Top Ten Southern Africa Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Ride the Namib
  |  Gorp.com

It's easily one of the most spectacular rides in the world: You're galloping through the Namib Desert, the world's oldest, surrounded by 2,000-foot-high, blood-red sand dunes. Thousand-year-old plants that resemble exploded cabbages grow on gravel plains that see rain once in a century. Lonely canyons echo to the barking shout of baboons and the nighttime cough of leopards. Then, suddenly, green oases spring up, overgrown with camel-thorn and tamarisk trees, where herds of desert antelope gather in the shade. Continue on to sun-blasted mountain ranges where ice-cold springs bubble straight from the rock. Trot through this barren wilderness with Reit Safari, which offers 10-day rides on Namibian Hanoverians (German horses) and rehabilitated mustangs, starting on the mountains west of Windhoek, Namibia's capital, and ending in the ocean of the aptly named Skeleton Coast.


Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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