The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province and a must-see destination, whether you prefer the ocean, the desert, the bush or quirky towns rich in history and culture. The Namaqua Coastal Route region in the Northern Cape is a place of breathtaking divergence and jaw-dropping beauty.
Set on the tipping point between coastal plains and an arid inland escarpment, the area constitutes a minimalist landscape strafed by a vigorous climate, where extreme elements have shaped a space rugged beyond belief. The Bikamino is a spiritual bike journey where one can tour in a relaxed environment and ride through this beautiful landscape. Pilgrims from all over the world have embarked on Caminos for centuries and today, more than a pilgrimage the Caminos are an unforgettable experience and a unique journey and invites the participants to venture inwards and leave the conventional worlds stresses behind.
This is a journey in the most sparsely populated but exceptionally hospitable region of South Africa – the Namaqualand. There are easier ways to traverse a region, but besides hiking there isn’t a way that immerses yourself in the landscape quite like cycling. Now throw everything you need on your bike and you’re bike packing. With the Tour you will have the option of “slackpacking” as there will be a backup vehicle present to carry most of your gear along the route.
We will provide you with one GPS Tracker equipped with a Help Request Button and a Back Up vehicle never to far behind. Your guide will have a basic First Aid kit with him, no medics or Doctors will be present.
The route consists mainly of large gravel roads with some tar sections. There are more technical options on the first 2 days that can be negotiated with the guide, but the easier routes are the norm. There are some long and steep climbs on Day 1 & 2.
OUR EXPERIENCED FIELD GUIDE HAS IMMENSE LOCAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE AREA, THE PLANTS AND THE GEOLOGY.
*Rate based on group size 8
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The Namaqua coastal route Bikamino starts with a stay in Okiep that functions as base camp number one. Besides the amazing stays and the unique local cuisine, you will receive a Bikamino passport, with an ID photo, to be checked in at the different points along the way. Bikamino aims to bring something similar to the Camino culture to the wonderful South African countryside, to offer safe and open routes with support and opportunity to learn about South Africa’s nature, unique history and diverse cultures. The semi desert landscape makes for a perfect back drop to achieve this goal with the creation of the spiritual journey into oneself.
- Exclusive Bikamino Tour
- Schaap River Canyon
- Kookfontein -Oasis in the middle of the desert.
- Namaqua National Park
- Hondeklip Bay
Day 1: Springbok to Okiep (11km)
Arrival at Springbok and transfer to Okiep inclusive of gear. 2 x Pilots stay at Okiep for the duration of the Tour (All Meals included). Dinner in Okiep
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 2: Okiep to Naries (92km)
06:30 Ride Starts from Okiep to Naries. Lunch Stop at Nigramoep 48km into the ride and Dinner and Accommodation in Naries.
The first leg is between the mining towns of Okiep and Naries through Namaqualand’s Klipkoppen region with granite boulders strewn like confetti over the landscape. The route then takes you westward through the very impressive Schaap River Canyon that cuts so deep into the landscape that it is visible from space. Large succulents known as Quiver trees, indigenous to this land dots the countryside. This is the first check point that you will need your Bikamino passport for, and if forgotten, a penalty of the infamous drink “Platsnoek” will be passed round for a swig. Ending the day in Naries.
Breakfast, packed picnic Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3: Naries to Namaqua National park (75km)
06:30 Ride Starts from Naries to Kookfontein, Namaqua National Park. Lunch Stop next to the road on the “Messel Pad” section. Dinner and Tented Accommodation at Kookfontein (Rustic but beautiful).
The second day you drop into the lower lying landscape from the escarpment onto the plains of the Northern Cape. The ever-changing land offers small surprises in the small fauna and flora. Filled with rolling hills and friendly people along the way, everyone with a story of the region. The journey ends in the Kookfontein with welcoming meal, a natural pool and a good night’s rest.
Breakfast, packed picnic Lunch, Dinner.
Day 4: Kookfontein to HondeKlipbaai (61km)
6:30 Ride Starts from Kookfontein to Hondeklipbaai. Today you head to Hondeklip on the wild Atlantic coastline and indulge in the beauty that this arid land has to offer. Lunch at the Harbour in Hondeklipbaai. Shuttles Transport Riders back to Okiep, from where departure takes place.
Breakfast, Lunch at own expense.
All Accommodation from Arrival to Departure (3 Nights)
All Meals from Dinner on the 3rd to Lunch on the 6th.
Local Guide with back up Vehicle
Transfers including Bicycles from Springbok on 3 Feb (return)
Pilot Accommodation and Meals
All Logistics and Planning
Route and Park Fees
Transfer from Hondeklip to Okiep on 6 Feb
Bicycle Gear, helmet, shoes, riding kit, basic tools and puncture repair kit.
You must be able to repair basic issues on your bike yourself.
Bicycles must be serviced prior to the trip.
Sun protection (It is a desert)
Water carrying system on the bike.
Cash for drinks not included in meals and shops next to the road.
Climbing legs and a good sense of humour.
International flight and departure taxes.
All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
Tips and gratuities
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Meals not mentioned
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