Shore Excursion Details

Wild Horses of the Namib

Luderitz, Namibia

Wild Horses of the Namib

DETAILS

  • 4
    hrs Estimate Duration

Drive into the seemingly lifeless Namib Desert to watch a herd of wild horses drink at a watering hole, during which you will learn how they have adapted to the harsh conditions.


After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a 90-minute picturesque drive into the vast Namib Desert, which stretches for more than 1,200 miles along the Atlantic coast. Although the land is barren and nearly uninhabited, the animals that remain have skillfully adapted to the unforgiving, yet eerily beautiful environment.


The Wild Horses of the Namib are a perfect example. While their origins are a mystery, the horses are not indigenous. I is believed that they may be descendants of horses from a shipwreck in the late 19th century, or runaways from German troops in World War I, but it’s not known for sure.


From the comfort of a covered observation stand, you will observe the horses as they drink at the Garub Water Hole. While there is no telling how many horses will show up, typically more than a dozen gather to drink their fill before heading back into mountains. You may notice the horses turning their backs to the sun so it shines along their spines not sides, which minimizes the effects of the direct sunlight and reduces dehydration.


Before returning to the pier, be sure to ask your guide to explain other extraordinary ways that the horses have adapted to the desert.

Need to Know:

NOTES: This tour includes approximately 45-minutes of moderate walking/standing. The surfaces are primarily gravel. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair; are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able bodied companion to assist them. Those with walking difficulties are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Sightings of the wild horses while very likely, is not guaranteed. Vehicles of varying sizes may be used, and while the coaches and minivans are well-maintained, they are basic in nature and the quality can vary.


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ACTIVITY ATTRIBUTES

Excursion Type:

Adventure
Wildlife Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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