- Open Aug-Sep
- Set arrivals
- 10 nights / 8 days of riding | 4 to 8 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Cape Town
- Weight limit: 13st 5lbs (85 kg) (187 pounds)
- Usual maximum: 15
A ten night adventure in the south of Namibia, where you can experience wide open spaces and limitless riding. You ride through landscapes characterised by rocky canyons, desert plains and the Orange River. You might spot plains game like zebra and oryx along the way.
The terrain varies from rocky hills, to dry riverbeds and open gravel plains. The riding route begins in the upper Fish River Canyon, from here you follow the course of the Gaap River and traverse several small canyons. Visit a viewpoint of the Fish River Canyon (on foot), and then continue riding out onto the Nama Karoo plains. The ride finishes on the banks of the Orange River.
You must be an experienced rider, balanced in the saddle at all paces and fit enough to ride up to 50 km in one day.
The pace is dictated by the terrain - slower riding over rocky surfaces with some long canters and gallops out on the plains.
The horses are fit and tough. They range in height from 14.2hh to around 16hh. Selected for their attributes rather than their breeding, they are a mixture of Arab crosses, Namibian warmbloods, Trakehners and Boerperds. All the horses are forward-going, so don't ask for a spirited horse unless you are skilled at handling a sensitive horse at speed.
You ride English style in South African trail saddles, with simple bridles. Each rider is expected to prepare their own horse throughout the expedition.
There may be stretches where you need to lead your horse over rocky ground, so your boots must have sturdy soles.
The weight limit is 85 kg in riding gear. It may be possible to accommodate riders up to 93 kg subject to payment of an additional horse supplement. Please enquire for availability.
The scheduled dates are set out below. Additional dates may be possible for private groups (ten riders) between April and September. Please enquire for details.
||Experience LevelExp Lvl
||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep
|Desert Canyons Safari
|18 Sep 2020 - 28 Sep 2020
INCLUDES Accommodation; all meals; drinks when on the trail; tent; swag; horses; guide; backup vehicle.
The weight limit is 85 kg in riding gear. Riders up to 93 kg may be accommodated subject to availability and payment of an extra horse supplement $962.59 ($988.26 in 2020)
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT No single supplement if you are prepared to share, otherwise $231.02 ($243.86 in 2020) to guarantee your own room in lodges.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks at lodges; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Cape Town for arrival and departure.
TRANSFERS Transfers from Cape Town airport on first day, to the start of the ride on the second day and back to Cape Town on last day cost $468.46 ($500.55 in 2020) per person. These are non-optional transfers and are not refundable.
In the Southern Namib, close to the border of South Africa.
Weather & Climate
Namibia has a dry and arid climate. During the months in which the ride runs, days tend to be warm to hot, with temperatures dropping to a few degrees overnight.