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11 Days Scenic Safari and Horse Riding Holiday in Namib Desert, Namibia

Wonderful Horse Riding Holiday in Namibia

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!

Highlights

  • 7.5 days of riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 6 hours
  • A chance to see mountain zebra, giraffe, springbok, and oryx
  • Riding amid the encircling Naukluft
  • A visit to the dunes in Sossusvlei
  • Return ground airport transfers
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Delicious meals

Styles


9 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

airport_:Hosea Kutako International Airport

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Accommodation

Your first and last nights will be spent in lodges while for the rest of the nights, you will experience wild camping.

Lifetime Experience Holiday Namibia Program

Overview

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.

Conditions

  • Days begin at sunrise with the delightful aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting through the camp followed by breakfast. The departure is generally by 08:00 with four to five hours of riding before lunch. Lunch breaks vary from an hour to two hours followed by another two-to-three-hour riding in the afternoon.
  • Lifetime Experience averages anything from 20 - 60 kilometers of riding per day, at all paces, sometimes over rough terrain. This can translate to up to six hours in the saddle on some days although most days are much less. Please note that this is a true desert so routes can change due to unpredictable weather and other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Please use only soft luggage of no more than 20 kilograms if possible. Splitting your luggage between two soft bags makes it easier to lift into vehicles.
  • For Lifetime Experience horses’ sake, please be accurate regarding weight and level of fitness.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 4: Windhoek to the Namib

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.

Day 5 - 6: the canyons

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.

Day 7 - 10: Namib plains to the Swakop River

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.

Day 11: Departure

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.

Included excursions

You will go on a visit to the dunes in Sossusvlei on day two.

Location

This horse riding safari in Namibia will take you from Windhoek to the Namid Desert and then back to Windhoek.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7.5 days of riding (an average of six hours in the saddle)
  • A chance to see mountain zebra, giraffe, springbok, and oryx
  • A visit to the dunes in Sossusvlei
  • Return ground airport transfers
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Delicious meals
  • Drinks on the ride and while camping
  • Ground transfers from Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) to the starting point of the ride
  • Return transfer to Windhoek Central or the airport on departure day

What's not included

  • Personal drinks and refreshments in lodges, restaurants, and petrol stations en-route
  • Additional charges to cover extra horse for 85-kilogram (and over) riders in riding gear
  • Additional charge for single supplement
  • Accommodation not listed on the itinerary
  • Any extra transfers (for any reason including flight delays) not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Safari staff gratuities

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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