Namibia Cycling Safari
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in downtown Windhoek. A single transfer from Windhoek Airport is provided. After checking in at the hotel, the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing and for putting your bike back together (if you have brought your own). Your guide will be on hand to answer your questions. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: Leaving Windhoek we transfer to the top of the Kupferberg Pass (2072m) and begin a biking descent on a gravel road. We then transfer to the top of the Gamsberg Pass and have another superb gravel road descent through dry river beds with wildlife all around. Our first camp is at Rooisand where we can relax and enjoy a swim. Ride distance 60 km (38 miles).
Day 3: From Rooisand, we continue cycling on the gravel road through an open and undulating landscape for most of the morning, then transfer to the Solitaire area for a welcome lunch. In the afternoon, we have another transfer and ride the final stretch to our camp at Sesriem. Ride distance 60 km (38 miles).
Day 4: We have a pre-dawn transfer to Sossusvlei and at first light, start cycling on a smooth flat sealed road for 2 hours to the red dunes of Namib Naukluft Park. Leaving the bikes, we climb Dune 45 for sensational views. After lunch, we transfer and then ride on a gravel road to the Solitaire area where we camp. Ride distance 65 km (41 miles).
Day 5: After a short transfer, we bike along a dirt road which follows the border of the Namib-Naukluft Park. We cross the geologically interesting Gaub and Kuiseb 'passes' and make a final transfer to Walvis Bay where we enjoy lunch on the lagoon viewing flamingoes. We finish the day with coastal cycling to Swakopmund where we check in at our hotel. Ride distance 60 km (38 miles).
Day 6: A free day to take it easy, sightseeing in the town and visiting the museum and aquarium. Alternatively, there are lots of activities that can be booked locally, such as Sand Boarding and Dolphin Cruises. We spend a second night at our Swakopmund hotel.
Day 7: We transfer inland and back to the Namib-Naukluft Park. Here, we cycle through the famous 'moon landscape', mostly descending on gravel roads. After lunch we transfer to Namibia's highest mountain, Brandberg, in Damaraland and have a downhill ride into camp on the Ugab River. Ride distance 60 km (38 miles).
Day 8: After a short transfer, we ride mostly downhill through Herero and Himba villages. We then drive a long uphill section, before getting back on our bikes for the mostly downhill ride to the Aba Huab area. After lunch, we visit the famous rock engravings of Twyfelfontein and check in at our hotel accommodation near Xhorixas. Ride distance 50 km (31 miles).
Day 9: We have a break from riding as we drive north to the Etosha National Park, which is home to a wide variety of wildlife. We spend two nights in Etosha and one of the highlights of our stay will be visiting a floodlit waterhole. Elephant and black rhinoceros are seen daily during the dry winter months as well as numerous other game species including big cats. We stay in a fixed camp in the park.
Day 10: A full day in the Etosha National Park, with morning and evening game drives. Etosha means `the great white place of dry water` and the central feature of the park is a salt pan desert. This evening, we have another chance to observe nocturnal activity at the waterhole. Overnight in the camp.
Day 11: After another morning game drive, we leave Etosha for the `cheetah capital` of Otjiwarongo. We cycle part of the sealed road from Tsumeb to Otavi and then transfer to the Cheetah Conservation Fund Visitor Centre to learn about this endangered species. From here, we cycle on gravel roads and through local farms to our camp at Otjiwarongwe. Ride distance 50 km (31 miles).
Day 12: After a short transfer, we bike along a level sealed road and then a dirt road into the Waterberg National Park. With its red sandstone table mountain formation, this park is home to various game species. In the afternoon we can walk up onto the plateau. Overnight in a hotel. Ride distance 60 km (38 miles).
Day 13: After breakfast we head back to Windhoek, stopping en-route at the handcraft market in Okahandja - a good place to buy any last minute souvenirs. Our final transfer is to Windhoek Airport where KE Land Only package services end.