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Located in the high central plateau, Okapuka is just a 30 minute drive north of Windhoek.
The reserve is home to antelope like oryx, blesbok, klipspringer, kudu, impala, red hartebeest and sable. You should also see rhino, zebra, giraffe and baboon from horseback. Leopard are in evidence, although not often seen.
Explore on horseback more than 85,000 acres of savannah and mountains. Ride through areas of dense bushveld and past pretty groves of Acacia trees. Head out along sandy tracks and follow dry river beds, with the chance for some fast riding. Set off to the uplands where the pace is steady, but you will be rewarded with far-reaching views. During a week-long stay, as you ride through different parts of the reserve, there is a good chance you will see most of the wildlife.
Accommodation is in comfortable rooms with en-suite facilities. At the main lodge there is a restaurant and bar, which look out onto the gardens.
Okapuka is ideal for riders and non-rider alike. Non-riding activities include game drives, guided walks and visits to Windhoek or Okahandja’s wood carving market.
You should be a confident, experienced rider to best enjoy this ride.
You need to be capable of handling a responsive, forward going horse in open country. You must also be able to mount easily from the ground.
The pace includes walk, trot, and canter, with the chance for faster riding on tracks and dry rivers beds.
You will ride some of the most beautiful horses in Africa.
Ingeborg Hernes owns a fine herd of purebred Arabians which include excellent trail horses, endurance horses, stallions, breeding mares and young stock.
Ride in a small group of up to six guests, unless you are part of a larger private group.
You ride in Leon Liversage saddles with sheepskin seat savers. These saddles are designed for the comfort of both horse and rider. Most horses are ridden in snaffle bridles, whilst some go in rope halters.
The weight limit for the safari rides is a strict 85 kg in riding gear.
Okapuka has 16 comfortable guest rooms, situated a short walk from the restaurant and bar area. The rooms have en-suite showers and are furnished with African style.
A traditional thatched building houses the restaurant and bar. In the evening the bar provides a perfect setting for watching the antelope, which often come to graze on the lawn.
There are two swimming pools (not heated), which are perfect for cooling down after a dusty ride.
There are no set dates, so you may arrive and depart on any day. We recommend a stay of at least seven nights, but the minimum stay is three nights.
Sample Itinerary for Okapuka Ranch Stay
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RIDE PRICE Stays of any length are possible. The following is for 7 nights.
Discount of 15% for children under 12 years.
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; riding.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT applies if you are in a single room, $395.18 (refunded if a sharer is found).
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; game drives; transfers; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Windhoek.
TRANSFERS $237.70 per vehicle return from Windhoek airport. $118.85 per vehicle return from Windhoek city (max 4 passengers per vehicle).
The nearest international airport is Windhoek. We can arrange a vehicle to meet you on arrival and transfer you directly to the ranch, a drive of approximately an hour.
If you arrive early in the morning on the Air Namibia flight it is possible that your room will not be ready for immediate check-in but the lodge is very comfortable to relax in after the journey should you have a short wait. If arriving early afternoon there is usually time for the ride safety briefing and an introductory ride. But if you are arriving late afternoon, then the ride safety briefing will be given before dinner (otherwise it will be given the following morning before your introductory ride).
If your departure flight leaves around midday then you will depart from Okapuka after breakfast. If departing later in the day then there should be time for a final morning ride.
A road journey of around half an hour from the capital, Windhoek.
Spring and Autumn are mild. Mid-summer is hot. Winter will be around 20°C during the day, dropping to a few degrees at night.
We have had an amazing trip to Okapuka Lodge in Namibia. The weather, location, horses and guides were all first class. Ingeborg and Iris were so friendly and relaxed but still very professional and aware of our safety. The horses were very fit and forward going and the riding was varied and fast. Seeing all the game so close by was an added bonus. Its so much more natural to see the animals on horseback rather than in a vehicle.
Alison ,HertfordshireOverall rating: 5/5
We are often asked what makes a perfect riding safari. There are many ingredients that can make a good safari great. We think the priorities are top quality horses, variety of game, excellent guiding and fabulous riding. At Okapuka you will find these in abundance.
Evenings can be chilly especially in winter (May-August), so bring clothes that can be worn in layers.