The NamibRand, on the edge of the vast Namib-Naukluft Park, is an area of outstanding beauty and complete isolation from the modern world. The Tok Tokkie Walking Trail takes you through this ancient land, across spectacular landscapes, up close with a variety of desert-adapted wildlife and under a night sky of unparalleled clarity.
Covering more than 200,000 hectares, the NamibRand is a huge self-sustaining eco-venture protecting the pro-Namib biome - the transition zone between the Namib Desert and the uplands of inland Namibia.
The Tok Tokkie Walking Trail takes you through this spectacular and pristine environment on a luxury, fully-portered hike with overnight stops in semi-permanent camps with hot-water bucket showers, three course dinners and the open skies and vast vistas as your stage.
The tour can easily be added to any standard self-drive or guided tour of Namibia. Group sizes on this fully inclusive walk range from 2 to 8 and, while you only carry your water and day pack, walking up to 8 hours in one day requires a good level of fitness. Temperatures can be extreme in the desert with hot days and cold nights.
Arrive in Windhoek and collect your hired car (or your guide will meet you at the airport) and transfer to your Windhoek accommodation. Better yet, hit the road south towards the NamibRand Nature Reserve and stop over at Red Dunes Lodge for the wonderful two-day Trans Kalahari Walk.
In Windhoek you can explore the museums, galleries, market and township and make any last-minute purchases at the numerous outdoor adventure shops.
The Tok Tokkie starting point is in the NamibRand Nature Reserve about two hours' south of Sossusvlei; a six-hour drive from Windhoek or a four-hour drive from your Kalahari overnight stop.
Arrive in time for a de-briefing at 2pm or earlier if you've booked lunch. Your luggage is sent ahead by vehicle to the overnight camp and after a quick drink and light snack the trail begins. Traverse the grass-covered sandy plains with their fairy circles and over the gently rolling red dunes.
Dine under the stars, sleep on stretcher beds in the open and enjoy the basic comforts of a makeshift bathroom with bush toilet, hot-water bucket shower and hand basin.
Walking time: 2 hours
Arise before sunrise with a steaming mug of coffee and watch the dawn break over surely one of the most beautiful scenes you can imagine. A good breakfast will fortify you for the full day's walk ahead.
Today you will experience more of the beautiful NamibRand scenery as your guide brings the seemingly lifeless desert into full bloom. Though elusive, oryx, springbok, foxes, ostriches and other small mammals are easy to spot across the plains; your guide will look out for dune larks, lappet-faced vultures and other Namibian specials and all the while you will discover such fascinating creatures as the flightless wasp, the barking gecko, the dancing white lady and of course the delightful tok tokkie after which the trail is named.
Stop for lunch and a snooze at a suitably scenic and shady spot while the heat dissipates then set off for the afternoon home stretch.
Arrive at camp in time for a scenic sunset and an ice cold drink on a comfy camp chair; refresh yourself with a hot shower while dinner is prepared for you for another wonderful night under the desert sky.
Walking time: 8 hours
Keeping things civilised, despite your pre-dawn start, your third day on the trail is a gentle 3-hour stroll over grassy plains dotted with acacias and wildlife. All the while dramatic mountains and inselbergs rise out of the horizon making your photographs something special.
Arrive full circle at the Tok Tokkie Farmhouse in time for lunch and either spend the night or hit the road to Sossusvlei for even more amazing experiences of the world's oldest desert.
Walking time: 3 hours
The options for combining the Tok Tokkie Walking Trail with a general tour of the region are almost without limit so talk to your Travel Expert to get the best out of Namibia, one of Earth's truly rare gems.
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