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Namibia - Okapuka
Okapuka Horse Safaris is situated on a game reserve in the high central plateau about 30 minutes’ drive north of Windhoek.
Species found here include white rhino, oryx, blesbok, zebra, giraffe, klipspringer, kudu, baboon, impala, red hartebeest and sable. It’s leopard country, although they are very elusive so you are unlikely to see any.
Explore on horseback more than 85,000 acres of savannah and mountains. Some riding routes take you through areas of dense bushveld and groves of Acacia trees, others go along the sandy tracks and dry river beds ideal for faster riding. Rides into the uplands are scenic, but tend to be steadier due to the mountain terrain. During a week-long stay as you ride through different parts of the reserve you have a good chance of seeing most of the wildlife.
This safari is perfect for those who would prefer not to be under canvas or without electricity, as you stay 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. Game drives, guided walks and visits to Windhoek or Okahandja wood carving market can be arranged.
You should be a confident, experienced rider capable of handling a responsive, forward going horse in open country and able to mount easily from the ground. The pace includes walk, trot, canter with the chance for some 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 normally up to six guests, unless you are part of a larger group booking.
The saddles are Leon Liversage with sheepskin seat savers, they are designed to be comfortable for both horse and rider. The horses are mostly ridden in snaffle bridles, but some go in rope halters.
The weight limit for the safari rides is a strict 85 kg in riding gear.
Okapuka has 16 comfortable Park Rooms situated a short walk from the restaurant and bar area. The rooms have an en-suite shower and are furnished with African style.
The restaurant and bar are in the main lodge, a thatched building overlooking a the gardens. In the evening the bar provides a perfect setting for watching the antelope which often graze on the lawn.
There are two swimming pools (not heated) perfect for cooling down after a dusty ride.
There are no set dates, so you may arrive and depart 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, £325.68 (refunded if a sharer is found).
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; game drives; transfers; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Windhoek.
TRANSFERS £195.89 per vehicle return from Windhoek airport or £107.73 per vehicle return from Windhoek city (max 6 passengers per vehicle).
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, but 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 (June - September) so bring clothes that can be worn in layers.