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Motorcycle Tour
The Classic Tour: Southern Africa - Namibia

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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 just right for you!

Pricing

per rider in shared twin/double room incl. rental bike Yamaha XT 660 (Only available for a booking of two persons. Single travelers need to choose the single room surcharge.) €4,990.00 $5,341.92 ?
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room (pillion passengers can only book along with an accompanying rider) €4,740.00 $5,074.29 ?
Single room on request
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Optional:
Comprehensive insurance with 1000,- Euro deductible (surcharge) €100.00 $107.05 ?
Possibility of extension - 50,- Euro p. P. incl. breakfast, please inquire

Included

14 nights in double room
Half board (breakfast, rich dinner, packed lunch if needed)
Motorcycle
Motorcycle liability insurance
German speaking tour guide
Preprogrammed GPS device
Luggage transport
Mechanic service
Not included
Flight to/from Windhoek
Gasoline
Lunch
Drinks
Entrance fees
Travel cancellation and repatriation insurance
Fully comprehensive insurance (bookable at extra charge)
Everything that is not specified under features

More details

Minimum number of participants: None.
Duration: 13 riding days / 15 travel days (plus two flight days)
Total distance approx. 4,000 km
Daily stages between 250 and 350 km
Terrain: Pushed gravel roads, winding passes, light sandy passages, light enduro terrain.
Riding skills: Easily manageable even for less experienced endurists. Experience with loose ground is indispensable. As for the general difficulty of the tours, it can be said that the slopes are mostly in very good condition, as they are quite often pushed off. However, this condition can vary quite a bit from region to region, depending on the weather conditions. Thus, after heavy rain, sandy washouts occur from time to time, which can scare the absolute gravel novice... so it is simply better if you have already been on the road on loose ground. Therefore, before starting the tour, it is important to make sure that you can ride well enough on gravel roads to safely control the motorcycle even in sudden dangerous situations (e.g. emergency braking). If you are not sure if you have enough experience for Namibia's gravel roads, we strongly recommend to attend an Enduro course. There you will be taught the basic mechanics of enduro riding and you will reduce your risk of accidents considerably. We also offer riding courses ourselves, ideal for newcomers as well as for long-time enduro riders, but who rarely have the opportunity to ride off-road. A good physical condition is a prerequisite, because at least 250 kilometers per day in high summer temperatures lie ahead of you.
Accompanying persons / escort vehicle: In our escort vehicle - a Toyota Landcruiser - which is with us the whole way, up to two people can ride along. The support vehicle is equipped with compressor, tools and spare parts, first aid kit and drinks. Just in case, there is also a satellite phone on board, which can be used to make calls from any point, no matter how remote.
Motorcycles: Enduros Yamaha XT 660 with e-starter, specially prepared by us. All motorcycles are equipped with large tanks, improved suspension and GPS devices. A mechanic takes care of the due maintenance work. The machines are insured in Namibia with the usual coverage of N$ 2.5 million as standard liability. This means that everyone is responsible for any damage caused to the motorcycle and has to pay for the repair. Minor damage (such as a flat tire), which can be quickly repaired by the tour guide, does not count here, of course. If desired, a fully comprehensive insurance with 1000,- Euro excess can be taken out for an extra charge of 100,- Euro.
Clothing: Of course you need complete enduro protective clothing for the motorcycle trips. Other than that, you will receive a list with the recommended equipment together with further information from us.
Driving license: A valid class A driving license is required to participate in the motorcycle tours. For all tours you also need an international driving license.
Entry: Travelers from Germany only need a passport to enter Namibia. This must be valid for at least six months beyond the journey and still contain at least two free pages. The passport must be in perfect condition and legible. We recommend that you carry photocopies of your most important documents in separate safekeeping. This can be very helpful in case of loss of an original.
Health: Namibia does not require any vaccinations for entry. Tetanus and polio vaccination you should have in any case. A vaccination against hepatitis A and B is also advisable. We recommend a short check with your family doctor.
Climate: When Father Frost is up to his mischief here, it is summer in Namibia. During the day it can get hotter than 30 degrees. Even at night, temperatures rarely drop below 15 degrees. However, the heat is very dry and therefore well tolerated. However, it is advisable to bring a jacket for the cooler evenings at higher altitudes.
Accommodation: It's all in the mix: The range goes from Guest Farms with family connection to luxurious lodges, hotels and rustic, but not uncomfortable round cabins.
Money: The currency is the Namibian Dollar. It is best to exchange it in Namibia. For gasoline, drinks, etc. you need about 200-300 euros for the duration of the trip.
Special feature: Namibia and South Africa have left-hand traffic.
Accident insurance: So that you can perfect your riding skills with even better protection and have lots of fun, we recommend that you take out daily accident insurance. Feel free to contact us.
We strongly recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance.
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Possibility of extension:
To relax at the beginning or end of a trip through Namibia, we offer you the Mountain Lodge the ideal starting or end point of a tour. Due to the central location and the proximity of Windhoek, the Mountain Lodge is an ideal starting point for further activities. From here you can reach the center of Windhoek in about 15 minutes. Okahandja with its famous carving market is only about 90 km away. The sports enthusiasts among you have the possibility to make their off-road experiences on the in-house track with four-wheelers or enduros. We will be happy to organize a rental car for you and make suggestions for tours in the area. It is possible to rent motorcycles and equipment for a day trip. Please ask us for extension possibilities. Price per extra night at the lodge: 50,- Euro p. P. incl. breakfast.
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Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. Please enquire for language options.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Description

Namibia is a true off-road paradise. There, gravel roads are the rule, asphalt roads the exception. Enough space for extensive enduro fun crisscrossing the former German colony. It takes place almost exclusively on so-called gravel roads, which are wide, pushed gravel roads. Less experienced enduro riders are also welcome on these tours, but experience with loose ground is a prerequisite.

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 us with its desert elephants, among other things, 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 opportunities, sundowner excursions or game drives, there are plenty of opportunities to relax along the way, be it at the swimming pools of the accommodations, viewpoints and game viewing watering holes. A stay at Windhoek Mountain Lodge before and after the tour completes this comprehensive Namibia experience.

Expected tour itinerary Namibia Classic Tour:

Day 1 Auasberge - Windhoek Mountain Lodge

Upon early morning arrival at Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport, your tour guide will meet you. A one-hour transfer will take you to the comfortable Windhoek Mountain Lodge in the southern foothills of the Auas Mountains, our base station.

After a good breakfast there will be an opportunity to acclimatize, relax by the pool with a relaxing wide view of the surrounding mountain ranges and the 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 ground below. 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 2 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 will go on an approx. 100 km long familiarization tour, where you can get acquainted with the road conditions and the technique, so that we can start the next morning well equipped and well prepared.

Day 3 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 southeastern part of the country. Thorn bush savannah and sparse pastureland, where among others 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 4 Kalahari Desert - Gariganus

The ride continues through the fascinating landscapes of the western Kalahari, passing 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 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. Only near Koës do we reach the rolling hills and wide open spaces that are so typical of the area around Keetmanshoop. The Giant's Play-ground, a collection of huge boulders, and the Quiver Tree Forest with its tree-sized aloe plants at the Gariganus farm invite us to visit. Nearby are the simple guest chalets where we are staying today.

Day 5 Gariganus - Orange River

An eventful day awaits you when after about an hour's ride the southern administrative and economic center of Keetmanshoop lies behind us. An interesting route with views of lonely mountains and seemingly endless plains leads us to our accommodation today 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. We sleep here in beautiful cabanas directly on the Orange River.

Day 6 Orange River - Helmeringshausen

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 7 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 colors 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 8 Excursion Sossusvlei - Rotstock Mountains

Today we visit the world famous Sossusvlei, the highest dunes in the world - located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. To admire the first glow of this red dune scenery in the early sun gold, we will leave the lodge before dawn after breakfast with 4WD vehicles and enjoy the morning in this unique landscape (unfortunately no motorcycles are allowed in the NP). In the afternoon we continue our own tour and follow the gravel road north on a shorter but not 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 fantastic views over wide valleys of this extremely picturesque landscape...

Day 9 Rotstock Mountains - 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 more than two years at the time of World War II and fought for survival - as also described in the impressive book "The Sheltering Desert". 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 immediately 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 take a look at the coastal town and dip our feet into the cold Atlantic.

Day 10 Swakopmund

Apart from a joint excursion with quad bikes into the dunes south of Swakopmund (optional, cost approx. 40 Euro), this day is free for individual activities. There is a lot to explore in Swakopmund: In the charming souvenir and jewelry stores, high-quality products of local handicrafts are available for every taste and budget. Especially fancy pieces of jewelry 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 provide 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 center? 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 11 Swakopmund - Uis

From Swakopmund the route takes 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 we head back into the much hotter interior towards Uis. Passing the Messum Crater we then pass the huge Brandberg massif with its rugged, black-red colored stone 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 12 Uis - Grootberg Lodge

After the briefing we head for the northern Damaraland. We cross dry riverbeds, which can develop into respectable watercourses during the rainy season, there the desert elephants find their valuable habitat. The oxide red boulder covered table mountain landscapes with their spherical, silvery green broom bush euphorbias give the typical landscape and are home to springbok, giraffe and oryx antelope 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 13 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. Through eastern Damaraland we pass settlements and reach 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 located. Already at the lodge itself all kinds of game can be observed, with a little luck also hippos! The dinner from the grill spoils comprehensively and as a 2nd dessert there would still be a lion feeding up close.

Day 14 Mount Etjo - Windhoek Mountain Lodge

Actually it is too nice to sleep in - when early the hippos wake up or the lions roar in the distance, today safari is announced: we go into the bush with the off-road vehicle - stalking giraffes, zebras, antelopes, rhinos and elephants. We will then set off on our final leg back to Windhoek Mountain Lodge. On 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 base, where a surely very sociable evening with sundowner and delicious barbecue awaits us.

Day 15 Windhoek - Airport

This day is entirely at leisure at the lodge or for a stroll around Windhoek, depending on your booked return flight. Some of the sights can be visited in the capital and numerous street cafes as well as bazaars and stores with typical local handicrafts invite at least to observe the colorful hustle and bustle all around. The transfer to the airport is organized from Windhoek Mountain Lodge.

(Program subject to change)