Experiencing the Naukluft
On foot, or horseback? By four-wheel drive, or mountain bike? Choose how you prefer to explore the Naukluft Mountains.
Our tip: Stay at least two nights to have enough time and leisure for your experiences at BüllsPort.
From a relaxed walk to a challenging hike, pick between 14 different routes and trails, all laid out on our detailed map.
Quiver Tree Gorge Trail
Only possible in the mornings, fitness and surefootedness required
Long trail: 7 h / Short trail: 3 h + 2 h 4×4 drive
Up to the barren plateau and down through the lush green, water-rich gorge: An absolute must for every hiking enthusiast who wants to experience all the charms of the Naukluft. With a bit of luck, you will encounter baboons, kudus or even mountain zebras, which occur almost exclusively in Namibia. You can also do a partial hike from the plateau to the valley, with drop-off and pick-up by our off-road vehicle.
More info & map (PDF)
Rock Arch Trail
Short trail in the afternoons; long trail only possible in the mornings, surefootedness required; not for those suffering from vertigo
Long trail: 6 h / Short trail: 1 h + 2 h 4×4 drive
Through the Teufelsschlucht (Devil’s Gorge) up to the massive Rock Arch of the Naukluft: As a full hike or shorter trail with adventurous 4×4 ride.
Bull's Head Trail
Time required: 3 h
From the reservoir along the dry river to the “Bullenkopf” (Bull’s Head) cliff top, the ideal route to stretch your legs and to get an overview of BüllsPort.
Possible in the mornings and in the afternoons, long trail requires surefootedness
Long trail: 4.5 h / Short trail: 2.5 h
In the footsteps of our ancestors: Hike to places that man has used since time immemorial as camps, workshops and lookout points for hunting.
Trail up to the "Alm" (alp)
Time required: 2 h
A view to the end of the world: Winding roads up to the mighty massif, which provides cattle with emergency pastures during dry seasons.
Possible in the mornings and in the afternoons, easy trail
Long trail: 1.5 h / Short trail: 45 min
Walk along the banks of the dry Tsondab: Inhale the vastness of the open plains in the realm of birds and game.
Zebra Trail / Ridge Trail
Possible in the mornings and in the afternoons, somewhat rocky in places
Time required: 3 h / 1.5 h
Between mountain massif and plain: From the hills at the foot of the Naukluft, you’ll have a view of far-off horizons and maybe the luck to see birds and game.
Olive Trail / Waterkloof Trail
Time required: 4.5 h / 7 h
All the “highs and lows” of the Naukluft: Similar to the Quiver Tree Gorge Trail, both routes (11 km / 17 km) will take you up to the plateau of the massif and down again through gorges. In places you’ll have to climb or use chains to move forward on narrow rock ledges.
From riding lessons and multi-hour tours for beginners, to a two-day horse safari: At BüllsPort every horse enthusiast will get his money’s worth. All our horses are well trained, comfortable to ride and come with equipment and a trained riding guide. Please note: In line with international standards, a maximum weight of 95 kg per rider applies.
Seeing as you’re already on a farm with horses, why not take the opportunity to experience the sense of unity between humans and animals?
Horse Ride for Beginners
On the ride along the Ridge Trail, enjoy the view over the farm from the wide plain and with a little luck you might spot some kudus or baboons.
Roundtrip ride till sunset, along the dry river and through a riparian forest, where birds and game prepare for nightfall.
2 – 2.5 h
Experience the awakening of nature on horseback: We saddle up in the dark. Twittering birds and beaming mountains greet the rising sun.
Büllsport Discovery Ride
Trotting along the foot of the mountains, galloping across wide plains… Be it a social weavers’ nest or a herd of springbok – there is always something to discover on this ride.
4 – 5 h; difficult and rocky terrain, technically challenging on horse and rider, head for heights required
On zebra crossings up to the plateau of the Naukluft: Enjoy the views and look out for mountain zebra and klipspringer.
only available in June, advance booking required: 2 days / 1 night, difficult terrain
Explore nature in the most natural way: Riding from the valley up into the Naukluft Mountains, eating at a campfire and sleeping in a tent.
Enjoy nature in a laid-back way and with a touch of nostalgia. The tour takes around 45 minutes, leading through riparian forests of acacia trees and across sparsely covered, bushy plains at the foot of the Naukluft Mountains. Maximum of four people. Flexible departure times. Bookings required at least half a day in advance.
Experience real farm hospitality at BüllsPort, where Johanna and Ernst Sauber breed cattle, horses and game, in addition to running the guest business. Get first hand insight into the daily challenges of sustainable farming – in an area near the Namib Desert where average rainfall is not more than 120 mm a year.
4x4 and Mountain Bike Trails
Conquering the Naukluft on four or two wheels: Both are possible on the 100 km² area that makes up BüllsPort. On paths that can be steep, narrow and rocky, put your four-wheel driving skills to a challenging test, while for mountain bikers, a network of various trails presents true paradise.
Day trip to Sossusvlei
Circuite the Naukluft Mountains (self-drive, 376 km): Start in the morning, drive through the Tsauchab Valley (D 854) and cross the plains of the eastern edge of the Namib to Sesriem (133 km). Visit Sesriem Canyon around lunchtime and Sossusvlei in the afternoon to avoid the crowds (there and back 120 km). In the evening, on your drive back, enjoy the colourful play of the setting sun through the Naukluft Gorge (C 14) (123 km).
Excursion: Nabasib School Choir
(self-drive, 15 km on the C 14)
Encounter the culture of the local people and get familiar with everyday life at a rural Namibian school. On an excursion to the Nabasib Primary School, you will be enchanted by the songs of the school choir and experience traditional dance in authentic costumes, handmade by the students in sewing class.
Tips for your Trip to BüllsPort
Turn the journey into the destination. From Windhoek there are two attractive routes to get to Büllsport.
Route of Landscapes via C26, D1265, 1261 and 1275 (285 km gravel road): Take in the typical African bush savannah of the Khomas Highlands; the magnificent view of the Spreetshoogte Pass on the Great Escarpment; the barren savannah of the eastern Namib Desert; and the winding Tsondab Valley in the Naukluft Mountains.
Route of History via B1 and C24/MR 47 (90 km tar and 145 km gravel road): Stop in Rehoboth to visit the local museum, featuring the history of the Baster people, and a short distance out of town, visit the memorial at Sam Khubis that reminds of the battle between the Basters and Germans in 1915.
Newsletter "Naukluft Mail"
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