Few countries truly embody the term ‘endless skies’ quite like Namibia. Home to the world’s oldest desert - the Namib, from which the country’s name derives - this is a land of stirring landscapes. While you may be forgiven for thinking sand dominates here, there are also gorgeous mountains such as the Naukluft, rivers, and wetlands in the Caprivi Strip, plus the grass plains of the Kalahari. The iconic African landscapes here are bountiful and they make for a truly unique cycling tour adventure like no other country out there.
There is no escaping that Namibia is a vast country - it is one of the most sparsely populated in the world - but this purely adds to the wanderlust of travelling here, particularly when it comes to two wheels.
There is plenty to sink your tires into especially when it comes to riding in the marvelous Namibian deserts. One such ride through the Namib Naukluft Desert, heading north towards the Tropic of Capricorn offers spectacular views, plus the chance to see ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, and mountain zebras.
Undoubtedly, wildlife is a huge draw in Namibia and it is easy to see why Etosha National Park is the hot ticket here. Rated as one of Southern Africa’s best game viewing parks, this provides a golden opportunity to see the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo). Safari ventures here are an unreal experience, particularly even in the quieter times when you can observe the watering hole at night and see which creatures head for a drink or swim.
Away from the wildlife, there is still plenty more to enjoy in Namibia on or off the bike. For instance, a climb up Dune 45 in the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Desert provides incredible photo opportunities and the chance to bask in the red-ochre desert views. While no visit would be complete without switching to a ‘fat’ bike to tackle the sand dunes that surround Swakopmund and admiring the extraordinary moon valley landscapes.
The vistas in Namibia are truly breathtaking and any trip here should also include a visit to Africa’s largest canyon, Fish River Canyon. A sunset hike here will provide you with a view forever etched into your mind. And Namibia is just that - a country that prides itself on being remarkable and memorable.
Best Seasons:September - April
Popular Locations:Dune 45, Fish River Canyon, Namib Naukluft Desert, Etosha National Park