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Why Book With Us?

  • Small cycle groups
  • Hand-picked Cycle Tours & Activities
  • Family Run Business
  • 16 Days
  • 12 People Per Tour
  • Fitness Level: 2
  • Fully Supported Bike Tour
  • 650 km
  • Windhoek to Windhoek

Want to explore real Africa by Bike? Namibia Cycle Tour delivers inspiring mesmeric desert & diverse wildlife

Imagine cycling in one of the world's least densely populated countries. Our Namibia Cycle tour offers you a biking adventure of sublime landscapes that will make you feel like you’re on another planet. With fascinating desert-adapted plants and animals and jaw-dropping natural wonders that you’ll never forget.

Namibia’s scenery and sights are as astonishing as they are varied, ranging from the world’s oldest desert – a vast and beautiful wilderness that covers much of the country to rugged granite mountains adorned with ancient rock art.

We’ve put together a cycle tour full of wild landscapes, forbidding sand dunes, desolate coastline, world heritage sites and the largest night skies you will ever see. Our cycling route takes us west out to the coast, then north – home to the country’s greatest wildlife, including free roaming desert rhino and elephant in Etosha National Park, before looping back around again to Windhoek.

Departure & Return Location

Start: Namibia, Windhoek
Finish: Namibia, Windhoek 

Price Includes

  • 15 nights Accommodation
  • Meals as per tour itinerary
  • Two NZ based Escape Adventures tour leaders
  • Local interpreter & driver
  • Purpose made support vehicle
  • Entry to National Parks, Cheetah Conservation fund and Heritage Sites
  • Camping equipment - tents and mattresses
  • Vehicle transfers/ Support

Optional Extras

  • Bike Hire: If required hire fee is NZD $450

Price Excludes

  • Airfares, visas, or airport taxes
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Six meals as per the detailed itinerary
  • Personal vaccinations or personal equipment

Solo Travellers - Single Supplement

  • NO Single Supplement! If you are traveling on your own, you will have your own tent for camping nights and we will pair you with another single biker of the same gender to share a twin room for the glamping nights.
  • If you don't wish to share that is fine too, a single supplement of NZD $200 will apply.

Itinerary - Namibia Cycle Tour - Windhoek to Windhoek

The daily riding distances listed below are the maximum we plan to ride each day. Our support vehicle is always close by if you would like a break from the saddle.

DAY 1: Arrival in Windhoek

Arrive in Windhoek, pre-departure meeting and first dinner together. 

Accommodation: Glamping

DAY 2: Bike Namibia Huge Cattle Farms

Transfer out of Windhoek, then we’re pedalling! Wide open rolling landscapes and huge cattle farms.

Cycling Distance: 42km.
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 3: Bike Namib Naukluft Desert

With an ever changing landscape we start dropping down into the Namib Naukluft desert region. 

Cycling Distance: 60km.
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 4: Bike to Swakopmund, Namibia’s Adventure Capital

We enter the desert proper, it’s like riding on the moon! We make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, Namibia’s adventure capital. 

Cycling Distance: 60km.
Accommodation: Camping. Upgrades available

DAY 5: Enjoy Swakopmund, Namibia

A day off the bikes to head out into the sand dunes, explore town or try out some of the many adventure activities on offer. 0km. 

Accommodation: Camping. Upgrades available

DAY 6: Cycle Skeleton Coast to Henties Baai

Pray for a nice strong tailwind as we ride north up the Skeleton Coast to Henties Baai. 

Accommodation: 73km
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 7: Bike Cape Cross Seal Colony

Cycling by the sea, we pass and visit the seal colony at Cape Cross before a vehicle transfer inland towards the Brandberg mountains. 

Cycling Distance: 90km. 
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 8: Biking around Brandberg Mountains

We traverse around the Brandberg Mountains to the small sleepy town of Uis.

Cycling Distance: 41km. 
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 9: Cycle Namibia's Dramatic Desert Landscape

Dramatic landscapes changes continue, we ride through a region well known for its free ranging desert elephants!

Cycling Distance: 65km
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 10: Bike to Ancient Rock Paintings

Today we ride around and check out crazy rock formations, ancient rock paintings and long dead trees that have turned to stone.

Cycling Distance: 25km
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 11: Bike Namibia Spectacular Landscapes

Mother nature has been hard at work creating spectacular landscapes. Bonus: keep your eyes peeled for antelope and gazelle grazing in the bushes. 

Accommodation: Camping
Cycling Distance: 83km

DAY 12: Experience Etosha National Park

A morning ride, on paved roads?! In the afternoon we transfer into Etosha National Park and a game drive to our camp. 30km. Camping

Cycling Distance: 30km
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 13: Etosha Game Drive & Cheetah Conservation

Early morning Etosha game drive before transferring to the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Learn about the work being done to help protect these wonderful animals. 

Accommodation: Camping

DAY 14: Bike Alluring African Countryside to Windhoek

We point our bikes back towards Windhoek and overnight on a “little” remote cattle ranch.

Cycling Distance: 45km.
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 15: Early Remote Ranch Drive

Sunrise is a very special time in this part of the world and this morning the ranch owner will take us for an early ride around to see what game we can spot. After a late breakfast, we transfer back to Windhoek and enjoy our final night together.

DAY 16: Windhoek, Final Bike Trip Breakfast

Final breakfast together, the crew will help arrange airport transfer for those who are flying out, or extra accommodation if you are staying on for more exploration.

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Map - Namibia Cycle Tour

Namibia Cycle Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Escape Adventures fully supported bike tours have been running for decades, if you have any questions "just ask us"

The biking lowdown

  • A total distance of up to 650km spread over 12 days of biking.
  • Daily riding distances have been planned to be achievable, (but not without challenge) and to allow plenty of time to take in your surroundings while you ride.
  • Namibia is VAST! Huge landscapes and huge distances, so we have spent time looking for and testing the best bits for you to ride to get the most out of your tour. Due to the vast distances we have included a number of vehicle transfers so that you get to ride in a wide variety of landscapes while also covering the distances required to experience the best that Namibia has to offer.
  • Namibia is a desert, and temperatures can range from nearly 0 degrees at night and into the mid 30’s in the afternoons. To make the most of the best riding conditions we will often be up before daybreak and on our bikes as the sun rises.
  • Namibia offers its own unique environment and terrain! The riding varies from hilly to flat with some rolling hills.
  • The riding surface will be mostly on dirt and gravel roads and a little bit of paved roads. Approximately 20% sealed roads / 80% quiet dirt and gravel roads.
  • Road surface and riding conditions can vary dramatically day to day, depending on the weather and when the road grader has last been through, so the actual distances we ride on any given day will be dependant on the conditions on the day.
  • Generally the road conditions are very good, with very little traffic, however being comfortable on gravel and loose surfaces will greatly increase your enjoyment of the tour.

Support: Our trusty support vehicle carries all your luggage, has lunch, snacks and water at hand, and is there if you need a break from the saddle.

How fit do I need to be for this cycle tour?

Your cycle tour includes rides of up to 100km per day.  The more prepared you are  and the more comfortable you are in the saddle – the more you will enjoy your cycling adventure! Preparing for your cycle tour should involve:

  • gravel, dirt and off-road riding, with some hills.
  • You should be comfortable riding 3-5 times a week with regular rides of 30-50km in length. 

Support: Our trusty support vehicle carries all your luggage, has lunch, snacks and water at hand, and is there if you need a break from the saddle.

What kind of meals do you provide?

Your tour leaders will take care of your meals and snacks throughout your adventure with us.  This will exclude a couple of meals which are at your own cost to give you the opportunity to explore eating options of your own choosing.  We are most definitely able to cater for vegetarians and special diets and if this includes you, it is essential to advise us of this before your tour begins, so that the support vehicle can be stocked with the necessary supplies.  Typical meals include:

  • Breakfasts – Fresh fruit, muesli, toast and spreads, hot drinks.  Cooked breakfast on occasions.

  • Lunches – Picnic style lunches, fresh salads, cold meats, cheese & bread.

  • Evening Meals – Good wholesome camp-cooked meals using as much local fresh produce as possible.

What kind of accommodation can I expect?

All accommodation for the duration of your Namibia bike trip is included.

This is a camping tour with a couple of glamping nights thrown in to spoil you. The camping is ‘real camping’ and sometimes in remote locations. We supply spacious dome tents which we will show you how to erect, and foam mattresses. You will need to bring your own 2-3 season sleeping bag and a small travel pillow. Washing facilities & toilets will be available every night. Upgrades to rooms may be available at some campsites.

Singles: We do not charge a single supplement! 
If you are traveling on your own, you will have your own tent for camping nights and we will pair you with another single biker of the same gender to share a twin room for the first and last nights.  If you do not wish to share, that is fine too, but a single supplement will apply!

What type of bikes do we ride?

We have our own fleet of custom built bikes available for hire.  These are the same bikes we use on our Kenya & Tanzania Cycle Tour.  They are hard tail mountain bikes custom built to be perfect for off-road touring in Namibia.  They have full SLX 2×11, 120mm travel forks, XT tubeless 27.5 wheelsets and Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes (mechanical disc brakes are ideal for maintaining in Africa).  We have them available in S, M, L and XL.

Bike Hiring is additional and must be pre-booked

We carry all our spare parts out to Africa and maintain them ourselves to make sure they are in optimal riding condition for your ride with us. If you will be hiring a bike from us please let us know prior to your trip, and please feel free to bring your favourite saddle and clip in pedals (if you normally clip in).

What is the maximum size of the cycle group?

This trip has 6-12 bikers, plus two experienced Escape Adventures tour leaders and a local driver and interpreter.

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Nicky McIndoe

Solo Traveller

My Namibia cycle tour was the trip of a lifetime. I’ve done lots of travelling, but this cycle tour would’ve been impossible without the planning and contacts of EA, and the support of the tour leaders and truck. We were so far off the beaten track that some days only 1 or 2 vehicles passed us. Deserts, campfires, amazing sunrises, bakeries, wildlife (elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetah, rhino!), historic sites and the chance to spend time with Namibians in love with their country. Sure, some days were a bit hot (or cold!), and the roads were sometimes sandy or corrugated (or both), but there was usually a refreshing pool and cold drink at the end of the day. I can’t wait to sign up for my next trip.

September 28, 2022