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 € 6.145

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?

I got to know Outside the Corral through the horse expo at Flanders Expo Ghent and how happy I am that I got to know this agency! After going through the site, which is exceptionally beautiful, I fell in love with the trip in Portugal Monte Velho Equo resort. I was completely reassured by Laure-Anne that this is a good trip for novice riders as well as solo travelers. I took the plunge and booked the trip. Before leaving, there were many problems along my side due to my health. Laure-Anne guided, helped and supported me every step of the way. I have never received such an outstanding service and I have never felt so at ease with a person I did not know before. The trip itself was unpredictably, fantastically good! I enjoyed every moment of it. On the one hand, you have the vacation feeling that the resort, the helpfulness of the staff and the delicious food, offer you. On the other hand, there are the lessons and trail rides. The lessons are taught on very highly trained and skilled Lusitano's combined with instructors who know what they are doing.
Laure-Anne made sure I had the trip of my life. I received quick answers to all the questions I had beforehand, and noticed that she really thought along with us and lived with us towards our departure. During our trip, everything was arranged down to the last detail. I am already dreaming of a new horseback riding trip via Outside the Corral!
Céline Woltman
After 10 years, I decided to get back in the saddle at Monte Velho and it became an unforgettable experience. The location, the delicious food and the nice group combined with dressage lessons and outdoor rides tailored to each rider made sure I had a top stay!
Indescribable adventure & worth repeating!!! Truly incredible! Also the communication with Laure-Anne is super! Thank you!!!
Loah Peeters

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