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 in double room||€4,990.00 $5,551.17 ?|
|per passenger in the accompanying vehicle||€4,790.00 $5,328.67 ?|
|Single room surcharge (if there are enough free rooms available) per night||€70.00 $77.87 ?|
|Transfer from airport to lodge/hotel and back to the airport|
|Accommodation in good hotels, lodges, guest farms and camps|
|Board (breakfast and rich dinner)|
|Luggage transport in the accompanying vehicle|
|German speaking tour guide, please inquire for English speaking tour guide|
|Rental motorcycles Yamaha XT 660/Ténéré/WR250 in 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)|
|Fuel costs for the motorcycle (approx. 8,- Euro per day), personal expenses, such as drinks or similar.|
|Foreign health insurance, travel cancellation insurance|
|13 days of travel/17 days of travel.|
|Shoved gravel roads, winding passes, easy sand passages, easy enduro terrain|
|Daily stages between 250 and 350 km.|
|Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.|
|Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.|
In the first week we explore the attractions of the southern parts of the country - all the way to the Orange River, the border river to South Africa. You ride 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. The tour leads 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 wealth of game.
In addition to a variety of sightseeing options, sundowner excursions or game rides, 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 the Windhoek Mountain Lodge before and after the tour completes this comprehensive Namibia experience.
Day 1: Arrival Germany - Namibia
Departure from Frankfurt/Main on a scheduled flight that takes you to Windhoek overnight.
Day 2: Auasberge / Windhoek Mountain Lodge
On arrival early in the 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 you will have the opportunity to acclimatise, relax by the pool with a restful view of the surrounding mountain ranges and the vast bushland. There is also the possibility of a small riding training on the lodge premises to get first contact with the underground. And if you like, enjoy a sundowner on the viewing platform above the lodge before the legendary "Bushman Fondue" calls for dinner in the evening ...
Day 3: 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 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.
Day 4: Auasberge - Kalahari Desert
After a short morning "briefing" with the tour guide your tour through Namibia starts with a ride on relatively flat gravel roads into 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 picture of the fringe area to the Kalahari. Via Uhlenhorst we ride 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 up and down ride over the dune belts of orange-red sand, which, however, look more like ranges of hills due to the partly dense vegetation. Finally near Koës we reach the gentle hills and wide open spaces that are so typical for the area around Keetmanshoop. 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 live today.
Day 6: Gariganus - Orange River
An eventful day awaits you when we have left the southern administrative and economic centre of Keetmanshoop behind us after the first hour's ride. 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 panorama view, a very special attraction of Namibia. With its length of more than 100 km and its deep winding gorges it is considered as the second biggest canyon of the world. We follow the gravel road along the eastern rim of the canyon, which is lined with fascinating landscapes, in southern direction. Then we continue along the Orange River until we reach our destination today, the Felix Unite Camp. We sleep here in beautiful cabanas directly on the Orange River.
Day 7: 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. Afterwards we will start our next day's stage with the motorcycles towards the west, along the Orange River. 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, via the settlement of Aus, the Neisip area and through the majestic Tiras Mountains to our next, beautifully situated accommodation near Helmeringhausen.
Day 8: 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 near Sossusvlei is also located.
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 in 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. Another special and unique accommodation in the lonely expanse of the Namib desert awaits us near the Rotstock mountains...a high situated pool lounge invites us 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 "civilization", 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 World War II and fought for survival - as the impressive book "If there is war, we'll 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 again and again with oryx antelopes, springboks, ostriches and mountain zebras, which can cross the road at high speed. Only just before the coast 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 visit 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: In the charming souvenir and jewellery shops you can buy high-quality products of local handicraft for every taste and purse. Particularly unusual pieces of jewellery with Namibian semi-precious stones enjoy general popularity. You should not miss the crystal gallery and the natural history museum, both located near the beach, which offer particularly interesting insights into the country's natural treasures, 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 to be seen here, of which the tower of the Woermann House still towers above its surroundings.
Day 12: Swakopmund - Uis
From Swakopmund the route leads us about 200 km along 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 we head 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 way is the Welwitschia, a rare, bizarre giant plant that can live for 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 set off for northern Damaraland. We cross dry riverbeds, which in the rainy season can develop into watercourses worthy of respect, 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, hidden on a plateau - with a gigantic view over the canyon of the Klip River.
Day 14: Grootberg - Mount Etjo Game Reserve
One should stop when it is at its most beautiful - so they say - we leave Grootberg Lodge in the early morning only to 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 a perfect stop for a short lunch break. Afterwards we ride on smaller farm roads and reach the village of Kalkfeld through typical mopane bush savannah and very soon Mount Etjo, a striking 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 a 2nd dessert there would be a lion feeding very closely.
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 - on a stalk 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 farm land and return to the central highlands of Namibia via Omaruru and Otjimbingwe. 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 at your leisure at the lodge or for a stroll in Windhoek, as at least the Air Namibia flight to Frankfurt does not leave until the evening. Thus, some of the sightseeings can be viewed in the capital and numerous street cafés as also bazaars and shops with typical arts and crafts 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.