Imagine taking to your bike as the early morning sun rays start to caress the red-ochre sand of the highest dunes in the world; imagine free-wheeling down a windy road looking out over vast plains where ostriches, gemsbok and springbok roam; imagine cycling to Himba villages and meeting one of Africa’s most traditional tribes; imagine sitting by a watering hole and watching the natural theatre of animals coming down to drink.
Namibia is a sparsely populated country of ever-changing scenery, sand dunes, granite hills, savannah, farmland…. The landscapes are endless and the skies go on forever. Cycling through this desert nation gives a pure, unadulterated feeling of freedom and is one of the most exciting ways of exploring a land seemingly lost in time.
I was quite nervous about the trip as travelling on my own for the first time & unsure about my level of cycling fitness. I’m a fit 51 year old but more of an ‘about town’ cyclist with a few extra laps of Richmond Park & its hills put in the the month before departure. But with a determined attitude I managed all of the challenging ascents.
Being honest, I knew very little about Albania, I only selected the trip to spend a week cycling after finishing work and entering a “between jobs” phase and this trip seemed very good value for money. However, this trip exceeded my expectations on every aspect. I have come away with information about the Albanian people and some of their countries difficult history, respect for the Albanian hills, magical memories of the stunning scenery, a happy stomach after a week of Albanian food and drink (including the local Raki spirit!) and stronger legs 🙂 This was my second Exodus trip and I’m not sure if I have simply been lucky but the group dynamics on both trips have been wonderful with everyone getting along just great. I definitely recommend this trip to others.