Namibia will host the iconic Nedbank Desert Dash

Namibia will host the iconic Nedbank Desert Dash, which will take cyclists on a 373-kilometer journey through the Namib Desert from Windhoek to the coastal town of Swakopmund.

The Nedbank Desert Dash will start on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Grove Mall in Windhoek and ends 24 hours later on Saturday at the Platz Am Meer Shopping Center in Swakopmund.

This year there will be participants from 15 international countries, who will fly to Namibia with the primary purpose of taking part in the dash, Nedbank’s spokesperson Selma Kaulinge said.

Kaulinge said just over 620 of the cyclists will be Namibians, with South Africans just about half that number, totaling 339 participants, while Germany accounts for 35 riders, with British cyclists the next largest contingent, with six entrants.

“This year’s race will also see participants coming to our country from as far as Finland, Austria, Swaziland, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, and Spain,” she added.

According to Kaulinge the popularity of the Nedbank Desert Dash grows with each year

“This popularity is evidenced by virtue of the fact that the Four-Man Team entries once again sold out in record time,” she added.

Meanwhile, Kaulinge said it has been estimated that the Nedbank Desert Dash helps generate up to 1.7 million U.S. dollars (25 million Namibia dollars), which enters the economy during this period.