SADDLES, SAND AND STARS IN NAMIBIA
10 DAYS STARTING FROM £4029 PER PERSON
BEAUTIFUL VISTAS AND ANCIENT LANDSCAPES
Namibia has many great natural assets, not least of these are its dramatic landforms – exposed for all to see like the pages in a book, they capture both the imagination and the senses. Inaccessible and extremely rugged and yet etched with poignantly delicate colours, this is true wilderness. These are the real wonders of this earth, these hauntingly beautiful vistas and ancient landscapes. From Twyfelfontein to Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast, the sheer remoteness of this challenging horse riding safari and encounters with Elephant, Rhino and even Lion are possible. This could be the most thrilling riding adventure of your life!
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP?
DAYS 1, 2, 3: WINDHOEK TO TWYFELFONTEIN
You will be met at Windhoek’s International airport and taken to your overnight accommodation where you will meet fellow riders and guide for dinner and a briefing. After an early breakfast, next day we journey north (about a 7-hour transfer including a lunch stop en route) through some spectacular Namibian landscapes to our camp at Twyfelfontein (Doubtful spring) where you will meet the horses and crew. Your first ride is in the Aba Huab watershed, where good going invites a few brisk canters, allows you to get more acquainted with your horse. We return to camp for lunch after which we visit the San Rock Engravings ending with a sundowner with a panoramic view of this wild magnificence.
DAYS 4, 5, 6, 7: DAMARA ELEPHANT
With the rising sun at our backs, we begin our westward journey to the distant Atlantic. In these ephemeral river systems the cycles of rainfall dictate the seasonal movement of game which is not concentrated, but we can encounter Elephants, Rhino, Oryx, Springbok, and other desert-adapted game. Here huge glacial valleys, impressive Tableland mountains exhumed by erosion, folds and fractures resulting from cataclysmic eruptions present a well preserved snapshots of a land of great antiquity.
DAYS 8, 9, 10: THE GREAT PLAINS
Leaving the river valleys we now cross the vastness of open plains with the striking massive of the Brandberg (burning mountain) forming a dramatic backdrop. Here endless plains allow for some fast paced riding as we approach the dramatic Messum Caldera, the eroded remains of a massive collapsed volcano. Our last ride takes us to the ocean at last – the spectacularly formidable Skeleton Coast, apparently so called for the wrecked hulks of stranded ships which dot this coastline. The cold, upwelling Benguela Current results in some diverse weather conditions from hot desert easterlies to cold south Atlantic westerly’s – a place of extremes! An excursion to the Cape Fur Seal colony at Cape Cross and overnight at the very comfortable Cape Cross Lodge conclude this memorable adventure.