Tok Tokkie Trails

Reviews of Tok Tokkie Trails

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Below are independent comments from 26 of our travellers who have visited Tok Tokkie Trails, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr A. from London
Arrived on: 25-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Must do excursion

Tok Tokkie is a wonderful way to start one's Namibian experience. It is a quided walk, starting around 330 pm, after lunch on Day 1, walking a full day on Day 2, and arriving back in the Tok Tokkie HQ around 9 am on Day 3. The walking itself is very easy, with small distances and no particular elevation losses or gains. During our walk the maximum day time temperature was in the late 20s celsius so not troubling.

What makes the experience so enjoyable and special is the guide (Sebastian was our guide) and the wonderful camps, where one sleeps under a blaze of stars (following Sebastian's very informative star-gazing talk), the first time when the Milky Way really was milky, in very comfortable camp beds, complete with very welcome hot water bottles. Food is plentiful and excellent, served by very welcoming staff. The long drop loos (complete with signalling devices to indicate vacancy or otherwise) and hot bucket showers, both open to the African plains but secluded from one's fellow guests, were a tremendous "Out of Africa" experience.

It does get cold at night and there was one breakfast where there was a distinct run on the hot porridge, but one rapidly warms up and are relieved that the long lunch break on Day 2 is under canvas. We were woken one night by a nearby oryx grazing and everyone was very excited on the second night by the mournful call of a passing hyena. Tok Tokkie was a high point of a holiday complete with highpoints!

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Mrs J. from Exeter
Arrived on: 16-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Luxury under African skies at Tok Tokkie

A unique experience made even more memorable by Sebastiaan our wonderful & knowledgeable guide.

Everything from beetles to Betelgeuse ! NaDeet also well worth the visit.

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Mr & Mrs M from Wales
Arrived on: 24-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing beyond words

We shared this amazing experience with a family who thought they were going to a luxury lodge!

We and they loved sleeping under the stars despite a few drops of rain in the desert. Guiding really good. Creatures of the desert fascinating.

Filo pastry at dinner in the desert. Bucket shower excellent. Sharing your "bedroom" with oryx and tok tokkie beetles.

We missed this experience 15 years ago and are so glad we went back to do it.

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Dr N. from King's Lynn
Arrived on: 15-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tok Tokkie Trails review

Fantastic.

We had a great guide, Ricardo who shared his knowledge of the Namib Desert with us and sleeping under the stars in the desert was an unforgetable experience.

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Mr and Mrs L - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 25-Apr-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The real desert

This was the real highlight of our trip.

Sebastian, our guide and his team are excellent at being host/guide/cook/waiter etc.. The walking was not arduous - we could have done a couple of days more. The beauty of the desert is breathtaking up close and on foot and a privilege to experience.

We can't recommend it highly enough.

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Mrs & Mr H - Ontario
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Brilliant two days on Tok Tokie Trails

This was probably the highlight of our trip.

Our guide, Ricardo, was fantastic and the experience of sleeping under the stars will never be forgotten. We were lucky to have 2 very clear nights - although the nights were quite cold we were toasty warm in our bed rolls. The hot water bottles in bed at night and the wake up calls with tea in the morning were a lovely touch!

The changing light over the desert landscape in morning and evening was a photographer's dream!

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Miss D & Mr D - Namibia in August
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent walking

Loved the camp sites - showers and toilets were brilliant. Sleeping on camp beds under the stars was unforgettable - real highlight of our trip. Walking was good (although hot and we were in winter!) and very enjoyable, guide was excellent and very knowledgeable.

Camp staff were also really friendly and accommodating. Loved having lunch on the middle day in the middle of nowhere (and the rest afterwards!) Desert scenery was very spectacular!

Would definitely recommend this activity.

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Dr M. from Rickmansworth
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Highly recommend Tok Tokkie Trails!

A fantastic experience walking through the NamibRand Reserve in the company of our excellent guide Sebastian and camping under the stars. We learned so much about the environment and wildlife and the scenery is spectacular.

The 2 camps we stayed in were in beautiful locations and the team did extremely well serving up tasty food, setting up our camp beds and even providing hot water bottles. Going to bed under the stars and waking up to see the sunrise (with cups of tea in bed provided) was fantastic.

If you go in July/August prepare for it to be very cold at night - the Tok Tokkie leaflet can be a bit misleading as to what you need to bring. Take lots of warm layers, down jackets are ideal, hats and gloves.

Lastly we have a family member who is gluten intolerant and despite the challenging catering conditions she was given gluten free bread, cakes and meals whenever food was provided.

If you like getting close to nature and walking don't miss this trip!

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Kathryn
Arrived on: 16-Feb-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Terrific Tok Tokkie

Sebastian was an outstanding guide and Agnes and Willy, at the camps, could not have been more helpful. The bush food was excellent, my only issue being that the light lunch we ordered on Day One was just one slice of quiche - a bit too light!

Lovely as Tok Tokkie is, I wouldn't recommend anyone to do this in the rainy season. You are much less likely to see the stars and sleep out under them and, if it is not raining, it is incredibly hot. I feel Expert Africa could have given more guidance here.

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Mr J & Family from Winchester
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tok Tokkie Trails review

Splendid. The hikes were relaxed and relatively easy, with frequent stops for those who are not Olympic athletes. You do not need to super fit for this experience, although it was cool when we were there. Very hot days may be more of a challenge. The sleeping arrangements, lunch and dinner were excellent.

Our guide was very good. We were in a party with 5 others - a British couple and a Swiss couple with their local guide. The party worked well, very friendly.
For those who seek something different, this is perfect. Do not expect anything better than a bucket-shower and a "long-drop" toilet - but this is what the experience is all about.

Unbelievably, on our second night it rained! Rain in the Namib, not something you see every day. The sleeping bags were water-proof and the weather did nothing to spoil the adventure - in fact, it just added to the fun.

Highly recommended

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