• Days begin at sunrise, departure is generally by 8am with 4 - 5hours riding before lunch. Lunch breaks are an hour to 2 1⁄2 hours fol- lowed by another 2 – 3 hours riding in the afternoon. 
  • We can average anything from 20 – 50 km riding per day, all paces, sometimes over rough terrain. Please note that this is a desert so routes can change due to unpredictable weather and other unforeseen circumstances.
  • The truck does not accompany the backup for days 4 – 6 so packing two smaller bags instead of one large one is advantageous. Please use only soft luggage of no more than 20 kg per person.
  • Please enquire for the option to fly-in to the start of the ride at Twyfelfontein and flight options at the end of the ride from Walvis Bay.
  • Because of the remoteness of our rides it is essential that riders ensure they are covered for emergency evacuation. See our website for de- tails of local cover available. 

After breakfast the transfer leaves early for Windhoek (a 5-6 hour commute) arriving at Windhoek International Airport in time for flights leaving after 15:00 

 DAY 11

Leaving the river valleys we now cross the vastness of open plains with the striking massive of the Brandberg (brunt’berg meaning ‘burning mountain’) forming a dramatic backdrop. Here endless plains allow for some fast-paced riding as we approach the dramatic Messum Caldera, the eroded remains of a massive collapsed volcano. Our last ride takes us to the ocean at last - the spectacularly formidable Skeleton Coast, apparently so called for the wrecked hulks of stranded ships which dot this coastline. The cold, upwelling Benquela Current results in some diverse weather conditions from hot desert easterlies to cold south Atlantic westerly’s – a place of extremes! An excursion to the Cape Fur Seal colony at Cape Cross and overnight at the very comfortable Cape Cross Lodge conclude this memorable adventure. 

 DAY 8 – 10: The Great Plains 

Fly Camp

Most guests choose to sleep out under the glorious canopy of desert stars during the ride - a very special experience.  Large dome tents are provided if required (two people sharing). Camp beds are supplied with a bedroll consisting of a canvas bag containing an insulating mattress, down duvet and pillow. You are welcome to add a fleece liner to the sleeping role if you feel you might get cold but extra blankets are available on request. Hot ‘bucket showers’ are available at most camps. Overnight camps are usually pitched at sunset where typically Namibian meals are cooked over an open fire - all meals are included in the package. Breakfast is typically porridge or cereal, coffee or tea and a hot dish.

You will be met at Windhoek’s International airport and transferred to your overnight accommodation where you will meet fellow riders and guide for dinner and a briefing. After an early breakfast next day we journey north (about a 7-hour transfer including a lunch stop en route) through some spectacular Namibian landscapes to our camp at Twyfelfontein (Doubtful spring) where you will meet the horses and crew.
Your first ride is in the Aba Huab watershed, where good going invites a few brisk canters, allows you to get more acquainted with your horse. We return to camp for lunch after which we visit the San Rock Engravings ending with a sundowner with a panoramic view of this wild magnificence. 

"Damaraland Elephant Horseback Safari"

6 Nights / 7 Days

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A landscape ranging from boulder-strewn plains to curious rock formations surrounded by sand dunes. This is prime desert-adapted elephant territory, where herds traverse the Aba-Huab riverbed seasonally in search of water and vegetation. Wildlife viewing concentrates along the riverbed and valleys. While there are no large concentrations of wildlife, this arid environment is home to gemsbok, springbok and variety of other species, including occasional black rhino and cheetah. Birdlife is excellent with several Namibian endemics such as Monteiro’s Hornbill and Rüpell’s Korhaan. Africa’s largest collection of petroglyphs (prehistoric rock engravings) and San rock art are to be found at Twyfelfontein. ​

Wildlife & Scenery of the area 

 About the Camps

A landscape ranging from boulder-strewn plains to curious rock formations surrounded by sand dunes. This is prime desert-adapted elephant territory, where herds traverse the Aba-Huab riverbed seasonally in search of water and vegetation. Wildlife viewing concentrates along the riverbed and valleys. While there are no large concentrations of wildlife, this arid environment is home to gemsbok, springbok and variety of other species, including occasional black rhino and cheetah. Birdlife is excellent with several Namibian endemics such as Monteiro’s Hornbill and Rüpell’s Korhaan. Africa’s largest collection of petroglyphs (prehistoric rock engravings) and San rock art are to be found at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site. 

 About Damaraland

 Itinerary - 10 Nights / 11 Days

 DAY 4 - 7: Huab (hoo’ub) and Ugab (oo’ghub) Rivers 

With the rising sun at our backs, we begin our westward journey to the distant Atlantic. In these ephemeral river systems the cycles of rainfall dictate the seasonal movement of game which is not concentrated, but we can encounter Elephants, Rhino, Oryx, Springbok, and other desert-adapted game. Here huge glacial valleys and impressive Tableland mountains exhumed by erosion, folds and fractures resulting from cataclysmic eruptions present a well preserved snapshot of a land of great antiquity. 

 DAY 1 - 3: Windhoek to Twyfelfontein

Namibia has many great natural assets, not least of these are its dramatic landforms - exposed for all to see like the pages in a book they capture both the imagination and the senses. Damaraland (dah-mah’rah land), with its tortured volcanic history, free-ranging big game, and huge ephemeral river systems is a good example of the adage that real voyages of discovery consist not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. Inaccessible and extremely rugged and yet etched with poignantly delicate colours, this is true wilderness. These are the real wonders of this earth, these hauntingly beautiful vistas and ancient landscapes.
From Twyfelfontein (tway’full-fon’tayn) to Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast, the sheer remoteness of this challenging riding safari makes them unsuitable for inexperienced riders since encounters with Elephant, Rhino and even Lion are possible.
On the other hand, this could be the most thrilling horse riding safari of your life!