Namibia I: Warning, risk of addiction! Namibia Sensational Tour

Day 1
Transfer from airport to accommodation (Bed & Breakfast) in Windhoek. Dinner at Joes Bierhaus (not included).

Day 2
We travel across the Khomas Highland via Otjimbingwe to Omaruru to a farm in the surroundings. This section takes us for some 270 km on a gravel road through the steep hills of the Khomas Highland. Near Omaruru with the adjacent Erongo Mountains we sleep for the first time in a tent camp under the starry African night sky. Camping equipment will be provided by AMT, but the participants are requested to help with pitching and taking down the tent camp. All warm meals are freshly prepared on the open fire.

Day 3
We depart to Namibia's highest mountain, the 2573 m high Brandberg. This is where the real adventure starts. With some luck we might even spot wild desert elephants. Like with a all overnight stays on this tour, a warm shower and our savoury bush cuisine is part of the package. We sleep in tents at the Wight Lady Camp Site.

Day 4
Today we will have the opportunity to test our riding skills. We stay in the Brandberg region and even ride into the Ugab River... a little challenge. Today's distance is approximately 250 km.

Day 5
Today we visit the abandoned mining town of Uis on our way to the Spitzkoppe, the Ayer's Rock of Africa. This dry barren place has no running water, but the endless starry sky above our heads has a pristine clarity that is nowhere else in the world to be found. Only sometimes after the rainy period there is enough water in the rock pools that may even enable you to take a bath. We sleep in the tents. Today's distance is 200 km.

Day 6
We continue via Cape Cross, the biggest seal colony in the world, to Swakopmund, an interesting architectural mix of quaint turn-of-the-century buildings and low modern office buildings. Today's distance is approximately 250 km.

Day 7 and day 8
These two days are at your own leisure. Whether you wish to explore the dunes on a quadbike, do tandem parachute jumps, take a boat safari or simply relax and enjoy the day – everything is possible. In the evening we will eat à la carte at a good restaurant and enjoy our glass of beer or wine for sundowner (at own expense).

Day 9
Today we ride through the Namib Naukluft Park that stretches over 5 million hectares. In the beginning we ride on hard, two-lane roads that later will turn into a gravel road once we leave the park. The Kuiseb Canyon – famous for two geologists who stayed there during World War I, which inspired Henno Martin to write the autobiographic book "The sheltering desert" – requires our full concentration, as we have to negotiate sharp bends on gravel trails. We have to cross another canyon, the Gaub Canyon, before we reach the red dunes of the Namib Desert, which will be our steady companion to our right from now on. Here we stay on a farm overlooking the petrified dunes, the remnants of an ancient desert that existed before today's Namib. We will pitch our tents at the outskirts of Sesriem.

Day 10
Today we are headed for one of Namibia's absolute highlights: the unique landscape of Sossusvlei. This area hosts some of the highest and oldest dunes in the world that shine in a variety of bright red and apricot hues. Depending on the time of day, the dunes change their appearance... in the morning the shadow side becomes the sunny side, and with their stark contrast between dark and bright they are a dream for photographers. In the afternoon we will reach Sossusvlei on the 60 km long pothole-riddled tar road to enjoy this unique spectacle of nature. Transfer to Sossusvlei at own expense (approx. 20 Euro per person). The last 4 km are deep sand. We sleep in tents. 

Day 11
Those who want can make another dream come true and see the red dunes of Sossusvlei from above in a hot air balloon, (optional N$ 2,500 p.p.). Travel into the sunrise, carried by the wind... breathtaking impressions from another dimension, in complete silence. 

Thereafter we visit Sesriem Canyon. Via the Spreetshoogte Pass, the pass with the highest gradient (1:4.5 to 1:6) and the van Zyl's Pass in the Kaokoveld we ride on a gravel road up to the escarpment. This is the continental boundary between Africa and South America after the breakup of the ancient supercontinent Gondwanaland. The views from the top are phenomenal and we say goodbye to the Namib. We sleep on a guest farm at the escarpment. Today's distance is 170 km.

Day 12
We ride back to Windhoek through farmland on gravel roads. After we have returned our motorbikes to Africa Motion Tours, we spend our last evening at a good Windhoek restaurant. Overnight stay at a Bed & Breakfast. Today's distance is 200 km.

Day 13
Namibia's capital invites for a stroll through the city – whether hunting for African souvenirs, visiting some German buildings from colonial times, sipping a coffee in the pedestrian mall or even buying some African-inspired jewellery, Windhoek has a lot to offer. We will take you to the airport in time and hope to see you soon again on one of our tours...

Category
Off-road tour
Partner tour
4x4 Tour
Flight
Tour information
DATES:
15.03. - 28.03.2019
15.09. - 28.09.2019

Cut-off date for bookings 6 weeks prior to start date of tour

Route:
Approx. 2,500 km

Route profile:
Enduro touring for experienced riders, good physical fitness is expected.

Prices:
EUR 3,420 for driver
EUR 1,980 for passenger (in 4x4)
EUR    480 single room surcharge

Included: 

  • Rental motorbike (Suzuki 400 DRZ)
  • Transfer from Windhoek airport and back
  • 12 nights in a double room / double tent
  • Meals at the camp 
  • Not included:
  • Flight, fuel, drinks, meals (except while at the camp), entrance fees
  • Important information for the tour:
  • This is required: Major ADAC travel cover policy or similar insurance cover package including repatriation insurance in the event of sickness; passport must be valid for at least 6 months; (if needed) own tent, sleeping bag, insulation mat, torch

Meeting point and departure:
Windhoek

Minimum number of participants:
5 people

Tour guide:
A.M.T.