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Itinerary: Namibian Adventure Tour
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Namibian Adventure Tour

Own, new fleet of BMW F 800 GS
Excellent Accommodation in Hotels and Lodges
Lots of Desert Atmosphere
Guaranteed departures
All Breakfast & Dinner included
All activities & entrances included
Game Drives at Etosha National Park
Game Drives with Motorbike at private Game Lodge
Experienced motorcycle guide
Support vehicle, trailer, tools and spare bike
Luggage transport
Airport transfers

Namibian Adventure - Biking through the Wild
This tour is for bikers who are real nature lovers. Wild animals in the bush, sceneries with bizarre rock formations, narrow mountain passes, waterfalls, the desert with endless horizon and the beaches of the Atlantic. This motorcycle safari is not designed for spoilt chrome fans on two wheels. Great African Outdoors has organised this tour for the bikers who want to experience Namibia authentically.
Who has seen Namibia this way, will never forget it. Purely Africa - in the saddle of a BMW F800 motorbike. 13 days through the bush, on dusty dirt roads and along the daunting dunes of the Namib Desert down to the Atlantic Ocean. Namibia is a vast country often called "Land of contrast". Those getting the "Namibian Bug" will never get rid of it.

There is nothing cosier than a campfire after a long day ride, holding a chilled beer in the hand when the glowing sunset bows to the evening. The nose picks up tempting flavours of the barbeque. Stories and anecdotes are told, new friends are won. From the bush the voices of the animals sound. At the firmament of the night the Southern Cross shines. This is the way how days die away in Africa.

The bikers are accompanied by an experienced tour guide. A completely equipped escort vehicle for technical support will be provided as well. Accommodation is taken in selected lodges and camps.

Straight after the arrival in Windhoek the biker hit the road, destination Otjiwarongo to enjoy a Game Drive on two wheels into the bush watching the wild animals. The Otjiwa Lodge in Otjiwarongo is the oldest Safari Lodge of Namibia. More than 22 different wild kinds and a big number of white rhinoceroses can be observed their natural environment.

The next destination is the Etosha National Park. Almost all species of the African big game is living here: Elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhinoceroses, giraffes, zebras and many antelope's kinds. The visit of the 22,000 square kilometre Etosha National Park is a highlight of a visit to Namibia.. In the centre the biker will find the famous Etosha Pan, a gigantic dried out lake, surrounded by grass and thorn savannas, Mopane bushland and dry woods.

The ride to Opuwo is long and hard. The reward is the purpose: The Epupa waterfalls. Their magnificent rumbling is omnipresent. The Kunene river stretches like a green tape through the scenery. It is an impressive picture. Opuwo is the gate to the Kaokoveld in the northwest of Namibia. The remote region to the south of the Kunene river is the native country of the Himba tribe which has retained his ethnic identity and culture in the seclusion of Kaokoland.

The drive southwards is long and dusty, first to Khowarib and the following day to Brandberg, named after the Brandberg mountain ranges, with its 2,579 metres the highest mountains in Namibia. In addition, Brandberg is also the location of the famous island shaped mountain Spitzkoppe
Finally the bikers will reach the Atlantic Ocean and the old German city of Swakopmund, a popular seaside resort with many tourist attractions. The townscape is marked by many constructions from German colonial age. A landmark is the Wörmann House, built in 1905, a former commercial firm in Bismarck street. Yes, also the street names are German.

The following day will be strenuous. It is a desert ride through the Kuiseb and Gaub passes to Sesriem where the mighty sandy dunes of Sossusvlei are located. The highlight of Namibia in the midst of the Namib Desert is a mucky depression surrounded by mighty sandy dunes. The dunes reach partial heights of 300 metres and they are the highest ones of the world. Very seldom, after heavy rainfall, the mucky depression is filled with water. Then by the hardly water-permeable mucky layers the turquoise-blue lake still continues for a while.

The perfect final of the motorbike safari is the journey through the Kalahari to the Auas Game Lodge close to Windhoek. The trip ends as it has begun: With a game drive into the bush and afterwards in a happy get together around the campfire. It is hard to say farewell to Namibia.

Dates 2010:
29.Mar - 10.Apr.
19.Apr - 01.May
20.Sep - 02.Oct
18.Oct - 30.Oct

Rates
BMW F 800 GS ZAR 43.940
BMW F 650 GS/1 ZAR 38 990
Pillion / Passenger ZAR 25.185
Sgl. Supplement ZAR 3.900

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Windhoek
NamibiaArrival Windhoek, City Tour, take over of Bikes, introduction to biking in Southern Africa, general maintenance and rider responsibilities.

With 250 000 inhabitants, Namibia's capital of Windhoek is the biggest city in the country. The attractive town lies at an altitude of 1650 meters in a beautiful valley bordered by the Eros Mountains in the north and the Auas mountains in the south. Towards the west, stretches the Khomas Highland to the Namib and the coast. Welcome dinner at typical Namibian Restaurant.

Day 2, Windhoek - Otjiwarongo, km 350 (tar / gravel)
NamibiaEarly departure, on tar to Okahandja, take eastern side roads north, at dino spoors we have lunch, ride to lodge, afternoon arrival at lodge, slow game drive on the bikes.
Otjiwarongo lies on the B1, some 50 kilometers west of the Waterberg massif and 250 km north of Windhoek. The Herero, who once settled here, named it "Place of the Fat Cows", and still today some of the biggest cattle breeding enterprises are situated in the Otjiwarongo area. Due to the relatively high rainfall - in the context of Namibia - pastureland is good and the soil is fertile. Otjiwarongo is the main for the surrounding farms.

Day 3. Otjiwarongo - Near Etosha National Park, km 330 (tar / gravel)
NamibiaRide to Kalkveld via Mount Etjo, on M63 to Outjo, stop for refreshments and lunch, long ride to lodge. Afternoon first Game Drive in Etosha NP. A visit to the Etosha National Park is one of the highlights of traveling Namibia. Etosha, which was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907, covers an area of more than 22 000 skims. In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bush land in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course.

Day 4. Etosha NP, Game Drive, no riding
NamibiaFull day Game Drive in NP in open vehicles. The pan is just about always dry. However, in the southern parts there are have waterholes scattered throughout this area and form the basis of life for countless game. Be it a lion or an elephant, a giraffe or a zebra; almost all African animal species are represented in the huge nature reserve, approx. 22 000 square kilometers in size. There is an estimated number of 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6 000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. Often, they can be observed in enormous herds of several hundred animals.

Day 5. Etosha - Opuwo, Kaokoveld, km 410 (tar / gravel)
NamibiaOn the back roads to Kamanjab, turn north and take the D3709 to Opuwo. Located in the far north-west, Kaokoland (also called Kaokoveld) is one of the relatively untouched regions in Namibia. The almost inaccessible area south of the Kunene river, is home to the Himba ethnic group, who have kept their ethnic individuality and culture in the seclusion of Kaokoland.

Day 6. Opuwo - Epupa Falls, km 390 (gravel)
NamibiaLong and hard riding day to the Epupa Falls. Lunch at Falls. The stretch is rocky and rough, but well sign-posted and has neither difficult passes nor soft-sand tracks. However, after heavy rainfalls passing through the Ombuku riverbed near Okongwati can prove difficult. The scenery at Epupa Falls is enchanting, with palm and baobab trees lining the riverbed. Above the waterfalls you find nice pools for swimming, but beware of crocodiles. Arrival back in Opuwo late afternoon

Day 7. Opuwo - Khowarib, km 170, (gravel)
NamibiaRide south, long and dusty. Before Jouberts Pass we turn left and visit a beautiful Dioptase mine. Good stop for drinks and to get of the beaten tracks. We stay in the community camp in tents, very authentic and a chance to see the Desert Elephants.

 

 

Day 8. Khowarib - Brandberg, Damaraland, km 270/360, (gravel)
NamibiaFirst drink stop will be at Palmwag. Beautiful riding stretch down south past the Table Mountains. The Brandberg, some 150 kilometers south of Khorixas, is a granite massif created by volcanic activity and subsequent erosion.
Many caves and overhanging rocks can be found in the Brandberg. They contain a great number of rock paintings (more than 48000) as they were once the shelters for Bushmen. The most famous painting is the "White Lady", discovered in 1918 by the land surveyor Dr. Maack. Despite its name, it does not depict a white woman, as was believed for a long time, but rather a man with his face painted white for ritual.
Short visit at the Rock engravings. The better riders can cut the route short by taking a 79 km direct ride to the Brandberg.

Day 9. Brandberg - Swakopmund, km 300 (gravel)
NamibiaWe ride around Brandberg or through riverbed in order to get to the Atlantic coast. Driving along the stunning dune-lined coastline is particularly attractive, whether you go south to Walvis Bay (30 km) or to the National West Coast Recreation Area in the north. The road (slippery when there is fog) goes right along the beach and leads to the Ugab river mouth and further to the fishermen's resort of Henties Bay and Cape Cross on the way. We visit the Cape Cross seal colony and ride to Swakopmund. Enjoy a serious seafood dinner at Kuekis Pub.

Day 10. Swakopmund - Sesriem, km 350 (gravel)
NamibiaA long ride through endless desert. We cross the Kuiseb and Gaub Pass. The Soussousvlei, Namibia's famous highlight in the heart of the Namib Desert, is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at a height of 300 meters, the highest in the world. Only after a heavy rainfall, which is a rare event in this area, does the vlei fill with water. As the clay layers hardly allow any water infiltration, a turquoise lake will remain for quite some time. Coffee and cake in Solitaire and late arrival on Lodge.

Day 11. Sesriem - Maltahöhe, km 300 (gravel)
NamibiaVery early departure to Soussousvlei. The highlight of a visit to the Namib Naukluft Park is a trip to the Sossusvlei. It lies within the Central Dune Namib, which is, with an area of about 32 000 skims, the largest part of the park. The last 5 km you have to walk or buy yourself a shuttle ticket to the Vlei. Once we return we visit the Sesriem Canyon and enjoy a lunch at the local lodge. For the afternoon we plan a beautiful ride in an eastern direction and through the Tsaris Hoogte Pass we reach the small village of Maltahöhe with a pub as from the old Wild West. The name of the place comes from Colonel Henning von Burgsdorf, who established a post of the Schutztruppe here and named it after his wife Malta. Traditional Nama dances and folk songs will entertain us before dinner and from part of the cultural interaction.

Day 12. Maltahöhe - near Windhoek, km 370 (tar and gravel)
NamibiaToday is our chance to get into the Kalahari. We ride to Kalkrand cross the B1 to Hoachanas and than north to Uhlenhorst. Towards the east we will see the red rolling dunes of the Kalahari which is a perfect round off of the tour. After drinks in Dordabis we carry on to the Lodge and enjoy a short guided farewell Game Drive on the farm.

Day 13. Arrive Windhoek, tour ends, km 80 (tar and gravel)
NamibiaRide back to Windhoek - return bikes - shower and clean up in GAO House - Airport Transfer

 

 

 

 

 

Final routing depending on availability of accommodation at time of booking and might change slightly.