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Cycle Namibia
TQ-EXD-406174
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£1,749
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At a glance
Enjoy magnificent and diverse Namibian landscapes
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Windhoek
End Destination
Windhoek
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

All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners included. Please allow approx. GBP10/USD15 per meal pp for meals not included. Some meals are in restaurants whilst others will be prepared by the tour leader and assistants. Camp meals are freshly cooked over the camp fire. They are wholesome and plentiful, but do not expect cordon bleu cuisine and please note it is not always easy to get fresh meat. However, the standard of food is generally good. Breakfast - cereals, coffee, yoghurt, muesli, fresh fruit or the occasional fried breakfast. Lunch - cheese, cold meats, pasta, salads, bread or rolls. Dinner - Potjie (Stew), Braai (BBQ) or Stir fries. It will be possible to purchase snacks in various places throughout the trip but you may want to also bring your favourite cycling snacks with you from home. We recommend about GBP3/USD5 a day for snacks.

Itinerary
1
Day 1
Depart London
Depart London.
2
Day 2
Arrive Windhoek
Depart London; fly to Windhoek.
3
Day 3
Transfer to Kupferberg Pass and cycle along farmsteads towards Gamsberg Pass and Rooisand.
Leaving Windhoek behind we start with a short transfer towards the Khomas Hochland and the top of the Kupferberg Pass. Getting on our bikes we get our first taste of cycling through Namibia's amazing landscape as we descend along winding roads past private farm and local wildlife. Transferring up Gemsberg Pass and past the 3rd highest mountain in Namibia, from where we have views stretching 100kms, we get back on the bikes. As we cycle down we cross dry river beds and should, hopefully see troops of baboons as well as, hopefully, Hartman's Mountain zebras. Our ride ends at our camp at the Rooisand Oasis where we can enjoy a refreshing dip.
4
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 the Guab Pass before transferring the rest of the way to Solitaire. 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.
5
Day 5
Climb Dune 45 and cycle back to Sesriem past giant sand dunes.
Getting up early we drive 45kms into the heart of the highest sand dunes in the world before climbing Dune 45 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. The ride is along a tarmac road which cuts through the towering dunes, a more spectacular and enjoyable ride is hard to imagine. After lunch at camp we transfer to Solitaire, arriving in time for a stroll or gentle ride before sunset.
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Day 6
Morning cycle through Namib Naukluft desert; transfer to Walvis Bay; transfer to Swakopmund.
Cycling straight from camp we continue on our journey north heading towards the Tropic of Capricorn. With luck we should see ostrich, springbok, gemsbok and Mountain zebras on the side of the road. 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 the ocean on the right and the sand dunes on the left.
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Day 7
Free day to enjoy optional activities such as quad-biking, sandboarding and dolphin-watching
Today is a free day to enjoy the many activities available in Swakopmund. These include sandboarding, quadbiking, dolphin watching or taking a panoramic flight over the Namib Naukluft. For those feeling like relaxing a little, the Germanic town is famous for its cake and coffee shops.
8
Day 8
Skeleton Coast and Brandberg
We leave Swakopmund and head up along the coast on the relatively smooth salt-road heading towards Henties. This 70km cycle will take us along part of the skeleton coast, so called because of the number fo shipwrecks strewn along the shore all the way up to Angola. We get to see one of these shipwrecks as we make our way north. After lunch at Henties we transfer to the Brandberg region, home to Desert elephants and meerkats before, finally, spending the night at our camp by the Ugab River.
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Day 9
Cycle past Herrero and Himba villages.
This morning we cycle past Himba and Herrero villages and will have the opportunity to stop and buy locally made souvenirs. We will then transfer for about 1hr before riding a further 20kms to our lodge in the Khorixas/Outjo area.
10
Day 10
Etosha N. P.
We get back behind the handle-bars early and cycle from our lodge along sealed roads towards Outjo. After lunch we transfer to Etosha NP, one of Southern Africa's best game-viewing parks. We will go on a late afternoon game drive in search of the various wildlife in the park which includes Africa's big 5. 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.
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Day 11
Etosha N. P.
Today is dedicated to going on safari. We will go on a morning and afternoon game drive and will have the opportunity to relax back in camp during the heat of the day when the wildlife shys from the hot Namibian sun.
12
Day 12
Visit Cheetah Conservation Foundation followed by a short cycle along gravel roads and past farm steads.
Heading out of the park we saddle up at the gate and head southwards on a good sealed road towards Outjo. After about 65-75 Kms we transfer to Otjiwarongwe and the Cheetah Conservation Fund's centre where we learn about cheetah biology and ecology and the many threats faced by the fastest land animal in the world.
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Day 13
Transfer and cycle to Waterberg Plateau; optional afternoon game walk.
After a short transfer we ride 30kms along sealed roads before continuing along 20kms of dirt roads to the Waterberg National Park with its red sandstone table mountain.We end our spectacular ride up at the swimming pool area with a great view of Waterberg This afternoon we have the opportunity to go for a walk on the Waterberg Plateau in search of the local wildlife.
14
Day 14
Depart Windhoek
To Windhoek; Depart Windhoek.
15
Day 15
Arrive London
Arrive London.
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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip? Difficult to single out because the variety was enormous: the animal drama of an evening at the waterhole in Etosha; the beauty of the dunes; the sheer joy of the boat trip off Walvis Ba…

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FAQs

No, a quality local hire bike is included in the overall price of this cycling holiday.
If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. A discount of GBP150 will apply if you do so.

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