Namibian Desert Trails
Vast and eternal, NamibRand Nature Reserve will enchant you with its incredible natural beauty. On foot is by far one of the best ways to feel and experience all the desert has to offer. Walking here induces a state of relaxation and peace, fully immersing you in the magic of the world around you.
Tok Tokkie Trails takes you as close as you can get to the essence of the desert. Whilst walking, you will discover many secrets of the Namib that cannot be experienced when driving. You will get to feel different aspects of the desert, from mountainous terrain to sandy dunes, and spot all manner of smaller wildlife not seen from a vehicle, such as fog-basking Tok Tokkie beetles, barking geckos, dancing spiders, and bat-eared foxes - the desert is not deserted at all! Let your guide introduce you to this incredible world, relax with a sundowner and enjoy a three-course dinner before falling asleep under the stars.
Day 1: NamibRand Nature Reserve Arrive at the Tok Tokkie Trails base by 2pm where you will be welcomed with some refreshments. If you have booked lunch in advance, arrive by 1pm. The trail starts with a visit to the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust, a non-profit organisation that aims to develop environmentally responsible citizens of Namibia. After your visit, take a short scenic drive to the spot where you start your walk to your first overnight camp. You will walk over a slope strewn with mysterious 'fairy circles' and across rolling sand dunes. When you reach camp, relax with a sundowner, marvel at the magnificent scenery and start 'feeling' the desert before dinner is served. The first night will be unforgettable. If the sky is clear, you will quickly understand why NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the few International Dark Sky Reserves in the world.
Day 2: NamibRand Nature Reserve Early morning tea or coffee is served before sunrise followed by a light breakfast. The highlights of your walk today are the breath-taking views of the dunes and plains, along with feeling and seeing the oldest living desert in the world. The 'morning news', as written in the sand, is always fascinating and with some luck and your guide's trained eyes, you may spot some of the desert's unique wildlife, including the golden mole, dancing white lady, barking gecko, and flightless wasp to name a few. You walk over a mountain saddle before descending gently to a dry riverbed. During the course of the day, your guide will explain some of the natural wonders of the Namib to you - how the fascinating desert flora survives, how insect and reptile life adapts to the harsh environment and how mammals can live here without water. Birding is surprisingly good and you may be lucky enough to see one of Namib's endemics - the dune lark. Larger animals you might come across include the bat-eared fox, oryx, springbok and ostrich. As we realize that our survival depends on the water that has been deposited for us, this will probably heighten our admiration for the plants and animals that dwell here. For lunch we will stop at a shady spot where you can enjoy the treats prepared by our chefs and fill up your water bottles. There is plenty of time to relax, have a siesta and reflect on all you have seen. As the heat recedes, start walking up and over the dunes to your second overnight spot. The scene in front of you is a sea of endless dunes and 'fairy circles' against a backdrop of magnificent mountain scenery. Photography is spectacular, with the shadows on the dunes creating an ever-changing palette of colors shortly before sunset. To wrap up your day, relax with a sundowner and indulge in a delicious dinner.
Day 3: NamibRand Nature Reserve Once again you are woken in the soft light shortly before sunrise. Coffee and breakfast is served before you set off through the dune field. The soft and rolling dunes are interspersed by camel thorn trees, which provide welcome shade for a rest. Today's walk is easy and you arrive at Tok Tokkie farmhouse at approximately 11:30 am where you will be welcomed with some refreshments.
NOTE: Sometimes the trail is walked the other way around and the landscape will be seen at different times of the day than described above. This is at Tok Tokkie Trail's discretion.
• All meals (2 x breakfasts, 1 x lunch, 2 x dinners) • Beer, wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee and juice are freely available in overnight camps • Services of a guide, a "back-up" crew and luggage transport for the duration of the trail • Walking in a small and personal group of 2-8 guests (larger groups on request) • Group transfer to the starting point of the trail. Please arrive latest by 2 pm • NamibRand Nature Reserve park fees (stated as per date of print)
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Not included • Light lunch upon arrival (has to be pre-booked). Arrival time for lunch latest 1pm
• Lunch packs on date of departure
• Transfers between camps and farmhouse: on special request only and subject to availability
• Namibia Tourist Board (NTB) levies / bed levies not applicable at time of print (subject to change)
• All arrival and departure arrangements, including the transfers there/out etc
• Light lunch upon arrival (has to be pre-booked). Arrival time for lunch latest 1pm • Lunch packs on date of departure • Transfers between camps and farmhouse: on special request only and subject to availability • Namibia Tourist Board (NTB) levies / bed levies not applicable at time of print (subject to change) • All arrival and departure arrangements, including the transfers there/out etc