Desert Knights 2017 Tour 2

Desert Knights 2017 Tour 2

Date & Time
Sendelingsdrift (RSA) OR Hobas (Namibia), /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Fish River Canyon Map


TOUR 2 price : N$/R15,000

Your tour fee of N$/R 15,000 covers the following:

  • A large Desert Knights gear bag, t-shirt, hat and cycling water bottle.
  • All meals - from a continental breakfast for those registering in Sendelingsdrift in the morning and lunch in Hobas on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 7 of the tour.
  • All beverages and drinks (including beer and wine).
  • All camping and Park entrance fees
  • Each participant/couple will be allocated a single or double tent with a mattress each. In permanent camps such as at Hobas, Ai Ais Hotsprings Resort, De Hoop, Hakkiesdoring and Sendelingsdrift permanent ablution facilities are used by participants. Portable showers and toilets will be provided in Gamkab.
  • Support along the cycling route, including paramedic back-up, water food stations along the route, cycling guides and mechanical back-up and transport of bikes where necessary
  • Additional guided activities as per the itinerary, including hikes, scenic drives and full day kayak on the Orange River
  • Non-cycling participants are welcome to join the tour at the same cost

Tour 2 Entry

Every participant needs the follow information when registering on StayToday;
Name, Surname, Email Address, Nationality, Passport Number, ID, Passport Issue and Expiry Date & Date of Birth.

Cellphone Number, Emergency Contact Name & Emergency Contact Number.

Medical Aid Name, Medical Aid Number, Allergies, Doctor Name & Contact Number, Medical Conditions & Dietary Requirements.

Preferred Registration Point, Shirt Size & List of 3 Cycling Events Completed in the last 24 Months.

Make sure you have this ready before proceeding.

Note: All participants (new & return participants) need to enter for the 2017 Tour 2 through this page.

Need Help? Please contact Schola at | +264-61-420-519

The Event

The /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is a unique environment for adventure sports activities, having beautiful mountainous scenery, a remote wilderness character and the presence of a major river within a desert environment. The perfect home for the Desert Knights MTB Tour, which combines 5 days of cycling, some of it at night under the full moon, and 1 day of kayaking on the Orange River.

Deserts are spectacular during the day, yet under the light of a full moon this becomes an unforgettable experience. By cycling during the evening and at night, the challenge of cycling in the heat of the desert is substantially reduced.

The aim of the tour is to contribute towards unlocking the tourism potential of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park through staging of a world class annual multi-stage MTB event. Proceeds of the tour will support joint conservation activities of this unique Transfrontier Park.

The cost is R/N$15,000 per person all inclusive of tented camp, meals, activities and shuttles as outlined in programme overview. Non-cyclist participants are welcome, and will be accommodated at the same tour fee. Participants are to bring their own cycling equipment.

Desert Knights 2017 Gallery

Day 1 (Saturday, 2 September 2017)

Participants of the Desert Knights 2017 tour will be able to register either at Sendelingsdrift Camp in South Africa or at the Hobas Campsite in Namibia. Registration at Sendelingsdrift will take place on Saturday 2 September 2017 between 08h00 and 10h00. All participants registering here will leave vehicles in a designated parking area and be transferred along with their bikes to the start of the tour at Hobas. Registration in the Hobas Campsite will take place between 12h00 and 15h00 on the same day. All participants registering at Hobas will leave their vehicles in a designated parking area and be transferred back to Hobas on 8 September (the last day of the tour). Lunch will be served at Hobas on registration day.

At 16h00 all cyclists will depart by bike from the Hobas Campsite towards the Fish River Canyon View Point to enjoy sundowners. The moon would have started to rise above the horizon by the time we depart the view point and cyclists will return to the Hobas Campsite to enjoy a festive welcoming dinner followed by a tour overview presentation.

The cycling route covers 35km on this day.

Overnight at Hobas Campsite, Namibia.

Day 2 (Sunday, 3 September 2017)

The early morning of Day 2 can be spent exploring the tracks along the Fish River Canyon, with a number of fantastic view points along the way. Sunrise over the canyon (for the early birds) is an unforgettable experience. The three activities of day 2 are: 1) a 5 hour hike to the Zebra pools, 2) a guided scenic drive and walk along the Fish River Viewpoint and 3) a trip to enjoy coffee and cake at the quirky Canyon Roadhouse. Final preparations can be undertaken in camp during the rest of the day, as well as spending time cooling off in the camp swimming pool. Lunch will be served at Hobas, and the main leg of the Day 2 cycle will commence later in the afternoon with the departure of the two groups at 16h30 and 17h00. Cyclists will arrive in the /Ai/ Ais Hot Springs Resort camp after a high speed descent lit by moonlight after cycling on different surfaces.

The cycling route covers 68km on this day.

Overnight at /A-/Ais Hot Springs Resort, Namibia.

Day 3 (Monday, 4 September 2017)

The /Ai/Ais Hot Springs Resort is the perfect base to spend the day with various options such as hiking to the top of the mountain overlooking the Resort or enjoying the outdoor and indoor pools of the Resort. The cycling day will start late in the afternoon with an 18km climb out of the camp followed by long descents, winding tracks and a secluded canyon cycle lit up by moonlight. The late afternoon and evening cycle leads to the spectacular campsite in the dry river bed of Gamkab Canyon. This camp has been a highlight on all previous tours!

The cycling route covers 59km on this day.

Overnight at Gamkab Canyon, Namibia.

Day 4 (Tuesday, 05 September 2017)

Day 4 starts early, with an option of cycling to the start of the 20km kayak leg, or a 3km hike down the spectacular Gamkab Canyon and vehicle transfer to the start point of the kayak trip. After a briefing by the kayak guides, the paddling starts. We will paddle approximately 20kms through one of the most remote parts of the /Ai /Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Conservation Area to the De Hoop campsite in the Richtersveld National Park, stopping at the Richtersberg campsite for lunch en route.

The paddling route covers 20km on this day.

Overnight at De Hoop Camp, South Africa.

Day 5 (Wednesday, 06 September 2017)

The day will be spent relaxing at the remote De Hoop camp, swimming or hiking are possible activities that can be enjoyed. For those wanting to spend more time on the kayaks, a 5km paddling option is possible. In the late afternoon a cycle of 38km to the Hakkiesdoring campsite will start. The 18km 'donkey-trail' single track on this day is quite challenging. The mountainous topography will make for scenic cycling to the picturesque overnight spot. The full moon will rise on this evening about an hour after the sun has set.

The cycling route covers 38km on this day.

Overnight at Hakkiesdoring Camp, South Africa.

Day 6 (Thursday, 07 September 2017)

The final cycling day of the tour will start early in the morning, as participants head across the higher reaches of the Richtersveld, down Helskloof Pass, and behind the Five Sisters on another challenging single-track section towards our camp in Sendelingsdrift. The cycle of 67km ends at the Sendelingsdrift camp, also situated on the banks of the Orange River, with opportunities to swim. After a well-deserved afternoon rest in the shade of the camp, a closing event and dinner will be held with a slide show of photos of the event projected onto an outdoor screen.

The cycling route covers about 67km on this day.

Overnight at Sendelingsdrift Camp, South Africa.

Day 7 (FRiday, 08 SepTember 2017)

Participants who registered at Sendelingsdrift are able to leave once they are packed and ready to head back home. The shuttle to the Hobas Campsite departs Sendelingsdrift at 08h00, arrival at approximately 13h00 for participants to collect vehicles that were parked at Hobas and depart back home.

Map of the Desert Knights 2017 race


Cancelation Policy 

  • 75% of deposit is refunded if tour entry is cancelled by 30 June 2017 (Tour 2) 
  • 50% of full tour fee is refunded if tour entry is cancelled by 31 July  2017 (Tour 2) 
  • No refund will be paid if cancellation is received after 1 August 2017 (Tour 2) 
  • Deposit payments can be rolled over for future events, if organisers are notified of cancellation of tour entry by 30 June 2017 (Tour 2) 

Please note that - although the Namibian Dollar is pegged to the South African Rand -  a forex conversion charge is levied on all RSA-NAD transactions.

Group Registration

If you are registering a group of more than 2 cyclists, please send an email to Schola at She assists in making group entries more seamless.