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.
Start: Namibia, Windhoek
Finish: Namibia, Windhoek
Arrive in Windhoek, pre-departure meeting and first dinner together.
Transfer out of Windhoek, then we’re pedalling! Wide open rolling landscapes and huge cattle farms.
Cycling Distance: 42km.
With an ever changing landscape we start dropping down into the Namib Naukluft desert region.
Cycling Distance: 60km.
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
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
Pray for a nice strong tailwind as we ride north up the Skeleton Coast to Henties Baai.
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.
We traverse around the Brandberg Mountains to the small sleepy town of Uis.
Cycling Distance: 41km.
Dramatic landscapes changes continue, we ride through a region well known for its free ranging desert elephants!
Cycling Distance: 65km
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
Mother nature has been hard at work creating spectacular landscapes. Bonus: keep your eyes peeled for antelope and gazelle grazing in the bushes.
Cycling Distance: 83km
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
Early morning Etosha game drive before transferring to the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Learn about the work being done to help protect these wonderful animals.
We point our bikes back towards Windhoek and overnight on a “little” remote cattle ranch.
Cycling Distance: 45km.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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).
This trip has 6-12 bikers, plus two experienced Escape Adventures tour leaders and a local driver and interpreter.
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.