What is this safari about?
Arguably one of the MOST spectacular deserts on the planet, the Namib, with its iconic ocher dunes and vast grassy plains is a delight to every sense. A number of rides are on offer in different parts of Namibia and is normally from ten to six days, with sleepovers in the wild in basic tented accommodation.
The Namib Desert horse riding safari, a 10 day trip from near Sossusvlei to Swakopmund on the Atlantic Coast, is the most challenging ride and not for the unfit or faint-hearted, but undeniably the ride of a lifetime!
Most guests choose to sleep out under the glorious southern stars – a very special experience. Large dome tents are however provided, with camp beds and a warm bedroll. Hot bucket showers are available and toilets at all overnight camps. On the first and last nights on safari stay is in amiable lodges.
Short rides in the Namib are also available, tailor made for small groups and best suited for self drives.
Who can go?
- To make the most of any of the horseback adventures, riders are advised to have good health and fitness levels (you will certainly get fitter on the ride!). Riding in a desert demands a degree of physical fitness – these rides are not recommended for inexperience, or unfit riders.
- Trips can cover 20 – 60 km a day, often at a fast pace and sometimes over uneven terrain and riders can spend up to six hours or more, in the saddle per day. For the horses’ sake, this necessitates you be secure and balanced in the saddle and able to maintain an independent seat and kind hands at all paces.
Where is this?
Horse rides are available in very special places such as the Namib Desert, Damaraland (elephants), the Fish River Canyon, or Wolwedans (to Wild Horses) in the spectacular NamibRand reserve.
Rides are through beautiful scenery of rocky hills, sandy riverbeds, wide-open gravel plains and undulating sand dunes. Sometimes the going can be quite challenging and occasionally you may be required to dismount and walk your horse over rocky sections. However wide-open spaces suitable for lovely long canters abound. Some rides are challenging, requiring a good sense of humour to see you through the tough moments! Pace depends on the terrain, the temperatures and the fitness/weight of riders.
What should I expect to pay?
The 10 night safaris cost around USD 5200 per person sharing and are fully inclusive, also of transfers to and from start of ride.
Namib short rides are available at USD 300 per person per night.
What Extensions do you recommend?
Even the most ‘horsey person’ amongst you will probably have had enough for a while after these tours! A bit of luxury and pampering at one of the fine lodges in Namibia might just be what is needed!
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