21 April 2017
Hobas Camp is situated at the northern end of the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon, making it one of the main tourist attractions in the transfrontier park. Hobas now features six rooms and 16 camping sites and offers picnic sites, a kiosk, a swimming pool and restaurant.
The support crew were made up of officials from SANParks, NWR, the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and South Africa's DEA, as well as 14 temporary staff drawn from Karasburg in Namibia and Kuboes in South Africa who assisted with setting up camps and with catering. A further 16 SANParks Honorary Rangers provided additional support.
A number of local cyclists participated this year - Morne Farmer from SANParks, now trained up as a Desert Knights cycle guide, Johanna Ashimbanga and Ndeshi Mukohwa, NWR staff based at /Ai-/Ais Hotspring, Benny Markers from Klein Karas, a recently trained cycle guide, and Dorthy Katjiuaende, an MET staff member based in Oranjemund.
The tour route covers rocky jeep tracks, district roads, fairly sandy tracks and an increasing number of single track links that make for a very diverse and rewarding cycling experience. Most cyclists had sufficient endurance cycling preparation and were able to complete the 280 km cycling over the five days.
If you'd like to experience the unique spectacular arid and desert mountain scenery of the transfrontier park, the next events are:
- 2-8 September 2017, tour price R15 000
- 26 April - 2 May 2018, tour price R16 500
Or email for details.
Story: Roland Vorwerk
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