For those who love horseriding, there are few better places to ride than Namibia; for those who love Namibia, there are few better ways to see it than on horseback. Just outside of Swakopmund is a horse farm called Okakambe Trails. It is a haven for horses and a training ground for serious equestrians in Namibia. For horse loving tourists, Okakambe offers everything from pony rides for young kids, afternoon rides through the plains or the dunes, to complete horseback safaris throughout Namibia in coordination with other horse riding venues.
For the uninitiated, horse riding is great exercise and a great way to explore. Not so slow as on foot, not so fast as in a car, with a perfect perch high above the earth for a great view of the landscape. Not surprisingly, animals are far less skittish around horses than they are around people, allowing the rider to get much closer to wildlife.
On day rides you are likely to see meerkats, perhaps springbok or jackals, and a wide variety of birdlife. You will also see relics on the old trail between Swakopmund and Walvis bay like wagon wheels and horse hooves, remnants of the days when the passage between towns was an arduous day or more, rather than the thirty minute drive it is today.
Experienced riders can take overnight excursions past the ringing stones, the ancient Welwitschia plants and the moon landscape, camping in tents with desert catered meals and support vehicles for the horses. There are several lodges that offer horseback riding as well, and full one week and two week horseback safaris can be organized.
Okakambe Trails is owned and operated by Kathrin Schaefer-Steige and new partner Eva Jansen. There is a beautiful vibe on the ranch. Everyone and everything is comfortable with one another, and no one is in a hurry. The entire place has the feel of a commune; lots of people eating, working and living together all for the love of horses.