– The solitude of the Kalahari Dessert
– Visit Cheetah farm
– Okavango Delta and Moremi game reserve
– Victoria Falls
– Gamecruise on the Chobe river
– Wildlife in Etosha N.P.
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- Ca. 2950 km (ca. 1835 miles) on tarred roads. Some short stretches are on untarred roads, for instance to reach an accommodation.
- Suitable for all bikers who like a couple of long riding days, but you don’t need experience on untarred roads. No hard off-road riding involved. Most roads you’ll ride around 80-100 km/hour. The itinerary is planned in such a way that you have plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery. You’ll encounter wildlife most days.
- Very suitable for rider with a pillion; if you want to skip a day on the backseat you can ride with the backup vehicle.
- Almost all meals included as indicated at each day with B (breakfast), L (lunch) and/or D (dinner)
- You can extend your tour with add-ons before or after your tour in Cape Town or Windhoek. Click here to see the possibilities.
Day 1: arrival in Windhoek
transfer – D // Our representative is waiting for you at the airport. He will transfer you to your hotel. In the evening we have a ‘meet & greet’ in a nice restaurant where you can meet your fellow travellers. Do you want to spend some time before your tour in Windhoek, or are you flying via Cape Town and want have a better look around there? Here you will find the possibilities.
Day 2: cheetahs and Bushmen
300 km tarred road – B, L, D // Your first day on your motorbike. Your luggage goes into the back-up vehicle. We ride beautiful, quiet roads so you can get used to your motorcycle – and, if necessary, to driving on the left. Along the road you’ll see Herero women with their characteristic wide skirts and impressive headgear. Your overnight stop is close to the border. On the cheetah farm we’ll join the evening feeding. Interacting with these magnificent animals is an experience you’ll never forget! Next morning, after breakfast, you can go for a walk with a Bushman (Khoisan).
Day 3: the solitude of the Kalahari
460 km tar – B, L, D // After crossing the border you continue your ride through the Kalahari. The solitude is only broken by small towns like Tshootsa and Ghanzi, your lunch stop. At the end of this long riding day you reach Maun. After seeing nothing but desert today it is hard to imagine that you are actually on the edge of one Africa’s largest river deltas!
Day 4: the living delta in the dry desert
Wildlife safari – B, L, D // The Okavango Delta is not for nothing one of the natural wonders of the World! During the wet season the delta fills up with water, which partly evaporates during the dry season. Since there is water all-year round, both the wildlife as well as the birdlife are abundant. Open safari vehicles take you to our tented camp deep in the delta. Large tents, mattresses and sleeping bags are provided for. This special place is your home for the next two nights.
Day 5: water and wildlife
Wildlife safari – B, L, D //Our camp is in the border area between the wet Okavango Delta and the much drier Moremi game reserve. As a result of these differences between dry and wet habitats this area is one of the richest in wildlife. The open safari vehicles are by far the best way to spot animals and birds and to take the best pictures. To finish it all off you also go on a night drive to look for animals that are only active after dark. Staying here is so special that you’ll remember your visit to the Okavango Delta for the rest of your life!
Day 6: sunset over endless salt flats
300 km tar – B, L, D // The morning sees our return to the lodge in Maun where we pick up our motorbikes for the ride between endless salt flats and leafless Baobab trees to Nata. Here we take you for a sundowner so you can enjoy a typical orange African sunset over one of the immense salt flats!
Day 7: game cruise with hippos and crocs
300 km tar – B, L, D //We’ll be riding in a northerly direction through an area rich in wildlife. Sightings from the motorbike are common. Rarely do we see lions, but they have never expressed interest in motorbikers – at least till now. You stay two nights in Kasane, just outside Chobe national park. After arrival we go for a game cruise on the Chobe River. The boat takes us between dozens of elephants on the shores and hundreds of hippos in the water. This is a boat ride you definitely don’t want to miss out on!
Day 8: the Smoke that Thunders
Full day excursion to Victoria waterfalls – B, D // Early in the morning our Zimbabwean colleagues will pick you up and take you across the border into Zimbabwe. From far you can see mist rising above the landscape from the Victoria Falls. This is what gave them their local name: Mosi-oa-Tunya, the Smoke that Thunders. You’ll have ample time to admire this natural wonder. Walk along the edge of the gorge into which the waterfalls drop, take a flight high above the falls and lunch in cosy Vic Falls. At the end of a long day you return to your lodge in Kasane, Botswana.
Day 9: the green strip
380 km tar, B, L, D // You ride across a corner of Chobe to the border with Namibia. Maybe you’ll spot some more game before crossing the border. The road continues through the Caprivi Strip, very different from the desert you have mostly seen till now. With a bit of luck you will catch glimpses of a bushbuck, a kudu or an elephant. From the sundeck at the edge of the Okavango River you will see this river turning orange from the light of the setting sun.
Day 10: African villages and towns
370 km tar – B, L, D // As the day goes on you’ll see more and more traffic on the road. The distance between villages gets shorter and shorter. All signs you are nearing one of the more densely populated areas of Namibia. You’ll sleep in Grootfontein, a typical African town that looks like a busy city compared to the emptiness of the last week.
Day 11: farms and wild animals
430 km tar – B, L, D // At Tsumeb you leave the last of the villages and towns behind you and ride through a fertile area with large farms. As the day goes on the desert starts taking over again and you’ll start spotting springbokkies, a first sign of the rich wildlife you’ll encounter tomorrow. At the end of the day you’ll arrive at our cosy guesthouse outside Etosha N.P.
Day 12: big game safari in Etosha
Game drive – B, D // Early in the morning you board the safari vehicle for your full-day game drive. Etosha is home to the largest population of both black as well as white rhino in the whole of Africa. Did you know a white rhino is just as grey as a black rhino? You’ll also see many giraffes, kudus, gazelles and other antelopes. You’re also at risk to encounter predators like lions, cheetahs, leopards, jackals and hyenas. Most animals are active in the morning and at the end of the day. The warmest time of the day is for resting, an excellent example which we will follow.
Day 13: leave the wilderness behind you
405 km tar – B, L, D // Your last day on the motorbike! You ride a good tarred road into Windhoek and the civilised world. The busy traffic makes you realise how far you have been from civilization the last weeks. Fortunately civilisation has its advantages, like ice-cold beers, terraces and a scrumptious dinner in a nice restaurant.
Day 14: goodbye, or more Namibia or Cape Town?
Airport transfer – B // Too soon the time has come to say goodbye! Depending on your departure time we will transfer you solo or together with others to the airport. If you fly via Cape Town, you might want to make a stopover on the way back and spend some additional time in Cape Town. Cape of Good Hope, a wine tour, Robben Island or shark cage diving – Cape Town awaits you.
Extend your tour
Would you like to stay longer in Namibia? Or book an add-on in Cape Town? We can arrange it all. Click here to see some possibilities. Whichever option you choose, one thing is for sure: this is a motorcycle tour you’ll remember for the rest of your life!