Namibia – A beautiful setting for an Africa motorcycle adventure
Namibia is the third country on the TAMARBIKES Africa Expedition, an Africa motorcycle adventure spanning 14-day , 3600km and 4 countries. This Africa motorcycle tour begins in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe, and crosses some of Botswana’s finest. We reach Namibia through the Trans-Kalahari border crossing. After a visit to Windhoek the amazing capital, we head for the Sussusvlei Dunes, (Including Dune 45 the tallest in the world) in the Namib Naukloft sanctuary. We then tour the Sestriem gorge and continue to the Fish River Canyon, second only to the Grand Canyon. Ultimately, we continue our tour and leave Namibia after 5 days when we cross the Orange river into South Africa.
Namibia is a mostly arid nation of wild barren beauty. Classic deserts, thorn bush savanna, desolate wind damaged coastlines, marvelous canyons, and sun-baked salt-pans are the bounty that waits for the tourist.
Namibia’s deserts are jam packed with extreme and other sport activities. These activities include, among others, abseiling – that most incredible of rock sports, coastal and fresh water angling, desert camel riding, scuba diving, 4×4 desert runs, trekking and mountaineering, and of course some of the best motorcycle ridding one can imagine.
Namibia has four distinct geographical areas. Along the coast is the Namib Desert, which at the age of 80 million years old, is said to be the world’s oldest desert. At the coast, the icy cold Atlantic satisfies the blazing African desert, resulting in thick fogs, in the east the Kalahari desert extending across Botswana and Zimbabwe, and in the North the Etosha Nature reserve and the Caparivi strip stretching across to the Chobe National park in Botswana.
Namibia, one and half times the size of France, is very sparsely populated and carries just 2.2 million people. The people are as distinct as the land they live on. The San are the most intriguing of these tribes and are otherwise known as Bushmen. These most hardy of individuals have a highly sophisticated knowledge of their environment. It is a marvelous thing how well they are adjusted to their difficult habitat. Just time out and think that these are the only people worldwide who live with no permanent access to water. In one of their main residences, the Kalahari Desert, water is scarce, and not to be found on the surface. Tubers, melons, and other water bearing plants in addition to underground sip wells provide their water requirements.
In Namibia today, Bushmen number about 50,000. Historians approximate that they have lived, primarily as gatherers and hunters, for a minimum of 25,000 years in these parts of the world. Bushmen speak in a strange click language and are extremely talented in the arts of dance, mimicry, and storytelling. Namibia’s other individuals, who are native to the continent, are mainly of Bantu origin. They are thought to have actually arrived from western Africa from about 2,400 years back. The African groups consist of the Owambo, Kavango, Caprivians, Herero, Himba, Damara, Nama and Tswana.
White Namibians amount to about 120,000 and are mainly of German and Afrikaner heritage. Germans arrived in considerable numbers after 1884 when Bismarck stated the nation a German Protectorate.
Two other distinct groups finish the spectrum of Namibia’s individuals – Basters and Coloreds. Colored in Namibia and southern Africa refers to individuals of blended racial heritage, black- white. This makes sense considering that Namibia was run by South Africa after the First World War.
Namibia’s unwelcoming and barren shorelines served as a natural deterrent to the ambitions of European explorers. Consequently, Bismarck declared the territory covered by Namibia a German colony and called it Sudwestafrika or South West Africa.
The German occupation was an especially unhappy experience for the Herero. The Herero felt bitter the German’s extreme and racist guideline and the impact of the advancement on their arrive at their income and way of living. On the very first day of the year 1904, the Herero led by Chief Samuel Maharero, rose suddenly and suddenly in arms versus their colonial overlords. The Nama signed up with the insurrection and the authorities did not restore control after 6 months of attempting. Over 100 German settlers and soldiers died in the uprising. Historians now think about occasions that followed to constitute the first genocide of the twentieth century.
Bismark argued that the Herero need to be destroyed as a people and he did not recoil at the murder of children or women. At the end of it all, 100,000 Nama and Herero were eliminated. The Herero fared extremely badly and 80% of them perished. Namibia’s other individuals, who are native to the continent, are mainly of Bantu origin.
Namibia’s road system (which you pay a special fee when you enter the country) consists of very few main paved roads running across the country and through Windhoek the capital. Consequently, the major part of the road system is not paved. Surprisingly, this network of dirt roads is excellently maintained and well signed. More over, when riding the Namib road system, you will constantly encounter maintenance vehicles smoothing out these white roads enabling one to travel the immense distances in ease and safety. Although off road experience can come in handy while riding Namibian roads any rider can tackle this challenge. Occasionally on secondary roads (D-XXX), you will find sand traps that have covered the road so keep your eyes open.
Finally, riding almost 1500km through this amazing land and stopping at its world class natural gems is very much what the Africa Expedition is all about a unique once in a lifetime motorcycle adventure, serving you a lifetime of memories.