You will be riding over a few farms through interesting terrain and will see the many unusual and fascinating plant species of Namaqualand. Experience the novelty of mountain climbing on horseback, the awesome vistas from the top of one of the koppies (rocky hills) and enjoy the feeling of the wild open space. Start times are weather dependent.
Meet us in Goegap Nature Reserve where you will be introduced to the horses whilst enjoying coffee and rusks at 9:00 am. The ride leaves shortly thereafter and you will experience the novelty of riding amongst the Oryx, the Springbuck and if you are fortunate the Mountain Zebra. Also in the reserve are Black-backed Jackals, Whistling Rats, Bat-eared Foxes, Aardwolf, Aardvark and other smaller mammals as well as many raptor and other bird species. Also to be seen are the Dung beetles and the Toktokkies. We sometimes visit an old copper prospecting shaft. Break for a picnic lunch enjoying the magnificent views of Namaqualand and the edge of the Bushmanland. This ride is approximately six hours duration, including the lunch break. The length and duration of the ride is varied according to riding ability and rider weight.
Day 1: After coffee and rusks and having your personal camping equipment and overnight bags loaded into the backup vehicle, we set off from our farm at 10h00 on the first 26 km leg of this three day ride. Including plenty of rest stops and a lunch break, this leg takes about six hours. We will be riding through the Goegap Nature Reserve, where you can see Springbok, Oryx and Mountain Zebra, as well as plenty of other smaller mammals. Reptiles and interesting insects are also present and don't forget the spring flowers and succulent plants. The first night is spent at the Goegap Nature Reserve Bush Camp.
Day 2: After a very leisurely breakfast, we ride a 31 km route through the reserve, stopping for lunch at a natural spring (a rare site in this arid region). We rest in the shade of some trees for an hour or two and then saddle up and ride back to the Bush Camp via a different route. After eating supper prepared over an open fire, you can braai marshmallows and look at the stars. The wilderness experience is completed by sleeping with only the sound of happy horses eating their supper and the call of distant Jackals.
Day 3: After breakfast we ride a slightly shorter route back to our farm, but still have time for a leisurely lunch on the way.
We can truck the horses to the reserve (though this will cost extra) and can thereby reduce the first and last days to half days allowing this trail to be ridden over a weekend (Friday afternoon to Sunday morning). This may also be nice for riders who do not feel up to the full distance, but would like to ride in Goegap Nature Reserve.
Please note that these are sample itineraries. The actual rides may vary because of rider abilities and unforeseen circumstances.
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