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Arguably one of the most scenic deserts on the planet, the Namib, with its iconic ocher dunes and vast grassy plains, is a sensual delight. With a surprisingly varied wildlife for this seemingly inhospitable wasteland, it holds wonderful surprises for those who have the eyes to see. This horse riding safari from near Sossusvlei to Swakopmund on the Atlantic Coast is Lifetime Experience's most challenging ride and not for the faint-hearted but is, undeniably, the ride of a lifetime!
airport_:Hosea Kutako International Airport
Your first and last nights will be spent in lodges while for the rest of the nights, you will experience wild camping.
You will arrive in Windhoek on the first day of your horse riding safari in time for a pre-dinner group meeting and arrive back at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) on the last day of the trail in time for your flights leaving after 15:00. Please be aware that Namibia has a minus one-hour daylight time saving from April to September. Make sure your departure flight times are local.
A shuttle will collect you from Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) and take you to your overnight accommodation where you will meet fellow riders and the guide for dinner and a briefing. After an early breakfast the next day, you will journey to the Namib (about a five-hour transfer) through some spectacular Namib landscapes including a dramatic drop of the escarpment with an arresting view of the desert below.
After lunch, you will depart for a visit to the dunes in Sossusvlei, returning to the camp by sunset. Your first ride begins amid the encircling Naukluft (German for narrow gorge). A short ride before lunch allows you to get more acquainted with your horse before you ride into the undulations and isolated hills which are a feature of this area.
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. You cross two river canyons on your way to the Namib plains - the Gaub and the much larger Kuiseb which forms a dramatic end to the 400-kilometers-long Namib Sand Sea. Following the tracks of mountain zebra which crisscross the steep sides of the canyon, 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 game in this area.
Good going affords some fast-paced riding on the wide grassy plains on the Namib. Dry watercourses, distinguishable by the long lines of acacia trees marking their courses, are much favored resting place of giraffe, springbok, and oryx. As the plains become arider, strange shapes form and disappear in mirages and dinosaur-like of plants, the gnarled Welwitschia mirabilis tells of a land of great antiquity and also of tremendous solitude.
The Swakop River basin has eroded a truly ancient geology (600 million years old) exposing a bizarre moon-like landscape. Curious black ridges of dolerite intrusions form whalebacks on the hills surrounding the river basin. Finally, you go to the sea with the last canter along the beach - the end of a truly epic adventure.
You will have an early breakfast and be transferred to Windhoek (just over four-hour commute) arriving in time for departure flights from Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) after 15:00.
You will go on a visit to the dunes in Sossusvlei on day two.
This horse riding safari in Namibia will take you from Windhoek to the Namid Desert and then back to Windhoek.
Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Lifetime Experience will pick you up from the airport.