There’s no better way to appreciate the rolling countryside surrounding Windhoek than by saddling up for a few hours and exploring on horseback. Equitrails (t 081 3380743, w equitrails.org), a highly experienced and professional outfit with well cared-for horses – riders must not weigh over 90kg, for example – organizes a range of excursions to suit riders of all levels of experience, from a couple of hours on the farm topped off with a sundowner (N$600/person for two or more people), to a mountain ride culminating in a champagne brunch on the summit (N$800/person) and even a fully inclusive five-night horse safari, staying in lodge accommodation (N$12,000/person). The stables are based at Elisenheim Guest Farm (w natron.net/tour/elisenheim/main.html) in the Eros Mountains, 15km northeast of Windhoek; hotel transfers from the capital can be arranged for an extra N$80/person.

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