Ride Overview - Desert Horseback Safari
An extraordinary desert horseback safari in Namibia, Africa. Your horseback riding vacation crosses the oldest, and one of the most scenic deserts on earth, the Namib. Namib means “an area where there is nothing.” A true description as the gravel and calcrete region stretches along Namibia’s entire Atlantic coast. Far from lifeless, this is the home to giraffe, springbok and oryx. Odd native plants include the world’s oldest two leaved welwitschia and the camel thorn trees. A visit to the World Heritage Sossusvlei is included. This vast region is a white, salt and clay pan surrounded by lofty red dunes.
The guides have spent almost 30 years in perfecting this desert horseback safari. Trails lead past the ochre sand dunes and infinite desert plains. Capable riders can climb to the top of a dune for a spectacular view! This is challenging ride and not for the faint-hearted. You will ride fast for long stretches over rugged terrain. The horses are surefooted and fit as they live on the rough terrain in the bush. HORSEBACK RIDING IN AFRICA
For 2 nights, you will stay in a lodge. The remainder of the time will be in open air camps with ice in your sundowners, hot bucket showers, and delicious food around companion campfires. Currently, Namibia is politically stable and safe.
“I was lucky enough to be part of the Namib desert ride this May and the experience exceeded my expectations in every way. Never have horses been cared for so well or guests given such a wonderful experience. The terrain and the riding were highlights but then so were the team, food, care, fellow guests. We all had the trip of a lifetime.”
Ride Itinerary - Desert Horseback Safari
You will be transferred from the airport to your lodge.
After meeting your fellow riders and guide, you will transferred to the Namib desert. Lunch is provided en route. Overnight in the Ganab campsite.
You will ride across some of the best scenery in the Namib. Overnight in the Bludkoppe campsite.
An exhilarating day as you gallop across the Namib plains.
Your trail will descend to the Swakop River. Enjoy food and drink at Rowan’s famous pub.
Today, you will ride to the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight at the Swakopmund campsite.
With happy memories of the beautiful desert, you will be transferred to the airport.
Welcome to Namibia! The Windhoek Airport Shuttle service will collect you from Windhoek International Airport (Hosea Kutako) to your first overnight in Windhoek. You will meet your fellow riders and guide for a pre-ride briefing and dinner.
After an early breakfast, you will begin your exciting journey into the desert (approximately 4. 5 hours) with a dramatic drop off the escarpment. After lunch in the camp, you will visit the Sossusvlei area. At sunset, you will return to the camp.
Your first riding day starts amid the encircling Naukluft (narrow gorge) mountains. This will be a short ride to get acquainted with your horse, the terrain and the delightful companionship
Day 4 – 6:
While Namibia’s westward- flowing rivers rarely flow, they all run through deep valleys etched at a time when Namibia was wetter and sea levels were lower. Your group will cross two river canyons on the way to the Namib plains. The Gaub and the much larger Kuiseb form a dramatic end to the 400-km long Namib Sand Sea. Following the Mountain Zebra tracks, your trails will of crisscross the steep sides of the canyons. This is a technical descent requires some walking/scrambling into and out of the Canyon. The high, narrow walls of the canyon preserve an almost year-round supply of precious water for the wildlife in this area.
Day 7 – 10:
Good going affords some fast-paced riding on the wide grassy plains of the Namib. Acacia tree lined dry watercourses are a much favored resting place for giraffe, springbok and oryx. As the plains become more arid strange shapes form and disappear in mirages and dinosaur-like plants tell of a land of great antiquity and tremendous solitude. The 600 million years old Swakop River basin has eroded into a bizarre moon like landscape. Curious black ridges of dolerite intrusions form whalebacks on the hills surrounding the river basin. Your ride ends with a trail to the sea and canter along the beach.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport (just over 5-hour commute). Arriving in time for departure flights from Windhoek International Airport after 3:00 PM.
*The guide reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on unforeseen circumstances.
Ride Details - Desert Horseback Safari
Dates: (short route) May 3rd – 9th
(full route) April 2nd – 12th, April 20th – 30th, July 10th – 20th, July 30th – August 9th, September 26th – October 6th
Airport: Windhoek (Hosea Kutako)
Best Months to Ride: July – October
Length of Ride: 4 – 8 days
Daily Riding Hours: up to 6
Ability Level: STRONG INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED must be confident and fit for long stretches of fast riding. Maintain controlled two point for long stretches. Able to tack horse. Fit for arid weather. Comfortable leading horse on narrow 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, 8 nights – open air camp beds
Price per person: Short Route: $4,720.00 per person, double occupancy $232.00 single supplement
Long Route: $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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