Namibia Desert Crossing
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.
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
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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Namibia Desert Crossing
11 days / 10 nights / 8 days riding
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
- 2 nights lodge accommodation
- 8 nights camping accommodation
- 8 days of riding
- Drinks while on the ride
- Return transfers from/to Windhoek airport at set times
- Local transfers during the ride
- Luggage transportation
- Drinks in lodges (first and last nights)
- Drinks/snacks at petrol stations
- Additional transfers (for example if flights are delayed)