Namibia - Skeleton Damara Ride

  • Open Oct
  • Set arrivals
  • 10 nights / 8 days of riding | 4 to 8 hours riding per day |
  • Weight limit: 13st 5lbs (85 kg) (187 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 15

Namibia has a unique and spectacular landscape. Riding here means experiencing infinite space and solitude under endless open skies.

On this expedition-style ride, set off from the infamous Skeleton Coast, head out into remote western Damaraland and then journey back towards the wild Atlantic Coast.

Accompanied by experienced guides, ride far off the beaten track and journey through places which may never before have been explored on horseback.

This part of the country boasts incredible geology and is almost other-worldly. There will be challenging terrain to cross and a good dose of adventure along the way.

For this trip, you should be riding fit, in good health and an experienced rider. You must be balanced in the saddle at all paces and fit  enough to ride up to 50-60 km each day.

This will be a challenging ride in a very tough environment, so you need to have a strong personality and a sense of humour, with the ability to see the funny side, even at times of adversity.

The pace is dictated by the terrain - steady riding over rocky surfaces with countless 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.

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 first and last nights are spent in lodges, but the nights in between are basic 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.

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Upcoming Dates

The scheduled dates are set out below for the ten night Skeleton Damara Ride. Additional dates may be possible for private groups of at least ten riders, between April and November. Please enquire for details.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Skeleton Damara Ride 9 Oct 2020 - 19 Oct 2020 10 nights 10 ngts $5,801.12 View (.pdf) Book
Skeleton Damara Ride 15 Oct 2021 - 25 Oct 2021 10 nights 10 ngts $6,001.15 View (.pdf) Book
Skeleton Damara Ride 3 Nov 2021 - 13 Nov 2021 10 nights 10 ngts $6,001.15 View (.pdf) Book
Skeleton Damara Ride 1 Oct 2022 - 11 Oct 2022 10 nights 10 ngts $6,001.15 View (.pdf) Book
Skeleton Damara Ride 21 Oct 2022 - 31 Oct 2022 10 nights 10 ngts $6,001.15 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

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 $1,026.86, ($1,066.87 in 2021 & 2022).

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT  No single supplement if you are prepared to share, otherwise $253.38 to guarantee your own room in lodges (2 nights)

PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks at lodges; tips.

NEAREST AIRPORT Walvis Bay.

TRANSFERS Transfers from Walvis Bay airport on first day, to the start of the ride on the second day and to Windhoek on last day cost $520.10 per person ($533.44 in 2021 & 2022). These are non-optional transfers and are not refundable.


Getting There

The meeting point is Walvis Bay airport, the drop-off point is Windhoek airport and we will arrange transfers for you.

On the first day your flight can arrive at Walvis Bay airport at any time. You will then be transferred to Swakopmund, where you spend the first night. Check-in is usually early afternoon, but if you arrive before this then you should be able to make use of the main facilities until your room is ready.

On departure day the journey back to Windhoek by road usually takes around 6-7 hours. Flights from Windhoek airport should depart after 15:00.

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Location

The ride takes place north west of Windhoek over a combination of rocky desert and open plains.


Weather & Climate

During the months in which the ride runs, days tend to be hot, with temperatures dropping to a few degrees overnight. As you near the coast, dense fog and cold sea breezes can occur.

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Skeleton Damara Ride Riding Specialist

Hannah says

An exploratory style ride taking you from the formidable Skeleton Coast and out into remote western Damaraland where the geology is incredible. The route then heads back towards the rugged Atlantic Coast.

My Top Tip

Preparation is the key for a challenging ride like this. Do as much riding as you can in readiness, so that you enjoy the experience to the max!

Email: hannah@inthesaddle.com

Hannah Moss
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