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Victoria Falls Guided Motorcycle Tour

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 Southern Most Point of Africa- Cape Agulhas and riding beautiful coastal roads all the way into Cape Town. Along the way, you will visit the starkly beautiful Kalahari Desert, stop to view elephants right off the main roads and 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, 6 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 Okavango River, a paradise of flooded plains and swamps, teeming with wildlife
  • Swap to 4 wheels 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

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

Enjoy 3 - 4 stars lodgings.

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 in walking distance of shops, restaurants and cocktail bars.

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

  • 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’s 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 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 - largest salt pans in the world
  • Meals: breakfast and lunch

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 3-hour trip- that will consist of driving through the pans and learning about the history of the area.

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

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

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 - lookout for the big 5!

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

  • Highlights: Victoria Falls helicopter flight
  • Meals: breakfast and lunch

After an early morning Safari into Chobe National Park, you make your 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. During your stay, Sama Tours has included a helicopter flight over the falls - they call this: "The flight of Angels".

Day 6: Victoria Falls Rest Day (+- 0-50)

  • Highlights: Victoria Falls
  • Meals: breakfast

You have the whole day free to enjoy all the activities that Victoria Falls has on offer. You may wish to do do a guided tour of the falls, canoe down the Zambezi River, ride elephants, 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!

Day 7: Victoria Falls to Okavango Delta, Namibia (520 kilometers / 323 miles)

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

Today, you make your way into Namibia. The border crossing between Zambia 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 and dinner

You have the entire day free to relax and enjoy the beautiful river setting. Today you will enjoy an Okavango 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.

Day 9: Okavango Delta to Etosha National Park (550 kilometers / 341 miles)

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

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 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. You 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.

Day 10: Safari into Etosha Pans (0 - 50 kilometers / 0 - 30 miles)

  • Highlights: Etosha Pans Safari
  • Meals: breakfast

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.

Day 11: Etosha to Swakopmund (600 kilometers / 373 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 semi-arid desert, become fully arid desert and then transform 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, sandboarding, quad biking, and many other optional activities
  • Meals: breakfast

Swakopmund is based at the tip of the world-famous Skeleton Coast. It is the adventure capital of Namibia. Here you can skydive, sandboard, 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 the hot air balloon ride over the spectacular desert landscape!

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 just past Rehoboth. 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 games. 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 and lunch

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

You have a rest day here to enjoy the beautiful Namibian Desert. Your lodge is situated in the Gondwana Canyon National Park - with over 1120 km of the national park to be explored. Enjoy Yellow Flowers, Quiver trees, Springbok, 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 20 km away.

Day 16: Fish River Canyon to Springbok (300 kilometers / 186 miles)

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

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 (392 kilometers / 244 miles)

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

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 by 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 Oudtshoorn (0 - 100 kilometers / 0 - 62 miles)

  • 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 (470 kilometers / 292 miles)

  • Highlights: Southernmost tip of Africa
  • Meals: breakfast and lunch

Today, you explore the world-famous garden route and make your 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 the Indian Ocean 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 make your way 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. 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, you make your way to Cape Point- the most South-westerly point of Africa (with views of the Cape Peninsula). Tonight, you sleep in Cape Town and go out for your farewell dinner at one of Cape Town's best restaurants. Ride over 200 km of coastal roads.

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 at the airport.

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

  • Sunset trip on Makgadigadi Salt Pans
  • Boat and Land Safari Chobe National Park
  • Helicopter flight over Vic Falls
  • Mokoro Trip on the Okavango Panhandle
  • Safari into Etosha National Park
  • Quad Biking in Swakopmund
  • Ride to Fish River Canyon
  • Ostrich Farm Tour
  • Cango Caves Tour
  • Entrance to Cape Point Nature Reserve

Location

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

Food

Enjoy 22 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 6 dinners. Bottled water and snacks are also included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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
  • 21 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
  • 6 Dinners
  • Bottled water and snacks
  • Big 5 safari by motorcycle in Dinokeng
  • Madgadigadi pan sunset drive
  • Chobe Park game drive and big 5 boat cruise
  • Mokoro (African canoe) trip on the Okavango
  • Vic Falls helicopter flight
  • A half-day safari into Etosha National Park
  • Cape point tour
  • Detailed guide book and map of Southern Africa
  • Qualified paramedic to travel with the group (minimum of 6 riders required)
  • Sama t-shirt
  • Free shuttle service from Johannesburg International Airport and to Cape Town International Airport

What's not included

  • 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

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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23 days / 22 nights
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2021 Pricing
Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 138,450
Riding 1up sharing on an F750GS:  ZAR 146,610
Riding 1up sharing on an F850GS:  ZAR 149,710
Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS:  ZAR 160,130
Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS ADV:  ZAR 167,550
To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 50,640
For a Single supplement, add: ZAR 21,520
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 12 participants

Saturday October 23, 2021
(23 days / 22 nights)

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