Namibia Desert Adventure

Tour duration – 16 days (15 nights) and 14 days motorbike rental

Rating: A combination of paved roads and compact gravel roads

Namibia is an extraordinary country, a paradise of wide horizons, contrasting landscapes and pristine beauty, offering an elemental experience that can’t be equaled. It’s mostly arid, with a pleasant climate, clean air and clear blue skies. At night you’ll see the Milky Way more clearly than ever before, and be enthralled as local experts guide you on a journey through our galaxy. Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world – it’s roughly four times the size of the United Kingdom, with just a 25th of the population − and the Namib is one of the oldest deserts. The contrasts to be found in Namibia are striking, even for Africa, from plants and wildlife to unique geological wonders such as the Fish River Canyon.

The journey starts and ends in Cape Town, and the Namibian capital Windhoek is the furthest point. We start by exploring the best of the Cape Peninsula, including Table Mountain, then head north towards the Namibian border through Namaqualand, a semi-arid region known for its brief but spectacular transformation into a floral wonderland every spring. Crossing into Namibia we ride along the banks of the Orange River to Lüderitz, where we visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop and see the desert-dwelling feral horses at Aus. We follow the gravel roads north along the edge of the Namib Naukluft Park via Zaris to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei and Sesriem and continue to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Swakopmund is a two night stopover, allowing us to make the most of its colonial German ambience. Then we set off east to Windhoek, visiting the moon landscape and Welwitschia Route on the way.

No visit to the capital of Namibia, Windhoek, would be complete without an hour or two at Joe’s Beer House, an iconic local eatery. After that, we head back south through the Kalahari desert, known for its red dunes and roamed by oryx. Before we cross the border back into South Africa we make a detour to the world’s second largest canyon, the Fish River Canyon.

We spend the last two days on our motorbikes, reflecting on two weeks packed with new experiences, new places and new friends.

  2018 Price

Rider only R 83 375.00  |  Pillion only R 28 290.00

  2018 Departures

May 2018

Important information about the above rates:

  • The rate quoted above is a net ratebased on a minimum of six participants. Swartberg Biking reserves the right to cancel any tour if we have not received bookings for the minimum number of participants.
  • The above rates are subject to change if any unforeseeable price increase or currency exchange rate occurs.
  • The rates quoted above exclude the use of a support vehicle on the above package.

Swartberg Biking Motorcycle Tours is a registered tour operator affiliated with the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (www.satsa.co.za) and insured with Safari and Tourism Insurance Brokers (www.satib.co.za).

Swartberg Biking is a proud partner in the 2017 Rhino Ride awareness campaign, supporting conservation efforts across Southern Africa.

  Itinerary:

Day 1 – Meet in Cape Town
Day 2 – Explore Cape Peninsula
Day 3 – Ride up north via Cape West Coast
Day 4 – Enter Namibia at Noordoewer
Day 5 – Enjoy Orange River meander down to Lüderitz
Day 6 – Ride to Aus and further to Helmeringhausen
Day 7 – Enjoy a night under the stars at Sesriem
Day 8 – Visit Sossusvlei and Deadvlei
Day 9 – Continue towards Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast
Day 10 – Enjoy a rest day in Swakopmund
Day 11 – Visit the Spitzkoppe massif before heading to Windhoek
Day 12 – Start the journey down south via the Kalahari region
Day 13 – Head towards the Fish River Canyon
Day 14 – Cross the border back into SA
Day 15 – Our last day on the road before riding back into Cape Town
Day 16 – Leave for home

  Summary:

  • Tour days – 16
  • Riding days – 13
  • Rest days – 1
  • Mileage – 4250km
  • Accommodation – 15 nights (3 and 4 star)
  • Meals – Breakfast x 14 and dinners x 6
  • Motorcycles – BMW GS range
  • Group size – 6