WARM HEART OF AFRICA 2019

Summed up, by Su

THE WARM HEART OF AFRICA
We finished our big road adventures with one of the best, by offering a once-only adventure in September 2019.  Named “The Warm Heart of Africa” because this is what Africans call Malawi, and Malawi was the central point, “heart”, of this journey.


Getting everyone through Zambian roadworks with deep sand, was an achievement!.

A total of around 4500 kms, we started and finished our adventure at the epic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and biked through the four lesser known countries that surround Lake Kariba – Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.

On sealed roads with an occasional short lodge access being unpaved, the group was a total of around 20 – a mixture of riders and pillion/4×4 passengers as well as a self drive 4×4 ; John was motorcycle guide/tour boss and myself and our dedicated paramedic Dan drove the 2 support vehicles during this adventure.

As is the norm on all MOTO AVENTURES tours we ran it fairly freely with every bike having a GPS with the days route installed to follow as a purple line, and regular meet up points were decided by John for refueling, coffee/snacks and regrouping. This way the tour split into smaller groups which is always a much more pleasant way to experience these places and John travelled up and down the groups.  We had satellite communication between him and the two support vehicles which travelled the same route and saw and experienced everything the bikers did.

As anticipated the border crossings were very much TIA (This is Africa) sometimes as much as 5 hours, but everyone had been warned and great patience and humour was shown.

The scenery, biking and accommodation proved as good, or better, than described and the animal viewings were exceptional. Apart from the normal list we were very lucky in getting really close up to a pack of well-fed, sleeping painted dogs (rarely seen and normally only the occasional one); a leopard just above our open topped 4×4 eating her latest kill; we tracked and then sat upwind of a family of rhinos lazing in the long grass; watched fisheagles diving to catch fish off the stern of our private cruise on Lake Malawi; and a small family of elephants strolling across the Luangwa River in the late afternoon. These are just a few of the memories everyone went home with.

A wonderful adventure to finish our 13 years of operating around South Africa.


Included in the tour

Accommodation
16 nights twinshare accommodation. (15 quality African lodges/tented camp 3-4* & 1 local style 2*).

Food & Drink

16 substantial breakfasts
16 evening meals – 2-3 courses
2 lunches on days off at Harare lodge and Flatdogs

Bikes

BMW GS1200 recent model for 15 riding days with full insurance. Pick up & drop-off in Kasane, Botswana.
Bikers will leave a deposit to cover excess.
Note: For those preferring we can offer the BMW GS800 twin.

 

GPS – Garmin Montana 600
Installed with our daily routes in Tracks4Africa software

 

Tyres

Mitas dual purpose tyres.

Transfers

Return airport transfers at Victoria Falls airport on the specified tour dates.
Transfers to/from Kasane for hirebikes. (Only for bikers)

Motorcycle guide

John will ride throughout the group/s during the riding days.

Vehicle Support

Assistance/medic vehicle equipped with satellite phone, first aid equipment, fridge, compressor, spare tyres etc., and pulling a trailer with spare bike. Second assistance vehicle for 4×4 passenger clients, carrying all personal luggage, pulling second trailer.

Medical assistance

Dedicated paramedic driving the equipped assistance vehicle.

Activities

Rhino Safari in Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe
2 safaris/activities daily at Flatdogs – total 4.
Lion’s Den drive at Harare

Required in the tour

Airfares

All airfares to/from start/finish of the tour. Flying in and out of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Personal Insurance (Obligatory)

All personal medical insurance with repatriation.

Fuel

Anticipate about US$400 for the entire trip following the itinerary

Border Charges for bikes

anticipate these borders – See Fact sheet.
Zim from Kasane (Botswana)
Zim into Moz
Moz into Malawi
Malawi into Zam
Zam back to Kasane (Botswana)

Visas

Zimbabwe – (Bikers will require single & double entry. Non-bikers a double entry)
Most nationalities cost: single – US$55; double – US$70.
Mozambique – US$50
Malawi – US$50
Zambia – US$50
Vaccinations/Medical
All vaccinations required for entry into Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.
Antimalarial treatment.

Food & Drink

Lunches, drinks and snacks. (Except the 2 lunches specified as included)

Optional Activities

All other optional activities on offer during the tour.

Bike Deposit

The excess deposit which is arranged directly with the supplier of the BMWs in Kasane.
15000rand = approx. 1000€ held against your credit card but not charged.

Gear

All your personal riding gear for the duration of the tour, including a “Camelback” or similar 2-litre drinking system(Obligatory).

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“My first experience of the Moto Aventures way of running bike tours. Absolutely fantastic! I loved everything about it, the bikes, the scenery, the accommodation, the company and the weather. All of it combined with Su and John's knowledge and expertise made this one of the best trips I had ever been on. My initial fears about my lack of off-road experience were very quickly discarded when we began our relaxed and expertly guided tour. A superb tour for those like me whom have had little off road experience. I left Andorra with a new found passion for off-road riding and such admiration for Su and John that I immediately booked my next adventure with them to South Africa.” – Gordon

Article by Su Downham

Su Downham

Su co-runs Moto Aventures and has been adventure touring in Southern Africa for over nine years. She speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and French fluently and has considerable experience in tourism and PR.
She is responsible for the client services, booking and admin side of the operation and making sure that all aspects of the tours run smoothly and efficiently.
She is a very experienced 4X4 support vehicle driver and is trained in emergency field medicine. Email Su

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