Namibian Desert and Dunes

12-day Adventure through Namibia’s Spectacular Landscapes and South Africa’s West Coast

Windhoek – Erindi – Etosha – Spitzkoppe – Hentiesbaai – Swakopmund – Sesriem – Aus – Fish River Canyon – Orange River – Nieuwoudville – Cape Town

 

The 12-day Namibian Wilderness Adventure is geared for those who prefer a shorter trip, are capable on gravel roads and would like to explore more of Namibia. Our exact route is flexible and we can cater for your preferences. The default route begins in Windhoek, heads north to Etosha and then routes south through the western Namibian desert regions towards the Fish River Canyon, Orange River and the Northern Cape to Cape Town. The road surface mix is about 60% gravel roads – most of these are flat, smooth Namibian ‘C’ roads, others have some washboard or corrugated patches and some light sand.

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Route Highlights

Big 5 game reserves at Etosha National Park, Rock formations and prehistoric rock art at Spitzkoppe, shipwrecks along Namibia’s wild coast, best of the Namibian dunes at Sesriem, magnificent landscapes at Aus, Fish River Canyon, Orange River, South Africa’s west coast and Karoo, Cape Town and the Cape peninsula. Dark skies for incredible views of the Milky Way and Southern night sky.

Trip Stats:
Total Distance: 2950km
Riding Days: 9
Rest Days: 3
Average distance: 330km per day
Riding Time per day: 5-6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate (some gravel roads)
Off-Road Surface: 60% Gravel
On-Road Surface: 40% Tar
Maximum Riders: 6


Route Map

Route and Itinerary

Day 0: Windhoek

Day 0: Windhoek

We'll spend part of today on an optional ride exploring the area around Windhoek to help get you comfortable on the bike

Day 1: Windhoek to Etosha

Day 1: Windhoek to Etosha

410 km. We begin the trip heading north on good tar roads to Etosha National Park where we'll get to enjoy a stunning range of wildlife and beautiful night skies at one of the premier game reserves in Southern Africa.

Day 2: Etosha National Park

Day 2: Etosha National Park

0 km. Etosha is one of our favourite game parks and offers excellent game viewing on our full day guided game drive in a 4x4 vehicle. The many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope.

Day 3: Etosha to Spitzkoppe

Day 3: Etosha to Spitzkoppe

415 km: Today we get to explore the Damaraland region with its wild desert mountains, springs and free roaming zebra, giraffe, elephants and even Black Rhino. We overnight at the breathtaking Spitzkoppe rock formations.

Day 4: Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund

Day 4: Spitzkoppe to Swakopmund

180 km: A shorter day allows us time to explore the rock formations and San paintings around Spitzkoppe before we join the stark Namibian coastline passing by a number of shipwrecks before arriving at Swakopmund.

Day 5: Swakopmund to Sesriem

Day 5: Swakopmund to Sesriem

350km. Today we get to explore the Namib desert as we head south through the Namib Naukluft National Park and the spectacular Kuiseb canyon before reaching the the dunes and canyon at Sesriem and Sossusvlei.

Day 6: Sesriem and Sossusvlei

Day 6: Sesriem and Sossusvlei

0km. We spend the day at Sossusvlei exploring the highest dunes in the world, the famous Deadvlei and the spectacular canyon at Sesriem.

Day 7: Sesriem to Aus

Day 7: Sesriem to Aus

375km. Today we get to see the vast Namibian landscapes as we continue south on a mixture of good gravel and tar roads towards Aus.

Day 8: Kolmanskop and Luderitz

Day 8: Kolmanskop and Luderitz

200 km: An optional out and back ride through the Namib-Naukluft National Park stopping at the ghost town of Kolmannskop and the historical German town of Luderitz.

Day 9: Aus to Fish River Canyon

Day 9: Aus to Fish River Canyon

Today we ride east through more Namibian big sky country on good tar and gravel roads towards our overnight stop at the iconic Canyon Roadhouse situated among rocky outcrops near the Fish River Canyon.

Day 10: Fish River Canyon to Orange River

Day 10: Fish River Canyon to Orange River

170km. A shorter day as we follow the route of the Fish River towards the Orange River where we get to relax at the Provenance base camp with its excellent restaurant and spectacular view of Orange River.

Day 11: Orange River to Papkuilsfontein

Day 11: Orange River to Papkuilsfontein

450km. We enter the Northern Cape in South Africa and head south through the stark Richtersveld, taking in the famous spring flowers of Namaqualand. Our overnight stop is in a beautiful old farmhouse at Papkuilsfontein.

Day 12: Papkuilsfontein to Cape Town

Day 12: Papkuilsfontein to Cape Town

380km. Our last day of riding takes us through the Cederberg mountains towards the southern tip of Africa and the beautiful city of Cape Town. Lots of route options as we explore landscapes dramatically different to what we've experienced in Namibia

Optional extra day

Optional extra day

For those who have an extra day we'll throw in a guided tour around the Cape Peninsula for just the cost of your fuel and any reserve entry fees.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation includes a mix of comfortable lodges (usually twin rooms) and campsites equipped with hot water and electricity. We’ll provide your camping gear – tent, sleeping bag with fresh inner liner, pillow and pillowcase, and a thick blow-up mattress – unless you’ll bring your own.

Cost details

For pricing options contact us about customising a trip for you

Basic cost:
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Extras (per day):
We can help with hiring helmet, gloves, jacket, trousers etc on request.

Notes:
1) Prices in South African Rand. Click here to convert to your currency.
2) Costs are for minimum of four riders for the full tour. Please contact us for rates for smaller parties

What’s Included

Included:
Honda Africa Twin 750cc or Suzuki V-Strom 650cc motorcycle
Support vehicle with spare bike and trailer
Soft side panniers and tank bag
Airport transfers
Accommodation
Breakfasts and some dinners
Camping equipment
Guide and map
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
Unlimited Mileage
Excess luggage storage

Excluded:
Flights
Accommodation at origin and destination outside of tour dates
Fuel 
Lunches, drinks and some dinners (details on request)
Reserve and sightseeing entry fees
Personal Insurance (Accident/Medical)
Motorcycle Damage Deposit (R8000)

Optional Trip activities:
Full or half day game drive at Etosha National Park
Spitzkoppe evening or morning tour
Visit to Sossusvlei dunes and Sesriem Canyon

 

Booking

Email andrew@ridedownsouth.com and we’ll confirm availability and send you a booking form.

Payment and Deposit
A 30% deposit is required to secure your place on the tour. Payment details are listed on the Booking page. Full payment is due 21 days before the tour.

Terms and Conditions / Indemnity
Click on the link to download our  Terms and Conditions / Indemnity. This must be signed by all participants prior to the start of the tour.

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