Namibia cycling holiday

“Two week overland tour clockwise from Windhoek as part of a small group staying in full service campsites in between cycling, sand dunes and safaris. ”

Highlights

Windhoek | Kupferberg Pass | Gamsberg Pass | Solitaire | climb Dune 45 | Namib Naukluft Desert | Walvis Bay | Skeleton Coast | Brandberg | Herrero and Himba villages | Etosha National Park | safari in Etosha | Outjo | Otjiwarongwe | Waterberg Plateau | Optional activities on free day include quad-biking, sandboarding and dolphin-watching |

Description of Namibia cycling holiday

There’s nothing like Namibia experienced on two wheels, as you get to see those far reaching open spaces and infinite skies without windows as you embark on a Namibia cycling holiday that’s as much about adventure as it is about finding freedom in southwest Africa.

This two week Namibia cycling holiday encapsulates the wild landscapes of this desert nation where elephants and giraffes roam and lions prowl the plains, whilst game drives in Etosha National Park unveil unforgettable animal encounters to accompany time spent amongst the world’s tallest sand dunes.

From granite hillsides and jutting rocky outcrops to gravel trails and walking safaris, this Namibia cycling holiday lets you experience the space of southwest Africa close up and never fails to tip cyclists head over heels in love with Namibia.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Accommodation and Meals:
We spend four nights in hotels or lodges and the rest of our time is spent in full-service camping. All of the accommodation we use is locally staffed and local produce and supplies are used, which benefits the wider community. Energy saving bulbs and water conservation signs are common in our permanent accommodations, whilst camping is a great way to reduce environmental impact in itself. We are careful with managing waste, litter and noise pollution. Meals will generally consist of fresh fruit, cold cheese and meat, bread rolls and more traditional dishes like Potjie (Stew) or Braai (BBQ). Where meals are not provided, we encourage clients to support local restaurants. In Windhoek, clients can even try local game meat varieties such as Oryx, Zebra and Crocodile!

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints (or tyre tracks!) although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants and use markets to purchase traditional gifts and crafts. During wildlife safaris and game drives we behave responsibly with any wildlife we may come into contact with and this is reinforced by our staff and by an environmental code of conduct which is posted in every vehicle we use. Twenty-five percent of all park entrance fees paid is reinvested by the MET (Ministry of Environmental and Tourism) through the Game Products Trust Fund into essential infrastructure and services related to tourism in Namibia’s parks.

Conservation:
The cheetah is the fastest animal on earth, capable of reaching speeds of 75mph and accelerating faster than most sports cars. Unfortunately the cheetah is also the most endangered big cat in Africa. On this trip we visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), a charity set up to research cheetahs and educate the public, with the aim of protecting this magnificent cat and its habitat. We will meet the centre's resident cheetahs (who cannot be released into the wild) and learn about the conservation efforts taking place in Namibia at the education centre and museum.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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The Impacts of this Trip

A Fair Deal:
Our tour operators are 100% African owned and each member of staff has a huge passion and knowledge of Namibia. This is not only beneficial for our clients, who get real insider’s knowledge on our tours, but this benefits the economy by creating local jobs and ensuring that all income stays within Southern Africa. Our local employees are trained on responsible tourism issues and are given refresher courses regularly. When visiting places like Etosha, we employ an experienced guide from that area which helps surrounding communities benefit directly from our tours.

Local Craft and Culture:
We visit Swakopmund, which is a small German colonial resort town with quaint cake shops and coffee houses and a centre for adrenaline activities. This is a great chance to explore local businesses and learn about Namibian culture on an optional township tour. Clients can support the local economy by buying beer brewed in the area or – if you’re feeling brave- trying a regional specialty like Mowpane worms. There are also plenty of craft markets in Swakopmund, as well as on route to Etosha, selling wooden carvings, jewellery and material Herero dolls.

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2 Reviews of Namibia cycling holiday

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“The sheer pleasure of seeing the landscape as you are cycling, seeing the vastness. There were times when you just saw this road going on forever...”

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


This was my first experience on the African continent. I was absolutely blown away by the wildlife, fantastic people and will come again.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The trip exceeded my expectations. It's a shame I could not book direct with the local company. Our guide (Stefan) was a wicked smart gentleman with a great sense of humour and in control of everything. The support guides (Happy & Michael) went over and above to make everything comfortable and met all my needs. Love these guys and hope to return one day to see more of Namibia. The booking experience with the operator was very poor. If you are booking from outside US or Europe, a premium is charged.

This is a rort and I don't recommend the operator outside these locations. I was required to pay a single supplement which was not necessary. I was not given the tour only price even though I was also required to arrange my own flights from Australia. Worst of all when I needed additional nights accommodation at the starting point, as well as transfers, the operator expected me to pay another $4-500 AUD when e.g. booking.com and the lodge would not have charged me more than $300 AUD for these services. Very poor experience and I'll never recommend the operator.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Dragan (our main guide) is an absolute pleasure to listen to and learn from.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


With the exception of the operator who I will never recommend, 5 stars!

Read the operator's response here:

We would like to thank Joanne for her review; we were very pleased to read that she had such an incredible time in Namibia and found her tour leader, Stefan, and local guides to be excellent. We work in partnership with trusted local companies to run the majority of our trips; our local partners provide unparalleled first-hand knowledge and experience of the country in which they operate, and working with them to run our trips is also in keeping with our Responsible Travel policy of ensuring that smaller local companies benefit from tourism.

We were very sorry to read that she found her booking experience to be poor, however, and that she felt that a premium was charged by booking from Australia; we can confirm that this is not the case and that prices are set at the beginning of each season, and we do not convert using live exchange rates. We cannot comment on any processes a travel agent might have when clients book through them, as this client did, but we would like to reassure that the standard land-only cost was charged.

We would like to mention that a single supplement is never required as a solo traveller, and this is a supplement to secure a room for sole use throughout the trip, if an individual wishes to do this, as our holidays are sold on a twin-share basis. We realise that room rates are advertised at properties and that accommodation booking websites have dynamic pricing, so we are sorry that Joanne felt she has been over-charged for her additional nights accommodation. We would like to confirm that the price for additional nights are in line with what we are charged by the local team and properties. We remain very sorry that Joanne
was left disappointed with her booking experience, but very pleased that she enjoyed our Cycling in Namibia holiday so much.

Reviewed on 03 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Cycling through such varied landscapes was spectacular - the dunes were AMAZING!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


GO!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Somewhat: we visited the cheetah conservation foundation - to understand more about these lovely animals. And we stayed in smaller local places (rather than large hotels).

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent - a great mix of exercise, touring and relaxation. The local company (Mabaruli) was excellent and looked after us very well.

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