NAMAKWA ECO TRAIL – RICHTERSVELD – WEST COAST (10 days)

ABOUT THE ROUTE

 

If you have some previous off-road experience, enjoy remoteness, wide open and desert-like spaces, then this route is made for you.

If you add wild camping to the equation (alternating with comfortable lodges) then you get the ultimate off-road motorcycle adventure of South Africa, the kind of once in a lifetime riding and human experience.

As the longest 4×4 route in the country, the Namakwa Eco Trail is also one of the prettiest. The countryside is characterised by winding rivers and dramatic mountain ranges.

We take it at a leisurely pace, which means there is plenty of time for breaks, photo shooting, or simply relaxing and enjoying the moment.

The terrain comprises a combination of gravel, rock and sand, with some exciting river crossings and dongas to negotiate. Riders can expect a number of steep slopes (both inclines and declines) and some serious zig-zags to test their skills.

 

PROGRAMME

 

Day 1:

Taxi to Springbok (560km). Short “warm-up” ride around Springbok

Day 2: 198km

Springbok  Klein Pella (lodge)

Day 3: 130km

Pella – Charles’ Pass – Melkboom (wild camp)

Day 4: 160km

Amam dunes – Kamgab (wild camp)

Day 5: 102km

Kamgab – Road to Hell – Vioolsdrift (lodge)

Day 6: 114kmp

Vioolsdrift – Helskloof Pass  Tierhoek (wild camp)

Day 7: 118km

Tierhoek – Glybank – Bakkrans caves (wild camp)

Day 8144km

Bakkrans  Port Nolloth  Kleinsee (lodge)

Day 9: 161km

Kleinsee – Delwerskamp (wild camp

Day 10: 150km

Delwerskamp – Vredendal

Taxi to Bellville (300km)

 

2 options are available for the extended version (12 days):

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Option1: 2 additional days in the Richtersveld Transfrontier Parc (Tierhoek – Gannakouriep – Glybank  – Bakkrans caves)

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Option 2: Return to Cape Town (2 days) via the Cederberg (Vredendal – Wupperthal – Cederberg Oasis – Ceres – Bain’s kloof – Wellington – Bellville)

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DURATION, DIFFICULTY & BIKES

 

Duration: 10 days (including taxi from Bellville to Springbok and from Vredendal to Bellville) – Can be extended by 2 days, cf. options available in the programme.

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Grade: 3 (Road to Hell: 4) – overall sandy and rocky terrain

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Motorbikes: We stick to our “light bike” concept (modified Honda CRF250L or equivalent), which has proven very efficient in technical terrain. Bike are transported on a trailer to Springbok and from Vredendal to avoid riding long tar road sections.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

 

Due to the complexity of the logistics (camps, permits, supplies, petrol, limited number of lodged, etc), we only organise this tour twice a year, and the number of guests is limited to 5. Don’t miss it!!!

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You are welcome to come with your own bike.

Please specify options while booking.

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We will send you a detailed programme & schedule once the booking has been confirmed.