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Namibia Horse Safari Company

Overview

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 jour…

Highlights

  • Sleeping under the stars by your horse
  • LSD - 'long slow distance' (long canters!)
  • "Whooping it up" in a race against your guide Andrew
  • Rayne's delicious dinners eaten around the campfire
  • Ice cubes in your gin after a day in the desert

Essential Facts

  • 5 itineraries available
  • Max 15 riders per group
  • Average of 5 - 7 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 85kg / 187lbs / 13st 5lbs (when dressed in riding gear!).
    more info Heavier riders (up to 93kg dressed in riding gear) can be accommodated but will need to pay a surcharge for use of a second and perhaps even third horse. Please note that you may be weighed!

Description

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.**

Horses & Riding

Tack

Custom-made trail saddles, well-fitted to horse and comfortable for rider. Each saddle is fitted with two specially made water bottle holders (bottles supplied). You are welcome to take your own western-style sheepskin cover/seat saver if you like.

Horses

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. 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.

Riding

There are 5 itineraries:

  • Namib Desert Trail is a trail ride
  • Desert Canyons Trail is a trail ride
  • Damara Elephant Ride is a trail ride
  • Skeleton Damara Safari is a trail ride
  • Wild Horses Safari is a trail ride

Ages

Experienced, healthy child riders are accepted but parents are asked to use their discretion as these are tough rides. Anyone unable to keep up with the group may have to travel in the support vehicle sometimes along with any non riders.

Health

Good health and fitness is important for these tough desert trails. If you have severe allergies, heart or respiratory problems or other physical limitations then please consult your doctor. You must be able to dismount and walk beside your horse when needed.

Weight

85kg / 187lbs / 13st 5lbs (when dressed in riding gear!). Heavier riders (up to 93kg dressed in riding gear) can be accommodated but will need to pay a surcharge for use of a second and perhaps even third horse. Please note that you may be weighed!

Food & Accommodation

Food

The package prices include all meals and drinks during the ride (only drinks at the guest farms, restaurants, petrol stations etc. are not included in the rate). During the trail you will generally enjoy meals cooked over the open fire at your camp, usually something typically Namibian such as a 'braai' or 'potjie' (casserole).

Breakfast is usually a cooked option such as porridge, scrambled eggs or French toast. 100% Arabica coffee is available. Lunch is also a hot, cooked meal as you are met again by chef Rayne with her 'kitchen trailer' - this could be something like chowder, a pasta dish or meat and salads. Dinner, as cooked on the open camp fire, tends to be hearty stews, fish or vegetables with a dessert. Vegetarians can be catered for with prior notice. Tea, coffee and juice are provided, along with other cold drinks, beers, wine etc. in the evening and there is generally even ice for your G&T!

Accommodation

During all trails you will spend the first and last nights in comfortable, twin-bedded rooms at hotels, lodges or guesthouses. Rooms mostly have en-suite facilities.

Camping during the trail is generally open-air, sleeping on a fold-out camp bed under the stars. Tents are available in the unlikely event of inclement weather or for anyone concerned about privacy, but they will not be put up otherwise. Bedrolls include luxurious, high-thread count Egyptian cotton bedding and are very warm and cosy. You are provided with a bedroll at the start of the trail and then put up your own bed each night (they fold out very easily) in a spot you like. Hot bucket showers are available each night, as is a camping toilet put a little apart from the camp in a separate tent.

Most of the guests on these rides are happy to share accommodation with fellow riders but single rooms are available for the nights at the beginning or end of the trail, subject to a supplement.

Itineraries

Namib Desert Trail Tented accommodation.

Desert Canyons Trail Tented accommodation.

Damara Elephant Ride Tented accommodation.

Skeleton Damara Safari Tented accommodation.

Wild Horses Safari Tented accommodation.

Other Activities

Some of the programmes include some elements of sightseeing already, but the focus is really on the riding experience. Depending on your chosen programme there will be opportunities for wildlife spotting of all kinds from elephants and giraffes to a variety of unusual birds. The area is full of impressive rock formations and part of the appeal of these rides is being able to watch the ever changing colours of the landscapes and the daytime mirages.

Travel

Depending on your chosen programme, you will be required to fly into Windhoek or Cape Town airports.

There are no direct flights from the UK to Windhoek, but you can fly via Frankfurt or via Johannesburg.

There are direct flights to Cape Town from the UK as well as indirect flights via Johannesburg.

On all programmes, transfers are included from specified airports and often at specific set times. Flights should be scheduled as follows;

Namib Desert Ride and Damara Elephant Ride
Arrival: Windhoek Airport (arrival before dinner)
Depart: Windhoek Airport (scheduled flight departing after 15:00pm)

Desert Canyons Trail
Arrival: Cape Town International (arrival strictly by 9:30 am)
Departure: Cape Town International Airport (scheduled flights departing after 20:00pm)

Wolwedans to Wild Horses
Arrival: Windhoek Airport (arrival strictly before 12:00pm)
Departure: Windhoek Airport (scheduled flights after 15:00pm, following charter flight from Luderitz arriving at 12:45pm**)
** Please note that this route often experiences delays.

Wolwedans Lodge Ride
Arrival: Wolwedans airstrip or Windhoek airport (Arrival strictly before 12:00pm)
Departure: Wolwedans airstrip or Windhoek airport (scheduled flights after 15:00pm)

Please contact us for help with choosing the right flights, times etc.

Testimonials

Johanna F, Oct. 24, 2017

The trail was wonderful. I cannot think of anything I could criticize. The horses were wonderful, strong and forward going and we had a lot of nice, extremely fast gallops. The food was very delicious. Andrew and his crew were all fun to be around and very attentive to all the guests. Loved the scenery and the nights out under the stars. At this time of the year it was quite pleasant to be outside and the bedrolls they offered were surprisingly comfy and warm. There was no need for the sleeping bag I took with me. The saddles might not have been the comfiest I can think of, but that is just a minor detail.

Definitely a ride I would not mind doing again J


Adrian F., Aug. 25, 2009

The riding is unforgettable; the pace is mixed interspersed with some memorable long gallops


Alexandra W., July 3, 2009

An amazing experience. A trail full of incredible beauty and full of adventure. Finishing with an incredible sense of achievement. Overall it was adventurous, wonderful, physically challenging, beautiful and re-building. My favourite memory was the vastness of the desert, watching the loose horses running free in the long grass, seeing the sunset and sleeping under the stars with my horse Leo.


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

You will be met at Windhoek Airport (Hosea Kutako Airport) and transferred to your overnight accommodation where you will have the chance to meet your fellow riders and guides before dinner and a short briefing.

Day 2

Riding: No riding.

After an early breakfast you will depart for the Sossuvlei area (approximately a 5 hour transfer) via the Spreetshoogt Pass, which delivers the first enticing glimpse of the seemingly endless Namib Desert below. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a tasty lunch before embarking on an afternoon excursion, climbing towering sand dunes for a spectacularly panoramic view of Sossuvlei. Back at camp, a good meal and drinks will settle you into the flow of the ride.

Day 3

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

The start of your riding adventure begins amid the encircling Naukluft (now'k-looft, 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 4

Riding: 6 - 8 hours

Continue riding through the isolated desert. Your riding days will begin at sunrise and generally you will depart by 8 am with 4-5 hours riding before lunch. Lunch break varies from 1-2.5 hours  followed by another 2-3 hours riding in the afternoon. Please note this is a true desert so routes may change due to unpredictable weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Each night on the trail is spent camping.

Days 5 to 6 - The Canyons

Riding: 6 - 8 hours

While Nambia'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.  We cross two River Canyons on our way to the Namib plains: the Gaun (Gow'aab) and the much larger Kuiseb (kwee'seb) which forms a dramatic end to the 400 km 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.

Days 7 to 10 - Namib plains to the Swakop River

Riding: 6 - 8 hours

Good going affords some fast paced riding on the wide grassy plains on the Namib. Occasional dry watercourses, distinguishable by the long lines of acacia trees marking their  courses, much favoured resting place of giraffe, springbok and oryx. As the plains become more arid strange shapes form and disappear in mirages and the dinosaur-like plants such as the gnarled Welwitschia Mirablis tell of a land of great antiquity and also of tremendous solitude.  The Swakop river has eroded a truly ancient geology (600 million years old) exposing a bizarre moon landscape-like geology. Curious black ridges of  dolerite intrusions form whalebacks on the hill surrounding the river basin. And finally to the sea with the last canter along the soft white beach sand of Swakopmund - the end of a truly epic adventure.

Day 11

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast it's time to say goodbye before returning to Windhoek by a 4 hour transfer, arriving in time for flights departing after 15:00pm, unless you prefer to stay on in Swakopmund for a few extra days. 

Take note: Routes can be changed due to unpredictable weather (sandstorm!) and other unforeseen conditions!

To avoid the travelling time by road to Windhoek it is possible to make special road transfer to Walvis Bay International airport at the end of the ride, and then fly direct from Walvis to Johannesburg.

Additional attractions: Many guests extend their Namibia experience from this point with an add-on itinerary of the many exciting activities available from Swakopmund. Local attractions include the highest dunes in the world - the spectacular Sossusvlei. Go dune sand boarding, desert sky diving, dolphin cruising or surf fishing. If it's big game viewing you're after, take a short charter flight to world famous Etosha Pan and experience African luxury in a unique treetop camp or a desert fort.

Accommodation

8 nights camping, 2 nights in a lodge (first and last night).

Experience Experienced

This is the most extreme of the trails on offer here and is considered one of the toughest riding trails around. You should be an experienced trail rider with good physical fitness. You must feel completely at ease riding at all paces and over uneven terrain. It is important to be secure and balanced in the saddle, capable of riding up to 50kms a day and often at speed. Guests are responsible for grooming, checking over and tacking up their own horse.

Minimum group size 5
Maximum group size 12
Departure windows

April 2, 2021 - April 12, 2021

April 20, 2021 - April 30, 2021

July 10, 2021 - July 20, 2021

July 30, 2021 - Aug. 9, 2021

Sept. 8, 2021 - Sept. 18, 2021

Sept. 26, 2021 - Oct. 6, 2021

April 1, 2022 - April 11, 2022

April 19, 2022 - April 29, 2022

May 26, 2022 - June 2, 2022

July 19, 2022 - July 29, 2022

Aug. 8, 2022 - Aug. 18, 2022

Sept. 13, 2022 - Sept. 23, 2022

Pricing

2021/2022
Sharing
£4900 $6770 €5810
Included 10 nights accommodation, 8 days of riding, meals and drinks on the ride, transfers from/to Windhoek airport at set times & luggage transportation.
Not included Flights, travel insurance, drinks in lodges (first and last nights), drinks/snacks at petrol stations, additional transfers (for example if flights delayed), tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Extra Horse supplement £800 $1105 €945
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by riders weighing over 85kg (but under 93kg), for a second horse
2021/2022 - Single Supplement £190 $260 €225
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable to request single accommodation
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Cape Town - Namibia border

Riding: No riding.

You will be met at Cape Town International Airport strictly at 9:30am and transferred north towards the Namibian border. Stay overnight at a guest house or lodge in Springbok on the edge of the Transfrontier National Park, where you'll enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 2

Riding: 1 - 3 hours

After crossing the border into Namibia itself, you will reach Holoog (meaning hollow eye) Ranger Station in time for a tasty lunch with the safari crew. Rested and well fed, you will now have your first chance to meet the horses and saddle up in the afternoon for a relaxed ride in and around the Gaap River with its fascinating rock formations and diverse plant life. Your overnight accommodation will be at Holoog.

Days 3 to 5 - The Canyons

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

Over the next few days you will be exploring the canyons of the fish river following the Gaap River and crossing several small canyons which crisscross this very diverse area, rich in fascinating plant life. These canyons are also home to a great number of game species, including giraffe. Between the canyons, you will be able to enjoy some wide plains as well, so the pace quickens with some lovely long canters. For the second night you will camp at the Canõn Roadhouse; a curious ‘living museum’ of old cars and movie memorabilia. The next overnight will be at the intimate Mountain Camp lodge with its spectacular views out across the canyons and plains.

Days 6 to 9 - The Plains

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

Starting with an early morning transfer to the main viewpoint of the Canyons of the Fish river Valley, you will take a brief stop for lunch at the mountain camp before continuing on the riding trail. The next few days will see you discovering some of the more open landscapes of this canyon system, with plenty of opportunities for long canters and gallops and overnight accommodations in basic camps each night. 

Being both a winter and summer rainfall biome, the Fish River Canyon area is known for its rich plant-life diversity and frequent large herds of seasonal plains game species. This is a great chance to get up close and personal with some of Africa's most memorable and awe-inspiring animals. During one of the days, you will ride to your overnight stop at the hot-springs of Ais-Ais, where the deliciously warm water of the spring will invite you to take a dip - don't forget to bring your swimming costumes!

Day 10

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

Your final day of riding will see you dropping down into the valley of the Orange River - the last frontier to South Africa - where you will enjoy the last overnight stay on the banks of the river. Today you may even encounter the wild horse herd that calls this area home.

Day 11

Riding: No riding.

After an early breakfast you depart for a 9½ hour commute to Cape Town International Airport, arriving between 17:00 and 18:00. 

Take note: These routes are specifically vague as your guides will decide on the exact trail depending on the prevailing weather and terrain conditions and on which areas are offering the best riding!

Additional attractions: Many guests extend their Namibia experience from this point with an add-on itinerary. Guided canoe safaris on the Orange River, or if it's big game viewing you're after, a charter flight will take you to world famous Etosha Pan, for unmatched big game viewing and a few nights of luxury in a unique treetop camp, or a desert fort. Alternatively, you can continue your holiday in or around Cape Town - perhaps riding in the Winelands or travelling along the Garden Route.

Accommodation

Five nights camping, three nights lodge, two nights tents.

Experience Experienced

Strong intermediate riders with good physical fitness. You should feel completely at ease riding at all paces and over uneven terrain. It is important to be secure and balanced in the saddle, capable of riding up to 50kms a day and often at speed. Guests are responsible for grooming, checking over and tacking up their own horse.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 12
Departure windows

June 14, 2022 - June 24, 2022

Pricing

2021/2022
Sharing
£4900 $6770 €5810
Included 10 nights accommodation, 9 days of riding, meals and drinks whilst riding & road transfers from/to Cape Town airport at set times
Not included Flights, travel insurance, drinks in lodges (start and end of the ride), drinks/snacks at petrol stations, additional transfers (for example if flights delayed), tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Extra Horse supplement £800 $1105 €945
Paid to Far and Ride
Riders weighing over 85kg (but under 93kg) for a second horse
2021/2022 - Single Supplement £190 $260 €225
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable to request single accommodation
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

You will be met on arrival at Windhoek International airport (Hosea Kutako airport) and transferred to a specified B&B in Windhoek. You will meet the rest of the riding group here for a dinner and a representative from the trails will brief you about the ride.

Day 2

Riding: No riding.

An early breakfast before your journey really begins - a 7 hour transfer to a camp near Twyfelfontein (Doubtful Spring) with lunch en route. Here you will meet the horses and the team.

Day 3

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

This morning's ride is a chance to get used to your assigned horse. You will explore the Abu-Huab area with its sandy plains, ideal and inviting for great canters. There are also some interesting rock formations to be seen. In the afternoon you will visit the Twyfelfontein rock engravings and a cultural village before enjoying sundowners at a local view point.

Days 4 to 7 - Huab and Ugab River systems

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

With the rising sun on your back, you will spend the next four days on your westward journey to the distant Atlantic. Amongst these ephemeral river systems the cycle of rainfall dictates the seasonal movements of game - whilst not concentrated or in large numbers you may encounter elephant, rhino, oryx, springbok and other desert-adapted wildlife. The huge glacial valleys and impressive mountains which have been eroded, fractured and folded by cataclysmic eruptions present a well preserved snapshot of this ancient land.

Days 8 to 9 - The Great Plains

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

Leaving the river valleys behind you cross the vastness of the open plains with the striking massive of the Brandberg (burning mountain) forming a dramatic backdrop. The endless plains allow for some fast riding as you approach the Messum Caldera - the eroded remains of a massive collapsed volcano.

Day 10

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

Your last riding day with a planned arrival at the beach around lunchtime! The Skeleton Coast is an unpredictable shore where the infamous easterly winds either make the water warm enough for a swim... or whip up a sandstorm! The spectacularly formidable Skeleton Coast is is so called due to the wrecked hulls of stranded ships which dot the coastline.

After dismounting for the last time you will be driven to Cape Cross to see the seal colonies and then on to the very comfortable Cape Cross Lodge to overnight.

Day 11

Riding: No riding.

Depart for Windhoek and Windhoek International Airport (a 5 - 6 hour transfer). Earliest possible flight departure time is 15:00.

Take note: These routes are specifically vague as your guides will decide on the exact trail depending on the prevailing weather and terrain conditions and on which areas are offering the best riding!

Additional attractions: Many guests extend their Namibia experience from this point with an add-on itinerary. Stay a few extra days in Swakopmund where activities available include: dolphin cruises, scenic flights over the area, sand boarding, sky diving, desert tours, quad biking. Visit Etosha National Park before or after the ride for excellent African game viewing opportunities. Visit Sossosvlei sand dunes after the ride.

Accommodation

8 nights camping, 2 nights in lodge (first and last nights).

Experience Experienced

This is a challenging programme, suitable for experienced riders with good physical fitness. You should feel completely at ease riding at all paces and over uneven terrain. It is important to be secure and balanced in the saddle, capable of riding up to 50kms a day and often at speed. Guests are responsible for grooming, checking over and tacking up their own horse.

Minimum group size 5
Maximum group size 12
Departure windows

June 23, 2021 - July 3, 2021

Aug. 20, 2021 - Aug. 30, 2021

July 1, 2022 - July 11, 2022

Aug. 26, 2022 - Sept. 5, 2022

Pricing

2021/2022
Sharing
£4900 $6770 €5810
Included 10 nights accommodation, 8 days riding, meals and drinks during the ride, equipment and luggage transportation, Windhoek airport transfers at set times
Not included Flights, travel insurance, additional transfers (for example, if flights are delayed), drinks at lodges (first and last nights) and petrol stations, tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Extra Horse supplement £800 $1105 €945
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by riders over 85kg (but under 93kg) for an extra horse
2021/2022 - Single Supplement £190 $260 €225
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable to request single accommodation
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Arrive Walvis Bay airport and transfer to your hotel in Swakopmund. Here you'll have sundowners and dinner with your guide.

Day 2

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

Depart Swakopmund and transfer to the Skeleton Coast, stopping to visit the lichen fields and a shipwreck en-route. After lunch, saddle up and set off riding to your first overnight camp.

Days 3 to 10

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

Ride from the Ugab river to Leeuwkop through this landscape of undulating, multicoloured and interesting geology. There is some of the best going on this route so you can expect lots of fast riding! 

There is an easy rhythm to camp life with memorable evenings around the campfire and sleeping under the stairs - a little piece of heaven on earth.

Eventually you descend into the lower reaches of the Ugab river before reaching the lichen-covered coastal plains of the Skeleton Coast. Your final night is in a luxury beach house.

Day 11

Riding: No riding.

Transfer to Windhoek International airport for flights departing 15:00 or later.

Accommodation

First night in a hotel in Swakopmund and last night in a luxury beach house in the Skeleton Coast. The other 8 nights will be in mobile camps.

Experience Experienced

This is a challenging programme, suitable for experienced riders with good physical fitness. You should feel completely at ease riding at all paces and over uneven terrain. It is important to be secure and balanced in the saddle, capable of riding up to 50kms a day and often at speed. Guests are responsible for grooming, checking over and tacking up their own horse.

Minimum group size 5
Maximum group size 12
Departure windows

Oct. 15, 2021 - Oct. 25, 2021

Nov. 3, 2021 - Nov. 13, 2021

Oct. 1, 2022 - Oct. 11, 2022

Oct. 21, 2022 - Oct. 31, 2022

Pricing

2021/2022
Sharing
£4900 $6770 €5810
Included 10 nights accommodation, meals and drinks during the ride, 9 days of riding, equipment and luggage transportation, arrival transfer from Walvis Bay airport, departure transfer to Windhoek airport at set times
Not included Flights, travel insurance, additional transfers (for example if flights are delayed), drinks at lodges (first and last nights), drinks/snacks at petrol stations, tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Extra Horse supplement £800 $1105 €945
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by riders over 85kg (but under 93kg) for a second horse
2021/2022 - Single Supplement £190 $260 €225
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable to request single accommodation
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

You will be met at the Windhoek International Airport and transferred to your overnight accommodation. Meet the rest of your riding group for dinner where a member of the safari staff will brief you about what to expect on your adventure.

Day 2

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast you will be driven to your lunch spot in the quaint town of Maltahoe, then a descent down the Zaris Pass to the Wolwedans Private Reserve - approximately 2,5 hours. Settle in and explore your surroundings, meet your crew and horses before enjoying sundowners in the soft fading evening light with the spectacular Milky Way arching overhead.

Day 3

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

Today you set off into the wide expanse of one of the largest Nature Reserves in Southern Africa. Riding across vast plains of truly unspoiled countryside with exceptional panoramic views where sentinel inselbergs (island mountains) dot the desertscape. Herds of Oryx, Springbok and Zebra are a common sight. Tonight you overnight at Boulders Camp nestled amongst huge granite boulders adding to the spectacular desertscape stretching as far as the eye can see.

Days 4 to 9

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

Setting off across open country where good going allows some fast-paced riding. Lunch is enjoyed under a convenient tree or interesting spot with a good view. You reach our overnight camps in time to enjoy sundowners in the pastel light the Namib is known for, sleeping under the magnificent starry sky. Few places on earth afford so little light pollution and an incomparable view of the southern constellation. Your route may vary depending on weather conditions or other circumstances but be assured, every day will be memorable

Day 10

Riding: No riding.

Today you set off for your excursions to the Wild Horses of the Namib and Kolmanskop, the old German diamond mining town and explore the coastal town of Luderitz. You end with your last memorable dinner together around the camp-fire.

Day 11

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast and fond farewells the air transfer to Windhoek departs at 10:10am, arriving in the early afternoon (approximately 12:45).  ** Please note that there are often delays in this route, so you should allow plenty of time if you are planning to catch a connecting flight on the same day.

Please note that this is a sample itinerary - routes can change due to unpredictable weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

Accommodation

First and last nights will be in lodges and 8 nights camping.

Experience Experienced

Strong intermediate riders and above with good physical fitness. You must feel completely at ease riding at all paces and over uneven terrain. It is important to be secure and balanced in the saddle, capable of riding up to 20-60kms a day and often at speed. Guests are responsible for grooming, checking over and tacking up their own horse.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 15
Departure windows

May 16, 2021 - May 26, 2021

May 8, 2022 - May 18, 2022

Pricing

2021/2022
Sharing
£4900 $6770 €5810
Included 10 nights accommodation, 7 days of riding, meals & drinks on the ride, set time transfers from/to Windhoek airport & luggage transportation.
Not included Flights, travel insurance, drinks at lodges (start/end of the ride), drinks/snacks at petrol stations, additional transfers (for example if flights delayed), tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Extra Horse supplement £800 $1105 €945
Paid to Far and Ride
Riders weighing over 85kg (but under 93kg) for a second horse
2021/2022 - Single Supplement £190 $260 €225
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable to request single accommodation
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.