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 their variety as well as their unique landscape and vegetation make Namibia a popular country. On this bike tour we will cycle along the edge of the Fish River Canyon, the second largest Canyon 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 the Etosha National Park. This 17 day cycling holiday (18 days in 2019) offers the unique opportunity to discover the beauty of the Namibian landscape up close by cycling on selected bike routes. You can actively experience these wonders from another perspective as the usual bus.

Tour schedule 2018. The tour schedule 2019 you find further below:

km = kilometer, hg = height gain in meters

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.

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 lodge close to the Fish River Canyon. (35 km., hg +130m, gravel road) (B,L)

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. (71 km, hg +330m, gravel road) (B,L)

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. Stay at a simple Hotel. (54 km, hg +250 m, gravel road) (B,L)

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 lodge 3*. The afternoon is perfect for relaxing by the pool or taking a walk around the farm. (50 km, hg +310m, gravel road) (B,L)

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 (23 km, hg +10m, 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 nearby lodge. (B,L)

Day 7 Bike tour through the rocky Naukluft Mountains

Bike tour through the impressive Buellsport Gorge with 500 to 700m 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. (44 km, hg +100m, gravel road) (B,L)

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 hotel 3* near the ocean. (45 km, hg +150m, gravel road) (B,L)

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. (41 km, hg +360m, 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 simple lodge 2*. (B,L) (50 km, hg +100m, gravel road)

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 into Damara Land where we will stay in thatched chalets for two nights of a lodge. (B,L) (65 km, hg +450m, gravel road)

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. In the afternoon meet a representative of the Twyfelfontein Conservancy. In relation to its size Namibia has set aside the largest surface of private and public nature reserves in the world. A conservancy in which human and larger wild mammals live together offers the locals a better share in the bourgeoning tourism sector and helps protecting game from poaching, making this concept a success. (20 km, hg 50m, gravel road) (B,L)

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

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 25m tall freestanding stack which is a famous natural monument. Stay at a lodge nearby. (51 km, hg +110m, gravel road) (B,L)

Day 14 Safari in Etosha National Park

After a transfer we arrive in Etosha National Park. Except for the buffalo, we can view 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 two nights in beautiful chalets overlooking the bush of a lodge 3*. (B)

Day 15 More game viewing in Etosha National Park

We spend half the day on safari in open game vehicle. A highlight is certainly a walk into the pan itself. The afternoon is at your own leisure. If requested we go on another game drive in late afternoon. (B)

Day 16 Back to Windhoek

After breakfast we leave for Windhoek. During a break we will visit the handcraft market in Okahandja. In Windhoek we stay at a guest house 2-3* in walking distance into the city centre. (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)

Tour schedule 2019

km = kilometer, hg = height gain in meters

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 3* on the Oanob Lake.

Day 2 Bike tour to the Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground

Transfer to Keetmanshoop. After our lunch, we will cycle on gravel road to the Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground. Quiver trees are a species of Aloe and flower in June and July. We will overnight in a lodge close in Keetmanshoop. (40 km., hg +400m, tar/gravel road) (B,L)

Day 3 Bike tour to the second biggest canyon in the world

Transfer to Holoog. From there we cycle in the Gondwana Canyon Park. Along the way you might see mountain zebra, ostrich, oryx antelope and springbok. We will stay for two nights in a lodge close to the Fish River Canyon. During the afternoon we cycle from our lodge to the edge of the canyon. The view down into the second largest canyon is breathtaking. (54 km., hg +430m, gravel road) (B,L)

Day 4 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-Ais. We will be back at our lodge in the late afternoon. (71 km, hg +330m, gravel road) (B,L)

Day 5 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. Stay at a simple Hotel. (54 km, hg +250 m, gravel road) (B,L)

Day 6 Bike tour along the Great Escarpment

Transfer to Zarishoogte Pass, the beginning of the oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert. We will pass farms with ostrich and Karakul sheep before reaching our lodge 3*. The afternoon is perfect for relaxing by the pool or taking a walk around the farm. (50 km, hg +310m, gravel road) (B,L)

Day 7 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 (23 km, hg +10m, tar), where there is an unique display of colours in the morning sun. We will hike through the fascinating desert and explore the Sesriem Canyon. We will drive to Solitaire, where we stay for 2 nights in a nearby lodge. (B,L)

Day 8 Bike tour through the rocky Naukluft Mountains

Bike tour through the impressive Buellsport Gorge with 500 to 700m high walls. You can spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool. During sunset we will take a walk to weaver bird nests and enjoy a Sundowner drink. (44 km, hg +100m, gravel road) (B,L)

Day 9 Bike tour to the river oasis of the Kuiseb Canyon

We will ride to the geologically interesting Gaub and Kuiseb Canyon. On our way, ostriches and gemsboks will cross our path. 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 hotel 3* near the ocean. (45 km, hg +150m, gravel road) (B,L)

Day 10 Bike tour to the moon landscape and large Welwitschia

In the Namib Naukluft Park we will see living stones (Lithops), the moon landscape and the largest Welwitschia Mirabilis plant yet discovered. The afternoon will be at leisure and your guide can give tips and hints for activities. (41 km, hg +360m, gravel road) (B,L)

Day 11 Bike tour to ‘Spitzkoppe`

After a transfer towards Usakos, we cycle to the famous peak of the Spitzkoppe, the landmark of Namibia, in the otherwise flat plains. We will also 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 simple lodge 2*. (B,L) (50 km, hg +100m, gravel road)

Day 12 Bike tour through the Damaraland

Reaching the Damaraland, we cycle along the imposing Brandberg Mountain. Next to the road, Herero women offer handmade articles and semi-precious stones.
With luck, we will see the rare desert elephant while cycling. Transfer to our next accommodation where we will stay in thatched chalets of a lodge for two nights. (B,L) (65 km, hg +450m, gravel road)

Day 13 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. In the afternoon, we meet a representative of the Twyfelfontein Conservancy organization. In relation to its size Namibia has set aside the largest surface of private and public nature reserves in the world. A conservancy, in which human and larger wild mammals live together, offers the locals a better share in the burgeoning tourism sector and helps protecting game from poaching, making this concept a success. (20 km, hg 50m, gravel road) (B,L)

Day 14 Bike tour between table mountains to the unique Vingerklip column

Transfer to the Petrified Forest. Undertake a bike excursion through a Mopane forest, passing the many table-like mountains en route to the 22m high freestanding stack, the Vingerklip column, which is regarded as a famous natural monument. Stay at a lodge close by. (51 km, hg +110m, gravel road) (B,L)

Day 15 Safari in the Etosha National Park

After a transfer we arrive in the Etosha National Park. Except for the buffalo, we can view the ‘Big 4’: elephant, lion, leopard and rhino. In addition, you can have a look at cheetah, jackal, giraffe and large herds of common zebra and springbok. We spend two nights in beautiful chalets overlooking the bush of a lodge 3*. (B)

Day 16 More game viewing in the Etosha National Park

We spend half the day on safari in an open game vehicle. A highlight is certainly a short walk into the pan itself. The afternoon is at your own leisure. If requested, we can go on another game drive in the late afternoon. (B)

Day 17 Back to Windhoek

After breakfast, we leave for Windhoek. During a break we will visit the handcraft market in Okahandja. In Windhoek we will stay at a guest house 2-3* in walking distance to the city centre. (B)

Day 18 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)

Accommodation subject to availability

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.

For this tour we offer hard tail MTB´s and full suspension MTB´s for hire.
NEW: For this trip we now offer E-Bikes MTB with front shock only or full suspension for hire.

We offer the following extension packages from one participant upwards:

Extension Cape Town – recommended accommodation for 2018 & 2019

Extension Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls for 2018 & 2019

Extension Kruger National Park for 2018 & 2019

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July 2003: Cycling tour to the highlights of Namibia

Services

Included in price:

  • English speaking tour guide on a bicycle
  • 16 nights in hotels, guesthouses and chalets 2-3* with private bathroom
  • 16 x breakfast
  • 13 x lunch: picnics or lunch packs
  • Constant vehicle back-up as well as transport for bikes
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing program
  • MTB Hardtail 27/30 speed

Not included:

  • National and international flights
  • Tips for guides, porters and waiters
  • Meals not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Beverages and mineral water on non-cycling days
  • Personal expenses e.g. laundry at accommodation facilities, telephone and internet services etc.

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 vehicle. 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
Level of fitness  
Grading of accommodation  

Group size

8 - 15 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: RHN
14.10.18 - 30.10.18 USD 3250
27.07.19 - 13.08.19 USD 3595 book
12.10.19 - 29.10.19 USD 3595 book

Discount

  • 5% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure
  • 5% discount on all land packages for returning guests
Extra services
South African Airways (SAA) offers free transport of your bike up to 20 kg on request
Single room surcharge 2018 USD 280
Bike for hire E-Bike MTB Hardtail 2018 USD 300
Bike for hire MTB full suspension USD 380
Single room surcharge 2019 USD 350
Bike for hire E-Bike Trek Powerfly full suspension/hard tail 2019 USD 520

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