Ride with Africa’s finest riding guides 1-8 October 2018

January 3rd 2018  |   Countries, Unique Experiences, Miscellaneous, Namibia  |  by   Charlotte Opperman
Namibia Guide Ride

***Ride photos are on Instagram #namibiaguideride2018***

How about a week-long riding holiday in Namibia alongside some of Africa’s finest riding safari guides?

Namibia Guide Ride is a unique opportunity to cross one of the most scenic deserts on the planet in the company of some of Africa’s finest riding safari guides.  Travelling through Namibia’s rugged and remote Namib Desert is not for the faint-hearted, and it’s a challenging ride, but for those with an adventurous spirit this seemingly inhospitable ‘wasteland’ holds many wonderful surprises.

The riding guides joining you are Michael and Nicky Dyer from Borana Lodge Riding, Jo Westermark from Kaskazi Riding Safaris, Philip and Gerti Kusseler from Wait A Little Horse Safaris and Chase Jordaan from Ant’s Hill and Ant’s Nest Riding.

Arrival Day in Windhoek: 1st October 2018

You will be collected off your flight and transferred to River Crossing Lodge where you will meet the rest of the group for sundowners.  Your riding guide, Andrew Gillies, will explain how to survive the rigours of riding in a true desert.

Namibia Guide Ride Namib desert rider horseriding group

Day 2 – Down to the desert

An early departure by road takes you to the starting point of the ride via an impressive drop off the escarpment with the desert dramatically spread out to the horizon.  Lunch on the way and arrive in camp this afternoon in time to meet the crew and your horse.

Namibia Guide Ride Desert horseback safari

Days 3 to 6 – Namib Plains to the Swakop River

Good going affords some fast-paced riding on the wide plains on the Namib.  Dry watercourses, distinguishable by the long lines of acacia trees marking their routes are much favoured resting places of giraffe, springbok and oryx.  As the plains become more arid, strange shapes form and disappear in mirages and dinosaur-like plants, the gnarled Welwitschia Mirabilis, tell of a land of great antiquity and also of tremendous solitude.  The Swakop river basin has a truly ancient geology – some 600 million years old – exposing a bizarre moon-like landscape.

Namibia Guide Ride Desert horse ride through canyon

Day 7 – Down to the Swakop River to the sea

The final ride today follows the Swakop River bed as it meanders to the ocean, coming upon some of this desert’s iconic dunes on the way.  Finally, there’s a last canter along the beach after which you will find it hard to leave your horse and this extraordinary landscape at the end of this unforgettable adventure.

Day 8 – Last Day 8th October 2018: Transfer to Windhoek

Today you will transfer back to Windhoek (if you are extending your stay) or to Windhoek International Airport for your onward international flights departing after 15:00.

Day to day on safari – what to expect

After an early breakfast you can expect to leave camp each morning at around 8 am with four to five hours’ riding before lunch.  Lunch breaks are around two hours followed by another two to three hours’ riding in the afternoon.

Namibia Guide Ride - snoozing on a camp bed

The ride averages 20 to 50km per day, at all paces and sometimes over rough terrain.  It’s essential that you are an experienced rider, capable at all paces.

Namibia Guide Ride galloping in the desert

Riding Guides Namib Desert Safari: 1-8 October 2018

From Windhoek back to Windhoek: 8 days, 7 nights, 5 riding days; 2 accommodated nights at the lodge (first and last), 5 nights camping ‘wild’. The price is £4000 per person.

If you would like to book one of the six guest places on this ride, or would like to chat to someone who’s done the ride please contact alice@aardvarksafaris.com or +44 (0)1578 760 222

2 responses to “Ride with Africa’s finest riding guides 1-8 October 2018”

  1. Tessa-anne de villiers says:

    I would like more details. When is deposit due or full amount.

    I’m very keen.

    • Renate says:

      Dear Tessa, Your enquiry has been passed on to the riding safari team who will be in touch, Best regards Renate

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