Catalog 2014

Namibia

Cycling tour to the highlights of Namibia

Cycling tour through the second least populated country on the planet. Discover Namiba with us, from a cyclists perspective. Magnificant landscapes, the open African sky, unique desert adapted animals, the friendly locals... – Individual and group travel

Namibia is known for its national parks and wildlife reserves, for its diversity as well as its unique landscape and vegetation. On this cycling holiday we will cycle along the edge of the Fish River Canyon, the second largest in the world. We will hike in the oldest desert in the world and cycle through the desolate Naukluft Mountains. We experience the time when the Germans colonised this area in Swakopmund and cycle to the impressive landmark of Namibia, the Spitzkoppe, with its massive granite peaks, and wonder at the thousands of years old artistry from the bushmen (san) of the time in Twyfelfontein, and go on safari in Etosha National Park. This 17 day tour offers the unique opportunity to experience the wonders of Namibian landscape up close by cycling on specially selected bike routes and actively experiencing these wonders from somewhere other than the usual bus or 4×4.

Tour schedule:

mi = miles, hg = height gain in feet

Day 1 Arrival in Namibia

You will be welcomed at Windhoek airport by your tour guide. We then drive through the Khomas Highland to our beautifully located lodge on the Oanob Lake. How would you like to relax by swimming or going for a canoe trip?

Day 2 Bike tour to the second biggest canyon in the world

Transfer to Keetmanshoop. Visit to the Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground. Quiver trees are a species of Aloe and flower in June and July. From Holoog we cycle in the Gondwana Canyon Park. Along the way you can see mountain zebra, ostrich, oryx antelope and springbok. We will stay for two nights in a beautifully located lodge at Fish River Canyon. (20 mi., hg 400ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 3 Bike tour between the million years old rocks

We cycle through the fascinating desert landscapes down into the Fish River Canyon and pass indigenous Gneiss, basalt and quartz rock formations. Relax your muscles in the hot springs of the Ai-Ai‘s. From the Hobas viewpoint, we can wonder at the phenomenal dimensions of the canyon from above. (45 mi., hg 1000 ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 4 Colonial history, faith and wildlife

Visit the mission village of Bethanien. The museum exhibits the difficult living conditions under which the Europeans settled in 1830. Along the Swartrand Mountains we then cycle to Helmeringhausen. Here you can experience the atmosphere of the African Wild West. We will go on a safari on a farm and, with luck, see kudus, ostrich and bat-eared fox. (34 mi., hg 700 ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 5 Bike tour along the Great Escarpment

Transfer to Zarishoogte Passes, the beginning of the oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert. We will pass farms with ostrich and Karakul sheep before reaching our guest farm. The afternoon is perfect for relaxing by the pool or taking a walk around the farm. (31 mi., hg 900 ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 6 Bike tour in the oldest desert in the world

Bike tour in the Namib Naukluft Park to the red dunes of Sossusvlei (12 mi., hg 30 ft., tar) There is a unique display of colour in the morning sun. We will undertake an interesting desert hike,and visit the Sesriem Canyon. Transfer to Solitaire. Two nights accommodation in a beautiful lodge, (B)

Day 7 Bike tour through the rocky Naukluft Mountains

Bike tour through the impressive Buellsport Gorge with 1500 to 2100 ft. high walls. The afternoon can be spent relaxing by the pool. We enjoy a walk during sunset and take our Sundowner cocktail with us. On our way we take a look at some huge weaverbird nests. (27 mi., hg 75 ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 8 Bike tour to the river oasis of the Kuiseb Canyon

We will cycle to the geologically interesting Gaub and Kuiseb Canyon. Ostrich and gemsbok will cross our paths. Transfer to Swakopmund on the cool Atlantic with it‘s many buildings from the former German colonial time. We will spend two nights in a lovely guesthouse. (28 mi., 450 ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 9 Bike tour to the moon landscape and large Welwitschia

In Namib Naukluft Park we will see living stones (Lithops), the moon landscape and the largest Welwitschia Mirabilis plant yet discovered. The afternoon is at own disposal. The guide will give tips and hints. (25 mi., 1000 ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 10 Bike tour to ‘Spitzkoppe’

Transfer towards Usakos. Bike tour to the landmark of Namibia, the prominent peaks of the Spitzkoppe in the otherwise flat plains. Visit some ancient rock paintings. Short transfer to the mining town of Uis. We will stay in chalets of a lodge. (31 mi., hg 300 ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 11 Bike tour through the Damaraland

We cycle past the imposing Brandberg Mountain in the Damaraland. On the edge of road Herero women sell handmade articles and semi-precious stones. If we are lucky, we will see the rare desert elephant from the bike. Transfer to in the uniquely located Twyfelfontein Lodge where we will stay in thatched chalets for two nights. (40 mi., 1300 ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 12 World Heritage Site

In the morning we will visit the famous rock engravings of Twyfelfontein, which gained UNESCO World Heritage Status not long ago. Visit both routes, the Dancing Kudu and Lion Tail route. Afterwards we ride to the organ pipes and burnt mountain. The afternoon is at own disposal. (15 mi., hg 150 ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 13 Bike tour between Table Mountains to the unique Vingerklip Lodge

Transfer to the Petrified Forest. We cycle through a Mopane forest and past many table-like mountains to the peaceful Vingerklip Lodge. The 75 ft. high freestanding stack on the lodges ground is a famous natural monument. (32 mi., hg 350 ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 14 Safari in Etosha National Park

Transfer to the famous Etosha National Park. Here, with the exception of the buffalo, we can see the ‘Big 4’ elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. You can see cheetah, jackals, giraffe and large herds of common zebra and springbok. We will stay in bungalows in the safari camp. (B)

Day 15 More game viewing in Etosha National Park

For the whole day we go on safari, interupted by a lunch break at a camp with a nice swimming pool. We will stay in bungalows in the safari camp. (B)

Day 16 Back to Windhoek

After another safari we will drive to Windhoek. Along the way we will visit the handcraft market in Okahandja before arriving at our guesthouse in Windhoek. (B)

Day 17 Windhoek city tour and return journey

Depending on flight times, there is the possibility to take a tour of the city. Our bike tour ends with your transfer to Windhoek Airport. (B)

If you have more time, we can recommend an extension to Cape Town, which for many, is the most beautifully located city in the world. Or you can take a short one-hour flight to one of the wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. From there you can spend two-days in Chobe National Park or in the Okavango Delta.

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Services

Included in price:

  • English speaking tour guide
  • 16 nights in hotels, guesthouses and chalets with private bathroom
  • 16 x breakfast
  • Constant vehicle backup as well as transport for bikes
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing program

Not included:

  • Flights to and from Namibia
  • Tips
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • MTB hire bike

Hints

Travel Information:
All bike trails are over gravelled tracks. Although the trails are generally good to cycle and carefully selected, depending on the weather they can also be uneven. We are, however, flexible due to the constant, close accompaniment of our vehicles. A reasonable amount of fitness is enough to be able to cycle the trails. During the given dates it is the dry season in Namibia, during the day the temperature is a comfortable 82 °F, at night in the desert it can drop into the thirties.

This tour is also available as a private tour, with minimum two participants.

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Categorization
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Group size

8 - 15 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: RHN
09.06.14 - 25.06.14 USD 3290 book
14.07.14 - 30.07.14 USD 3375 book
04.08.14 - 20.08.14 USD 3375 book

Discount

  • 5% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure
  • 5% discount on all land packages for former guests
Extra services
Single room surcharge USD 255
Mountain Bike 24/27-speed USD 300
South African Airways (SAA) offers free transport of your bike up to 20 kg on request

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