Size does matter. It is important to use the bag provided, as the size and material is best suited for the harsh conditions and space available on the vehicles.
The weather is mostly ideal for hiking as you will be walking along the coastline most of the time and the cold sea current has a cooling effect. But, desert weather conditions are unpredictable and it can also vary from cool and mild to very hot, very cold and very windy. Our support team will be there to assist you all the way. It is best to wear layers.
It is entirely your own choice, but we would recommend that you walk in trail runners.
This is entirely your choice, but walking sticks do help especially when walking up a dune.
It differs from person to person, but our suggestion is approximately 2– 3 litres per day.
Yes, the support team will stop at regular intervals during the day for you to fill up, so no need to carry ALL your water for the whole day. Previous hikers mentioned that 2 x 750 ml insulated or double-wall bottles were enough water to take them to the next water station. In warmer and more extreme conditions, the support team will shorten the distance between the water stations, and if necessary, between overnight camps.
Be prepared for desert cuisine at its best! We really aim to spoil you. Our menu has a variety of foods for every meal as we know that you need to fill up on your energy and stamina. At breakfast you will pack your own lunch box for the day.
Some snacks will be provided during the course of the day, but you are welcome to bring your own. Previous hikers actually commented that they packed far too much.
The guides will take great care not to be intrusive as it is important that you experience the solitude and vastness of this spectacular place. You will sometimes see them in the distance, but during the day you are mostly on your own.
There are no toilets available during the day. Should you have a call of nature you should seek privacy behind a dune. At camp a spacious shower tent as well as a chemical toilet will be set up each night. Each person will have 5 litres of shower water available per night.
Limited beer and wine will be available each evening with compliments from the Namib100 team. You are more than welcome to pack the drink of your choice for evenings around the camp fire. We will stop at a liquor store (after pick up from the airport) in Walvis Bay to give you the opportunity to stock up on supplies. Please take limited luggage and cooling facilities into account.
Keep in mind that you will be hiking in one of the most remote places on earth. All equipment and resources need to be transported into and out of the desert. Think WHERE you are on a world map. The guides and crew have a responsibility to see you safely in and out of the desert.