The Wild Horses Ride in Namibia
Over 20 years of experience guiding horse riding safaris across the hauntingly beautiful Namib Desert, has led to the creation of the ultimate ride in Namibia for those who love all things wild and free. This true adventure takes you through some of the most unique and breathtaking desert landscapes on earth. You will tackle this challenge aboard super fit, responsive and impressively sure-footed horses. There are approximately 80 horses of varying types available; ranging from Arab, Trakehner/Cross, Hanoverian, Boerperd and ranch horses. These rides are suitable for experienced riders only.
This is an adventure like no other; from the iconic dune sea of the Namib Desert to the edge of the stunning Sperrgebiet National Park, this ride traverses land previously unexplored and you will pioneer trails across spectacularly contrasting desert landscapes. You will cross some of the best riding terrain in the world, covering vast grassy plains, passing the inselbergs (island mountains) and encountering herds of desert-adapted game. The journey ends at Klein Aus Vista close to the home of the Wild Horses of the Namib – an unforgettable end to what will have no doubt been an unforgettable ride in Namibia.
Strong bonds are built with your fellow riders and horse as you tackle the adventure together and you are responsible for grooming and tacking up your own steed. The luggage is transported via a truck which then sets up camp (see ‘Accommodation and Logistics’ for more detail). A tented camp can be constructed however most prefer to embrace the unforgettable opportunity of sleeping out under the stunning stars of the big African sky.
Visit the Wild Horses of the Namib and Kolmanskop the old mining “Ghost Town” in Luderitz Bay
- Pathless adventure into hugely contrasting desert terrain
- Unrestricted riding across endless desert plains and the inescapable sense of adventure
- The chance to experience one of the world’s last true wildernesses from the back of a horse
- Sleeping out every night under the vast African sky and stars like you won’t see anywhere else
- Arrival and Departure: From Windhoek, back to Windhoek
- Length: 11 days, 10 nights, 8 riding days; 2 lodge based nights (first and last nights) and 8 nights camping
- When: 11 – 21 May
- Rates: 2017: Fully-booked 2018: 10 Nights: £4300
- Riding Level: Riding 20 - 50 km per day or up to 6 hours riding at all paces over uneven terrain, this ride is not suitable for inexperienced riders. You will need to ensure you are riding fit in the lead up to your safari and riders must weigh no more than 85kgs in full riding gear. Riders who are over the weight limit will be charged for an extra horse/s and the maximum weight is 93kg.
- Number of Riders: Up to 12 riders per group
Namibia with its stark and striking landscapes will take your breath away. The Namib Desert is one of the most spectacular desert landscapes in the world and what better way to explore it than from the back of a horse. The desert is home to a surprising variety of wildlife, all adapted in exceptionally special and interesting ways to survive such harsh environments. Traversing this sparse, wide and varying terrain will give you a sense of adventure very difficult to rival. As the sun sets the Namib skies reveal an equally impressive spectacle of the Milky Way stretching far out; with less light pollution than virtually anywhere else in the world the stars are virtually unparalleled.
- Provided below is a sample itinerary however guests must be aware that due to the adventurous nature of the ride timings and routes can vary. All variations and changes to the itinerary will always be in your best interests.
- Day 1: After being met at Windhoek International Airport you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation and meet the rest of your riding group for dinner. Over dinner you will be briefed about what to expect on your upcoming adventure.
- Day 2: Following breakfast you will have a 4 hour drive to your first lunch spot in the quaint town of Maltahoe before descending down the Zaris Pass to the Wolwedans Private Reserve – this will take approximately 2.5 hours. After settling in, going for a little explore, meeting your crew and horses, you will enjoy your first spectacular sundowners as the sky turns from red and orange to reveal stunning views of the Milky Way overhead.
- Day 3: Today the real adventure begins as you climb aboard your noble steed for the first time and head out into the vast expanse of one of the largest Nature Reserves in Southern Africa. Riding through this wide untouched landscape you will experience some of the world’s last true wilderness. Exceptional panoramic views broken only by inselbergs (island mountains) and Namibia’s desert-adapted wildlife such as herds of Oryx, Springbok and Zebra. Tonight’s camp – Boulders Camp - is nestled amongst huge granite boulders which add a new dimension to the never ending desertscape.
- Day 4 to 9: After breakfast you will set out across wide open country calling out for some faster paced riding and the chance to release your inner cowboy! You will have a spontaneous lunch spots, enjoyed under a shady tree or somewhere particularly stunning. Reaching your overnight camps before the sun sets will give you a chance to grab that all important sundowner beverage and watch the trademark pastel light of the Namib paint the landscape, before tucking into your camp bed for yet another night spent sleeping under the stars. The Namib Desert, with such little light pollution, offers unparalleled views of the southern constellation.
Being desert pioneers, this section of the route may vary depending on the weather or unforeseeable circumstances but there is no doubt each day will be an adventure and one to remember.
- Day 10: Today you will get the chance to visit the Wild Horses of the Namib and time permitting there should also be the opportunity to visit Kolmanskop, the old German diamond mining town and to explore the coastal town of Luderitz. Your journey will end with a huge sense of achievement and a last memorable dinner together, reminiscing about your adventure around the camp-fire.
- Day 11: After bidding a sad farewell to your horses, and the staff, you will be transferred to Windhoek International Airport (journey time aprox. 7 hours). Flights should depart Windhoek after 19:00. It is also possible to fly out from Lüderitz. The journey from Aus to Lüderitz is about an hour and the transfer will cost in the region of £100
11 – 21 May
Single supplement for lodge accommodation unless willing to share: £180
Extra Horse £650
- All riding needed to complete your adventure.
- Accommodation throughout the trip.
- Delicious meals three times a day and drinks while on the ride.
- Personal and expert guide throughout the trip.
- A well trained, fit four-legged friend to escort you on your adventure.
- Ground transfers from Windhoek International Airport to starting point of ride and return transfer to central Windhoek or Windhoek International airport on day of departure.
- Extra horse charge for riders 85kg and over in riding gear. For our horses’ sake, please be accurate regarding weight and level of fitness.
- Personal drinks and refreshments at all lodges, restaurants, and petrol stations en route.
- Accommodation and transfers not listed on the itinerary.
- Safari staff gratuities.
The day will usually begin at sunrise with departure generally by 8am. Riders will usually be in the saddle for around 4-5 hours before lunch, lunch break between 1-3 hours and then another 2-3 hours riding in the afternoon. You will average 20-60km per day over all types of terrain, some of the riding is tough and will require a good sense of humour on the odd testing moments necessary in any adventure.
Most guests choose to sleep out under the glorious southern stars – a very special experience. Large dome tents can be provided if required (two people sharing unless paying single supplement). Camp beds are supplied with a warm bedroll consisting of a canvas bag containing an insulating mattress, down duvet and pillow. You are welcome to add a fleece liner to the sleeping role if you feel you might get cold. Desert nights can drop below 0°C so if you feel the cold then it is worth bringing your own sleeping bag and/or fleece liner. Hot bucket showers are available at most camps; toilets are available at all overnight camps.
On the nights stated in your safari itinerary you will stay in amiable lodges. The accommodation is chosen for their comfort, where possible with twin-bedded rooms and en-suite facilities. While most guests are happy to share twin accommodation (or tent if required), on booking it is possible to request single accommodation – subject to availability and a supplementary charge.