Namibia

Cycling tour to the highlights of Namibia 18 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 18 day cycling holiday 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 2020:

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. (68 km, hg +450m, 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 +290 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 through tje coastal dune belt.

We cross the geologically interesting Gaub and Kuiseb Canyon. On our way, ostriches and gemsboks will cross our path. After a transfer to Walvis Bay we stop by the lagoon and look for larger and lesser Flamingo as well as Pelicans. On a well compacted salt road we ride through the coastal dune belt to Swakopmund. We will get an impression of many buildings from the former German colonial time. 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 you can relax by the pool or head out on foot or by bike on the lodge property. You might spot some springbok and ostrich. (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.

In the tour package a hard tail MTB and full suspension MTB´s is included.

We offer the following extension packages from one participant upwards:

Extension Cape Town

Extension Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls

Extension Kruger National Park

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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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Group size

8 - 15 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: RHN
12.10.19 - 29.10.19 USD 3595
26.07.20 - 12.08.20 USD 3695 book
11.10.20 - 28.10.20 USD 3695 book

Discount

  • 3% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure subject to minimum group size
  • 5% discount on all land packages for returning guests subject to minimum group size
Extra services
South African Airways (SAA) offers free transport of your bike up to 20 kg on request
Single room surcharge USD 350

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