|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||29 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Jul 6, Aug 17*, 2015 (minimum 8 participants; additional dates available for groups of 2 or more) *guaranteed to depart|
|Start city:||Windhoek, Namibia|
|End city:||Windhoek, Namibia|
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 colonized this area in Swakopmund and cycle to the most impressive landmark of Namibia, the Spitzkoppe, with its massive granite peaks. You'll wonder at the artistry of the bushmen cave paintings made thousands of years ago in Twyfelfontein and go on safari in Etosha National Park.
This 17-day tour offers the unique opportunity to experience the wonders of the Namibian landscape up close by cycling on specially selected bike routes and actively experiencing these wonders from somewhere other than the usual bus or 4x4.
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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. Depending on the arrival time of the guests and therefore at the lodge there is the chance for a hike, bike ride, swim or canoe trip.
Overnight in Rehoboth.
Day 2: Quiver Tree Forest and Giants Playground (20 miles/32 km, 400 ft/122 m gained elevation, gravel road)
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.
Overnight in Fish River Canyon.
Day 3: Desert landscapes into Fish River Canyon (45 miles/72 km, 1000 ft/304 m elevation gained, gravel road)
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.
Overnight in Fish River Canyon.
Day 4: Colonial history, faith and wildlife (34 miles/55 km, 700 ft/213 m elevation gained, gravel road)
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.
Overnight in Helmeringhausen.
Day 5: Along the Great Escarpment (31 miles/50 km, 900 ft/274 m elevation gained, gravel road)
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.
Overnight in the Namib Desert.
Day 6: Namib Naukluft Park (12 miles/19 km, 30 ft/9 m elevation gained, tar)
Bike tour in the Namib Naukluft Park to the red dunes of Sossusvlei. 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.
Overnight in the Namib Desert.
Day 7: Naukluft Mountains (27 miles/43 km, 75 ft/23 m elevation gained, gravel road)
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.
Overnight in the Namib Desert.
Day 8: River oasis of the Kuiseb Canyon (28 miles/45 km, 450 ft/137 m elevation gained, gravel road)
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.
Overnight in Swakopmund.
Day 9: Namib Naukluft Park (25 miles/40 km, 1000 ft/305 m elevation gained, gravel road)
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.
Overnight in Swakopmund.
Day 10: Spitzkoppe (31 miles/50, 300 ft/91 m elevation gained, gravel road)
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.
Overnight in Uis.
Day 11: The Damaraland (40 miles/64 km, 1300 ft/396 m elevation gained, gravel road)
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.
Overnight in Damaraland.
Day 12: World Heritage Site (15 miles/24 km, 150 ft/46 m elevation gained, gravel road)
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.
Overnight in Damaraland.
Day 13: Table Mountains to the unique Vingerklip Lodge (32 miles/51 km, 350 ft/107 m elevation gained, gravel road)
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.
Overnight in Khorixas.
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.
Overnight in Etosha National Park.
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.
Overnight in Etosha National Park.
Day 16: 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.
Overnight in Winkhoek.
Day 17: Windhoek city tour
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.
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.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Lake Oanob, Rehoboth
Days 2 and 3: Canyon Lodge, Fish River Canyon
Day 4: Helmeringhausen Hotel, Helmeringhausen
Day 5: Hammerstein Guest Farm, Namib Desert
Days 8 and 9: Hotel Schweizerhaus, Swakopmund
Day 10: White Lady Guest House, Uis
Day 13: Vingerklip Lodge, Khorixas
Day 14: Halali Camp, Etosha National Park
Day 15: Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha National Park
Day 16: Guest House Tamboti, Windhoek
Bikes available to rent (must be reserved in advance at time of booking):
Bikes will be equipped with the following:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it has a universal seat post.
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
All cycling except near Sossusvlei is done on gravel roads. Most of them are hard compacted and firm. However near the Namib Desert the road surface can be softer with a few sandy patches. In some places the gravel road might have some corrugation. All roads have very little traffic (1-5 vehicles an hour).
Tour start and end
Nearest Airport: Hoseo Kutako International Airport, Windhoek, Namibia
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