Tok Tokkie Trails, Sossusvlei, Namibia

Tok Tokkie Trails run a two-night/three-day walking trail in the NamibRand Nature Reserve taking you close to the desert’s stunning beauty. Whilst walking, you will discover many secrets of the Namib that cannot be experienced when driving; from climbing over the mountainous terrain to sandy dunes. You will soon realise that the desert isn't deserted at all but full of Tok Tokkie beetles, barking geckos, dancing spiders, bat-eared foxes to name just a few! Tok Tokkie Trails offers a very special experience for nature lovers and for travellers who come to Namibia to experience the vast open space and magnificent tranquillity that is so difficult to find elsewhere.

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On the first day you will meet your guide and the team after lunch. Before starting the trail you will visit the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET), a non-profit, donor sponsored trust, which aims to develop environmentally responsible citizens of Namibia. ( From there a short scenic drive will take you to the starting point of the Tok Tokkie Trail. On your way to the first overnight camp you will walk for 1-2 hours over rolling hills and vegetated sand dunes. At the camp you will relax with a sundowner and marvel at the magnificent scenery whilst enjoying a delicious 3-course dinner. Your first night on a stretcher bed under the stars will be an unforgettable experience and if the sky is clear and moonless, you will quickly understand why NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the few International Dark Sky Reserves in the world. The nights can be cold but the offer of a hot water bottle is one of the many little touches which make the experience so enjoyable.

Day 2:

Your day will start with tea or coffee served before sunrise followed by a light breakfast so that you can set off in the cool of the early morning. The mornings walk will be about 4-5 hours long with breathtaking 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. During the course of the day your guide will explain some wonders of the Namib to you - how the fascinating desert flora survives, how insect and reptile life adapts to the harsh environment and how mammals can survive here without water. Birding is surprisingly good and you may be lucky enough to see one of Namib endemics, the dune lark. Larger animals you might come across include bat-eared fox, oryx, springbok and ostrich. You will stop for lunch in a shady spot where you can enjoy some delicious treats and have time to relax and reflect on all you have seen. As the heat recedes you start walking again for 2-3 hours up and over the dunes to your second overnight spot. The scene in front of you is a sea of endless dunes and the photography is spectacular! The shadows on the dunes create an ever-changing palette of colours shortly before sunset. After a quick bucket shower, possibly under the watchful eye of an oryx, you will enjoy a sundowner and delicious dinner. You might hear some barking geckos, owls or just deafening silence.

Day 3:

Once again you are woken just before sunrise with tea, coffee and breakfast before you set off through the dune fields. The soft and rolling dunes are interspersed by camel thorn trees, which provide welcome shade for a rest from the morning heat. Today’s walk is short and you arrive at Tok Tokkie farmhouse at approximately 11:30.

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