Namibia Desert Crossing

11 Days  |  From £4900pp

Namibia ( Best airport: Windhoek)

One of the most challenging trail rides in the world. Fast riding across 400km taking in the wide open spaces of the Namib desert, the highlands and semi-desert sheep farms, through mountainous terrain and red sand dunes until finally reaching the Atlantic ocean. Camp in tents or sleep under the stars, this is an extreme riding experience for experienced riders craving a real adventure.

The Riding

Expect to ride between 5-7 hours per day and at a good pace. You’ll ride through the highlands and cattle farming areas, to deep river valleys where you may encounter elephant, rhino, oryx, springbok and other desert-adapted wildlife.

Leaving the valleys behind you cross the open plains with the striking Brandberg (burning mountain) forming a dramatic backdrop. The endless plains allow for some fast riding through the sandy desert before you finish the trail with a final gallop on the beach. The terrain is very varied and you will ride at all paces.

Level of Riding and Fitness

This is one of the most extreme trails we offer and is only suitable for intermediate or advanced riders with a good level of current fitness. You must be able to mount your horse from the ground unaided, and must feel completely at ease riding at all paces and over uneven terrain. It is important to be secure and balanced in the saddle and capable of riding up to 50kms a day, often at speed. On the trail you will be responsible for grooming, checking over and tacking up your own horse.

Heavier riders can be taken by arrangement with a supplement for an extra horse. Additional horses are required for riders weighing over 85kg in riding gear.

Guides and Group Size

Your guides have been running these remote horse riding safaris for almost 30 years and are knowledgeable, attentive and experienced. They have crossed the Namib desert many times so you’ll be in safe hands.

Group size: 5-15

The Horses

Horses at this destination are a real mix and include Arab, Haflinger, Lippizzaner, Trakehner, and even the famous wild horses of the Namib desert. They range in height from 14.2-16hh, are fast and sure footed. Raised on rough terrain, all of them make kind and reliable companions for the trail. These horses live 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. The horses are mainly ridden in skirted endurance saddles, mostly in snaffle bridles and on a long rein. They are well-schooled, responsive and experienced in the desert.

Namibia Desert Crossing

Accommodation and Dining

On the first and last night of the ride you’ll stay in local lodges or guest houses in twin-bedded rooms with en-suite facilities. If you do not want to share, you can request a single room at the beginning or end of the trail subject to availability and a supplementary charge.
Most guests choose to sleep out under the glorious canopy of desert stars during the ride – a very special experience. Large dome tents can be provided if required (two people sharing). If you request a single tent every effort will be made to supply one but due to varying circumstances this may not always be possible.

Camp beds are supplied with a bedroll consisting of a canvas bag containing an insulating mattress, down duvet and pillow. You are welcome to add a fleece liner if you feel you might get cold but extra blankets are available on request. Hot ‘bucket showers’ are available at all camps. Overnight camps are usually pitched at sunset followed by a typical Namibian meal cooked over an open fire.
Breakfast is usually porridge or cereal, coffee or tea and a hot dish. At lunch you’ll meet up with the supply trucks and either a light lunch is served or sandwiches/wraps are enjoyed under a shady tree. Dinner is a delight of typical Namibian fare; wild game, free-range beef or karoo mutton served as braai (grilled over an open fire) or potjie (pot casserole) with vegetables and a dessert.

The menu is suitable for vegetarians but it is important to inform us of dietary requirements when booking – we will endeavour to accommodate your needs but please keep in mind that you will be in extremely remote areas making it difficult to cater to some complex dietary issues. Tea, coffee and juice are always available in camp with chilled drinks, beer, wine etc available in the evenings.

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Itinerary

Namibia Desert Crossing

11 days / 10 nights / 8 days riding
£4900pp

Single supplement £190 payable to request a single room.

Flights & Airport transfers

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.

Please plan your flights to/from as follows:
On the first day of your holiday your flight should arrive at Windhoek by 6pm
On the last day of your holiday your flight should depart Windhoek after 3pm

Price Includes
  • 2 nights lodge accommodation
  • 8 nights camping accommodation
  • 8 days of riding
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Drinks while on the ride
  • Return transfers from/to Windhoek airport at set times
  • Local transfers during the ride
  • Luggage transportation
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Drinks in lodges (first and last nights)
  • Drinks/snacks at petrol stations
  • Additional transfers (for example if flights are delayed)

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