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Whether on a motorbike tour or 4x4-tour with Gravel Travel: you'll find some general travel infos and advise here (most info is equal to the 4x4-tours). We also provide additional answers on our FAQ page. However, if there is still a question open don’t hesitate to contact us per mail or by call see contact:
Are my riding skills sufficient to participate with Gravel Travel?
This question is worth asking to yourself and probably the most difficult one for us to answer: everbody rides in a different style and everyone has own, different experiences. What is easy to one, is impossible to someone else. We very often made the experience that absolute beginners handle loose surface even better than experienced motorbikers with many years of driving streetbikes on tar roads…
Our website presents many pictures providing impressions from our tours and tracks to show quite good what is going to expect you on these trips. From time to time there are guests participating without any experience on loose surface at all. Most of them cope well with that after the first days, but some don't ... these first gravel riding experiences are somehow associated with the risk of falling.
Although we don't like to frighten you, as most of our tours are not leading through heavy off road terrain (except the Damaraland-& Kaokoland tours), but we like to save you from unexpected surprises. Our tours shall make your time as enjoyable as can with most possibly minimised risk.
Our GPS-concept allows you to drive your individual pace thus not being under any speed pressure by group riding. This is another risk minimising fact. You’re still not left alone on the road, and our advise is to better ride in loose pairs and avoid clustered group riding.
Generally spoken the tours run along routes and gravel roads in good condition, they are graded frequently. The Goodhope Tour in South Africa has even a 50/50 tar/gravel part. In certain times of the season, weather conditions influence the tracks locally. After heavy rains the roads can be washed out or covered with sandy soil. This sudden change of surfaces can be frightening for a totally unexperienced endurist ... thus it is highly recommended to be trained on loose dirt roads.
Thus you do good to honestly convince yourself about your riding skills on gravel as to have enough experience to cope with sudden situations (e.g. full breaking) controlled and safely, as they might become very dangerous otherwise. If you're unsure about your skills for riding on Namibia's gravel roads, we strongly recommend to attend an enduro training (e.g. Enduropark Hechlingen, Germany). Also Gravel Travel offers own Enduro training weekends in Lower Saxony, northern Germany, both worth for enduro newcomers as well as for bikers that do not have many offroad possibilities. Learning principles and technique of off-road enduro riding will significantly minimise your risk of accidents!
Please note, that Namibia and South Africa have left-hand traffic, so for those not used to that, it’s especially important to drive cautiously.
What happens, if something does happen?
Despite protective clothing and cautious riding a certain degree of danger cannot be excluded. It is for this reason that all our tours are accompanied by a qualified tourguide, who will take care of the necessary arrangements in case something happens. But you will be eventhough requested to carry a first-aid kit for motorbikers and its highly recommended to have a first-aid refresher training before you go on tour.
In the unfortunate event of a severe accident we have a satellite telephone and GPS available that enables us to call and advise precisely for any Med-Rescue assistance (medical help via plane or helicopter) anywhere in Southern Africa.
Please contact your medical aid insurance to be covered within the country that you are travelling to – including medical repatriation to your home country if necessary. We urge you to get a special travel medical insurance otherwise.
On one's own account
We offer adventure tours – no luxury tours. Although this doesn't mean at all, that we exclude all forms of luxury from our tours. But mutual consideration and helpfulness are key parts - exactly that what you might know as team spirit. We spent a lot of time to conscientiously developing the tours and put in much effort to conduct them.
And however you should not forget to be in Africa. The tour schedule is planned but neither binding nor mandatory. We need to be flexible in regards of certain weather conditions and other imponderabilities that might change the routing or plan. If anything doesn’t run as desired, we do better cope with the african way of serenity than with european impatience – so we’ll ‚make a plan’ - as the Namibians say.
We wish you a pleasant flight and an unforgettable travel with us in wonderful Africa.
Your Gravel Travel-Team