Tok Tokkie Trails

Vast and eternal, but also picturesque and enchanting, NamibRand Nature Reserve embraces its visitor.

On foot is the best way to feel the desert asyou can experience the amazingdetails personally and in your own time. Walking here induces the mind to relax, allowing you to fully immerse into the magic of the world around you. Tok Tokkie Trails takes you close to the desert’s stunning beauty. Whilst walking, you will discover many secrets of the Namib that cannot be experienced when driving. You will get to feel different aspects of the desert –from mountainous terrain to sandy dunes.

Fog-basking Tok Tokkie beetles, barking geckos, dancing spiders, bat-eared foxes, and many more -the desert is not deserted at all. Let your guide introduce you to this world, relax with a sundowner and enjoy a three-course dinner before falling asleep under the stars.

What to keep in mind:

We strongly advise to pack warm clothes -beanies, a scarf and gloves might be very welcome at times!! But rest assured that you will not encounter a grey sky that will linger for weeks. Please note that the natural variability of the weather can bring about unusual weather conditions.

The trail is not difficult, but challenging. Fitness and good condition is essential as the trails entail 7 to 8 hours walking. Walking does normally not exceed 10 km a day; the pace is set to suit the group.

Your main luggage will be transported by a back-up vehicle; you only have to carry a day pack, including a lunch pack, water and your camera equipment. As some of the routes lead through rough terrain and oversand dunes it requires well-balanced and secure walking.

Please be aware of high temperature fluctuations, which can reach 35°Cor moreduring the day whilst sometimes plummeting down to -5°C at night, which can cause additional stress to your heart and circulation. It is indispensable and vital to drink enough water.

We recommend you to prepare yourself for the trail with some fitness trainingand if necessary get a health check.

Force MajeureIt goes without saying that we do our utmost to conduct the tour as described in the program; we cannot vouch for it, however unfavorable weather conditions, organizational problems, unforeseen events or other factors may force us to change the course of the tour. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Own Risk & Insurance: We explicitly point out that the participation in this tour is entirely at the guests’ own risk. We urgently recommend that comprehensive insurance cover be taken out before embarking on the tour to make provision for cancellation and curtailment, medical expenses, emergency evacuation, repatriation, loss or damage of personal baggage.

How to find us: Tok Tokkie Trails is situated about 110 km/ ca. 2 hours south of Sesriem, about 500 km/ 6 hours’drive from Windhoek and Swakopmund.The turn off is about 400 m from the junction of C27/826 and D827.From the gate on C27/D826 (there is a signpost) you drive about 11 km through a fenced corridor to a second gate where you turn left until you reach the Tok Tokkie Trails base (Die Duine Homestead), the trail starting point  (4x2, 4x4 is not needed).

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Exclusive Guided Desert Walking Trail at NamibRand Nature Reserve

Day 1

Namib Desert Envrionmental Education Trust

You should arrive at the Tok Tokkie Trails base by 14h00 (by 13h00 if you have booked lunch), where you will be welcomed with some refreshments. The trails tarts with a visit to the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET), a non-profit, donor sponsored trust, which aims at developing environmentally responsible citizens of Namibia, followed by a short scenic drive, which takes you to the spot where you start your walk. From there it is a short walk ... to your first overnight camp. Relax with a sundowner, marvel at the magnificent scenery and start “feeling” the desert. Walking time: Afternoon: 1–2 hrs, Sleeping out in the open.

Meal information Dinner included

Day 2

Coffee/ tea and breakfast are served at your bed before sunrise so that you can set off in the cool of the early morning. The highlight of the walk is the breathtaking view of the dunes and plains as well as the “coming alive” of the desert. With some luck, and the guide’s trained eyes, you may spot some of the desert specials (Golden Mole, Dancing White Lady, Barking Gecko, Dune Lark, Flightless Wasp ... just to name a few). At the shady lunch spot there is plenty of time to relax, have a siesta and reflect on all you have seen. As the heat recedes you start walking –on and through the dunes to your second overnight spot. The scene in front of you is an endless dune sea and “fairy circles” with a backdrop of magnificent mountain scenery. Walking time: morning: 4 –4.5 hrs / afternoon: 2 –2.5 hrs, Sleeping out in the open

Meal information All meals included

Day 3

Tok Tokkie Farmhouse

After an early rise and breakfast, you set off again through the dune field. The soft and rolling dunes are interspersed by camel thorn trees, which provide welcome shade for a rest. Today’s walk is easy and you arrive at Tok Tokkie farmhouse at approximately 10:00, where you will again be welcomed with some refreshments. Walking time: morning: 3–3.5 hrs / afternoon: 0 hrs,

Meal information Breakfast only

Character of the trail:

  • 2 nights / 3 days, accompanied by a nature guide
  • Walking is easy, only carry your daypack (basic fitness recommended)
  • The pace is set to suit the guests, with lots of time to marvel and enjoy
  • Small groups of 2-8 guests.
  • Larger groups on request.
  • Closely experience the awe-inspiring beautyof the desertand discover the amazingly adapted diversity of life in the desert
  • Unwind by walking in the vast calmness of the desert. A service team cares for you and transports your luggage.

Accommodation & Facilities:

  • Spend unforgettable nights under the Namibian sky in your private stretch of dunes in a cosy stretcher bed equipped with mattress, duvet and cushion
  • Hot bucket shower & open air toilet with splendid vista
  • Breakfast, lunch, sun downers and three-course romantic dinners enjoyed out in the dunes
  • Bring only "worn in" light hiking boots and your personal water bottles-all other equipment supplied

Meals & Drinks Included:

  • 2 x breakfast
  • 1 x light lunch
  • 2 x dinner
  • Snacks as per itinerary,lunch on day of arrival can be booked in advance(not included)Beer, wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee and juice are freely available in

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