4 COUNTRIES IN 17 DAYS – FROM VICTORIA FALLS IN ZIMBABWE BY SCENIC FLIGHT OVER THE OKAVANGO DELTA, THEN BIKING THROUGH BOTSWANA, THE KINGDOM OF LESOTHO AND ENDING 5,000KMS LATER IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA!
THIS FIRST DAY WITH THE SCENIC FLIGHT IS OPTIONAL AND YOU MAY PREFER TO BEGIN YOUR TOUR FROM MAUN, BOTSWANA WHERE THE BIKES WILL BE WAITING.
For those beginning their adventure in Victoria Falls you will leave on a short 45 minute road transfer through Zambezi National Park to the Botswana border town at Kasane. Once through you will be taken to a light aircraft and then treated to a unique 80 minute scenic flight across the Okavango Delta down to Maun where the bikes will be awaiting your arrival.
We have found some amazing off-road tracks and chosen interesting road routes to suit everyone's tastes. As with our other adventures the scenery and local sights are varied and beautiful - made to be photographed, and the people though generally poor are very friendly. Along the way we have arranged some different activities for you to enjoy – eg. game drives; a whale watching cruise and a visit to a private lion & cheetah reserve.
You will start your adventure immediately on arrival if you allow yourself a day at Victoria Falls so that you can experience some of the multitude of adrenalin activities on offer, such as the Devil's Cauldron or a micro light flight over the Falls.
As with our other adventures you will ride top-of-the-line BMW GS1200 LC motorcycles and stay in wonderful African style lodges and fixed tents, with a couple of nights in more local places so you get even more of an insight into the country and its culture.
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.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
- Victoria Falls – “The Smoke that Thunders
- Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta - optional.
- Kingdom of Lesotho
- Sani Pass – at 3,248m altitude – off road
- Spectacular, rugged beauty of the Drakensburg Mountains
- Baviaanskloof National Park – off road
- Game drives
- Whale watching cruise
- Close up visit to a private lion & cheetah reserve.
- Agulhas Point - southernmost point of the African Continent
- Chapman's Peak drive
- Cape Town & Cape Peninsula
Day 1 - Victoria Falls, ZIMBABWE.
Asphalt – 0kms
Off road – 0kms
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the lodge and then you are 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. In the evening dinner will be in the lodge on the restaurant terrace.
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.
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.
Victoria Falls (ZIMBABWE) to Maun (BOTSWANA)
(CAN CHOOSE TO START IN MAUN & MAKE THIS YOUR DAY #1)
Asphalt : 80Kms
Scenic flight: 420kms
You will have been informed the night before as to what time to be ready for your 45 minute road transfer to Kasane airport in Botswana. Your transfer driver will pick you up from Ilala Lodge at the designated time, and he will be on hand to assist you with the border formalities as you travel out of Zimbabwe and into Botswana. Upon arrival at Kasane airport you will be taken to the plane and the start of your 80 minute scenic flight over the lesser known dry interior of Chobe followed by the Okavango Delta, begins. Your pilot will point out things of interest and give you information.
On arrival at Maun airport I will meet you and you’ll be transferred to our 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.
The bikes will all be parked up gleaming in the car park waiting for their new temporary owners. Handover of the bikes will be done in the afternoon.
Dusk is spectacular, with the sun setting the river ablaze as it slowly dips behind the trees.
A pre-dinner drink in the bar to meet the team and to have official introductions, discuss the tour details, study the route maps and answer any questions you may have.
Maun to Khama Rhino Sanctuary (BOTSWANA)
One of our longer days, but the roads are generally straight and it is fast driving. Cruise control and enjoy driving through the Kalahari Desert which forms the dry north-eastern and central areas of Botswana. In the morning we will be passing the famous Makgadikgadi pans on our left. This is one of the largest salt flats in the world. The pan is all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi, which once covered an area larger than Switzerland, but dried up several thousand years ago. Every now and then you will see a Baobab tree – gnarled with branches like tentacles this is “the tree that God planted upside-down”.
The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhinos, restore and area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and sustainable use of natural resources.
Their biggest project is the rhino breeding programme and they have relocated 16 rhinos into other areas from the original 4 they started with!
Covering approximately 8585 hectares of Kalahari Sandveld, the sanctuary provides prime habitat for white and black rhino as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 species of birds.
OUR GAME DRIVE IS PLANNED FOR 16.00 HOURS SO WE NEED TO ARRIVE LATEST 13.30.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary to Martins Drift (BOTSWANA)
Asphalt : 180kms
A short day today so you can choose to do a further optional early game drive or spend half a day relaxing by the pool. The route we are on is fast and mainly straight so just put on the cruise control and watch Africa roll by. The last section of the day’s riding changes but watch out for the speed traps which are normally in the villages lining the road.
Our lodge for the night is just inside Botswana, built along the banks of the Limpopo River which forms the natural boundary between Botswana and SA. It is made up of safari tents on stilts and cabins overlooking the river and South Africa on the opposite bank.
Buffet dinner on their large deck overlooking the river.
Martins Drift (BOTSWANA) to Pretoria (SOUTH AFRICA)
Distance: 463 kms
Asphalt - 123 kms
Off road -340 kms
We are leaving Botswana today, crossing the Limpopo River into South Africa at the Martins Drift Border control. Both sides of the border crossing are smooth and efficient and should be quick. Once in SA we have the choice of taking the asphalt all the way to our accommodation or we can choose to take the off road route.
The off road route is in 3 sections. You can choose to do all or part of the off-road sections. The off road sections are predominantly well prepared gravel track but can be broken up and potholed in places, and you need to watch out at all times for wild game on the track.
Of particular interest is the second section which takes us through the Waterberg Biosphere, a very picturesque area.
Our accommodation tonight is situated in the quiet area of Pretoria.
A pleasant country lodge set in large private grounds with a spa, its own lake, swimming pool and outdoor dining facilities.
Pretoria (SOUTH AFRICA) to Katse Dam (KINGDOM OF LESOTHO)
Asphalt - 615km
Off road - 0km
After breakfast we load the luggage into the vehicles and then gather round the bikes for a final briefing about that days riding, and we’re off, destination the little known, small, mountain kingdom of Lesotho. We skirt round Johannesburg keeping to the secondary roads so avoiding the big toll state roads. We’ll drive through an area of lakes created by the Vaal Dam and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park with its impressive rocky outcrops and cliffs before getting to our lunch stop in the Artist’s Café on the main square of the small village of Clarens. A further 40kms and we get to the friendly border crossing at Caledon. Very simple it should take us about 10 minutes and 40 rand each to register and get our passports stamped and then we’re in Lesotho.
The final 150kms winding our way through picturesque countryside, the locals friendly and smiling for us, we arrive at our night’s accommodation with gardened terraces looking out over the Katse Dam Lake.
The lodge is simple, but all rooms have en-suite showers and satellite TV. The food is excellent and the staff, as always in this country, very helpful and willing.
Katse (KINGDOM OF LESOTHO) to Hineville (SOUTH AFRICA)
On road - 70Kms
Off road - 192Kms
If needed we fuel up the bikes from the supply carried by the assistance vehicles as it is very unlikely the local fuel station will have any! Diesel is available from small local shops in wine bottles.
54km of asphalt back the way we came in yesterday before turning right onto the gravel. There is a local shop at this junction that sells fuel suitable for the bikes, so make sure to buy some. It will be supplied in plastic bottles!!
A stunning section of off-road cutting across the country eastwards, showing us what Lesotho is really like. Not the normal “beaten track” you will see cattle herders with their bullock or donkey drawn carts and many chances to stop and talk with the locals who are all smiles and very friendly. Carry some little simple gifts for the children and I always have cheese and fruit on board.
At the top of Sani Pass we will all meet up for lunch at the highest Inn in Africa before starting our descent towards South Africa.
We have to get to the border control into South Africa by 17.00 hours otherwise we won’t be able to get across as it closes at 18.00.
A very simple, quick process gets your passport stamped and we are in South Africa again. A further 20kms and we reach our very pleasant country lodge near Hineville. Individual cottages house the bedrooms and the restaurant has an excellent cuisine.
Hineville to Tiffendell (SOUTH AFRICA)
Asphalt - 198kms
Off road- 130kms
Leaving our country lodge after breakfast we refuel 5kms away in Underberg. The first part of todays’ riding is all on-road except for one 40km section of very pleasant, gravel track winding through the countryside. In Matatiele we will regroup for a snack lunch and refuel. There’s a KFC outlet in the station! A further 60kms and we turn left onto gravel for the rest of the day.
This is 95kms of gravel made for adventure bikes, with mountain passes and rural farmlands in a trout fishing area. We wind our way through the spectacular scenery of Tenahead Mountain Reserve. The last 30kms are spent climbing a very twisting and sometimes steep track to our accommodation at South Africa’s only ski resort just 100m from the country’s one “ski” slope. We are now high in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains – 2720m.
There is a track that leads up the mountain and when you get to the top you are looking back into Lesotho.
Simple but comfortable accommodation the temperature will be colder so they normally put the heaters on before our arrival. Can be low cloud too. Buffet dinner.
Tiffendell to Hogsback (SOUTH AFRICA)
Asphalt - 110kms
Off road- 220kms
After breakfast we start the steep, winding descent back down the mountainside to the small village of Rhodes where we will go and have a coffee in a quaint hostel over 100 years old. Today's biking takes us through continually changing scenery from dramatic, rugged mountains to arid, open plains.
We leave the Drakensburg Mountain area and head southwest in the direction of the Karoo Heartland. Gravel roads mixed with sections of tarmac and the continually changing scenery make this a beautiful days biking.
Refuelling in the attractive town of Queenstown, known for its roses, climate and outdoor activities; it is the capital of this rather prosperous farming community. It lies on the Komani River, at the foot of the spectacular Hangklip Mountain, and has a waterfront area where if you are feeling hungry you could find a small café for refreshment.
Carrying on south we run parallel to the river Klippaat, crossing it from time to time until we reach the popular, very scenic area of Hogsback Nature Reserve which will be our stopping point for tonight. You will probably need your fleeces this evening as we are still quite high up and the temperature drops.
We have arranged a surprise visit for you to a private collection for those who are interested in enduro bikes.
Substantial buffet at the hotel in the evening.
Hogsback to Addo (SOUTH AFRICA)
Asphalt – 100kms
Off road – 130kms
After breakfast we head on in a south-westerly direction criss-crossing the countryside on predominantly easy flowing gravel roads until we reach the gates of Addo Elephant National Park. Bikes are allowed to traverse the approximate 18kms to the other side, but don't stop as this has recently been recognised as home to "The Big Seven" - the normal Big Five + Whales and Great White Sharks, as the Park extends right down to the coast on the Garden Route.
Once through the park it’s a further 20kms to our night’s accommodation in the Zuurberg Mountains. We will be staying in a colonial style hotel which was originally built as an Edwardian Inn enjoying both the spectacular mountains and valley views overlooking the Greater Addo National Park, and offering old world charm and comfort combined with traditional country cuisine.
In the afternoon a game drive into the National Park to see the elephants.
Addo to Knysna (SOUTH AFRICA)
Off-road biased On-road biased
Distance: 467 kms 354 kms
Asphalt - 156 kms 284 kms
Off road - 311 kms 70 kms
Leaving our mountain Inn we travel 80kms south. At this point those wanting to stay on asphalt will turn south and continue along the Scenic Cape Route 62. The off road biased group will travel west a further 40kms on smaller roads until we reach the beginning of the spectacular Baviaanskloof National Park for some truly great off-roading.
Both groups re-join at Avontuur to bike down the spectacular Prince Albert Pass which is easy off-road with some big drop-offs. Started in 1860, it took 7 years to build and cost the grand figure of £11,000!
Tonight we are staying in a hotel on the waterfront of Knysna Quays, a lively destination very popular with South Africans. Dinner will be in one of the many restaurants on the Waterfront.
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Off road – 0kms
Our well-earned day off to enjoy everything this small seaside town offers. You are free all day and in the evening we will meet up in the hotel bar before going to have another meal at our Waterfront restaurant.
Knysna to Gondwana (SOUTH AFRICA)
Asphalt - 85kms
Off road - 65kms
A short pleasant days riding today means we can have a late start from Knysna – around 11.30 – allowing you further time to wander round the town and Waterfront.
The first 10 kms leading out of Knysna are on the main N2 highway, at which point we turn inland onto pleasant winding sections of gravel and tar until after approx. 50kms we return to the coastline at Wilderness where there is a quaint shopping area with good spots to get a snack lunch. After lunch we stay on the N2 giving glimpses of the ocean until Hartenbos when again we take to pleasant gravel roads for the final 20kms to our Private Safari Lodge with a very unusual “look” to the individual bedrooms. The final 4kms are within the game park area so watch out for wild animals on the track. Refreshments will be served on arrival – tea, soft drinks and a selection of tempting cakes!
We need to be at the lodge by 15.00 hrs to have time to freshen up before going on their game drive.
On our return, weather permitting, we will have a braai (BBQ) dinner, served to us while we sit looking out over the vast open private lands of this top quality lodge.
Gondwana to Arniston (SOUTH AFRICA)
Asphalt - 70kms
Off road - 269kms
We leave the Game Reserve, again driving through about 5kms of the park before getting to the gate. From here it is about 100kms on sweeping gravel roads with rolling hills and countryside. We are now again in the Klein (Little) Karoo. We reach the tarmac and re-join the Scenic Cape Route 62 south-westwards for 50kms until the small village of Barrydale where we turn south onto gravel again. You might like to stop for a look and a drink at a local “tourist” bar called Ronnie’s Sex Shop. I’ve never seen such a varied selection of bra shapes and sizes hanging over one counter before!!
Further south we have an interesting interlude when we have to take a man-driven ferry across the River Breede. They use the old system of 2 men pulling the simple ferry across by ropes. You are welcome to have the rope put round your chest and to have a go and help. 2kms after the ferry crossing is a general store which also offers snacks, pizzas and icecreams. A good place to head for to make a lunch snack spot.
The rest of today is on gravel except for the final 20kms which delivers us to our 4* hotel right on the seafront.
If you walk out of the hotel and turn left, about 200m along you will get to a Conservation area of old thatch-roofed houses. Still lived in, there is a curio shop and a nice little place for a drink, tucked away amongst them.
There is a spectacular sea cave a short drive away but we can only visit it if it is low tide.
Arniston to Hermanus (SOUTH AFRICA)
Asphalt - 110kms
Off road - 70kms
A short day today as the plan is to get to Gansbaai before 13.00 to get on the whale watching cruise. Just 120kms to Gansbaai, during which we make a short diversion to Agulhas Point – the southernmost point of the African continent.
On arrival in Gansbaai we park up our vehicles outside the whale watching office and go inside to complete formalities before setting off. The Southern Right whales are plentiful at this time of year and we should see quite a number, some with their babies. On our return we bike the remaining 60kms to our 5* RelaisChateaux hotel in Hermanus, set on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. Keep a look out for more whales as this is the season they are to be seen round these waters.
If you get there in time the hotel has a nice spa if you’d like to be pampered a bit.
We have arranged a special dinner out in a popular local eating spot – Bientang’s Cave – which is located in the cliffs within walking distance of the hotel and looks out over the ocean. Weather permitting we can be outside.
Hermanus to Cape Town (SOUTH AFRICA)
Asphalt - 260kms
Off road - 0kms
Leaving after breakfast the first section we run parallel but mainly inland of the coast. From then on, until Cape Town, we predominantly hug the coastline so keep your eyes open for whales breeching or basking. After about 70kms you will get to a small village called Rooels where out of tradition you should stop for a quick drink at the Drummond Arms bikers’ bar. From here we drive on round the bay to the famous Cape Peninsula National Park. En route you will go through Boulders and if interested you can visit the penguin colony, which established itself here some 16 years ago. At Cape Point keep your eyes open for breeching whales off the lighthouse car park. We will get a snack lunch at the café.
From here we’ll go for our visit to a private cheetah and lion reserve where you’ll get a chance to be “up very close” to both. Then on again to Cape Town Waterfront travelling along the spectacular Chapman Peak’s Drive with its overhanging cliff faces and big drop offs into the sea.
Arriving at our hotel we’ll park up and meet in the bar for a celebratory “end of the adventure” drink.
Time to wander around the Waterfront and see the many local musicians busking as well as make those souvenir purchases. Meet back at the hotel for the end of tour dinner when we can chat over all the experiences we’ve had and sights we’ve seen during the journey.
Cape Town (SOUTH AFRICA)
Asphalt - 0km
Off road - 0km
On this your final day of the tour breakfast is served as usual at the hotel, and depending on your travel arrangements you are then free to explore the exciting, colourful Waterfront area and everything else this beautiful city can offer. Transfers to the airport on this day are included and will be arranged for you.
VICTORIA FALLS TO CAPE TOWN
Here's a list of what is included with our Southern African Touring Adventures.
16 nights twin share accommodation in quality lodges and tented camps.
(15 if choosing to start in Maun and not from Victoria Falls)
Food & Drink:
Substantial breakfasts & 2-3 course evening meals daily.
Latest model, low mileage BMW GS1200 LC for 14 riding days with full road insurance.
Note: If you prefer a smaller bike we can offer the GS800.
Garmin Montana 600 GPS:
installed with our daily routes in Tracks4Africa software.
Assistance vehicle equipped with satellite phone, first aid equipment, fridge, compressor, spare tyres etc., and pulling a trailer with spare bike. Second vehicle for 4x4 clients, carrying all personal luggage.
Full-time medic travelling in the assistance vehicle
A motorcycle guide - Johnnymaroc of Moto Aventures - plus Su (Motoaventures) driving the passenger/support vehicle and the medic driving the assistance vehicle. All staff have good local knowledge of the areas we visit.
- Daytime game drive into the private Gondwana Safari Park, SA.
- Game drive into Addo Elephant Park, SA.
- Game drive into Khama Rhino Sanctuary Botswana.
- Whalewatching cruise, Gainsbaai, SA.
- Visit to lion & cheetah reserve, SA.
- 80 minute scenic flight across the Okavango Delta, Botswana. - optional
From Victoria Falls/Maun airport, Zimbabwe and back to Cape Town International.
VICTORIA FALLS TO CAPE TOWN
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 Victoria Falls airport in ZIMBABWE (or Maun airport if not going to Vic Falls) - flying out of Cape Town International.
Personal Insurance (Obligatory):
A 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.
Botswana: 140R. Lesotho: 40R (approx)
As required by you for entry into Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho.
As required by you for Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho.
South Africa can ask to see proof of yellow fever vaccination so if for whatever reason you can't have one please bring written medical reason.
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. 1000€ held against your 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.