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Namibia classic Bike tour

Come with us on an adventure of a lifetime. Experience our beautiful country from the seat of your mountain bike
from/per person ZAR49000


Departure Dates 2017

We have 2 Fixed dates planned for 2017 as follows

16 - 29 September - Guaranteed
28 October - 10 November - Guaranteed

Price/Rack rate for tour starting and ending in Windhoek

The 2017 price for this tour starting and ending in Windhoek is ZAR 49000 per person sharing with a single supplement of ZAR 4900.
Mountain bike rental for the tour is ZAR 4800 (Scott Spark 950 or 960 full-suspension bikes with 29 inch rims)

Departure Dates 2018

We have 4 Fixed dates planned for 2018 as follows

21 September - 4 October
26 October - 8 November
23 April to 4 May
10-23 June

Price/Rack rate for tour starting and ending in Windhoek

The 2018 price for this tour starting and ending in Windhoek is ZAR 49000 per person sharing with a single supplement of ZAR 4800.
Mountain bike rental for the tour is ZAR 4800 (Scott Spark 950 or 960 full-suspension bikes with 29 inch rims)


Tour Information

Mountain biking is the fastest growing sport in Namibia. Namibia offers a huge variety of options for mountain bikers ranging from good dirt roads throughout the country as well as off-road trails and roads through some remote, beautiful and pristine nature areas.

Our bike tours are designed to suit the needs of tourists visiting Namibia with a desire to tour the country and at the same time take the opportunity to bike on a regular basis instead of always travelling seated in a tour vehicle. Namibia is a big country and a typical tour over two weeks can cover over 2000 km. The biking makes it possible to break the continuous driving and to do some active sightseeing from the seat of a bike through some very scenic territory.

Our bike safaris travel routes that include many of the must see highlights that Namibia is famous for and biking the most interesting roads and trails in these areas. The best areas to bike include the following:

  • The Auas Mountains around Windhoek
  • The Fish River Canyon area
  • The Khomas Hochland, Naukluft and Zebra Mountains including the surrounding desert to Sossusvlei
  • The Namib Desert below the escarpment including the coastal desert plains, the Blutkoppe, Moon Landscape and Spitzkoppe
  • Northwestern Namibia including the area from the Brandberg Mountain northwards along the Skeleton Coast up to and including the mountains and plains of Damaraland and Kaokoland. Northwest Namibia is particularly attractive as it includes a variety of wildlife including desert-adapted elephant, black rhinocerous and desert lions.

We grade our bike tours in 3 levels namely:

Level 1 = Beginner | Level 2 = Intermediate | Level 3 = Advanced

Our two week Namibia Classic Bike tour is a combination of level 1 and 2. This makes it easy for relatively inexperienced but fit bikers to complete most of the biking. This allows the more serious biker to bring along a partner and his/her children if desired. In this regard it is important to know that our support/back-up vehicle/s are there for 90% of the routes we bike meaning that one can get into the car at any stage and that there is assistance if any problems are encountered along the way.

Our Namibia Classic Bike tour has 5 fixed departure dates every year. This means that you can book directly onto one of these tours. You can alternatively create your own exclusive tour, select a date of your choice and we will create an itinerary to suit your exact wishes at a difficulty level, accommodation standard and duration to suit you and your friends/family.

Book a Private Adventure?

The tour is led by an experienced bike/nature guide assisted by a back-up driver and camp assistant (when camping is included). The guide will join/lead the guests on most if not all of the bike stages.

Our bike tours are ideal for group sizes of between 4 and 14 guests. For the tours that travel off-road we use Toyota Landcruiser 4-wheel drive vehicles. For larger groups on normal dirt roads we have VW Crafter 14-seater tour vehicles.

We use Scott model 960, 29 inch rim full suspension bikes on our tours, which are available to rent. The bikes are designed for our terrain and equipped with tubeless puncture resistant tyres and other features to make the tour easy and hassle free to complete. We use specially built bike trailers that are easy to load and that double up as luggage/camping equipment trailers.

Dear Mountain Bike Guest

This is a list of the items we recommend you bring along on your tour.

  • Passport with copy
  • Vaccination certificate with copy
  • Air Ticket with copy
  • Cash money, credit card
  • Preferrably a soft luggage bag rather than a suitcase
  • Waterproof cover for luggage bag and smaller items e.g your camera
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Sport shoes/trainers
  • Sandals/flipflops
  • Swimming costume
  • Underwear
  • Comfortable soft pair of long pants that can also be worn to dinner etc
  • Sunblock, lip protection SPF 20 or more
  • Soap, preferably bio-degradeable
  • Small towel
  • Tissues, wet wipes, ear plugs
  • Torch or headlamp with spare batteries
  • Watch and alarm clock
  • Camera and spare batteries and SD cards!
  • Binoculars
  • A good pair of sunglasses and possibly a spare
  • Sewing equipment and a good long string to be used as a clothes line, for example
  • Washing powder, bio-degradeable
  • Pocket knife
  • 2 or 3 plastic bags for dirty washing or waterproofing certain items
  • Personal medication(preferably in hand luggage or day pack)
  • Basic medication for stomach trouble, headaches, cold/flu, circulatory troubles
  • Insect repellant
  • Bandage, plasters for the odd cut or abrasion

Especially for Biking

  • 2 short bike shorts
  • 1 long biking pants or over pants
  • Rain coat (Gore Tex)
  • A few pairs of socks
  • Biking shirts, short and long sleeves
  • Fleece/warm top
  • Bikejacket
  • Bandana/helmet cloth
  • Bike Helmet
  • Bike gloves
  • Biking glasses/sunglasses
  • SPD bike shoes or normal trainers/bike shoes
  • Cap/sun protection hat
  • 1-2 bike water bottles or camel bag in bike rucksack, elecrolyte energy type drinks, preferably in powder form
  • A few energy/snack bars for in rucksack, we will take plenty water and fruit along
  • Bicycle pump plus puncture repair kit
  • Bike daily ruck sack that can also double as your travelling bag, 10-15 Litre volume
  • Chain lube
  • 3 Spare wheel tubes if you are bringing your own bike
  • Spare brake pads if bringing your own bike
  • Small mountain bike multi-tool
  • Lock for your bike

The Guide will bring along the following

  • First Aid Kit
  • GPS
  • Bike tools
  • Alan keys
  • Spanners
  • Pliers
  • Screw drivers
  • Chain repair kit
  • Car/heavy duty bicylce pump
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Tape
  • Extra brake/gear cables
  • Shock absorber pump

Included

  • All meals
  • All transport and transfers in tour vehicle
  • Bike trailer for bike transport
  • 10 Lodge/Hotel nights and 3 Camping nights
  • Comfortable tents and camping equipment including matresses, sleeping bag and pillow
  • All entrance fees and permits to parks
  • Professional tourguide/bike guide
  • 1 Camp assistant/driver
  • All activities as described
  • Mineral water when driving/biking/camping

Excluded

  • Tips
  • Other drinks
  • Souvenirs
  • Mountain Bike
Namibia is in the Southern Hemisphere, therefore essentially has the opposite seasonality to Europe. The months of June, July and August, whilst clear and warm during the day, can drop down to single figures and even freezing at night. Between September and May it is much warmer with the time between October and March being the hottest, reaching highs of 30 degrees centigrade.

Fortunately it is always a dry heat and the temperature does cool down at night. The wet season is between November and February, but in reality it rains very little with a yearly average rainfall of not more that 200-400mm in most of the areas the bike tour travels to. The advantage of the summer days is that the sun sets later, the country is lush and green and the birdlife is very special.


Itinerary

Guests and bicycles are transferred to a guestfarm on the outskirts of Windhoek. The afternoon is spent relaxing, assembling the bicycles and testing equipment. If there is time we do a short test ride at the foot of the Auas Mountains. We enjoy dinner at the well known Joe’s Beerhouse.


Accommodation: Vineyard Country Lodge

After an early breakfast we enjoy a scenic trail ride on single and double tracks through Acacia bush savannah to reach the main road that will take us south west into the Namib Desert. We drive through the Khomas Hochland to reach the Rantberg Mountains on the edge of the Namib Desert. We bike a good gravel road to reach Namibgrens Guestfarm, with its many granite hills and enjoyable biking trails. In the afternoon we bike the jeep trails to view the many highlights on the farm and we get to enjoy this large biking playground all to ourselves, 50-60 km, 150 Metres


Accommodation: Namibgrens Guestfarm

Our bike route takes us along the escarpment and down the Remhoogte Pass into the Namib Desert. The lesser travelled Remhoogte Pass takes us on a gradual downhill ride through valleys of unique flora and at times baboons and kudu and oryx antelope. We stop for a picnic lunch before driving to the Tsauchab River Camp with its views of two unique Namibian mountain ranges towering above. We find our bungalows under the fig trees in this pristine nature area. In the afternoon we may choose to bike up the nearby sundowner hill or go and relax at the desert swimming pool and take it easy. 4-5 Hours, 50-60 km, 300 Metres


Accommodation: Tsauchab River Camp/bungalows or Neuras Wine Estate

Today we enjoy a true mountain bike adventure into the Eurois/Zebra Mountains. We depart from our camp to ride on jeep tracks into the mountainous home of the Hartmans Mountain Zebra. Along the way we enjoy some challenging terrain, rugged tracks and exciting downhills on a round route that allows us to go where very few have gone before. The highlights include views over the desert plains below and herds of mountain zebra on more than one occasion. After this exhilirating adventure, we drive for an hour to reach Sesriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei, to enjoy a well deserved lunch. In the afternoon we enjoy an excursion with our safari vehicle 60 km into the dunes. The scene is one of breathtaking beauty with huge dunes towering above us on either side of the road. We visit Deadvlei and Sossusvlei. Biking 3-5 Hours, 30-40 km, 400 Metres


Accommodation: Sossusvlei Desert Camp

We depart in our tour vehicle to reach the oasis called Solitaire. We refuel and fill our picnic basket with the famous apple cake and sandwiches which we enjoy under the Acacia trees of the Namib Naukluft Park, for a picnic lunch. We embark on an afternoon cycle on a trail that takes us through a boulder strewn area and along the grassy plains of the pre-Namib. It is a scenic route and we have a good chance of viewing ostriches, springbok, oryx antelope, mountain zebra and other desert adapted animals all the way till we reach the Blutkoppe granite inselberg. We load our bikes for the final drive to Swakopmund. We book into our comfortable hotel and look forward to some great seafood. Cycle duration 1-3 Hours, 20-30 km, 200 Metres


Accommodation: Hotel Pension Rapmund or alternative

After breakfast, we depart to Walvis Bay and undertake an adventurous morning catamaran trip on the Atlantic Ocean. This enjoyable and eco-friendly excursion takes us within metres of the seals, pelicans, two different species of dolphin and a variety of different sea birds. On our return to Swakopmund we have an afternoon to enjoy this historically interesting town with some really great shops, museum and various other adventure activities to choose from. The daily scenic flight over the Namib sand sea all the way to Sossusvlei, is a great way to experience the Namib Desert from above and departs every afternoon from the Swakop airport.


Accommodation: Hotel Pension Rapmund or alternative

We transfer by vehicle to the edge of the Swakop Canyon and the Moon Landscape, unique to this area. We cycle through the side canyons of the Swakop River viewing unique flora and fauna to reach the Goanikontes Oasis for lunch. We continue in our safari vehicle to the Spitzkoppe area and cycle the final 30 km to our campsite at the foot of this beautiful solid granite inselberg, known as the 'Matterhorn' of Namibia. Cycle duration 3-5 hours, 40-50 km, 200 Metres


Accommodation: Spitzkoppe Camping

The Spitzkoppe Inselberg and surrounding granite mountains are unique to the central Namib Desert. One could spend a few days here, exploring, climbing and studying the interesting fauna and flora. We enjoy an early breakfast in the shadow of the Spitzkoppe before departing on our bikes on the desert road towards Henties Bay on the Skeleton Coast. We continue in our vehicles to Cape Cross, home to a huge seal colony on this rugged coastline, for lunch. In the afternoon we bike the “Welwitschia Highway” towards Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg. Wide open spaces and table top mountains from the Karoo times dot the landscape in our path. Many Welwitschia plants line the sides of the gravel road we travel on and we take this opportunity to study them closely. We should also see various antelope and other wildlife on this part of our journey. We finally wind our way through the steep side canyons of the Ugab River, to reach our sheltered campsite at Save the Rhino base camp. Cycle duration 3-5 Hours, 40-50 km, 220 Metres


Accommodation: Save the Rhino Camping on the Ugab River

The ephemeral Ugab River is one of many “linear oasis” that has carved a path all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Home to a number of desert adapted elephant, there is the possibility that we may encounter these unique animals while on our bikes. We bike out of camp up a side canyon that will lead us on a thrilling ride up to the watershed that separates the Ugab and Huab Rivers. This high plateau affords us views across the Brandberg and is the start of the karroo sandstone rock formations. We seek the shelter of one of these sandstone caves for a break before biking/driving to the Gai-Ais fountain in the hope of finding some of the wild animals found here, including oryx, springbok, zebra and giraffe. After lunch in the “cave”, we bike the exciting jeep trail to Doros Crater to set up camp for the night. Cycle duration 4-5 Hours, 40-60 km, 240 Metres


Accommodation: Doros View Camping

It is likely that we have not seen any other people for the past few days in our own cycling paradise. Our cycle takes us from our camp on a scenic and adventurous cycle past the Doros Crater on challenging tracks, climbing and descending, winding our way between the ancient petrified dunes with their unique flora and desert adapted wildlife to reach Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes, two of the more prominent and interesting geological features found here. The area is home to a number of the rare black rhinocerous and if lucky, we may spot one of these. The final kilometres are on easy roads and perfect for our tired legs, leading us to our welcoming lodge. In the afternoon we take a walk to admire the many rock engravings that make up the World Heritage Site that is know as Twyfelfontein(doubtful fountain). Cycle duration 4-5 hours, 35-55 km, 270 Metres


Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or alternative

After many days in the Namib Desert of western Namibia, our journey takes us eastwards via Khorixas to the Ugab Terraces in the vicinity of the Vingerklip. We bike this “Marlboro Country” along the banks of the Ugab River with views of the sedimentary rock formations created millions of years ago, one of the most unique one’s being the finger like rock protrusion called the “Finger Rock”. After lunch at the Vingerklip Lodge, we transfer by vehicle to the border of the Etosha National Park. Etosha is one of the most special game parks in Southern Africa and is over 22000 Sq Km in size. Etosha means “great white place” and refers to the huge 5000 Sq Km salt pan that gives its name to the park. The park is teeming with different animal species, including lion, rhino and elephants. The landscape is also very special and different to what we have experienced on our tour thus far. No visit to Namibia is complete without spending two days in Etosha. We overnight in comfortable bungalows and spend our time on game drives to find the many animals that are found here. Okaukuejo is famous for its floodlit waterhole with it's variety of game species quenching their thirst after long hours in the sun. Cycle duration 2 hours, 30-40 km, 190 Metres


Accommodation: Etosha Safari Camp or Okaukuejo Restcamp

We depart from Etosha to travel via Otijiwarongo to a game/ wildlife ranch in the central north of Namibia. After lunch and a siesta, we are taken on our final biking adventure. The hard Kalahari sands of this bush savannah are ideal to bike on and go in search of the many different wild animals found here, including the rare white rhinocerous, giraffe and various different antelope. It is an experience that combines riding bikes on good jeep tracks and at the same time finding and viewing animals in their natural habitat, the African bush. Biking: 3-5 Hours, 30-40 km, 240 Metres.


Accommodation: Otjiwa Lodge or Vineyard Country Lodge

In the morning we can consider a walk in this lovely area or another outing on our mountain bikes. We then travel via the well known wood carvers market at Okahandja to Windhoek and the International Airport. If there is time, we will include a short tour of the capital city, home to over 400 000 Namibians.