Catalog 2014

Namibia

Cycling tour to the highlights of Namibia 17 days

Cycle through one of the least populated countries on the planet. Experience Namibia from another perspective as a cyclist. Wonderful landscapes, the wide African sky, unique desert adapted animals, the kind locals... – Individual and group travel

The national parks and wildlife reserves with its variety as well as its unique landscape and vegetation makes Namibia a popular country. On this bike tour we will cycle along the edge of the Fish River Canyon, the second largest in the world. We will discover Namibia by hiking in the oldest desert in the world and cycling through the desolate Naukluft Mountains. In Swakopmund we experience the time when the Germans colonised this area and ride to the Spitzkoppe, the impressive landmark of Namibia, with its massive granite peaks. We will have a look 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 cycling holiday offers the unique opportunity to discover the beauty of Namibian landscape up close by cycling on selected bike routes. You can actively experience these wonders from another perspective as the usual bus or 4×4.

Tour schedule:

mi = miles, hg = height gain in feet

Day 1 Arrival in Namibia

Your tour guide will welcome you at Windhoek airport. Afterwards we drive through the Khomas Highland to our beautifully located lodge on the Oanob Lake. Maybe you would 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

Our bike tour leads us in the Namib Naukluft Park to the red dunes of Sossusvlei (12 mi., hg 30 ft., tar). There we can wonder about the unique display of colour in the morning sun. We will hike through the fascinating desert, and explore the Sesriem Canyon. We drive to Solitaire, where we have a 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. You can spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool. During sunset we will enjoy a walk and take a Sundowner cocktail with us. Thereby we can take a look at some big weaverbird nests. (27 mi., hg 75 ft., gravel road) (B)

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

We will ride to the geologically interesting Gaub and Kuiseb Canyon. On our way Ostrich and gemsbok will cross our paths. After a transfer to Swakopmund on the cool Atlantic we will get an impression of many buildings from the former German colonial time. We will stay 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 for free time, but your guide can give tips and hints for activities. (25 mi., 1000 ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 10 Bike tour to ‘Spitzkoppe’

After a transfer towards Usakos, we cycle to the famous peaks of the Spitzkoppe, the landmark of Namibia, in the otherwise flat plains. We will visit some ancient rock paintings. A short transfer takes us to the mining town of Uis, where we will spend the night in chalets of a lodge. (31 mi., hg 300 ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 11 Bike tour through the Damaraland

Reaching Damaraland, we cycle along the imposing Brandberg Mountain. On the edge of road Herero women offer handmade articles and semi-precious stones. With luck, we will see the rare desert elephant while cycling. Transfer to 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 explore the popular rock engravings of Twyfelfontein. They recently gained UNESCO World Heritage Status. We will visit the Dancing Kudu route and also the 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 will do a bike tour through a Mopane forest and pass on our way many table-like mountains to the quietly Vingerklip Lodge. On the lodges ground there is a 75 ft. high freestanding stack which is a famous natural monument. (32 mi., hg 350 ft., gravel road) (B)

Day 14 Safari in Etosha National Park

After a transfer we arrive Etosha National Park. Except for the buffalo, we can see there the ‘Big 4’ elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. In addition you can have a look at cheetah, jackals, giraffe and large herds of common zebra and springbok. We spend the night in bungalows in the safari camp. (B)

Day 15 More game viewing in Etosha National Park

We are the whole day on safari, only interrupted by a lunch break at a camp with a lovely swimming pool. We will stay another night in bungalows in the safari camp. (B)

Day 16 Back to Windhoek

Before we have to leave, we will go on another safari. Along the way to Windhoek we will visit the handcraft market in Okahandja. In Windhoek we stay at a nice guesthouse. (B)

Day 17 Windhoek city tour and return journey

You will have the possibility to take a tour of the city, if your flight time allows it. Our cycling holiday ends with your transfer to Windhoek Airport. (B)

We offer the following extension packages from one participant upwards:
Extension Cape Town – recommended accommodation for 2014
Extension Cape Town – recommended accommodation for 2015
Extension Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls for 2014
Extension Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls for 2015
Extension Kruger National Park for 2014
Extension Kruger National Park for 2015

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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
04.08.14 - 20.08.14 USD 3375 book
06.07.15 - 22.07.15 USD 3650 book
17.08.15 - 02.09.15 USD 3650 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 2014 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
Single room surcharge 2015 USD 315

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