Reviews of Tok Tokkie Trails
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Good fun in the desert
This trail is not a stroll in the park and you need to be fairly fit as most of the walking is up and down sand dunes. Think carefully of the time of the year as it can be very hot. Having said that don't be concerned about sleeping outside under the stars. There is nothing to worry about other than in our case a sandstorm and rain and even in this the wonderful Anna and Frans were able to cook us a lovely meal and serve it to us in a tent.
We would advsie that you walk in long trousers and not shorts. Domingo was a wonderful guide and it was really enjoyable to be able to take the time to enjoy the desert scenery and and smaller creatures.
There were only four on our trip and maybe this was why we were woken up each morning with a hot drink in bed and fresh water to wash in. Showers and toilet facilities were excellent, numerous and private.
Fabulous trek through the desert
This was a highlight of our trip and definitely to be recommended. The Tok Tokkie Trail is very special.
There were four of us on our trip along with our guide Dijongo. It was lovely to be walking through all the scenery we'd driven through and we learned so much about 'life' in the desert. We were very well looked after - the food was great and our 'rooms' though simple were lovely.
There were so many thoughtful touches - we were given ponchos and hot water bottles to keep us warm at dinner and in our camp beds, we were brought cups of tea in bed in the morning before sunrise and at lunch there was even a tent with deckchairs for us to take shelter from the midday sun. The walking isn't difficult but you have to be reasonably fit.
Unmissable Tok Tokkie Trail
This was an amazing three days led by Domingo who was an excellent guide. The staff were all so helpful and fun to be with. We appreciated the hot water bottles, the morning tea served to us in our sand dune and the hot water for washing.
One of the highlights was when Domingo produced coffee and muffins out of his rucksack mid morning. We appreciated Domingo's knowledge of the area and also enjoyed discussing life in Namibia with him. There were seven of us on the trip but the other french family of four had their own french guide with them. This meant we were able to have Domingo to ourselves for much of the walking.
We also enjoyed our visit to the NADEET centre on the way back to the farmhouse. The food was very good considering that it was produced in the middle of nowhere.
Tok Tokkie Trails review
We loved our 2 days and nights in the dunes of the Namib Naukluft.
Alex made a good guide, pleasant, knowledgeable, and very keen to share his love of the country and show us fauna and flora.
Eating and Sleeping under the stars is magical - a never to be forgotten experience.
Tok Tokkie Trails review
A highly enjoyable 3 day walk through the NamibRand area with an experienced and knowledgeable guide. There were only 2 other guests on the walk which helped maintain the sense of wilderness and remoteness. You get plenty of time to study the less visible elements of the natural world on this walk, like insects, mammals, reptiles, birds and plant life. We learned a lot from this walk, much of which gave us a better appreciation of the rest of the areas of Namibia we visited.
The camps themselves are in surreally beautiful locations. Whilst this is outdoor wilderness camping, you are made very comfortable. Depending on what time of year you go, be prepared for very cold nights. We did this walk in early September, and although we had several layers of warm clothing, we were still cold and wishing we'd brought a woolly hat and gloves!
Tok Tokki Dreaming
This is a place to get off the beaten track, away from the crowds and get in touch with reality. The walking is simple and the beauty of the Namib is stunning. This is my second visit and would be quite happy to return in the future.
The amazing thing is the food is excellent, the beds under the stars the warmest and most comfortable in Nambia - a truely million star view.
If you do not like walking, bugs, conversation and good company - don't go
Tok Tokkie Trails review
Another long and arduous drive to Tok Tokkie. After 6 hours on the road we felt like we had been beaten up by a bunch of drunken sailors! The last 60 kms we had to virtually crawl along as the road was so rutted.
Gail at Zebra River was very apprehensive about us doing the Tok Tokkie Trail and our anxiety wasn't helped when we heard that on the previous walk one of the guests had collapsed with the heat and had to be brought out of the desert by Land Rover! When we eventually arrived we were made very welcome by our guide Rene who told us that this would be the last walk of the season because it was getting too hot! Caramba!
We had a light lunch, meeting up with the 4 other guests and then set off. That first afternoon was very easy, stopping every 30 minutes or so for water, and after walking about 6 kms we stopped for the night. The arrangements were as expected but comfortable with good food. Rene was very reassuring that we wouldn't get eaten by lions!
The next day was very very hot and there were moments when we thought that we wouldn't make it - but urged on by Rene we made our lunch stop where we rested for about 4 hours. When it cooled we then pressed on to our evening camp and relaxed. We had walked about 14 kms. During the night I was spectacularly sick. In the morning Rene suggested that as nobody else had been ill it was probably due to the heat.
We continued the following morning - again mercilessly hot - and reached the base camp at about 11.00am.
Although it was very hard at times, I cannot deny an enormous sense of fulfillment and would do it again - but next time in a cooler season.
Great experience of desert life
It does what it says in the brochure.
The cold in evening was more extreme than anticipated - take extra warm jacket!
Scenery was stunning.
Our guide an enthusiastic and very curious interpreter.
Plenty of fruit and veg made the food good.
Care at the camp site (inc hot water bottles) was very welcome.