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Namibia Motorcycle Tour
Why do I ride a motorcycle you ask???
Tell me why your dog sticks his head out of your car window and you have my answer.
23 April – 6 May 2020
Visiting the ghost town of Kolmaskoppe, spotting the desert horses,
visiting the famous Joe’s Beerhouse and staying in some very nice
accommodation will be but a few of the memories you will have of
this inaugural Cederberg 4x4 Motorcycle Tour to Namibia.
Namibia remains a destination so many people would like to visit but know so little about and do not want to attempt on their own, which is a wise and safe decision. Being in a group led by a seasoned trip leader will give everyone peace of mind with regards to safety when visiting Namibia. Cederberg 4x4 will be hosting a fourteen-day (thirteen nights) tar road adventure for Motorcycles. We will be visiting some of the most popular and well-known destinations in southern, western and central Namibia including the coastal towns of Luderitz, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
Namibia officially known as the Republic of Namibia, is a country in Southern Africa. Its western border is the Atlantic Ocean; it shares land borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Although it does not border Zimbabwe, less than 200 meters of the Zambezi River separates the two countries. Namibia gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek, and it is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations.
Namibia, the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, was inhabited since early times by the San, Damara and Nama people. Around the 14th century, immigrating Bantu peoples arrived as part of the Bantu expansion. Since then, the Bantu groups, the largest being the Ovambo, have dominated the population of the country; since the late 19th century, they have constituted a majority.
In 1878, the Cape of Good Hope, then a British colony, annexed the port of Walvis Bay and the offshore Penguin Islands; these became an integral part of the new Union of South Africa at its creation in 1910. In 1884 the German Empire established rule over most of the territory, forming a colony known as German South West Africa. It developed farming and infrastructure. Between 1904 and 1908 it perpetrated a genocide against the Herero and Nama people. German rule ended in 1915 with a defeat by South African forces. In 1920, after the end of World War I, the League of Nations mandated the administration of the colony to South Africa. It imposed its laws, including racial classifications and rules. From 1948, with the National Party elected to power, South Africa applied apartheid also to what was then known as South West Africa.
In the later 20th century, uprisings and demands for political representation by native African political activists seeking independence resulted in the UN assuming direct responsibility over the territory in 1966, but South Africa maintained de facto rule. In 1973 the UN recognized the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) as the official representative of the Namibian people; the party is dominated by the Aawambo, who are a large plurality in the territory. Following continued guerrilla warfare, South Africa installed an interim administration in Namibia in 1985. Namibia obtained full independence from South Africa in 1990. However, Walvis Bay and the Penguin Islands remained under South African control until 1994.
Namibia has a population of 2.6 million people and a stable multi-party parliamentary democracy. Agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry – including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and base metals – form the basis of its economy. The large, arid Namib Desert has resulted in Namibia being overall one of the least densely populated countries in the world. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Your spirit of adventure, exploring the unknown surrounded by other like-minded motorcycle enthusiasts and a good sense of humour, will add to this being a trip you will remember for a long time after your return. You will be the envy of many friends that have not had the opportunity to visit these exciting parts of Namibia. Here is your opportunity to invite them along and have them share in this exciting trip. Avoid disappointment and book now to secure your place.
All information supplied in the agenda is given in good faith by Cederberg 4x4 and compiled from the latest information available at the time. The activity times/accommodation, as indicated on the agenda, are subject to change without notice and at the sole discretion of Cederberg 4x4 or the guide.
Vehicles : Only motorcycles with a minimum of 600cc and a range of 200Km or more allowed.
Nearest Towns : See agenda for towns, routes and distances.
Guide : Keith Millington.
Morning Briefing: Every morning we meet for a quick briefing at 08:00 and depart no later than 08:30.
PLACE : SWARTLAND 1-STOP on N7 just past the Melkbosstrand turn-off.
DATE : Thursday 23rd APRIL 2020.
TIME : 08:00 departing no later than 08h30. Respect your fellow participants and be on time.
DIRECTIONS TO RENDEZVOUS
Follow the N7 travelling North till you pass Melkbosstrand turn-off. The SWARTLAND 1-STOP is on your left about 5 Km further on. We will be having breakfast in Piketberg so just a coffee and sandwich suggested.
Calvinia – 387km - Arrive Thursday 23rd April – Depart Friday 24th April (1 x night)
Please note that we will be stopping in Piketberg for breakfast. We will be staying at the Calvinia Hotel. On the way to Calvinia we will stop at the Motorcycle Museum in Nieuwoudtville for the enthusiasts to drool over and remember the bikes they coveted or may have owned in the past. You will be free to do anything you choose after we have checked in at the hotel. Dinner will be at 19h00 at the “Blou Naartjie” and is for your own account.
Places of interest in Calvinia
The famous Giant Post Box at the entrance to the town.
Old Jewish Synagogue.
Upington – 414km - Arrive Friday 24 April – Depart Saturday 25 April (1 x night)
After breakfast we will have a quick briefing at 08:00 and depart for Upington at 08:30. We will be staying at the Desert Palace Hotel & Casino. There is much to see in Upington and as usual you are free to explore after check in. Dinner will be in the restaurant at 19h00 for your own account (optional).
Places of interest in Upington
Orange River Cellars – Wine tasting
Last place in SA to get spares for your bike or any other requirements you have discovered en-route.
Keetmanshoop – 480km - Arrive Saturday 25 April – Depart Sunday 26 April (1 x night)
We will be staying at the Central Hotel in Keetmanshoop. As we have a fair distance and a border post to endure in order to get to Keetmanshoop we will just chill after we have checked in. Explore at will. Dinner will be at 19h00 local time (20h00 SA time) in the restaurant for your own account (optional).
Places of interest in Keetmanshoop
Statue of Sheep farmer
All other places are on dirt roads and we have time constraints.
Luderitz Bay – 337km - (Arrive Sunday 26 April – Depart Tuesday 28 April (2 x nights)
Now the trip really starts. We will meet at 08:00 after breakfast as normal. We will then ride to the Coastal town of Luderitz Bay where we are booked in at Obelix Guest House for 2 nights. The afternoon will be for chilling and doing whatever you want. Dinner at 19h00 in the restaurant as normal for your own account. The following morning (Monday) we will travel to the harbour and do a sightseeing boat trip (optional) and after lunch we will visit the German ghost town of Kolmanskop. Remember these activities are optional. On the way to Luderitz from Keetmanshoop and on the way back again we may be fortunate enough to spot the famous desert horses. We meet on Tuesday morning at 08:00 and depart at 08:30 as normal. Our destination is Schutzenhaus in Keetmanshoop.
Places of interest in Luderitz
Kolmanskop ghost town (we are visiting).
Harbour (we are doing boat trip).
Many old German houses and churches.
Keetmanshoop – 337km - (Arrive Tuesday 28 April – Depart Wednesday 29 April (1 x night)
This time we will be staying at Schutzenhaus for one night. There are no planned activities so just relax at will. We have 500 km to do the following day. Getting some rest and relaxation is a good idea. Dinner will be enjoyed at Schutzenhaus at 19h00 and is for your own account.
Windhoek – 500km - (Arrive Wednesday 29 April – Depart Thursday 30 April (1 x night)
We will meet at 08:00 after breakfast and depart at 08h30 for Windhoek, firstly taking on the worst part of the ride for the day. This is the stretch of 230km to Mariental where we will stop for a while to relax, recover and refresh. We should arrive in Windhoek early afternoon where we will book in to Kubata City Hotel. This is 5 minutes away from the famous “Joe’s Beerhouse” where we will have supper and a few beers. (optional).
Places of interest in Windhoek
The1890’s Alte Feste, a former military headquarters with historical exhibits
Independence Memorial Museum
Swakopmund – 362km - (Arrive Thursday 30 April – Depart Saturday 2 May (2 x nights)
We depart after breakfast from Windhoek and ride to Okahandja where we turn west towards the coast. The ride to Swakopmund is pleasant and comfortable. We will arrive in the afternoon and you may rest or explore at will. We will meet at the “Tugboat Restaurant” for supper (optional). There will be no planned activities on the second day as there are too many options. See below for some ideas.
Places of interest in Swakopmund/Walvis Bay
Please do your own research and bookings.
Walvis Bay Railway Locomotive
Quad bike riding in the dunes
Swakopmund City tour by electric bike
Living Dunes Tour
Many more options.
Okahandja – 290km - (Arrive Saturday 2 May – Depart Monday 4 May (2 x nights)
We will meet at 08:00 after breakfast and depart at 08h30. Leaving at the normal time after breakfast we will take a leisurely ride to Okahandja Country Hotel. After checking in we will relax till supper at 19h00. Supper is for your own account. There are no planned activities on the Sunday. This is a good time to relax and reflect. On Monday morning as we depart, we will stop at the best biltong factory in Namibia (in my opinion) so you can stock up. Here 30 minutes will be allocated for the stop.
Places of interest in Okahandja
A number of craft markets,
A military museum (I have yet to be allowed in).
Keetmanshoop – 580km - (Arrive Monday 4 May – Depart Tuesday 5 May (1 x night)
We will meet at 08:00 after breakfast and depart at 08h30. This is the longest ride of the entire trip. Other than stopping for fuel we will stop at Mariental for lunch. Then the long stretch back to Keetmanshoop where we are booked in at Maritz Country Lodge. The pool here has always been a favourite on previous trips and is a great way to revitalise with something cold to drink. Supper will be at 19h00 in the restaurant or at the Wimpy 5 mins walk away (optional). Supper is for your own account.
Springbok – 419km - (Arrive Tuesday 5 May – Depart Wednesday 6 May (1 x night)
Our last official day of riding together. After breakfast we depart at 08h30 and travel south to Springbok where we will spend the night at Undulata Lodge. Supper will be a communal braai and is included in the cost. The lodge is not licenced, so you need to plan ahead and cater for yourself. In the morning we will all say our goodbye’s and depart as individuals back home. The trip will be over as far as Cederberg 4x4 is concerned. John will be riding back to Cape Town and you can join him if you wish. I will be traveling back to Margate via Upington, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Harrysmith and Durban. Company welcome.
Ensure your bike is fuelled at the rendezvous point.
Fuel is available all over but cannot always be guaranteed in the smaller towns we will be visiting. We will be making regular fuel stops dependant on the needs of the group. Make sure the information you put in the booking form is correct. We are not carrying any spare fuel for you to rely on.
Breakfast is included at all accommodation. The braai the last evening at Undulata Lodge is included.
Everything else is for your own account.
See the Trip Information Pack for contact details and more information.
TRIP INFORMATION PACK
This will be sent to you at least 2 weeks prior to departure and contains the GPS co-ordinates, daily mileages, road names, distance between towns, phone numbers and all other relevant information. There will be just a few basic rules which we all need to adhere to and are more like courtesies and consideration towards other riders. You will be expected to follow these guidelines.
• DRINKING WATER - Dehydration is the biker’s enemy. Make sure you always have some bottled drinking water with you and keep yourself hydrated. It is also a good idea to have some “Rehydrate” sachets or similar with you.
• FIRST AID – It is a sad fact that irrespective of who is at fault the person on the motorcycle is the one who gets hurt. Make sure you have at least a basic first aid kit easily available.
• Remember to bring your cell phones.
• The days could be warm and the nights cooler. Pack clothing accordingly.
• It is always advisable to wear comfortable closed shoes or boots. Ankle protection is preferred.
• It is advisable to have a broad rim hat and sun block on hand for use during rest times.
• Use tie-down straps or cargo nets to secure all items not stored in panniers etc.
• Please remember to take rain gear just in case.
• All Motorcycles and tyres must be serviced or inspected prior to departure and must be able to travel 6 000km before requiring further attention.
• Always have your spare key with you but not on the same keyring and not locked in your bike.
• A puncture kit and bombs and common required tools must be available. Cederberg 4x4 sells the excellent Tech tyre repair kit. Contact Marina in this regard.
• Bike must have a valid license and ZA sticker.
• Registration documents of bike.
• Should your bike be financed, an authorisation letter from the financial institution will be required to take your bike across border.
• A valid passport is required with an expiry date not less than 6 x months from date of return to RSA and two empty pages.
• A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge will be available if required. You may bring your own.
• Some bikes have common problems. If you own one of these please carry any spare parts you think you may need.
• All Meals and snacks as indicated above.
• Cederberg 4x4 facilitating, coordinating and guide fees.
• Breakfast at all accommodation.
• Dinner the last evening at Undulata Lodge in Springbok.
R15500-00 per person sharing. You are welcome to share with a spouse or a friend.
R18500-00 per person in own private room.
BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS
Should you wish to join us on this excursion, please contact Marina immediately on 021 910 1363 to obtain the booking form for this excursion. If you want to know more about the actual trip itself feel free to contact Keith on Skype: millroymillroy or 083 310 1428.
• We can only accommodate a maximum of 15 motorcyles on this adventure.
• All Cederberg 4x4 motorcycle trips are subject to a minimum of 8 x motorcycles
• All bookings are made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
• To secure your place, contact Marina for a Cederberg 4x4 booking form.
• Your completed and signed booking form will confirm your intent to partake in this excursion.
• Your 50% deposit is required to confirm your intent to partake in this excursion.
• The balance is payable on or before Tuesday 14 April 2020.
• Your completed and signed booking form binds you to the conditions on page one and two of the booking forms.
• Should you wish to cancel or withdraw after booking for this trip, you will be required to find other people to take your place before any refunds will be considered.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT MARINA on 021 910 1363
All information supplied remains the intellectual property of Cederberg 4x4