Tok Tokkie Tour
The Tok Tokkie tour is a 3 day guided desert hike. This is on the Namib Rand Nature Reserve. This Tok Tokkie tour is designed for walkers who prefer leisure desert walk. The emphasis is on quality time with your guide. This is on imparting knowledge about the intricacies of the desert fauna and flora. Effort will be made to ensure that the desert organisms can be closely observed. This are those that are rarely seen on a normal safari tour in Namibia. The Tok Tokkie tour terrain offers mountains as well as sandy desert. This provides the opportunity to see the whole desert, not only the dunes. Often, one needs to make his/ her own way to the start of Tok Tokkie tour hike. The starting point of Tok Tokkie tour is close to the dunes at Sossusvlei. Spending a night at one of the nearby lodges is advisable. All you need to bring is your hiking boots, everything else is supplied.
Day 1: Tok Tokkie Trail
Arrival at the Tok Tokkie Guesthouse should be by 14h00. You will be given a day pack before Tok Tokkie tour begins. This will include a water bottle and something to eat. Remember to add your camera and binoculars too. A book to read during the heat of the day can also get a place. Pack a bag with clothes you need for the next two days. The support vehicle will bring it to the overnight campsites. You will be transferred by the car to the starting point of the trail. This is about a half-hour’s drive through the dunes. After drop off, the vehicle proceeds to the overnight stop. This is in the heart of the sand dunes. These are not the dunes at Sossusvlei and are smaller. They are covered with vegetation giving them a unique beauty of their own. A short walk to the overnight stop brings you to the camp. Here you can relax with a sun-downer. All these whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery and to get used to that ‘desert feeling.’ You will be camping under the African star filled sky.
Day 2: Tok Tokkie Hiking Trail
Start your Tok Tokkie tour with an early morning cup of tea/coffee. You will hit the trail careful to avoid walking in the heat of the day. Today’s walk heads up to the highest point of a small pass. You will have breathtaking views of both dunes and plains. A good part of the morning is spent in the mountain. This is before descending down the other side into a dry riverbed. Insect life adapted to the harsh environment is prolific here. Birding is good with possible sightings of Namib endemics. This includes the Dune Larks. Larger game like bat-eared fox, Cape fox and oryx may be spotted as well. You will have rest during the hottest part of the day. This is in the shade where you’ll have a hearty brunch. You got time for a siesta and reflection on morning’s activities and sightings. After the sun cools off, the walk continues through the dunes. You’ll have a stop at the second overnight stop. This overlooks the dune sea sands and gravel plains. This is a perfect opportunity for photography. There are spectacular shadows on the dunes. There is also the ever-changing palette of colors shortly before sunset. Listen to the sound of barking geckos petting for a wife. There will be the occasional cry of the hyena. The silence of the desert, will accompany you through the night. Overnight will be by camping under the African star filled sky.
Day 3:Tok Tokkie Guesthouse
Begin the Tok Tokkie tour with a cup of Tea or coffee and rusks. Your Tok Tokkie tour hike continues through the dune field. These soft and rolling dunes are clustered with camelthorn trees. These will provide a welcome shade for rest stops. Today’s walk is easy and you arrive at the guesthouse in time for lunch.