An African Safari is on many travelers wish list. But so many folks don't like the idea of motoring through the bush via jeep. It's cramps an active persons style when they would rather their own bodies provide the fuel that moves them from point to point. There are very few tour operators that offer alternative methods like trekking or horseback riding safaris. Now, for those of us that like to pedal our way up and down the vast veld of the world's most amazing landscapes, there is an African mountain-biking safari offered by H&I Adventures through http://mountainbikeworldwide.com.
Of course there is nothing wrong with being shepherded across the bush in a 4x4 vehicle, marveling at the native animals from behind metal and glass. However those intrepid adventurers that require a more physical experience can sign up for a 12-day guided mountain biking safari in Namibia that starts from the capital Windhoek onto the immense sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the fossil trees of Deadvlie, through the Namib Desert to Swakopmund, and finally to the legendary Etosha National Park. You might ask, can your legs and lungs bear it? If you are an avid mountain-biker, this is the only way to experience a landscape that provides a wealth of natural beauty with every pedal stroke. Euan Wilson, H&I Adventures Director, explains the rationale for launching this new tour in Namibia, “A safari in Africa is one of those really aspirational vacations, but if you’re an active person like me, the thought of being a ‘passenger’ to the adventure in the confines of a jeep for 12 days doesn’t really appeal."
As most of mountain-bikers know, it's from the saddle of a mountain bike that you feel a direct connection with the outdoors. This tour exposes travelers to the wildlife, and local communities. Can you imagine pedaling by a herd of grazing giraffes or zebra, oryx or kudu? These animals roam across the vast span of scrubby landscape of Namibia.
The visit to Etosha National Park is a highlight and considered one of the best parks in Africa to see lions, elephants, rhinos and an assortment of other wildlife. The chance to experience and learn first-hand about this world-renowned conservation effort; is just one of many successful programs in Namibia.
In addition to all this, what makes this mountain bike safari in Africa unique is the opportunity to cycle from the Skeleton Coast, in the shadow of the Brandberg mountains, to the Huab River, home to desert elephants, lions and black rhino.
If you are into a more authentic experience and mixing with the locals then maybe you will like sleeping under the stars on luxury campsites, and overnighting at farmstays, guest houses, small hotels, and even a former movie set! And since Namibia is also a coastal country, local dishes include fresh seafood from the and game meats like kudu cooked traditionally over the camp fire.
Wilson adds, “The nature of the terrain in Namibia means that this adventure can be enjoyed by anyone who is fit and active, whether they are an enthusiastic mountain biker or not. It may even be the perfect vacation to convince a partner or friend to share your passion for mountain biking!”
The first of these new mountain biking safaris in Namibia runs from September 23rd to October 4th, 2014 and places are limited to eight per tour. For price and details visit www.mountainbikeworldwide.com/bike-tours/namibia, or contact H&I Adventures directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.