your trail will cross a glacial formed valley surrounded by a sandstone table mountain. Cataclysmic eruptions created both formations. Twyfelfontein is famous for 2,500 rock paintings and petroglyphs of the San (Bushmen). These remarkable ancient engravings were made without the use of metal tools. This horseback riding vacation’s destination is the Skeleton Coast. The Coast is named after the wrecked hulks of stranded ships strewn across the beach.
The guides have spent almost 30 years in perfecting this horseback safari. The horses are surefooted and fit for this rugged terrain. For 2 nights, you will stay in a lodge. The remainder of the time will be in open sky camps with ice in your sundowners, hot bucket showers, and delicious food around companion campfire. Currently, Namibia is politically stable and safe. As you might encounter elephants or rhinos, this remote trail is unsuitable if you are an inexperienced rider. HORSEBACK RIDING IN AFRICA
“It is just fun with the well-trained, balanced and well-kept horses to go on a super organized trail, where no wishes remain open. To see the amazing sunset while sitting at a camp fire with nice people and sleeping on a field bed under the stars made this trip an unforgettable experience.You will want to go there again.” 🙂 A.D.
Ride Itinerary - Damura Horseback Safari
Days 1 – 2:
Welcome to Namibia! The Windhoek Airport Shuttle service will collect you from Windhoek International (Hosea Kutako) Airport to your first overnight in Windhoek. You will meet your fellow riders and your guide for a pre-ride briefing and dinner. After an early breakfast next day, your group will journey north (about a 7-hour transfer including a lunch stop en-route) through some spectacular Namibian landscapes to your camp at Twyfelfontein (Doubtful Spring). Along the way, you will visit the World Heritage Site of rock engravings located there.
Days 3 – 6:
With the rising sun at your back, your group will journey westward to the distant Atlantic Ocean. In these ephemeral river systems, the cycles of rainfall dictate the seasonal movement of game. It is possible to encounter elephants, rhino, oryx, and springbok. Eons ago, the vast glacial valleys and impressive Tableland Mountains were created from cataclysmic eruptions.
Day 7 – 10:
Leaving the river valley, you will now cross the vast open plains nestled at the foot of the massive Brandberg (burning mountain). Endless flatlands allow for some fast-paced riding as your group approaches the dramatic Messum Caldera. The Caldera is the eroded remains of a massive collapsed volcano. Your final trail leads across the spectacularly formidable Skeleton Coast. The Coast is named after the wrecked hulks of stranded ships strewn across the beach. The cold upwelling Benguela current results in some diverse weather conditions from hot desert easterlies to cold south Atlantic westerly’s – a place of extremes! Your group will overnight in a private house found in the small coastal town of Henties Bay. You will be able to enjoy spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. Your group’s last meal together is freshly caught Atlantic fish done to perfection over the coals.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Windhoek Airport. (6-hour commute). Your flight should not leave before 3:00 PM.
*The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary based on unforeseen circumstances.
Ride Details - Damura Horseback Safari
Dates: June 23rd – July 3rd, August 20th – 30th
Airport: Windhoek (Hosea Kutako)
Best Months to Ride: July – October
Length of Ride: 7 days
Daily Riding Hours: up to 6
Ability Level: STRONG INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED must be confident and fit for long stretches of fast riding and rugged terrain. Able to tack horse. Able to lead horse on trails.
Weight Restrictions: 187 lbs/85 kg
Vaccinations: Please consult with your doctor as soon as you book the ride.
Horse: Namibian Warmblood Quarter horse cross, Arab and Thoroughbred cross
Group Size: 8 – 12
Saddles: custom safari
Hotel/s: 2 nights – River Crossing Lodging, country house, 8 nights – open air camp beds
Price per person: $5,980.00 per person, double occupancy $232.00 single supplement
*Prices are based on USD/GBP exchange rate and will be fixed on the date of your final payment.
Includes: lodging, horse, guided trails, all meals and drinks on the ride, ground transfers to and from the airport, a visit to the World Heritage site of the Namib Sand Sea at Sossusvlei (long route)
Not Included: airfare, pre 0r post ride hotel, extra horse charge for riders over weight limit in riding gear, personal drinks and refreshments at all lodges, restaurants, and petrol stations en-route, safari staff gratuities.
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