This June we were privileged to visit our new favourite destination again, Kaokoland. Kaokoland is the rugged and extremely remote north western region of Namibia, home of the Himba tribe and place of vast natural beauty.
Our journey began and ended in the capital city Windhoek, heading north to the Kunene River (border of Angola) where we entered the remote wilderness via a network of rough African roads, two track and dry riverbeds. The terrain was constantly changing and each day offered new challenges and topography. This is a tour for experienced riders only as the riding is challenging with long deep sand sections, rock strewn jeep tracks and high temperatures, even in the winter months.
We overnighted in typical sandy riverbed Namibian camp sites, although a couple of the guys chose to upgrade to the lodges attached to the camps on a couple of nights, especially after the tough riding days. This trip we were treated to huge numbers of big game like the oryx, giraffe and elephants as well as herds of well fed springbok, the result of good summer rains in January this year. On our final camp night at Brandberg White lady Lodge a group of elephant visited our camp after dark and calmly walked among our tents, an experience I’ll never forget.
Stand out moments of the tour included the stunning Kunene River Trail, the Epupa Falls and the Marienfluss, a vast plain of tall yellow grasses with a red sand two track road meandering from the bottom of the steep rocky van Zyls pass descent. From the heat and rugged inland we joined the west coast at the fishing village of Henties Bay, road a short section on the misty waters edge before heading for the old German port town of Swakopmund for a rest day and to enjoy some of the fine restaurants of the town. Most of the party opted to head to Walvis Bay on the rest day (only 30km away) to ride the massive Dune 2 and the surrounding unspoiled sand dunes. Great to get that Dakar rider feeling before the short ride back to Swakopmund and lunch at the famous Brauhaus. The final 330km back to Windhoek headed out on our last riverbed tracks before we enjoyed the beautiful twisting mountainous gravel district roads back to the real world. Another awesome Kaokoland ride in what is a great unspoiled and safe riding paradise.
Kaokoland respresents the best of the African experience in a safe turmoil free area, a gentle friendly local population, and a diversity of terrain making it an adventure bikers paradise. Our next Kaokoland tour is April 2017, although we have received a couple of requests to run one more towards the end of September or early october this year and if we get five guests it’s likely we’ll fit it in.
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Next WildWood tour is Our Orange River Wild Ride, a five day journey through the Northern Cape up to the Gariep River (Orange River) that includes sections of the Richtersveld National Park and should coincide with the famed west coast spring flowers.