The "new" 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!
|per rider in a double / shared twin room||€4,990.00 $5,551.17 ?|
|per pillion passenger in the support vehicle||€4,790.00 $5,328.67 ?|
|Einzelzimmer-Zuschlag:||€770.00 $856.59 ?|
|Transfer with the tour group from Windhoek Airport to the Lodge and back to Windhoek Airport (only valid in connection with a booking of the tour with flight)|
|Accommodation in good hotels, lodges, guest farms and camps|
|Catering (breakfast and rich dinner, packed lunch as required)|
|Luggage transport in the accompanying vehicle|
|German speaking tour guide, please inquire for English 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|
|Fuel costs for the motorcycle (approx. 8,- Euro per day), personal expenses, such as drinks or similar.|
|Health insurance abroad, travel cancellation insurance|
|Total distance approx. 2,500 km|
|Daily stages: between 250 km and 350 km.|
|Tour profile: 11 riding days/14 travel days. Shoved 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 excess)|
|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.|
It leads over the central Khomas Highlands to Mount Etjo and the Waterberg Plateau, then into Damaraland and southern Kaokoveld. The tour then passes famous rock carving sites such as Twyfelfontein and the Erongo Mountains before reaching the edge of the central Namib Desert and returning to the Gravel Travel base, Windhoek Mountain Lodge.
Day - Stages:
1st day: Arrival Germany - Namibia
2nd day: Windhoek Mountain Lodge + introduction round
Day 3: Windhoek - Mount Etjo
4th day: Mount Etjo - Waterberg
Day 5: Waterberg - Vingerklip
Day 6: Vingerklip - Grootberg
Day 7: Grootberg - Opuwo
Day 8: Opuwo - Khowarib
Day 9: Khowarib - Twyfelfontein
Day 10: Twyfelfontein - Erongo
Day 11: Erongo - Kobo Kobo
Day 12: Kobo Kobo - Windhoek
Day 13: Departure to Germany
Day 14: Arrival Germany
Day 1: Arrival Germany - Namibia
Arrival by night flight.
Day 2: Windhoek Mountain Lodge
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. In the afternoon there will be a detailed tour briefing. If you like, you can enjoy the first sundowner on the viewing platform above the lodge before the legendary Bushman fondue calls for dinner in the evening ...
Day 4: Windhoek Mountain Lodge + introduction round
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 a half-day acclimatisation tour, where you can familiarise yourself with the road conditions and the technology in peace and quiet, so that we can start the next morning well prepared and well prepared.
Day 4: Windhoek - Mount Etjo
Mount Etjo Safari Lodge
After breakfast we meet "saddled and spurred on" for the morning "briefing" and briefly discuss the day's stage with its route-specific features - then we start: today our destination is called "Mount Etjo Safari Lodge" - we pass Windhoek on the outskirts and soon leave the tarred road to dive into the hilly Khomashochland. The gravel road leads us through typical bush land, far past Okahandja, the old mission village Otjimbingwe and the small town of Omaruru, until we finally reach the striking table mountain, Mount Etjo. The tastefully designed safari lodge leaves hardly any wish unfulfilled...
Day 5: Mount Etjo - Waterberg
Actually too beautiful to sleep in: when the hippos wake up early or the lions roar in the distance: today is safari day: we go into the bush by jeep - on a stalk for giraffes, zebras, antelopes, rhinos and elephants. Afterwards we start our next stage eastwards, it leads us on remote farm roads past the Omatako Mountains and on gentle red tracks through the traditional tribal area of the cattle-breeding Hereros via Okakara to Waterberg. By Namibian standards, this large table mountain is unusually rich in water, green, lush vegetation and thus a great variety of species. 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 landscape and deep red termite hills. Some wildlife is absolutely diurnal and the wide verges can host all kinds of dwarf antelopes, guinea fowl and warthogs, which are less easy to spot in the high grass, in addition to giraffes. Today's stage leads us out of the "Granny's Hut" to the north, behind the small town of Otjiwarongo we soon descend on lonely gravel roads to the west and meander through the typical mopane bush savannah. In the area of the Ugab Terraces the landscape suddenly changes - grandiose and picturesque table mountains rise up out of the flat savannah. We have reached our destination today at the extremely cosy Vingerklip Lodge - it is located 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 start our journey north through the Ugab Terraces, along settlements of the local Damara, passing the village of Khorixas for a stop for petrol, which offers the central Damaraland 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 repeated great views simply do not let it become boring. And a great feeling accompanies the impressions that lions, elephants and rhinos (still) belong here to the repertoire of a free natural landscape. At the end of the Grootberg Pass we are at our destination today, the Grootberg Lodge, enchantingly nestled on the plateau edge above the canyon of the Klip River...
Day 8: Grootberg - Opuwo
With wonderful impressions of this unique place we continue our course north today, the stage leads us up to the southern Kaokoveld, where especially the Himba people live. Already the pass we leave towards Palmwag could give us elephant views, then follows one of the most beautiful, game-rich sections through northern Damaraland to Sesfontein. Springboks, giraffes, zebras and gemsboks can 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 giant, unbelievably thick giant trees suddenly appear along the roadside - the legendary baobabs (baobab trees) - then we have almost reached Opuwo and its black Africa feeling: our accommodation is on the edge of town on the mountain, a great hotel - the Opuwo Country Lodge.
Day 9: Opuwo - Khowarib
Although we already had today's stage under our bikes yesterday, hardly anyone will get bored on this probably most beautiful and most African route of the whole tour... After breakfast we make a short detour to a traditional Himba village and then we continue on the winding route back south. Shortly before our destination we stop again in Ongongo (hot spring). It is hard to believe how water can gush 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 today - Khowarib Lodge, beautifully situated in the deeply carved river valley of the Hoanib, soon after. Elephants often pass by the cozily placed tent chalets during the night...
Day 10: Khowarib - Twyfelfontein
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Today's stage takes us further back towards the south. Via the scenic 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 near the famous rock engravings. Directly in front of the lodge you can admire a small sample of this art on the large rock plates... and dinner on the rustic terrace is a pleasure.
Day 11: Twyfelfontein - Erongo
Ai-Aiba The Rockpainting Lodge
From Twyfelfontein we are heading 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 sharpen one's eyes for the grey giants, which in this area, however, are more powdered red than these rocky landscapes we are now crossing. We pass some Damara settlements along the Gravel roads and the Brandberg massif is getting closer and closer, east of it we have reached Uis, after a short refuelling stop we set course through wide open gravel areas to the Spitzkoppe, which rises steeply from the open space as an unreal inselberg. The closer we get, the more fascinating the huge granite rock formation looks. Here, we ride once right into the middle of it and enjoy the impressions. Our today's destination is now east of us - the Erongo mountains, also a so-called inselberg complex with huge outer walls of this volcanic ruin, with over 2300m above sea level it is one of the highest elevations in the country. The Ai-Aiba Rockpainting Lodge is located there, beautifully nestled in a picturesque landscape of round, smooth rocks, as we have already seen on the Spitzkoppe. That 2000 years ago, bushmen liked to stay here can only be well understood.
Day 12: Erongo - Rotstock mountains
Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge
Today we have to set off early to have enough time for the stage ahead of us further south. We leave the Erongo mountains through rustic rocks to the west and with a little luck we can make out the Brandberg 90 km away over the wide open Damaraland on the horizon. Along the steeply rising walls of this old volcanic ruin we follow the rough gravel road to Usakos and a piece of tar passage to Karibib, then dive into the wild mountain landscape which leads us finally down to the big river bed of the Swakops and afterwards to the Bosua pass which leads our way from 1800m to 1100m - a lookout point lets us already look far in the direction of the Namib desert. Another special and unique accommodation in the lonely expanse of the Namib Desert awaits us near the Rotstock mountains... the high situated pool lounge invites us to relax - with a fantastic view over wide valleys of this extremely picturesque landscape...
Day 13: Rotstock Mountains - Windhoek Mountain Lodge
Windhoek Mountain Lodge
When everyone has slept in and had a nice breakfast, we are reluctant to set off on our last stage. Today there is again gravel road and pure riding fun, over the Us Pass we climb the big marginal step back up to the Khomas Highlands - it goes up and down, the route is very curvy. In the 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 a close and later we enjoy the best dinner of the "Bushman Fondue" - and have the whole night time to review the past days and pictures.
Day 13: Departure to Germany
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 14: Arrival Germany
Early morning arrival in Europe.