Cycle the Desert of Namibia
Ride through Namibia's vast desert, dunes and Skeleton Coast, spotting wildlife and sleeping under the stars.
Why it's much better
- Ride through ever-changing desert landscape under enormous open skies
- Cycle along the Skeleton Coast, the world's largest shipping graveyard
- Sleep under the star-studded milky way in remote desert camps
- Ride through Otjiwa National Park at sunset, eyes peeled for lion, elephant and rhino
- Safari day in Etosha National Park, camping next to a watering hole
- Fat bike your way over densely-packed rolling red sand dunes, otherwise inaccessible
- Visit the thousands of breeding Cape Fur Seals in their enormous reserve
- Watch the sunrise over the tallest sand dunes in the world
- Visit the highest point in Namibia, Spitzkoppe mountain
- Guides Expert, English-speaking local guide and mechanic
- Accommodation 3 nights in a hotel, 5 nights desert camping
- Meals All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
- Equipment Silverback Sport bikes and camping equipment
- Desert Truck To transport your overnight kit
- Transfers All airport transfers
- Permits All permits and entry fees
- Happiness Guaranteed We're so confident that your holiday will be your best yet, we actually guarantee it
- Feel Good Vibes We mitigate 4x the carbon emitted by all our travellers and support important conservation projects
Day 1: Welcome to Namibia!
Your private transfer will whisk you off to your hotel in Windhoek. If you’ve got time and energy, there’s plenty to explore nearby. Or, if you'd rather relax, the hotel has its own pool - so kick back and enjoy! Join the group and your guide later for dinner, where you can sample Namibian cuisine and get to know your fellow adventurers.
Day 2: Roadtrip and introduction to fat biking
Hopping into your private desert truck, you’ll head towards the north west, to Swakopmund, known as the adventure capital of Namibia (approx 4 hours driving). There’ll be a bit of time to explore the city and grab lunch. Then, you'll get set up on your fat bike, heading to the dunes for a couple of hours' riding at sunset. Overnight in central Swakopmund.
Distance: 15km / Ascent 400m / Descent 250m
Day 3: All about the dunes
Today will be a fairly chilled day. You will have a relaxing morning, before heading back to the dunes on your bike. There will be approx. 4 hours riding on the fat bikes as you explore further into the expansive Namib sand dunes. You'll cycle to the Moon Valley, an otherworldly landscape, as well a section of the coastline if the tide is in your favour. The dunes are tightly packed and a fat bike is the best way to explore them. Propelling yourself down huge dunes is an experience that won’t be forgotten in a while!
Distance: 35km / Ascent 500m / Descent 250m
Day 4: To the Matterhorn of Namibia
Departing Swakopmund early this morning, you’ll switch to your standard mountain bikes and descend to the Goanikontes Oasis, where you stop for lunch. You’ll hop back in the truck for the journey towards Spitzkoppe, a towering granite peak which rises over 1,780 metres above sea level. Also known as the “Matterhorn” of Namibia, this is the highest point in the country, standing tall out of the surrounding desert plains and you'll have great views as you pass by bike.
You’ll camp tonight at a small and secluded, community-run campsite. Make sure you explore the rock pools by foot or by bike and have a quick dip at sunset, before enjoying a campfire dinner under the stars.
Distance: 55km / Ascent 750m / Descent 300m
Day 5: Cape Cross and Cape Fur Seal Colony
After a tasty camp breakfast, you’ll cycle from last night's campsite to the Dorob Park. Keep cycling towards Cape Cross, steadily descending to the coast. Prepare for a real Attenborough moment as you visit the thousands of Cape Fur Seals that call this spot home. This unique marine phenomenon, thought to be the largest seal colony in the world, is a sight to behold. Watch these relatives of the Sea Lion jostle for space and avoid predatory Orcas at sea.
You'll overnight at a local campsite - just far enough away to not hear the rowdy seals while you're sleeping!
Distance: 100km / Ascent 300m / Descent 750m
Day 6: To the Skeleton Coast
Setting off early today, you’ll cycle North along a coastal salt road towards the Skeleton Coast. This is the world’s largest shipping graveyard, courtesy of the notoriously treacherous fog and hazardous weather systems that cause havoc for sailors. Now scattered with shipwrecks, whale bones and relics of the abandoned diamond industry, this is a coastline like no other. You’ll cycle along it while hearing tales of the sea.
At the end of your day's ride, you’ll transfer the rest of the way to camp. Keep an eye out for desert elephants, giraffe, zebra and springbok en route (approx. 5 hours driving). Take a cooling dip in the pool at tonight's campsite, Palmwag Oasis - perfect after a long day on the bike.
Distance: 70km / Ascent 350m / Descent 200m
Day 7: Etosha National Park
More of an undulating day's riding today. You'll pedal up to the high point of Grootberg Pass (1540m) to have far-reaching views across the plains. After lunch you’ll hop back in the truck and head towards Etosha National Park, a hot spot for lions and rhinos. Arriving at the camp, you’ll have the chance to sit by the local watering hole to watch the animals coming down to the water to drink. You'll have another campfire meal tonight and another chance to count shooting stars - if you haven’t run out of wishes from the previous nights!
Distance: 50km / Ascent 1100m / Descent 500m
Day 8: Safari Day and sunset riding
Leaving camp, you’ll drive out of Etosha (vehicles are a little safer here than bikes!) towards Otjiwa spotting game as you go. This is one of the oldest reserves in Namibia and is a haven to over 22 species of game, including white rhino. Near the end of the day, you’ll hope back on your bikes for a sunset cycling safari, spotting animals as they wake from their daytime slumber. This is your last night camping, so settle into your secluded spot and sleep to the sound of calling lions.
Distance: 20km / Ascent 400m / Descent 300m
Day 9: Early morning riding and back to Windhoek
You'll have an early start today, spending a few more hours on the bike. Take in the dramatic landscape and skies with a specialist wildlife guide before heading back to Windhoek in time for your flight home.
Distance: 30km / Ascent 400m / Descent 300m
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In Windhoek, you'll stay in the Arebbusch Travel Lodge. Set in large grounds by the dry Arebbusch River, with a huge outside pool, this is the perfect spot to relax upon arrival. You'll stay in twin share rooms as standard.
In Swakopmund you'll stay in the Prost Hotel or similar, in a central location so the town can be easily explored.
When camping, you will spend the night in twin-share tents. The campsites all have shared ablution facilities and hot showers, but some are basic and very remote.
Private Room Upgrade
For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for £125 per person (subject to availability). Please request this at the time of booking.
Namibia is a vast country with huge deserts, dramatic coastline and endless open skies. Sand dunes gradually develop 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.
Your trip starts at 15:00 at Windhoek Airport on Day 1, where your host will collect you and take you to your overnight hotel.
Your trip ends at 18:00 on Day 9 at Windhoek Airport, your host will drop you off. Please book return flights that depart from Windhoek after 20:00.
Please note: The transfer times for start and finish are fixed. If you would like a private transfer to fit your flights, this can be arranged with your host for £20pp each way.
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