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34 Days Safari Guided Motorcycle Tour in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania

Cape Town - Cape Point - Cape Agulhas - Ceres - Springbok, South Africa; Fish River Canyon - Lake Oanob - Swakopmund - Etosha National Park, Namibia; Okavango Panhandle - Chobe River - Chobe National Park, Botswana; Victoria Falls - Lusaka - Chipata - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia; Ngala Beach - Karongo, Malawi; Mbeya - Iringa - Dodoma - Serengeti and Ngorogoro - Moshi - Zanzibar, Tanzania

Cape to Kilimanjaro Motorcycle Tour

This Cape to Kilimanjaro tour is an unrivaled motorcycle adventure that is not offered commercially by any other motorcycle touring company in South Africa. The tour covers 8,000 kilometers, travels through five African countries, and visits several of the best wildlife parks in the world, as well as iconic destinations such as Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar Island, and the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (BMW F700GS / BMW F800GS / BMW R1200GS / BMW R1200GS ADV)
  • Terrain: 92% tar, 8% off-road (hard packed gravel)
  • Mileage: approximately 8,000 kilometers / 4,971 miles
  • Daily rides: 200 to 660 kilometers / 124 to 410 miles
  • Meals: 33 breakfast, 21 lunches and 29 dinners

Highlights

  • BMW motorcycle rental
  • Starts in Cape Town and ends in Zanzibar
  • Fun three-day Northern Circuit safari in Tanzania
  • Tour of Cape Point Peninsula and visit to Fish River Canyon
  • Wildlife viewing in Etosha, Chobe, and South Luangwa National Park
  • Breathtaking helicopter flight over Victoria Falls
  • Quad biking in the Namib Desert
  • 33 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


33 riding days
Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will be staying in three-star or four-star lodges, bed-and-breakfasts, beach bungalows, and hotels, all well-appointed with en-suite bathrooms. Accommodations are shared, but if you wish to have your own room, a single supplement will apply.

Program

Day 0 - Arrive in South Africa

Welcome to South Africa. Today is a bonus night, so you can arrive anytime as the tour only officially the next day. Cape Town is such a beautiful city with so much to do and see that you are sure you would enjoy a couple of extra days in the city before the tour starts to ride the cable car up Table Mountain, visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years or go wine tasting in the Cape Winelands. Your hotel for the night is situated at the V&A Waterfront and tonight you will enjoy a tour briefing and fill out all the paperwork, followed by a welcome dinner

  • Highlights: Cape Town, Table Mountain, Winelands, Robben Island
  • Meals: Dinner

Day 1 - Cape Town - Cape Point - Cape Agulhas (approximately 352 kilometers / 219 miles)

You will start off the tour of Africa with one of the most scenic rides you will ever take - over Chapmans peak all the way to Cape Point Peninsula. From here you ride coastal roads all the way through Simons Town to Bettys Bay where you stop to see African penguins chilling on the beach. Next up, you journey to the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas! This is the symbolic starting point for the trip all the way up to Victoria Falls.

  • Highlights: Cape Point, Chapmans Peak, Bettys Bay Penguins, Coastal Roads, Cape Agulhas
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 2- Cape Agulhas to Ceres (approximately 300 kilometers / 186 miles)

Today you make your way up through the beautiful wine lands of Cape Town and into the Cederberg Mountains to Ceres. En-route, you will stop in the gorgeous small town of Franschoek (French Corner) in the Cape Winelands for lunch. Tonight the resort you are staying at has numerous hot pools to choose from all fed from the local springs - a great way to relax after a long day of motorcycle riding!

  • Highlights: Cape Winelands, Hot Springs
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 - Ceres to Springbok (approximately 500 kilometers / 311 miles)

The scenery changes drastically as you make your way even further north through the Northern Cape towards Namibia. Tonight, you sleep in Springbok, a one-horse town right in the center of the Namaqualand flower region. Unfortunately there are no wild flowers in July, however 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.

  • Highlights: Riding Namaqualand
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - Springbok to Fish River Canyon (approximately 320 kilometers / 199 miles)

Today you make your way to Africa’s largest canyon, the Fish River Canyon. The canyon is 160 kilometers long and up to 27 kilometers 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 the natural boulder formations. Welcome to the wild west!

  • Highlights: Fish River Canyon, Namibia’s Wild South
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 - Fish River Canyon rest day (0 to 50 kilometers / 31 miles)

Today you enjoy a rest day at the Fish River Canyon. You take your bikes on a wonderful ride through the desert to see the Fish River Canyon in all its glory. You have the rest of the day free to relax and enjoy all the optional activities in the park including hikes, donkey rides and much more.

  • Highlights: Fish River Canyon, Canon Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 6 - Fish River Canyon to Lake Oanob (approximately 550 kilometers / 342 miles)

Today you'll make your way up through Namibia to Lake Oanob. 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 hectares of unspoiled nature provides the perfect haven for an abundance of free roaming game. Relax and unwind in this beautiful setting.

  • Highlights: Lake Oanob
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 - Lake Oanob to Swakopmund (approximately 458 kilometers / 285 miles)

Leaving early, you travel through Namibia to Swakopmund, situated on the Atlantic Ocean. As you get closer to Swakopmund, you see the spectacular desert landscape. Swakopmund is famous for its sand dunes, adventure activities, great waves and German hospitality. This will be your home for the next two nights. There are many great restaurants to choose from close to your hotel.

  • Highlights: Swakopmund, sand dunes, Germany colonial architecture
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 8 - Swakopmund rest day (approximately 60 kilometers / 37 miles)

You have a rest day in Swakopmund to enjoy all the adventure activities on offer. As part of the tour, you will enjoy a quad bike safari into the sand dunes, an amazing activity that is sure to get your heart pumping. Other optional activities include: sky diving, hot air ballooning, sand boarding, and boat tripping to see the resident seals. You may also just enjoy to relax on the beach and enjoy some local seafood.

  • Highlights: Dune 6, quad biking, sand dunes
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Swakopmund to Etosha National Park (approximately 600 kilometers / 373 miles)

Today you make your way further north to Etosha National Park. Etosha is an amazing park and wildlife viewing here is some of the best in Africa. Because Etosha is situated on a salt pan that is so dry, the wildlife tends to crowd around the very limited water resources that there are, making for great animal sightings. You will stay in a luxury lodge for the next two nights, enjoying wildlife viewing, scrumptious meals and spa treatments.

  • Highlights: Wildlife of the Namib Desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 - Etosha rest day and safari (0 - 60 kilometers / 37 miles)

Today you swap your motorcycles for a safari vehicle and spend the morning within Etosha National Park. Look out for lions, leopards, elephant and the majestic gemsbok - an antelope native to desert climates. The waterholes form oasis in the desert that come alive with animal activity during the day as thirsty animals come down to drink. Don’t forget your cameras! Safaris here are out of this world.

  • Highlights: Etosha wildlife safari
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 11 - Etosha to Okavango, Caprivi Strip (approximately 566 kilometers / 352 miles)

Today is a lovely ride through the Namibian countryside. Watch out for elephants and other wildlife! After a scrumptious breakfast, you will continue east onto the Caprivi Strip where you spend the next couple of nights on the Okavango Panhandle. This 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.

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

Day 12 - Okavango rest day (0 to 60 kilometers / 37 miles)

You have the entire day free to relax and enjoy this beautiful river setting. Today you will enjoy an Okavango panhandle trip where you get into a Mokorokoro (African canoe) 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.

  • Highlights: Okavango panhandle trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 13 - Okavango to Victoria Falls, Zambia (approximately 550 kilometers / 342 miles)

Riding through the Caprivi strip, you make your way into Zambia. 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. The border crossing between Namibia and Zambia is a breeze and in the late afternoon you will arrive at your resort hotel, located right on the edge of Victoria Falls, "the smoke that thunders."

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

Day 14 - Victoria Falls rest day (0 to 60 kilometers / 37 miles)

You have the whole day free to enjoy all the activities that Victoria Falls has on offer. Included in the tour price is a helicopter flight over the falls (this is known as the "flight of angels" and is the best way to see the falls). Other optional activities include: walking with lions, canoeing down the Zambezi, or enjoying river rafting on the mighty Zambezi. There are also tours available where you can swim either above or below the tumbling waters of the falls!

  • Highlights: Victoria Falls, helicopter flight
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 15 - Rest day Victoria Falls - day Trip into Chobe National Park (0 to 60 kilometers / 37 miles)

Leaving the motorcycles behind, you travel across to Botswana to enjoy a safari into Chobe National Park. The elephant viewing here is the best in Africa. You will literally see thousands of elephants as you float down the Chobe River in custom built river safari boats. You will also get up close and personal with hippos, crocodiles, buffalo and other animals that come down to the river to drink. You will then enjoy a delicious lunch at a lodge in Chobe before returning to Livingstone in the late afternoon.

  • Highlights: Chobe National Park, boat cruise and game drive
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 16 - Victoria Falls to Lusaka (approximately 478 kilometers / 297 miles)

Today you make your way through the beautiful Zambian country side, past the capital city of Lusaka (a buzzing metropolis) and onto your lodge for the night. It is a very basic lodge but the beer is cold and the smiles are warm!

  • Highlights: Riding Zambia
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 17 - Lusaka to Chipata (approximately 575 kilometers / 357 miles)

Today is a very scenic ride through the Zambian highlands. Although it is scenic it is also very long and you only arrive at your hotel in Chipata in the late afternoon. Along the way, you pass thousands of Zambian people going about their daily business, trading chickens and coal piled up high on their bicycles. Tonight is your last night in Zambia and you celebrate another great days ride over a delicious dinner

  • Highlights: Zambian way of life
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 18 - Chipata to South Luangwa National Park (approximately 136 kilometers / 85 miles)

Today you make your way a short distance north to the south Luangwa National Park, an icon in Zambia. You sleep at a wildlife camp on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia. South Luangwa National Park is a world-famous safari destination and offers some of the best guides in Africa! The area is known as the birth-place of walking safaris and is one of few parks in Africa that allow night safaris. You will arrive early and enjoy both a day time and night time safari into this incredible park.

  • Highlights: South Luangwa National Park
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 19 - South Luangwa to Ngala, Lake Malawi (approximately 550 kilometers / 342 miles)

Today is a great highlight of the trip as you finally reach Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa and the eighth largest lake in the world. The tropical waters are reportedly the habitat of more species of fish than those of any other body of freshwater on Earth, making it a top diver location.

Ngala Beach is an African beach paradise and our hotel overlooks the peaceful waters of the lake. Enjoy a sundowner while watching African Dhows sail in with the day’s fishing.

  • Highlights: Water based activities, Chambo fish, fishing village tour
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 20 - Rest Ngala Beach Lodge (0 to 50 kilometers / 31 miles)

Enjoy a rest day on the shores of this beautiful lake. There are many water based activities to partake in, including: diving, snorkeling, windsurfing or a day trip on a dhow. There is also fishing available, or you could buy a Chambo fish (unique to the lake) and get the chef at the lodge to barbecue it for you. Yum! During the day you can also go on a tour to the local fishing village, which is an eye opening experience. This truly is a magical place!

  • Highlights: Ngala Beach
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 21 - Ngala Beach to Karongo (approximately 376 kilometers / 234 miles)

Today you will enjoy more riding through Malawi. There are bicycles everywhere and you will see the friendly Malawian people going about their daily lives, selling fresh produce at the market, displaying their daily catch and thousands of kids walking to school. Tonight you spend the last night on the lake enjoying views of the Azure waters.

  • Highlights: Ngala Beach
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 22 - Karonga to Mbeya, Tanzania (approximately 162 kilometers / 101 miles)

Today, you bid Malawi and the friendly Malawian people a fond farewell as you make your way further north and cross the Malawi / Tazanian border into Tanzania and travel to the edge of the Great East African Rift Valley, where you spend the night on a working coffee farm!

Here the farm comes alive in June and July when it is harvesting time. You will arrive in the late afternoon, but there should still be time to enjoy a coffee tour and taste the Untengule coffee.

  • Highlights: Untengule coffee farm
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 23 - Mbeya to Iringa, Tanzania (approximately 340 kilometers / 211 miles)

Tanzania is home to Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa and the second highest mountain in the world) as well as some of the best safari parks in the world. Today you ride up into Tanzania’s scenic Southern Highlands and spend the night on a farm in rural Tanzania.

  • Highlights: Riding in Tanzania, farm stay
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 24 - Iringa to Dodoma (approximately 266 kilometers / 165 miles)

Today's ride is very scenic and you will ride up and over several beautiful mountain ranges and enjoy the scenery of rural Tanzania. Tonight you sleep in Tanzania’s official capital city- Dodoma. The hotel is situated is the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city- a welcome oasis with a pool, bar, and restaurant.

  • Highlights: Riding Tanzania
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 25 - Dodoma to Karatu (approximately 410 kilometers / 255 miles)

Heading further north through Tanzania, you arrive in Karatu, right in the heart of the Safari Circuit. Karatu is situated on the edge of Ngorogoro Crater and surrounded by national parks and wildlife. You will enjoy a night in a wonderful African lodge as you prepare for your upcoming safari.

  • Highlights: Dar es Salaam, beach resort
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 26 - Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (0 to 250 kilometers / 155 miles)

Today you are up bright and early to start your three-day / two-nigh safari into the spectacular Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks. The Serengeti is world renowned for its large lion population and it's one of the best places in Africa to view prides in the wild. %Approximately 70 large mammal and 500 bird species are found there. This high diversity is a function of diverse habitats, including riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands, and woodlands. Blue wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, and buffalos are some of the commonly found large mammals in the region. Tonight, you sleep in a luxurious camp in the middle of the wild plains. Fall asleep to the sound of lions roaring in the distance.

  • Highlights: Africa’s best wildlife experience
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 27 - Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (0 - 250 kilometers / 155 miles)

Up and with sun, you once again have a full day to explore the wild plains of the Serengeti. Arrive back at the camp to have a delicious bush brunch. Today you will visit a traditional Masai homestead to see they way the indigenous people of the Serengeti live in harmony with the wild animals who share their land.

You will get to meet the locals and see their fascinating Jumping Dance. In the late afternoon, you will venture out of camp again to enjoy another game drive to see nocturnal animals in their natural habitat.

  • Highlights: Wildlife and Masai village visit
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 28 - Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (0 - 250 kilometers / 155 miles)

Today is a major highlight of the safari as you drive down into Ngorongoro Crater. This caldera s 610 meters deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometers. Twenty five thousand large mammals live within this crater, making for unbelievable wildlife viewing in a confined area. After an amazing morning of wildlife viewing, you head back to the lodge, where your motorcycles are waiting for your final few days of riding!

  • Highlights: Ngorogoro Crater
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 29 - Karatu to Moshi

Today you make your way across the Tanzania safari circuit to Moshi at the foot of the Kilimanjaro Mountain. Kilimanjaro Mountain is so large that has its own weather patterns, which means that it is covered by clouds most of the time. However, if you are lucky you will be able to see Africa’s highest mountain right from your lodge in Moshi.

  • Highlights: Riding the foothills of Kilimanjaro

Day 30 - Day tour of the Kilimanjaro Region (approximately 100 kilometers / 62 miles)

Today is your last day on the motorcycles and you make it count. A local biker guide will take you on an exciting tour of the Kilimanjaro foothills. En route, you will ride into Kilimanjaro National Park and visit some waterfalls and hot pools as well as a few other surprise stops. Please note that you will only be able to ride in Kilimanjaro Park if you are able to obtain permit. If not, another exciting route will be followed.

Tonight you celebrate the end of the motorcycle journey with a Tanzanian feast. Dinner will be served with more than twenty assorted Tanzanian dishes, which you can wash down with some local brew, while you are entertained by traditional drumming and dancing.

  • Highlights: Riding the foothills of Kilimanjaro

Day 31 - Fly to Zanzibar

Welcome to paradise. This morning you take a flight to "Spice Island" (approximately one hour). On arrival in Stone Town you will have the opportunity to look around and see the local spice markets, beautiful Arabic architecture, and boutique shops.

In the early afternoon, you will have a transfer to the Nungwe on the northern tip of Zanzibar. The Sama team has never seen water this blue before! You have two nights to enjoy this wonderful beach resort. There are many different restaurants and cocktail bars to choose from.

  • Highlights: Zanzibar, Stone Town, beaches, scuba diving, island life, spice tours
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 32 - Zanzibar rest day

You have a whole day free to explore this beautiful island. If you would like to go scuba diving or on an African Dhow snorkeling trip, today is the best time to do it. Other optional activities include: spa treatments, spice plantation tours, swimming with dolphins, and visiting the monkey sanctuary. Otherwise you may just enjoy to spend the day relaxing on the beach. It is also possible to rental a small dirt bike (<250cc) and explore the island on two wheels.

  • Highlights: Zanzibar, island life
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 33 - End of tour

All good thing must come to an end unfortunately. Transfers wills be arranged to the airport. You may however wish to extend your stay in Zanzibar and spend more time relaxing on its beautiful beaches, after all you have earned it after riding 8000 kilometers from Cape Town to Kilimanjaro!

  • Meals: Breakfast

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

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

Location

This motorcycle tour will take place in five countries, including South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania. The tour will start off in Cape Town, South Africa, a paradise of mountains and ocean roads. You will ride coastal roads all the way to Cape Agulhas to mark the significant start of the trip at the lowest point of Africa.

From Cape Agulhas, you will travel up through South Africa into Namibia where you will spend a few nights on the Fish River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world, before continuing on to Swakopmund where you will have fun playing in the amazing sand dunes on quad bikes.

Heading farther north, you will reach Etosha National Park where you will enjoy a safari and then ride through the Caprivi Strip to the Okavango Delta. Here you will take an African mokoro (canoe) safari to see hippos and crocodiles. Next up, you will spend three lovely nights at Victoria Falls. a highlight of which is the included helicopter flip over the falls. On your second rest day, you will enjoy a safari in Chobe National Park. This is the only place in the world where you can do a big five safari by boat.

Next, you will travel through the Zambian countryside. As you travel more north, Africa becomes more rural and wild. There you will visit South Luangwa National Park, an icon in Zambia. You will arrive on the shores of Lake Malawi on day 19 and spend the next three days exploring the lake all the way up into Tanzania

You will then make your way through Tanzania. Here, your tour involves several amazing destinations such as Kilimajaro area, Aursha, Karatu, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater, some of the top wildlife viewing destinations in Africa.

Food

The price includes 33 breakfasts, 23 lunches, and 29 dinners. Bottle water, tea, coffee, and snacks will be provided as well.

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

  • 33 days motorcycle rental
  • 33 nights’ accommodation in 3-4 star lodges, hotels, or beach bungalows
  • 33 breakfasts, 21 lunches and 29 dinners
  • Tour guide on a motorcycle
  • Back up vehicle to carry luggage and a spare motorcycle
  • Tour of Cape Point Peninsula
  • Entrance to Fish River Canyon
  • Quad biking in Swakopmund
  • Safari into Etosha National Park
  • Mokorokoro safari on Okavango Panhandle
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls view site
  • Helicopter flight Victoria Falls (the Flight of Angels)
  • Safari into Chobe National Park
  • Safari in South Luangwa National Park
  • Tour of Malawian fishing village
  • 3 day, 2 night Safari into Serngeti and Ngorogoro Crater
  • One-way flight from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar
  • Guided tour of Stone Town, Zanzibar
  • Transfers from Cape Town International Airport and to Zanzibar International Airport in Tanzania
  • Bottle water, tea, coffee and snacks
  • Detailed guide book
  • Map of Southern Africa
  • Sama T-shirt

What's not included

  • Petrol
  • Cross border and visa fees
  • Domestic and international flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All items not mentioned in "price includes"
  • All meals and drinks other than those specified in "price includes"
  • All Entrance fees other than those specified in "price includes"

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Transfer from the airport is included. Sama Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Cape Town International Airport Airport transfer included: Cape Town 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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