Tok Tokkie Walking Trail
The Kalahari. Words cannot describe the sense of timeless natural beauty this vast sandy basin commands. Burnt ochre dunes form an endless sea of waves, sheltering valleys of silky soft grass and picturesque acacia trees. The Kalahari's seemingly arid habitat supports a surprising variety of wildlife and this two-day luxury portered walk through a private nature reserve is the ultimate Kalahari experience.
Starting and ending at Red Dunes Lodge, the Trans-Kalahari Walk is a guided hike through the dune valleys and savannah of the Kalahari and into the grassy plains of the Karoo biome. A day pack is sufficient as you overnight at a permanent tented camp in the private nature reserve.
This hike is a scenic, game viewing exploration of the magical Kalahari. Along the way you can expect to see giraffe, Hartmann's mountain zebra, oryx, black and blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, nyala, red hartebeest, blesbok, ostrich,meerkats and many other smaller mammals. Your guide (English or German) will also point out birds, plants, insects and reptiles that turn the Kalahari from an apparent wasteland into a thriving organism.
Nighttime temperatures in winter can drop to freezing and the days are warm to hot with very little precipitation year round. The trail takes you along sturdy valleys and plains but a little effort will be required summiting the soft sand dunes - the views will make it well worth while.
Your overnight stop is at a permanent tented camp with thatch-covered tents on wooden decks with hot running water, flushing toilets and a thatched living area with a dining room, swimming pool and a wonderful campfire. You can sleep under the stars or your tented room.
The Trans-Kalahari Walk is available all year round and there is no minimum group size.
Being just two hour's south of Windhoek on the main tarred B1 road, you will easily reach the lodge the same day you arrive in Namibia.
Depending on what time you arrive there is plenty to do at the lodge including marked trails, mountain biking, game drives, scenic sunset drives and game viewing from the main lodge overlooking a waterhole.
Accommodation: Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge
An early start gives you the amazing opportunity to watch the sunrise from atop a red dune with fresh coffee. Traverse the dunes and valleys stopping for animals, interesting trees and plants, insects, reptiles and other minutia of the Kalahari.
A lunchtime siesta in the shade of a camelthorn breaks up the day and, after the heat has worn off, you will continue onwards to your luxury overnight camp.
A full buffet dinner awaits and you will spend the evening sitting around the campfire recounting the wonderful day's adventure. Sleep under the stars or in your cosy tent, it's up to you.
Another a wonderful outdoor shower, cooked breakfast and glorious sunrise will see you moving from the Kalahari biome to the Karoo biome on your second day's walk. The Karoo habitat is characterised by thicker shrubs and dense savanna attracting small and medium-sized antelope such as the rare nyala, wildebeest and impala.
Walking time today is a gentle three hours returning to Red Dunes Lodge where a pool, a cool drink, a sunset and an a la carte dinner await.
Accommodation: Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge
After breakfast and one last magical sunrise, it's time to head back to Windhoek after your wonderful Kalahari walk. But wait. There's more. Continue southwest to Sossusvlei and the Naukluft Park for more walking, more amazing scenery and all of it completely different to what you've just experienced.
Or, if you're a serious hiker, use the Trans-Kalahari to acclimatise and ease yourself into the monster of all hikes further south: Fish River Canyon Hike. This slack-pack Kalahari interlude will break up the long drive and get you well in the mood for high adventure and the great outdoors.
Or… actually I'll stop there because the options and combinations are almost without limit. Talk to your Travel Expert about combining this walk with other hikes and safaris in Namibia because as we all know the best way to experience a place is to walk it. And Namibia is one of the best places for walking.
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