Cycle to the highlights of Namibia. See the highest sand dunes in the world. Wildlife viewing in Etosha National Park. View ancient rock paintings in Damaraland, formations and changing landscapes along the Skeleton Coast.
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 colonized 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.
Your Itinerary and abbreviations:
KM = distance cycled by bike, Hg = height gain in meters, B/L/D = meals included (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
Your tour guide will welcome you at Windhoek airport, we then drive through the Khomas Highland to our beautifully 3* located lodge on the Oanob Lake. During dinner time your guide will welcome the group and brief you about the tour and answer the many questions you may have.
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. We overnight in a lodge close to Keetmanshoop KM: 40, Hg: 400m (gravel/ tar road), B/L
We transfer to Holoog. From here we cycle in the Gondwana Canyon Park. Along the way you might see mountain zebra, ostrich, oryx antelope and springbok. We 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. KM: 54km, Hg: 430m (gravel road) B/L
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.
KM: 71 (gravel road), Hg: 330m, B/L
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 in this remote settlement. KM: 54 (gravel road), Hg: 250m, B/L
Transfer to Zarishoogte Pass, the beginning of the oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert. We pass farms with ostrich and Karakul sheep before reaching our 3* lodge. The afternoon is perfect for relaxing by the pool or taking a walk around the farm and see the game roaming freely on the property. KM: 50 (gravel road), Hg: 310m, B/L
Our bike tour leads us in the Namib Naukluft Park to the red dunes of Sossusvlei and admire this unique display of colour during the morning sunlight. We undertake a hike through the fascinating desert, and explore the Sesriem Canyon. We drive to Solitaire, where we have two nights accommodation in a beautiful 3* lodge. KM: 23 (tar road), Hg: 10m, B
Cycle through the impressive Buellsport Gorge with 1500 to 2100 ft. high walls. You can spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool. During sunset we enjoy a walk and take a Sundowner cocktail with us and listen to the barking geckos as the sun sets. KM: 44 (gravel road), Hg: 100m, B/L
Today we cycle to the geologically interesting Gaub and Kuiseb Canyon. On our way Ostrich, zebra and gemsbok may cross our path. After a transfer to Swakopmund on the cool Atlantic we get an impression of of the former German colonial times with many buildings from that period. We stay two nights in a 2* hotel near the ocean. KM: 45 (gravel road), Hg: 150m, B/L
In the Namib Naukluft Park we will see living stones (Lithops), the moon landscape and the largest Welwitschia Mirabilis plant yet discovered. The afternoon is free to your disposal and your guide can suggest any activities should you be interested. KM: 41 (gravel road), Hg: 360m, B/L
After a transfer towards Usakos, we start our cycle to the famous peaks of the Spitzkoppe. The landmark of Namibia, in the otherwise flat plains and visit some ancient rock paintings. A transfer takes us to the mining town of Uis, where we will spend the night in chalets of a 2* lodge.
KM: 50 (gravel road), Hg: 100m, B/L
Reaching Damaraland, we cycle along the imposing Brandberg Mountain. On the side of the road Herero women sell handmade articles and semi-precious stones. With luck, we will see the rare desert elephant while cycling. Transfer to the uniquely located 3* lodge of Twyfelfontein, here we stay in thatched chalets for two nights. KM: 65 (gravel road), Hg: 450m, B/L
In the morning we explore the popular rock engravings of Twyfelfontein. They recently gained UNESCO World Heritage Status. We undertake a guided walk and visit the Dancing Kudu and the Lion Tail route. Afterwards we cycle to the organ pipes and burnt mountain. During the afternoon we meet a representative of the Twyfelfontein Conservancy organisation. 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. KM: 20 (gravel road), Hg: 50m, B/L
After breakfast we transfer to the Petrified Forest to learn about these fossil trees, after which we cycle through a Mopane forest and pass many table-like mountains to visit the Vingerklip column, a 75 ft. high freestanding stack which is a famous natural monument. Our accommodation is close by. KM: 51 (gravel road), Hg: 110m, B/L
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 have a chance to see cheetah, jackals, giraffe and large herds of common zebra and springbok. We spend two nights in beautiful chalets overlooking the bush savana of a 3* lodge 3*. B
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
After breakfast we leave for Windhoek. During a break we visit the handcraft market in Okahandja. In WIndhoek we stay at a 2-3* in walking distance to the city centre B
Depending on your flight times, you can do a city tour and catch up on the last minute shopping but also visit the Christ Church, see the Tinte Palast and visit the many had craft markets. Our cycling tour ends at the Windhoek Airport. B
All cycling is done on graveled roads. Although the roads are generally good to cycle and carefully selected, depending on the time of year they can also be uneven. We are however flexible due to the constant and 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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