Cycle Namibia

12 days
£2,299 £2,099
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Activity Rating - Moderate
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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.


  • Cycling through the wilderness - vast plains, rocky outcrops and endless skies 
  • Safari drives in Etosha National Park
  • Exploring sand dunes on a modified ‘fat’ bike
  • Waterberg National Park’s red sandstone table mountain

  • Discover the highest sand dunes in the world

Key information

  • 8 days cycling (including a morning fat biking) with full vehicle support
  • 90% off road/gravel roads, 10% 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
  • Countries visited: Namibia

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 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 for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

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Days of Cycling

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


Low altitude; 90% off road/gravel roads, 10% tarmac roads

Day by day breakdown
Day 245.0km/28.0miles
Day 335.0km/22.0miles
Day 425.0km/15.0miles
Day 550.0km/31.0miles
Day 635.0km/22.0miles
Day 735.0km/22.0miles
Day 1025.0km/15.0miles
Day 1135.0km/22.0miles

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  • Day 1

    Start 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 2

    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 Desert Ranch or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    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 4

    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 and see the cheetah at this conservation project (depending on time we may go tomorrow morning).

    Solitaire Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

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

    After a short transfer, we continue on our journey north cycling 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 6

    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 approximately 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 7

    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 Dinner
  • Day 8

    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 9

    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 10

    Transfer from park; Otjiwa ride.

    We leave Etosha N.P. behind and transfer approximately 120km to Otjiwa, the oldest safari lodge in Namibia. After lunch we go on an afternoon ride along 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 11

    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 12

    Transfer to Windhoek airport; trip ends here.

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

    Please note: Clients must not book flights leaving before 3PM.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info



Visas for Namibia are not required for UK or Commonwealth passport holders. Other nationalities should check before travelling. Please ensure you have at least one full blank page in your passport (but we recommend three) and that it is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into NamibiaBefore leaving the immigration desk in the airport arrivals hall, check that the duration of your stay has been noted correctly - we recommend adding a week to your duration in case of COVID-19 related issues.

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.

Please note that new regulations relating to travel with children means that in addition to valid passports, parents travelling with children (under 18) should at all times carry the original or certified copy of the unabridged birth certificate (listing the child’s and both parents’ details).

Adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel. If a child is travelling with only one parent, the other parent should give consent for travel in the form of an affidavit.



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, 2 lunches, 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. 



Is this trip for you?

Average daily distance: 39km (24 miles)
No. of days cycling: 8 days cycling (including a morning fat biking)
Vehicle support: Fully supported with the exception of the fat biking excursion.
The cycling is approximately 90% on gravel/dirt roads or off road and 10% 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 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.

Please note: Clients booking their own flights must not book flights leaving before 3pm on the day of departure. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

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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 for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
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.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
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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  • Reviewed October 2019

    Oct 19

    The cycling was hard on gravel and sand roads in 35 degree heat with a head wind. If you are not experienced in off road this trip will feel more like a grade 4 . Saying that some of the riding was amazing. Riding on the fat boy cycles over the dunes for nearly 4 hours was amazing and should be on peoples bucket list. The wild life matched expectation , Elephants, lions, white and black Rhino,cheaters. Camp sites were clean but basic, they were lovely sitting in the dessert watching the stars.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling in the game reserve on the last day was brilliant . 3 1/2 hours of off road cycling next to white Rhino , an experience not to be missed.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hanz was very good . He changed the cycling when the weather was too bad ( sand storm) . As their was only one cycling guide for a group of 12 he managed to accommodate us all.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you you go when we did I would take a sheet to put on the mattress as well as a sleeping bag as some nights it was too hot with the sleeping bad Their were very few chances to wash clothes. Head touch was a must . Stock up on snacks when you can as shopping is very limited
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Louise Weller

    Namibia is fabulous

    This is an amazing way of discovering Namibia whilst getting some good cycling in under blue skies. The scenery changed constantly, wildlife was abundant and the geological features were astounding. This was not a serious cycling trip and the emphasis Was more on the wildlife and landscape. I would have given this trip 5/5 but was disappointed that one of the cycling days was completey cancelled and no longer takes place as the road is too busy and the FatBiking was about 5 miles for 2 hours not 22 miles for 3.5 hours as advertised. Since my main reason for going was the cycling this did marr the holiday a little however it was still fabulous and I would urge you to go, just don’t expect as much cycling as advertised. I am vegetarian and was well catered for.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved it all but the highlights were the ever changing scenery and racing down the hill on hairpin bends on my mountain bike. Everyday brought something different and I wasn’t to go back!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hans was extremely knowledgable about EVERYTHING! Wilidfle, geology, Namibian history and so on. He had a genuine interest in sharing this knowledge with us. He also got us to where we were meant to be and sorted out meals and accommodation effectively. Benson our driver, cook and tent erector was brilliant too. He was friendly, helpful, made amazing meals and drove well on some terrible roads.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware you will be getting up by six everyday for early starts, this was great as you got to see the sunrise but won’t suit everyone! Take wet wipes, after some rides you then Travel in the truck for a few hours in your cycling gear so good to have a refresh Binoculars are a must, so much to see, the lions we saw were amazing but those without binoculars couldn’t really see them. Camping temperatures varied so take a sleeping bag liner so you can just use that on warm nights and the sleeping bag for cooler nights. Take something you can use as a pillow, I didn’t but my lightweight down jacket did me proud.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was great but Exodus pleas amend the trip notes.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank Louisa for her review; we are delighted to read that she had an enjoyable time, but are sorry that she was disappointed with some aspects of the trip.  We very recently amended the cycling on day 10 of the itinerary, having received feedback that the road existing Etosha National Park had become increasingly busy and therefore was not as suitable for cycling as it had previously been.  We will update the trip notes to reflect this, although we regret that Louisa was disappointed that this ride did not take place.  We were also sorry to learn that the fat-biking activity was shorter than listed; our local team have explained that the fat-bike operator will sometimes curtail the length of this ride, depending on individual group preferences.  Moving forward, we have asked the local supplier to ensure that both longer and shorter rides are offered to every group, which we hope will ensure future clients do not encounter similar disappointment.  We are happy to read that overall Louisa enjoyed her time in Namibia, and in particular appreciate her kind words regarding Hans, her tour leader; we look forward to hopefully welcoming her on another trip in the future.  John Penge – Product Manager

  • Reviewed November 2018
    Steph Dyer

    Cycle Namibia

    A fantastic varied exciting adventure exploring Namibia, it's breathtaking natural beauty and it's wildlife, both large and small. A cyclists/naturalist/geologists/ photographers paradise

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing the dunes, Experiencing Etosha wildlife then tiny desert animals, seeing sidewinders ... experiencing a thunderstorm Namibia style Cycling the huge vast areas was mesmerising and challenging, admiring the beauty whilst concentrating on the sandy tracks- Cycling with the game in the ranch reserve near the end of the holiday, being a few hundred yards from White rhino- without a fence! Hiddenvlek at the dunes Sundowner after cheetah experience at Solitaire lodge

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good very knowledgeable on wildlife, Namibia in general. The group felt very well lead by the three team members Happy and McLoud were brilliant and the three worked well together, complementing each others skills. Stefan team leader was great, always cheerful and obliging, answered any questions we had, looked after us all. Occasionally a little light on specific details of the trip (eg how long upcoming cycle was) but we felt this was sensible as it allowed him to be flexible and he always made good decisions as to when we had had enough! I would encourage him to talk to the whole group more about history/ geography of Namibia as he had much more to tell when we asked him on a 1:1!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    make sure you take lip salve a cycling scarf that you can soak in water to keep the dust out ear plugs for camping- some of the others will snore! camera! I don't think I ever stood up in my pedals to cycle, it's all steady, flattish and you develop skills on sand!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A beautiful country that felt safe at all times The trip felt like a Namibia adventure with cycling rather than a cycling holiday per se; this was just right as it's too hot to cycle more than 3-4hrs in any one day- and there is so much to see; this compromise is perfect. we extended our trip by b24hrs to stay in Windhoek; this gave us a chance to wind down and relax and was good value. The Independence memorial worth a trip with amazing views from its restaurant up the tower. There are a few sights to see in Windhoek and good place to buy souvenirs but I don't think recommended walking around at night , we ate in our hotel.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    David Crookston

    Cycle Namibia

    Great scenery and opportunity to see wildlife. Some hard hot slogs on slippery and dusty gravel roads.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Scenery. Wildlife, especially rhinos at the watering hole at night at Etosha. Fantastic meals by chef McLeod.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent organizational and people skills. Knowledgeable and fit.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Need to be quite fit and heat tolerant.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Felt very safe and well cared for.
  • Reviewed January 2018
    M Ward

    Sand dunes, wildlife, endless sky

    A great two week trip in Namibia. Provided a great overview of the country and able to experience the vastness and emptiness of Namibia. A stunning country with lots of wildlife. The camping was fun with great meals and a refreshing pool and bar at every campsite (except one). The cycling isn't hard, just hot and on rough gravel roads. Lots of stunning photo opportunities.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many! Seeing black rhinos on two separate occasions in Etosha, cycling past baboons, zebras, warthogs and giraffes on the side of the road, the incredible sand dunes, the incredibly feeling of space and emptiness with endless horizons and far-reaching roads. The stunning night sky with so many stars.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hard-working, laid-back and happy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't expect to cycle vast distances each day...the heat and road conditions allow for only a few hours riding each morning. Think of it more as a tour of Namibia with time for exercise each morning. A lot of the roads are heavily corrugated which makes for slow and uncomfortable riding, although in the second week we had beautiful tarmac so managed a lot more miles. Always have your swimsuit in your daybag so you can take a swim to cool down and refresh as soon as you arrive at that night's rest spot.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go for it!
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Christine Gausden

    Cycling Namibia

    We were a small but 'elite' group - 'holy moly' - we were the beautiful family who enjoyed every aspect of this trip The challenge of the cycling conditions, in excessive heat, but in the most inspirational landscape, did not defeat us

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I chose this trip because of the physical challenge, however, my first glimpse of a lion at close quarters was almost overwhelming

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shane & Enrico shared the lead - always smiling - they ensured this trip was full of fun & laughter

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The heat is excessive most days - you must keep well covered & well hydrated

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip suited a small group - the maximum number would quite possibly make for uncomfortable vehicle transfers
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Susie Giles

    Bucket List Trip

    I loved this trip, and seeing, climbing and then flying over the amazing dunes lived up to my expectations. Big bucket list tick for that. And the wildlife round and about, but especially in Etosha (particularly at the camp waterhole) was brilliant. Watching rhino's preliminary mating dance, elephants bathing and a stand off with a pride of lions, from a safe distance while supping red wine, was one of life's great experiences.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing on top of the dunes at sunrise.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shane and Happy did a great job and were friendly, helpful and welcoming. The cycle guide for this trip (Jaco) less so - but it didn't spoil the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are not used to cycling on gravel / sand, it takes a little while to feel comfortable and can be an adventure in itself. There are some long straight stretches of tarmac (especially in the second week), which go from nowhere to nowhere, which is an experience, but not like cycling through villages etc like you get on some other trips. There is no one there! Although the scenery is stunning and changes from day to day - on any particular ride it can be quite samey, so worth bearing in mind if you are easily bored, also as it is mainly quite flat. Having said that - it's more fun being on the bike for part of the day than it would be in a truck all day and can be a bit of "zen" experience! I thought it was great - in the main:) Hire a sleeping bag from the local operator - good quality and warm enough. Book it before you go. June is a great time to go - dry and pleasantly hot days. Chilly at night - take layers. I can't imagine doing this trip in December! TOOO hot, even with early starts. This is quite basic & remote camping - and all the better for that. Fantastic star gazing. All sites had good showers and loos. One even has a surreal bath with a view!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go see Namibia - it's an extraordinary and beautiful place. This trip is a great way to do it.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Peter Wilkinson

    Cycling in Namibia

    Namibia would not be my number ever travel destination as much of the country is ordinary and the distances between the highlights are too long. That said don't dismiss it. The two things that most fascinated me was the seeming harmony between all the races and tribes, compared with just over the border in South Africa and the maintenance of a significant German influence in both architecture (old and new) and language. And for the latter it is over a 100 years since it was a German colony.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The day I enjoyed most was mouching around Swakapmund soaking up the atmosphere and talking to locals and tourists alike.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The whole support crew (3) were excellent in their own very different ways. They obviously got on like a house on fire with each other and this helped create a very sociable atmosphere.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Expect gravelly roads and camping, not glamping.
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Paul England

    Cycle Namibia, the good, the bad and the not so ugly

    Some stunning landscapes and some fairly mundane cycling, but some really worthwhile experiences make this holiday a mix of average to great experiences

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing Dune 40 to see the sunrise. Note we avoided Dune 45, said to be the biggest, on the advice of the group leaders recommendation, this was good advice as we avoided the crowds but still saw a great sunrise. The trip to Etosha reserve is also a great experience, though we didn't see leopards or cheetah and only a single elephant.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shane very friendly and personable, got on well with everyone and tried hard to keep the group on the same page when it came to cycling.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the small print on the trip notes - a sleeping bag is essential but this is only mentioned once on page 7 after the cycling essentials. Three of us had to buy sleeping bags at the destination and these aren't easy to find, the temperature really drops at night in March and will be colder in later months! Take a bandanna to cover your face when cycling, some of the roads are very rough and dusty and passing 4x4's at speed set the dust flying. Due to the daytime heat we finished cycling by 12:00 so very often had early starts, rising at 6:30-7:00 most days. Camping is described as full service, this means you get a tent and a sleeping mat and nothing else. Aside from the sleeping bag take something as a pillow and don't forget a towel! The campsites don't have any illumination so you'll need a head torch and spare batteries. Away from Windhoek and Swakopmund there are no shops to buy basic essentials Over the nine days cycling we averaged 30 miles per day, always finishing before lunch. The support bus is on hand with water and snacks, but our support cyclist wasn't up to the task, being a new starter on a bike. Cycling conditions are not easy - I've experienced a few Exodus cycling holidays and whilst there aren't any real hills on this holiday the cycling can be hard, so if you're not sure about your fitness, cycling in heat and on rough roads this holiday is probably not for you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Cycling in the first week is uninspiring, we found it's lots of endless roads/tracks, some of the surfaces very poor and there is little or nothing to see, our expectations of wildlife didn't materialise when we were cycling at any stage on the holiday. The second week improves in terms of landscape and wildlife. The trip notes were out of date! Aside from the missing emphasis on a sleeping bag, the promise of a trip to the Cheetah Conservation Centre on day 11 didn't arise and the overnight location had changed for day 7 with a disappointing replacement.
  • Reviewed January 2016
    Ian Wilson

    Cycling through Namibia over Christmas

    This trip is about the scenery of Namibia. The sense of enjoyment of riding undulating gravel roads, earning the downhill coasting, the vast open spaces, getting to the end of each day to find a bar next to a pool, was all amazing. It's not a luxury trip but drinking gin & tonic from a metal cup watching the sun go down after a day's cycling, was priceless.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The sunsets... Watching the sun go down in Etosha sitting by the water-hole, with drinks and ice with new friends I'd made on the trip, will never be forgotten.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sven, the group leader was fantastic, he used local knowledge and experience to get the most out of each day. The two helpers were amazing too, producing meals each end of the day on a wood fire, putting up and taking down our tents whilst we relaxed, deserves special mention.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is an amazing trip and you will not regret going. There are a few things which I found helped: take some sports eletrolyte tablets or powder to add to your cycling water, I got through more than I thought I would. There are some electricity recharging opportunities, but a couple of multi purpose usb spare battery packs worked a treat to keep cameras/phones topped up until you get to a lodge. Not all sinks have plugs so taking a camping one is useful! The electric socket in Namibia is the same as South Africa, it's fairly unique with large pins..a universal adapted won't fit, but you can get a SA one in Jo'berg airport. Be prepared to improvise a pillow for camping

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't hesitate to book this trip!

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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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