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Trip code: 
MZN
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–12

Explore stunning desert scenery by bike

Namibia is a vast country with wide open spaces and endless skies. Sand dunes gradually turn into granite hills, whilst rocky outcrops give way to vast plains where elephants, giraffes and lions roam. Travelling through the wilderness by bike is undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience the varied landscape of this desert nation and there is also the unique experience of cycling over sand dunes on a modified ‘fat’ bike.

Discover the country’s highlights and hidden secrets on two wheels, watch the sun rise over the tallest sand dunes in the world and experience game drives in one of southern Africa’s best game reserves, Etosha National Park.

Highlights

  • Cycling through magnificent and diverse landscapes
  • Safari drives in Etosha National Park
  • Exploring sand dunes on a modified ‘fat’ bike
  • Waterberg National Park’s red sandstone table mountain

  • See the highest sand dunes in the world

Key information

  • 8 days cycling (including 1 half-day fat biking) with full vehicle support
  • 80% off road/gravel roads, 20% tarmac roads
  • Some gentle hills and mostly along quiet roads
  • Group normally 4 to 12. Min age 16
  • 7 nights full-service camping, 4 nights hotels/lodges

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

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Pace:

Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; 80% off road/gravel roads, 20% tarmac roads

Day by day breakdown
Day 245.0km/28.0miles
Day 335.0km/22.0miles
Day 425.0km/15.0miles
Day 550.0km/31.0miles
Day 635.0km/22.0miles
Day 735.0km/22.0miles
Day 1050.0km/31.0miles
Day 1135.0km/22.0miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Windhoek.

    Depending on your arrival time at the hotel; there is time today to go into Windhoek and explore the city at your own pace, or you can relax at the lodge.
    Arrebusch Lodge or similar

  • Day 2

    Transfer to Kupferberg Pass; introductory cycle past private farms and local wildlife.

    Leaving Windhoek behind, we start with a short transfer towards the Khomas Hochland and the top of the Kupferberg Pass. From here we get our first taste of cycling through Namibia’s amazing landscapes as we descend along winding roads past private farms and local wildlife, getting used to the terrain for about 45km while stopping regularly for snacks and pictures. After lunch we transfer up Gemsberg Pass and past the 3rd highest mountain in Namibia, from where we have views stretching 100km. On the way down the pass and past the dry river beds, we should hopefully see troops of baboons as well as Hartmann's mountain zebra before reaching our camp for the evening.

    Rooisand Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    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 a T-junction, where we will start to see the red sand dunes, and then transfer the rest of the way to Solitaire via the Guab Pass.  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 and then there is an optional bike ride to Elim Dune in the late afternoon (8km).

    Sesriem Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Climb Dune 45 and cycle back to Sesriem past giant sand dunes.

    Getting up early we drive 40km into the heart of the highest sand dunes in the world before climbing Dune 40 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 along a tarmac road which cuts through the towering dunes. Depending on the weather it may also be possible to do a short ride (25km) to Sossusvlei and have a quick walk. After lunch at camp we transfer to Solitaire, arriving in time for an optional stroll or gentle ride before sunset. In the afternoon, we can visit the Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre to meet biologists working on a cheetah tracking and conservation project (depending on time we may go cheetah tracking tomorrow morning).

    Solitaire Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Morning cycle through Namib Naukluft Desert; transfer to Walvis Bay then on to Swakopmund.

    Cycling straight from camp we continue on our journey north heading towards the Tropic of Capricorn.  If conditions allow, we have the option of cycling over the Kuiseb Pass or a different route towards the coast. With luck we should see ostrich, springbok, gemsbok and mountain zebras. 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 with the ocean on the right and the sand dunes on the left.

    Prost Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Fat biking on sand dunes and free afternoon for optional activities.

    This morning we are introduced to our modified ‘fat’ bikes and cycle into the vast expanse of sand dunes surrounding Swakopmund. Fat bikes have very wide tyres that make it possible to cycle over sand and explore areas that regular mountain bikes are unable to reach. Our ride will take around 3.5 hours and will also include the nearby moon valley landscape as well a section of the coastline if the tide is in our favour. On our return to Swakopmund we will have a free afternoon to enjoy one of the many activities available nearby, such as sandboarding or quad biking. For those feeling like relaxing a little, the Germanic town is famous for its cake and coffee shops.

    Prost Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Spitzkoppe ride.

    We leave Swakopmund this morning for Spitzkoppe, an impressive granite structure that rises up from the surrounding gravel planes and that is sometimes known as the Matterhorn of Africa. We will explore the area by bike and on foot in the late afternoon. When there have been good rains, it may be possible to find rock pools where we can take a refreshing dip. Later in the afternoon we can go on an optional bike ride or short hike in the area.

    Spitzkoppe Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Etosha N.P. for safari.

    After a relaxing start to the morning, we transfer to Etosha N.P, one of Southern Africa's best game viewing parks.  Here we go on a late afternoon game drive in search of the various wildlife in the park which includes elephants, rhino and lions. 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.

    Okaukuejo Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Search for the 'Big five' on safari in Etosha.

    Today is dedicated to going on safari. We will go on morning and afternoon game drives and will have the opportunity to relax back in camp during the heat of the day when the wildlife hides from the hot Namibian sun.

    Okaukuejo Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Ride out of the park towards Otjiwa.

    Heading out of the park we saddle up at the gate and head south for approximately 50km on the tarmac road. After lunch we will arrive at the oldest safari lodge in Namibia, Otjiwa. In the afternoon we can go on an optional ride on the jeep tracks and hopefully see some of the local wildlife. For our last night camping, we will enjoy a delicious braai under the African night sky.

    Otjiwa Safari Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 11

    Cycle from Otjiwa and transfer to Waterberg Plateau for an optional walk.

    This morning we will cycle from camp along the jeep tracks of Otjiwa Lodge for about 3 hours while looking out for wildlife. We then transfer to our accommodation at the impressive red table mountain formation of the Waterberg Plateau, where we can cool off in the pool and enjoy our last night in a comfortable room. This afternoon we will also have the opportunity to go for a walk on the Waterberg Plateau.

    Waterberg Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Transfer to Windhoek airport; trip ends here.

    This morning we transfer back to Windhoek where the tour ends. 

    Please note: Clients must not book flights leaving before 3PM.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Namibia

Visas for Namibia are not required for UK or Commonwealth passport holders. Other nationalities should check before travelling.
Please ensure you have a one full blank page in your passport.
If you are transiting through South Africa and are a non UK passport holder you may require a transit visa. Please check before travelling.

Please note that if flying via South Africa you will probably have to pass immigration there. New regulations, as of the 1 Oct 2014, mean that children under 18 will have to have an unabridged birth ciritificate showing the names of both parents. If the child is travelling with only one parent they will need to have an affidavit from the other parent, of no more then 3 months, confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death cirtificate of the deceased parent.

Vaccinations

Namibia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners are included in the trip price.

When staying at campsites our guides will cook for you. These will be hearty meals cooked over an open fire and you can expect Braai, Potjie, and stir fries for dinner. Breakfasts will be continental style and usually consist of cereals, coffee, yogurt, muesli, fresh fruit or the occasional fried breakfast. For lunch you can expect a good selection of sandwich ingredients like cheese and cold meats plus pasta and salads. Our support vehicle carries a good selection of snacks and drinks which will be available to access every 15km or so when the group stops.

Vegetarians can be catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. 

Weather

Windhoek

Is this trip for you?

Average daily distance: 39km (24 miles)
No. of days cycling: 8 days cycling (including 1 half-day fat biking)
Vehicle support: Fully supported with the exception of the half-day fat biking
The cycling is approximately 80% on gravel/dirt roads or off road and 20% on tarmac roads. There is a mix of terrain, including some undulating rides, flat, downhill and uphill sections. The support vehicle will be on hand, especially for the more challenging sections. Most of the rides will be on roads with little traffic though there may be some busier sections. 
The half-day of fat biking on sand dunes will be with a specialist guide and on modified bikes. You will receive a tutorial before setting off but no previous experience is necessary. The terrain will be undulating and you will have opportunity to do cycle some steep gradients down the dunes. However, there will always be the option of cycling down a gentler slope.
On all days we may do less or more cycling than stated in the trip notes.  This will depend on the ability and preference of the group as well as the local conditions at the time.

It can get hot in Namibia and shade is not common on most of the rides. 

Helmets must be worn by all cyclists in Namibia.

Please note: Clients booking their own flights must not book flights leaving before 3pm on the day of departure. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Camps, Hotels & Lodges

We use a mixture of camping, lodges and hotels on this trip. By staying in tents for 7 nights we can sleep in some stunning and remote locations away from the crowds and busy tourist areas. Most of the places we stay have swimming pools available and all of the hotels and lodges have en suite facilities (please note you will need to bring a sleeping bag for the nights spent camping).

Please note that due to the limited amount of accommodation within Etosha National Park, it may be necessary to sleep outside the park on some or all of the nights that we are there. This will not impact on the number of game drives that we have within the park.

Single accommodation (available on request).

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

Forget feeling lethargic on your travels – cycling is one of the easiest ways to blend cultural and active expl

  • Reviewed January 2017
    Christine Gausden

    Cycling Namibia

    We were a small but 'elite' group - 'holy moly' - we were the beautiful family who enjoyed every aspect of this trip The challenge of the cycling conditions, in excessive heat, but in the most inspirational landscape, did not defeat us

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I chose this trip because of the physical challenge, however, my first glimpse of a lion at close quarters was almost overwhelming

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shane & Enrico shared the lead - always smiling - they ensured this trip was full of fun & laughter

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The heat is excessive most days - you must keep well covered & well hydrated

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip suited a small group - the maximum number would quite possibly make for uncomfortable vehicle transfers
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Susie Giles

    Bucket List Trip

    I loved this trip, and seeing, climbing and then flying over the amazing dunes lived up to my expectations. Big bucket list tick for that. And the wildlife round and about, but especially in Etosha (particularly at the camp waterhole) was brilliant. Watching rhino's preliminary mating dance, elephants bathing and a stand off with a pride of lions, from a safe distance while supping red wine, was one of life's great experiences.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing on top of the dunes at sunrise.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shane and Happy did a great job and were friendly, helpful and welcoming. The cycle guide for this trip (Jaco) less so - but it didn't spoil the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are not used to cycling on gravel / sand, it takes a little while to feel comfortable and can be an adventure in itself. There are some long straight stretches of tarmac (especially in the second week), which go from nowhere to nowhere, which is an experience, but not like cycling through villages etc like you get on some other trips. There is no one there! Although the scenery is stunning and changes from day to day - on any particular ride it can be quite samey, so worth bearing in mind if you are easily bored, also as it is mainly quite flat. Having said that - it's more fun being on the bike for part of the day than it would be in a truck all day and can be a bit of "zen" experience! I thought it was great - in the main:) Hire a sleeping bag from the local operator - good quality and warm enough. Book it before you go. June is a great time to go - dry and pleasantly hot days. Chilly at night - take layers. I can't imagine doing this trip in December! TOOO hot, even with early starts. This is quite basic & remote camping - and all the better for that. Fantastic star gazing. All sites had good showers and loos. One even has a surreal bath with a view!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go see Namibia - it's an extraordinary and beautiful place. This trip is a great way to do it.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Peter Wilkinson

    Cycling in Namibia

    Namibia would not be my number ever travel destination as much of the country is ordinary and the distances between the highlights are too long. That said don't dismiss it. The two things that most fascinated me was the seeming harmony between all the races and tribes, compared with just over the border in South Africa and the maintenance of a significant German influence in both architecture (old and new) and language. And for the latter it is over a 100 years since it was a German colony.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The day I enjoyed most was mouching around Swakapmund soaking up the atmosphere and talking to locals and tourists alike.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The whole support crew (3) were excellent in their own very different ways. They obviously got on like a house on fire with each other and this helped create a very sociable atmosphere.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Expect gravelly roads and camping, not glamping.
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Paul England

    Cycle Namibia, the good, the bad and the not so ugly

    Some stunning landscapes and some fairly mundane cycling, but some really worthwhile experiences make this holiday a mix of average to great experiences

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing Dune 40 to see the sunrise. Note we avoided Dune 45, said to be the biggest, on the advice of the group leaders recommendation, this was good advice as we avoided the crowds but still saw a great sunrise. The trip to Etosha reserve is also a great experience, though we didn't see leopards or cheetah and only a single elephant.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Shane very friendly and personable, got on well with everyone and tried hard to keep the group on the same page when it came to cycling.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the small print on the trip notes - a sleeping bag is essential but this is only mentioned once on page 7 after the cycling essentials. Three of us had to buy sleeping bags at the destination and these aren't easy to find, the temperature really drops at night in March and will be colder in later months! Take a bandanna to cover your face when cycling, some of the roads are very rough and dusty and passing 4x4's at speed set the dust flying. Due to the daytime heat we finished cycling by 12:00 so very often had early starts, rising at 6:30-7:00 most days. Camping is described as full service, this means you get a tent and a sleeping mat and nothing else. Aside from the sleeping bag take something as a pillow and don't forget a towel! The campsites don't have any illumination so you'll need a head torch and spare batteries. Away from Windhoek and Swakopmund there are no shops to buy basic essentials Over the nine days cycling we averaged 30 miles per day, always finishing before lunch. The support bus is on hand with water and snacks, but our support cyclist wasn't up to the task, being a new starter on a bike. Cycling conditions are not easy - I've experienced a few Exodus cycling holidays and whilst there aren't any real hills on this holiday the cycling can be hard, so if you're not sure about your fitness, cycling in heat and on rough roads this holiday is probably not for you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Cycling in the first week is uninspiring, we found it's lots of endless roads/tracks, some of the surfaces very poor and there is little or nothing to see, our expectations of wildlife didn't materialise when we were cycling at any stage on the holiday. The second week improves in terms of landscape and wildlife. The trip notes were out of date! Aside from the missing emphasis on a sleeping bag, the promise of a trip to the Cheetah Conservation Centre on day 11 didn't arise and the overnight location had changed for day 7 with a disappointing replacement.
  • Reviewed January 2016
    Ian Wilson

    Cycling through Namibia over Christmas

    This trip is about the scenery of Namibia. The sense of enjoyment of riding undulating gravel roads, earning the downhill coasting, the vast open spaces, getting to the end of each day to find a bar next to a pool, was all amazing. It's not a luxury trip but drinking gin & tonic from a metal cup watching the sun go down after a day's cycling, was priceless.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The sunsets... Watching the sun go down in Etosha sitting by the water-hole, with drinks and ice with new friends I'd made on the trip, will never be forgotten.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sven, the group leader was fantastic, he used local knowledge and experience to get the most out of each day. The two helpers were amazing too, producing meals each end of the day on a wood fire, putting up and taking down our tents whilst we relaxed, deserves special mention.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is an amazing trip and you will not regret going. There are a few things which I found helped: take some sports eletrolyte tablets or powder to add to your cycling water, I got through more than I thought I would. There are some electricity recharging opportunities, but a couple of multi purpose usb spare battery packs worked a treat to keep cameras/phones topped up until you get to a lodge. Not all sinks have plugs so taking a camping one is useful! The electric socket in Namibia is the same as South Africa, it's fairly unique with large pins..a universal adapted won't fit, but you can get a SA one in Jo'berg airport. Be prepared to improvise a pillow for camping

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't hesitate to book this trip!
  • Reviewed December 2015
    Vincent Gaskell

    Cycle Namibia

    This is a well organised and diverse trip. Good cycling, great and varied topography and wonderful wildlife. This is just such a good way to see a good cross section of Namibia. The campsites were terrific set in some wonderful locations and to get swimming pools in some of them is a real bonus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were two great moments for me. Climbing the giant sand dune for sunrise was brilliant. The colours and shapes and shadows are awesome. The camp site in the Etosha NP was great but watching the wildlife at the water hole late into the evening was pure theatre.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sven and his team were brilliant. So flexible and attentive. They worked so hard to make this trip a success for each of us in the group and the food in camp was terrific. How they manage to produce such great food is beyond me. Fantastic.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In November, be prepared for high day time temperatures. By noon temperatures were reaching close to 40C and Sven, our guide, quite rightly would end our rides by then each day. So do not expect to ride all day. There are also some lengthy transfers but these are needed to ensure we saw as much of the country as possible. We used these to catch up on sleep after early starts. Don't expect to see many village people. The cycling and transfer routes do not really take you through many villages.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip really needs a leader who is knowledgeable about wild life, the country's history, and its geology because of the huge amount of ground covered during the trip. This is were the benefit of having a local guide, Sven, and his team is so important to the success of the trip.
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Paul Masters

    Exceeded my extremely high expectations

    Unforgettable blend of landscapes, cycling, camping, wildlife in a country which has masses to offer at great value

    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 Bay.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sven led the trip but the team work between him, Benson and Jonas was excellent. They combined very well - manhandling the bikes repeatedly, making and breaking camp with great efficiency, cooking great food in no time, and being really good, informative travelling companions. I can't speak too highly of them.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Above all, if you like the look of the cycling, book! Of the options on the day off in Swakopmund/Walvis Bay, all our group opted for the boat trip and were delighted we chose that. Our November trip saw no rain at all. Everywhere we stayed had places you could hand wash kit easily, and in the conditions we had it dried very quickly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The itinerary and structure of the trip were really well judged. The day started early so we could avoid the (greatest) heat when cycling, and the truck journeys mostly happened when it would have been too hot to do much else. Excellent way to enjoy the cycling, yet see a good bit of this vast and beautiful country.
  • Reviewed April 2015
    KIM PAYNE

    Great landscapes

    The landscapes were fantastic. Real variety of scenery from rolling hills, to endless gravel sections, lots of gorgeous sand and small towns. Namibia has some fabulous food, extremely affordable. The bikes we hired were of fantastic quality too.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sunrise on the Sand Dunes. Incredible.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was okay. Very organised, very safety and environmental conscious.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack a pillow! The accommodation is very budget. Even the last night in the Superior Hotel was not Superior. They were basic 2 star hotels. The camping equipment was great. Tents were spacious and put up and down for us - easy camping in my book! We were there in March and didn't really need a sleeping bag or any wet weather gear.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you want a cycle trip that has lots of villages and locals enroute - don't cycle in Namibia! We didn't come across many children or people on the cycle days. It was not at all like cycling the Cape Town Garden Route or Vietnam/Croatia that I have done with Exodus. We didn't really have much interaction with locals. Also all the accommodation used is Government funded which personally didn't have much character! I am glad I did it and the scenery was spectacular and much nicer to see Namibia on a bike than stuck in a vehicle. Also the kilometres on the itinerary were not what we rode. We rode much less which was disappointing. The cycling is definitely not challenging ie hills, but the gravel can take a bit of getting used too and the heat of course.
  • Reviewed January 2015
    Nicola Ward

    Amazing Country

    Amazing country, fabulous campsites, dramatic scenery and great wildlife.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many, I cannot decide between sossousvlei sand dunes, sipping wine at the watering hole watching lions, cycling through the moon landscape, or watching dolphins and seals in a boat trip. Then their were the many beautiful sunsets.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Great leader, flexed the trip to fit around the weather (scorching sunshine). They worked all hours to fix the bikes as they get a battering and cook us delicious meals.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared there may be some flex on the trip notes to account for the weather and also some early starts. Be prepared for some long transfers, although the early starts meant we slept through some of them. Take in the scenery, racing through it you will miss so much.
  • Reviewed December 2014
    Diana Maynard

    Awesome

    So much about Namibia impressed me: the varied landscapes, the friendliness of the people, the great food, the miles and miles of desert, the cleanliness, and of course the big game. The trip is not difficult cycling and is very easy going, which means you have plenty of time to admire the scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many moments I couldn't name a single one, but watching the sunrise from the top of Dune 45, many sunsets enjoying drinks and views, and so many breathtaking views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I simply can't praise Roger enough - he was incredibly enthusiastic, bursting with energy and information, sociable, and attentive to our needs and problems. Nothing was too much trouble for him, and he was always on hand to fix bikes, answer questions and crack jokes. He dealt with any situations calmly and effectively. His support team of Ronney and Freddey were excellent and always on hand to help, cooking up fantastic food, assisting with the bikes and camp duties.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In winter the sun is very strong - most of us got burnt at some point through inattention to detail with the sunblock. You also really don't need to pack much on this trip - you stop at plenty of supermarkets to top up with snacks, wine and anything else. A washing line is handy for drying stuff around the tents. Bring plenty of reading material/music to entertain you during the long hours in the bus and evenings. Binoculars for spotting game are really worthwhile. And do take the time to learn a little bit about the animals and country before you go. While you don't have to do anything around the camp if you don't want to, the support team will always appreciate a little bit of help with packing up tents, washing up and so on. And finally, do listen to the guides - they really do know what they're talking about even if you think you know better.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I didn't know much about Namibia before I went, but I completely fell in love with it. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

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