The local bushmen, ancient San people, of Namibia once referred to their homeland as, “The land God made in anger.” A land where rains may only come every 20-30 years and where temperatures sore in the oldest desert in the world. To some people that may serve as a warning sign to stay away but for adventure seekers looking to test themselves on a motorcycle, it’s an invitation for an adventure of a lifetime.
An adventure made by Bonafide Moto Co and powered by Fuel & D3O
We spent that night huddled around the fire, enjoying smash burgers cooked by Werner and enjoying the night sky before heading off to our tents. Typically in that area you’ll find clear skies, but on that night we were treated to a welcoming thunderstorm that passed through camp late into the night. My plan was to just sleep under the stars in my bed roll for the whole trip but with the downpour of rain I ended up having to share a tent with Steve.
After exploring around the dunes for a while we had to get on the move as we still had almost 200 kms to go. This next stretch of road was truly remarkable. It seemed like every hill you’d summit gave you an opportunity to not only see off into the distance but it seemed as if the landscape continued changing throughout the ride. Sometimes you’d look out to see wild fields of yellow grass from the previous year's rain waving above the orange sand landscape. Then we’d work our way through a small mountain range and dip down into gorges with dry river beds. Coming out of the river beds you’d pop out to another completely different landscape than what you had just come out of.
One of the important things on this trip was to also experience the country off the bikes. A great opportunity to do that is at Sossusvlei: a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It’s best viewed at sunrise (or sunset) and to get there at this time obviously means an early start to the day. A 5 am departure! Motorcycles aren’t allowed into the park, so we all crammed into our Ford Ranger support vehicle for an hour drive to the dunes. Our timing was perfect and as we got out of the car the sun was just starting to come up.
Each day seemed to get better than the one before.
At some point along the trip we all noticed how each day seemed to get better than the one before. I don’t know how that was possible, but it was true. As epic as some days were, the next day would offer us something completely different and would leave us blown away. I guess that’s just the beauty of Namibia that you’ll only experience when you’re there. This adventure left me with a full heart, feeling fulfilled in so many ways but also left me extremely curious about what else Namibia has to offer. I plan to keep going back to Namibia for as long as I’m able to and I look forward to sharing it with more people like yourself.
D3O is recognized as the world’s foremost impact protection brand, so this alliance implies a step forward in the new Fuel products. To celebrate this partnership, we decided to run an adventure to Namibia along with our friends of Bonafidemotoco. Where better than in the Namibian desert to test the gear and D3O protections?