The Classic Tour - the classic Namibia tour: to the deepest south and up to the northwest of Namibia. Overwhelming landscapes, deserts and expanses. If you are looking for Namibia "totally", then this motorbike tour is the right one for you.
|Per rider||€5,490.00 $6,107.39 ?|
|per pillion passenger||€5,240.00 $5,829.28 ?|
|per single room (surcharge) per night (If there are enough free rooms available, a single room can be booked):||€70.00 $77.87 ?|
|Scheduled flight Frankfurt/Main - Windhoek and back (only valid in connection with a booking of the journey with flight)|
|Scheduled flight Frankfurt - Windhoek & Cape Town - Windhoek - back for the South Africa Tour|
|Transfer with the tour group Windhoek Airport to the lodge and back to Windhoek Airport *|
|Accommodation in good hotels, lodges, guest farms and camps|
|Meals (breakfast and rich dinner)|
|Luggage transport in the accompanying vehicle|
|German-speaking tour guide|
|Rental motorcycles Yamaha XT 660/Ténéré/WR250 with special equipment|
|Briefing on the motorcycles and the GPS device|
|Technical support of the vehicles during the tour by our mechanics|
|Specially worked out GPS routes for the respective tour|
|Optional: Conclusion of a fully comprehensive insurance of the motorcycle in the amount of 100,- €/Euro (with 1000,- €/Euro excess)|
|* applies only in connection with a booking of the journey with flight|
|Rail & Fly from any German railway station to Frankfurt/Main - Airport and back (60,- Euro for return journey)|
|Fuel costs for the motorcycle (approx. 8,- Euro per day), personal expenses, such as drinks or similar.|
|Health insurance abroad, travel cancellation insurance|
|Transfer from/to the airport-hotel/lodge outside the tour group|
|Single room surcharge: If there are enough free rooms available, a single room can be booked for 70,- Euro per night.|
|Everything that is not listed under services|
|14 travel days/17 travel days|
|Shoved gravel roads, winding passes, easy sand passages, easy Enduro terrain|
|Daily stages between 250 and 350 km|
|Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.|
During the first week we explore the attractions of the southern parts of the country - up to the Orange River, the river that borders South Africa. You drive through the Kalahari Desert, reach the Fish River Canyon, experience the lonely landscapes at the edge of the Diamond Barrier Area, the endless and hardly populated expanses along the Namib-Naukluft National Park and visit Sossusvlei with its highest dunes in the world.
With the arrival in Swakopmund the central Atlantic coast is reached and with it the starting point for the northern part of the tour. Through the wild and romantic Damaraland, past Namibia's highest elevation, the Brandberg massif to the Grootberg, where barren landscapes and dry riverbeds surprise you with its desert elephants, and finally to the Mt Etjo Game Reserve, which rounds off the African impressions with its magnificent abundance of game.
In addition to a variety of sightseeing options, sundowner excursions or game drives, there are plenty of opportunities for relaxation along the way, whether it be at the accommodation's swimming pools, viewpoints or game viewing points. A stay at Windhoek Mountain Lodge before and after the tour completes this comprehensive Namibia experience.
1st day: Arrival Germany - Namibia
Departure from Frankfurt/Main on a scheduled flight that takes you to Windhoek overnight.
2nd day: Auasberge / Windhoek Mountain Lodge
On arrival in the early morning at the Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek, your guide will meet you. A one hour transfer takes you to the comfortable Windhoek Mountain Lodge in the southern foothills of the Auas Mountains, our base station for all Gravel Travel tours in Namibia. After a good breakfast there is time to acclimatise, relax by the pool with a restful view of the surrounding mountains and the vast bush land. There is also the possibility of a small driving training on the lodge grounds to get in touch with the ground. And if you like, you can enjoy a sundowner on the viewing platform above the lodge before the legendary Bushman Fondue calls for dinner in the evening ...
3rd day: Auasberge / Windhoek Mountain Lodge
Well rested and relaxed, we deal today with a detailed travel briefing as well as a thorough introduction to the motorcycles and the GPS devices. Afterwards we will go on an approx. 100 km long acclimatisation tour, where you can familiarise yourself with the road conditions and technology, so that we can start the next morning well prepared and well prepared.
4th day: Auasberge - Kalahari Desert
After a short morning "briefing" with the tour guide, your round trip through Namibia begins with a drive on relatively flat gravel roads to the south-eastern part of the country. Thorn-bush savannah and sparse pasture land, on which, among other things, the Karakul sheep typical for the region graze, determine the image of the fringe area to the Kalahari. Via Uhlenhorst we drive through the charming Auob valley and arrive at our accommodation - the "Auob Country Lodge".
Day 5: Kalahari Desert - Gariganus
The journey continues through the fascinating landscapes of the western Kalahari, past the green oasis of Stampriet, where artesian wells allow the cultivation of vegetables and where the Auob River turns off to the east. Here begins an interesting ascent and descent over the dune belts of orange-red sand, which however look more like chains of hills due to the partly dense vegetation. Finally near Koës we reach the rolling hills and wide open spaces that are so typical of the Keetmanshoop area. The "Giant's Playground" - a collection of wondrously piled up boulders and the Quiver Tree Forest with its tree-high aloe plants on the Gariganus Farm invite you to visit. Close by are the simple guest chalets in which we now live.
Day 6: Gariganus - Orange River
An eventful day awaits you when we have left the southern administrative and economic centre Keetmanshoop behind us after the first hour's drive. An interesting route with views of lonely mountains and seemingly endless areas leads us to our southernmost accommodation in the border town of Noordoewer. Thereby we pass the huge Fish River Canyon with its unforgettable panoramic view, a very special attraction of Namibia. With its length of over 100 km and its deep winding gorges, it is considered the second largest canyon in the world. We follow the gravel road along the eastern edge of the canyon, which is lined with fascinating landscapes, towards the south. Then we continue along the Orange River to our destination for today, the Felix Unite Camp. We sleep here in beautiful cabanas directly on the Orange River.
7th day: Orange River - Helmeringhausen
In the morning, the programme includes a canoe trip on the Orange River, which winds its way through the landscape in wide arcs here, about 200 km before it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. After that we start with the motorcycles to our next day's stage towards the west, along the Oranje. The mining town of Rosh Pinah on the edge of the diamond restricted area offers a welcome resting place before we continue along the Namib Desert, through the settlement of Aus, the Neisip area and through the majestic Tiras Mountains to our next, beautifully situated accommodation near Helmeringhausen.
8th day: Helmeringhausen - Sossusvlei
After a breakfast in the wilderness and a refreshing shower under rustic camel thorn trees, we set off again and let ourselves be accompanied by a wonderful play of colours of the seemingly endless, hostile expanses and mountain ranges on the edge of the Namib as well as past the unbelievably high sand dunes of the desert near Sesriem, where our next accommodation is also located near Sossusvlei.
Day 9: Excursion Sossusvlei - Rotstock mountains
... today we have breakfast under imposing camel thorn trees in Sossusvlei, next to the highest dunes in the world. In order to catch the first glimpse of this red dune scenery in the early sun gold, we leave the lodge with 4x4 vehicles and enjoy the morning in this unique landscape (unfortunately, motorcycles are not allowed in the national park). In the afternoon, however, we continue our own tour and follow the gravel road north on a shorter but no less eventful stage. Through open savannah rich in game we soon reach Solitaire. A once again special and unique accommodation in the lonely expanse of the Namib Desert awaits us near the Rotstock mountains...a high situated pool lounge invites you to relax with a fantastic view over wide valleys of this extremely picturesque landscape...
Day 10: Rotstockberge - Swakopmund
After a good breakfast we start today again towards "civilisation", we cross the Gaub river and pass the Tropic of Capricorn. Another special feature is the pass through the Kuiseb Canyon, another deeply furrowed river valley, in whose ecosystem two German geologists hid for over two years during the Second World War and fought for survival - as the impressive book "If there is war, let's go to the desert" also describes. From there, the coarse gravel piste leads us further through the huge Namib-Naukluft National Park across to the coast and the lonely expanse, which seems so lifeless, but surprises us again and again with oryx antelopes, springboks, ostriches and mountain zebras, which can cross the road at high speed. Only just off the coast do high dune belts open up again and the air becomes noticeably fresher. In Swakopmund we stop at a good hotel and have the opportunity to see the coastal town and to put our feet into the cold Atlantic Ocean.
Day 11: Swakopmund
Apart from a common excursion with quad bikes into the dunes south of Swakopmund (optional, costs approx. 40 Euro) this day is at your free disposal for individual activities. There is a lot to explore in Swakopmund: The charming souvenir and jewellery shops offer high-quality products of local craftsmanship for every taste and budget. Particularly unusual pieces of jewellery with Namibian semi-precious stones enjoy general popularity. Not to be missed are the Crystal Gallery and the Natural History Museum, both located near the beach, which offer particularly interesting insights into the natural treasures of the country, or the Snake Park and the Seawater Aquarium. Or how about a stroll to the historic Jetty and through the town centre? There are numerous well-preserved buildings in the typical colonial style, of which the tower of the Woermann Haus still towers above its surroundings.
Day 12: Swakopmund - Uis
From Swakopmund the route leads us about 200 km always close to the Atlantic Ocean through the Dorob National Park on a salt road northwards and get a lasting impression of Namibia's coastal landscape. A detour to the seal colony in Cape Cross is also possible before heading back into the much hotter interior towards Uis. Passing the Messum crater we then pass the huge Brandberg massif in its rugged, black and red coloured stone landscape. A special companion on our route is the Welwitschia, a rare, bizarre giant plant that can live well over 1000 years. In the small mining town of Uis a warm accommodation with a refreshing pool is waiting for us - and a hearty "Braai" (barbecue) provides for the physical well-being in the evening.
Day 13: Uis - Grootberg Lodge
After the briefing we will head for northern Damaraland. We cross dry riverbeds, which can develop into respectful watercourses during the rainy season, where the desert elephants find their valuable habitat. The oxide red, scree covered table mountain landscapes with their spherical, silvery green broom-shrub euphorbias reflect the typical landscape and are home to springboks, giraffes and oryx antelopes as well as the rare black rhino. At noon we will have a break in Twyfelfontein, in the late afternoon we will reach the Grootberg Lodge, it is hidden on a plateau - with a gigantic view over the canyon of the Klip Rivier.
Day 14: Grootberg - Mount Etjo Game Reserve
One should stop when it is at its most beautiful - so they say - we leave Grootberg Lodge early in the morning only for another beautiful destination: Mount Etjo Safari Lodge. Over the Grootberg Pass we descend the Table Mountain steps of the Etendeka Plateau on winding roads, pass the huge dry riverbed of the Huab and refuel in the small village of Khorixas. Through eastern Damaraland we pass settlements and reach the unique landscape of the Ugab terraces, where Vingerklip Lodge offers the perfect stop for a short lunch break. Afterwards we drive on smaller farm roads and reach through typical Mopane bush savannah the village Kalkfeld and very soon Mount Etjo, a prominent table mountain, at the foot of which the large game reserve of Mount Etjo Safari Lodge is located. Already at the lodge itself you can observe all kinds of game, with a little luck also hippos! The dinner from the grill spoils comprehensively and as 2nd dessert there would be a lion feeding very close.
Day 15: Mount Etjo - Windhoek Mountain Lodge
Actually, it is too nice to sleep in - when the hippos wake up early or the lions roar in the distance, today it is safari time: we go into the bush by jeep - stalking for giraffes, zebras, antelopes, rhinos and elephants. Afterwards we start our last stage back to the Windhoek Mountain Lodge. Over remote gravel roads we pass central farmland and return via Omaruru and Otjimbingwe back to the central highlands of Namibia. In the course of the late afternoon we reach our GravelTravel base, where a surely very sociable evening with sundowners and a delicious barbecue awaits us.
Day 16: Windhoek - Airport
This day is completely at one's own disposal at the lodge or for a stroll in Windhoek, as at least the Air Namibia flight to Frankfurt does not leave until the evening. So some of the sightseeings can be visited in the capital and numerous street cafés as also bazaars and shops with typical handicrafts invite at least to watch the colourful hustle and bustle around. In the early evening the transfer goes to Hosea Kutako International Airport.
Day 17: Arrival Germany
After two intensive weeks in Namibia, Frankfurt Airport will seem like another world to us... Arrival there in the early morning.