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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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The price includes 33 breakfasts, 23 lunches, and 29 dinners. Bottle water, tea, coffee, and snacks will be provided as well.
Cape Town International Airport
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.
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