Namibia’s raw, untamed beauty makes it ideal for those hoping to get off the beaten track and while some areas remain inaccessible by vehicle you can still saddle up in these remote climes.
Canter across the Namib, the world’s oldest desert; spy the majestic Fish River Canyon from atop your mount, encounter desert adapted elephant in Damaraland, and ride with oryx, ostrich and mountain zebra across one of the largest private nature reserves in Southern Africa.
These are just some of the once-in-a-lifetime experiences on offer, the country's rocky hills and riverbeds, gravel plains and open stretches of sand presenting exciting challenges.
Having adapted to the sun-blistered plains of Damaraland, herds of elephant are encountered seasonally along the Huab and Ugab Rivers; rhino, oryx and springbok also inhabiting this ruggedly beautiful region. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Twyfelfontein, is home to ancient bushman paintings and the remote Skeleton Coast is one of the most captivating, yet least visited places on the planet so well worth the visit.
The Namib Desert is filled with enchanting and otherworldly backdrops. Traverse the rugged terraces of the Kuiseb Canyon and Moon Valley's luna-esque landscape, a variety of wildlife including gemsbok, giraffe, mountain zebra and ostrich often spied en route. Cross the Tinkas, Tumas and Welwitschia plains and view an unspoilt Namibia, from the Khomas Hochland mountains through to the Atlantic Ocean.
At the end of trail sleep out under a blanket of stars and enjoy a taste of Southern Africa with potjies and braais cooked over an open fire.
Namibia was featured on ITV’s “Slow Train Through Africa,” the UK series hosted by comedian and presenter, Griff Rhys Jones. Jones visited The Africat Foundation and Etosha National Park, the country’s permier wildlife viewing destination. Sure to be a blockbuster with “set-jetters” the soon to be released Mad Max movie was also filmed in the Namib Desert.