Horseback Travel & Equestrian Tradition

NAMIBIA Why Go There?

The starkly beautiful desert landscapes of Namibia offer some of the most challenging trail rides in the world - the Namib desert, the Fish River Canyon, Damaraland and the Skeleton Coast - remote wide open spaces, desert adapted species and herds of wild horses. Most itineraries involve camping under star-filled skies, but there are some options with more comfortable accommodation. Closer to the capital of Windhoek you can join a riding safari on Arabian horses at a private game reserve or even have a go in an endurance race.


  • Namib Desert Trail
    Namib Desert Trail
  • Riding in the Namibian desert
    Namib desert on horseback
  • Riding across Namib desert
    Horseback trail riding across Namibia
  • Horses and riders in sunset light
    Okapuka horseback safari in Namibia
  • Cantering along the Skeleton Coast
    Horseriding on the Namibian beach
  • Gallop in the Namib desert dunes
    Horseback trail riding across Namimbia
  • Okapuka endurance riding safari
    Okapuka endurance horseback in Namibia
  • Wild horses in Namibia
    Namibian wild horses

Country key facts

Capital: Windhoek
Area: 824,292 sq km (318,261 sq miles).
Population: 2.2 million (2013).
Population density: 2.6 per sq km.

Language: English is Namibia's official language but is the mother tongue of just 7% of the population. Until 1990, Afrikaans and German were also official languages but have since been demoted to two of the country's many ‘recognised' languages. Others include Rukwangali, Silozi, Setswana, Damara/Nama, Herero and Oshiwambo.
Religion: Christians make up 80-90% of the Namibian population, of which 50% are Lutheran. Other denominations include Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Dutch Reformed and Mormon. Between 10 and 20% hold indigenous beliefs. The Muslim and Jewish populations are tiny with the two religions making up less than 3% of Namibian believers
Political regime: Republic
Head of state: President Hifikepunye Pohamba since 2005
Head of government: President Hifikepunye Pohamba since 2005 and Prime Minister Hage Geingob since 2012

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  • Namibian Wild Horses

    Namibian Wild Horses

    The wild horse of Namibia is a breed originating from the horses (Kap-Boerperds, Hackneys and Trakehners) of Germanic and South African forces , which were abandoned during the First World War. Some 200 horses survived in the area of Garub - almost desert, listed as a nature reserve and with access strictly forbidden after the discovery of diamonds close to Luderitz in 1908. They are able to endure extreme temperatures (as much as 70c in December, down to -5c in June), and tolerate frequent strong winds up to 140km/hr. Their size reduced to assist them in this harsh environment. The history of these horses is mentioned in the film and book "Running Free" and it is possible to view these wild herds on the Fish River Canyon riding trail.

    Namibian Wild Horses

Safaris in Namibia

Namibia is a land of contrasts and offers some spectacular options for riding safaris and trail rides. From the stunning dunes at Sossusvlei to the desolate wonder of the Skeleton coast; the dramatic canyons of Fish River and the vastness of the Namib desert, there are horseback rides to amaze you. Namibia is best suited to competent or experienced riders, who can make full benefit of the wide open spaces and spirited horses.

One of our most challenging trail rides is the Namib Desert trail - 400km across the desert to the coast at Swakopmund, camping every night, this one is for experienced and adventurous riders only.

To hopefully view wild Namibian horses and the second largest canyon in the world, choose the Fish River Canyon ride. With some camping nights and some comfortable nights this trail ride is a great option.

If you wish to view desert adapted species such as black rhino, elephant, and oryx, then the starkly beautiful Damaraland trail ride will hopefully deliver....

For a more traditional riding safari, viewing giraffe, zebra, various antelope and white rhino, then choose Okapuka - and experience the thrill of riding an Arabian horse too.

You can also try your hand at Endurance riding in an actual competition on endurance horses owned and trained by Okapuka - a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Early bird discounts
Get 3% off all trips booked before 31/12/2019 for a departure in 2020.
Terms and conditions:
  • This 3% early bird discount applies to the cost of the trip, and excludes transfers & supplements, international or domestic flights, and any additional services.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other current discount.