The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Crossing the Desert on Horseback

Outfitters Departures Price Accommodations
Equitour-FITS Equestrian
7 $2,275 camping

The Route: Thirteen days and 217 miles of cantering among zebras, springboks, and ostriches, through starkly beautiful Naukluft Park and on to the sea.

When to go: February to October

Difficulty: Strenuous

Travel advisory: This trip pushes both horse and rider to the limit. Each day you’ll cover 20 to 25 miles, spending up to eight hours in the saddle. Advanced riders only.

High/low points:

  • Galloping down the last steep sand dune into the Atlantic surf.
  • Paying a 30-percent higher trip fee if you weigh more than 185 pounds — because you’ll need a replacement horse midway through the trip.

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