The Emerging Phoenix & the Land of the Brave
Sri Lanka & Namibia
Conde Nast Traveler, one the most read travel magazines all around the globe, published an article back in November – The Best Places to Go in Asia in 2024 – and naming Sri Lanka an “emerging phoenix”. No surprise the government of pearl of the Indian Ocean expects to receive 2.3 million tourists throughout the year.
Sri Lanka stands out as an appealing tourist destination due to its rich cultural heritage, diverse landscapes, and warm hospitality. With a history spanning over 2,500 years, the country boasts ancient cities, temples, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Sigiriya and Anuradhapura.
Its natural beauty is showcased through pristine beaches, lush tea plantations, and scenic mountains full of windy roads, hairpins and hidden jungle roads, perfect for enjoyable rides on the Royal Enfield Classic 350cc, while wildlife enthusiasts can explore national parks like Wilpattu and Udawalawe. The friendly locals and their warm hospitality makes Sri Lanka one of the most friendly countries in Asia.
We are about to open the season with four consecutive tours in the island and really excited, as we are for the next fascinating destination: Namibia.
A new destination for Extreme Bike Tours that promises an unforgettable adventure, riding the Royal Enfield Himalayan 410cc through the captivating red sands of the Kalahari, one of the world’s largest sand deserts and taking in breathtaking views of Africa’s largest canyon, the Fish River Canyon, the hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coast and some of the the world’s highest sand dunes in Sossusvlei.
There will be the opportunity of spotting desert-adapted African wildlife, including oryx, springbok, and desert elephants, observing their unique adaptations to the harsh environment.
Namibia’s tourism industry is very well established and accommodation is of great quality, providing a balanced mix of adventure and relaxation.
Rustic architecture seeking to blend in with the environment and construction using natural materials such as rock, desert sand and grasses (for thatch roofing) is the main standard for Namibia, although safari tents are also common.
Namibia takes its nature very seriously and works hard at preserving it, so it is common that hotels and resorts are widely scattered from each other allowing for ample natural and undisturbed natural views and vistas to please the eye.
Rolling into small desert towns with accommodation on private guest farms having scattered old cars rusting away with desert plants growing out of them at times reminding me of a Mad Max other-worldly type of dystopian setting complemented by super friendly hosts.