GS Small Group Adventure
Hiking, Cycling & Kayaking in Namibia
Join us on a truly unique adventure in some of the most beautiful and captivating landscapes in the world!
We’ll explore Namibia by mountain bike, foot, sea kayak and 4×4 vehicles with specialist guides and full back-up support.
- Learn and laugh the company of your private, naturalist guide
- See the renowned Sossusvlei dunes
- Sleep out in an open air bedroom under a blanket of stars in the desert
- Hike the NamibRand Nature Reserve, learning about desert flora & fauna
- Kayak among seals and dolphins
- Go in search of the desert elephant
- Mountain bike in the scenic splendor of Damaraland
Fuel your thirst for active adventure with us in Namibia!
Day 1 Arrival into Windhoek
Today your Ultimate Safari guide meets you on your arrival at the Windhoek International Airport, situated 40 km outside Windhoek. You are then transferred to Windhoek and the Galton House. En route, you will enjoy a short city tour. Dinner tonight is at the guesthouse or out in town at one of Windhoek’s famous restaurants with your guide.
One night at the Galton House including dinner.
Day 2 Sossusvlei Area
This morning, after breakfast, your guide will collect you from the guesthouse and you will depart in your safari vehicle for a four hour drive southwest through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before you head down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below. A picnic lunch can be taken at a scenic location en-route as you will arrive at Desert Homestead in the late afternoon, where you will stay for one night whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert. This section of the massive 50,000 km² Namib Naukluft National Park has become known as Sossusvlei, famous for its towering apricot coloured sand dunes which can be reached by following the Tsauchab River valley. Sossusvlei itself is actually a clay pan set amidst these star shaped dunes which stand up to 300 meters above the surrounding plains, ranking them among the tallest dunes on earth.
One night at the Desert Homestead with all meals and programmed activities included.
Day 3 NamibRand Nature Reserve
This morning you will rise early for an excursion inside the Namib Naukluft National Park with your guide, entering the Park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Once you have explored to your heart’s content and climbed one of the highest free standing dunes in the world, you can enjoy a relaxing picnic breakfast under the shade of a camelthorn tree.
Two nights at Tok Tokkie Trails with all meals and programmed excursions included.
Day 5 Swakopmund
This morning you return to the base camp before departing by vehicle for Swakopmund. The fascinating 5-6 hour drive today takes you northwest through awesome and ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft National Park, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb canyons. You will meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay, visiting the lagoon to see the interesting mix of pelicans, flamingos and other sea-birds, before continuing north to Swakopmund where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for the next two nights. Swakopmund resembles a small, German coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea. It boasts a charming combination of German colonial architecture blended with good hotels, shops, restaurants, museums, craft centres, galleries and cafés. There will be time this afternoon to wander around town and along the waterfront on foot, before heading off to dinner at the popular Tug Restaurant by the jetty which specializes in fresh seafood. Here you will meet your mountain biking guide, who will now be accompanying you throughout your safari, who will assist you with getting your bicycles ready (either rented or your own).
Two nights at the Sandfields Guesthouse with all meals included.
Day 7 Damaraland
After breakfast you depart for your 4 hours drive into the Damaraland, located in northwestern Namibia. You head inland and pass Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandberg, and make your way towards Twyfelfontein. Typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation, Damaraland offers some of the most breath-taking scenery on the safari. The present day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendour which will reward and astound you, giving an authentic understanding of the word ‘wilderness’.
Two nights at Camp Kipwe with all meals and programmed excursions included.
Day 9 Onkonjima
After a relaxed morning, or a short walk/cycle in the area with your guide, you will return to the lodge for breakfast and to freshen up before departing on your 4 hour drive in an easterly direction to Outjo, and on from there, via Otjiwarongo to Okonjima – Home of the AfriCat Foundation. You should arrive in Okonjima Plains Camp in time for lunch (although it’s possible to have a picnic en route if preferred). After lunch you may embark on another cycling tour based from Okonjima Plains Camp before going out on an afternoon “AfriCat activity” – normally tracking for either leopard or cheetah on the Okonjima Reserve. Return to the lodge in time to freshen up before dinner is served.
One night at Onkonjima Plains Camp with all meals and programmed excursions included.
Day 10 Departure for US, or extension
After breakfast, and possibly a last cycling tour into the local area, you will depart to Windhoek which is a drive of a bit less than three hours. Should you have time on arrival you can explore Windhoek especially if you have any last minute shopping. You will then be transferred to the Windhoek International Airport in time for your international flight back home.