The Classic Tour - the classic Namibia trip: to the deepest south and up into the northwest of Namibia. Overwhelming landscapes, deserts and vastness. If you are looking for Namibia "total", then this motorcycle tour is exactly the right one for you.
|per rider in a double room||€4,990.00 $5,551.17 ?|
|per passenger in the escort vehicle||€4,790.00 $5,328.67 ?|
|Single room supplement (if sufficient rooms are available) per night||€70.00 $77.87 ?|
|Transfer from the airport to the lodge/hotel and back to the airport|
|Accommodation in good hotels, lodges, guest farms and camps|
|Catering (breakfast and rich dinner)|
|Luggage transport in the escort vehicle|
|German-speaking tour guide|
|Rental motorcycles Yamaha XT 660/Ténéré/WR250 in special equipment|
|Introduction to the motorcycles and the GPS device|
|Technical support of the vehicles during the tour by our mechanics|
|Specially prepared 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 deductible)|
|Fuel costs for the motorcycle (approx. 8,- Euro per day), personal expenses, such as drinks or similar.|
|International health insurance, travel cancellation insurance|
|13 riding days/17 travel days.|
|Pushed 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 - up to the Orange River, the border river to South Africa. You will ride through the Kalahari Desert, arrive at the Fish River Canyon, experience the lonely landscapes at the edge of the diamond restricted 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 thus also the starting point for the northern part of the tour. Through the wildly romantic Damaraland we pass Namibia's highest elevation, the Brandberg massif to the Grootberg, where barren landscapes and dry riverbeds surprise with its desert elephants, among other things, and finally to the Mt Etjo Game Reserve, which rounds off the African impressions with its great abundance of game.
In addition to a variety of sightseeing opportunities, sundowner excursions or game rids, there are plenty of opportunities to relax along the way, whether at the accommodation swimming pools, viewpoints or game viewing watering holes. A stay at Windhoek Mountain Lodge before and after the tour rounds off this comprehensive Namibia experience.
Day 1: Arrival Germany - Namibia.
Individual departure to Windhoek/ Namibia
Day 2: Auasberge / Windhoek Mountain Lodge
Arrive at Windhoek International Airport and be met by us. A one-hour transfer takes you to our own 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 the opportunity to acclimatise, relax by the pool with a relaxing wide view of the surrounding mountain ranges and vast bushveld. There is also the possibility of a small riding training on the lodge area, in order to take up first contact with the underground. 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 ...
Day 3: Auasberge / Windhoek Mountain Lodge
Well rested and relaxed, today we deal 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 familiarization tour, where you can familiarize yourself with the road conditions and the technique, so that we can start the next morning well equipped and well prepared.
Day 4: Auas Mountains - Kalahari Desert
After a short morning "briefing" with the tour guide, your round trip through Namibia begins with a ride on relatively flat gravel roads into the south-eastern part of the country. Thorn bush savannah and sparse grazing land, on which the typical Karakul sheep graze, determine the picture of the border 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 ride continues through the fascinating landscapes of the western Kalahari, past the green oasis of Stampriet, where artesian wells enable the cultivation of vegetables and where the Auob River turns off to the east. Here begins an interesting uphill and downhill ride over the dune belts of orange-red sand, which, however, look more like chains of hills because of 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 them. Nearby are the simple guest chalets where we are staying today.
Day 6: Gariganus - Orange River
An eventful day awaits us as we leave 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 plains leads us to our southernmost accommodation in the border town of Noordoewer. On the way we pass the mighty 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 rim of the canyon, lined with fascinating landscapes, towards the south. We then continue along the Orange River to our destination today, Felix Unite Camp. We sleep here in beautiful cabanas directly on the Orange River.
Day 7: Orange River - Helmeringhausen
In the morning we will go canoeing on the Orange River, which winds its way through the landscape in wide bends about 200 km before it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards we start with the motorcycles to our next day's stage in the direction of the west, along the Oranje. The mining town of Rosh Pinah on the edge of the diamond mining area offers a welcome rest 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 are accompanied by a wonderful play of colours of the seemingly endless, hostile expanses and the mountain ranges on the edge of the Namib as well as past the incredibly high sand dunes of the desert near Sesriem, where our next accommodation is 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. To catch the first glow of this red dune scenery in the early gold of the sun, we set off from the lodge in four-wheel-ride vehicles and enjoy the morning in this unique landscape (unfortunately motorbikes are not allowed in the national park). In the afternoon, however, we continue our own tour and follow the gravel road northwards on a shorter but no less eventful stage. Through open savannah rich in game we soon reach Solitaire. Another special and idiosyncratically designed accommodation in the lonely expanse of the Namib Desert awaits us near the Rotstock Mountains...a high pool lounge invites you to relax with a fantastic view over wide valleys of this extremely picturesque landscape...
Day 10: Rotstock Mountains - 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 more than two years at the time of World War II and fought for survival - as also described in the impressive book "Wenn es Krieg gibt, gehen wir in die Wüste". From there the rough gravel road 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 speed. Only just before we reach the coast do high dune belts appear again and the air becomes noticeably fresher. In Swakopmund we stay in a good hotel and have the opportunity to have a look at the coastal town and to put our feet into the cold Atlantic Ocean.
Day 11: Swakopmund
Apart from a joint 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, high-quality products of local handicraft are available for every taste and budget. Fancy jewellery with Namibian semi-precious stones is particularly popular. 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 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? Here you can see numerous well-preserved buildings in typical colonial style, of which the tower of the Woermann House still towers over its surroundings.
Day 12: Swakopmund - Uis
From Swakopmund the route leads us approx. 200 km always close along the Atlantic 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 with its rugged, black-red coloured rocky landscape. A special companion on our way is the Welwitschia, a rare, whimsical giant plant that can live well over 1000 years. In the small mining town of Uis, a warm accommodation awaits us with a refreshing pool - and a hearty "Braai" (barbecue) provides for the physical well-being at the evening hour.
Day 13: Uis - Grootberg Lodge
After the briefing we set off for the northern Damaraland. We cross dry riverbeds, which can develop into respectable watercourses during the rainy season, where the desert elephants find their precious habitat. The oxide-red boulder-covered table mountain landscapes with their spherical, silvery-green broom bush euphorbias reflect the typical landscape and are home to springboks, giraffes and oryx antelopes as well as the rare black rhino. Over lunch we take a break in Twyfelfontein, in the late afternoon we reach the Grootberg Lodge, it is hidden on a plateau - with a gigantic view over the canyon of the Klip Riviers.
Day 14: Grootberg - Mount Etjo Game Reserve
One should stop when it is 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 on winding roads the table mountain steps of the Etendeka Plateau, pass the huge dry riverbed of the Huab and refuel in the small village of Khorixas. We ride through eastern Damaraland past settlements to the unique landscape of the Ugab Terraces, where Vingerklip Lodge is the perfect stop for a short lunch break. Afterwards we ride on smaller farm roads and reach the village of Kalkfeld through typical Mopane shrub 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 situated. Already at the lodge itself you can observe all kinds of game, with a bit of luck also hippos! The dinner from the grill spoils comprehensively and as a 2nd dessert there would be a lion feeding up 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 safari is announced: we go into the bush with the off-road vehicle - on the hunt for giraffes, zebras, antelopes, rhinos and elephants. We then set off on our final leg back to Windhoek Mountain Lodge. Via remote gravel roads we pass central farmland 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 sundowner and delicious barbecue awaits us.
Day 16: Windhoek - Airport
Depending on your individual departure date you can arrange your day freely today. In any case we will make sure that you get to the airport in time...
Day 17: Arrival Germany
After two intensive weeks in Namibia, the Frankfurt airport will seem like another world to us... Arrival there in the early morning.