€5,750 using a BMW F800 GS |
Model upgrade possible |
14 Days of Adventure |
11 Days of Riding
€5,750 using a BMW F800 GS |
Model upgrade possible |
14 Days of Adventure |
11 Days of Riding
The route from Victoria Falls to Cape Town is a classic overland dual ride tour that takes in the highlights of the Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa – 4 countries. Visit Victoria Falls and raft the mighty Zambezi. Cruise the Chobe River and see the Elephant herds of Chobe National Park. The endless salt pans of Makgadigadi and Netwetwe along the Elephant Road. In Botswana, we will visit the Okavango Delta. Crossing the Kalahari Desert we’ll have the opportunity to meet some of the few remaining indigenous Bushmen people and gain some understanding of the first race . Namibia, with its vast open spaces, harbours some of the continent’s last true areas of wilderness and is home to the awesome Namib Desert, a place of wild and stark beauty where sand dunes move ever further towards the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. From there it’s to Cape Town. A must do excursion out to Cape of Good Hope, round Table Mountain National Park via Chapman’s Peak Drive.
THIS TOUR CONSISTS OF 37% GRAVEL AND 63% TAR ROADS.
4 countries, best riding over 3.600km, culture, gastronomy, wild life, fun & freedom.
Highlights of the tour
Arrival, meet, greet & and transfer to the iconic colonial Victoria Falls Hotel. This afternoon we’ll enjoy a guided tour in the Victoria Falls National Park – be sure to pack your rain coat because you are going to get wet . This evening you will get a true taste of Zimbabwean culture during an exciting dinner under the star studded skies. Local delicacies such as crocodile tail, warthog steaks, and game stews are part of the spectacular evening buffet.
Today we leave the Victoria Falls and cross the border from Zimbabwe into Botswana. After lunch we take delivery of our motorbikes in preparation for the trip South. This evening we enjoy a sunset game-viewing boat cruise along the Chobe River which might well be the highlight of your entire trip! As animals regularly come to drink from the water, you are almost guaranteed to experience incredibly intimate wildlife encounters from the comfort of the boat, with an ice cold drink in hand.
Early in the morning we will embark on a game drive through Botswana’s iconic reserve – Chobe National Park – flanked by the Chobe River in the north and the Okavanago Delta in the southwest. Boasting one of Africa’s largest concentrations of game including an elephant population unparalleled anywhere else on the planet, this is a Big Five reserve.
After breakfast we get on the bikes and head to the Nxai Pan National Park towards the Makgadikgadi Pans. The only plant life that thrives here is a thin layer of blue-green algae. Very little wildlife can exist during the harsh dry season, but after rain the pan becomes an important habitat for migrating animals, including wildebeest and one of Africa’s biggest zebra populations.
After a leasurely breakfast, we continue through the rest of the Northern Kalahari Desert and arrive at our accommodation nestled on the banks of the Thamalakane River just outside of Maun. The fifth largest town in Botswana, Maun is the ‘ gateway to the famous Okavango Delta of Botswana and the headquarters of numerous safari and air-charter operations offering trips into the Okavango Delta. Although Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town – now with shopping centres, hotels and lodges – it retains a rural atmosphere and local tribesmen still bring their cattle to market. We will take an “bush taxi” (small aircraft) safari over the Okavango Delta in the afternoon.
Today we head for our next stop in the Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is a large semi-arid sandy savannah which, although very dry, is only a semi-desert. With huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains, it supports many plant and animal species, including large packs of African Wild Dog. Vast areas of the Kalahari are covered by red sand without any permanent surface water, however a permanent river – the Okavango – flows into a delta in the northwest (the Okavango Delta), forming marshes that are incredibly rich in wildlife.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is an extensive national park within this desert and the second largest game reserve in the world. It is home to several species of antelope as well as cheetah, leopard and giraffe. Bushmen have nomadically roamed the Kalahari for thousands of years, feeding off the land and remaining distinctly separated from society and technology. Although undoubtedly coming under increasing pressure to conform and adapt to the modern world, there are still isolated groups of these people living almost independently from the rest of the human race.
This afternoon you will be treated to a walk with the last Bushmen. This tribe has an extensive knowledge of nature and the curing qualities of plants and herbs, passed from generation to generation.Making fire with the help of wooden sticks within less then a minute is a kids game for them, as you will see. This afternoon is bound not only to be entertaining but also an enriching cultural experience of a lifetime.
After leaving Ghanzi, we cross the border into Namibia and stop for coffee at the Kalahari Farm Stall before lunch at Zelda’s Guest Farm – a real Namibian cattle and game ranch close to Gobabis and the Transkalahari Border Post. This afternoon we travel through the Namibian back roads to the capital city of Windhoek.
Established in the mid-1800s by Nama settlers from South Africa, Windhoek still resonates with the influence of its South African and German colonisers. With a distinctly continental feel and far more civilised than many other parts of the country, this picturesque town is wrapped around low hills under a hot desert sun. Its main shopping areas are places where sidewalk cafes and restaurants are juxtaposed with vendors selling curios.
After breakfast we travel deeper into the shifting landscapes of Namibia, passing endless dune fields and rocky mountain ranges where free-roaming wildlife such as springbok and Oryx are seen amidst stunning desert scenery.
We pass some intriguing rock formations as we make our way to the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei and the gateway to Africa’s largest conservation area – the Namib Naukluft National Park. The park offers some of the most stunning terrain seen anywhere on earth, which includes not only striking sandscapes, but also golden grasslands which stretch as far as the eye can see and herds of antelope grazing by the roadside.
Waking up early, we travel to the dunes of Sossusvlei on a guided excursion with the lodge’s professional staff and private vehicles, as motorcycles are not permitted into Sossusvlei. This is the perfect time to admire the dunes in all their glory as the contrast in colours is stark, making for a surreal landscape and wonderful photographic opportunities. The ‘vlei’ is actually a circular, hard-surfaced depression that is almost entirely surrounded by sharp-edged dunes, beyond which lies a formidable sea of rolling sand, stretching unbroken all the way to the coast.
The mere sight of these giant walls of sand is impressive on its own, but what is perhaps more phenomenal is the desert-adapted wildlife that is able to survive in temperatures that surpass 40 degrees centigrade during the day and fall below freezing at night. Your guide will bring your attention to tiny tracks at the base of Sossusvlei’s dunes which provide evidence of their existence. Desert-dwelling creatures drink droplets of the periodic fog or lick minute drops of water trickling down rocks and plants in order to survive. There are also larger tracks which you might come across during your Sossusvlei excursion – black-backed jackal, springbok and ostrich tip-toe across the dunes frequently.
You have the option to climb Dune 45 which stands at 170 metres high and is composed of five-million-year-old sand accumulated by the Orange River, originating in the Kalahari Desert. The climb to the dune’s summit takes about 30 minutes and affords those who endure it the most breath-taking desert views!
We then take the short drive to Deadvlei – a white clay pan formed when the Tsauchab River flooded and created temporary shallow pools, where the abundance of water allowed camelthorn trees to grow. When the climate changed and drought hit the area, sand dunes encroached on the pan, which blocked the river from the area. The camelthorn trees consequently died as there was no longer enough water to sustain them. The remaining ‘tree skeletons’, which are believed to be about 900 years old, are now pitch black due to being intensely scorched by the sun. The contrast of the blackened trees, white clay pan and bright-orange dunes creates a truly dramatic landscape.
We move on to explore the geological wonder of the Sesriem Canyon – a natural canyon carved by the Tsauchab River in the local sedimentary rock. Eroded over centuries by waters flowing deep into the layers of schist and gravel deposited millions of years ago, the gorge is up to 30 metres deep and approximately 1.5km long. The name Sesriem means ‘six belts’ in Afrikaans and comes from when settlers returning from the Dorsland Trek tied together six belts (made of oryx hides) in order to reach buckets down into the canyon to scoop up water. Just two metres wide in some places, it has a portion that permanently contains water, which many animals use to drink from. A number of trees grow in the canyon and the permanent pools are inhabited by several fish species.
We return to the hotel early afternoon to relax by your private pool.
Today we traverse the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park, known as Namibia’s Namaqualand and the most bio-diverse desert on earth. It is a landscape of Granite Mountains, dry riverbeds and sweeping plains. To the east of the park is the Nama Karoo, and to the north, on the dune sea of the Namib, is where the Wild Horses roam – the origin of which nobody can be quite certain. You will ride alongside the Richtersveld National Park before arriving at your stay over for the night in Aus.
After breakfast we make our way through the enchanting Namibian landscape to one of the country’s foremost natural wonders, the Fish River Canyon. The second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon, the immensity of this magnificent landscape is nothing short of overwhelming. We stop at a viewpoint for a break which affords marvellous views of the canyon and great photographic opportunities. Measuring 160km in length, 27km in width and 550m in depth, the canyon forms part of the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. Its towering rock faces and deep ravines were formed over 500 million years ago by water erosion and the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth’s crust.
Moving on we head for the Frontier River Resort where you will enjoy the privacy of your luxury cabana, facing the bank of the Orange river.
We leave the Orange, and continue South through small towns like Vanrhynsdorp, Bitterfontein and Springbok towards the enchanting town of Clanwilliam at the edge of the Cederberg Mountains and Cape Leopard country.
We ride to Citrusdal where we turn inland and head across the Winterhoek mountains. After short cafee break in Prince Alfred, we continue south to Worcester for lunch. Later we ride over the famous Franchhoek pass to our destination, the historic Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosh. You can either relax in the hotel or go exploring and souvenirs shopping in the lovely old town of Stellenbosh. We later meet for a drink and head our for dinner downtown.
Tomorrow is Cape Town! This breathtakingly scenic metropolitan city at the tip of Africa is a fascinating melting pot alive with creativity, colors, sounds and tastes – all surrounded by the sparkle of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s hard not to be impressed by the Mother City’s gorgeous beaches, award-winning wine estates, slick city centre and, of course, the latest addition to the World’s Natural Wonders – Table Mountain. Beneath this grand and iconic landmark is a multitude of first-class restaurants, curio and craft markets, compelling museums, art galleries and a vibrant nightlife.
We say good bye to Stellenbosch and begin the ride to the Cape of Good Hope, the final point of the trip. We reach the coast and arrive in Simon´s Town for a morning coffee. Our next destination is Cape Point, which lies at the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60km south-west of Cape Town. This nature reserve falls within the Table Mountain National Park and is the halfway point of your day’s ride. The Cape of Good Hope just 2km away is a rocky headland which was first navigated by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1488 and was a milestone in establishing direct trade relations with the Far East.
After a group photograph we head west to Chapmans Peak and follow the road as it winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. Situated on the Atlantic Coast at the south-western tip of South Africa, this is one of the world’s most spectacular marine drives, offering stunning 180-degree coastline vistas and many viewing points along its course. Nine kilometres in length, the 114 curves of this road skirt the rocky coastline at 593 metres above sea level. Known affectionately as ‘Chappies’, this elegant piece of road is a paradise for sightseers, picnickers, runners, hikers and, of course, motorcyclists.
We stop for lunch in a beach restaurant with fabulous views over the Hout bay. From here it´s only a relatively short ride up Camps Bay drive to the Cape Town sea front , where we hand the motorcycles back and transfer to the hotel for our last night of the tour.
After checking in and freshening up, we will head downtown for dinner out and couple farewell drinks.
This morning after breakfast your tour ends. For those of you going home – adieu – come back soon – for those of you extending the adventure – let’s ride …
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