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Experience the raw beauty of Namibia on horseback and journey through an untamed landscape. Canter across the Namib, the world’s oldest desert; spy the majestic Fish River Canyon, encounter desert adapted elephant in Damaraland, and ride with oryx, ostrich and mountain zebra across one of the largest private nature reserves in Southern Africa.
Having adapted to the sun-blistered plains of Damaraland, herds of elephant are found seasonally along the Huab and Ugab Rivers; rhino, oryx and springbok also inhabiting this ruggedly beautiful region. Add in a sunset ride at Twyfelfontein, the World Heritage site home to ancient bushman paintings and horseback adventures along the remote Skeleton Coast – one of the most captivating, yet least visited places on the planet.
Alternatively, journey across the Namib Desert on a challenging 440 km ride. Traverse the rugged terraces of the Kuiseb Canyon and Moon Valley’s luna-esque landscape, a variety of wildlife including gemsbok, giraffe, mountain zebra and ostrich often spied en route. The Tinkas, Tumas and Welwitschia plains also feature on this exotic once-in-a-lifetime horseback holiday, the trail taking you from the Khomas Hochland mountains through to the Atlantic Ocean.
Many of the locations visited are inaccesible by anything other than a horse and suited to the intermediate and experienced rider, the distances covered vary from around 20-50 kilometres each day.
Sleeping out under a blanket of stars in the remote Namibian wilderness is a truly unforgettable experience and for a true taste of Southern Africa, there’s nothing like feasting on potjies and braais cooked over an open fire.
Also a popular destination for self-drives, Namibia recently featured on ITV’s “Slow Train Through Africa,” the series hosted by comedian and presenter, Griff Rhys Jones. While in the country Jones visited The Africat Foundation and Etosha National Park, the country’s premier wildlife viewing destination.
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