Cycling the Namibian Desert for GWF

According to Good Work Foundation Trustee, Boyd Varty (who has some experience and says this with a wry smile), “you probably won’t be into this.”

One of Africa’s lowest human populations. Herds of gemsbok and migrating desert elephant. Exceptionally beautiful grasslands and open, rocky expanses that melt into the horizon. Camping under starlight. And of course, the largest free-ranging desert-adapted black rhino population in Namibia.

No, probably not for you (he said).

But, on the off-chance that any of that did pique your interest, then how about this for an adventure; an exclusive adventure that is open to the public for the first time since its inception in 2009:

Challenge4ACause 2015 will see 16 riders given the privileged opportunity to cycle through the Damaraland desert in Namibia, terrain that is accessible to only a handful of people each year. The 6-day cycling journey sees these lucky few negotiate 336 kilometres in this journey of a lifetime, supported by a fully qualified back up crew.


Golden savannahs and outlandish geometric formations are the cornerstone of the Damaraland desert.


Setting up camp after a hard day’s riding knowing that you are spending the rest of the evening on one of the most remote places on Earth.

While the adventure is awe-inspiring, this event is all about fierce long-term loyalty and we (GWF) are privileged to be one of the chosen causes. The aim this year is to raise R500,000 for GWF that will go towards our Open Learning Academy programme for rural school-children.

Interested? We have included some basic details below or you can visit And for a more visual look, check out Boyd’s video from 2012.

  • 25 July to 1 August 2015
  • Only 16 slots available
  • Each day riders can choose to ride in the ‘slower’ group or the ‘faster’ group.
  • A back-up vehicle will accompany each group.
  • R50 000 per rider
  • E-mail: