Cycle Namibia

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Trip code: 
MZN8
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Cycling Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–12

Explore stunning desert scenery by bike

Namibia is a vast country with wide open spaces and endless skies. Sand dunes gradually turn into granite hills, whilst rocky outcrops give way to vast plains where elephants, giraffes and lions roam. Travelling through the wilderness by bike is undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience the varied landscape of this desert nation and there is also the unique experience of cycling over sand dunes on a modified ‘fat’ bike.

Discover the country’s highlights and hidden secrets on two wheels, watch the sun rise over the tallest sand dunes in the world and experience game drives in one of southern Africa’s best game reserves, Etosha National Park.

Highlights

  • Cycling through magnificent and diverse landscapes
  • Safari drives in Etosha National Park
  • Exploring sand dunes on a modified ‘fat’ bike
  • Waterberg National Park’s red sandstone table mountain

  • See the highest sand dunes in the world

Key information

  • 8 days cycling (including 1 half-day fat biking) with full vehicle support
  • 80% off road/gravel roads, 20% tarmac roads
  • Some gentle hills and mostly along quiet roads
  • Group normally 4 to 12. Min age 16
  • 7 nights full-service camping, 4 nights hotels/lodges

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call us on
0208 772 3936
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Pace:

Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; 80% off road/gravel roads, 20% tarmac roads

Day by day breakdown
Day 345.0km/28.0miles
Day 435.0km/22.0miles
Day 525.0km/15.0miles
Day 650.0km/31.0miles
Day 735.0km/22.0miles
Day 835.0km/22.0miles
Day 1150.0km/31.0miles
Day 1235.0km/22.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Depart London; Fly to Windhoek via Johannesburg.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Windhoek.

    Depending on your arrival time at the hotel; there is time today to go into Windhoek and explore the city at your own pace, or you can relax at the lodge.
    Arrebusch Lodge or similar

  • Day 3

    Transfer to Kupferberg Pass; introductory cycle past private farms and local wildlife.

    Leaving Windhoek behind, we start with a short transfer towards the Khomas Hochland and the top of the Kupferberg Pass. From here we get our first taste of cycling through Namibia’s amazing landscapes as we descend along winding roads past private farms and local wildlife, getting used to the terrain for about 45km while stopping regularly for snacks and pictures. After lunch we transfer up Gemsberg Pass and past the 3rd highest mountain in Namibia, from where we have views stretching 100km. On the way down the pass and past the dry river beds, we should hopefully see troops of baboons as well as Hartmann's mountain zebra before reaching our camp for the evening.

    Rooisand Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Cycle along gravel trails towards Solitaire; transfer to Sesriem.

    Leaving the camp on our bikes we continue along gravel roads up and down rolling hills. We will cycle all the way to a T-junction, where we will start to see the red sand dunes, and then transfer the rest of the way to Solitaire via the Guab Pass.  We aim to get to Solitaire for lunch and will hopefully have the opportunity to try the local apple crumble which has been called the best in the whole southern hemisphere. After lunch, we transfer to Sesriem and then there is an optional bike ride to Elim Dune in the late afternoon (8km).

    Sesriem Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Climb Dune 45 and cycle back to Sesriem past giant sand dunes.

    Getting up early we drive 40km into the heart of the highest sand dunes in the world before climbing Dune 40 as the sun rays peak over the horizon and hit the red-ochre sand. After descending we have ‘breakfast with a view’ before taking to our bikes for a ride back to Sesriem along a tarmac road which cuts through the towering dunes. Depending on the weather it may also be possible to do a short ride (25km) to Sossusvlei and have a quick walk. After lunch at camp we transfer to Solitaire, arriving in time for an optional stroll or gentle ride before sunset. In the afternoon, we can visit the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre to meet biologists working on a cheetah tracking and conservation project (depending on time we may go cheetah tracking tomorrow morning).

    Solitaire Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Morning cycle through Namib Naukluft Desert; transfer to Walvis Bay then on to Swakopmund.

    Cycling straight from camp we continue on our journey north heading towards the Tropic of Capricorn.  If conditions allow, we have the option of cycling over the Kuiseb Pass or a different route towards the coast. With luck we should see ostrich, springbok, gemsbok and mountain zebras. Once again we end our ride in the shadow of Guab Pass before transferring to Walvis Bay known for its flamingos. From here we continue to Swakopmund driving along with the ocean on the right and the sand dunes on the left.

    Prost Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Fat biking on sand dunes and free afternoon for optional activities.

    This morning we are introduced to our modified ‘fat’ bikes and cycle into the vast expanse of sand dunes surrounding Swakopmund. Fat bikes have very wide tyres that make it possible to cycle over sand and explore areas that regular mountain bikes are unable to reach. Our ride will take around 3.5 hours and will also include the nearby moon valley landscape as well a section of the coastline if the tide is in our favour. On our return to Swakopmund we will have a free afternoon to enjoy one of the many activities available nearby, such as sandboarding or quad biking. For those feeling like relaxing a little, the Germanic town is famous for its cake and coffee shops.

    Prost Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Spitzkoppe ride.

    We leave Swakopmund this morning for Spitzkoppe, an impressive granite structure that rises up from the surrounding gravel planes and that is sometimes known as the Matterhorn of Africa. We will explore the area by bike and on foot in the late afternoon. When there have been good rains, it may be possible to find rock pools where we can take a refreshing dip. Later in the afternoon we can go on an optional bike ride or short hike in the area.

    Spitzkoppe Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Transfer to Etosha N.P. for safari.

    After a relaxing start to the morning, we transfer to Etosha N.P, one of Southern Africa's best game viewing parks.  Here we go on a late afternoon game drive in search of the various wildlife in the park which includes elephants, rhino and lions. When in camp we have the opportunity to sit by the watering hole which is flood lit at night and enjoy the ‘living theatre’ which unfolds as animals come down to the water to drink.

    Okaukuejo Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Search for the 'Big five' on safari in Etosha.

    Today is dedicated to going on safari. We will go on morning and afternoon game drives and will have the opportunity to relax back in camp during the heat of the day when the wildlife hides from the hot Namibian sun.

    Okaukuejo Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Ride out of the park towards Otjiwa.

    Heading out of the park we saddle up at the gate and head south for approximately 50km on the tarmac road. After lunch we will arrive at the oldest safari lodge in Namibia, Otjiwa. In the afternoon we can go on an optional ride on the jeep tracks and hopefully see some of the local wildlife. For our last night camping, we will enjoy a delicious braai under the African night sky.

    Otjiwa Safari Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 12

    Cycle from Otjiwa and transfer to Waterberg Plateau for an optional walk.

    This morning we will cycle from camp along the jeep tracks of Otjiwa Lodge for about 3 hours while looking out for wildlife. We then transfer to our accommodation at the impressive red table mountain formation of the Waterberg Plateau, where we can cool off in the pool and enjoy our last night in a comfortable room. This afternoon we will also have the opportunity to go for a walk on the Waterberg Plateau.

    Waterberg Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Transfer to Windhoek airport; trip ends here.

    This morning we transfer back to Windhoek where the tour ends.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Arrive London.

    Arrive London

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Namibia

Visas for Namibia are not required for UK or Commonwealth passport holders. Other nationalities should check before travelling.
Please ensure you have a one full blank page in your passport.
If you are transiting through South Africa and are a non UK passport holder you may require a transit visa. Please check before travelling.

Please note that if flying via South Africa you will probably have to pass immigration there. New regulations, as of the 1 Oct 2014, mean that children under 18 will have to have an unabridged birth ciritificate showing the names of both parents. If the child is travelling with only one parent they will need to have an affidavit from the other parent, of no more then 3 months, confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death cirtificate of the deceased parent.

Vaccinations

Namibia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners are included in the trip price.

When staying at campsites our guides will cook for you. These will be hearty meals cooked over an open fire and you can expect Braai, Potjie, and stir fries for dinner. Breakfasts will be continental style and usually consist of cereals, coffee, yogurt, muesli, fresh fruit or the occasional fried breakfast. For lunch you can expect a good selection of sandwich ingredients like cheese and cold meats plus pasta and salads. Our support vehicle carries a good selection of snacks and drinks which will be available to access every 15km or so when the group stops.

Vegetarians can be catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. 

Weather

Windhoek

Is this trip for you?

Average daily distance: 39km (24 miles)
No. of days cycling: 8 days cycling (including 1 half-day fat biking)
Vehicle support: Fully supported with the exception of the half-day fat biking
The cycling is approximately 80% on gravel/dirt roads or off road and 20% on tarmac roads. There is a mix of terrain, including some undulating rides, flat, downhill and uphill sections. The support vehicle will be on hand, especially for the more challenging sections. Most of the rides will be on roads with little traffic though there may be some busier sections. 
The half-day of fat biking on sand dunes will be with a specialist guide and on modified bikes. You will receive a tutorial before setting off but no previous experience is necessary. The terrain will be undulating and you will have opportunity to do cycle some steep gradients down the dunes. However, there will always be the option of cycling down a gentler slope.
On all days we may do less or more cycling than stated in the trip notes.  This will depend on the ability and preference of the group as well as the local conditions at the time.

It can get hot in Namibia and shade is not common on most of the rides. 

Helmets must be worn by all cyclists in Namibia.

Call us on
0208 772 3936
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Camps, Hotels & Lodges

We use a mixture of camping, lodges and hotels on this trip. By staying in tents for 7 nights we can sleep in some stunning and remote locations away from the crowds and busy tourist areas. Most of the places we stay have swimming pools available and all of the hotels and lodges have en suite facilities (please note you will need to bring a sleeping bag for the nights spent camping).

Please note that due to the limited amount of accommodation within Etosha National Park, it may be necessary to sleep outside the park on some or all of the nights that we are there. This will not impact on the number of game drives that we have within the park.

Single accommodation (available on request).

Call us on
0208 772 3936
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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