Namib Desert Hike
The Naukluft Mountains are a scenic and unspoilt range of ravines, gorges, plateaux and peaks on the edge of the Namib-Naukluft Park in central Namibia. This 5-day hike is a tough but rewarding trek along the ridge staying in rustic overnight huts and dipping into springs and rivers as you go.
Rocky mountains, tree-lined ravines and endless vistas across a vast uninhabited mountain realm in central Namibia, the Naukluft Mountain Trek takes you far, far off the beaten track.
With plenty of ups and downs on rocky terrain carrying all your supplies this is by no means an easy walk. But it is beautiful. Not famed for its wildlife you will nonetheless see wildebeest, kudu, the endemic Hartmann's mountain zebra, klipspringer and springbok plus plenty of birds and some fascinating plants and all around you the scenic beauty of the Namib stretches into the horizon.
Sleep in rustic overnight huts - nocturnal wildlife prohibits sleeping out in the open - with most basic of facilities; your guide prepares all meals and the hiking tour starts and ends in Windhoek. Better yet, combine this hike with other hikes around Namibia or give your legs a rest and continue onwards with a self-drive or guided general tour and safari through Namibia.
The Naukluft Mountain Trek runs from March to October with groups no bigger than 7 so you'd be well advised to book long in advance.
Arrive in Windhoek and explore the town at leisure, picking up any last minute supplies from the numerous well-stocked outdoor adventure shops. Visit museums, galleries, markets, the township and enjoy a fine meal at one of many excellent restaurants.
We will collected you from your Windhoek accommodation at 8am so it's an early start today. Drive south and west across the plateau and into the Namib-Naukluft Park - one of the world's largest nature conservancies.
Transfer into the park to Hiker's Haven where you will overnight and prepare for tomorrow's walk, sharing out the equipment and enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by your guide.
A gentle day one will ease you into a somewhat false confidence with just two steep-ish ascents breaking up the fairly level terrain along a well-used zebra path. Enjoy the views already forming 300m below you and the humps of the surrounding mountains turning blue in the distance.
A water pump at your first night on the hike is a welcome addition to the basic hut that awaits you. Spend the evening under the stars marvelling in the knowledge that there is no human habitation for many, many miles around you. The stars, the solitude and the late-night nonsense talk are the perfect end to a day's hike.
Walking Details: 14km, 8 hours, 200m ascent
Your second day of hiking gets a little more intense as the terrain atop the plateau begins to undulate into a ravines and rocky peaks. The view is always there, always changing and always making the whole exercise worthwhile.
A steep descent, aided by chains, takes you down the scenic Ubusis Kloof to the overnight hut of the same name.
Ubusis Hut was once a holiday cottage for the former farm owners long before the Park was proclaimed. The view and setting are nothing short of spectacular and if you've got the energy, a short stroll will take you to an awesome sundowner spot.
Walking Details: 15km, 9 hours, 120m ascent, 400m descent
Reverse the pain by retracing your steps up Ubusis Kloof to Bergpos where the trek continues with a level route along the plateau (making up for the unkind but necessary backtracking).
Here is the best place to see wildlife and another short stroll from camp will take you to a sunset spot looking down and out across the desert hundreds of metres below. It is magical.
Walking Details: 12km, 6 hours, 300m ascent, 100m descent
From more of the relatively level ground, you will drop into a gorge and pick your way down past springs and huge trees growing seemingly out of the rocks. An alternative route adds 6km to the total trek and goes by way of a perennial pool en route to Hiker's Haven where you started the trail. The shorter route goes to the Tsams Ost Shelter where you'll be collected and transferred to a simple guest farm that, under the circumstances, will pass for five-star luxury with just a hot shower, cold drink, hearty meal and comfy bed.
Both routes provide further opportunities to see kudu, wildebeest, springbok and klipspringer though they are far more at home in these mountains than you are so you'll need to keep your eyes peeled.
Walking Details: 17km, 8 hours, 150m ascent, 350m descent Alternate Route: 23km, 10 hours, 150m ascent, 350m descent
After breakfast, we'll transfer you back to your accommodation in Windhoek which takes about 6 hours across yet more scenic mountain passes to the highlands of central Namibia.
Or you can combine the Naukluft Mountain Trek with a visit to Sossusvlei and onwards to Damaraland and Etosha via the Skeleton Coast. The options are almost limitless so talk to your Travel Expert now to come up with the best possible combination for your Namibian trip of a lifetime.
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