Tok Tokkie Walking Trail
The NamibRand is a massive private nature reserve on the edge of the Namib marking the transition between the true desert and the mountainous range that guards it. While you will see wildlife, this hike is about the unique and spectacular desert scenery and discovering the minute details of thriving ecosystem in the world's oldest desert. Truly a unique hike that ranks among the best.
The Namib Desert Hike is the full hiking version of the more luxurious Tok Tokkie Trail where instead of a hot shower and three course meal awaiting you each night, you bed down on the ground under the stars and carry all your own supplies. Just the way nature intended.
Water is deposited at your overnight stops so you don't have to lug gallons of the stuff across the desert. The tour starts and ends in Windhoek and includes pick-up and transfer from your accommodation to the hike. The hike is led by an expert guide and groups are small with a general maximum of 7 so book early. The tour runs from April to October during the cooler months.
The Namib is a beautiful and vast piece of uninhabited nature reserve. Multi-coloured mountain ranges rise into the sky on the horizon, rust-red sand dunes ripple with the wind and soft white grass sways in the desert breeze and a great dome of blue sky presides over the whole tableau. Stately oryx grace the plains and springbok, ostriches and many fascinating desert creatures form part of this amazing ecosystem.
This hiking tour can easily be combined with a general self-drive or guided tour of Namibia with Sossusvlei a little further on and the rest of the country aching to be explored.
Arrive in Windhoek and spend the day exploring the town and the evening enjoying a fine meal. Namibia's capital city has several galleries, museums and craft markets to explore and you can stock up on last-minute hiking supplies at one of the well-stocked outdoor shops.
Pick up from your Windhoek accommodation is a fairly early 8am to cover the scenic 6-hour drive south into the NamibRand Nature Reserve.
On arrival at the start point, you will share out the hiking equipment and set off for a short afternoon taster of two to three hours over the red sand dunes and savannah favoured by the oryxes and springbok that live in these testing conditions.
Your first night in the desert will be a night to remember and that's a fact. The stars, the stillness and that unmistakable feeling of being very, very far from civilisation is what brought you here in the first place. You won't be disappointed. Your guide prepares a hikers' meal and there is water deposited at strategic places along your route.
Walking Details: ??km, 3 hours stopping often to inspect the desert's details
The hike gets properly underway today with a good trek across the grassy sand dunes, gravel plains and dry rivercourses with the Nubib Mountains rising sheer out of the flat one-time (millions of years ago) seabed.
Scale the Schafsberg Mountain and enjoy the spectacular view from this vantage point. You will then head to the much larger Gorassis Mountain and set up camp about 100m up the foothills.
If there's time you can explore the gorges and enjoy the desert lit up by the sunset colours before joining the group for another hearty hikers' meal and a night under the stars.
Walking Details: ????km, 7 hours
Another long day's walk greets you today with probably the toughest leg of the entire hike. Continue up the Gorassis Mountain picking your way through the rocks and trees 450m up. Needless to say the view from the top is astounding and it's a rather obvious place to stop for lunch and a rest.
The descent is no less arduous with loose stones and big rocks making for slow and careful going. Then it's a three-hour walk across the gently undulated grassy-covered dunes of Horseshoe Wilderness Area to your overnight spot.
Walking Details: ????km, 7 hours
You've earned a gentle home stretch and the last two hours of the Desert Hike will have you aching to keep going. Traverse the grassy dunes amid more oryx and springbok with the camelthorn trees providing welcome shade.
A hot shower and cold drink await at the end point farmhouse from where you will hit the road back to Windhoek after an incredible desert hike.
For a complete Namibia adventure we recommend adding the Namib Desert Hike to a general tour with Sossusvlei being not far from here and the rest of Namibia waiting, patiently as it has done for millions of years, to be discovered and enjoyed. Talk to your Travel Expert about the options, they are almost without limit.
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