Namibia Horseback Safari - 14 days
Individual Self-Drive Safari
Upon arrival guests will be met and assisted by an Abenteuer Afrika representative before beginning the drive to Sossusvlei, for an overnight at Desert Homestead.
Conveniently situated for easy access to all the sights and activities of Southern Namibia, including Sossusvlei, The Desert Homestead’s Rock Chalets afford guests sweeping views of the Nubib Mountains. Traditional farm cooked meals are prepared using organically grown herbs and vegetables from the garden. Breakfasts and dinners are served al-fresco on the veranda, with light, tempting snack available throughout the day at The Supply Store and Coffee Shop. Beautifully groomed horses with armchair like trail-saddles provide guests with an exciting way to explore the area. There are two excursions daily, at sunrise and sunset when lighting is the most magical and desert denizens the most active. For a slightly more sedate experience, guests can join the evening sundowner drive to an elevated viewpoint.
Overnight: Desert Homestead on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis
Horse sundowner ride – Optional extra
- depart lodge after afternoon tea, and walk down to the stables
- ride through varied terrain for about 3 hours
- meet back up team at sundowner spot for drinks of your choice and snack platters
- ride back under the stars in time for dinner at the lodge
Horse breakfast ride – Optional extra
- meet for early morning tea and coffee and depart shortly after sunrise
- ride for approx. 4 hours to a scenic breakfast spot and then back to lodge
- enjoy champagne and a continental breakfast spread, as well as great views
Enjoy the day at leisure or visit the famous dunes at the Sossusvlei.
Sossusvlei, Namibia’s famous highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at 300 meters high, some of the highest in the world.
At the entry to Sossusvlei is Sesriem Canyon, where centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1 km in length. At the foot of the gorge, which plunges down 30 to 40m, are pools that become replenished after good rains. Sesriem derives its name from the time when early pioneers tied six lengths of rawhide thongs together to draw water from the pools. Interesting to see are the various layers of sediment rock that form the surrounding desert floor.
Overnight: Desert Homestead on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis
After breakfast, continue to Namibia’s Coastal Jewel: Swakopmund. The drive will take you through two of Namibia’s most famous canyons, the Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons. Approximately 30 kilometers prior to arriving in Swakopmund, is the port town of Walvis Bay.
Situated in a tranquil, sun-filled, harmonious and sun-filled neighborhood and boasting personal, yet professional service, the Namib Guesthouse is a haven in Swakopmund.
All the rooms in The Namib Guesthouse are equipped with flat-screen television, a tea and coffee station, wireless internet, and a safe large enough to store one’s laptop. It is also wheel-chair friendly.
Overnight: Namib Guesthouse in a Standard room on a Bed and Breakfast basis
Kuiseb River and Canyon
The 560 kilometer long Kuiseb River flows only occasionally, beginning in the Khomashochland, and running southwest into the Kuiseb Canyon which forms the southern edge of the Namib Desert Park. The canyon was carved out between two and four million years ago when rushing water from the Kuiseb River cut deeply into the soft rock.
This small yet bustling town is situated directly on the Atlantic coast and is Namibia’s most important deep-water port.
Founded in 1892, Swakopmund was founded with the intention of becoming the main harbor of the German colony, German South West Africa. Culturally and architecturally, Swakopmund was particularly influenced by the German colonization and there are many beautiful examples of German colonial architecture to be found. Visitors can explore Swakopmund quite comfortably on foot.
Optional activity : suggested for Day 2 - Okakambe Trails (own account)
Okakambe Trails offers short rides and excursions through the dry Swakop river bed, through some of the small canyons into the little moon landscape. These rides will take you past the burnt mountain "Nuberoffkop", back into the Swakop river valley. Rides on offer are: 1 hour, 1,5 hours, 2 hours and three hours rides.
Leaving Swakopmund, you will continue to the Erongo Region. Attractions of this area include Spitzkoppe, Ameib and the arty village of Omaruru.
Okomitundu Guest Farm
Okomitundu Guest Farm –“the place of many hills”. Situated in central Namibia, one can explore the region’s fauna and flora either with a leisurely horse ride or game drive. At night the observatory offers spectacular views of the southern hemisphere’s stars. A highlight is a drive to the top of Kudu Mountain, “Kuduspitze”, from where the view of Namibia’s vast open spaces is overwhelming. If they wish, guests may also participate in the Okatumba Wildlife Research project.
Overnight: Okomitundu Guestfarm on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis
Riding at OKOMITUNDU
Experience the thrill of the wide-open, diverse savannah on the back of one of our beautiful Hanover horses. Wild animals let riders get closer, so you can be sure of unforgettable encounters.
There is a dressage area, a simple conventional show-jumping course and – of particular interest – an eventing course for experienced riders (cross-country jumping, e.g. tree trunks, but also “constructed” jumps).
Leaving Okomitundu after a leisurely breakfast or perhaps a morning ride (not included) before continuing into the Damaraland Region.
Perched on the rim of the Grootberg Plateau, and overlooking the Klip River Valley, Grootberg Lodge provides a majestic view over an area of Damaraland with its wealth of flora and fauna. Desert-adapted elephant, black rhino and even the occasional lion all make their presence known in this area. The valley-facing side of each bungalow is fully glazed and even the showers have huge windows. From the terrace of each bungalow guests can enjoy the magnificent view of the canyon. The night skies become a star-studded wonderland. The lodge also offers various activities such as desert elephant tracking, rhino tracking, nature drives, guided walks and horse ride excursions.
Overnight: Grootberg Lodge on a DinnerBed and Breakfast basis
Guests may wish to meander through the mopane savanna on a shiny steed, enjoy the view of this beautiful landscape, and have the possibility of a close up encounter with the game of the area. There are morning or afternoon rides available. All rides are guided through the serene and pristine farmland of the region. Beginners are welcome to join. Rides commence from the picturesque Hoada Campsite, situated 23km from Grootberg Lodge. The Lodge will arrange transfers.
Today is at leisure to relax at the lodge or to choose any one of the activities on offer.
Overnight: Grootberg Lodge on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis
Visit one of the last traditional tribal people of Namibia in a small settlement near Palmfontein. Surrounded by makalani palms and dry river beds, these friendly people, closely related to the Herero, are herdsmen, breeding mainly cattle and goats while leading a semi-nomadic life. Guests can learn how Himba women groom themselves, spending many hours on beauty care and clean themselves with herbal steam baths. See their homesteads, cone shaped structures made from palm leaves, mud and cattle dung. Please note: due to their nomadic lifestyle the visit cannot be guaranteed all year round.
Desert Elephants (Desert-adapted Elephant)
This is one of Namibia’s most popular activities. A guide with a tracker will take visitors out into the surrounding farms in search of the elusive desert-adapted elephants, giving one also the opportunity to appreciate the life style of the local people. Lunch takes place in the shade of a tree in the remote wilderness of Damaraland Departure at around 7.30am and back at the lodge in the early afternoon. Damaraland is one of the few last places where the wildlife roams freely thus sightings are not guaranteed.
After breakfast, guests will continue into Nambia’s famed Etosha National Park.
Okaukuejo Restcamp, located near the southern entrance of Etosha National Park, is famous for its flood-lit waterhole from which visitors can observe wildlife. Several types of accommodation are available, including some with barbeque facilities. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities.
Overnight: Okaukuejo Rest Camp on a Bed and Breakfast basis
Etosha National Park
Namibia’s Etosha National Park is a huge saltpan surrounded by flat bushland. This huge nature reserve is approximately 22,000 square kilometers in size, supporting an estimated 300 lions, 300 rhinos, 2000 giraffes and 1500 elephants. Particularly numerous are the dainty springbox – of which there are at least 30,000! Etosha National Park has a good infrastructure – well-maintained gravel roads lead to the waterholdes, where game viewing is at its best
From Okaukuejo, the journey continues east to Namutoni.
Namutoni Rest Camp
Namutoni is located in the eastern side of Etosha National Park. It centres on an old German Fort, overlooking the King Nehale waterhole. The Fort has been developed into the hub of activity, offering two restaurants, a relaxation lounge, a bar, crafts boutique, curio shop, jewellers and bookstore. The Fort area is for pedestrian access only, and an elevated decked walkway along the water-hole facing wall will provide opportunities for enjoying the surrounding scenery, wildlife and the spectacular sunsets. Accommodation is provided in comfortable double rooms or bush chalets. Camping is also available.
Overnight: Namutoni Rest Camp on a Bed and Breakfast basis
Another Namibian highlight is the Waterberg area situated in the farming community around Otjiwarongo. Arrival should be shortly after lunch depending on your departure time from Etosha, leaving enough time to explore the area during the afternoon.
Kambaku Game Farm
Kambaku Game farm is a small lodge designed with soft architectural forms using natural materials. The garden and the large terrace invite guests to sun themselves and the cool pool. At sunset, long drinks and the evening stars appear to announce nightfall. Dinner is served on the veranda. For cold evenings an inside fireplace keeps guests warm and a bar, as well as a small library, are available.
Overnight: Kambaku Game Ranch on a Bed and Breakfast basis
Perhaps a morning ride, perhaps a leisurely morning…. ? These are your choices while you are on holiday.
Kuzikus Lodge offers luxurious accommodation at the edge of the Kalahari Desert. It has become known for its animal sanctuary which has included visiting pangolins, aardvarks, and nesting vultures. There is also a wide variety of large animal species including eland, kudu, oryx, hartebeest, brindled gnu, and black wildebeest, which are largely undisturbed by cattle and sheep farming. Activities include game viewing in an open Landrover, hiking with Bushmen, horse riding or the Kalahari Wildlife Education Course.
Overnight: Kuzikus Lodge on a Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch basis
The horses of Kuzikus are well trained and cared for by a trained professional who will be delighted to give riding lessons or accompany guests on a Kalahari ride. Both beginners and advanced riders are welcomed.
The horses are accustomed to being near game (including rhinoceros and giraffes), and will often walk past game at close distance.
Before venturing out into the bush on horseback, the lodge asks guests to pay a visit to the riding stables to ensure a proper fit with a saddle as well as one of their horses!
There is a dressage arena, a jumping arena and a special area for lunging as well as a fenced-in Round Pen.
The lodge also offers riding experiences for children.
|1||Desert Homestead||Breakfast, Dinner||
Meet and greet by Abenteuer Afrika Representative
|2||Desert Homestead||Breakfast, Dinner||Optional: Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon|
|5||Okomitundu Guestfarm||Breakfast, Dinner|
|6||Okomitundu Guestfarm||Breakfast, Dinner|
|7||Grootberg Lodge||Breakfast, Dinner|
|8||Grootberg Lodge||Breakfast, Dinner||Optional: Himba and Desert Elephant trip|
|9||Okaukuejo Rest Camp||Breakfast|
|10||Namutoni Rest Camp||Breakfast|
|11||Kambaku Game Ranch||Breakfast, Dinner||Optional: visit to the Waterberg Plateau|
|12||Kuzikus Lodge||Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch|
|13||Kuzikus Lodge||Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch|
- Meet an Greet at the Windhoek International Airport
- Accommodation as stated above
- 14 x Breakfast; 9 x Dinner