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The Namibia Safari, Namibia

10 NightsStrong Intermediate to AdvancedFrom £5,800 GBP?Tour costs £5,800 GBP which is approximately $11,187 AUD

For those who thrive on a challenge, riding across the expansive, ever-changing Namib Desert is a bucket list experience.

Welcome to a globetrotting experience that transcends travel – a journey with the power to shake your soul and change the course of your life. Welcome to the extraordinary, wild odyssey that is Namibia on horseback. With four itineraries to choose from, each offers a unique fusion of adrenaline-fueled escapades, breathtaking scenery, and encounters with Namibia’s captivating wildlife.  

Namibia is not for the faint-hearted – you must be fit and enjoy the challenge of an epic endurance ride (think ‘Hidalgo’ the movie). But whether it’s the challenge of crossing the Namib Desert, the thrill of encountering elephants in Damaraland, the enchanting mysteries of the Skeleton Coast, or the wild horses and towering dunes of the southern Namib Desert, each itinerary promises an unparalleled equestrian adventure.  

Get ready to saddle up and explore the heart of Namibia, where the spirit of adventure meets the life-affirming beauty of a truly untamed wilderness.   

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:One of each breed, i.e. Arab, Haflinger, Trakehner, ranch horses, even cross-breeds of the famous wild horses of the Namib Desert; they are surefooted horses raised on rough terrain, standing 14.3 to 16 hands high, some with experience in endurance riding, and every one of them a kind, reliable companion.
  • Pace:Medium to fast, with lots of opportunities to canter.
  • Weight Limit:A bodyweight limit of 85kg / 187lbs applies - anyone heavier pays a 30% surcharge for an extra horse due to regulations set by World Horse Welfare (IHPH: international league for protection of horses).
  • Type of tack:Endurance saddles.
  • Seasons:March to September.
  • Group size:A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 guests.
  • Time in Saddle:A typical day involves 7 hours in the saddle, covering 40 to 70 kilometres a day.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for strong intermediate to advanced riders. Fitness, good health, and experience in horse riding and handling are essential. You need not be an accomplished dressage rider or show jumper, but you must feel totally at ease on the back of a cantering horse; in addition, you should be mentally strong and have a sense of humour. Not sure what your riding ability is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:Large dome-shaped tents (two participants sharing) with camp beds and swags (canvas bedrolls) consisting of lambskin, duvet or quilt and pillow; folding chairs and hot showers. Luggage is transported on trucks; the riders ride across bush or desert as the crow flies and meet the back-up vehicles at the campsites. Camp is pitched at sunset; meals are prepared on the open fire, usually a ‘braai’ or ‘potjie’ (casserole) - typically Namibian, and often a surprise.
  • Ride Length:11 days, 10 nights (7 riding days).
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes ground transfers to and from the ride, meals, riding, drinks while camping and accommodation.

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include personal drinks at lodges and restaurants, additional activities and meals not listed on itinerary, flights or travel insurance, staff gratuities (recommended £8 to £10 per day per guest).

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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Skeleton Coast Safari

March 14 to 23, 2024

From: £5,800 GBP ?Tour costs £5,800 GBP which is approximately $11,187 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,000 GBP ?Tour costs £6,000 GBP which is approximately $11,573 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Namib Desert Safari

April 10 to 20, 2024

From: £5,800 GBP ?Tour costs £5,800 GBP which is approximately $11,187 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,000 GBP ?Tour costs £6,000 GBP which is approximately $11,573 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Wild Horses Safari

May 1 to 11, 2024

From: £5,800 GBP ?Tour costs £5,800 GBP which is approximately $11,187 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,000 GBP ?Tour costs £6,000 GBP which is approximately $11,573 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Namib Desert Safari

May 22 to June 1, 2024

From: £5,800 GBP ?Tour costs £5,800 GBP which is approximately $11,187 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,000 GBP ?Tour costs £6,000 GBP which is approximately $11,573 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Namib Desert Safari

July 3 to 13, 2024

From: £5,800 GBP ?Tour costs £5,800 GBP which is approximately $11,187 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,000 GBP ?Tour costs £6,000 GBP which is approximately $11,573 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Damara Elephant Safari

July 24 to August 3, 2024

From: £5,800 GBP ?Tour costs £5,800 GBP which is approximately $11,187 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,000 GBP ?Tour costs £6,000 GBP which is approximately $11,573 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Namib Desert Safari

August 14 to 24, 2024

From: £5,800 GBP ?Tour costs £5,800 GBP which is approximately $11,187 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,000 GBP ?Tour costs £6,000 GBP which is approximately $11,573 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Damara Elephant Safari

September 4 to 14, 2024

From: £5,800 GBP ?Tour costs £5,800 GBP which is approximately $11,187 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,000 GBP ?Tour costs £6,000 GBP which is approximately $11,573 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Namib Desert Safari

September 25 to October 5, 2024

From: £5,800 GBP ?Tour costs £5,800 GBP which is approximately $11,187 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,000 GBP ?Tour costs £6,000 GBP which is approximately $11,573 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Skeleton Coast Safari

March 20 to 29, 2025

From: £6,200 GBP ?Tour costs £6,200 GBP which is approximately $11,958 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,420 GBP ?Tour costs £6,420 GBP which is approximately $12,383 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Namib Desert Safari

April 11 to 21, 2025

From: £6,200 GBP ?Tour costs £6,200 GBP which is approximately $11,958 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,420 GBP ?Tour costs £6,420 GBP which is approximately $12,383 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Namib Desert Safari

June 18 to 28, 2025

From: £6,200 GBP ?Tour costs £6,200 GBP which is approximately $11,958 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,420 GBP ?Tour costs £6,420 GBP which is approximately $12,383 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Damara Elephant Safari

July 30 to August 9, 2025

From: £6,200 GBP ?Tour costs £6,200 GBP which is approximately $11,958 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,420 GBP ?Tour costs £6,420 GBP which is approximately $12,383 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Namib Desert Safari

August 20 to 30, 2025

From: £6,200 GBP ?Tour costs £6,200 GBP which is approximately $11,958 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,420 GBP ?Tour costs £6,420 GBP which is approximately $12,383 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Namib Desert Safari

October 1 to 11, 2025

From: £6,200 GBP ?Tour costs £6,200 GBP which is approximately $11,958 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,420 GBP ?Tour costs £6,420 GBP which is approximately $12,383 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

Skeleton Coast Safari

October 23 to November 1, 2025

From: £6,200 GBP ?Tour costs £6,200 GBP which is approximately $11,958 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £6,420 GBP ?Tour costs £6,420 GBP which is approximately $12,383 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Price includes ground transfers to and from the ride, meals, riding, drinks while camping and accommodation.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include personal drinks at lodges and restaurants, additional activities and meals not listed on itinerary, flights or travel insurance, staff gratuities (recommended £8 to £10 per day per guest).

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. Depending on the ride you choose to book and your country of residence, there will be a 1.2% to 2.9% surcharge.

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WHY IS THE PRICE QUOTED IN GBP?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • Namib Desert Safari

    This is the toughest commercial ride in the world – an extraordinary and physically demanding safari through Namibia’s diverse, desert landscape, featuring iconic ochre sand dunes, vast plains, and captivating canyons. 

    Commencing in Windhoek, you’ll be picked up from the airport and transferred to your first night’s accommodation, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and enjoy sundowners and dinner, as well as a ride briefing. The next day you’ll transfer to the desert camp, where horses and crew await for lunch, followed by an excursion to the renowned Sossusvlei to climb Dune 45 and witness the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

    The riding adventure unfolds on day three, starting at a leisurely pace while you acclimatise to your horse and unfamiliar terrain, before traversing the Naukluft mountains’ foothills, crossing significant canyons, and reaching the central Namib’s wide plains. This exquisite part of the Namib Desert features meandering dry floodplains, Camelthorn-lined landscapes, granite inselbergs, and surprising wildlife for such an arid region. The toughest part of the ride is a technical and challenging scramble (on foot) in and out of the Kuiseb Canyon – just wait until you see these horses climb like mountain goats out over the cliffs! 

    Approaching the Atlantic Ocean reveals an increasingly arid and ancient geology, creating a moon-like landscape of great allure. The safari concludes at the sea at Swakopmund, marking the end of the physical journey, while the indelible memories promise to last a lifetime. On the final morning you’ll transfer back to Windhoek in time for departing flights after 3:00pm. 

    11 days, 10 nights, 8 riding days.

  • Damara Elephant Safari

    Embark on an exhilarating horse riding safari through Namibia’s rugged Damaraland, an inaccessible wilderness adorned with delicately coloured landscapes. This challenging adventure spans from UNESCO-listed Twyfelfontein to the Skeleton Coast, a remote region known for encounters with elephants, rhinos and lions. This could be the most thrilling riding adventure of your life!   

    Upon arrival in Windhoek, you’ll enjoy an afternoon briefing followed by sundowners and dinner with your fellow globetrotters. The next morning you’ll transfer to the Aba-Huab river camp, with a side excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein, known for its ancient petroglyphs representing people, animals and rituals.  

    On day three, the riding adventure begins. You’ll ride through dry river beds, across mountains, and along the Ugab ephemeral river, offering spectacular views and encounters with desert elephants. The expedition culminates at the Atlantic Ocean in Henties Bay, in a comfortable seaside retreat.

    The final day entails a transfer back to Windhoek International Airport for flights departing after 3:00pm, marking the conclusion of this extraordinary Namibian safari. 

    11 days, 10 nights, 8 riding days.

  • Wild Horses Safari

    This ride will take you through some of the most sublime landscapes the southern Namib Desert has to offer – from the rugged Tiras Mountain Reserve to the vast plains adorned with inselbergs (isolated rock mounds jutting out from the plains), and finally to the captivating Namib dune sea.  

    You’ll start the journey in Windhoek before transferring to your first campsite to meet the horses and camp crew. A major highlight in this safari is a challenging 27-kilometre crossing of the Namib Dune Sea, surrounded by inspiring scenery. After traversing the dune sea, the route leads up the Koichab river system, offering breathtaking views of the highlands and the habitat of Namibia’s wild horses.

    An excursion day includes a visit to the wild horse lookout point, where you can witness horse behaviour in its purest form, the coastal town of Luderitz, and a side trip to the intriguing ‘Ghost Town’ of Kolmanskop. And on the final day, you’ll catch a transfer from Aus to Windhoek International Airport for flights departing after 6:00pm. 

    11 days, 10 nights, 7 riding days, 1 excursion day.

  • Skeleton Coast Safari

    The renowned Skeleton Coast holds great allure for those in search of extraordinary landscapes, and leaves an indelible impression. Marked by the remnants of shipwrecks and bustling colonies of Cape Fur Seals, this coastal expanse is steeped in compelling tales and history, and you’ll be lucky enough to discover its magic on horseback. 

    Starting with a night in Windhoek, the following day you’ll transfer to Swakopmund on the Atlantic Coast and visit a Cape Fur Seal colony before reaching your seaside campsite and meeting the horses and crew. On day 3, you’ll mount up and explore the extraordinary coastal terrain. Over the next 7 days you’ll be immersed in this coastline, the journey characterised by ever-changing colours and a quickening pace through the arid landscape. The coastal plains offer ample opportunities for long canters and exhilarating gallops – you need to be riding fit! 

    Your ride will come to an end back at the Atlantic Ocean, at a comfortable seaside retreat in Henties Bay. The following morning you’ll be transferred back to Windhoek, arriving in time for flights departing after 3:00pm.

    10 days, 9 nights, 7 riding days.

  • Transfer Information

    Transfers to and from Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport are included in the ride price. A shuttle service will collect you from the airport (your name will be on a board) and take you to your overnight accommodation on day 1. And on the last day, you will be dropped off at the airport in time for departing flights leaving after 3pm (except Wild Horses Safari: after 6pm).

What our valued Globetrotters say about The Namib Desert Safari

THE NAMIBIA SAFARI, NAMIBIA, GLOBETROTTING HORSE RIDING

Kate Gordon

‘This ride is a journey of a lifetime! It is so much more than you can ever imagine. The feeling of being so completely removed from society/reality was overwhelmingly liberating. There is also something very humbling about being somewhere so wild and vast. So untouched by mankind. Something very spiritual. I think the phrase “losing yourself in the desert to find yourself” is very true. This trip felt more like a pilgrimage for me. Every day we rode, I went a little deeper into my soul. Layer by layer, day by day, kilometre by kilometre, I reconnected with a part of myself in a way I haven’t for many years. Never-ending changing scenery, breathtaking sunsets and sunrises, sleeping under the clearest of skies magically lit by the most amazing moon I have ever seen, riding one of the most remarkable mares I have had the privilege to ride, some of fastest most thrilling riding I have done, lovely soft canters over rolling landscapes, 5-star food cooked in camp ovens, G&T’s with lemon and ice, exceptional company, not seeing another soul for days on end and a country unlike any other I have visited. This ride was truly one of the most remarkable things I have done.’

THE NAMIBIA SAFARI, NAMIBIA, GLOBETROTTING HORSE RIDING

Bernadette Kelly

‘Camping under the stars and witnessing spectacular sunsets and sunrises, I truly felt as if we were at one with Mother Nature on this ride. Wide open spaces with an everpresent mountainous backdrop, this ride was a showcase of the desert in all its contrasts. We saw giraffe and zebra, oryx and springboeks, jackal and vultures. We even had a campsite visit from a pair of desert foxes. We cantered for miles and miles on flat open ground, scaled rocky precipices, climbed the luminous red dunes, and trekked across a lunar-like valley to find a green oasis waiting for us on the other side. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe the mouth watering, restaurant standard meals the chef could cook over a campfire. I asked many questions about the environment we travelled through, to which our guide, Andrew, never failed to impress with a detailed explanation of the role each plant, bird and animal played within the desert ecosystem. The Namib Desert ride was physically challenging but incredibly rewarding. It was a real adventure culminating in a sense of accomplishment and an opportunity to see the desert in a way few tourists experience. For me, this ride ticked every box.’

Lara Peake

“Join if you are prepared to sleep on the ground with frost on the swag and a howling wind then get up before dawn and ride on – I truly loved it.”

Desiree Charlesworth

“The Namibia Desert Ride was the most ‘AWESOME’ and memorable thing I have ever done in my life.”

Bronwyn Hill

“The Namibia ride was a great experience. The company was great and Andrew, Sara-Jane and Tahlani were just terrific hosts and the horses were very well suited to all the riders.”

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