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22 Days Motorcycle tour of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Namibia

Day 0: Arrive in South Africa
Distance: 0-50km
Highlights: Day Tour of Pretoria, Safari by motorcycle

Welcome to South Africa. You will be met at the Johannesburg International Airport by a Sama representative who will transfer you to your Pretoria Lodge, where you can relax and unwind after your long flight. For those of you arriving early, there are lots of optional activities in and around Pretoria- for example you can do a City tour, Lion and Rhino Park tour, Soweto Tour or enjoy a massage at an African Spa. Your hotel is in walking distance of shops, restaurants and cocktail bars.

Louise Botha Statue
Louise Botha Statue in Pretoria

 

Day 1: Day Tour of Pretoria and Big 5 Safari by motorcycle
Distance: 0-50km
Highlights: Day Tour of Pretoria, Safari by motorcycle

This morning we will hand over your motorcycle to you and sign all the paperwork. After that is complete we will have a tour briefing and then the fun begins. We start off by taking a tour of the Voortrekker monument to learn some history about South Africa. This is followed by lunch in a small township just North of Pretoria to experience all the vibrant colors, sounds and tastes of Africa. Afterwards we enjoy a guided motorcycle ride through a BIG 5 nature reserve. Rhinos, giraffes, impala’s and wildebeest can all be spotted from your motorcycle. Tonight we have a welcome dinner in an African Boma. Welcome to Africa!


Big 5 Safari in Dinokeng


Day 2: Pretoria to Tuli Block, Botswana
Distance: 450km
Highlights: Lodge on the banks of the Limpopo River

Today we leave Pretoria and make our way northwards through the wild province of Limpopo to the Botswana border. The more North you travel in South Africa- the wilder the landscape becomes. After border procedures, we make our way to our lodge in the Tuli Block, our home for the night, based on the Limpopo River (Full of Crocodiles and Hippos). Tonight we have dinner in the beautiful boma and if we are lucky some local African Kids will come dance for us. Fall asleep listening to the great sounds of the African night- Lions roaring in the distance….

Botswana Kids
Local Kids having fun on the bikes

 

Day 3: Tuli Block to Makgadigadi Pans
Distance: +- 452km
Highlights: The Makgadigadi Pans- Largest Salt pans in the World

After an early start we make our way through Botswana towards Nata. Nata is on the outskirts of the Makgadigadi Pans-the largest salt complex in the world. This afternoon we are transported to the Makgadigadi Pans in a Safari Vehicle for a 3 hour trip- that will consist of driving through the pans and learning about the history of the area.


Makgadigadi Salt pans

Day 4: Makgadigadi Pans to Chobe
Distance +-330km
Highlights: Afternoon Safari into Chobe National Park

The next morning after a healthy breakfast we make our way to Chobe National Park, right on the border of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe is a river paradise, our accommodation for the evening is right on the river and 5km from the world famous Chobe Game Reserve. This afternoon we enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe river- look out for the BIG 5!


Elephant right off the national highway

Day 5: Chobe to Victoria Falls, Zambia
Distance: +-80km
Highlights: Sunset River Cruise on the mighty Zambezi River

After an early morning Safari into Chobe National Park we make our way to Victoria Falls in Zambia. The ride includes a ferry crossing over the Chobe River and a short drive (only 80km.) You will arrive in Victoria Falls in the early afternoon.This waterfall is not the highest or the widest in the world- but it is the largest sheet of falling water, and the sheer volume of falling water will blow you away. You may wish to take a Helicopter flight over the falls- they call this: "The flight of Angels". This afternoon we will enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi river.

Baby Elephant
Baby Elephant, Chobe National Park

 

Day 6:  Victoria Falls Rest Day
Distance: +- 0-50
Highlights: Victoria Falls

You have the whole day free to enjoy all the activties that Victoria Falls has on offer. You may wish to do a helicopter flight over the waterfalls (The Flight of Angels) otherwise you can walk with lions, canoe down the Zambezi, ride elephants or enjoy adrenaline fueled river rafting. There are also tours available where you can swim either above or below the tumbling waters of the falls!

Victoria Falls
The tumbling water of Victoria Falls is breathtaking


Day 7: Victoria Falls to Okavango Delta
Distance: +- 520 km
Highlights: Caprivi Strip, Okavango Delta

Today we make our way into Namibia. The border crossing between Zambia and Namibia is a breeze- We enter Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, a long narrow strip at the top of the country. As we drive along this beautiful road you will be able to view African homesteads and lush African bush. Here life is simple and sweet. Our lodge for the next two nights is situated on the Okavango River right on the panhandle of the delta. The area is a paradise of flooded plains and swamps, teeming with wildlife. Relax on the deck overlooking the river and enjoy an unforgettable African Sunset while being serenaded by Hippos and African Fish Eagles.

Okavango Sunset
Sunset over the Okavango Delta



Day 8: Okavango Delta Rest Day
Distance: +- 0-50 km
Highlights: Optional Okavango panhandle trip

You have the entire day free to relax and enjoy the beautiful river setting. Today you will enjoy an Okavongo panhandle trip-where you get into a Mokorokoro (African Canoes) and make your way down the Okavango river in search of hippos, crocodiles and elephants- with a bit of help from a local guide/poler who expertly navigates the waterways.

Mokorokoro on the Delta
Mokorokoro trip down the Okavango Panhandle

Day 9: Okavango Delta to Etosha
National Park

Distance: +- 550 km
Highlights: Rural Namibia, Etosha National Park

Today is a lovely ride through the Namibian countryside- watch out for elephants and other wildlife! In the late afternoon we will arrive at Etosha National Park- This national Park is based around a large salt pan. It is a dessert full of salt, but the wildlife still flourishes despite the harsh conditions and the park is world renowned for its amazing game viewing opportunities. We book into a lovely resort for the next two days where you can do as much or as little possible. You may enjoy an optional game drive into the park, play a game of tennis, visit the local reptile park or relax at the African Spa on the property


Rural Namibia


Day 10: Safari into Etosha Pans
Distance: +- 0-50 km
Highlights: Etosha Pans Safari

Today we swap our motorcycles for a 4 wheel drive safari vehicle and make our way into the Etosha pan game reserve for a half day Safari (Included in the tour price). Unlike many other game reserves where you can spend long days looking for animals without any success, this game reserve is famous for its plentiful sightings of wildlife. The Etosha pan makes for a well-deserved oasis in the middle of the desert and animals flock to the water…

Lioness
Lioness stalking her prey @ Etosha


Day 11: Etosha to Swakopmund
Distance: +- 600 km
Highlights: Golden sand dunes of Namibia

After a delicious breakfast, we make our way down through Namibia, watching in amazement as semi-arid desert, become fully arid desert and then transforms into full blown sand dunes towering into the horizon. In the late afternoon, we arrive at Swakopmund a coastal town famous for its great waves, beautiful sand dunes and German hospitality- our home for the next two nights…

Sand Dunes
Sand dunes of Namibia

 

Day 12: Rest day Swakopmund
Distance: +- 0-50km
Highlights: Skelton Coast, Sand boarding, quad biking and many other optional activities

Swakopmund is based at the tip of the world famous Skeleton Coast. It is the adventure capital of Namibia. Here you can skydive, sand board, microlight, or quad bike- the options are endless. If you are looking for more of a relaxing time than you can enjoy the beach, or explore the wonderful German culture of the town. There are also seal tours, deep sea fishing excursions and hot air balloon rides over the spectacular desert landscape!

Quadbiking Swakopmund
Quadbiking in Swakopmund


Day 13: Swakopmund to Lake Oanob
Distance: +- 450 km
Highlights: Private game reserve, Lake Oanob

Riding down through Namibia- we make our way to Lake Oanob just past Rehobooth. Our Lodge for the evening is built on the banks of the very scenic Oanob Dam. Majestic mountains are set on fire by spectacular sunsets. From your patio you can see the reflections of the moon and stars on the lake. 6 200 ha of unspoiled nature provides the perfect haven for an abundance of free roaming game. Relax and unwind in this beautiful setting

Lake Oanob
Sunset over Lake Oanob

 

Day 14: Lake Oanob to Fish River Canyon
Distance: +- 570 km
Highlights: Fish River Canyon

Today we make our way to Africa’s largest canyon- “The Fish River Canyon” The canyon is 160km long and up to 27 km wide and 550m deep in some places. The views over this canyon will take your breath away! Tonight we sleep in the desert at a beautiful lodge designed around natural boulder formations. Welcome to the wild west!


Godwana Canyon National Park

 

Day 15: Fish River Canyon Rest Day
Distance: 0-50 km
Highlights:

We have a rest day here to enjoy the beautiful Namibian Desert. Our Lodge is situated in the Godwana Canyon National Park - with over 1120km of national park to be explored. Enjoy Yellow Flowers, Quiver trees, Sprinkbok, Gemsbok, Hartebeest, Ostrich and Mountain Zebra sightings. Optional Activities include walks, 4x4 drives and horse rides through this magical landscape. The Fish River Canyon is only 20km away...


Fish River Canyon: 3rd Largest in the world


Day 16: Fish River Canyon to Springbok
Distance: +- 300 km
Highlights: Magical Namaqualand, Star Gazing

Time to head back into South Africa- we make our way through Namaqualand- an area made famous by its wild flowers that bloom into a whirlwind of color during the springtime each year! Springbok is known for its peace and tranquility- tonight we will be staying at a Lodge- where you are guaranteed to “Find the magic in Namaqualand….” Because Springbok is literally in the middle of nowhere, the stargazing is phenomenal, so relax and enjoy the constellations!

Namaqualand
Magical Namaqualand


Day 17: Springbok to Citrusdal
Distance: +- 392 km
Highlights:
Hot water springs, riding the Northern Cape

Today we make our way through the Northern Cape to the lush green farm valleys of Citrusdal. Tonight we sleep at a famous hot water spring resort situated on a citrus farm. Relax your "motorcycle riding muscles" in one of the hot water pools or mineral baths on the property that are filled by hot water springs with a temperature of 43 Degrees Celcius... Bliss!


Enjoy the hot springs in Citrusdal


Day 18: Citrusdal to Oudtshoorn
Distance: +- 500 km
Highlights:
Route 62, backroads of the Garden Route

After a relaxing evening at the Baths Resort, we make our way to Oudtshoorn- the Ostrich Capital of South Africa- it is a scenic ride through the beautiful mountains and valleys of the western Cape. We travel along Route 62, through gorgeous little villages such as Ceres, Montagu and Worcester. 

Route62
Route 62

 

Day 19: Rest Day Oudtshoorn
Distance: 0 -100km
Highlights:

Today we have a rest day in Oudtshoorn to enjoy all the exciting activities and rides in the area. You will have the morning free to relax and perhaps visit an ostrich farm  and ride an ostrich of explore the Cango Caves on a cave tour. In the afternoon we have an exciting optional dirt ride over Swartberg Pass.

SwartsbergPass
Swartberg pass

 

Day 20: Oudtshoorn to Hermanus
via Cape Agulhas

Distance: +- 500 km
Highlights: Ostrich Capital of South Africa

Today we explore the world-famous garden route and make our way from Oudtshoorn over the Outeniqua pass to George and then carry on to Southern Most tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas. This is the point where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet. There is always a party at Cape Agulhas, as we celebrate reaching the most southern point of Africa- there are great photo opportunities at the Southern most tip. From here we make our way to Hermanus which is famous for land based whale watching. Here we enjoy an evening feasting on local seafood at our hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.


Cape Agulhas- the end of Africa


Day 21: Hermanus- Cape Point-  Cape Town
Distance: +- 300 km
Highlights: Penguins, Cape Point, Chapman's peak drive,
Table Mountain

Today we make our way to Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City. Today is the highlight of the trip as there are beautiful coastal views with twisting roads cut into the sea cliffs virtually all the way. Today you will get to visit Hermanus, the whale watching capital of South Africa as well as the old Navy town "Simonstown" where you can view South African penguins living it up on the beach. After that we make our way to Cape Point- the most South-westerly point of Africa (with views of the Cape Peninsula). Tonight we sleep in Cape Town and go out for our farewell dinner at one of Cape Town's best restaurants.

Penguins
Penguins taking a swim at Boulders Beach in Cape Town


Day 22: End of Tour

Sadly your tour of South Africa has come to an end. We guarantee that you will take home loads of awesome photographs and fond memories of South Africa and the warm people you have met. Transfers will be arranged to the airport.

Please note that we can book any post/pre tour accommodation and activities for you. Click here for add-on tours.

Pricing:

Understanding the pricing:

  • 1UP, SHARING= Single rider on one motorcycle sharing a room with a friend or partner
  • Single supplement= Add this to the "1up, sharing " price if you want your own room
  • Pillion/Passenger price= Add this to you "1up, sharing" price if you want to bring a passenger with you who will ride on the back of your motorcycle
  • All prices are quoted in South African Currency (ZAR).
  • For up to date exchange rates please visit www.xe.com

Pricing 2018

Dates 2018: 04 - 26 May 2018

Bike
Price, riding 1 up
BMW F700GS
R 123,780
BMW F800GS
R 128,700
BMW LC R12000GS
R 141,470
BMW R1200GS ADV
R 148,140
 
Passenger/Pillion, add
R 54,870
Single Supplement, add
R 19,760

Currency

Pricing 2019

Dates 2019: 03 - 25 May 2019

Bike
Price, riding 1 up
BMW F700GS
R 134,810
BMW F800GS
R 140,170
BMW LC R12000GS
R 154,080
BMW R1200GS ADV
R 161,340
 
Passenger/Pillion, add
R 59,760
Single Supplement, add
R 21,520

Currency

 

Price includes:

  • 21 Days motorcycle rental
  • 21 nights Accommodation in 3-4 star lodgings
  • 1 Bonus Night Accommodation in Pretoria
  • Tour guide on a motorcycle
  • Back up vehicle
  • 14 lunches
  • 22 Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners
  • Bottled Water and Snacks
  • Big 5 Safari by Motorcycle in Dinokeng
  • Madgadigadi pan Sunset Drive
  • Chobe Park Game drive
  • Okavango Mokorokoro
  • Zambezi River Cruise
  • Half day Safari into Etosha National Park
  • Cheetah Tour
  • Cape Point tour
  • Detailed Guide book and map of Southern Africa
  • Sama T-shirt
  • Free shuttle service from Johannesburg International Airport and to Cape Town International Airport


Price does not include:

  • Petrol and toll fees
  • Visas and cross border fees
  • International and local flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All items not mentioned in "Tour Includes"
  • All meals other than those specified in "tour includes"
  • All Entrance fees other than those specified
  • Drinks

 

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