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Damara Elephant Trail to Skeleton Coast


Damara Elephant Trail to Skeleton Coast
Namibia Namibia
Damaraland is a very spectacular part of the country, almost inaccessible, with amazing colours and vast open spaces that will blow your mind, ancient craters and remnants from prehistoric times, not to mention the forbidding Skeleton Coast. We may encounter elephant, rhino, cheetah and plains game or be caught by rivers in flood, all of which combines into a tremendous adventure. This is the quintessential ride for those who can identify with escaping day-to-day city life and becoming one with a horse in the wilderness. The ride begins in northern Damaraland - wild, desolate, sparsely inhabited and breathtakingly beautiful, challenging horses and riders across vast, ancient flood plains and through deep, silent canyons, across a great desert to a hostile coast. In a waterless land, you’ll come to understand the challenges of the terrain and the environment. Riding between 20 and 55 km per day at all paces, the ride covers approximately 320 km to the Atlantic Ocean’s Skeleton Coast over 11 days.
For the intrepid adventurer who seeks out the last of earth’s true wildernesses, this is truly an exceptional riding experience.
On this journey, you'll encounter ancient Namibia - Petroglyphs and rock art, thousands of years old, that depict great hunts, animals and the locations of sub-terrestrial water. Desert elephant, increasingly threatened desert rhino, the shy oryx and the elusive leopard are but a few of the encounters you may have as your journey criss-crosses the vast landscapes of Damaraland.
Once the pathways of mighty glaciers, boulder strew flood plains give way to soft grass covered valleys trimmed by gentle sand dunes, watched over by range upon range of purple hued mountains - a true wilderness. The seasonal rivers that serve as lifeblood to land and its inhabitants, course their way deep below the dramatic folds of rock, protected by deep, silent canyons.
...and then, to the sea and the endless beach where the flotsum and jetsum tell a story of a wild sea on a wild coast! The cold Benguela current brings cool, plankton and fish-rich waters all the way from Antarctica and moderates the temperatures in the region - but this is a Namibian story for another time...!


Unique attractions:
• Twyfelfontein rock engravings & cultural village
• Desert adapted elephant and rhino
• Dramatic landscapes
• Real wilderness area
• Save the Rhino project
• Cape Cross seal colony


Camping Ride with vehicle support
Progressive Ride (no camping)
Safari Ride
Ride with Western Tack

Meeting: Windhoek
Airport: Windhoek
Transfer: Windhoek airport
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 15 riders

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    Damara Elephant Trail to Skeleton Coast
    Tour Code: PG-NADT
    11 days / 10 nights ~$5,900.00
    Dates : May, July

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    CIntermediate
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    EAdvanced
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
       
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
       
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
       
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
       
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
       
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
       
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Tack: Western-style trail saddles
    Horses: Arab, Haflinger, Lipizzaner, Trakehner...
    Pace: 15 to 25 miles a day, 6-8 hours in th...
    Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
    Airport: Windhoek
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