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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.
This ride features a mixture of lodge accommodation and camping.
You are provided with camp beds and swags (a canvas bag containing sleeping mat, duvet and pillows). Tents are available, but most guests make the most of the opportunity to sleep out under the stars.
Luggage is transported by vehicle, which meets you at the overnight camps and at most of the lunch spots. Bucket showers are set up in the evening so that you can wash off the dust.
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.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Desert Canyons Safari||18 Sep 2020 - 28 Sep 2020||10 nights 10 ngts||$5,805.82||Full|
|Desert Canyons Safari||8 Sep 2021 - 18 Sep 2021||10 nights 10 ngts||$6,006.02||Full|
|Desert Canyons Safari||14 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022||10 nights 10 ngts||$6,006.02||Book|
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 $1,027.70, ($1,067.74 in 2021 & 2022).
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT No single supplement if you are prepared to share, otherwise $253.59 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 $520.52 per person, ($533.87 in 2021 & 2022). These are non-optional transfers and are not refundable.
The starting point for the ride is Cape Town airport in South Africa. We can arrange transfers from here to the start of the ride and back to Cape Town at the end of the ride.
On the first day of the ride your flight should arrive into Cape Town by 09:00 and on the last day your flight should depart after 20:00.
If you wish we can arrange for you to be collected/dropped off in Cape Town itself (a small additional fee applies).
Alternatively you may prefer to self-drive. We can arrange for you to be collected from one of two collection points en-route to the start of the ride.
In the Southern Namib, close to the border of South Africa.
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.
I rode one of the best horses that I have ever ridden - wanted to pack him in my suitcase. The knowledge of the guides (especially Melinda) about the individual horses and their characters and how to ride them was very useful, and nice to see.
An exciting journey from the northern reaches of the Fish River Canyon area, to the Orange River. Experience wide open plains, meandering gorges and dramatic escarpments.
Nights in the canyon can be pretty chilly, so take plenty of layers if you feel the cold.