7-day Namib Desert Hike

Namib Desert Hike
Namib Desert Hike

Unfortunately this hike no longer runs, take a look at our 4-day Tok Tokkie Walking Trail instead

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.

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7 days
Namibia, Sossusvlei, Windhoek
transfers, accommodation, guide, cooking equipment, general hiking equipment, meals while on the hike
Excludes: backpacks, mattresses, water bottles and personal hiking equipment, mandatory insurance, tips, alcoholic beverages
Hiking Duration: 4 days
Hiking Distance: ???km
Difficulty level: Moderate

Tour Brief

-- Unfortunately this hike no longer runs, take a look at our 4-day Tok Tokkie Walking Trail instead --

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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek

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.

Day 2: NamibRand Nature Reserve

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

Day 3: NamibRand Nature Reserve

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

Day 4: NamibRand Nature Reserve

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

Day 5: NamibRand Nature Reserve

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.

Just Booked!

Customers who enquire about this tour end up making many changes to the standard itinerary. Below are the most recent variations of this base tour booked by us for our clients. Have a look at their itineraries, see what changes they requested, what the final cost was and read what they have to say about their holidays.

    Whoa! Untrodden territory here. It appears nobody has booked this base tour yet so you could be the first to explore these faraway places.

Recent Reviews of This Tour

We don't have any reviews of this exact tour but here's what people have said about their holidays. If you want to read more reviews, visit our client comments section. If you would like to submit your own review please use the contact form on this page.

“Thanks for all your work putting together a holiday we truly loved”

We would like to commend the high service received from Namibian Tours and Safaris especially taking into account the short length of time you had to arrange this holiday for us. The recommendations and itinerary were ideal with the majority of our stay in each location being the right duration. The whole process of booking this holiday was hassle free and we would not hesitate in recommending your services to others.

We would specifically like to thank you, Alison, for all of your hard work which resulted in a truly fabulous holiday for us. Also, it was great to meet up with you in Solitaire where you expressed so much love for your country and this was clearly mirrored in the schedule and service you presented to us allowing us to experience this fantastic country. It will not be the case of 'if' we return to Namibia, it is more the case of 'when' we will return as we enjoyed it so much.

Nik Stevenson, UK

“Edward did a super job”

A special mention for Edward he did a super job – vouchers and maps were with our car hire agency at the airport – book presentation of whole trip was clear, easy to follow and complete. He even gave us his mobile No in case we encounter some problems. Really to recommend as Tour Operator and will use them again next time.

Road – all went well and thanks to have recommended a 4Wheel Drive Car – due to rough road conditions we appreciated – you could do it with a normal car and met tourists with B type cars but they took much longer for the journeys – had more issues with flat tyres and most admitted next time they will take a 4Wheel Drive Car.

Would like to thank you for all your time spent and hard work to find best places, difficult tasks due to budget restrictions. I will recommend you and your agency whenever I can – actually already did in Joburg – hope brings you some new customers - and of course will come to you for my next trip this time to South Africa hopefully in 2012.

Germaine Comin, Switzerland

“Thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us”

Dear Wilmari,
Back home and I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us. I was especially pleased that for the accommodation with dinner all knew about my allergies and cooked accordingly. The Cheetah experience made my daughter very happy and they were so kind to not even charge me for taking pictures.

Highlight of our trip was the stay in Onguma The Fort and we are determined to return one day.

As pointed out before, the Namib Desert Lodge I cannot recommend to anybody (fined for driving on their property and below average dinner buffet) and also the Olivia Guesthouse was a letdown when it came to the food (lunch and breakfast).

I have posted some pictures on Flickr, maybe you want to have a look and I'm always happy to read comments.

Last but not least: Could you please send us the itinerary you prepared for us and we received at arrival electronically? Some of my friends are interested to book the same trip with you.

Dr Andreas Koester, USA
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