4 COUNTRIES, 5,000km, IN 17 DAYS – STARTING IN SOUTH AFRICA, TRAVELLING THROUGH NAMIBIA, BOTSWANA AND ENDING AT VICTORIA FALLS IN ZIMBABWE!
THE SCENIC FLIGHT IS OPTIONAL. IF YOU PREFER IT IS POSSIBLE TO END YOUR TOUR IN MAUN AND NOT VISIT VICTORIA FALLS.
Join us on this epic, 5,000km, 17 day adventure from "Africa's Fairest Cape" to the "Smoke That Thunders" travelling through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe - a journey through some of the world's most beautiful scenery, meeting some of the friendliest people and riding some of the best tracks. This year there is a change. The biking will end in Maun, Botswana and from there we have arranged the unique experience of an 80 minute scenic flight across the Okavango Delta and the dry desert inland of Chobe to the Zimbabwe border at Kasane where you will be driven 45 minutes through the Zambezi National Park to Victoria Falls.
You will ride top-of-the-line BMW GS1200 LC motorcycles and stay in amazing accommodation including a couple of nights in more local places so you get even more of an insight into the country and its culture.
Along the way we have arranged exciting activities such as safaris, game viewing, sundowner drives, Braais (BBQs) and cruises, not to mention the multitude of optional adrenalin activities awaiting you on arrival at the Victoria Falls.
We operate our adventures in the South African springtime (August - November) as in their summer (December - March) temperatures can reach into the 40º with high humidity making mossies a big issue in certain areas.
Treat yourself to the best!
This adventure is suitable for all types of riders, although it is essential that you have some off road experience and especially for those considering bringing a pillion. We recommend all riders who are unsure of their off road capability to take an ‘Off Road Training’ course at a suitable in country location and / or contact us directly for advice.
Highlights of the tour
• Cape Town & Cape Peninsula
• Cape Winelands
• Visit to a local township
• Cederberg Mountain Range
• Wild flowers of Namaqualand (in season)
• Fish River Canyon & Ai-Ais Hot Springs
• Red Dune – highest in Namibia
• Swakopmund & Skeleton Coast
• The "Vingerklip", Finger Rock
• Wildlife in the Etosha National Park
• The Himba Tribes women
• An 80 minute scenic flight in a light aircraft over the Okavango Delta
• Orange, Kavango, Okavango, Kwando & Zambezi Rivers, and of course:-
• The Mighty Victoria Falls “The Smoke That Thunders”.
Cape Town – Waterfront
On arrival in Cape Town you will be met at the airport and transferred by car to our hotel situated right in the hub of Cape Town in the Waterfront. For the rest of the day you will be free to explore everything that Cape Town offers.
Cape Town offers a wide range of sights, sounds and activities to keep you busy.
Late afternoon we all meet up at the BMW garage depot (about 20 minutes walk from the hotel) to sign the bike documentation and collect our bikes. Any adjustments to the bike that you may need can be done at this time. Back at the hotel we meet up in the bar for a pre-supper drink to get to know each other, discuss the tour details, study the route maps and answer any questions you may have.
Cape Town – Franschhoek
Our first riding day. After breakfast we meet up outside the hotel to pack our bags into the support vehicle and leave.
We head south along the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive and then on to the Cape of Good Hope, the most south-westerly point of Africa.
The beautiful peninsular roads wind along the coast, overhanging the Atlantic Ocean and offering spectacular views.
Then we head back north towards Cape Town, this time along the shores of False Bay – optional visit to the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. We pass through scenic Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek before reaching the popular beach resort of Muizenberg. On round to Gordon’s Bay where we once again hug the coastline and arrange to meet up for a light lunch in a popular biker’s bar in one of the many small coastal villages. Now we finally leave the ocean and start heading inland into the beautiful Cape Winelands.
The Cape Winelands have long been famous for producing some of the world’s finest wines. Our first night will be spent in a beautiful 4* hotel situated 5 kms from the town of Franschhoek in a beautiful Cape Dutch-style building surrounded by magnificent mountains and endless vineyards. The town of Franschhoek is well worth visiting with many galleries, cheese factories and a great little tea shop, to name a few of its attractions. Dinner will be served in the hotel’s renowned restaurant.
Franschhoek – Clanwilliam
We plan to leave around 08.00 and continue north through the Winelands, eventually reaching the end of the asphalt road at the country town of Ceres.
The gravel track we now take to winds its way through the beautiful Cederberg mountains. We arrange to meet up for a snack lunch in a beautiful “oasis” on the track. We are now entering the southern parts of the region known as Namaqualand.
It is a semi-desert environment, however in the spring (August to October) depending on the amount of rains that have fallen; flowers emerge in a phenomenal explosion of colour transforming the landscape. On this your first introduction to gravel tracks your guide will be available at all times to give you help and advice should you want it.
On through valley after valley covered by flowers, the tracks a little bit rocky in places, over a pass and down into the small rural town of Clanwilliam. Our accommodation is a country lodge in the town and you can have a cold dip in the pool on arrival!. After dinner you can take a stroll onto the main street about 5 minutes away.
Clanwilliam - Springbok
Gravel: 275km (optional on-road section instead)
After breakfast we refuel across the road before retracing our route back up over the pass and continuing on gravel roads winding through farmlands until we again reach tarmac and our next refuelling point.
From here you have the option of doing the remaining total 275kms on tarmac to our lodge near Springbok, or continuing on some rocky trails and beautiful twisting tracks with several farm gates to pass through.
Along here we will stop off at a friend’s Guest Farm for an early light snack lunch. The twisting trails through farmland continue until Springbok. As with the previous day you should be treated to a wonderful display of wildflowers.
Our accommodation is a small, quaint lodge comprising 20 rooms situated in its own grounds at the base of the Klipkoppies Hills.
Springbok – Nooerdoewer
Gravel: 50km (optional)
Description:After breakfast we rejoin the main highway to the South Africa/ Namibia border at Noordoewer, formed by the mighty Orange River.
Optional 50km off-road section on this stretch.
After passing into Namibia (set your watches back an hour) we refuel, turn left and it's a further 50kms on good wide roads, following the river downstream, to reach our nights’ accommodation where you will be staying in small chalets right on the banks of the river.
We will be arriving in time for lunch so afterwards you have the possibility of canoeing on the river, taking a guided walk or just having a drink and relaxing by the pool or in the typical thatched main building of the lodge while looking out over the river.
In the late afternoon we set off in the 4x4 to watch the sun go down while having a drink on a nearby hill top and then drive into the Kings Throne Gorge where we treat you to a wonderful braai (BBQ)
Nooerdoewer – Fish River Canyon
Back on the gravel for today’s ride which will take us past one of Namibia’s premier natural wonders, The Fish River Canyon. During the day we will visit the hot springs at Ai-Ais and take in the breathtaking canyon views from the various viewpoints along the way.
The Fish River is, at 650 kilometres, the longest river in Namibia. Its source lies in the eastern Naukluft Mountains and it runs south-west of Ai-Ais into the Orange. The canyon, situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, is one of the most impressive natural beauties in the southern part of Namibia and with a depth of up to 550 metres it is one of the largest canyons in the world. The enormous gorge meanders along a distance of approximately 160 kilometres through the fissured Koubis massif all the way down to Ai-Ais.
We will be staying in a lodge set amongst large unusually shaped outcrops of rocks called Dolomites.
The bedrooms are small chalets dotted around the immediate surrounding area near the main lodge building where there is a pleasant sunny terrace for early evening pre-dinner drinks shaded by wonderful purple bougainvillea.
The lodge also has a small private pool set amongst the rocks.
Fish River Canyon – Sesriem
Description:From one natural wonder to the next… deep canyons to vast sand dunes. To make the most of this day we will leave fairly early in the morning. Having enjoyed the vast views of Fish River Canyon the day before it is now time to head towards another of Namibia’s natural wonders, the famous red dunes at Sossusvlei.
Our first refuel point is a must to go inside. Filled with old cars and memorabilia. A few old pieces parked up outside!
To get there will take us along tracks bordering the massive Namib Naukluft Nature Reserve and the private Namibrand Reserve.
The Namib-Naukluft Park is one of the largest and most varied national parks in Africa, covering much of the central Namib Desert and the Naukluft Mountains. It offers some of the most beautiful landscapes we travel through with plains of golden grasslands stretching as far as the eyes can see with herds of antelope species grazing by the side of the road. En route we climb two windy mountain passes and pass bizarre rock formations.
Our accommodation is in one of the Leading Lodges of Africa – Le Mirage, a luxury lodge with wellness spa to relax after the day’s biking. All rooms offer spectacular views out across the Namib Desert.
After dinner you can move to the terrace and under the magnificent dome of the southern night-sky enjoy the softly illuminated dunes while the sun sets. Seeing the massive dunes changing colour in the morning is another truly awesome sight not to be missed.
Sesriem - Swakopmund
Description:A quick dip in the pool and then early departure after breakfast.
Destination Namibia’s premier beach resort, Swakopmund. The track we follow, sandy in places, continues on from the previous day just outside the border of the nature reserve so still lots of chance to spot wildlife. The vast open views continue.
On to the coast passing Namibia’s highest sand dune, “Dune 7”. Take a short detour to Walvis Bay to admire the attractive townhouses painted in all the colours of the rainbow.
Swakopmund has been described as a little piece of Germany in Africa so don’t be surprised when you come across German bakeries and breweries along the streets.
This is where we have decided to have our day off so we will spend the next two nights at a small privately owned lodge about 6kms out of the town. The lodge has a golf course and you are welcome to play, but watch out for the Springboks grazing on the greens.
The rooms are in small bungalows all with open, log burning fireplaces if wanted. We have arranged a transfer to take us all to our evening meal which will be in a converted tugboat on the seashore – excellent cuisine and local wines.
Description:Your well earned day off. Swakopmund is one of Namibia’s main seaside towns, with many attractive old buildings. Check out the local penitentiary which could be taken for a Bavarian chateau! There is also a beautiful old building housing the casino that might attract you!
Evening meal will be in the hotel.
Swakopmund - Vingerklip
Description:Namibia’s Atlantic coast is renowned for its morning sea fogs. These usually burn off by mid morning so not too much to worry about as long as you carry your extra jacket.
From Swakopmund we follow the coastal road north towards Henties Bay passing through terrain that can only be described as barren, making a stop at a well known wreck site.
At Henties Bay we leave the Atlantic and turn inland. Rising over the horizon in front of us will be the Brandberg Massive and on a clear day one can just make out another of Namibia’s famous mountain peaks the Spitzkoppe some 100 km to the South east of our track. We are entering Damaraland.
Damaraland is another of Namibia's very scenic areas, and we should see plenty of wildlife along the way. At the small mining town of Uis we stop to refuel and have lunch. Spotted along the roadside after lunch will be stalls selling local trinkets run by the ladies of the Himba (their bodies covered in red mud)and the Herero tribes (decked out in Victorian style dresses with horn shaped headgear)
This night’s accommodation is in a lodge that is set on a rise in a valley overlooking the strange geological feature known as Vingerklip, or Finger Rock, a 35 metre-high striking pinnacle of rock and natural obelisk balancing vertically on its own. The lodge has been built in a semi-circle to maximize the panoramic views over the open valleys and ancient terraces formed by water corrosion over millions of years, and has an attractive pool built into the rocks. In the evening we walk up to the top of the nearby cliff where they have made their restaurant The Eagles Nest and have a sundowner on their deck looking over the Finger Rock as the sun goes down.
Vingerklip – Etosha
Gravel: 225km (optional all on road)
Description:An early start and make our way due north towards one of the world’s largest and most spectacular Nature Parks, The Etosha National Park. This is yet another of the highlights in Namibia. Its centre is dominated by the vast Etosha Pan, an enormous dried up lake, now a vaguely greenish-white salt pan which from a distance looks like the sea. You can opt to do the whole day’s riding on asphalt if you prefer.
We have to reach our accommodation at Mokuti Lodge before 16.00hrs to join the sunset game drive. This is an excellent way to see all the wildlife that Etosha has to offer.
As you arrive back at the hotel after your drive, sit down to a delicious buffet supper followed by sundowners at the poolside bar or sitting round the open fire in their grounds.
Etosha – Rundu
Description:Your day can start with an early morning game drive if you wish. On your return and as soon as breakfast is finished we set out once again. Along the way today we drive through dense bush studded with giant Baobab trees, the tree god apparently planted upside down. The biggest one in Namibia is on our route. Watch out for warthogs and Springbok crossing the road.
A 200km stretch of tarmac heading north east up through the area known as Kavango Land. A definite change of landscape – with attractive little villages of small rondevals -round thatched cabins surrounded by fencing - to the town of Rundu where we refuel.
Our accommodation is located just 20kms north-east of Rundu. N'Kwazi is a secluded paradise, tucked away amongst lush vegetation on the banks of the Okavango river and combines the tranquillity of a tropical environment with all the comforts.
It also serves an excellent buffet in the evenings.
Additional activities available at the lodge include canoeing, horse-back trails, bird watching, traditional dances and a very original “boat” operating sundown cruises.
Rundu – Divundu
Gravel: 220km (optional on road possible)
Description:A leisurely start if you prefer as a short day, but if you are wanting to get the most of this nights riverside accommodation then don’t hang around!! We lose an hour today as we go on to Botswana time.
Today you can choose to go off-road and follow the Okavango river’s edge for about 220kms on its way down to the desert plains in Botswana. There are various points where you can rejoin the asphalt if you want to. Stop at one of the bars or shops and mingle with the locals.
The river forms a natural border between Namibia and Angola and is the lifeline to the Kavango people who live on its banks. The area is considerably greener than the rest of Namibia.
Our nights' accommodation is in a small privately owned lodge located right on the banks of the Okavango River a few hundred metres from Popa Falls.
Here we have a mixture of permanent tents on stilts with bathrooms en suite and comfortable individual bungalows, all with river views. This evening is the first of our leisurely sunset cruises to see the hippos, crocodiles and elephant, amongst other wildlife, that dwell near and in the river.
Divundu (Namibia) – Guma Lagoon (Botswana)
Gravel: 13km (in 4x4 transfer vehicles)
A short day today predominantly on road. Heading south from the lodge in less than 40kms we arrive at the small Mohembo Border post where we cross into Botswana. A relatively painless African experience!
The final 100kms we travel southwards skirting the edge of the Okavango Panhandle area on our left until we reach our next stop, the village of Etsha 13 which is where we will park up the bikes in a safe area and then climb aboard the camp’s 4x4 vehicles.
We will get there late morning so plenty of time to relax and enjoy this African environment. If you enjoy fishing then this lagoon is a paradise - Barbel, African pike, Redbreast tilapia, Threespot tilapia, Green-headed tilapia and Purple Largemouth can be caught, and Tigerfish are plentiful.
Accommodation is provided in canvas chalets each with their own private view of the lagoon. Each chalet is furnished with teak beds and ensuite bathroom.
Guma Lagoon – Maun (Botswana)
Description:Awake this morning with the sunrise over the lagoon streaming into your chalet. Wander down to the main deck area over the lagoon and have a complimentary cup of tea while enjoying the peace and quiet.
Today our final biking day and we continue southwards. The asphalt here is in good condition so it shouldn’t take us more than about 4 hours to reach our destination in Botswana’s capital – Maun.
Tonight we have chosen to stay in a beautiful luxury riverside lodge with swimming pool, set amongst tall trees and lovely grounds. It has a very long river frontage and all the beautifully appointed en-suite stone chalets are positioned in the shade looking out over the river. Dusk is spectacular, with the sun setting the river ablaze as it slowly dips behind the trees.
Tonight will be our special end of tour dinner as the team remains here to await the arrival of the new group while if you have chosen to take the scenic flight, you carry on to Victoria Falls. We’ll definitely be swopping anecdotes about all the experiences we’ve had and sights we’ve seen during the journey.
Maun, (Botswana) - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
THIS DAY IS OPTIONAL.
Scenic flight: 430km
Asphalt: 70km – 45 minute road transfer
This morning its goodbye from the team, but your adventure continues. You will be joining an 80 minute scenic flight (time of departure will be confirmed on arrival in Maun) in a light aircraft heading in a northerly direction, flying over the Okavango Delta and the dry interior part of the Chobe National Park to the border town of Kasane.
Here you will be assisted by our fixer through the border control into Zimbabwe and then after a 45 minute road transfer through the Zambezi National Park when you will undoubtedly see more wildlife, you will arrive at your final destination - the mighty Victoria Falls.
On arrival in Victoria Falls, freshen up and then you are now free to enjoy the spectacular falls and any of the other adrenalin activities that are on offer. Our pleasant African Lodge where we have stayed on many previous trips is just a short walk down to the Falls or into the local market square with all its stalls producing wooden carvings etc and little local shops. Dinner will be in the lodge on their restaurant terrace.
The Victoria Falls are situated on the Zambezi River, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and are roughly 1.7 km (1 mile) wide and 128 m (420 ft) high. They are considered a remarkable spectacle because of the peculiar narrow slot-like chasm into which the water falls, so one can view the falls face-on. It is described by the Kololo tribe living in the area as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ - ‘the Smoke that Thunders’ and in encyclopaedias as ‘the greatest known curtain of falling water’. We also like to consider it the adrenaline and adventure capitol of Africa with a range of activities aimed at your wilder side. For more details on what’s on offer check out the links below.
Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Description:On this your final day of the tour, breakfast is served as usual at the lodge. Depending on your travel arrangements you are then free to further explore the falls and surrounding area.
Transfers to the Victoria Falls airport are included and will be arranged for you.
IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME HERE, WE WOULD RECOMMEND YOU ADD A FURTHER NIGHT IN VIC FALLS TO ENABLE YOU TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR VISIT.
CAPE TOWN TO VICTORIA FALLS
Here’s a list of what is included with our Southern African Touring Adventures:
16 nights twinshare accommodation in quality lodges.
(15 nights if finishing in Maun & not going on by scenic flight to Vic Falls)
Food & Drink
Substantial breakfasts & 2-3 course evening meals daily.
BMW GS1200 LC for 15 riding days with full insurance. Bikers will leave a deposit to cover excess.
Note: For those preferring a lighter, smaller bike we can offer the BMW F800 GS twin.
Garmin Montana 600 GPS
Installed with our daily routes in Tracks4Africa software
Dual purpose tyres.
Assistance vehicle equipped with satellite phone, first aid equipment, fridge, compressor, spare tyres etc., and pulling a trailer with spare bike. Second vehicle for 4×4 passenger clients, carrying all personal luggage.
Qualified medical assistance provided during the tour
A motorcycle guide - JohnnyMaroc from Moto Aventures, plus Su (Moto Aventures) driving the passenger/support vehicle. Staff have a good local knowledge of the areas we visit.
- 4×4 drive to watch the sunset over the Orange River, followed by braai (BBQ) in the King'sThrone Gorge.
- Visit to a local township to see how they live and everything works.
- Sunset Game drive into Etosha National Park, Namibia.
- 2 leisurely sunset cruises on the Kavango and Okavango rivers to view herds of hippos and elephants while enjoying a sun-downer.
Airport transfers on first and last days of the tour.
CAPE TOWN TO VICTORIA FALLS
The following is a list of what you need to organise, arrange, supply or bring with you for our Southern African Touring Adventures:
All airfares to/from start/finish of the tour. Fly into Cape Town International and out of Maun or Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe.
Personal Insurance (Obligatory)
All personal medical insurance with repatriation.
(Not included in the price because everyone fuels up independently & I couldn't carry enough petty cash to reimburse)
Anticipate about US$400 for the entire trip following the itinerary
South Africa - nil; Namibia - $20US; Botswana - 190 rand & Zimbabwe - $55US (prices are approx.)
For entry into RSA, Namibia and Botswana, normally no charge. Zimbabwe - $55US.
All vaccinations required for entry into RSA, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
South Africa can ask to see proof of Yellow Fever vaccination so if for whatever reason you can't have one bring medical proof.
Food & Drink
Lunches, drinks and snacks.
All other optional activities on offer during the tour.
The excess deposit which is arranged directly with the supplier of the BMWs. 15000rand = approx. 1200€ held against your credit card but not charged.
All your personal riding gear for the duration of the tour, including a “Camelback” or similar 2-litre drinking system (Obligatory).
MOTO AVENTURES EUROPA S.L.
(hereinafter referred to as ‘the Company’) accepts clients, any accompanying 4×4 passengers and pillion passengers (hereinafter referred to collectively as ‘the Client’) subject to the following conditions:
- BOOKING AND PAYMENTS
- The 30% deposit paid at the time of booking is accepted as part of the total cost of the tour and will not be refunded unless the applicant cannot be offered a place.
- The balance of the total cost for the tour must reach us no later than EIGHT weeks before the tour date.
Cancellation charges on BALANCE payments are as follows;
- 7 - 8 weeks before departure by Client - 50% refund.
- 4 - 7 weeks before departure by Client - 40% refund.
- 2 - 4 weeks before departure by Client - 25% refund.
- 0 - 2 weeks before departure by Client - no refund.
- The Client must
- be in possession of a full motorbike driving license at all times during the tour
- have made known to the Company any endorsements or restrictions made to his driving license by the licensing authorities.
- be 25 years or older.
- Only the Client recognized and accepted by the Company may drive the motorbike.
- Should the Client cause the motorbike to be retained or embargoed, all costs will be payable by the Client, including any losses to the Company whilst the motorbike is immobilized.
- All fines, judicial costs, etc., derived from any form of traffic infraction or other, which are against the motorbike, the Company or the Client, and caused by the Client during the period of this contract, will be payable by the Client except when caused by the Company.
- ACCIDENTS, THEFT, BREAKDOWN
- In case of accident, theft or breakdown, the Client must immediately communicate this fact to the Company or its representative.
- In no case accept culpability for an accident, except in the “Amicable declaration of Accidents” form.
- The Client must obtain all details of the other party and any witnesses, and the Client will give these and all other details of the accident to the Company or its representative within 24 hours.
- Advise the authorities immediately if the other party is responsible for the accident.
- The Client understands that:
- he/she is responsible for his/her own personal insurance with repatriation
- acknowledges the inherent risk and dangers of the tour
- will travel entirely at his/her own risk
- neither the Company, its agents, or any other person assisting with them, is liable for any personal loss, injury, accident, damage, delay or inconvenience, whether caused by acts of the Company, its agents or events outside the Company’s control (e.g. strikes, civil war, mechanical breakdown, weather etc.)
- due to the nature of the tour, no responsibility can be accepted by the Company for any damage, loss, or accident to a Client’s vehicle or other property, whether owned, on hire, or loaned to the Client.
- if the Client leaves the tour voluntarily before completion of the tour, or is required to do so by a Company representative, then all liability that the Company may bear to that Client will cease immediately, and the Company will have no responsibility for repatriation or any other expenses incurred by the Client which may arise out of such an event.
- he/she will abide by the authority and decisions of the Company and/or its representatives.
- The Company reserves the right to alter or cancel all or part of the tour without prior notice. If a tour is cancelled, any payments already received by the Company will be refunded in full.
- The Client will comply strictly with the laws and customs of all countries visited, whether in respect of health, immigration, exchange control, drugs, or any other matter.
-Any dispute that may arise between the Client and the Company will be dealt with under the jurisdiction of the country where the Company is registered .
- Costs incurred by the Company (including lawyer and procurator fees) whilst reclaiming monies owed by the Client from this contract, will be payable by the Client.
- All distances and information quoted in our itineraries are approximates. These are meant as a rough guide and can vary if there is a change of route. At all times we will try to maintain this itinerary but due to climatic conditions or availability of accommodation the company might have to alter part of it.
- The Company reserves the right to alter or change all or part of these Terms & Conditions without prior notice.