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Damara Elephant Trail to Skeleton Coast

Itinerary for Damara Elephant Trail to Skeleton Coast

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Days begin at sunrise with the delightful aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting through camp followed by breakfast. Departure is generally by 8am with 4 – 5 hours riding before lunch. Lunch breaks are an hour to 2 hours followed by another 2 – 3 hours riding in the afternoon.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako Airport – preferably by 5 pm. Overnight in Windhoek.

Day 2: Windhoek to Twyfelfontein
After an early breakfast next day, we journey north (about a 7-hour transfer including a lunch stop en route) through some spectacular Namibian landscapes to our camp at Twyfelfontein (Doubtful spring) where you will meet the horses and crew. Overnight at Aba Huab camp.

Days 3: Huab
Your first ride is in the Aba Huab watershed, where good going invites a few brisk canters, allows you to get more acquainted with your horse and the terrain. We return to camp for lunch after which we visit the San Rock Engravings ending with a sundowner with a panoramic view of this wild magnificence. Overnight at Aba Huab camp.

Days 4, 5, 6, & 7: Huab + Ugab River systems
With the rising sun at our backs, we begin our westward journey to the distant Atlantic. In these ephemeral river systems the cycles of rainfall dictate the seasonal movement of game which is not concentrated, but we can encounter Elephants, Rhino, Oryx, Springbok, and other desert-adapted game. Here huge glacial valleys, impressive Tableland mountains, exhumed by erosion, and folds and fractures resulting from cataclysmic eruptions present a well preserved snapshots of a land of great antiquity.

Days 8, 9, & 10: The Great Plains
Leaving the river valleys we now cross the vastness of open plains with the striking massive of the Brandberg (burning mountain) forming a dramatic backdrop. Here endless plains allow for some fast-paced riding as we approach the dramatic Messum Caldera, the eroded remains of a massive collapsed volcano. Our last ride takes us to the ocean at last - the spectacularly formidable Skeleton Coast, apparently so called for the wrecked hulks of stranded ships which dot this coastline. The cold upwelling Benguela Current results in some diverse weather conditions from hot desert easterlies to cold south Atlantic westerly’s – a place of extremes! We overnight in the small coastal town of Henties Bay in a private house with the most spectacular view over the Atlantic Ocean. Our last meal together is freshly caught Atlantic Fish done to perfection over the coals.

Day 11: Departure
Departure for Windhoek Airport, arriving in time for flights departing after 15:00 (recommended is SA 77 to Johannesburg or Air Namibia’s late flight direct to Frankfurt). There are many other options of course.

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Damara Elephant Trail to Skeleton Coast
Tour Code: PG-NADT
11 days / 10 nights ~$6,470.00
Dates : June to August

Trip Rating :
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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A 2021 06/23 - 07/03 11d / 10n 11 day trip, AP 4 /15 Reserve
A 2021 08/20 - 08/30 11d / 10n 11 day trip, AP 4 /15 Reserve
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Tack: Skirted endurance-type saddles
Horses: Arab, Haflinger, Lipizzaner, Trakehner...
Pace: 20- 50km (13 to 30 miles) a day, up t...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Windhoek
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