Exploring the Namibian desert on horseback is one of the most exciting riding experiences in the world. From galloping across vast open plains to cantering up and down the sand dunes, all under a spotless blue sky, adventurous riders will love the riding opportunities available to them as they journey across the oldest desert in the world. Spending the nights next to a dwindling campfire, admiring the stars and enjoying the company of your horse, is a memory to last a lifetime.
These trails are accompanied by an experienced guide (generally Andrew Gillies) and are suitable for the competent, fit rider who is prepared for a challenging adventure. The terrain is often tough, ranging from rocky hills and riverbeds to gravel plains, undulating sand dunes or wide, open expanses suitable for a long gallop. Riding is between 20 - 50km per day on average, sometimes up to eight hours in the saddle, with pace depending on the terrain and temperatures. Riders should be adventurers and have a good sense of humour to make the most of these trails!
The horses are a mix of breeds and are tough and sure-footed, able to cope with the tough terrain and long riding hours - they are schooled and undergo a fitness programme specifically for these trails. Riders can enjoy the ride if they trust their horse and cooperate with the horse since he is generally more experienced in negotiating the terrain. Your hosts believe that each rider will find a horse to match his/her personality and will be going home with fond memories of a remarkable experience. Not only will they carry you through these wild landscapes, such as the Skeleton Coast, but from them you may also have the chance to spot elephant, rhino, cheetah or plains game as they move across the desert (depending on your chosen trail). These horses live free as a herd in the bush when they are not on safari, each horse generally working no more than six safaris each season. This keeps them interested in the job and in good form, both mentally and physically.
Whilst these safaris are primarily camping adventures, you can rest-assured of a good meal and a comfortable bed. The bedrolls feature high thread-count Egyptian cotton bedding, hot bucket showers are put up each night and the camp chef, Rayne, is always ready to cook up a hearty and delicious feast.
**Please note that these are challenging rides, for experienced riders only. Please read the descriptions carefully before booking as your hosts reserve the right to un-horse you if they feel you are not up to the ride, and they offer no refund - you don't need to be an expert but competent, fit and up for it. Please also note that weight limits are strictly adhered to and you may be weighed.**