Damara Elephant Expedition

From Twyfelfontein to the Skeleton Coast, the sheer remoteness of this challenging horse riding safari makes it suitable for experienced riders only since encounters with elephant, rhino and even lion are possible. On the other hand, this could be the most thrilling riding adventure of your life!

Best period

July - September


From € 6.770

Ideal length

11 days/10 nights


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Visit the World Heritage Site rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.
Encounter desert-adapted wildlife such as elephants, rhino and oryx.
Ride through a remote and spectacular geological wonderland.
Sleep out under the stars every night with memorable Milky Way views.

Quick facts

  • Riding Expeditions
  • 11 days/10 nights
  • Experienced
  • Groups up to 12
  • 5 - 7 hours/day in the saddle
  • Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport

At a glance

The setting of this expedition is the almost inaccessible Damaraland region, a truly breath-taking part of Namibia with ancient craters, endless open plains and delicate patterns of colour. Being able to travel this spectacular area from horseback is a unique experience.

After the transfer from Windhoek, your first exciting activity is a visit to the world heritage site rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. The next few days you’ll ride 20 – 50 kilometres per day on your westward journey to the Atlantic. From riding along river valleys with impressive Tableland mountains onto the huge coastal plains, that allow for long and fast canters.

The last ride takes you 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! Throughout your expedition you’ll have the chance to spot some desert-adapted wildlife such as elephants, rhino and oryx.

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Eat, ride, sleep, repeat. That’s the rhythm of this epic expedition through spectacular Damaraland. You’ll camp wild for eight nights with all the essential camp life luxuries: ice in your sundowners, hot bucket showers, delicious food around companionable campfires and incredible Milky Way views. Living with your horse 24/7 in wild, remote areas is a life-changing sensation and is most likely why these Namibian expeditions have such a high return rate. Close bonds are built with your fellow travel companions and four-legged friends as you live this adventure together.

The first night of the trip you’ll stay in a lodge near Windhoek. The last night is spent in the small coastal town of Henties Bay in a private house with the most spectacular view over the Atlantic Ocean. Your luggage is transported in vehicles each day.

What do others say?

The Best of South-West Iceland was my first ever riding holiday, and it turned out to be a dream vacation. The stunning natural scenery, the fantastic horses—everything was impeccably arranged! I simply had to relish the experience. Without a doubt, I'll be booking my next riding vacation with OTC again. Now, the only decision is which trip to choose. A heartfelt thank you to Laure-Anne for providing this unforgettable experience!
Nathalie Couplez
I had a fantastic time on the Best of South-West Iceland ride! We explored stunning landscapes filled with mountains, valleys, and volcanic beaches. Riding Icelandic horses for the first time was truly one-of-a-kind. This was my second trip with OTC, and as always, everything was flawlessly organized. My only regret is that the adventure seemed to pass by in the blink of an eye. A huge shoutout to Laure-Anne for her impeccable planning!
Tom Werner
I had an absolutely incredible time with my daughter at Castle Leslie in Ireland. The accommodations were stunning, and we were treated to excellent guidance and fantastic horses. Whether you're a seasoned rider or someone with little jumping experience, the cross-country riding at Castle Leslie is an exhilarating experience. Thank you to Laure-Anne and Outside the Corral for the great guidance and personal approach!
Inge Meijers
Fantastic horseback safari in Botswana! Everything was perfectly arranged from start to finish. If we had questions during the preparations, Laure-Anne was always there for us! An unforgettable experience with fantastic guides and staff, well-cared horses, super delicious food and much more. Everything met my expectations and more. Outside the Corral will definitely see me back for my future riding holidays!
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