Join our CEO Mikael Audebert as he celebrates his birthday in a unique and incredible setting. After experiencing a week-long mountain biking vacation in Namibia back in 2016, Mikael's approach to both his personal and business life was changed forever. It is in that spirit that he invites you to uncover and experience the same mind-blowing journey through Namibia's plains, deserts, dunes and coast.
Set off at a leisurely pace on your mountain bike, cycling on the mountain biking trails of the wilderness of Namibia. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including wildcats, rhinos, elephants and other endangered species such as the Aardvark, Pangolins, and the near-threatened brown Hyenas. Enjoy a mix of accommodations, from the unique experience of wild camping to the comfort of luxury lodges and tented camps, surrounded by natural beauty and majestic golden sunsets.
RESERVE BY JUNE 30, 2020 AND RECEIVED A COMPLIMENTARY NIGHT IN CAPE TOWN
Imagine a land half the size of Alaska, with barely 2 million people, stretching from the west coast of Africa to 2/3 of the continent's interior. Wouldn't that make the perfect destination to reconnect with yourself, surrounded by what life has best to offer and new friendships? A small group of like-minded individuals become family as you search for the inner-peace that will inevitably and undoubtedly be found on this unique mountain biking vacation in Namibia.
Part of this journey of self-discovery is to test one's limits and ability to truly appreciate and enjoy the surroundings. To appreciate local cultures and wildlife that keeps on opening up in front of you as you advance through incredibly diverse terrains and scenery. Pause for a second, take it all in, and leave Namibia truly transformed, taking home a new appreciation for the little things in life we too often take for granted.
On your arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be whisked away by an AIV host in a private vehicle to your home for the night, in the foothills of the Erongo Mountain range. Steeped in history, these ancient rock formations are the eroded remains of a volcanic complex about 130 million years old. Famous for its countless rock painting sites, Ai-Aiba is a mystical exploration of nature. Tonight, our welcome dinner is held...under the stars.
This morning, after breakfast we make our way to the Damaraland Reserve where your mountain biking vacation officially begins! Our route takes us through Twyfelfontein, which recently gained UNESCO World Heritage Status. On the way, we will also ride through the organ pipes and burnt mountain. After checking into our own private camp, you can relax by the pool or take advantage of some of our local rangers' knowledge for a walking safari.
Today, join us for some fun activities around the khaki plains of Damaraland. Enjoy an adventure biking challenge in the rocky plains and wildlife conservation and learn more about the local communities' traditions and culture. Along the way, we may stumble onto elephants and rhinos. Tonight, we hold a boma dinner as we enjoy local tribes' singing and dancing rituals.
This morning, after breakfast we head to the Palmwag area where you will experience Art In Voyage's Wild glamping. But first, we have to cycle through the various terrains ahead, all while sighting smaller wildlife roaming the area. This evening, gaze at the stars while enjoying dinner at the campfire.
Early in the morning, our local guide takes us on a hike where we learn about the local wildlife as we become professional trackers. We spend the afternoon at leisure for those wishing to rest from the extensive experience lived over the past few days. Others may join their local guide for some more biking through the area, looking for local wildlife.
Today, after breakfast we traveling further North-West Coastal area to an isolated Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp for three nights. Sit back and explore what Namibia's Skeleton Coast has to offer, from the ancient traditions and cultures to the safari excursion experience. On arrival, we are taken on a sundowner game drive (cocktails included). Dinner is served under the stars.
This morning, after breakfast prepare for yourself for a full day Safari experience. We will travel to the Skeleton Coast with its old remains ship-wrecks, sand dunes, Cape fur seals, and other wildlife that can be found in this region. We board a scenic flight back, soaring over the dunes. Tonight, dinner is held under the stars.
Jump on an early morning game drive or just sleep in and enjoy the morning at leisure. Late morning, we head out to one of the local desert Oasis, inviting respite from the dry surrounds of the desert and the chance to see wildlife coming to drink, as well as plenty of bird life. There, we enjoy a picnic lunch before making our way back to the property where we hold our farewell dinner.
After a traditional breakfast (and early game drive for those interested), we must say goodbye to Namibia and make our way back to the international airport by way of a private scenic flight. A fly-over the famous Sossusvlei dunes await (get the cameras ready), our way to say THANK YOU for an incredible week of self-discovery.
Ai-Aiba -The Rock Painting Lodge is dramatically set against imposing granite boulders in the foothills of the Erongo Mountain range. Steeped in history these ancient rock formations are the eroded remains of a volcanic complex about 130 million years old. Admire the magic of the breathtaking landscape, gently touched by the mystic colors of the setting sun with a choice of walking trails or sun-downer tours.
The lodge with its high thatched roof restaurant, lounge and pool is an oasis surrounded by tall palms and scenic vistas of magnificent rocky outcrops and bush savanna. AiAiba is a Khoekhoegowab word meaning `the person who walks in front to show the way`. There, Nature walks and drives led by knowledgeable guides bring this unique experience to life.
Between the vast salt pans of Etosha and the eery windswept beaches of the Skeleton Coast lies Damaraland, a surprising semi-desert that begs a closer look. Damaraland Adventurer Camp sits in the Huab River Valley, with views of the Brandberg Massif and scorched plains. This region receives just enough rain per annum to support a cohort of extremely well-adapted mammals, including elephant, lion, and rhino. Although the harsh conditions are a test for wildlife, they needn't put off travelers – the six-tent camp is outfitted with every creature comfort you'll need to make trekking through this wilderness a pleasure.
Art In Voyage Wild Camping is a pop-up camp put together by our advanced team, complete with full service and modern comfort. It is fully sufficient and operated by a lovely team of 3 individuals who care for our guests day and night. Home-cooked meals, lovely conversations around a camp fire open bar. Our tents are basic, yet comfortable and a great experience.
In a remote area of the Kaokoveld, with gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating wildlife, lies Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Game drives explore this isolated area, moving along the riverbed’s narrow ribbon of vegetation, where a surprising wealth of desert-adapted animals can be found; in camp the research centre provides even more insights. The unforgiving Skeleton Coast, with its shipwreck remains and noisy colonies of Cape fur seals, is accessed either by a fascinating drive or flight, depending on the weather.
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All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.
A refundable deposit of $1000 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $500 per person administrative fee.
Your final balance is due 90 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.
NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $500 per person administrative fee.