Motorcycle Tour
Namibia: Easter Special

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Our Easter Special tour moves through the central and western north of the country: many Namibian highlights combined with great routing on a completely new route!

Pricing

per rider in a double room €4,990.00 $5,551.17 ?
per pillion/fellow passenger in the support vehicle €4,740.00 $5,273.05 ?
Single room supplement: €770.00 $856.59 ?

Features

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
Team T-Shirt
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
Not included features
round trip
Fuel costs for the motorcycle (approx. 8,- Euro per day), personal expenses, such as drinks or similar.
International health insurance, travel cancellation insurance

More details

Total distance approx. 2,500 km
Daily stages: between 250 km and 350 km.
Tour profile: 11 riding days/15 travel days. Pushed gravel roads, easy enduro terrain.
Minimum number of participants: 8 riders
Optional: Conclusion of a fully comprehensive insurance of the motorcycle in the amount of 100,- €/Euro (with 1000,- €/Euro deductible)
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.

Description

It leads via the central Khomas Highlands to Mount Etjo and the Waterberg Plateau, then into Damaraland and southern Kaokoveld. Via famous rock carving sites such as Twyfelfontein and the Erongo Mountains, the tour then runs to the edge of the central Namib Desert and back to the Gravel Travel base, Windhoek Mountain Lodge.

Day - Stages:

Day 1: Arrival Germany - Namibia

Day 2: Windhoek Mountain Lodge

Day 3: Windhoek Mountain Lodge + introductory tour

Day 4: Windhoek - Mount Etjo

Day 5: Mount Etjo - Waterberg

Day 6: Waterberg - Vingerklip

Day 7: Vingerklip - Grootberg

Day 8: Grootberg - Opuwo

Day 9: Opuwo - Khowarib

Day 10: Khowarib - Twyfelfontein

Day 11: Twyfelfontein - Erongo

Day 12: Erongo - Rotstock Mountains

Day 13: Rotstock Mountains - Windhoek Mountain Lodge

Day 14: Departure to Germany

Day 15: Arrival Germany

Day 1: Arrival Germany - Namibia

Departure from Frankfurt/Main with a scheduled flight of Air Namibia, which brings you overnight directly to Windhoek.

Day 2: Windhoek Mountain Lodge

On arrival at Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport in the early morning, your tour 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 an opportunity to acclimatise, relax by the pool with restful views of the surrounding mountain ranges and vast bushveld. In the afternoon there will be a detailed travel briefing. Who likes, enjoys the first "Sundowner" on the observation deck above the lodge, before the legendary "Bushman-Fondue" calls in the evening for dinner ...

Day 3: Windhoek Mountain Lodge + introductory tour

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 a half-day familiarization tour, where you can familiarize yourself with the road conditions and the technique in peace, so that we can start the next morning well equipped and well prepared.

Day 4: Windhoek - Mount Etjo

After breakfast, we meet "saddled and spurred" for the daily morning "briefing" and briefly discuss the day's stage with its route-specific peculiarities - then we're off: today our destination is "Mount Etjo Safari Lodge" - we pass Windhoek on the outskirts and soon leave the tarred road to descend into the hilly Khomashochland. The gravel road leads us through farmed, typical bush country, far past Okahandja, via the old mission village of Otjimbingwe and the small town of Omaruru, until we finally reach the striking Table Mountain, Mount Etjo, in the vastness of the mountain landscapes. The dignified Safari Lodge leaves hardly a wish unfulfilled...

Day 5: Mount Etjo - Waterberg

Actually too good to sleep in: when the hippos wake up early or the lions roar in the distance: today safari is the order of the day: we head off into the bush in an off-road vehicle - on the prowl for giraffes, zebras, antelopes, rhinos and elephants. We then set off on our next leg of the journey east, taking us along remote farm roads past the Omatako Mountains and on gentle red tracks through the traditional tribal area of the cattle-herding Hereros via Okakara to the Waterberg. This large table mountain is unusually rich in water, green, lush vegetation and thus great biodiversity for Namibian standards, the plateau itself is now a valuable nature reserve. A fabulous view into the infinite distance is offered from every chalet and if you feel like it, you can explore one of the exciting hiking trails.

Day 6: Waterberg - Vingerklip

We leave the Waterberg on a wide, smooth track, surrounded by lush green countryside and deep red termite mounds. Some wildlife is absolutely diurnal and the wide verges can be home to giraffe as well as all manner of lesser antelope, guinea fowl and warthog, which are less easy to spot in the tall grass. Today's stage takes us out of the "Omaheke" to the north, behind the small town of Otjiwarongo we soon descend onto lonely gravel roads to the west and meander through the typical mopane bush savannah here. In the area of the Ugab Terraces the landscape suddenly changes - grandiose and picturesque table mountains rise out of the flat savannah. We have reached our destination today at the extremely cosy Vingerklip Lodge - it stands not far from a unique rock formation, a huge "rock finger" in the middle of a wonderful panorama.

Day 7: Vingerklip - Grootberg

After a leisurely breakfast we head north through the Ugab Terraces, along settlements of the indigenous Damara people, passing the village of Khorixas for a fuel stop. Khorixas provides the central Damaraland with the most necessary facilities such as schools, hospital, post office and supermarket. Through the huge Huab river valley we finally reach the Etendeka plateau on lonely gravel roads, the always great views just don't let it get boring. And a great feeling accompanies the impressions that lions, elephants and rhinos are (still) part of the repertoire of a free natural landscape here. At the end of the Grootberg Pass we find ourselves today at our destination, the Grootberg Lodge, enchantingly nestled on the plateau edge above the canyon of the Klip Rivier...

Day 8: Grootberg - Opuwo

With wonderful impressions of this unique place we continue our journey northwards, the stage leads us up into the southern Kaokoveld, where mainly the Himba people live. Already the pass, which we leave in the direction of Palmwag, could bring us elephant sightings, then follows one of the most beautiful, game-rich stretches through northern Damaraland to Sesfontein. Springbok, giraffe, zebra and gemsbok may cross our paths, the reddish, rugged rocky landscape is open and clear. The further north we go, the more often we pass settlements, cattle with their herdsmen cross the roads. When suddenly huge, unbelievably thick tree giants appear at the roadside - the legendary baobabs (baobab trees) - then we have almost reached Opuwo and its black Africa feeling: our accommodation is at the edge of town on the mountain, a great hotel - the Opuwo Country Lodge.

Day 9: Opuwo - Khowarib

Although we have already done today's stage yesterday, hardly anyone will get bored on this probably most beautiful and most African road of the whole tour... After breakfast we make a short detour to a traditional Himba village and then we head back south on the winding road. Shortly before our destination we stop again in Ongongo (warm spring). It is hard to believe how water can bubble out of the rocks in the middle of the desert ... but in the crystal clear "pool" of this spring you can refresh yourself wonderfully. We reach our accommodation for today - the Khowarib Lodge, fantastically situated in the deeply incised river valley of the Hoanib, soon after. Elephants often pass by the cosily placed tent chalets during the night...

Day 10: Khowarib - Twyfelfontein

Today's stage takes us further back south. Via the scenically beautiful Grootberg Pass we return to Damaraland with its unique Table Mountains. Today's destination is Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, a unique, quite luxurious place in extreme landscape close to the famous rock engravings. Just outside the lodge you can marvel at a small sample of this art on the large rock slabs... and dinner on the rustic terrace is a delight.

Day 11: Twyfelfontein - Erongo

From Twyfelfontein we head south along the Aba-Huab, Goantagab and Ugab Riviers, along these larger tree-lined river courses the desert elephants prefer to stay and it is therefore always good to keep your eyes peeled for the grey giants too, though in this area they tend to be as powdered red as these rocky landscapes we are now crossing. We pass some Damara settlements along the gravel roads and the Brandberg massif comes closer and closer, east of it we have reached Uis, after a short fuel stop we take course through wide open gravel areas towards the Spitzkoppe, which rises steeply as an unreal inselberg from the open area. The closer we get, the more fascinating the huge granite rock formation appears. We rider right into the middle of it and enjoy the impressions. Our destination for today is now to the east of us - the Erongo Mountains, also a so-called inselberg complex with huge outer walls of this volcanic ruin, at over 2300m above sea level it is one of the highest elevations in the country. The Ai-Aiba Rockpainting Lodge is beautifully nestled in a picturesque landscape of round, smooth rocks, as we have already seen at the Spitzkoppe. It is easy to understand that bushmen already liked to stay here 2000 years ago.

Day 12: Erongo - Rotstock Mountains

Today we have to leave early so that we have enough time for the stage further south ahead of us. We leave the Erongo Mountains through rugged rocky outcrops to the west and with a bit of luck we can make out the Brandberg, 90 km away, on the horizon across the vast expanses of open Damaraland. Along the steep walls of this old volcanic ruin we follow the rough gravel road to Usakos and a bit of tar road to Karibib, then we dive into the wild mountain landscape which finally leads us down to the big riverbed of the Swakop and then to the Bosua Pass which leads us down from 1800m to 1100m - a viewpoint lets us already look far into the direction of the Namib Desert. Another special and idiosyncratically designed accommodation in the lonely expanse of the Namib Desert awaits us near the Rotstock Mountains... the high pool lounge invites you to relax - with fantastic views over wide valleys of this extremely picturesque landscape...

Day 13: Rotstock Mountains - Windhoek Mountain Lodge

After everyone has had a good night's sleep and a leisurely breakfast, we reluctantly set off on our final stage. Today there is gravel road and pure riding fun again, over the Us Pass we climb the big rim step back up into the Khomas Highlands - it goes up and down, the route is very winding. Towards afternoon we reach our Gravel Travel "home", the Windhoek Mountain Lodge, where we are expected by our team: a cool sundowner drink brings the tour to an end and later we enjoy another best dinner of "Bushman Fondue" - and have the whole night to review the past days and pictures.

Day 14: Departure to Germany

This day is completely at 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. So some of the sights can be visited in the capital and numerous street cafés as well as bazaars and shops with country-typical arts and crafts invite at least to observe the colourful hustle and bustle around. In the early evening, the transfer goes to Hosea Kutako International Airport.

Day 15: Arrival in Germany

Arrival in Frankfurt/Main in the early morning and if necessary continuation of the journey by train or flight to your home town.