enchanting, NamibRand Nature Reserve
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…
How to get started?
Your journey begins
Tok Tokkie trail - 2 nights in NamibRand Reserve
Vast and eternal, but also picturesque and enchanting, NamibRand Nature Reserve embraces its visitor. The Reserve is a model for private conservation and low-impact tourism of about 200.000 hectares of protected area where wildlife can once again roam free. Livestock farms have been restored to their former pristine state boasting the full biodiversity of the Pro-Namib ecosystem
On foot is the best way to feel the desert as you can experience the amazing details 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.
Day 1 - Unforgettable nights under the Namib Sky...
You should arrive at the Tok Tokkie Trails base by 14h00 where the friendly team will welcome you with some refreshments. You can refill water and pack your small day-pack for the personal items you would like to take along on the walk. Your luggage will be transferred to the overnight camp by vehicle. The trails starts with a visit of the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET), a non-profit, donor sponsored trust, which aims to develop environmentally responsible citizens of Namibia.
Early morning tea or coffee is served before sunrise followed by a light breakfast so that you can set off in the cool of the early morning. The highlights of the walk are the breath-taking views of the dunes and plains as well as the “coming alive” of the desert as the guide allows you to feel, smell, taste and see the oldest living desert in the world. The “morning news”, as written in the sand is always fascinating and 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). You walk over a mountain saddle before descending gently to a dry riverbed.
Once again you are woken in the soft light shortly before sunrise.
Coffee and breakfast is served before you set 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 walk is easy and you arrive at Tok Tokkie farmhouse at approximately 11:30.
Walking time: morning: 3 – 3.5 hours / afternoon: 0 hours
The END OF THE ROAD….for now