Two Weeks - Spectacular Namibia
Two Weeks - Spectacular Namibia
This spectacular journey takes you to the most amazing landscapes of Namibia. The country’s wide open spaces and endless skies make traveling by bike undoubtedly the best way to experience the varied landscape of this desert land. Discover Namibia’s highlights and hidden secrets on two wheels, watch the sun rise over the tallest sand dunes in the world, and enjoy wonderful food.
* Rates are quoted all inclusive, per person sharing. Accommodation includes luxury camping.
Day 1 - Windhoek arrival
Day one in Windhoek is time to relax and get familiar with your bike, the trip leaders and this quaint capital city. Stately buildings range from the home of Namibia’s parliament, to the newly founded Hero’s Acre. Explore the local community of Katutura, visit museums, including the National Library, National Archives, National Art Gallery, and discover the National Botanical Gardens.
Day 2 - Gamsberg and Rooisand
We have a short transfer to the Khomas Hochland at the top of the Kupferberg pass for the start of today's cycling. We transfer to the top of Gamsberg pass, rolling by the third highest mountain in Namibia with views stretching for hundreds of kilometres over the horizon, giving us a first glimpse of the desert scenery. We encounter Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and eventually set up camp at the oasis of Rooisand for our first night under the Namib stars.
Day 3 - Solitaire & The Namib Naukluft Park
Today's cycle from Rooisand takes us close to Guab pass and on to a well-known lunch stop at Solitaire before continuing to Sesriem and the iconic Sossusvlei. Tonight we camp under the stars at Sesriem, lights out early in preparation for tomorrow's sunrise activities.
Day 4 - Dune 45 & Sossusvlei
Climb up Dune 45 for a superb view of the Tsaucab River Canyon while breakfast is set up at the bottom of the dune. After breakfast we take a two hour walk at Hiddenvlei and Deadvlei. We stop for lunch at Sesriem camp, before exploring Sesriem Canyon by foot. A short 20km cycle will bring us home to Solitaire and our guest farm where the luxury of a cool swimming pool and a hot shower awaits. Don't miss the cheetah interaction before dinner - one of Africa’s most splendid animals.
Day 5 - Naukluft & Ganab Plains
After a restful night at Solitaire and the bountiful Solitaire breakfast, we head for the remote Gaub and Kuiseb Pass, home to ostrich, springbok and gemsbok. Today’s cycle via the Ganab Plains and Bloedkoppe takes us into the wilds of the Namib Naukluft Park and tonight’s camping in the Namib Park ends a truly spectacular day in one of nature’s oldest desert areas.
Day 6 - Swakopmund via Valley Of The Moon
After a wonderful camp breakfast, we cycle one more time in the Naukluft Park. We then shuttle to the West Coast town of Swakopmund, but not before passing through the famous Goanikontes (Valley of the Moon) and a close encounter with the largest and oldest plant, Welwitschia Mirabilis, practically a living fossil at 1,500 years old.
Day 7 - Swakopmund @ Leisure
Today we offer a number of optional activities: quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving or a dolphin cruise. If you do not feel adventurous you can do shopping or visit the Crystal Gallery, museums or the aquarium by foot. Or join us for a bit more cycling along the salt roads.
Day 8 - Swakopmund To Brandberg
We depart Swakopmund after an early breakfast and drive through an amazing moon-like landscape. We approach the imposing Brandberg Mountain in Damaraland on our bicycles - a sight to behold - the highest mountain in Namibia. This is where the rare desert elephant roam and the meerkat rule!
Day 9 - Brandberg to Twyfelfontein (fountain of doubt)
In the morning we hike and visit the famous Twyfelfontein, UNESCO World Heritage site which has been inhabitated for over 6,000 years and has over 2,500 rock carvings and paintings. We drive to the Petrified Forest, with trees turned stone some 260 million years ago, before cycling through a rare live Mopane tree forest. Herero women in a traditional setting sell handmade articles and semi-precious stones. Our night under the stars is memorable and almost too vast and beautiful to grasp fully.
Day 10 - Etosha National Park
We transfer north towards to Etosha National Park, “the great white place of dry water”, which offers a variety of wildlife. We spend one night in Etosha at either Okaukuejo or Halali (subject to animal movements), where a floodlit waterhole allows for 24-hour game viewing. Elephant and black rhinoceros are seen daily during the dry winter months and numerous other game species are also found here. The afternoon is a rest break before we settle in for the night's game viewing with our specialist wildlife guide.
Day 11 - Okaukuejo – East Etosha, Namutoni region
A full day’s worth of game driving and walking awaits, and we leave early to enjoy the cool morning air. We visit several waterholes and have splendid views of the massive Etosha Pan, a shallow depression that is dry for the greater part of the year, but fed by moisture from perennial springs on the fringes. The pan covers about 25 percent of the park. The game viewing is excellent throughout the year and we have the chance to spot a few new species that are not normally seen on the Okaukuejo side of the park. We stop at Halali camp for a leisurely lunch before continuing to the eastern side of the park and our luxury bush lodge, home for the next two nights.
Day 12 - Ongava Lodge and Tented Camp - rest day
Ongava is a vast 30,000-hectare private game reserve that is a haven to large concentrations of wildlife. Sharing a common boundary with Etosha National Park, Ongava is considered one of the finest private game reserves in the region, enjoying global recognition for exceptional conservation, ground-breaking research, and exciting safari experiences. Today you can choose from a number of optional activities, including game drives or simply relaxing and enjoying the ambiance and luxury at Ongava.
Day 13 - Private Etosha
This morning we join our specialist guides for game tracking on foot and bicycle for a unique close up view of lions, black and white rhinos, elephants, giraffes, and several stunning species of antelope, including rare black-faced impala. Our experienced guides share with you their intimate knowledge of the wildlife and the land that is part of their natural heritage. A picnic lunch is served on the trail. The afternoon is at your leisure with nature walks, time in the photographic hides to observe and capture memories that will last a lifetime, or lounging by the pool. Dinner is a special affair to celebrate the wonderful experiences which we’ve shared.
Day 14 - Etosha Departure to Windhoek
After a sumptuous breakfast we return to Windhoek by private plane (optional) - a wonderful experience as we fly over some of the continents' most fascinating landscapes. We're back in Windhoek by noon (flying back) and you can connect back home or onwards to the rest of your journey. Guests who have more time, can choose to drive back with our trip leaders and enjoy a full day of sightseeing.