Route and Itinerary
The trip has two legs. You can join us for either leg or the whole trip.
Leg 1: Cape Town to Windhoek
Duration: 8 days
Length: 1900 km
Highlights: Cape Town and surroundings; mountain passes through the Cedarberg mountain range; Namaqualand and Richtersveld; canoeing on the Orange River; Ai Ais hot springs and Fish River Canyon; observe the southern night skies at Namibrand; Sesriem canyon and dunes at Sossusvlei.
Leg 2: Botswana and Namibia Loop
Duration: 8 days
Length: 2400 km
Highlights: San experience and southern night skies in the Kalahari, birdwatching and fishing on the Okavango river; ancient rock art at Tsodilo Hills; night on the banks of the Zambezi at Rundu; game drives at Etosha National Park; Vingerklip rock formation; Erindi Private Game Reserve.
… and great riding, great food and excellent company!
Leg 1: Cape Town – Cedarberg – Orange River – Fish River Canyon – Namibrand – Windhoek
Leg 2: Windhoek – Kalahari – Okavango – Rundu – Etosha – Erindi – Windhoek
Leg 1 Summary
The first leg of our 16-day, 4200 km route begins with a day catching up with the South African time zone as we do some relaxed sight-seeing in this beautiful city. We then head north through the Cedarberg mountain range and the Namaqualand region, and then over the Orange River into Namibia. After a rest day with the option of paddling a canoe through the stark Richtersveld we head north through the Namibian desert stopping to take in the hot springs at Ai Ais, the vast scale of the Fish River canyon and the magnificent sand dunes at Sesriem and Sossusvlei. We end this leg by heading north-east towards Windhoek.
Leg 2 Summary
Our route then continues north-east towards Botswana and the Kalahari where we stop for two nights at a San lodge where we’ll get a guided tour of the crystal-clear Southern night sky through a 10-inch telescope, and walk through the bushveld with a San guide discovering traditional uses of plants that have been around in this region for over 15000 years. Next up is a night on the banks of the Okavango river at the magnificently kept Drotsky’s Cabins where you’ll have the option of fishing, bird-watching or a leisurely cruise along the river. You could also visit the World Heritage Site Tsodilo Hills, home of 4500 rock art paintings. We then head back west to Etosha National Park via Rundu for two nights and game drives in search of Africa’s Big Five. Finally, we ride south to our end-point at Windhoek via the dramatic beauty of Vingerklip and Erindi Private Game Reserve.
Getting there and away:
Leg 1 and whole tour:
Fly into Cape Town International airport.
Fly out of Windhoek International airport (connections to Cape Town are around $200). Transfers provided
Fly into and out of Windhoek International Airport. Transfers provided