Itinerary: Namibia Adventure Tour
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BMW F 800 GS or BMW F650 GS
Good accommodation in hotels & lodges
Breakfasts & dinners
Activities, entrances & toll fees
Experienced motorcycle guide & driver
Support vehicle, trailer, tools and spare bike
Comprehensive motorbike insurance
Travel and medical insurances
Protective riding gear
Visa fees and taxes
Any personal expenses
Pre/post tour accommodation (can be arranged on request)
Fuel + Oil
These include a game drive on two wheels at Otjiwa Lodge near Otjiwarongo. Riding further north to the Etosha National Park and then onto Opuwo to see the Epupa Falls and Kunene River. Opuwo is the gateway to the Kaokoveld, home to the ethnic Himba tribe. The drive south takes us to Khowarib and the Brandberg. Riding towards the coast we pass the Namibian Matterhorn known as the Spitzkoppe before we reach the coastal hamlet of Swakopmund. Our journey continues as we ride over mountain passes on to Sesriem and the sandy dunes of Sossusvlei. The final stretch takes us in an easterly direction to the Kalahari Desert and then finally back to Windhoek.
Biking through the wild! Experience pure Africa in the saddle of a BMW!
This tour is for bikers who are real nature lovers. Wild animals in the bush, bizarre rock formations, narrow mountain passes, waterfalls, the desert with it's endless horizon and the beaches of the Atlantic coast. Experience the authentic Namibia over 12 days, riding through the bush, on dusty dirt roads and along the daunting dunes of the Namib Desert.
There is nothing more inviting after a long days ride than a warm and crackling campfire. Holding a chilled beer and watching the glowing sunset. The nose picks up tempting flavours of the barbeque. Stories and anecdotes are told and new friends are won. We listen to the eerie night sounds and admire the southern cross as it lights up the awesome night sky. That's Africa my friends!
Day 1: Windhoek - Otjiwarongo/350 km
The GAO tour guide meets you at the hotel. Transfer to the GAO depot where you meet the team and take over your bikes. We introduce you to biking in Southern Africa as well as general maintenance and rider responsibilities. Our Adventure begins on tar as we depart in a northerly direction for Okahandja. From here, we take eastern side roads, stop off for lunch and stretch our legs. After lunch we ride to our lodge in Otjiwarongo. Here we get to do a "slow" game drive on our bikes.
Otjiwarongo lies on the B1 some 50 km west of the Waterberg mountains and 250 km north of Windhoek. The Herero tribe who settled here once named it "Place of the Fat Cows". To date some of the biggest cattle breeding enterprises are situated in this area. Due to the relatively high rainfall here, according to Namibian standards that is, pasture land is good and the soil is fertile. Otjiwarongo is the main centre for the surrounding farms.
Day 2: Otjiwarongo - Close to the Etosha National Park/330 km
Today we ride on the M63 via Kalkveld and Mount Etjo on to the town of Outjo where we stop off for refreshments and lunch. Then we ride to our lodge near the Etosha National Park. Once at the lodge, we park off the bikes for the day and take our first game drive in the Etosha National Park. It's one of the highlights and a must for any visitor to Namibia. It was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration 1907 and covers an area of more than 22 000 sqkm. A vast salt pan which is surrounded by grass and thorn savannah lies right in the centre of the park, The rest of the park consist of mopane bushland in the west and dry forest land in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake fed by the Kunene River. As the river changed it's course over time, the lake started to dry up slowly.
Day 3: Etosha National Park/No riding!
A full day of game viewing in an open game drive vehicle - exhilarating stuff! The pan itself is almost always dry, however in the southern parts there are waterholes scattered throughout the area and they form the basis of life for countless numbers of game. Be it lion, elephant, giraffe or zebra; almost all of the African animal species are present in this huge nature reserve,. There are an estimated number of 250 lions, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffes, 6 000 zebras and more than 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous and at least
20 000 of them roam the reserve.
Day 4: Etosha - Opuwo - Kaokoveld/410 km
We take the back roads to Kamanjab where we turn north and take the D3709 to Opuwo. Located in the far northwest, the Kaokoland, also known as the Kaokoveld, is one of the relatively untouched regions in Namibia. This almost inaccessible area, which lies south of the Kunene River, is home to the Himba ethnic group. They have managed to keep their ethnic individuality and culture due to the seclusion of the Kaokoland.
Day 5: Opuwo - Epupa Falls/390 km (gravel)
It's going to be a long and hard ride before we reach the Epupa Falls. We take a break and have lunch at the falls. The stretch of road is rocky and rough but well signposted 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 are nice pools for swimming BUT beware of crocodiles. We arrive back in Opuwo in the late afternoon
Day 6: Opuwo - Khowarib/170 km (gravel)
The ride south is long and dusty. Before reaching the Joubert's Pass we turn left and take time to visit the beautiful Dioptase mine. This is a good opportunity to stop for drinks and to get off the beaten track. At our next stop we stay in tents at the community camp - a very authentic experience and a chance to see the desert elephants.
Day 7: Khowarib - Brandberg - Damaraland/270/360 km (gravel)
Our first drink stop will be at Palmwag. This is a great stretch of riding as we go down south past mountains which look like tables. The Brandberg some 150 km south of Khorixas is a granite massif created by volcanic activity and subsequent erosion.
Many caves and overhanging rocks can be found here. As they once formed shelters for bushmen, they contain over
48 000 rock paintings. The most famous of these is the "White Lady" which was discovered in 1918. Despite it's name, it doesn't depict a white woman as was believed for a long time, but rather a man with his face painted white for ritual.
We pay a short visit to the rock engravings.
Day 8: Brandberg - Swakopmund/300 km (gravel)
Either we take a ride around the Brandberg or through the 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, which is slippery when it's foggy goes right along the beach and leads to the Ugab river mouth and then further on, to the fisherman's resort of Henties Bay. On the way we visit the Cape Cross seal colony before heading for the seaside town of Swakopmund. Relax and enjoy a good seafood meal at on of the local pubs. Kuecki's Pub comes highly recommended!
Day 9: Swakopmund - Sesriem/350 km (gravel)
It's a long ride through endless stretches of desert and on gravel roads so alertness and caution is the name of the game today We cross the Kuiseb as well as Gaub Passes on our way to Sossusvlei. This huge clay pan enclosed by dunes and which lies right in the heart of the Namib desert, is one of Namibia's well known highlights. Some of the dunes reach a hight of 300 metres and are amongst some of the highest in the word. After heavy rainfalls, which is a rare event in this area, the vlei fills with water. As the hard clay layers hardly allow any water infiltration, a turquoise lake will remain for quite some time - a spectacular sight! In Solitaire, we stop off for coffee and some of the best apple pie south of the equator before a late afternoon arrival at our lodge.
Day 10: Sesriem - Maltahöhe/300 km (gravel)
We make a very early departure for Soussusvlei which without a doubt, is the highlight of any visit to the Namib Naukluft National Park. It lies centrally within the Namib Dunes and covers an area of 32 000 sqkm making it the largest part of the park. To get to the actual vlei, one either has to walk the last 5 km or make use of the shuttle bus (at own expense). On our return, we visit the Sesriem Canyon and enjoy a relaxing lunch at the local lodge. For the afternoon we've planned a beautiful ride in an easterly direction through the Tsaris Hoogte Pass and reaching the small town of Maltahöhe. It's famous for it's local pub which is just like a relic from the days of the "wild west". The name Maltahöhe comes from one Colonel Henning von Burgsdorf, He established a post here for the "Schutztruppe" and promptly named it after his wife called Malta. We will be entertained by traditional Nama dances and folk songs before dinner and this forms part of the cultural interaction.
Day 11: Maltahöhe - close to Windhoek/370 km (tar and gravel)
Today is our big chance to ride into the Kalahari Desert. First of all we take a ride to Kalkrand, cross the B1 to Hoachanas and then travel further north on to Uhlenhorst. Towards the east we get to see the impressive red rolling dunes, which the Kalahari is so well known for. What a perfect way of rounding off the tour. After stopping off for drinks in Dordabis, we carry on to our Lodge where we enjoy a short guided "farewell game drive" on the local farm.
Day 12: Arrival Windhoek - End of tour!/80 km (tar and gravel)
Enjoy and make the most of our ride back to Windhoek where were return the bikes to the GAO depot, have time to shower and freshen up at the GAO house before being transferred to the airport. GOOD BYE NAMIBIA!
The final routing depends on the availability of accommodation at the time of booking!