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Cycle Namibia

Price

$5,890 AUD per person

Days 14
Departing 19th November 2017
Includes
  • Bicycle hire
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Arrival and departure group transfers

Cycle Namibia with Intrepid and Bicycles for Humanity

Book by 22nd August 2017

Call us on 1300 854 439 to speak to a travel specialist today or

 submit an enquiry online!

 

See a different side of Africa on a two-wheeled adventure

Discover the highlights of Namibia and Zambia on a once-in-a-lifetime cycling trip in southern Africa. Jump into the saddle and encounter the dramatic landscapes of Twyfelfontein, soak up the laid back coastal vibes of seaside Swakopmund, and meet the nomadic Ovahimba tribespeople. With wildlife-studded visits to some of the region’s best national parks, including Etosha Nationa Park, Palmwag Nature Reserve, and the mighty Victoria Falls, this is a unique safari experience unlike any other.  

This is an exclusive itinerary designed in collaboration with our partners, Bicycles for Humanity, and the tour will visit their workshops in Opuwo and Katima Mulilo. Bicycles for Humanity is a project supported by The Intrepid Foundation that focuses on providing developing communities in Africa with access to bicycles. These bicycles give locals access to better employment opportunities, food and healthcare, and also allows communities to establish bicycle workshops that act as self-sufficient small businesses. 

As part of our continued support for Bicycles for Humanity, the cost of the trip includes a $200 tax deductible donation, which will also be matched by The Intrepid Foundation. 

 

Start Windhoek, Namibia Physical rating 5 out of 5
Finish Livingstone, Zambia Ages Min 16 years
Destination Namibia, Zambia Group size 12 people
Departing 19th November 2017 Style Original

 

Why we love this trip

  • Encounter elephants, zebras and lions on morning and afternoon game drives in Etosha National Park

  • Listen to the sounds of wildlife stirring while enjoying the views from your hotel bar in Palmwag Nature Reserve

  • Meet the Ovahimba tribespeople and learn about their semi-nomadic lifestyle in northern Namibia

  • Cross the border into Zambia and witness the awesome power of Victoria Falls, the world’s biggest waterfall

  • Visit Bicycles for Humanity workshops in Opuwo and Katima Mulilo and learn how this project has become a force for change in local communities

Is this trip right for you?

  • The cycling distances are mostly short, but the roads can be rough, the terrain of Namibia and Zambia can be hilly and the climate warm, so you'll need to be reasonably fit. Keep in mind the support vehicle will be on hand if you need a break.

  • Riding is done along both sealed and unsealed roads, but there are no special technical skills needed. Some practice at home is a great idea, however, especially for downhill sections.

  • There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way – a puncture here and there maybe – but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.

  • The weather in this region can be hot in November and December, with seasonal rains sometimes making roads wet. Conditions should be safe for cycling but in the event of extreme or unsafe weather conditions, the cycling duration and routes may be altered.

  • The duration and amount of cycling on this tour is flexible, with passengers able to choose how often and how far they might like to cycle. If there’s days where you just feel like enjoying the views from a comfy seat, you can choose to stay in the support vehicle instead of jumping on a bike. Cycling is also dependent on time constraints and weather, so come with an open mind.

Itinerary

Welcome to Namibia! The former German colonial town of Windhoek has evolved into the country’s modern capital city. You might not expect to find neo-baroque cathedrals and German castles in Southern Africa, but that’s exactly what you’ll get! Some of the heritage highlights worth seeing here include the Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), Christuskirche, and the Genossenschaftshaus.

You will be met on arrival in Windhoek and transferred to your hotel for the night. There are no activities included today except for an important pre-departure meeting at 6pm at the hotel. You can find out where the meeting will take place by asking reception. After meeting your local leader and fellow cyclists, head out for a group welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant and try some Namibian cuisine. The restaurant you dine at will be dependent on whether the entire group wishes to eat together and what people feel like eating.

Included activities:

  • Arrival transfer

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Roof of Africa

Set off early this morning for Etosha National Park, approximately a 5-6 hour drive from Windhoek, where we will stay for the next two nights. Tonight’s accommodation is in a lodge on the outskirts of the South Western edge of the park. After checking in, head out on an afternoon game drive and try to spot the Big 5: lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo and rhino. Namibia has strong protections in place to protect its game reserves against poaching, as a result you’ll find large herds of elephants, antelope and other herbivores flourishing here.

Included activities:

  • Afternoon game drive in Etosha in our own vehicle

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Etosha Safari Lodge

If you were too slow to snap pictures of leopards yesterday, then consider this your second chance. Today you’ll embark on a morning and afternoon open vehicle game drive through the national park. Game viewing is relatively easy in Etosha National Park thanks to the number of man-made waterholes and large, sparsely vegetated pans. If you’re lucky, you might (depending on the season) see desert elephants, black-faced impalas, mountain zebra or even the adorable Damara dik-dik. Return to the lodge in the evening and perhaps wash off the dust with a refreshing dip in the pool. Later, grab a drink at the bar and watch as the sun slowly sets behind the tree line.

Included activities:

  • Morning and afternoon open vehicle game drives

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Etosha Safari Lodge

After breakfast, drive towards Twyfelfontein (approximately 5.5 hours). Also known as ‘jumping hole’ in the traditional Nama language, Twyfelfontein has been inhabited for over 6,000 years and is the site of ancient rock engravings first carved by hunter gatherers. The engravings are the largest concentration of rock petroglyphs in Africa and were Namibia’s first UNESCO site. The surrounding landscape feels almost otherworldly, comprised of ochre red rocks and cliff faces that feel closer to Mars than southern Africa. Arrive in the afternoon, then saddle up and get ready to explore the area by bike. The total cycling distance is approximately 70 kilometres/43.5 miles Afterwards, check into the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge for the night.

Included activities:

  • Visit to Twyfelfontein Engravings

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

After a night in the desert get ready to hit the coast. Today travel south to Swakopmund, which will be our base for the next two nights. Like Windhoek, this coastal city has been influenced by German culture since it was colonised in 1892, and you’ll still find traces of beautiful Germanic architecture scattered throughout the streets. Swakopmund is typically used as a launching point for expeditions along the Skeleton Coast or Namib Desert, but it is well worth taking the time to explore the seaside promenades, museums and shops. After arriving in the afternoon and settling in, ask your local leader for tips on where to grab dinner before letting your hair down at one of the city’s waterside bars or taverns.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Deutche Haus

Make the most of another free day in Swakopmund. There’s a variety of optional activities to choose from, so talk to your local leader about how to spend your day. One option is to take a stroll along Palm Beach, or visit the open-air markets to shop for souvenirs. Perhaps visit the Namibian National Marine Aquarium, which has recently been given an overhaul and now has an underwater viewing tunnel. You could also jump on your bike and explore town.

Optional Activities

  • Horse riding – USD65.00
  • Camel riding – USD15.00
  • Museum – USD2
  • Fishing trip – USD120
  • Sand boarding – USD50
  • Seal and dolphin cruise – USD60
  • Sea kayaking –USD85
  • Quad biking – USD80

Note: The prices provided are estimates only and based on a per person rate. The price does not include transport to/from each activity. The cost of transport will be dependent on how many participants choose to be involved in a particular activity.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Deutche Haus

Climb into the saddle and explore some of the unique Namibian landscape by bike. Today’s cycling will follow stretches of road leading to the next destination – Palmwag. Palmwag is a nature reserve in northern Namibia that covers an area of 400,000 hectares. The reserve is also home to the largest population for south-western black rhinos in Africa, which is protected by the Save The Rhino Trust. After a day on the road, settle in at the poolside bar and relax.

Optional activities:

  • Hiking - Free
  • Game drive – USD45
  • Full day Damara Wildlife – USD115
  • Guided walk to Two Palms – USD13
  • Half day rhino tracking – USD129
  • Full day rhino tracking – USD174

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Palmwag Lodge

It’s a long drive from Palmway to Opuwo, so come prepared with a good book, a deck of cards to play with your fellow passengers, or a fully loaded iPhone playlist. The Kuene Region, where Opuwo is located, is home to Namibia’s last remaining nomadic tribe – the Ovahimba. The tribe’s movements are largely dictated by seasonal rainfall and they are always searching for new grazing areas for their cattle. Arrive at the Opuwo Country Lodge this afternoon. Depending on what time the group arrives, there will be a visit to the local Bicycles for Humanity workshop in the afternoon or following morning. Tonight settle into the lodge and perhaps take in the sunset from a spot beside the pool.

Included activities:

  • Visit to Bicycles for Humanity workshop

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Opuwo Country Lodge

In the morning visit the local Ovahimba village and learn about their unique lifestyle. The Ovahimba tribe are known for their distinctive red-tinged hair plaits and otjize body paint, which is made from a mix of butterfat and ochre pigmentation. Afterwards, travel to Ondangwa and in the afternoon visit the Nkambala Museum. The museum offers a special insight into the Finnish mission in this area, as well as photos and artefacts showcasing the history of the region. The total driving time today is approximately 5.5 hours.

Included activities:

  • Himba Village Visit
  • Nkambala Museum Entry

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Protea Hotel Ondangwa

Drive east this morning towards the Caprivi Strip. This is a long drive, approximately 8.5 hours, so come prepared with music and games, or simply look out the window and watch as the landscape transforms from dry plains to lush green delta. Arrive and settle in at the Rainbow River Lodge in the afternoon. There may be time to enjoy some optional activities but this is dependent on driving time.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Rainbow River Lodge

Fuel up this morning with a big breakfast before departing for Katima Mulilo to visit the local Bicycles for Humanity workshop. Here you will learn how Bicycles for Humanity, with the assistance of The Intrepid Foundation, is introducing bicycles to the local community in an effort to create a self-reliant economy. Bicycles allow residents to be able to travel further for work as well as food and medical equipment, while the workshop acts as a hub for business and enterprise. After visiting the workshop, strap on a helmet and head out on a cycling tour of Katima and the surrounding area. Check in at the Caprivi River Lodge in the afternoon and unwind amid the sound of bird calls and wildlife.  Today’s driving time is approximately 5.5 hours and cycling distance is approximately 50 kilometres.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Visit to Bicycles for Humanity workshop

Accommodation:

  • Caprivi River Lodge

Get ready for a border crossing as today we head to Livingstone, passing into Zambia on the way (approximately 6 hours). After arriving and checking in at the hotel, get ready to come face to face with the awesome power of Victoria Falls. Also known as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ in the local language, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest waterfall in the world thanks to its combined width and height. It has the world’s largest sheet of falling water. After feeling the spray, pay a visit to the Chicago Bike Shop and take another spin throughout the area on a bike (cycling distance is approximately 50 kilometres).

Included activities:

  • Victoria Falls visit

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Victoria Falls Waterfront

Sadly this two-wheeled adventure comes to an end this morning after breakfast. An included departure transfer will be on hand to take you to the airport.

Included activities:

  • Departure transfer

Included meals:

  • Breakfast

Included Activities

Meals

13 breakfasts, 6 dinners

Transport

Bicycle, support vehicle (airconditioned bus with bike trailer)

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights), Lodge (10 nights)

Inclusions

  • Complimentary Group Arrival Transfer
  • Complimentary Group Departure Transfer
  • Etosha National Park - Game Drives
  • Damaraland - Twyfelfontein Bushman Paintings 
  • Himba Village Visit 
  • Nkambala Museum
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls tour Zimbabwe Side

Important notes

  1. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
  2. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
  3. A single supplement is available on this trip subject to availability. Please speak to us with regards to cost.

Bookings

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