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Tok Tokkie Trek

An adventurous and moderately challenging 3-day guided walking trail through southern Namibia’s enchanting NamibRand Nature Reserve. Enjoy some of the country’s finest guiding amidst the small, rolling sand dunes of this expansive private reserve, and sleep out in the open under crystal-clear night skies. Ideal for genuine nature lovers with good fitness levels who are willing to forgo a few creature comforts in pursuit of an unforgettable, up-close desert experience.

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Itinerary

Overview


  • Relax and unwind in the care of a superb service team and excellent guides

  • Witness the unique desert-adapted plants and animals of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, the oldest living desert in the world

  • Get up-close to nature; explore entirely on foot and sleep out under the stars

  • Group size from 2 to 8 guests, with pace set to suit the group

  • Trails offered from mid-February until early December

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVAL FOLLOWED BY AFTERNOON WALK THROUGH THE NAMIBRAND NATURE RESERVE TO OVERNIGHT CAMP
The Tok Tokkie Trails base, Die Duine Homestead, is located 2 hours south of Sesriem, or 6 hours’ drive from Windhoek or Swakopmund. On arrival, Tok Tokkie’s friendly team provide refreshments, water refills, and a small daypack for personal items required for the afternoon’s walk. Guest luggage is transferred to the overnight camp by vehicle. There’s a short, scenic drive to the trail’s starting point, followed by a 1-2 hour walk across the rolling, vegetation-covered sand dunes. While not as enormous as Sossusvlei’s towering dunes, those of the NamibRand possess a unique beauty of their own, and are a delight to explore. On arrival at camp, guests relax with a sundowner and enjoy a hearty three-course dinner. Note that there are no charging facilities en route, so be sure to arrive with all batteries on full charge! NamibRand is one of the few ‘International Dark Sky Reserves’ in the world, and falling asleep directly under the star-studded expanse is one of the tour’s defining highlights.
ACCOMMODATION: sleep out on comfortable stretcher mattresses with duvet and pillow (luggage transported by service team). In rare incidences of bad weather, tents may be provided. Fresh water is available at overnight camps from a borehole.
WALK DURATION: 1 – 2 hours

DAY 2: A FULL DAY’S HIKE THROUGH THE NAMIBRAND NATURE RESERVE
Tea and coffee is served before sunrise, followed by a light breakfast. Today’s full-day hike commences during the cool temperatures of the early morning, with breath-taking views of the plains and dunes. Described light-heartedly as the ‘early morning news’, the expert guide will explain any visible animal tracks, and with a combination of luck and expertise visitors might glimpse the golden mole, the barking gecko, or the flightless wasp. The walk passes over a mountain saddle before descending gently to a dry riverbed. Throughout the day, Tok Tokkie’s expert guide will explain how the fascinating desert flora and fauna adapt to the harsh environment. The birdlife is surprisingly good, and larger animals such as bat-eared fox, oryx, springbok, and ostrich might also be encountered. After around 4 - 4 ½ hours of walking, chefs provide lunch in a shady spot, and water bottles are refilled. After a good rest during which the midday heat recedes, the afternoon’s 2 - 2 ½ walk commences up and over the sea of dunes, with a backdrop of magnificent mountain scenery. There are some superb photography opportunities, particularly just before sunset when the dune shadows create a magical, colourful spectacle. After a long and satisfying day’s walk, guests arrive at camp, enjoy drinks and dinner, and fall asleep to the occasional sound of an owl or barking gecko amidst the silence of the desert.
ACCOMMODATION: sleep out on comfortable stretcher mattresses with duvet and pillow (luggage transported by service team). In rare incidences of bad weather, tents may be provided. Fresh water is available at overnight camps from a borehole.
WALK DURATION: morning 4 – 4 ½ hours, afternoon 2 – 2 ½ hours

DAY 3: GENTLE MORNING’S WALK, FOLLOWED BY DEPARTURE
Guests are woken with tea, coffee, and breakfast shortly before sunrise. The morning’s walk is an easy one, lasting around 3 – 3 ½ hours, and continuing through rolling dunes interspersed with camel thorn trees which provide welcome shade during rests. Guests arrive at the Tok Tokkie Farmhouse at around 11.30am, and when time allows, a visit to the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET), an organisation which promotes the need for environmentally responsible citizens, may be arranged, followed by departure. Note that the route outlined above may be reversed at the discretion of Tok Tokkie Trails.
WALK DURATION: 3 – 3 ½ hours

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Tok Tokkie Camping

Namib-Naukluft

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Mobile Trekking Camp
- Sleep out under the stars
- Stretcher mattresses with Duvet
- Hot bucket shower & open air toilet

Details

Getting there

Tok Tokkie is located 6-7 hours drive from Windhoek and roughly the same distance from Swakumpond and can easily be incorporated into a 2 week self drive itinerary featuring many of the highlights of Namibia.

Namibia has excellent connections via South Africa with regular flights from Johannesburg and some options from Cape Town. Air Namibia also operates via Frankfurt. Flight from London to Windhoek via Johannesburg start from £780 -£1280 per person

Extensions to Botswana and the Victoria Falls are possible with regular connections.

Flight prices on this route are always cheaper booked in advance, particularly when flying during UK school holidays.

Please let us know your preferred departure airport and we would be pleased to quote for a flight inclusive ATOL protected package.

When is best?

Tok Tokkie Trails run from mid of February till early December

In Namibia, the months from June to September are winter in Southern Africa but temperatures during the day reach very comfortable early 20 degrees Celsius, just pretty chilly at night but you can keep comfortable with various layers. This is the time of the least / no rainfall making the vegetation less dense and the game easy to spot.

Autumn, April-May tends to be a lovely time with all the young being born and the vegetation still green. Spring, late September into early November can have variable weather depending on the previous rainfall but offers excellent game viewing

The summer months November to March tend to be the highest rainfall. It tends to be hot and humid with afternoon thunderstorms. Tok Tokkie Trails are not run during December, January and February.

Is it for me?

The Tok Tokkie trail is a fantastic adventure for those who enjoy walking and sleeping under the stars. Walking is relatively easy, you only carry your daypack, but a good level of basic fitness is required. Group sizes can be between 2 - 8 guest and the the pace is set to suit the group, with lots of time to marvel and enjoy.


The camping set-up is very comfortable with stretcher mattresses, duvets, delicious meals and sundowners

Safety

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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