Windhoek - Cape Town - Motorbike tour

Day 1: Departure from EU to Namibia

Scheduled flight overnight with Air Namibia from Frankfurt (Main) which takes you directly to Windhoek.

Day 2: Windhoek - Auas Mountains

Arriving in the early morning at Hosea Kutako International Airport, our tourguide will welcome you. After a one-hour journey you arrive at Windhoek Mountain Lodge. This comfortable lodge, located at the southern foothills of the Auas Mountains, is the starting point for all our Gravel Travel tours in Namibia. After a hearty breakfast, there is space for acclimatising and relaxing at the pool. The Windhoek Mountain Lodge offers a beautiful view of the surrounding mountain ranges and wide bush savannah. We have a general tour briefing in this afternoon and give introdution to the bikes and GPS devices. Subsequently, we go on an introductory ride (approx. 100 km) where you can familiarise with the road conditions and the technology. Later on you can enjoy a first sundowner at the viewing platform near the lodge before our legendary bushman fondue is served for dinner …

3. Tag: Windhoek / Auasberge

Gut erholt & akklimatisiert widmen wir den heutigen Tag der Praxis. Es erfolgt eine Einweisung in die Motorräder und das zugehörige GPS. Anschließend geht es auf eine halbtägige Ausfahrt als erste Eingewöhnungstour, um sich mit den Straßenverhältnissen und der Technik vertraut zu machen. Nachmittags bleibt genug Zeit, den ersten Fahrtag zu verinnerlichen und entspannt bei einem guten Abendessen ausklingen zu lassen.

Day 3: Auas Mountains (Windhoek Mountain Lodge) - Namib-Desert
Namib Desert Lodge (1 Night)

After breakfast we meet for a short morning briefing with some specific hints for this day stage – and off we go: Today’s destination is the “Namib Desert Lodge”. We pass Windhoek on the brink and leave the tarred road fairly quick to submerge into the hilly Khomas-Hochland. We travel along wide and fairly solid gravel roads across this central highlands into the south western direction until we reach the gigantic lookout point of the Spreetshoogte Pass where the view opens up from high above over the Namib Desert landscape. Further down the pass the gravel roads lead through open plains along the Naukluft Mountains where Zebra, Sprinbock and Oryx antelope roam. Finally the lodge is reached – on the edge of the famous fossile dunes.

Day 4: Namib Desert – Helmeringhausen

Today’s stage consists primarily of the extreme landscapes of the Namib Desert. The largest section of this trip heads along the rim between the desert region and the highlands. The red dunes are visible on one side while the other side presents bizarre  views over Naukluft- and Tiras mountains. Our destination is the quaint desert town Helmeringhausen, which brings back memories of the “wild west”......

Day 5: Helmeringhausen – Luderitz

The destination for today is the small dreamy harbour town of Luderitz. Via Aus the one and only tar road through the „Sperrgebiet“ takes us through Namib desert plains towards the coast. It seems as if time has come to a standstill here. The majority of houses stem from the German colonial era and even the deserted diamond towns like Kolmanskoop with its well preserved buildings, reminds you of the past. We spend the night at the “Nest Hotel” at the waterfront overlooking the Luderitz bay. The Benguela Current causes the coastal temperatures to be significantly colder than inland temperatures.

Day 6: Luderitz – Orange River

As we depart from Luderitz and travel to Noordoewer we initially ride on almost 120km tar road across the desert to Aus. From there we continue on the commonly used mining road towards Rosh Pinah, a booming mining town in the very south of Namibia. After a brief stop-over to fuel up, we now come along one of the most beautiful sections of the tour. We travel along the green oasis of the broad Orange river stream eventually reaching Felix Unite River Lodge, where we stay in cosy cabanas directly on the river banks in beautiful atmosphere.

Day 7: Orange River - Namaqualand

Today we leave Namibia and enter the Northern Cape of South Africa. The border formalities are usually not that complex and we are soon on the track again travelling westwards along the river bank of the Orange river. The journey continues along smaller more remote tracks that lead us through the rocky deserts of the Richtersveld. We pass ancient, often deserted diamond mines and in the afternoon we reach the small harbour town Port Nolloth. After a coffee-break we continue across the diamond area parallel to the Atlantic coast until we reach our destination ‚Die Houthoop‘, a remote guest farm on the edge of the Namaqualand. The fish specialities prepared on the open fire are out of this world.

Day 8: Namaqualand - Strandfontein

The peaceful, infinite hills of the Namaqualand determine today’s impressions. We pass this wonderful landscapes on our way south on narrow, relatively unstable roads, past deserted farms und seemingly extinct towns. Once we complete the end of this stage we find ourselves amongst some kind of civilisation again. Our destination for today is the quaint holiday spot Strandfontein, which is located at the mouth of the Olifants river (known for its massive irrigation projects) and is situated on the Atlantic coast. We spend the night at the cosy guesthouse “Seabreeze”. The rooms provide you with a fascinating view across the ocean and the kitchen cannot deny its close proximity to the Atlantic…

Day 9: Strandfontein - Clanwilliam

Today we leave the Atlantic coast behind and head east towards inland. We reach the wine growing regions of the Olifants river shortly afterwards. Curvy gravel roads take us into the Cederberg mountains, whose sensational viewpoints consistently motivate us to stop and take a deep breath. In the afternoon we reach the small town of Clanwilliam, which is known for its fruit and rooibos tea plantations. We stay at the ‚Saint du Barry’s Country Lodge‘ a small colonial style guesthouse which is known not only for its unforgettable dinners.

Day 10: Clanwilliam - Stellenbosch

We today continue towards the south and pass the massive “Clanwilliam dam”, ride across the wonderful passes of Cederberg and the enourmous fruit plantations of Ceres, until we reach the world famous wine growing region of Stellenbosch. Today’s route is extremely curvy and one often has to decide between riding or viewing. The landscape is incredibly diverse and fascinating. Our destination is a pittoresque guesthouse inmidst the old University town Stellenbosch.

Day 11: Stellenbosch - Hermanus
Windsor Hotel (1 Night)

Today’s stage takes us across the “Franschhoek Pass” to the east. We then pass the “Theewaterkloof Dam”, a massive water reservoir for Cape Town, and have a great coffee break in the tiny artists town of Greyton, where houses and ancient trees remind you of times long gone by. From here we head straight down to “Cape Agulhas”, the southern most point of the African continent. “Cape Agulhas” is also the geographical border between the Indian and Atlantic ocean. We continue on small gravel roads along the coast until we reach our destination, the famous whale watching town Hermanus, towards early evening. Our hotel is located directly in the old harbour area flanked by the seaside.

Day 12: Hermanus - Cape Town

Before heading for our final destination – the magnificent Cape Town – we still need to visit the legendary “Cape of Good Hope” - this place has meanwhile become one of the most sought after tourist destinations of South Africa. But one has to have at least seen this place. A fascinating 230km coastal road including the world famous “Chapman’s Peak”, are today’s closing highlight for this motorcycle tour. Our hotel in Cape Town, the Winchester Mansions located in Seapoint, is one of the best that South Africa has to offer.

Day 13: Cape Town

The objective of today is to get acquainted with Cape Town. The selection is very diverse and the time is actually not enough. There is much to discover. Take the „Hop on and hop off“ double-decker bus, or visit the amazingly restored Waterfront at the harbour nearby, or the Green Market Square with its many African street traders/hawkers – or Robben Island, the prison island where Nelson Mandela was held captive for more than twenty years… We meet up again for our last evening and visit an interesting restaurant.

Day 14: Cape Town - Return Flight

Once you have had a good nights’ rest and enjoyed a first class breakfast we will unfortunately have to leave the hotel and prepare for the return flight from Cape Town via Windhoek to Frankfurt/Germany.

Day 15: Arrival Frankfurt/Germany

Arrival in the early morning at Frankfurt (Main) and your individual onward journey via train or flight to your home town.