Desert walking safari in the NamibRand Nature Reserve
Let your guide introduce you to the world of the Namib desert
Hiking with style and sleeping under a billion stars
22km total 4-6 hrs pd 2 to 8 (max) Rating: Easy
You should arrive at the Tok Tokkie Trails base by 14h00, where our friendly team will welcome you with some refreshments. You can refill water and pack your small daypack for the personal items you would like to take along on the walk. Your luggage will be transferred to the overnight camp by vehicle. The trails starts with a visit of the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET), a non-profit, donor sponsored trust, which aims to develop environmentally responsible citizens of Namibia. (www.nadeet.org). A short scenic drive takes you to the starting point of the Tok Tokkie Trail. Today, you will walk over a slope strewn with mysterious “fairy circles” and over rolling sand dunes to the first overnight camp. The dunes are not the massive ones encountered at Sossusvlei, but small, vegetated dunes that have a unique beauty of their own. At camp, relax with a sundowner, marvel at the magnificent scenery and start “feeling” the desert before dinner is served. For most the first night spent out in the desert will be unforgettable. If the sky is clear and moonless, you will quickly understand why NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the few International Dark Sky Reserves in the world. Walking time: 1 – 2 hrs, sleeping out in the open on stretcher beds
Early morning tea or coffee is served before sunrise followed by a light breakfast so that you can set off in the cool of the early morning. The highlights of the walk are the breath-taking views of the dunes and plains as well as the “coming alive” of the desert as the guide allows you to feel, smell, taste and see the oldest living desert in the world. The “morning news”, as written in the sand is always fascinating and with some luck and the guide’s trained eyes, you may spot some of the desert specials (golden mole, dancing white lady, barking gecko, dune lark, flightless wasp just 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 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 survive here without water. Birding is surprisingly good and you may be lucky enough to see one of Namib endemics, the dune lark. Larger animals you might come across include 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 you start walking again 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! The shadows on the dunes create an ever-changing palette of colors shortly before sunset. A sundowner and a delicious dinner after a long and enjoyable day are indeed welcome. You might hear some barking geckos, owls or just deafening silence. Walking time: Morning: 4 – 4.5 hrs / Afternoon: 2 – 2.5 hrs. Sleeping out in the open on stretcher beds.
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. Walking time: Morning: 3 – 3.5 hrs Please 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.
Thank you for a fabulous desert experience. Sebastian introduced us to the little creatures of the desert and taught us so much and showed us so much natural beauty. Belinda cooked us fabulous meals and introduced us to the beautiful Nama-Damara language & Willie was a great barman, lights attendant and transporter of our luggage. What a great couple of days. Truly wonderful experience.
It was really amazing to have such a close look at the Namib Desert and its inhabitants. Thank you very much , Leslie for all your informations. And it was a great experience to sleep outside, under the beautiful Namibian sky! Thank you for this wonderful time, to be so near to nature and for all the things we’ve learnt from you!
We enjoyed 3 marvellous days exploring the NamibRand under the attentive guidance of Sebastian, the excellent culinary talents of Belinda and the final touches of Willie (Especially the hot shower :-). Thanks you all for adding this amazing experience with the wildlife and flora to our Namibia trip. Not to be forgotten!! We will be sure to recommend Tok Tokkie Trails to our friends!
The trip was breathtaking. We are 60 this year and it's the best hiking we ever did. Ricardo explained so many things about life in the desert - impressing! Lulu, the cook made a fantastic job with 3 courses every night. Nice talks with George and Ricardo. Thank you so much.
A nice team, a great guide, caring staff, amazing landscapes, great debates, fantastic night sky. We won't forget this trail. What a great honeymoon start.