Venture north to the Namaqua Coastal Route and into a stretch of wild country, where arid plains unfurl towards the icy Atlantic – and discover the true expanse of the wilderness across the handle bars of your bike
Nowhere else in South Africa beats the Namaqua region, as far as wide-sky headspace goes. Situated where scrubland plains and a tempestuous ocean collide, it is an area of breathtaking divergence and jaw-dropping contrasts, creating a minimalist landscape that is rugged beyond belief.
A vigorous climate and the enduring onslaught of extreme elements have shaped an ecosystem bristling with a profusion of bulbs and succulents, iconic quiver trees dominate gargantuan granite outcrops spiking high against the sky and, come spring time, Namaqualand transforms into a floral wonderland with its wildflower blooms.
It remains largely undiscovered as a tourism region, giving truth to its reference as ‘Eenkantland’ by locals. Exploring the ‘Land Left Out’ on your mountain bike is therefore one of the best ways to experience its myriad life forms and endless natural wonders. The Bikamino concept is based on the idea of international ‘Camino’ walking routes, where a hike transforms into a spiritual journey instead of just another activity. Bikamino enables you to embark on this type of pilgrimage while pedalling through the landscape of an untouched area of the Northern Cape. All you need to do is saddle up and crank on to the Bikamino. bikamino.com, ecobound.co.za
A version of this article originally appeared in Edition 2-2018 of Intrepid Explorer.