Join our Challenge4ACause

An Exclusive Experience in a Unique Landscape

Ride to save Namibia's desert-adapted Rhino

Challenge4ACause is a mountainbiking expedition through one of the world’s great wildernesses to raise funds for the critically endangered rhino – and you can be a part of this monumental and spectacular journey!

At first glance, Challenge4ACause can seem a touch extreme – cycling 400km over the course of a week through the Damaraland desert in Namibia, which is home to the world’s last remaining desert-adapted black rhinos and is renowned for its vast expanses, striking terrain and unique wildlife. But the riders will tell you, with sparkling eyes and a shortness of breath, that this is one of the best experiences they’ve ever had.

The annual event is made even more extraordinary due to the crucial causes the Challenge supports. Africa’s rhino population has reached critical status, and they are desperate for your help. In 2014 and 2015 alone, we have lost over 20% of our rhino populations as a result of a rampant poaching epidemic.

That’s where you come in. We invite you to come with us on this incredible journey, to brave the immense and beguiling Damaraland, and to leave your legacy in Africa.

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When and where?

In 2016, two consecutive rides will take place back-to-back from 4th June – 11th June and 11th June – 18th June. 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 2016 ride dates.

Day 1

Windhoek → Palmwag Lodge

Our riders are picked up in Windhoek and driven 525km, about eight hours, to Palmwag Camp in Damaraland. Camp will be set up on arrival, so all that you have left to do is become accustomed to your new best friend for the week – your bike. Flights are also available to camp at an additional cost.

Day 2

Palmwag Lodge → Wereldend

With a five to seven hour cycle ahead of us each day, our primary aim is to reach our next camp around lunch, in order to escape the heat of the day. Today, we’ll  cross rivers and hills, enter the plains and finally the (in)famous cobble section to end the day at Wereld’s Eind.

Day 3

Wereld End → Damaraland Adventure Camp

Day 3 is a magical day of riding with the last 30km of off-road jeep track some of the most breath-taking scenery of the ride as we embark on a spectacular downhill into the Huab River. Tonight is one of our most beautiful camps, at the base of a red cliff-face and shared with small colonies of rosy-faced lovebirds.

Day 4

Damaraland Adventure Camp → Cliff Camp

Superb riding awaits along the banks of the Huab before we enter the river bed and encounter a strenuous 1.5km-long section of river sand en route to Peter’s Pool. The highlight of today is a climb up to a viewpoint overlooking the surprisingly green Desolation Valley.

Day 5

Cliff Camp → SRT Ugab

Today starts with a 25km climb, largely overrun with sand for the first 10km. The next 15km is spectacular riding, meandering across unshaded terrain dotted with endless grave plains. The gigantic Brandberg Mountain looms on the horizon.  The last 20km is the most epic riding of the week, as we enter a gorge leading downwards to the Ugab River.

Day 6

SRT Ugab → Guantagab Camp

We start with a 15km climb out of the gorge, before heading east towards the Doros Crater. This is a remarkable day thanks to the ever-changing landscape and favourable terrain conditions. We finish with an easy 10km stretch of mostly downhill, before ending in a small river bed where camp is set up.

Day 7

Guantagab Camp → Doro Nawas

Our last day of riding starts with a 25km ride back to the Huab river. From here a short mountain pass is all that separates us from our final destination, Doro Nawas, where we’ll look back on our trip and our great achievement.

Day 8

Doro Nawas → Windhoek

We have the eight hour drive back to Windhoek.  For those flying, you can go on a morning game-drive at Doro Nawas as your ranger takes you in search of the desert-adapted rhino and elephant.

The Causes

  • 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
  • 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
  • Wildlife ACT

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

    Wildlife ACT

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 R80, 000 per person. R40, 000 covers all of your costs, including your bike hire. The remaining R40, 000 is transferred to our various beneficiaries.

Join C4AC 2016

Champions of Africa and adventurers at heart who are interested in participating in the 2016 Challenge4ACause can get in touch with us by submitting their details in the form below. Sian, a multi-Challenge4ACause champion and Namibian expert will take care of all your travel needs.

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 4th June – 11th June 2016 11th June – 18th June 2016

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