Africa Champion Walvis Bay 2008 - Frans Saubek
Namibia Endurance Ride Association will
be hosting the annual Walvisbay Endurance Ride on the 20 August
2008. This 160/120km CEI*** ride will be the Africa Championship for
Walvisbay, is Namibia's major harbor town, and
is fast developing into a sought after haven for spending a holiday
at the sea. The town has a well developed and efficient port, while
its fishing harbor is the hub of Namibia's lucrative fishing
industry. The Walvisbay Lagoon is the largest single area of
shallow water, on the west coast of Africa. It's natural beauty is
highlighted by the presence of thousands of birds throughout the
year, most notably flamingoes. The lagoon, a Ramsar site because of
it's value as a wetland area, serves as a safe haven and a feeding
station for many different species of birds on their migration route
to and from the Arctic Circle.
Other attractions are the variety of recreational possibilities, a desert golf course, modern and comfortable hotels and a choice of restaurants, activities such as desert sightseeing trips and kayaking in the lagoon at sunrise. With the cold Benguela current running along this coast, temperatures can vary from very cold to very hot, with occasional desert winds. The Namib Desert, surrounding Walvisbay, is one of the oldest deserts in the world, and the Walvisbay ride takes the endurance rider over some of the highest dunes in the world. This ride is not only one of the most spectacular in Africa, but also an endurance ride in the true sense of the word. Rider and horse have to endure all aspects of the vastness and solitude of the Namib Desert.
This route will take the rider over dunes, along the lagoon, with flamingo's and other birdlife abundantly around, or into the desert where the lonely call of the black-backed jackal is the only sound. The ride in Walvisbay will also be a Tri-Nations ride between Namibia, South Africa and Botswana. Junior and Senior teams from these countries will test their skills over the sand of the Namib Desert.
Some of the best endurance horses are bred in
Namibia, many of which have been exported especially to Middle East
countries. Horses are available for leasing in Namibia for the
Walvisbay ride. Due to African Horse sickness, it is not viable to
import horses for the ride. Please direct enquiries for the leasing
of horses through Namibia's F.E.I. liaison officer.
Air Namibia, the national airline, operates
regular flights between London/Frankfurt and Windhoek. Walvisbay has
a large airport and transfers can easily be arranged to Walvisbay.
Air Namibia also operates daily flights from Windhoek to Walvisbay.
Comav, a local airline caters for flights from Windhoek to
Swakopmund every day of the week.
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