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Swakopmund Fat Bike Tours

Swakopmund, Namibia
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About Swakopmund Fat Bike Tours
Enjoy the thrill of cycling up and down Namibia's famous dunes on a fat bike. Feel the fresh coastal air, take-in the silence and breathtaking scenery of the oldest desert in the world in the most ecological way. An unforgettable and unique Namibian cycling experience in and around the charming, historic town, Swakopmund. We also offer Historic City Tours, Sandwich Harbor Fat Bike Tours, and bicycle rentals.
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Explore the stunning Namibian desert by bicycle, covering more sights in less time on two wheels. Enjoy a scenic and eco-friendly adventure, pedaling your way up and down rolling sand dunes surrounding Swakopmund. Tours are suitable for people with moderate fitness levels, and include personalized attention from a hands-on group guide.
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NeilLMaun_Botswana wrote a review May 2021
Rondebosch, South Africa228 contributions49 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Philip v wrote a review May 2021
Kabayan, Philippines58 contributions32 helpful votes
We had a great outing with Hanjo. Everybody can do it no problem, great scenery. The fat bikes are in excellent condition.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Basil2021 wrote a review Feb 2021
13 contributions2 helpful votes
I took a bike for 4 hours for 180 nad, and I liked it so much! Having travelled all over and inside out the Swakopmund! Baie Dankie!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Jim P wrote a review Jun 2020
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A 5 minute ride and you are amongst the sand dunes and away from any signs of civilisation. Great fun, as challenging as you like and a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours and learn about the desert from a couple of great guys. Many fantastic photo and video opportunities too.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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realproperty wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada77 contributions60 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Mark d, Owner at Swakopmund Fat Bike Tours
Responded 11 Mar 2020
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
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