Discover the secrets of the Namib Desert on a small group guided hiking tour. Rolling dunes, unique wildlife and epic night skies await on this truly immersive adventure.
- Walk over rolling sand dunes against a spectacular mountainous backdrop
- Sleep out under the stars of an International Dark Sky Reserve
- Search for wildlife and learn about the unique ecosystem of the Namib Desert
This excellent introduction to the desert takes place in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, a 200,000 hectare corner of the mighty Namib. The word Namib means ‘vast place’ and exploring on foot you will fully appreciate the sheer scale of the desert around you.
This stunning but harsh environment is home to a surprising array of flora and fauna, and by walking in a small group with an experienced guide you will be ideally positioned to uncover the desert’s secrets. From fog-basking Tok Tokkie beetles to barking geckos, dancing spiders and bat-eared foxes, the dunes are alive with wildlife.
After a day scrutinising the dunes and watching your feet, don’t forget to look up too – the NamibRand Nature Reserve is recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve with gold status, making for some breathtaking night skies. Sleeping out on a comfortable cot bed offers the chance to gaze at the endless stars above, and reflect on your place in this immense landscape.
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The scale of the Namib Desert will blow your mind, but I love the detail in the sands too. Getting down on your hands and knees you’ll discover all kinds of animal graffiti, from the ’tank tracks’ of tok-tokkie beetles to the S-bends of sidewinder adders.Will Gray, Travel writer
Itinerary & Accommodation
- Day 1: begin the Tok Tokkie Trail (1-2 hours walking)
- Make your own way to the Tok Tokkie Trails base on the edge of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, where you will be welcomed with some light refreshments. Here you will be provided with a small daypack which you will carry with you, whilst your main luggage will be transferred to your overnight camp. Following a short scenic drive your adventure on the Tok Tokkie Trail begins. You will walk past mysterious fairy circles and across rolling sand dunes to reach your first overnight camp. On arrival relax with a sundowner and enjoy the views whilst dinner is prepared. Your first night in the desert will be unforgettable, with the chance to appreciate the one of the world’s few International Dark Sky Reserves stretching out above you.
- Day 2: Tok Tokkie Trail (6-7 hours walking)
- A pre-dawn wake up call allows you to set off in the cool of the early morning, fuelled by a hot drink and light breakfast. Your guide will encourage you to feel, smell, taste and see the oldest living desert in the world awaken as you make your way past spectacular dunes and plains. Scour the sand for tell-tale signs of life; with the guide’s experienced eyes you may discover elusive desert species such as the golden mole, dancing white lady spider, barking gecko, dune lark and flightless wasp. Larger animals you might come across include bat-eared fox, oryx, springbok and ostrich. 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. This morning’s 4-4.5 hour hike will ascend over a mountain saddle before descending to a dry riverbed. Lunch will be provided at a shady spot, with time to relax and take a siesta during the hottest part of the day. Later continue your trek over the dunes against a backdrop of mountain scenery for a further 2-2.5 hours to reach your second overnight camp, where a sundowner and delicious dinner await. Kick back and listen out for the sound of barking geckos, owls or just the deafening silence of the desert.
- Day 3: depart the Tok Tokkie Trail (3-3.5 hours walking)
- Once again you are woken in the soft light shortly before sunrise. Breakfast is served before you head 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 easy walk will end at the Tok Tokkie farmhouse by late morning. If time permits you may visit the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET), a non-profit, donor sponsored trust, which aims to develop environmentally responsible citizens of Namibia. Bid farewell to your fellow hikers and depart.
On Day 1 you must arrive at the Tok Tokkie Base by 2pm. Lunch can be arranged on Day 1 at additional cost – pre-ordering is essential and you will need to arrive at the Base by 1pm at the latest. A packed lunch can also be pre-arranged for Day 3, at additional cost. Please contact our team of Namibia specialists for further details.
The itinerary may operate in reverse at the discretion of the guide, and timings may vary to those shown in the itinerary.
On this holiday you sleep out under the stars on a camp bed. For more information on the accommodation on this trip, please see the 'Other Information' tab.
Prices & Dates
Departures Daily on request, from mid-February to mid-December
Price from £422 per person
2 nights basic camping with equipment provided • All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 3 • Beer, wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee and juice are freely available at the overnight camps • Services of an experienced guide throughout, as well as back-up crew and luggage transportation • NamibRand Nature Reserve park fees
International flights • Travel insurance • Gratuities • Namibia Tourist Board (NTB) levies / bed levies not applicable at time of print (subject to change) • Lunches on days 1 and 3 are not included but can be pre-ordered at additional cost.
Maximum group size 8 guests
The Tokkie Trail can be challenging so a good level of fitness is required. There are daily hikes of up to 7 hours, often across rough terrain and sand dunes. Walking does normally not exceed 10 kilometres a day and the pace is set to suit the group.
Please be aware of high temperature fluctuations, which can reach 35°C or more during the day and plummeting down as far as -5°C at night. This does make the walk more challenging for those not used to extreme temperatures. It is essential to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
Your main luggage will be transported by a back-up vehicle so you will be hiking with a day pack only, carrying a packed lunch, water, camera and other personal items.
On the trail you will be sleeping outdoors on stretcher beds in a bedroll. All meals will also be served in the open air. Under exceptional circumstances (e.g. inclement weather) tents may be provided for sleeping, this will be at the discretion of the guide.
Bathroom facilities comprise a long-drop toilet, bucket shower and a hand basin at the overnight camps. Fresh water for drinking (from a borehole) will be available at the lunch spot and overnight camps. It is essential that you stay hydrated so do fill up your water bottles when you can.
There are no electrical supplies on the trail for charging batteries, so please ensure you carry a spare for your camera etc.
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