Trips selected by Cap Rando agencies partners
Type
In line progressive trail rides
Comfort
In camps and bedrooms
Level
Level 3 :You must be able to walk, trot, canter and gallop outdoor

Damaraland is a very spectacular part of the country, almost inaccessible, with amazing colours and vast open spaces that will blow your mind, ancient craters and remnants from prehistoric times, not to mention the forbidding Skeleton Coast. This is the quintessential ride for those who can identify with escaping day-to-day city life and becoming one with a horse in the wilderness. The ride begins in northern Damaraland - wild, desolate, sparsely inhabited and breathtakingly beautiful, challenging horses and riders across vast, ancient flood plains and through deep, silent canyons, across a great desert to a hostile coast. In a waterless land, you’ll come to understand the challenges of the terrain and the environment. Riding between 20 and 50 km per day at all paces, the ride covers approximately 290 km to the Atlantic Ocean’s Skeleton Coast over 11 days.

For the intrepid adventurer who seeks out the last of earth’s true wildernesses, this is truly an exceptional riding experience.

On this horseback journey, you'll encounter ancient Namibia - Petroglyphs and rock art, thousands of years old, that depict great hunts, animals and the locations of sub-terrestrial water. Once the pathways of mighty glaciers, boulder strew flood plains give way to soft grass covered valleys trimmed by gentle sand dunes, watched over by range upon range of purple hued mountains - a true wilderness. ...and then, to the sea and the endless beach where the flotsam and jetsam tell a story of a wild sea on a wild coas t! The cold Benguela current brings cool, plankton and fish-rich waters all the way from Antarctica and moderates the temperatures in the region.

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Itinerary
Programme intro

SAFARI & HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDE IN NAMIBIA
INDICATIVE ITINERARY:

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Days begin at sunrise with the delightful aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting through camp followed by breakfast. Departure is generally by 8am with 4 – 5 hours riding before lunch. Lunch breaks are an hour to 2 hours followed by another 2 – 3 hours riding in the afternoon.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako Airport – preferably by 5 pm. Overnight in Windhoek.

Day 2: Windhoek to Twyfelfontein
After an early breakfast next day, we journey north (about a 7-hour transfer including a lunch stop en route) through some spectacular Namibian landscapes to our camp at Twyfelfontein (Doubtful spring) where you will meet the horses and crew. Overnight at Aba Huab camp.

Days 3: Huab
Your first ride is in the Aba Huab watershed, where good going invites a few brisk canters, allows you to get more acquainted with your horse and the terrain. We return to camp for lunch after which we visit the San Rock Engravings ending with a sundowner with a panoramic view of this wild magnificence. Overnight at Aba Huab camp.

Days 4, 5, 6, & 7: Huab + Ugab River systems
With the rising sun at our backs, we begin our westward journey to the distant Atlantic. In these ephemeral river systems the cycles of rainfall dictate the seasonal movement of game which is not concentrated, but we can encounter Elephants, Rhino, Oryx, Springbok, and other desert-adapted game. Here huge glacial valleys, impressive Tableland mountains, exhumed by erosion, and folds and fractures resulting from cataclysmic eruptions present a well preserved snapshots of a land of great antiquity.

Days 8, 9, & 10: The Great Plains
Leaving the river valleys we now cross the vastness of open plains with the striking massive of the Brandberg (burning mountain) forming a dramatic backdrop. Here endless plains allow for some fast-paced riding as we approach the dramatic Messum Caldera, the eroded remains of a massive collapsed volcano. Our last ride takes us to the ocean at last - the spectacularly formidable Skeleton Coast, apparently so called for the wrecked hulks of stranded ships which dot this coastline. The cold upwelling Benguela Current results in some diverse weather conditions from hot desert easterlies to cold south Atlantic westerly’s – a place of extremes! We overnight in the small coastal town of Henties Bay in a private house with the most spectacular view over the Atlantic Ocean. Our last meal together is freshly caught Atlantic Fish done to perfection over the coals.

Day 11: Departure
Departure for Windhoek Airport, arriving in time for flights departing after 15:00 (recommended is SA 77 to Johannesburg or Air Namibia’s late flight direct to Frankfurt). There are many other options of course.

MEETING/DEPARTURE

 

APPOINTMENT:
Day 1: Free transfer from Windhoek airport. Please arrive in Windhoek no later than 5:00 p.m.

SEPARATION:
Day 11: Free transfer to Windhoek airport. Please book flights after 3pm.

FLIGHTS:
Flights to Namibia are not included in our rates because it is generally more interesting to book your flights yourself, a flight package included is generally more expensive with agency commissions. However, we are at your disposal to help you find the best rates or offer you a trip including transport on request.
Before booking your flights: send us your schedules to check the consistency with the transfer schedules.

Riding

RIDING LEVEL: image 750
For very good riders at ease at three gaits (walk, trot, fast gallop) outdoors, and in good physical condition. This is a sporty hride.

WEIGHR:
Strict weight limit of 85 kg.

RYTHM:
​​​​​​You ride in the morning for 4-5 hours, lunch break for 1-2 hours, then ride back for another 2-3 hours, totaling around 6-8 hours a day in the saddle for 7 days. You will travel 20 to 60 km per day at all speeds and on rough terrain. Other days may be shorter. The pace depends on the terrain and the temperatures as well as the physical condition of the riders, walking, trotting, galloping.

GROUPS:
Up to 15 riders with 2 to 3 guides.

image-20221120182436-1CAVALERIE:
Arab, Haflinger, Lipizzaner, Trakehner, ranch horse, even cross-breeds of the famous wild horses of the Namib Desert, etc

TACK:
kirted endurance type saddles with heavy padding for the comfort of horse and rider. Each saddle is fitted with two specially made water bottle holders (water bottles supplied). If you normally ride with a sheepskin bumnah you may bring your own (western shaped). We use a simple snaffle bridle over the halter

Comfort

ACCOMMODATION:
This is a wilderness trek, so you stay in a mix of lodges and camps.
You stay in a lodge for 2 nights and camp for 8 nights. Consider yourself 'unplugged' on safari - cell phone reception is minimal at best and internet not at all except in towns.

Subject to change depending on availability:
Night 1: Lodge in Windhoek
Night 2 & 3: Camp at Aba Huab
Night 4 - 7: Camp along the Huab River
Night 8 & 9: Camp in the Namib Plains
Night 10: Lodge at Henties Bay

Lodge à Windhoek :
The main lodge building comprises a dining room, a centrally situated bar, a lounge with fireplace, a conference room and a boardroom. Nestled outside, between the lounge and dining area, is the pool (great for swimming lengths – it really is quite long!) The elevated wooden deck offers a fairytale view of Windhoek. The Lodge and the rooms have been designed to emulate old German farm houses – think ‘stoep’ with ‘afdakkie’ and pots of geraniums. The 20 guest chalets consist of 14 twin chalets and 6 double chalets (all chalets have ensuite bathrooms with showers, toilets, and basins). Two of the chalets have been designed with honeymooners in mind and have baths instead of showers. All rooms have feather duvets wrapped in 100% cotton, environmentally friendly guest amenities, and unparalleled service and hospitality. 6 chalets offer views of Windhoek and 14 face east offering superb sunrise views of the Moltkeblick Mountain. You'll also have WIFI available.

 

 

Camps :
While we do provide tents if needed, generally guests sleep out under the stars on cozy cots with bedding. The cots have bedrolls consisting of an insulating mattress, duck-down double duvet, and pillow - can zip up and has a waterproof cover. Hot bucket showers and chemical loos travel along with us - we endeavor to provide a shower every night but if water is scarce, one night might be shower-less.

 
image-20221120185113-1MEALS:

All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day. Breakfast is typically porridge or cereal, coffee or tea and a hot dish. On days we are able to meet up with the supply trucks a light lunch is served, where this is not possible, sandwiches are enjoyed under a shady tree. Dinner is a delight of typically Namibian fare; wild Game, free-range beef or Karoo mutton served as braai (grilled over an open fire) or potjie (pot casserole) with vegetables and a surprise dessert also made on the open fire. Tea, coffee, and juice are always available in camp with chilled drinks, beer, wine, etc. available in the evenings. All drinks are included in the cost whilst on the ride. Only drinks at the first night lodges, guest farms, restaurants, and petrol stations while en-route are not included in the package rate.

Rates
Infos tarif

2023 PRICE / PER PERSON *:
6500 € in shared tents.
Supplement for 1 person rooms & tents for: 250 €
Application fee:15 €
* Price may be revised downwards or upwards depending on changes in the exchange rate.

THE PRICE INCLUDES: 

7 days on horseback, rental of the equipped horse, local guides, accommodation, meals, drinks on the camps, half-day visits to the rock carvings of Twyfelfontein, free transfers from/to the airport of Windhoek at scheduled times, the financial guarantee of your payments by our travel operator surety.

THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE: 

Individual insurance, personal expenses, drinks outside camps, tips, flights, everything that is not indicated in "the price includes".

INSURANCE (if you don’t already have one):
We offer to Europe Union citizens (only) Chapka insurances:
Cap Security: full insurance with cancellation. Cap Cancellation: cancellation only.
See prices & information

FLIGHTS:
Flights are not included because it is more interesting to book directly your ticket: a transport package included is generally more expensive with agency commissions. However, we are at your disposal to help you find the best prices or to offer you a flight included package on request (free service).

Dates
Infos calendrier

Availability is indicative and may vary quickly: contact us to check the date you are interested in

Register before November 30 on a 2023 safari and benefit from a 100€ discount to be deducted from the indicated prices from January 2023 !

 

Booking
How to book

By booking with Cap Rando, you get the benefit of the French travel agency law, one of the strictest in the world: an unlimited financial guarantee for all your payments !

BOOKING PROCEDURE:

1. CHECK THE AVAILABILITY, PRICE, DISCOUNT:
Check the availability and price (depending on the type of accommodation and after possible discounts) by contacting us through the availability & quote request form or by phone +33 (0)483431321, whatsapp +33(0)609520324, or e-mail: contact@horsebackridingvacations.eu
If you already have received the confirmation of the availability and the price, you can proceed directly to your booking:

2. BOOKING:
Fill out the online registration form: https://www.horsebackridingvacations.eu/form/booking-form
If you are registering and paying for several riders, you can add riders on the form.
If you have difficulty with the online form or if you prefer:
- Download the Excel file for 1 rider
- Download the Open Office file for 1 rider
- Download the Excel file for 2 riders
- Download the Open Office for 2 riders
To be completed, saved on your computer, and sent by email as an attachment.
Your personal information (birth date, height, weight, riding level & experience, health information, etc.) are contractuals. The facility / guide / instructor may exclude on site and without compensation, any person whose information is different from the information provided on the registration form, and/or who does not correspond to the conditions of participation.

3. INSURANCES:
Cap Rando is covered for its professional civil liability: GENERALI contract n ° AL974010.
To register on a Cap Rando holiday, you must be covered by an individual liability insurance covering your activity, individual accident, assistance, repatriation, and possibly cancellation (strongly recommended not to lose your payment in case of cancellation for a reason covered by a cancellation insurance).
We offer to Europe Union, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway residents (only) to subscribe the "Cap Security" insurance from Chapka Insurance. This covers you for cancellation, interruption of stay, individual accident, assistance 24h / 24h, repatriation, medical expenses abroad, luggage insurance, civil liability. You can also only subscribe a "Cap Cancellation" cancellation insurance if you have insurance covering other risks. 
See all information about our cancellation policy and Chapka insurance offer.
For other country citizens: if you pay by credit card, depending on your card, you may be fully covered: check your contract.
The US citizens can subscribe directly an insurance for instance on: https://www.axatravelinsurance.com/

4. PAYMENT:
- For a stay starting at more than 60 days: It is requested at registration: 30% of the price of the stay, the payment of the insurance possibly subscribed, the transport possibly requested, the booking fees. The balance is to be paid 60 days before the start date of the stay.
- For a stay starting at less than 60 days: Full payment is requested upon registration.
- For a stay starting at less than 21 days: Full payment by credit card is requested upon registration.
- If these are the last places available: Payment by credit card is requested upon registration.
You can pay:
- By credit card on our secure payment website: You will be directed to the payment link after completing the online booking form.
- By bank transfer: Our bank information will be sent to you after reception of your booking form.
For a quick processing and to secure your registration, receipt of your confirmation file within 24-48 hours: choose a payment by credit card. In addition: payment by credit card can allow you to benefit from its possible insurance.
Please note: your reservation will only be confirmed after receipt of your payment.
Your payments are guaranted by our GROUPAMA travel agent bond.
If you book a trip through Cap Rando, you have the guarantee not to loose any payment. 
The French law is the strongest and requires all French travel agencies to have an unlimited financial guarantee for their customers in case of financial failure.

5. CONFIRMATION:
You will receive a confirmation file and contract with the invoice and all useful information within 24-48 hours after reception of your registration form and payment.

6. TRANSPORTS:
Before booking your transport: we advise you to wait for the receipt of the confirmation file and check that your transports feet with the meeting/separation times of the offered transfers. We recommend booking refundable transports.

7. CANCELATION POLICY:
Please note: Any stay may be canceled if there are insufficient bookings to ensure the stay up to 20 days before the date of a stay of more than 6 days, 7 days for a stay of 2 to 5 days. In this case, you may be offered a replacement stay or a departure with a supplement, if these proposals do not suit you: a full refund (unless you have accepted a possible supplement upon registration), excluding booking fees and possible non-refundable transport, is guaranteed without compensation.
See the cencellation policy: cancelation conditions.

8. SALE CONDITIONS:
You can consult the sale conditions: see the conditions.


 

Useful information

CLIMATE:

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May

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Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

84

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82

79

75

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70

75

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84

Average Low Temperature (°F)

63

62

60

54

47

41

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62

Average High Temperature (°C)

29

29

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24

21

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27

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29

Average Low Temperature (°C)

17

17

16

12

8

5

5

7

11

13

15

17

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

10

8

8

6

1

0

0

0

1

6

10

11

SEASONS:

The climate over most of Southern Africa is temperate. Hot, dry conditions are usually encountered in the Tuli region. Heavy summer thunderstorms of short duration in the late afternoon and evening may be experienced. Rainfall occurs mostly during the summer months (October - March).

Summer (December to February):
The temperatures are high and there is a lot of humidity in the air. The chances of convectional thunderstorms are great. Some of the summer migrant birds begin to arrive. The characteristic call of the Red-chested Cuckoo rings out clearly, heralding the approach of better times for all. Once good rains have fallen, the small, drab, but extremely vocal Monotonous Lark keeps the bush awake day and night with its irritating call, as they perch on every treetop.
Kudus calve and there is a good chance of seeing late Impala lambs, tottering along on spindly, wobbling legs behind their mothers. Due to the heat, the animals wisely begin to seek shade before 8 o’clock in the morning, only becoming active again in the late afternoon, just prior to sunset. Tropical thunderstorms are a regular afternoon feature and there is a high probability of flooded rivers to add some excitement to game drives.

Autumn (March to May):
The transition from summer to winter occurs rapidly in the Limpopo Valley. Finally the searing heat of summer begins to abate and there is less likelihood of rain. This is a truly splendid time of the year. It is now Autumn and the daily temperatures are most pleasant with balmy days and nights. Temperatures begin to drop rapidly after sunset and both evening and morning game drives require warmer clothing. Although chilly in the morning, the days are clear and pleasant with crisp blue skies. Now that the rains are over, the veldt begins to dry out and game begins to congregate around the major watercourses, such as the Limpopo and associated wetlands, as well as the artificial waterholes scattered throughout the reserve.
A few late Kudu calves may make a bemused appearance in the beginning of March. Large nursery herds of gawky Impala young are found, kept under some control by the watchful eyes of their mothers.
The bush is still dense, but the bright shades of green are starting to become duller as the year progresses. As the vegetation begins to thin, the elusive leopard is more frequently seen. Lions, which dispersed with the game during the wet season, now begin to concentrate their activities in the central area of Mashatu.

Winter (June to August):
Winter is now upon us and has spread its chilly grip on Mashatu. The days are still good, with crisp mornings. The nights can be very cold.
Most of the natural pans and pools have now completely dried up. Elephant and a host of other species begin to frequent the artificial waterholes at both Main and Tent Camps, which makes for exciting mealtime viewing. Predator sightings are good at this time of the year, due to the thinned out vegetation and concentrations of game, cheetah however are scarce. In general the game is more active later into the day.
This is also a favorable time to visit the archaeological site at the Motloutse River. The summer vegetation has disappeared and a host of interesting features are now visible.
Towards the end of winter, the floodplains and grasslands adjacent to the Limpopo are very dry and barren. The bush has become harsh and almost inhospitable, with absolutely no groundcover, only dust and rocks visible for kilometers. The veldt has all the typical winter hues of brown and red, as the Mopane leaves start turning. The weather is fine with temperatures increasing slightly. The early mornings and evenings being not as cold as in June or July. August is a showy month, with respect to sunsets. Due to the very dry conditions, large quantities of dust is taken up into the air, giving rise to spectacular pyrotechnic displays as the sun sinks below the horizon.

Spring (September to November):
The bush is still very dry, a condition exacerbated by winds, which blow from August through to October. Temperatures begin to steadily increase and conditions are becoming desperate for many of the herbivores. This is due to sub region frontal systems touching on the Limpopo Valley, bringing superheated air into the region. There may be an occasional tropical thunderstorm, but this early rain is sucked up like a sponge by the barren earth. This welcome water is however not enough, and seldom results in a notable floral display. Many trees begin to blossom, in anticipation of the rapidly approaching summer. The vibrant hues of the blossoms enliven the bush, providing a bountiful treat for baboons and other hungry inhabitants of the bush, all of whom have struggled through the lean winter months. Temperatures begin to creep upwards and game drives are once again early morning and late afternoon affairs, as a wise means of avoiding the debilitating midday heat.
Predators have a field day, as many of the game are weak and tend to restrict their activities to the area close to the waterholes. The lack of dense vegetation and the dry powdery soil make tracking lion and leopard an easier task and often result in exceptional sightings. Elephant listlessly wait out the dry season, moving from waterhole to waterhole, where they take full advantage, wallowing and drinking for hours. They will feed on the surrounding vegetation, moving into the bush on feeding forays when temperatures have dropped sufficiently for them to forage out of the protective shade. It is also at this time that eland begin to calve.

Reviews
GUEST REVIEWS
Elodie - France - Septembre 2022

Tout était parfait ! Du conseil et de l'efficacité de Cap Rando. Au dossier de confirmation. Aucun souci pour préparer mon voyage. Et une fois sur place: safari parfait ! Un grand dépaysement. Accueil, confort et safaris superbes !

Emilie - Novembre 2019

Safari absolument spectaculaire et équitation fantastique ! Nous avons eu la chance d'avoir un groupe d'excellent cavaliers et avons eu droit à des galops sinueux sans fin. Pouvoir parcourir le Botswana et sauter des arbres tombés nous a gâtés pour toujours. Les galops étaient longs mais réguliers et bien équilibrés avec la marche dans la chaleur.
Les chevaux sont merveilleux, courageux au possible, réactifs et heureux dans leur travail. L'évaluation au Botswana a été très agréable et a permis d'ajuster les chevaux au niveau souhaité.
Les guides étaient merveilleux et compétents et nous avons vu beaucoup plus d'animaux sauvages que prévu, à la fois en selle et à l'extérieur. À la fin du voyage, cela ressemblait à une sortie (très aventureuse) avec de bons amis. C'était une véritable expérience unique dans la vie. . sauf que nous prévoyons déjà d'y retourner !!
La nourriture et l'hébergement étaient super. La seule petite chose est que les douches en Afrique du Sud étaient un peu froides - mais je suppose qu'on pouvait s'attendre à entrer dans leur hiver. Le Treehouse Camp au Botswana était magnifique.