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Great Namibian Desert Trail

Great Namibian Desert Trail
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Central Namibia offers spectacular and fascinating contrasts; from Khomas Highland mountains and escarpment to the Kuiseb Canyon; the Tinkas, Tumas and Welwitschia plains, Moon Valley, the seasonal Swakop River and the coastal dunes of the Atlantic Ocean. Crossing the oldest desert in the world on horseback is an experience of a lifetime!
Explore unique and spectacular desert landscapes on super fit and responsive horses. These are true adventures not for the faint-hearted. This is one of the most challenging rides - crossing the desert from inland near to Windhoek and finishing on the coast at Swakopmund.
You will ride fast for long stretches and yet, with some preparation, it is within the capabilities of most seasoned riders. Throughout the rides you are accompanied by an excellent horse people and adventurer whose riding and organizational skills will continually impress you. The horses are strong and fit as they live on the rough terrain in the bush.
This ride is a 250 mile adventure which takes you through some of the most remote and spectacular parts of Namibia. The expedition starts inland at the farm base near to Windhoek and from here passes through gentle undulating hills and mountain escarpments out onto the rocky desert and finally to the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast. The trail finishes in Swakopmund on the coast. The Naukluft conservation area supports large herds of mountain zebra and in the Namib you may come across the prehistoric looking Welwitschia plant which spreads its tentacles across the desert floor.
Luggage is transported by truck and a simple camp is set up each evening. Tents are provided, although a highlight for many people is the opportunity to sleep out under the spectacular stars of the African sky.
This ride is also one of the toughest rides in the world and not for the faint hearted. Tremendously rewarding, it challenges you the rider and builds mutual respect between yourself and your horse.

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

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

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    Great Namibian Desert Trail
    Tour Code: PG-NANW
    11 days / 10 nights ~$5,590.00
    Dates : April to Oct

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    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    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.
    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.
    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,
    Airport: Windhoek
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