From Twyfelfontein in Damaraland to Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast, the Damara Elephant Ride is an 11-day challenging horse safari through some of the country’s most stunning, remote, beautiful and wild desert landscapes. Trek through Namibia’s rough and isolated terrain—some of which is accessible only by horseback and 4x4 vehicles—to arrive at comfortable tented camps, a welcome sight at the end of a long days’ ride.

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The Damara Elephant Ride provides cozy lodges on the first and last nights of the ride and mobile tented camp accommodations during the riding safari. Accommodations are chosen for their comfort, where possible with twin-bedded rooms with en-suite facilities. The Damara Elephant Ride provides both double-occupancy and single-occupancy dome tents, but for a truly authentic experience in the desert, most guests opt to sleep out under Namibia’s spectacular canopy of stars. Camp beds include a bedroll, which consists of an insulating mattress, down duvet and pillow. Guests can also add a fleece liner to the sleeping roll, and extra blankets are available upon request.

On the Damara Elephant Ride camps are pitched at sunset, when guests can relax from their ride with hot bucket showers and substantial Namibian meals cooked over an open fire. Enjoy lavish breakfasts of porridge, cereal, coffee, tea, juice, and a hot dish before setting out for a morning ride. Lunchtime sandwiches are served under the shade of the trees, and dinner consists of typical Namibian fare such as wild game, free-range beef served as braai or potjie with vegetables, surprise desserts, and an array of chilled drinks, beer, and wine. All menus can be catered to any dietary requirement.

During the day, guests travel westward to the distant Atlantic through beautiful scenery of rocky hills, sandy riverbeds, wide-open gravel plains, and undulating sand dunes. These terrains can be quite challenging, but the wide-open spaces are perfect for lovely, long canters. Wildlife is abundant, especially during the first three days, but even as the habitats become increasing arid and barren, it is still possible to witness some of the country’s fascinating desert-adapted elephant, rhino, Oryx and lion. The last ride on the Damara Elephant ride takes you to the spectacularly formidable Skeleton Coast, apparently so called for the wrecked hulks of stranded ships which lie along this coastline.

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