Wild Horses Safari

Namibia Namibia: (IT-NAWHS)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/namibia_wild_horses_safari.aspx

Introduction
Namibia Namibia
This adventurous ride takes us through some of the most breath-taking desertscapes on the planet. From the great dune sea of the central Namib to the very edge of the Sperrgebiet (German for restricted area), this ride covers diverse desert terrain - immense grassy plains, signature inselbergs, and the rugged Tiras Mountain Reserve. Namibia has given its communities the opportunity and rights to manage their wildlife through commercial conservancies, allowing you to reap the benefits of exploring true wilderness areas. You will be educated on the fragility of the desert and the conservation programs set in place.

Set for confident strong riders, this ride is a thrill for adventure seekers! Feel your heart pick up pace as you gallop along the never-ending expanse of the desert. The horses are sure-footed and amazingly hand-reared with love and dedication. The diversity of the herd, from the reliable horses who have done these trips countless times to the younger greener horses eager to please with a guiding hand, offers a horse for everyone!

Experience the serenity of sleeping under the stars while camping. The sight of the constellations is sure to take your breath away and leave you in awe on the beauty of the world we live in. This trip is amazing for appreciating the smaller things in life and experience the wonder the world has to offer.

Accomodation


Accommodations

This is a wilderness ride, so you will be staying in a mixture of lodges and camping.

Description
You will be staying in a lodge for 1 night and camp for 9 nights. Lodges are subject to changes based on availability. Consider yourself ‘unplugged’ while on safari – cell-phone reception is minimal at best and internet not at all except in cities and larger towns. Water is a very precious commodity in a desert, so while it is possible to rinse a few smalls things on safari, only lodges and hotels have laundry service.

Night 1: Windhoek
Night 2: Camping
Night 3-8: Camping in Namib desert
Night 9 & 10: Camping in Geistershlucht


Lodge in Windhoek 
The main lodge building comprises a dining room, a centrally situated bar, a lounge with fireplace, a conference room and a boardroom. Nestled outside, between the lounge and dining area, is the pool (great for swimming lengths – it really is quite long!) The elevated wooden deck offers a fairytale view of Windhoek. The Lodge and the rooms have been designed to emulate old German farm houses – think ‘stoep’ with ‘afdakkie’ and pots of geraniums. The 20 guest chalets consist of 14 twin chalets and 6 double chalets (all chalets have ensuite bathrooms with showers, toilets, and basins). Two of the chalets have been designed with honeymooners in mind and have baths instead of showers. All rooms have feather duvets wrapped in 100% cotton, environmentally friendly guest amenities, and unparalleled service and hospitality. 6 chalets offer views of Windhoek and 14 face east offering superb sunrise views of the Moltkeblick Mountain. You'll also have WIFI available.


Camping
While we do provide tents if needed, generally guests sleep out under the stars on cozy cots with bedding. The cots have bedrolls consisting of an insulating mattress, duck-down double duvet, and pillow - can zip up and has a waterproof cover. Hot bucket showers and chemical loos travel along with us - we endeavor to provide a shower every night but if water is scarce, one night might be shower-less.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is waived if you are willing to share.


Meals
All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day. Breakfast is typically porridge or cereal, coffee or tea and a hot dish. On days we are able to meet up with the supply trucks a light lunch is served, where this is not possible, sandwiches are enjoyed under a shady tree. Dinner is a delight of typically Namibian fare; wild Game, free-range beef or Karoo mutton served as braai (grilled over an open fire) or potjie (pot casserole) with vegetables and a surprise dessert also made on the open fire. Tea, coffee, and juice are always available in camp with chilled drinks, beer, wine, etc. available in the evenings. All drinks are included in the cost whilst on the ride. Only drinks at the first night lodges, guest farms, restaurants, and petrol stations while en-route are not included in the package rate.

Dietary Restrictions
We can easily cater to vegetarians. We cannot fully cater to vegans, so please supply your own snacks.


This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Level
Do not underestimate the physical toll living outside take on you- come very fit! You need to be balanced in the saddle and stay off your horse's back without having to hang onto their mouth at all paces. You need to be able to post trot.
If you do not ride regularly (2 - 3 times a week), we strongly recommend that you get into practice before joining one of our challenging safaris. This is a challenging ride suitable for confident intermediate riders. Please not, we reserve the right to prevent anyone from riding if we feel they do not fulfill the minimum competence level as indicated or if weight and fitness level do not fall within that recommended for these challenging safaris.

Pace
You will ride in the morning for 4-5 hours, have a lunch break for 1-2 hours, and then continue riding for another 2-3 hours, totaling around 6-8 hours per day in the saddle for 7 days. You will cover 20-60km per day at all paces and over rough terrain. Other days may be less. 
Pace depends on the terrain and temperatures as well as on fitness and weight of riders with walk, trot, canter and gallop.  This ride includes the challenging crossing of the Namib dune sea as well as big, big plains for fast riding...and seeing the Namib's wild horses.
Because Namibia has such wide-open spaces, it is possible to accommodate up to 15 riders on most trails plus 2 - 3 riding guides.

Horses
Your horse will be chosen from a mixed herd of many breeds i.e. Arab, Haflinger, Trakehner, ranch horses, they are small to medium-sized (14.3 to almost 16 hands) sure-footed horses raised on rough terrain, some of them with experience in endurance riding, and every one of them a kind, reliable companion that deserves the very best treatment and care.
Each rider is responsible for grooming, regularly checking over, and tacking up their own horse (assistance is given when required). It is this experience that cements the bond between you and the horse you must rely on to carry you across the desert.

Tack 
We use skirted endurance type saddles with heavy padding for the comfort of horse and rider. Each saddle is fitted with two specially made water bottle holders (water bottles supplied). If you normally ride with a sheepskin bumnah you may bring your own (western shaped). We use a simple snaffle bridle over the halter

Weight Limit 
We have a strict weight limit of 85 kg dressed in your riding gear – fit riders heavier than this will need to hire a 2nd horse. Our absolute maximum weight limit is 93 kg.

Hard Hats
Hard hats are obligatory, unless medical insurers acknowledge that you will still be insured, should you choose not to wear a hard hat.

Safety
Your safety and enjoyment are of paramount importance to us while you are our guest. Please alert us to any personal medical condition, allergies included and ensure you have all essential personal medication before arriving in Windhoek.

Children & Non-Riders
Experienced children riders who are accompanied by their parents are welcome – but please remember that these rides can be quite strenuous – so parents must use their judgment as to whether their children are suitable. Anyone unable to keep up with the group may have to travel in the support vehicle at some times. Non-riding companions are also welcome to join the trip and travel with the trucks.

Insurance
Comprehensive medical insurance is required to ride with us. Ensure repatriation is included in your policy. Travel insurance is recommended.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Camp life has a leisurely pace - days begin at sunrise with the aroma of freshly brewed 100% Arabica coffee wafting through camp. After a hearty breakfast we start riding around 8am for 4 - 5 hours. Lunch breaks are 1 - 2 hours, followed by another 2 - 3 hours riding in the afternoon.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako Airport before 17:00– airport transfer to overnight lodge where you will meet the other riders and guide for dinner and a briefing.

Day 2: Wolwedans       
Early breakfast and then transfer to the desert at Wolwedans. Lunch en-route and arrive in camp in time for sundowners and to meet the crew and horses.

Days 3 to 8: Desert Wonderland   
We ride across plains of truly unspoiled countryside where sentinel inselbergs dot the desertscape. Lunch is enjoyed under a convenient tree or interesting spot with a good view. Overnight camps are chosen for their spectacular views and we arrive in time to enjoy sundowners in the soft pastel light the Namib is known for.
Sleeping under the magnificent starry sky has its own kind of magic - few places on earth afford so little light pollution and an incomparable view of the southern constellation.

Days 9: To the Mountains           
We end our ride among the mountains near Aus.

Day 10: Wild Horses and Towns
Depending on Air Namibia’s schedule, from our last night camp in Geistershlucht (Ghost valley) we visit the Namib’s – the wild horses of the Namib and visit the coastal town of Luderitz, visiting the extraordinary ‘ghost town’ of Kolmanskop – the town the desert is ‘reclaiming’.

Day 11: Departure 
After breakfast we transfer back to Windhoek Int Airport (just over 7-hour commute) arriving in time for departure flights after 17:00.


Rates and Dates for Wild Horses Safari

Rates include:

Accommodations (1 night in a lodge, 9 nights camping), meals and drinks at on the ride, ground transfers from Windhoek Airport, 7 riding days, visit to the wild horses of the Namib, the town of Ludertiz, and Kolmanskop

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionGBP ~US$
    A
    202011-day trip, AP£4740$6165
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.3

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionGBP~US$
2020 Transfer from/to Windhoek Airport included £ 0 $0
2020 Single supplement - if requested only £ 240 $315
2020 Over 85 kg (extra horse charge) £ 965 $1,255

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 04/22 - 05/02 11d / 10n 11-day trip, AP 4 /15 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Drinks and refreshments at lodges/ restaurants, gratuities, extra horse if over 85kg, accommodations and transfers not listed on the itinerary.

Other Info
Meeting: Windhoek
Airport: Windhoek Int Airport
Transfer: Windhoek Int Airport

Climate:
                                                Luderitz‎‎ area


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Source: NOAA
 

Seasons

Lying between 29 and 17 degrees south of the equator and dominated by a subtropical high pressure zone, the Namib enjoys dry sunny weather much of the year.  Parts of the Namib are classified as hyper-arid meaning potential evaporation is 350 times higher than precipitation.  Rainfall (10 – 20 mm annually) in the desert is intermittent but life-giving precipitation from coastal fog, reaching up to 50 km inland and occurring for over 100 day’s a year sustaining fascinating desert adapted life.
Much of the country has very low average rainfall (when it does rain it is between October and April) and temperatures vary hugely seasonally and geographically – coastal areas much cooler than inland, often subject to fog (10 – 20 degrees Celsius).  Day and night temperatures, particularly in winter, vary dramatically.  Weather in desert is always highly variable and unpredictable – come prepared to all weather – layering is key to living in a desert. 

An excellent weather report reference can be found on:
www.yr.no/place/Namibia 

What To Bring:
What to Bring
Place all items in soft luggage, well labeled, and split into 2 bags if over 15kg- lots of pockets help with organizing.

- Light-weight riding hat (recommended - it may be a condition of your insurance, please check)
- A wide-brimmed sun hat with strap or baseball cap
- Light-weight riding shoes/jodhpur boots and comfortable shoes for in camp. 
- Sunglasses on a string plus spare, wrap-around sort if you wear contact lenses
- Bandana/buff to help protect from sun and dust
- Comfortable clothes to ride in including jodhpurs/long trousers and chaps, long sleeved cotton shirts, jersey or long sleeved fleece, sleeveless fleece with pockets
- Lightweight waterproof/windbreaker jacket. Layering is key as temperatures fluctuate during day
- Warm clothes for evenings and to sleep in including a woolly hat (beanie) socks and gloves
- Underwear and socks (men might like to consider cycling shorts)
- Shorts, t-shirts, sarong, flip-flops, comfortable clothes to wear around camp and showers
- Sunblock, lip balm/chap stick
- A towel,  personal toiletries and mosquito repellent. 
- Personal meds including “second skin” plasters to protect areas of skin that might chafe, antihistamine and antiseptic cream, eye-drops. Anyone with chronic medical conditions should discuss medication with their doctor
- Head torch, camera spare batteries, memory card
- Although we provide a warm down-filled bedroll, you may want to add your own fleece or silk lining if you get cold
- Sweets to suck between canters
- A good sense of humour! ​