Preparation

Practical Prep & Packing

Packing List

We recommend that you pack the following:

  • 2x padded cycle shorts
  • 2x running shorts
  • 2x cycling jerseys
  • 2-3 running tops (long sleeve, short or vest as you wish)
  • 2/3x sports bras (ladies), underwear, socks (twin skin socks good for avoiding blisters)
  • Trail running shoes
  • SPD shoes
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat with a peak or visor
  • Bike helmet
  • Bike water bottle
  • For when not doing sport- fleece, trousers, warm hat, comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear (if you’d like)
  • Headtorch and batteries
  • Phone and charger (plug sockets will be provided in the mess tent only)
  • Drinking bladder and bag (only if you want to run with a camel pack)
  • Toiletries- light and basic!
  • Chammy cream
  • Personal medication as necessary
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Wet wipes/tissues
  • Sunscreen (factor 50)
  • Passport and travel documents
  • Soft kit bag (under 15kg total)

What's Provided

Aside from your personal basics in the packing list above, everything else on the trip will be provided:

  • Flights & transfers
  • Accommodation (under the stars)
  • Mountain bikes & hiking kit
  • Laundry service (every 3 days- bring 3 changes!)
  • Meals and drinks
  • Sports nutrition
  • Charging station for electronics
  • Medical emergency provisions, First Aid & physio
  • Guiding and support crew

 

Climbing the Brandberg

You will be provided with the following kit to climb, camp on and descend the Brandberg:

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking mat
  • Trekking pole
  • Drinking water daily
  • 2 x 750ml Camelback water bottles
  • Buff
  • Bowl
  • Mug
  • Polycarbonate cutlery set

 

 

Daily Routine

The days will be simple- structured by covering vast distances, avoiding the worst of the heat, regularly resting and refuelling, and celebrating at the end of each day with endorphins, cold beverages and good company. The average day will go something like this:

  • Wake yourself up from 5am
  • Breakfast @ 5.30am
  • Depart promptly @ 6am
  • Run intervals
  • Ride intervals
  • Hike intervals
  • Lunch @ noonish
  • Sunset and dinner from 6pm

More about Namibia

Namibia is a former German colony, which has been an independent republic since 1990.
It is a vast country- about 3 times the size of the UK, with a population of just over 2 million. Its core exports are diamonds, gold, copper, uranium, copper, lead, zinc, processed fish and cattle. Flying into Windhoek, the capital, we will be spending most of our time in the desert away from civilisation- though do pass near the indigenous Himba territory and past some fascinating rock art left over the landscape thousands of years ago.

 

There is plenty of further information Namibia out there online- and for those of you keen to find out a little bit more about Nambia before you go, here are some reading suggestions from the Namibian Tourist Board:

 

  • Skeleton Coast by Amy Schoeman

Once an area feared and shunned because of its treacherous coastline, Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is now prized as a place of solitude, beauty and tranquility. In the early 1980s, Amy Schoeman took a deep and penetrating look into the strange and elusive visual qualities of this remote and dynamic desert wilderness. Skeleton Coast will delight visitors intrigued by the history and mystique of Namibia’s coastline.

 

  • An Arid Eden by Garth Owen-Smith

Garth Owen-Smith is has been regarded as a ‘conservationist extraordinaire’ and ‘the man who saved Kaokoland, home to Namibia’s desert-adapted elephants’. He is also a gifted writer with a highly unusual and gripping story to tell of his forty years living in the field in Namibia’s Kaokoland. An Arid Eden introduces a vivid cast of characters from Namibia’s diverse cultures – including the Herero, Himba, and Damara. Through his trials and tribulations, Owen-Smith uncovers what can be considered a blueprint for successful conservation in Africa. It is a tremendous read for wildlife enthusiasts and anyone interested in conservation.

 

  • The Sheltering Desert by Henno Martin

In 1935 Henno Martin left Germany with his friend and colleague, Hermann Korn, for geological research in then South-West-Africa. In 1940, facing internment by the South African government, Martin and Korn decided to move into the desert and wait out the war, where they lived for two and a half years. The Sheltering Desert describes the intense physical and mental hardship they endured, the challenge to survive in the vastness of the Namib Desert, and their gradual adaptation to the Bushman lifestyle. This is a must read for anyone considering a hiking adventure in Namibia.

 

  • An Elephant’s Life by Caitlin O’Connell

This unique and intimate immersion into the life of the African elephant blends stunning photography with a deep and passionate understanding of one of Namibia’s most majestic creatures. Elephant Life up-close and personal look at elephant society, narrated by Caitilin O’Connell, a world-renowned field biologist who has been researching and photographing elephants in their natural habitat for two decades. A must read for visitors wanted to gain a better understanding into one of Namibia’s most fascinating animals.

 

  • A History of Namibia by Marion Wallace

Marion Wallace’s A History of Namibia is highly praised by academics and historians who specialize in African history. This book offers visitors a more indepth look into Namibia’s history than those found in a typical guide book, begining with the first human footsteps by ancient peoples, years of colonization by European powers, and the creation of a new nation. Visitors to Namibia will quickly appreciate this book’s ability to provide context to this rich and culturally diverse nation.