Trails in Namib Naukluft Park

Olive Trail

This is a circular self-guided trail situated in the Naukluft Park. It takes about 4 to 5 hrs to complete. It starts off with a climb to the top of a small plateau with a magnificent view, where you then climb down into a gorge, which you follow for most of the way. Then towards the end, after the chains, you join onto a rough 4X4 track that leads you back to the car park where you left your car. Quiver trees as well as Euphorbia can be seen in the gorge. Love Birds, Mountain Zebra and Klipspringer are sometimes seen on the hike. Terrain gets quite difficult once in the gorge, where you have to climb onto and over a few large rocks, and towards the end there is quite a tricky bit involving a chain. A beautiful but exciting hike nevertheless. At least 2 litres of water each should be taken along, as well as good walking shoes and a hat. Please remember to report at the office before doing either of the hikes in the Naukluft Park as otherwise no one will know where you are.





Waterkloof Trail

This is a circular self-guided trail situated in the Naukluft Park. It takes about 6 to 7 hrs to complete. It starts and ends at the office. You start by walking upstream in the Naukluft river through some beautiful gorges, often filled with rock pools after the rains. You have great scenery and the chance of seeing animals. Klipspringer as well as Mountain Zebra and a variety of birdlife and flora can be seen on this hike. Walking in general is easier than that of the Olive Trail. But the distance and a steep climb or two make this one more difficult. At least 3 litres of water each should be taken along, as well as a hat and good walking shoes. Binoculars and maybe a small lunchpack should also not be forgotten.
NB: Can be done as a short introduction to the Naukluft Mountains if one hikes only as far as the "last water". This takes up to 1 1/2 hrs. You can swim there and turn back to the starting point.

 


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