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Namibia: Lions, Lodges, and Bikes

National Geographic Adventure picks the 25 best new outfitted trips.
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Gabon  |  Mali  |  Namibia  |  South Africa

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The choice is yours: Sit in a jeep for ten days on a wildlife drive-by, or set out on foot and bicycle into the little-explored Namibian backcountry. Butterfield & Robinson's new tour is the first to pair challenging desert biking with hiking to astoundingly remote, high-end game camps. As trip planner Brad Crockett explains, "Guests see a region of the world still radiating a prehistoric existence." A trip standout is the sunrise hike to the dunes of Sossusvlei, situated in one of the planet's oldest and driest ecosystems, followed by a 40-mile (64-kilometer) bike ride on a road through shifting sands. "You're biking in places where literally no one has ridden," Crockett says. "Locals will think we're nuts." To reach the farther-flung destinations on this ambitious itinerary—and to get top-down views of the starkly gorgeous topography—guests travel on small private planes.


Outfitter: Butterfield & Robinson (

Price: $11,995

Length: Ten days

Departs: September

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