Namibia Cycling Safari
Namibia, Bike - Semi Slick, 10 days - from £1,245 (land only) - from €1,745 (land only) - from $2,020 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the airport in Windhoek. KE Land Only package services begin in the morning with the group transfer from Windhoek Airport. After a short city tour, we drive out to the nearby Daan Viljoen Camp, where we check in and reassembling our bikes (if you have brought your own). Afternoon introductory ride in this game reserve, looking out for wildlife. Ride distance 25km (16.5 miles).
Day 2: This morning we cycle directly from Daan Viljoen, following dirt roads north-west towards Omaruru. We then transfer to the Kalkfeld area and check in our fixed campsite accommodation on a guest farm. Close by are 220 million year old dinosaur tracks for us to check out. Ride distance 60km (37.5 miles).
Day 3: We cycle from camp for a couple of hours on a gravel road, then transfer north to the Etosha National Park, home to a variety of wildlife. One of the highlights here is the chance to visit a floodlit waterhole. Elephant and black rhino are seen daily during the dry winter months as well as numerous other game species including big cats. Overnight at a fixed camp. Ride distance 30km (19 miles).
Day 4: 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 5: Driving out of Etosha, after about an hour we get back on our bikes and head west on a gravel road between game farms. We then transfer to Kamanjab where we have to chance to interact with some local Himba tribes. Overnight at a fixed camp. Ride distance 40km (25 miles).
Day 6: We start out with a transfer towards the Grootberg Pass, but stop off to get back on our bikes for the ride over the crest and down towards Palmwag. Look out for desert elephant and black rhino that roam freely in this area. Overnight at a fixed camp near Palmwag. Ride distance 60km (37.5 miles).
Day 7: After a relaxing morning, we transfer into the Skeleton Coast National Park and set off on our bikes southwards along the coast road. Riding on a level gravel strip, we will be looking out for shipwrecks and seabirds. Overnight at a semi-wild camp beside the sea at Mile 108. Ride distance 60 to 80km (37.5 to 50 miles).
Day 8: Today, we cycle south beside the sea to the Cape Cross seal colony, home to 250,000 fur seals. After checking out this amazing site, we transfer to Swakopmund, the adventure capital of Namibia, and check in at our hotel accommodation. Ride distance 70 to 80km (44 to 50 miles).
Day 9: A free day to take it easy, sightseeing in this picturesque German-Colonial 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 10: After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer 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.