NAMAKWA ECO TRAIL – RICHTERSVELD – WEST COAST (12 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:

Meeting at endurafrica, collection of rider’s apparel.

Taxi to Springbok (560km). Collection of the bikes. Short “warm-up” ride around Springbok – Accommodation in guesthouse

Day 2: 198km

Springbok  Klein Pella (lodge)

Day 3: 130km

Pella – Charles’ Pass – Melkboom (wild camping)

Day 4: 160km

Amam dunes – Kamgab (wild camping)

Day 5: 102km

Kamgab – Road to Hell – Vioolsdrift (lodge)

Day 6: 114km

Vioolsdrift – Helskloof Pass  Tierhoek (wild camping)

Day 7: 118km

Tierhoek – Glybank – Bakkrans caves (wild camping)

Day 8144km

Bakkrans  Port Nolloth  Kleinsee (lodge)

Day 9: 161km

Kleinsee – Delwerskamp (wild camping)

Day 10: 150km

Delwerskamp – Vredendal (lodge)

Day 11169km

Vredendal – Kraaibosberg – Wupperthal – Cederberg Oasis (tented camp)

Day 12224km

Cederberg Oasis – Ceres – Bain’s kloof – Wellington – Bellville – Restitution of rider’s apparel – End

 

DURATION & DIFFICULTY

 

Duration: 12 days (including taxi from Bellville to Springbok)

Difficulty: up to grade 3 (Road to Hell: 4)

Overall sandy and rocky terrain. Days 11 and 12 are easy gravel roads, while the last 120km of the tour are spent on tar roads.

Participants: maximum 4

Start/End: Bellville (Cape Town)

 

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ACCOMMODATION

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Wild camping, tented camp and guest house

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PRICES

 

All-inclusive package with rental motorbike:

Product code NAM-12-B

ZAR 51’800

Additional charges:

+10% / person for groups of less than 3

 

All-inclusive package without rental motorbike:

Product code NAM-12

Contact us

 

OTHER INFORMATION

 

Due to the complexity of the logistics (camps, permits, supplies, petrol, limited number of lodges, etc), we only organise this tour twice a year, and the number of guests is limited to 4. Don’t miss it!!!

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Motorbikes: We stick to our “light bike” concept (Honda CRF250L, CRF300L or equivalent), which has proven very efficient in technical terrain. Bikes are shipped in advance to Springbok in order to avoid the long ride on the N7 (tar road).

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We are happy to organise extra accommodation for you, e.g. on the day before the tour and/or last day, please specify your request in the booking form.

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Please visit our Ts&Cs.

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