Challenge4ACause 2019

The Experience of a Lifetime

A ride to save Namibia's desert-adapted Rhino

Challenge4ACause is a unique mountain biking expedition that raises funds for the critically endangered desert-adapted black rhino. With the breathtaking Damaraland desert in Namibia as the backdrop for this adventure, there are few who are brave enough to meet this challenge and fewer still, those who get to actually experience it.

At first glance, Challenge4ACause might seem a little extreme – cycling approximately 400km over the course of a week through some of the harshest and most barren areas in the world – but nothing worthwhile ever comes easy and all our past riders will tell you that this is one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.

Challenge4ACasue is an annual event which has reaching benefits. Africa’s rhino population has reached critical status with a massive surge in poaching experienced in Southern Africa over the past 5 years. 3 rhinos are killed every day and only through massive, widespread intervention can these beautiful animals be pulled back from the brink of extinction.

We invite you to be a part of this incredible cause and join us on an extraordinary journey. Come brave the immense and beguiling Damaraland, conquer your fears and in the process leave a lasting legacy in Africa.

8
Days
18
Riders
400
Km

Map

When and where?

In 2019, the ride will take place from 13th -20th July. Our dedicated team will organize every part of your itinerary leaving riders free to decide their arrival and departure dates from Windhoek. Namibia is a spectacular country, so should riders wish to take in the dunes of sossusvlei or the spectacular Etosha, our expert consultants will seamlessly plan your pre or post tours to coincide with the 2019 ride dates.

Day 1

Windhoek → Palmwag Lodge

After being picked up in Windhoek, our riders are driven 525km, around eight hours, to the stunning Palmwag Camp in Damaraland. Camp will be set up for you on arrival, so that you can focus entirely on getting to know your new best friend for the week, your bike. Flights can be organised to the camp for an additional cost.

Day 2

Palmwag Lodge → Wereldend

With five to seven hours of cycling every day, our primary aim is to reach our next camp by lunch, to seek respite from the hottest part of the day. In the first day of intense cycling, we’ll cross rivers and hills, enter the plains and after what might seem like forever, reach the (in)famous cobble section, where we’ll end the day at Wereld’s Eind.

Day 3

Wereld End → Overhanging Cliffs

Day 3 is many of the riders’ favourite, as it entails riding through some of the most breath-taking scenery of the trip. We ride the last 30km of off-road jeep track – downhill into the Huab River. Tonight, our stay is simply spectacular, as we camp at the base of a sheer red cliff-face, which we share with small colonies of rosy-faced lovebirds.

Day 4

Overhanging Cliffs → Cliff Top Camp

Magnificent riding takes place along the banks of the iconic Huab, before we descend into the river bed and put our riding skills to test along a strenuous 1.5km-long section of river sand en route to Peter’s Pool. We then climb up a viewpoint, where the view of the surprisingly green Desolation Valley, makes all the hard work worth it.

Day 5

Cliff Top Camp → SRT Ugab

Today has a bit of a rough start with a 25km climb, where the first 10km is largely made up of thick sand. The next 15km, however, are superb riding, meandering through stark desert terrain, dotted with grave plains. The colossal Brandberg Mountain dominates the once flat horizon. The last 20km is the most magnificent riding of the week, as we tackle the gorge leading downwards into the Ugab River.

Day 6

SRT Ugab → Mine Ride

SRT Ugab is a superb camp, we will use this as our base and set off for a mountainous stage. The carved mountains of this stage will have you looking left and right at every moment. Make sure you stay focused though, as it requires steady focus on this technical stage. The turn-around point will be the deserted mine which is a great time to cool off, refresh and get energised for the ride back to camp.

Day 7

SRT → Doro Nawas

Our last day starts with a 15 km climb out of the gorge, before we turn east towards the astonishing Doros Crates. The ever-changing landscapes makes this a truly remarkable day, and the terrain conditions make for marvellous riding. From this point there is just a short mountain pass that separates us from our final destination, Doros Nawas, where we can look back on our unbelievable trip and marvel at our incredible achievements. We’ve conquered the ride!

Day 8

Doro Nawas → Windhoek

Riders are taken on the eight hour drive back to Windhoek. Those who have chosen to fly, can go on a morning game-drive at Doro Nawas, where they will search for the elusive desert-adapted rhino and elephant.

The Causes

  • Wildlife ACT

    Wildlife ACT work tirelessly to protect endangered species such as the painted dog and the black rhino.

    Wildlife ACT
  • Save the Rhino Trust Namibia

    Save the Rhino Trust Namibia is dedicated to protecting the critically endangered desert-adapted black rhino and its habitat.

    Save the Rhino Trust Namibia
  • The Good Work Foundation

    GWF is an NGO that empowers rural communities through online learning and is looking to reach 100,000 learners by 2020.

    The Good Work Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions

Ideally you should be relatively fit and have general mountain biking skills. You are in the saddle for as much as five to seven hours a day. To find the ride comfortable, we suggest that people have a relatively active lifestyle and are active at least three to four times a week, whether it is running, hiking, cycling etc.

A highly professional team from Namibia (Cycletec). They own one of the top cycling shops in the country and have been in the industry as professional cyclists and mountain bikers for many years. A back-up team as well as a technician are on hand to look after the bikes during each day of the challenge. They also maintain the bikes at the end of each day.

All accommodation during the trip is included (as well as tents and bedding). This extends to all meals, water, drinks, and snacks for each day of the challenge. Guests are expected to provide their own clothing and any extra bedding they might require. Alcohol is available, but limited in variety, so if there is anything in particular you fancy, you can either ask Sian to ensure it is included, or bring it along in your own luggage.

See our essential and general packing list for more details.

You can do either. Bike hire is included in the cost. Guests can bring their own bikes but the additional costs for flying it to Namibia has to be managed on the rider’s own account, along with additional parts needed due to any damages that may occur during the cycle.

You can certainly do a pre or post tour. Rhino Africa will put guests in contact with a consultant who will provide options to best suit each person’s particular itineraries and interests.

Some of the areas we’re cycling through are incredibly remote and the animals are rather shy – but anything is possible. Participants may catch sight of desert elephants, lions and lots of general game such as gemsbok, zebra, springbok and other antelope. Hopefully a rhino will make an appearance, but with the vehicles and amount of noise the cyclists generate at times, the game can sometimes be scared off before we manage to see them.  We will arrange a few game-drives, which will hopefully improve our chances of seeing more animals.

The total cost for Challenge4ACause is US$5, 900 per person. US$2, 900 covers all of your costs, including your bike hire. The remaining US$3, 000 is transferred to our various beneficiaries.

Join C4AC 2019

Champions of Africa and adventurers at heart who are interested in participating in the 2019 Challenge4ACause can get in touch with us by submitting their details in the form below. Luke, Rhino Africa’s Adventure Specialist will take care of all your travel needs.

Contact Us

The ride will take place from 13th - 20th July 2019.

Not up for the Ride but still want to leave a legacy in Africa? You can still play your part in uplifting Africa’s wildlife and people. We would greatly appreciate any and all contributions.

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