This is a truly exceptional 10 night ride from Twyfelfontein (Doubtful spring) to the Skeleton Coast: encounter elephant, rhino, plains game and possibly even lion in one of the most remote landscapes you can imagine. Because of this and the long days in the saddle, this is not for inexperienced riders but it just might be the most thrilling riding adventure of your life. Largely inaccessible, Damaraland is a spectacular part of Namibia. If you are not astonished by the amazing colours and vast open spaces, rugged landscapes, ancient craters and remnants of prehistoric times, not to mention the forbidding Skeleton Coast, we will figuratively “eat our hats”.
You will fly into Windhoek where you will meet the group and spend one night before a 7-hour drive through some spectacular Namibian landscapes (just whetting your appetite for the days to come) at camp at Twyfelfontein in time to visit the rock engravings before settling in for the night.
Days 3 -6. With the sun on your back you will start the westward journey towards the Atlantic. Riding through ephemeral river systems, the rainfall will dictate the movement of the game but you can hope to see elephants, rhino, oryx, springbok and other desert-adapted game. Whilst seeing game is a matter of luck, you will definitely see the huge glacial valleys, the Tableland Mountains exhumed by erosion and fractures resulting from long-ago eruptions.
Day 7-10. Leaving the river valleys, you will cross the vast open plains with the Brandberg (burning mountain) as your back drop. You will understand the significance of the name when you see the amazing red colour of the soil. Now is your chance for some fast riding as you head towards the dramatic Messum Caldera in the Goboboseb mountains formed over 130 million years ago. The last ride of the day takes you to Skeleton Coast, so called because of the number of wrecked hulls that dot this coastline. Your last night of this trip will be in a private house in Henties Bay overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Dinner will be barbequed fresh Atlantic fish.
Day 11. After an early breakfast, you will be driven the 6 hours back to Windhoek in time for any flight after 1500 or to start another adventure.
2023 dates: June 14-24 and August 9-19