Okapuka is a malaria-free private game reserve of 10,000 hectares, situated about an hour north of Windhoek. Riders can explore not just the reserves own land, but an adjoining 20,000 hectares of neighbouring farmland too. The landscape varies to include a combination of savannah and rocky mountains up to 2,000m. Down on the savannah game sightings are good, whilst up in the mountains the game is scarcer, but the views are stunning.
Whilst riding you are likely to see white rhino, giraffe, eland, blesbok, gemsbok, kudu, black and blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, waterbuck, steenbok, duiker, ostrich, impala, springbok, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, mountain and plains zebra and the rare sable antelope. Sightings of cheetah, leopard and brown hyena do happen but are rare.
The horses are all Arabian or Arabian crosses - some bought in from overseas and others born and raised at Okapuka. They compete successfully in national and international endurance but also achieve excellent results in the show ring. They live out in large sandy paddocks and regularly go on holidays to a nearby 1,500 hectare camp where they can graze, play and be horses in-between safaris.
Your host, Ingeborg, is extremely knowledgable about endurance and has won many competitions on her horses. On a few dates throughout the year you can join her on an endurance competition and ride alongside her on one of her qualified horses, perhaps even winning a prize yourself!
It goes without saying that these rides are for competent riders. The long sandy tracks lend themselves to long canters and gallops, and the mountains are perfect for fittening work. Even though the horses are beautifully schooled, their spirit is not always suited to novice riders and so you need to be a capable and confident rider.
Okapuka is also a fantastic destination for couples/groups where one is a non-rider - game drives and hiking trails are on offer for non-riders and they will join the riders for all meals and non-riding activities. Whilst we have listed seven night itineraries below, it is also possible to plan a shorter stay as part of a longer itinerary in Namibia, so please just contact us for suggestions.