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4.7
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Cycle, Safari and Stargaze in Namibia

8 nights
Challenging

Ride through vast dune deserts, along the Skeleton Coast, and sleep under the Milky Way

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking guides and bike mechanic

Hotel & Camping

3 nights in a hotel, 5 nights desert camping

Meals

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners

Transfers

Airport transfers and everything in between, including a support vehicle to carry your kit or hop into if your legs need a rest

Equipment

Silverback & GT 29ers hardtail mountain bikes, tents and sleeping mats for camping

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 10 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.7
| 24 reviews
Trip of a lifetime!
July 2024
Miss C.
Trip of a lifetime!
July 2024
Miss C.
Trip of a lifetime!
July 2024
Miss C.
Challenging but absolutely rewarding trip
June 2024
Gabriela Z.
Challenging but absolutely rewarding trip
June 2024
Gabriela Z.
Challenging but absolutely rewarding trip
June 2024
Gabriela Z.
Challenging but absolutely rewarding trip
June 2024
Gabriela Z.
Challenging but absolutely rewarding trip
June 2024
Gabriela Z.
Challenging but absolutely rewarding trip
June 2024
Gabriela Z.
Namibian cycle trip
April 2024
Jude S.
Namibian cycle trip
April 2024
Jude S.
Namibian cycle trip
April 2024
Jude S.
Namibia cycling, stargazing and safari
April 2024
Catherine M.
Namibia cycling, stargazing and safari
April 2024
Catherine M.
Namibia cycling, stargazing and safari
April 2024
Catherine M.
A simply incredible trip! I would recommend...
June 2023
Laura
A simply incredible trip! I would recommend...
June 2023
Laura
A simply incredible trip! I would recommend...
June 2023
Laura
A simply incredible trip! I would recommend...
June 2023
Laura
A simply incredible trip! I would recommend...
June 2023
Laura
This trip exceeded my expectations in every...
June 2023
Julie
This trip exceeded my expectations in every...
June 2023
Julie
This trip exceeded my expectations in every...
June 2023
Julie
This trip exceeded my expectations in every...
June 2023
Julie
Gabriel and MC were excellent hosts! Very w...
June 2023
Max
Gabriel and MC were excellent hosts! Very w...
June 2023
Max
Gabriel and MC were excellent hosts! Very w...
June 2023
Max
Gabriel and MC were excellent hosts! Very w...
June 2023
Max
Gabriel and MC were excellent hosts! Very w...
June 2023
Max
Wonderful country, well organized trip and...
June 2023
Daniel

Ride through an ever-changing desert landscape beneath enormous open skies

Cycle along the Skeleton Coast and join a safari - eyes peeled for lion, elephant and rhino

Visit thousands of breeding Cape Fur Seals in their enormous reserve and camp at the base of one of the highest points in the country - Spitzkoppe Mountain

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Namibia!

Head to your hotel in Windhoek and if you’ve got time and energy, explore the surrounding area. If you'd rather relax, then the hotel has its own pool - so just kick back and enjoy! Join your group and guide later for dinner and a chance to sample some delicious Namibian cuisine as you get to know your fellow adventurers.

Day 2

Introduction to Fat biking

Cycling

2hrs · 9-12km · 200m up · 150m down

Hop into a purpose-built truck and head to Swakopmund - the adventure capital of Namibia (approx 4.5-5 hours). Explore the city, grab some lunch and then set out into the dunes on your fat bike for a desert sunset.

Day 3

All about the dunes

Cycling

3 hrs · 22km · 500m up · 250m down

Ride deeper into the expansive Namib sand dunes and along the coastline if the tide is in your favour. The dunes are huge and tightly packed and propelling yourself down them on a fat bike is an experience you certainly won’t forget.

Day 4

The Matterhorn of Namibia

Cycling

3-4hrs · 35-50km · 750m up · 300m down

Switch to a standard mountain bike, ride the granite gravel plains and descend to the Goanikontes Oasis. After lunch, either jump back on your bike for another 15km or hop in the truck for the journey to the Spitzkoppe, towering granite peaks that rise up to 1,780 metres above sea level - one of the highest points in the country. Camp at the base of the ‘Matterhorn” of Namibia' from a secluded, community-run campsite. Be sure to explore the rock pools before enjoying a campfire dinner under the stars.

Day 5

Cape Cross

Cycling

50-70km · 300m up · 750m down

Steadily descend to the coast as you cycle to Cape Cross. Prepare for a real Attenborough experience as you encounter the thousands of Cape Fur Seals that call this spot home. This unique phenomenon, thought to be the largest in the world, is a real sight to behold. Watch these relatives of the Sea Lion jostle for space and avoid predatory Orcas and then spend the night at a local campsite just far enough away so that you won’t hear rowdy seals while you're sleeping! Today is a long day on the bike but it is all optional, if you'd rather not cycle the full distance, you can just hop into the desert truck.

Day 6

Ride towards the Skeleton Coast

Cycling

3hrs · 40-60km · 330m up · 200m down

Driving

5hrs

Cycle north along a coastal salt road towards the Skeleton Coast. At the end of your morning's ride, transfer to camp (approx. 5 hrs), keeping an eye out for desert elephants, giraffe, zebra and springbok. Take a cooling dip in the pool at tonight's campsite, Palmwag Oasis – perfect after a long day's ride.

Day 7

Etosha National Park

Cycling

35-40km · 1100m up · 500m down

Pedal up to the Grootberg Pass (1540m) for some far-reaching views over the plains. After lunch, hop back in the truck and head to Etosha National Park, a hot spot for lions and rhinos. Sit by the local watering hole and watch the animals come down to drink, then have another campfire meal and a chance to count shooting stars - if you haven’t run out of wishes already.

Day 8

Safari day

Cycling

2hrs · 15-20km · 400m up · 300m down

Drive out of Etosha (vehicles are a little safer here than bikes!) and head to Otjiwa, spotting animals along the way. This is one of the oldest reserves in Namibia and a haven for a huge variety of species, including the white rhino. Hop back on your bike for a sunset ride as the animals wake from their daytime slumber. This is your last nights camping, so settle in and sleep to the sound of calling lions.

Day 9

Back to Windhoek

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Cycling

3hrs · 20-25km · 400m up · 300m down

Spend a few more hours on the bike and take in the dramatic landscape and enormous skies one last time with a specialist wildlife guide, before heading back to Windhoek in time for your flight home.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Campsite · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5 – Day 7

Campsite · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Campsite · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

When staying at campsites, your guides will cook for you. These will be hearty meals cooked over an open fire - expect braai (BBQ) food, potjie and stir-fries for dinner. Breakfasts will be continental style and usually consist of cereals, coffee, yoghurt, muesli, fresh fruit or the occasional fried breakfast. For lunch, expect a good selection of sandwich ingredients like cheese and cold meats, plus pasta and salads. Snacks are also provided while cycling. The guides will appreciate your help with washing the dishes.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just let your host know on booking.

What is the accommodation like?

Windhoek

You'll stay in a twin-room at the Arebbusch Travel Lodge. It's set in large grounds by the dry Arebbusch River with a huge pool outside, making it the perfect spot to relax on arrival.

Swakopmund

You'll stay in the Prost Hotel or similar, in a central location so you can easily explore the town.

Camping

You’ll stay in twin-share tents at campsites with shared bathrooms and hot showers. Some are basic but very remote. Tents and mattresses are included, you'll need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow (see kitlist). The crew will appreciate your helping hand when setting up the tents.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price . Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

This trip has been rated as Challenging

The terrain might be undulating and astonishing, but this trip is designed for cyclists of average fitness able to cover an average of approximately 35-40km on back-to-back days.

Fat biking in the dunes will be on modified bikes and you can choose which to ride up or down, making it as challenging as you like. No technical skill is required for this trip, just some strong legs and a sense of adventure!

You will be able to cycle at your own pace and your guide may adapt the daily cycling distance from time to time, depending on the group's ability, the weather and local road conditions at the time. There will also be a desert truck to transport your overnight stuff, so if the going gets too tough or too hot, you can always jump in for a spot of wildlife spotting.

There are two fat bike rides on packed sand dunes (days 2 and 3), four rides on gravel open road that can be sandy, bumpy and undulating (days 4-7) and two rides on jeep dirt tracks (days 8 and 9). There is also a mixture of gradients, including undulating rides, flats, downhill and uphill sections.

Namibia is in the Southern Hemisphere, so essentially has the opposite seasons to the UK. Due to the desert climate, it is generally dry and pleasant all year round. The months of June to August remain sunny and warm during the day (20-25 °C), but drop down to single figures at night in the desert.

Between September and May it gets warmer, with highs of around 30°C, however, it is always a dry heat and still gets cold at night throughout the year. Rainfall is usually in November to March. If it does rain, it is minimal and in short sharp downpours that are quite spectacular in the desert.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Windhoek International Airport, Namibia (WDH)

10:00 on Day 1

Ends

Windhoek International Airport, Namibia (WDH)

18:00 on Day 9

Transfers

On Day 1, there is an included group airport transfer at 10:00am, as there are several overnight flights arriving into WDH in the morning. If required, private transfers to the accommodation in Windhoek can be booked for those arriving at earlier or later times for an additional cost, please see below for more details. Transfers from the airport to the starting hotel take approximately 1hr.

On Day 9, there is an included transfer to drop you at the airport for 18:00 for all flights departing after 20:00. If you are flying home the next day (please arrange an extra night's accommodation), a transfer can be arranged to drop you at the airport for your return flight.

Arrival and departure transfers are only included in the main price if you use the group arrival transfer on Day 1 and departure transfer on the evening of Day 9. If you would like a private transfer outside of these times, this can be arranged with your host for an extra cost - please see optional extras for the price.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Namibia from major airports across the UK and Europe.

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What do I need to bring?

Included

  • Camping mattress

SLEEPING

  • Sleeping bag (3/4 season if travelling May-September - otherwise 2 season) - (please check the Optional Extras if you prefer to hire sleeping bag and pillow from your host)
  • Lightweight packable travel pillow
  • Sleeping bag liner & pillow case (optional)

Clothes

  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Loose over-shorts
  • Breathable sports tops or cycling jerseys
  • Fleece jacket or similar jacket for the evenings
  • Trousers/leggings for the evenings
  • Warm base layers
  • Light waterproof jacket
  • Cycling gloves
  • Buff or neck scarf
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear & socks
  • Sunglasses and sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Cycling shoes/trainers (bring your own pedals if using cleats)
  • Sandals
  • May-September: Down Jacket and Gloves

Other

  • Bike Helmet
  • Bumbag or small handlebar bag for riding
  • Swimwear
  • Quick-dry travel towel
  • Padlock for left luggage
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Headlamp or handtorch
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel Insurance documents
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (including blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Energy bars and snacks
  • Saddle (excluding seat post) or gel saddle cover - optional if preferred
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Sleeping bag and pillow hire

Payable Before Departure

Sleeping bag and pillow hire

Per Person

Full Suspension Bike Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Full Suspension Bike Upgrade

Per Person

Full Suspension E-Bike Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Full Suspension E-Bike Upgrade

Per Person

Double/Twin Room in Windhoek

Payable Before Departure

Double/Twin Room in Windhoek

Single Room in Windhoek

Payable Before Departure

Single Room in Windhoek

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Airport Transfer One Way

Payable Before Departure

Airport Transfer One Way

Per Person

Maria Á.(July 2024)
Life changing trip

Cycle, Safari and Stargaze in Namibia was my first trip with much better adventures and it was amazing. Before, during and after the trip, everyone was so attentive regarding any question or concern. Cycling in namibia gave me a big perspective in life and completitly change me. I had so muh fun and at the same time, relaxing and reflecting moments.

Miss C.(July 2024)
Trip of a lifetime!
Trip of a lifetime!
Trip of a lifetime!
Trip of a lifetime!

This trip was an incredible way to see a fascinating country. From bombing down sand dunes on the fat bikes, to riding alongside White Rhinos and Wildebeest on a reserve, every day brought a new experience.

Most of the cycling was fairly easy, but there were some tougher (but optional) rides like the Grootberg Pass for those that wanted a challenge. All the guides were brilliant throughout the trip, and our group of eight travellers all got along really well. I cannot recommend this trip enough!

Tristan E.(July 2024)
As good as I hoped

I'd recommend this trip to anyone looking for some adventure in a far away land. Namibia is a great country to visit full of incredible landscapes, friendly people, good weather and amazing wildlife.

Our guide and driver worked tirelessly to ensure we had a memorable trip, providing lots of local insight, cooking up tasty food and helping us see loads of different sights.

The cycling was as challenging as you wanted it to be, with riding over the dunes a real highlight. I would say the bikes could've been in better condition, but we quickly learnt to make do with what we had.

Gabriela Z.(June 2024)
Challenging but absolutely rewarding trip
Challenging but absolutely rewarding trip
Challenging but absolutely rewarding trip
Challenging but absolutely rewarding trip
Challenging but absolutely rewarding trip
Challenging but absolutely rewarding trip
Challenging but absolutely rewarding trip

The trip was wonderful, the landscapes breathtaking and the accommodation, both hotels and tents, was great. Cycling on sand dunes with a super knowledgeable guide was incredible! The rest of the cycling on mountain bikes on gravel+sand or muddy roads, sometimes with head or side winds, was a bit challenging but that was also part of the fun, making this cycling trip particularly unique. Having the truck following behind was very comforting, though. It was easy to purchase snacks and drinks along the way and to access ATMs (the shopping bags we got from our guide were super helpful!). The cycling safari in a private reserve out of a fabulous lodge was a great way to end this trip. Our guide and driver were excellent too.

Jude S.(April 2024)
Namibian cycle trip
Namibian cycle trip
Namibian cycle trip
Namibian cycle trip

A fantastic trip , the scenery was endless and constantly changing. The accommodation was great especially some of the campgrounds. The guides were so knowledgeable especially re the wildlife and history of the different tribes. The food was always delicious. I would thoroughly recommend this trip.

Catherine M.(April 2024)
Namibia cycling, stargazing and safari
Namibia cycling, stargazing and safari
Namibia cycling, stargazing and safari
Namibia cycling, stargazing and safari

The trip was beyond my expectations. Absolutely fantastic! Truly spectacular landscape, stars and guides. Gabriel, MC and Tuffi were fantastic - very informed, great company and MC a fab chef! Lovely fellow travellers. majestic animals- Mother Nature at its very best. This trip is a must. Also included a plane tour to the south, with extraordinary views, plus Gab introduced us to local Tribes women - so fascinating into their history!

Missing the guides already. Just do it!

Mina(December 2023)
Namibia is an amazingly beautiful

Namibia is an amazingly beautiful country and you get to see many of its highlights with this tour. You can appreciate the desert flora, fauna and landscapes from both a well-maintained overland vehicle and by bicycle. Our guide, Gabriel, provided cultural and historical context and highlighted the relevance of locations we visited. We were fortunate to have an amazing guide team to support our group which consisted of like-minded enthusiastic and mostly experienced cyclists seeking new adventures. The cycling was easier than I and others had hoped, though admittedly some routes were shorter than billed due to heat and a rain storm. The fat-bike cycling in the dunes at Swakopmund was novel and definitely a highpoint.

Laura(December 2023)
I really enjoyed this trip

I really enjoyed this trip but would advise anyone considering it to think about it as an overland tour with some relatively boring (in my view) rough-surface cycling experiences included. Be thoughtful about the time of year you go as well as it will impact what you see in terms of wildlife, seals and stars. That said, the sand dune experience is super and the tour leaders will be grateful if you decide to bring your tourism to Namibia.

Claire(November 2023)