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Guided Motorcycle Tour in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana

On this adventure, you will enjoy incredible wildlife safaris in Chobe and Etosha National Park, cruise down the mighty Zambezi River, explore the Okavango Delta by Mokorokoro (African canoe), view the amazing Victoria Falls, climb the enormous sand dunes of Swakopmund and ride around the third largest Canyon in the world (Fish River Canyon). The tour ends on a high note with a triumphant ride down to the southernmost point of Africa, Cape Agulhas, and riding beautiful coastal roads all the way into Cape Town. Along the way, you will meet some of the friendly locals along the way.

Key information

  • Terrain: 90% tar, 10% good gravel
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW models)
  • Mileage: 5200 kilometers / 3231 miles
  • Daily rides: 200 - 600 kilometers / 124 - 373 miles
  • Riding gear: available to rent: helmets, jackets, gloves
  • Meals: 22 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 20 dinners

Highlights

  • Starts in Pretoria and ends in Cape Town
  • Experience helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls
  • Head to Chobe National Park and enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe River
  • Enjoy the Okavango River, a paradise of flooded plains and swamps, teeming with wildlife
  • Swap to 4-wheel drive safari vehicle and enjoy game reserve for a half-day safari
  • Ride to Etosha National Park, this park is based around a large salt pan
  • Ride to Africa’s largest canyon, The Fish River Canyon
  • 22 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

21 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
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Accommodation

You will stay at 3 - 4-star accommodations during the tour. Every night you will stay in a room with an ensuite bathroom. You can choose to share with your partner or another rider on the tour. Otherwise, you can opt to get your own room throughout the tour.

All accommodations have been handpicked by Sama Tours. They only use high-standard accommodation in good locations. They love African lodges, boutique hotels, and BnBs, or places that have a good atmosphere, exceptional staff, and all the modern amenities.

Examples of hotels on the tour:

Chobe Safari Lodge

This lodge is a major highlight of the tour. Enjoy your stay in the luxuriously appointed thatch rondavel (cottage). Walk down to the restaurant and bar on the wooden deck and enjoy a drink while watching hippos and other wildlife in the water down below.

Mokuti Lodge

Uninterrupted views and gardens that interact with the living spaces create an inviting, friendly, comfortable, and relaxing atmosphere, which sets the tone for your stay at Mokuti Etosha.

Canyon Lodge

An oasis surrounded by breathtaking desert landscapes you will find this unique lodge where your rooms are built into the giant boulders. There is a welcoming pool, bar, and restaurant and a highlight is their bar located up in the boulders overlooking the lodge for the best sunsets in Africa.

President Hotel, Cape Town

This is a beautiful fresh and sunny hotel with incredible ocean views. It has a great central location in Sea Point, within walking distance from the promenade, and a quick taxi ride to the VA Waterfront. The Hop on Hop off Cape Town City Sightseeing bus leaves from just across the road.

Please note that well the above hotels are the first choices, but Sama Tours may not get available rooms on the dates you need. In this case, Sama Tours sources hotels next door or nearby that are of the same high standard and quality or better.

Program

Day 0: Arrive in South Africa (0 - 50 kilometers / 0 - 31 miles)

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 within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and cocktail bars.

Day 1: Day tour of Pretoria and Big 5 safari by motorcycle (75 kilometers / 47 miles)

  • Highlights: Day tour of Pretoria, big 5 safari by motorcycle
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

This morning, you will hand over your motorcycle to you and sign all the paperwork. After that is complete, you will have a tour briefing and then the fun begins. You 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. Afterward, you enjoy a guided motorcycle ride through a Big 5 nature reserve. Rhinos, giraffes, impala, and wildebeest can all be spotted from your motorcycle. Tonight, you have a welcome dinner in an African Boma. Welcome to Africa!

Day 2: Pretoria to Tuli Block, Botswana (450 kilometers / 280 miles)

  • Highlights: African lodge on the banks of the Limpopo River
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Today, you leave Pretoria and make your 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, you make your way to your lodge in the Tuli Block, your home for the night, based on the Limpopo River (full of crocodiles and hippos). Tonight you have dinner in the beautiful boma and if you are lucky some local African kids will come to dance for you. Fall asleep listening to the great sounds of the African night - lions roaring in the distance.

Day 3: Tuli Block to Makgadigadi Pans (452 kilometers / 281 miles)

  • Highlights: The Makgadigadi Pans, the largest salt pans in the world
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After an early start, you make your way through Botswana towards Nata. Nata is on the outskirts of the Makgadigadi Pans, the largest salt complex in the world. This afternoon, you are transported to the Makgadigadi Pans in a safari vehicle for a sunset tour of the pans. Breathtaking views and African wildlife await!

Day 4: Makgadigadi Pans to Chobe (330 kilometers / 205 miles)

  • Highlights: Afternoon safari into Chobe National Park
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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

Day 5: Chobe to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (80 kilometers / 50 miles)

  • Highlights: Victoria Falls helicopter flight
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After an early morning safari into Chobe National Park, you make your way to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. You will arrive 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. During your stay, Sama Tours has included a helicopter flight over the falls. They call this "the flight of angels". Seeing Victoria Falls from the air is the best angle to truly appreciate its magnificence

Day 6: Morning free at Victoria Falls, transfer back to Chobe, Botswana

  • Highlights: Victoria Falls
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

You have the whole day free to enjoy all the activities that Victoria Falls has on offer. You may wish to do a guided tour of the falls, canoe down the Zambezi River, visit an elephant sanctuary, bungee jump, 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! Otherwise, you may wish to just grab a drink at the pool, book a spa treatment, and just relax on the beautiful hotel grounds. Later this afternoon, you will take a transfer back to Chobe in Botswana.

Day 7:Chobe to Okavango Delta, Namibia (430 kilometers / 267 miles)

  • Highlights: Caprivi Strip, Okavango Delta
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Today you make your way into Namibia. The border crossing between Botswana and Namibia is a breeze. You enter Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, a long narrow strip at the top of the country. As you drive along this beautiful road, you will be able to view African homesteads and lush African bush. Here, life is simple and sweet. Your 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.

Day 8: Okavango Delta - rest day (0 - 50 kilometers / 0 - 30 miles)

  • Highlights: Okavango Mokoro trip (African canoe)
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

You have the entire day free to relax and enjoy the beautiful river setting. This afternoon, you get into Mokorokoros (African canoes) and explore the Okavango River in search of hippos and crocodiles. Lunch today is on a private river island where you enjoy a beach BBQ and a rock pool swim before returning back to our lodge as the sun is setting

Day 9: Okavango Delta to Etosha National Park (620 kilometers / 385 miles)

  • Highlights: Rural Namibia, Etosha National Park
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today is a lovely ride through the Namibian countryside- watch out for elephants and other wildlife! In the late afternoon, you will arrive at Etosha National Park. This national park is based around a large salt pan. It is a desert full of salt, but the wildlife still flourishes despite the harsh conditions and the park is world-renowned for its amazing game viewing opportunities.

Day 10: Safari into Etosha Pans and Ride to Gabus Game Lodge (177 kilometers / 110 miles)

  • Highlights: Etosha wildlife
  • Meals: breakfast, dinner

Today, you swap your motorcycles for a 4-wheel drive safari vehicle and make your 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… On return to your lodge, you enjoy a relaxing lunch before taking a short ride to the beautiful Gabus Bush Lodge, surrounded by wildlife.

Day 11: Gabus to Swakopmund (510 kilometers / 317 miles)

  • Highlights: Golden sand dunes of Namibia
  • Meals: breakfast and lunch

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

Day 12: Rest day Swakopmund (0 - 50 kilometers / 0 - 30 miles)

  • Highlights: Skeleton Coast, quad biking in the sand dunes
  • Meals: breakfast

Swakopmund is based at the tip of the world-famous Skeleton Coast and is the adventure capital of Namibia. This afternoon, you take a ride to the famous Dune 45 where you swap your motorcycles for quad bikes and enjoy a roller coaster ride through the incredible sand dunes of the Namib Desert. You will have the rest of the day free to relax or take part in any of the other optional activities on offer - ride to see a shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast, kayak with seals in Walvis Bay, or visit the Flamingo lagoon. If you are looking for more of a relaxing time then you can enjoy the beach just meters from our hotel, or explore the wonderful German culture of the town. Tonight you enjoy amazing seafood.

Day 13: Swakopmund to Lake Oanob (450 kilometers / 280 miles)

  • Highlights: Private game reserve, Lake Oanob
  • Meals: breakfast and lunch

Riding down through Namibia, you make your way to Lake Oanob. En route, you will pass through Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Your 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.

Day 14: Lake Oanob to Fish River Canyon (570 kilometers / 354 miles)

  • Highlights: Fish River Canyon
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Making your way down south, you ride on beautiful hard-packed gravel roads that will take us into the heart of the Gondwana Canyon Nature Reserve. Look out for Quiver trees, Sprinkbok, Gemsbok, Hartebeest, Ostrich and Mountain Zebra. In the late afternoon, the mountains light up to a blazing red as you arrive at the famous Canyon Lodge. This whole resort is built in between rocky boulders, an oasis in the middle of the hostile desert. Welcome to the Wild West!

Day 15: Fish River Canyon - rest day (0 - 70 kilometers / 0 - 44 miles)

  • Highlights: Ride to see the third-largest canyon on earth
  • Meals: breakfast, dinner

Today you enjoy a rest day in the Canyon National Park- an incredible landscape to explore. This morning, you will take a ride to the canyon view site. This is the third-largest canyon in the world (160 kilometers long) and the views will take your breath away! Back at the lodge, enjoy the beautiful rock pool and sundowner drinks up on the hill amongst the boulders. Optional activities include walks, 4x4 drives, and horse rides through this magical landscape.

Day 16: Fish River Canyon to Springbok (350 kilometers / 217 miles)

  • Highlights: Magical Namaqualand, star gazing
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Time to head back into South Africa - you make your way through Namaqualand - an area made famous by its wildflowers that bloom into a whirlwind of color during the springtime each year! Springbok is known for its peace and tranquility. Tonight you 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!

Day 17: Springbok to Citrusdal (400 kilometers / 249 miles)

  • Highlights: Hot water springs, riding the Northern Cape
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today, you make your way through the Northern Cape to the lush green farm valleys of Citrusdal. Tonight, you 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 with hot water springs with a temperature of 43 degrees Celcius. Bliss!

Day 18: Citrusdal to Oudtshoorn (500 kilometers / 311 miles)

  • Highlights: Route 62, backroads of the Garden Route
  • Meals: breakfast and lunch

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

Day 19: Rest day in Oudtshoorn plus optional ride over Swartberg Pass

  • Highlights: Ostrich Farm, Cango Caves, Swartberg Pass, Die Hell
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner

Today, you 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 to explore the Cango Caves on a cave tour. In the afternoon you have an exciting optional dirt ride over Swartberg Pass. Tonight, you enjoy a traditional Ostrich barbeque.

Day 20: Oudtshoorn to Hermanus via Cape Agulhas (420 kilometers / 261 miles)

  • Highlights: Southernmost tip of Africa
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today you make your way to the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas. This is the point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. There is always a party at Cape Agulhas, as you celebrate reaching the most southern point of Africa! There are great photo opportunities at the southernmost tip. From here, you carry on to Hermanus which is famous for land-based whale watching. Here you enjoy an evening feasting on local seafood at your hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 21: Hermanus - Cape Point - Cape Town (270 kilometers / 168 miles)

  • Highlights: Penguins, Cape Point, Chapman's Peak Drive, Table Mountain
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Today you make your 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. You visit the old Navy town (Simonstown) and Bettys Bay to see African penguins living it up on the beach. After that, you make your way to Cape Point to see the spectacular Cape Peninsula. Next up you ride the famous Chapman's Peak drive past False Bay and then head over Signal Hill into Cape Town, where you celebrate the end of an amazing tour at one of Cape Town’s best restaurants. What a ride!

Day 22: End of tour

  • Meals: breakfast

Sadly your tour of South Africa has come to an end. Sama Tours guarantees 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.

Tour difficulty: Intermediate

This tour is suitable for riders who have experience touring on two wheels. 90% of this tour takes place on good tarmac roads, and 10% takes place on good hardpacked gravel roads. If you are not comfortable on the gravel, Sama Tours can plan alternate tar routes for you.

Sama Tours recommends being bike-fit. However, rest days are scheduled regularly.

Bikes available for this tour:

  • BMW F750GS: The F 750 GS is easy to handle and masters even rough terrain admirably.
  • BMW F850GS: The F 850 GS is ready for everything that may come its way. In particular on alternating terrain, it offers you safety and comfort with a variety of features – and plenty of riding enjoyment.
  • BMW R1250GS: Fast curve changes, gravel shooting up, endless tours: With the R 1250 GS, you decide what your adventure will look like. Its continuously optimized technology and extensive equipment will take you safely, dynamically, and comfortably over any route.

Location

During this tour, you will visit various amazing places in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.

Food

Enjoy 22 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 20 dinners. Bottled water and snacks are also included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 21 days motorcycle rental
  • 22 nights accommodation in 3-4 star lodgings and 1 bonus night accommodation in Pretoria
  • Tour guide on a motorcycle
  • Back up vehicle
  • 14 lunches
  • 22 breakfasts
  • 20 dinners
  • Bottled water and snacks
  • Big 5 safari by motorcycle in Dinokeng
  • Madgadigadi pan sunset drive
  • Big 5 safari by boat in Chobe Park
  • Big 5 land safari in Chobe National Park
  • Mokoro (African canoe) trip on the Okavango River
  • Vic Falls helicopter flight
  • Half-day safari into Etosha National Park
  • Quad bike / ATV tour in the Namib Desert
  • 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

What's not included

  • Petrol and toll fees (budget 5,900 ZAR per motorcycle)
  • Visas and cross-border fees (budget approximately 80 USD per person)
  • 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
  • Optional activities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Enjoy the free shuttle service from Johannesburg International Airport and to Cape Town International Airport.

Airport: O. R. Tambo International Airport Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 12 participants

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