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Scenic Desert Tour by Bike provided by Swakopmund Fat Bike Tours

Scenic Desert Tour by Bike
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
12
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    12
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 66812P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Fat Bike
  • Helmet
  • Water
  • Experienced guide
Exclusions
  • Pick up and drop off at accommodation
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • 6 Hendrik Witbooi, Swakopmund, Namibia Across the Hansa Hotel
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Min age: Depends on height and fitness level, must be able to ride a bike for 14km and approximately 2hrs continuously, including up several dunes. Our half size fat bike is perfect from 7 years old.
  • Max age: Depends on fitness level. Must be able to cycle for 2hrs continuously, including up several dunes.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Inclusions
  • Fat Bike
  • Helmet
  • Water
  • Experienced guide
Exclusions
  • Pick up and drop off at accommodation
Departure details
  • 6 Hendrik Witbooi, Swakopmund, Namibia Across the Hansa Hotel
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Min age: Depends on height and fitness level, must be able to ride a bike for 14km and approximately 2hrs continuously, including up several dunes. Our half size fat bike is perfect from 7 years old.
  • Max age: Depends on fitness level. Must be able to cycle for 2hrs continuously, including up several dunes.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    6 Hendrik Witbooi
    6 Hendrik Witbooi, Swakopmund, Namibia
    Across the Hansa Hotel
    See address & details
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    Swakopmund Fat Bike Tours
    Stop: 2 hours
    On our Scenic Desert Tour you will experience the oldest desert in the world on a fat bike. On your arrival at our office you will be kitted with a fat bike to your size and helmet. After a short briefing we head off on our bikes from the center of town towards the Swakop riverbed, passing through our historic town. Once we reach the edge of town, we head down into the dry riverbed where the desert experience starts. Not long and we start climbing our first dune. From here we spend about an hour in the dunes where you will experience the thrill of riding along the famous Namib dunes including some optional adrenaline pumping downhill sections for the adventure types. The guide will also share some interesting facts about the desert and the vast life in the seemingly lifeless environment. It is truly a living desert. The tour ends with a ride along the dry riverbed towards the coast and with the tide allows, some riding along the beach back to the office. A once in lifetime experience.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
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NeilLMaun_Botswana
Rondebosch, South Africa235 contributions
May 2021
Our first contact was Gibson who was super helpful and informative. They have two "fleets" of fat bikes, Specialised and Silverback all well maintained and in good condition. There are several options available for cycling in the dunes. There is a shorter 12km ride, we chose the 20km. We road cycle ride fairly often in Cape Town so our MTB skills are not great.
Mark, the owner of the business led our group of 2 - myself and my wife. He was great company, never in a rush and happy to give us a few tips about riding in the dunes.
Toward the end my wife struggled a bit as one needs to "power" up the steeper sections of the dunes. As a result she fell a bit (so did I)., thankfully the sand is soft. We had asked Mark to fit cleats to the bikes. We noted he did not wear cleats. To be honest if I were to ride again, I would probably think about wearing trail shoes or similar until I had mastered the technique a bit. I think it would be easier if the sand suddenly gets soft in a steep section.
After leaving we crossed the Swakop river a little inland and headed south. The dunes are between two main roads, so there is sometimes a bit of distant traffic noise but also a lot of wide open desert experience. After a while we turned west, up and over the dunes to descend to the coast, finishing along the beach and across the Swakop river mouth.
I would not say that this is an exclusive domain for cyclists, but for those who dont cycle regularly I would recommend the shorter 12 km trip!
Written May 20, 2021
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haraldp73
Windhoek36 contributions
Feb 2020
Undertook a 2-hour Scenic Desert Tour. A first for us on fat bikes. Riding was very casual and not too exhausting, considering riding in river beds and sand dunes. Guide, Ingo, stopped occasionally to allow to caption the scenery and provided information to the surroundings and environment. A very good mix of some 'exercise' and 'education'. Ingo was very attentive towards the safety and well being of the participants and was very generous with his time. Equipment ( bikes ) were all in good condition and thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful morning ride-out !
Written February 5, 2020
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hi Harald, Thank you very much for your review. Glad you had such a good time and enjoyed the mix between 'exercise' and 'education'. We always like to give our guests a 'takeaway' and leave you with a greater appreciation for the Namib desert :). See you again next time. Kind Regards, Mark
Written March 11, 2020
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Lara A
3 contributions
Jan 2020
I loved this tour. There was supposed to be two of us doing this tour and the other person did not show up. I was worried they would cancel, but oh no they let me do the tour. The views along the way especially once you reach the top of the dunes are mind blowing beautiful. It is a challenge and does test your fitness but you have to push through and tweak your gears because it is totally worth it especially riding down the dunes. My guide was very knowledgeable too which was great! I highly recommend this!
Written January 10, 2020
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Hi laraaY3534RO, Thank you for your review and recommendation. Glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you again :). Kind Regards, Mark
Written March 11, 2020
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realproperty
Toronto, Canada77 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a local bike tour of the desert around Swakopmund. Unless you are in good shape, and do a lot of biking, i highly recommend getting the electric assist bikes. (Don't be embarrassed--it will make the excursion a lot more fun. No need to be a hero.) It doesn't mean you won't get stuck but there are lots of hills that require momentum for the ups that the electric assist makes for far less work. a good afternoon activity.
Written February 29, 2020
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Hi realproperty, Thank you very much for your review. The e-bike is a great option if you are not a regular cyclist or if you just want an easier ride but still enjoy the amazing area on a bicycle :). Kind Regards, Mark
Written March 11, 2020
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Murray A
Montreal, Canada87 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Thanks Mark for making today perfect. You were so quick to reply to my emails and answer all my questions leading up to today. You were so helpful with tips as to how to negotiate the seemingly impossible dune climbs and descents. It was fun and exilararating with the most amazing views. It was also nice getting background info on Namibia during our rest breaks.
Our trip to Namibia would have been incomplete without your great tour.
Written January 17, 2020
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Hi Murray, Thank you very much for your review. I'm really glad you had such a great time and hopefully see you again in the future :) Kind Regards, Mark
Written March 11, 2020
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John M
East London, South Africa4 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
This was without a doubt the highlight of my stay in Swakopmund! I went on the early morning tour and I cannot think of a better way to experience the beautiful Namib desert. I thought it would be difficult to cycle on sand dunes, but it really is quite easy and it is so much fun going down the dunes. Mark, our guide was excellent and knows about the area and is very professional and friendly. Highly recommended for any visitor or local.
Written January 6, 2016
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visiteveryplace
Greater Manchester, UK365 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We signed up for a 2 hour desert tour, starting at 8.30am.
My wife was a bit apprehensive as she is not a cyclist but she had no reason to worry.
The bikes look virtually new and are very well maintained.
We rode with our guide through the town to the edge of the dunes. Then the best bit started, the extra wide tyres are perfect on the sand. Such amazing fun cycling down the dunes. My wife loved it!
Mark our guide was very informative and was great at taking photos of us.
General fitness is required and basic bike skills but this is fun for everyone.
You must give it a try!
Written February 15, 2018
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Hi Rick, Thank you very much for your review! Hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, Mark
Written September 6, 2018
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Gabrielle86
Prague, CZE24 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
As a keen cyclist, I was happy to sit on the bike again during my African holiday and did not expect much from riding a fat bike. But it was simply brilliant and I enjoyed it very much! Plus, the pictures from the tour are absolutely wonderful.
They react to the e-mails very fast and I find the price reasonable. The bikes are of a good condition and the guide (Lara?) also provided some information about the nature of the dunes, how they arise etc.
It was really great fun. We were a group of mixed fitness levels but I think that everyone enjoyed themselves as going downhill was quite easy on the fat bike even without much mountain biking experience. I would definitely go again.
My GPS did not find the address so if that is also your case - the office is just at the beginning of the Daniel Tjongarero Ave, just between the Slowtown Coffee Roasters and the other cafe.
Written January 22, 2017
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Eoin K
Dublin, Ireland12 contributions
Many thanks to Ingo and everyone at Swakopmund Fat Bike Tours! We spent a fantastic afternoon cycling around the sand dunes outside Swakopmund. Our guide, Ingo, was an excellent and knowledgeable guide about the desert. He was great fun and pushed us to our limits with the bikes! Would definitely recommend this tour, it was a highlight of our stay in Swakopmund!
Written April 25, 2019
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Hi eoink192, Thank you very much for your review and recommendation :). Hope to see you again some time. Kind regards, Mark
Written May 14, 2019
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TaliDM
Cape Town, South Africa11 contributions
Such a wonderful activity to do with your friends and family. The instructor was very patient and helpful as we had a fifteen year old with us who was not as skilled on the bike. Anyone can do it and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Written January 2, 2019
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HI talzdm, Thank you very much for your review! Glad you enjoyed the tour with us :). See you again next time :) Kind Regards Mark
Written May 28, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Swakopmund Fat Bike Tours
NeilLMaun_Botswana
NeilLMaun_Botswana
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Excellent trip into the desert
We chose to ride the 20km trip into the desert. My wife and I cycle a bit and brought along our cleated shoes. If I
169philipv
169philipv
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Great scenery
We had a great outing with Hanjo. Everybody can do it no problem, great scenery. The fat bikes are in excellent con
Basil2021
Basil2021
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Best impressions
I took a bike for 4 hours for 180 nad, and I liked it so much! Having travelled all over and inside out the Swakopm
Matobomatobo
Matobomatobo
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I luv this trip
Nicely organized, beautiful view, exciting bike ride, everything is compacted in short trip. Highly recommend.
989nadinec
989nadinec
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Unique cycling fun
We did the 2 hour dune cycle. It was so much fun. The first section is through town and out to the dunes along the
mattcam57
mattcam57
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Must do in Swakopmund
We did a 3 hour city / dune ride combo in early October with Hanrul ( sorry if name misspelt) who was an excellent
JDav_12
JDav_12
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Awesome time!
Had a really great time cycling the dunes. Fantastic guides and way to see the area; this is a must activity in Swa
Doris R
Doris R
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Fantastic activity
This activity was really unique! Rarely, there is an opportunity to ride a bike on the dunes! It was really fun to
Marlowtony
Marlowtony
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Cycling in the Dunes
This was a really good few hours, with the added bonus of bumping into some camels on our way back. I cycle a lot,
Paula G
Paula G
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A great way to experience the dunes!
We are regular cyclists at home, so we thought we’d give this a whirl. It took a little while to get used to riding
Astrid S
Astrid S
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Amazing to Discovery the dessert on a fat bike
The guide - Mark - kept everyone from happy; from in- to unexperienced. Items amazing to rode of the high dunes!
wilhelmusgjanssen
wilhelmusgjanssen
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Experiencing the desert on a bike!
We had a wonderful outing in a group of nine, very well led by Mark, the owner. It is amazing what you can do on a
Matthias W
Matthias W
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Bike
Great experience for my son and me. Nice and polite guide. Lots of information about the environment
HoppyA13
HoppyA13
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So much FUN!
Living in Namibia you don't really do the "touristy things" so we were excited when we got gift vouchers for this a
PMDBooth
PMDBooth
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Fantastic tour Loved it!
Our guides (Henk and Tyron) were fab and the bikes were great fun to cycle through town along the river bed and up
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