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Cycle Namibia

Price

$5,295 AUD per person

Days 15 days/14 nights
Departing 19th August 2018
Includes
  • Local English Speaking tour leader throughout
  • Bicycles for Humanity escort
  • 14 nights comfortable accommodation
  • Transport within the tour (including bikes & support vehicle)
  • Arrival and departure group transfers
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 10 dinners

Cycle Namibia with Intrepid and Bicycles for Humanity

Book by 31 March 2018

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, Katima Mulilo and Livingstone. 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 August 2018 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, Katima Mulilo and Livingstone 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.

  • Namibia averages 300 days of sunshine each year and the inland is likely to be hot with August maximum temperatures averaging 24°C/75°F

  • 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!

On arrival in Windhoek, you will be met by an Intrepid representative and transferred to your hotel.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

The old German colonial town of Windhoek has been blended into a modern city. The German architecture of the older buildings lends the town a historic atmosphere. Good examples of this German architecture can be seen in a number of buildings, but the best are the Tintenpalast (Ink Palace), the Christuskirche (church), the gymnasium and the Genossenschaftshaus.

This evening you may wish to join the rest of the group for an optional welcome dinner. 

Arrival Transfer

  • Included - Windhoek Airport to Hotel

Accommodation

  • Roof of Africa or similar

Today, after breakfast we depart Windhoek and make our way to Khomas Hochland. At the top of Kupferberg pass we get onto our bikes. We make our way to Gemsberg Pass, the landscape is beautiful around these parts. You will even have an opportunity to pass some wildlife and cycle through some dry river beds.

We spend 1 night at Rooisand Desert Ranch, which is situated on the fringe of the Namib Desert, between the mountain passes of Gamsberg and Kuiseb, halfway between Windhoek and Walvis Bay.

You will have time to relax before settling down for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Cycle distance: +- 45km

Accommodation: Rooisand Desert Ranch or similar

We depart after breakfast on our bikes to explore more of this area. We ride through to Sesriem arriving around lunch time. This afternoon we explore the dunes and visit Elim Dune.

We spend 1 nights at Sossus Dune Lodge. Built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch, in an attractive 'afro-village' style.

Situated within the park, we will be able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and stay until after sunset. On your return after a big day, relax in the tranquillity and splendour of the Namib Desert, under the spectacular African sky.

Enjoy the evening is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Cycle distance: +- 48KM

Accommodation: Sossus Dune Lodge or similar

Today we are up at dawn to catch a transfer to the highest sand dunes in the world. We hike up Dune 45 to watch the sunrise. You will be rewarded with unparalleled views of the region. 
After breakfast head to Dead Vlei. A clay pan well known for the iconic postcard like images taken here by many. The pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world, "Big Daddy" or "Crazy Dune" average about 350m. Enjoy some time to explore this incredible and mysterious desert oddity.

We travel though the park and make our way to our next stop, Solitaire Lodge, a historic settlement at the edge of Namib-Naukluft National Park. Solitaire is part of a Land Trust which protects habitat and restores former farmlands. On the farm there are free-roaming oryx, mountain zebra, kudu, and springbok, as well as brown and spotted hyena, bat-eared foxes, leopards, cheetah and many more.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycle distance: +- 35km

Included Activities

  • Sossusvlei – Dune 45
  • Namib Nauklauft National Park

Optional Activities

  • Namib Carnivore Conservation Centre (if time permits)

Accommodation: Solitaire Lodge or similar

We continue our journey towards Tropic of Capricorn, we cycle over Kuiseb Pass and Guab Pass as we head toward the coastal Town of Walvis Bay. Along route you will have a chance to see some wildlife such as the Mountain Zebra, Springbok, Gemsbok and lots more. We stop for lunch at an area famous for their Flamingos. We continue to Swakopmund by vehicle. The drive goes through a beautiful, diverse, colourful landscape.

We spend 2 nights at Hotel Europa Hof, a relaxing destination after crossing the dessert and bush lands.

Enjoy the evening is at leisure.

Special Information

Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer. We have not risk assessed all activities and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended. If you are unsure please check with your leader.

Please note that it is against company policy for leaders to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk assessed or do not adhere to our company’s Responsible Travel policy and ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles.

Meals: Breakfast 

Cycle distance: +- 45km

Accommodation: Hotel Europa Hof or similar

Enjoy some free time in this pretty coastal spot. Your accommodation is within walking distance of town. Perhaps go for a stroll along the beach, explore the open-air markets or visit the local museum. The Namibian National Marine Aquarium is also a good choice. There are plenty of options on offer at the local activity centre, which your leader will take you to. 

Notes: We have not risk-assessed all activities, and only those listed in our trip notes are recommended. If you are unsure about anything, please check with your local guide. Please note that it is against company policy for leaders or guides to facilitate the booking of any activities that have not been risk-assessed or do not adhere to our Responsible Travel policy and ethos. This includes organising transport to and from these activities in our vehicles.

Meals: Breakfast

Optional Activities

  • Swakopmund - Horse riding - USD65
  • Swakopmund - Swakopmund Museum - USD2
  • Swakopmund - Fishing trip - USD120
  • Swakopmund - Sand boarding - USD50
  • Swakopmund - Seal and dolphin cruise - USD60
  • Swakopmund - Quad Bike Trip (2 hours) - USD80

Accommodation: Hotel Europa Hof or similar

Today we head up the Skeleton Coast on our bikes. We have an opportunity to view one of the many shipwrecks along the shore. We stop for lunch at Henties. From here we carry on route in the vehicle to Palmwag. On arrival, we settle into our lodge.

The ancient landscapes of the Kunene Region are ruggedly spectacular, awesome sunsets and night skies filled with a multitude of dazzling stars await you. This part of Namibia is also known as Damaraland, as it is the ancestral home land of the enigmatic Damara people whose exact origins remain unclear. Also home to the small population of hardy desert adapted elephant as well as a host of other unique flora and fauna. 

Spend 1 night northwest of Damaraland. The predator population is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park, with lions, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemics present. This concession supports a healthy population of desert adapted black rhino and elephants.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

Cycle distance: +- 45km

Accommodation: Palmwag Lodge or similar

After breakfast, we spend another day between the bus and the bikes as we make our way up to Opuwo.

Today we visit a local Bicycles for Humanity workshop.  

Spend 2 nights at Opuwo Country Hotel. The Hotel is situated on a hilltop facing northwest with breathtaking views overlooking a valley with magnificent sunsets.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

Cycle distance: +- 45km

Accommodation: Opuwo Country Hotel or similar

After breakfast, we head out on our bikes and visit a traditional nomadic Himba Tribe. The traditional Himba still prefer living the way their forebears hundreds of years before the colonial era or the appearance of westerners. Himba villages close to Opuwa town are accustomed to visitors wanting to learn and experience more about their culture and lifestyle which they pride themselves in. Your local guides will translate stories of the Himba villagers.

This afternoon you will have a break from the bikes and take a visit to the Nakambale Museum.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Cycle distance: +- 30km

Included Activities

  • Himba Village Visit
  • Nakambale Museum Entrance

Accommodation: Opuwo Country Hotel or similar

Today we make our way up to Etosha National Park. The next 2 days are spent focusing on game drives as we take a rest from our bikes. Namibia has protected its game reserves against poaching, so there are large herds of elephants, antelope and other herbivores here.

We spend 1 night at Okaukuejo Rest Camp famous for its floodlit waterhole. After sunset floodlights illuminate the waterhole. This is the best time and place to see the endangered black rhino. This archaic mammal can often be seen drinking alongside lion and elephant. The number and interaction of the animals is the major drawcard of Okaukuejo Rest Camp in Namibia. The watering hole is flood lit and animals come down to drink, there is also a lot of activity at night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycle distance: +- 40km

Included Activities

  • Afternoon game drive (Open Safari Vehicle)

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Rest Camp Chalets or similar

This morning rise early as we head out on a morning game drive in an open safari vehicle. We return to camp for breakfast before being transferred to our next camp.

Keep your eyes peeled for desert elephants, which you might be lucky enough to come across, depending on the season. There's also the black rhino, Hartmann's mountain zebra, black-faced impala, roan antelope and the tiny Damara dik-dik, all of which you have the chance to spot during game drives. Game viewing in the park is relatively easy due to the man-made waterholes and the large, sparsely vegetated pans. The bushland surrounding the pans is hard to see through, but there are enough clearings, pans and waterholes to allow for some sightings.

We settle into Halali Rest Camp, well known for its Leopard, Rhino and Elephants. After lunch the afternoon is spent enjoying the camp facilities. You might like to take a refreshing dip in the pool, or enjoy a drink with your fellow travellers to reflect on the day's adventure so far.

Sunrise and sunset is the best time to view animals as this is when they are their most active. In the afternoon we head out on a sunset game drive, we enjoy another flood lit waterhole in this area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Included Activities

  • Morning game drive (Open Safari Vehicle)
  • Evening game drive (Open Safari Vehicle

Accommodation: Halali Rest Camp Chalets or similar

Today is a long travelling day as we make our way to our lodge situated in the Carpivi Strip. We might have some time in the late afternoon to partake in optional activities offered by the lodge, but this depends on how long it takes us to get to the lodge. Alternatively, enjoy some time soaking up the river from the restaurant deck with a drink in hand.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation: Shametu River Lodge Chalets

After breakfast, we depart for Katima where we spend a few hours visiting the local Bicycles for Humanity workshop.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation: Caprivi River Lodge or similar

This morning we cross into Zambia by ferry and make our way to Livingstone. Upon arrival, we check in and visit the famous Victoria Falls on the Zambia side. 

In the afternoon we visit the local Bicycle for Humanity workshop where we spend some time learning about the project and how it touches some of the locals.

In the evening enjoy your final night in Africa, relaxing on the banks of the Zambezi River with a sunset cruise.

Meals: Breakfast 

Included Activities

  • Sunset Cruise
  • Tour of the Victoria Falls (Zambia Side)

Accommodation: Victoria Falls Waterfront or similar

Today you will be transferred to Livingstone Airport for your onward flight. Additional accommodation can be booked subject to availability should you wish to enjoy the optional activities on offer. 

Meals: Breakfast

Departure Transfer

  • Included

Optional Activities

  • Victoria Falls - Canoe trail (full day) - USD185
  • Victoria Falls - Canoe trail (half day) - USD100
  • Victoria Falls - Flying fox - USD50
  • Victoria Falls - Gorge swing - USD110
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (12 mins) - USD175
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (25 mins) - USD334
  • Victoria Falls - Village & township tour - USD50
  • Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (full day) - USD140
  • Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (half day) - USD140

Included Activities

Meals

14 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 10 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
  • Hike up Dune 45
  • Namib-Naukluft National Park – Game Drive
  • Himba Village Visit
  • Nakambale- Museum Entry 
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls tour Zambia Side
  • Victoria Falls - Zambezi River Cruise

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. Single supplement compulsory for any single traveller who is unable to be matched with a traveller of the same sex.

Bookings

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