OVERLANDING SOUTHERN AFRICA:
After 100 days Cairo -> Cape Town (2007) and 70 days full southern Africa (2008), the 'Overlanding' form of travel occupies a very special place with us. The use of an overland truck with room for all guests, plus bicycles, luggage, food & drinks and camping equipment, creates an unparalleled nomadic freedom. We cycle the most beautiful parts, we sit at the warmest campfires, we sleep under the fullest starry skies, we feel healthier than ever, can it be more outdoor? "It is addictive!" (Ed, several times on tour with us).
Windhoek -> Cape Town was a fantastic final stage in 2007 and 2008! That is why we keep every year a prominent place for this 'hidden gem'.
What I remember most about Namibia are the tranquility, emptiness and endlessness of the landscape. This journey was in all its facets a highlight for me.
I often think back to taking a shower with a cola bottle at sunset😉 Before the trip, I was a bit worried about those few bush camps, but in retrospect those were the nicest places! I thought it was a wonderful trip and will definitely cycle through Africa again.
ROUTE CYCLING HOLIDAY NAMIBIA & SOUTH AFRICA
Traveling through southern Africa for more than three weeks requires flexibility, for example in choosing the route. Local circumstances (for example the condition of the road or political events) may require improvisational skills. That is why we prefer to give the route in the form of a sketch.
- May 5: arrival in Windhoek, flown in from home or from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. We will first make a multi-day trip to Etosha National Park, one of the most beautiful game reserves in Africa.
- May 6: transfer to Otjowarongo and continue by bicycle to Outjo.
- May 7: cycling from Outjo to the border of Etosha National Park. Overnight in Okaukejo or Halali Camp. Lots of wildlife at the waterholes.
- May 8: safari through the park, to Namutoni Camp.
- May 9: transfer to Windhoek, with a part of cycling en route.
- 10-13 May: from Windhoek to Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast, the most important Namibian beach resort. Between Windhoek and Swakopmund you can 'feel' Namibia: for three hundred (very beautiful) kilometers we are completely dependent on ourselves, because cities or villages are missing. Wild camping is necessary: luckily, because there is no more intensive thousand-star accommodation.
- May 14-16: to the sand dunes of Sossusvlei, which really cannot be described; even photos fall short.
- 17-20 May: via Luderitz to the Fish River Canyon; the best place for a glass of South African wine at sunset.
- 21-25 May: to the South African border; then continue cycling and travel through the impressive Namaqualand, all the way to Vanrhynsdorp; transfer to Kommetjie, just below Cape Town.
- Days 26-27 May: before we travel to the finish in Cape Town - in our opinion the most beautiful city in Africa - first the ultimate cycling kilometers to the Cape of Good Hope, through Cape Point National Park.
OTHER TRAVEL INFORMATION
We amply support the tour with local expertise and solid stuff: there is room for everyone in the overland truck plus the bicycles and luggage; large double tents; all camping equipment (you only need to bring a sleeping bag); a full field kitchen. Because of this we are prepared for all circumstances and self-sufficient, which gives 'Overlanding' that ultimate feeling of nomadic freedom.
As in all our journeys, we travel 4 to 6 hours a day by bike. The overland truck allows everyone to determine his own daily mileage. Often we continue after cycling - after lunch - for a while, so that we can cycle the most beautiful routes as well as cover the entire Windhoek -> Cape Town route in just more than three weeks. Depending on personal wishes, around 1,200 to 2,000 kilometers will be done by bike.
One of the main advantages of the Overlanding formula is the guaranteed variation, as we move faster on monotonous parts and we can concentrate on the most surprising cycling routes.
Rest days offer the possibility to visit places of interest and to let the body recover from the efforts made.
A fit body is sufficient, in principle our Overlanding trips do not require a pronounced top condition. The more you want to cycle, the more a good cycling condition comes in handy.
A lot of the road surface is asphalted, in Namibia we also often ride on (easily accessible) gravel roads.
The accommodations consist alternately of hotels and tents (± 60% of the nights we camp; five nights so-called 'bush camp' or wild camping).
The maximum group size is 18 guests.
April and May are considered the most beautiful months to travel and cycle through Southern Africa, the weather is then dry, sunny and pleasantly warm.
Because large parts of the route are unpaved, a mountain bike is the preferred bike. A randonneur without suspension, with thicker tires, is also possible; it is only sometimes less comfortable. Small gears are a requirement for the toughest/steepest parts. Virtually no bicycle material is for sale in many places. We have tools and a number of universal parts with us.
We have good mountain bikes from Cape Town for rent. The rental fee is 12 euros per day.
For Dutchmen and Belgians, only a passport is required, which is still valid for at least six months after departure from the country. Visas are not required.
With regard to vaccinations, the advice is: consult the GGD or a vaccination service in a personal interview. DTP and Hepatitis A are recommended in any case. Malaria risk exists somewhat above Windhoek (6-8 May). We consider the danger of rabies too small to be vaccinated, but this is a consideration that everyone can best make himself.
www.travelclinic.com is a very informative website about tropical diseases and vaccinations.
PRICES CYCLING TOUR SOUTHERN AFRICA
Our combination of small groups, foreign areas and full care cannot possibly be low-budget. The use of a fully equipped overland truck - which moves us around 60% of the route - results in extra high transport costs. On the other hand, the price of participation covers almost all costs on the spot, because included are:
- all overnight stays
- the complete supply of drinks and food (except alcoholic drinks other than local beer and wine)
- our guidance (by bicycle)
- all transport & logistics between start and finish, naturally including that of the luggage during cycling
- all entrance fees; included are the guides.
Participation in the 23-day tour costs 3,195 euros per person. For those who make a part of the trip, the daily rate is 145 euros.
The supplement for a single room/tent is 425 euros.
We have good mountain bikes from Cape Town for rent. The rental fee is 265 euros.
For those taking part in the full Harare tour -> Victoria Falls & Windhoek -> Cape Town, we take care of the transport of bicycle and luggage between Vic Falls and Windhoek with the overland truck, we arrange the Victoria Falls -> Windhoek airticket and contribute 250 euros (the cost of Namibian Airlines, with early booking) to this. The total price comes to 3,195 + 1,925 = 5,120 euros. The eventual rental of a mountain bike then costs 360 euros.
In practice, pocket money spent will be less than 5 euros per day.
- the cleaning, maintenance and repair of clothes and bicycle. In other words, in cycling terms: the care of mechanics and soigneur. This option costs 130 euros once, and then also applies to all future (hopefully many) Tropical Cyclist tours.
There are several airlines that offer 1 ticket that fly you to Windhoek and that return you from Cape Town.
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