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Namibia MTB

Namibia MTB

Adventure and cycling for a purpose

The contiguous Damaraland and Skeleton Coast regions in northern Namibia are some of the most remote, desolate and wild places on planet earth. They fall within the Namib – the only true desert in Southern Africa and possibly the oldest desert on earth. Yet within these rolling dunes, gravel planes and scattered mountain outcrops one can discover fascinating and unique plants, insects and, even more surprisingly, large desert adapted mammals. Most famously this is the home of the last free roaming population of black rhinos in the world as well as desert adapted elephant, lion, brown and spotted hyena, jackal, cheetah, caracal, leopard, oryx and springbok.

Our expedition travels through the private access Palmwag Concession, a public-private-community partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the three adjacent communities – Torra, Anabeb and Sesfontein – that administer the Palmwag concession. This area is a flagship example for the community driven conservation approach for which Namibia is renowned.

Have a look at our “Travelogue” review of this expedition…

Expedition Highlights

Mountain Biking

Mobile camping

Luxury Camp / Lodge

Stargazing

Wildlife

Tracking

Namibia MTB

The expedition

Overview

This is an unforgettable, active adventure exploring remote northern Namibia by Mountain bike. Our five-night expedition takes us through the spectacular 450,000 hectare private Palmwag concession in Damaraland. We will spend 3 nights in the wildest of locations, mobile camping under the stars in this extraordinary landscape.

Days are spent on the mountain bike navigating our way through spectacular scenery and past the onlooking denizens of the desert. Distances and time in the saddle is fully adaptable to our guest’s fitness levels – our support team with vehicles, bike trailers, bike mechanic and full cooler box are a radio call away.

In the afternoons, after settling into our new camp, we’ll walk into natural springs looking for wildlife and, where possible, track black rhino to view on foot. We may also encounter lion, elephant and hyena amongst other mammals.

The private mobile camp is fully serviced with simple dome tents, bucket showers and an amazing camp crew that prepare delicious, simple meals while making sure that you will enjoy an ice-cold beer and a G & T at the end of every day.

For the final two nights we’ll bike into one of Africa’s unique safari camps, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, overlooking the eponymous river valley as it cuts through the surrounding Kaokoveld mountains. We’ll safari drive and walk to explore the geographical highlights of the Skeleton coast and its desert adapted inhabitants including elephant, springbok, oryx, cheetah, giraffe, brown hyena, jackal, leopard and lion.

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2021 Dates

28th May – 3rd June 2021

Beginning in eastern Damaraland, the habitat dominated by rocky hillsides dotted with ghostly green Damara milkbush, we traverse west and north through valleys flush with grass and crossing ephemeral dry riverbeds lined with Camelthorns. Following a tributary of the legendary Hoanib river we make our way into the Skeleton Coast and the Hoanib river valley – the sustenance provider for the diverse desert adapted wildlife filling this otherworldly landscape.

Richard Anderson, Founder Anderson Expeditions

Children in the Wilderness

Conservation partner

Children in the Wilderness

Children in the Wilderness is a non-profit organisation supported by ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris, which aims to facilitate sustainable conservation through leadership development and education of children in Africa.

Insight, care and commitment are required to conserve Africa’s pristine wilderness and wildlife areas. If we are to ensure that these places continue to exist – in this generation and those to come – we need the rural children of Africa to understand the importance of conservation and its relevance in their lives. Hence, the Children in the Wilderness programme: an environmental and life skills educational programme for children, focusing on the next generation of decision-makers; inspiring them to care for their natural heritage and to become the custodians of these areas in the future.

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Your guides

Phill Steffny

Phill Steffny

“What’s special for me about Namibia is that it is one of the most uninhabited places on the planet. The lack of people, vast and endless expanses of space, the clear sound of silence and a real feeling of times gone by make it stand out amongst must-see destinations.

“Moving through this deserted region on your own steam, as you do on a mountain bike – without the sound of vehicles or human generated sound –is where the true experience lies. It’s an opportunity to take in incredible views, sneak up on one of the planets rarest large mammals, let your mind wander with the patterns on a sand dune or follow a giraffe crossing the distant mirage-like horizon.”

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Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

“One of the wildest and most memorable locations we spent the night was undoubtedly in the Mudorib canyon. A deep gorge, cut by a tributary of the Hoanib river, opening out into a natural amphitheatre – a semi-circle of honey coloured rock face locking in a natural beach looking over glorious desert skies. With our tents set against the rock face and the fire slow cooking a slab of lamb rib we spent the afternoon playing beach soccer. Team Namibia beat the “internationals” on penalties!”

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