Nambia to Botswana

 

Wildlife and waterfalls

The Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Kalahari and Etosha game reserve: you’ll visit all these and more during this motorbike tour! During the day you ride tarred roads to the most beautiful spots of Namibia and Botswana and at night you sleep in carefully selected hotels, lodges and guesthouses. The moment you leave Windhoek you’ll experience the solitude of the Kalahari Desert. Your first encounter with the rich wildlife will take place on a cheetah farm. Your ride then takes you to the Okavango Delta in the middle of Botswana’s desert. Your comfortable tented camp is your base to explore the Delta and close-by Moremi game reserve. Next up is the ‘smoke that thunders’, the imposing Victoria Waterfalls. In Chobe wildlife reserve you’ll board a boat to go looking for hippos, crocs and elephants. Etosha national park is the perfect place for a game drive to find lions, giraffes, rhinos and antelopes. This magnificent motorbike safari is suitable for all riders and perfectly suited to ride with a pillion.

 

Your Tour in Words

Highlights

  • 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.

Main features of this tour

  • 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.

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Dates and Prices

Prices for 2018/2019 dates

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Motorbike type Price
BMW GS 700 US$ 6,890
BMW GS 800 On Request
BMW GS 1200 US$ 7,540
Passenger US$ 5,995

 

The above prices are for the indicated motorbike type and based on 2 persons sharing a room. Single rooms are limited available and we need to check availability before we can confirm them. There are extra charges for the use of a single room:

 

Single room supplement US$ 463

 

Add-on Swakopmund and Sossusvlei

 

3 day tour including meals* US$ 838
Single room supplement US$ 128

 

  * see description, surcharge applicable if less then 4 people  Add-on Cape Town

 

Airport transfer US$ 27
Hotel per night (incl. breakfast)* US$ 73

 

  Add-on Windhoek

 

Airport transfer US$ 29
Hotel per night (incl. breakfast)* US$ 73

 

  * per person in shared double or twin room.

What’s included – and what not

There are no hidden costs, surcharges of fees at Ride2Roam. Included in the tour-price are motorbike rental, all accommodation, meals as described in the itinerary, drinking water on riding days, excursions (Okavango Delta, Chobe wildcruise, Victoria Falls day tour and Etosha game drive Etosha) and all entrance fees of sights and game parks as per the itinerary (Okavango Delta, Chobe, Etosha). We also provide a back-up vehicle and an English- and Afrikaans speaking guide. Last but not least we have included full compensation of your CO2- and other greenhouse gasses emissions for all your motorbike kilometres and your overnights.

All other costs not specified above are not included. These are costs which vary according to your personal preferences. Amongst these are petrol, border fees, drinks, eating out in Swakopmund and a couple of lunches on free days. The visa costs for Zimbabwe are also excluded. For most people an extra amount of USD 450.- should be enough to cover these costs.

Make more of your ride!

Add-ons to your tour

See the best southern Africa has to offer in two weeks? Yes, you can. We would love to have your for months so we can submerge you in all the beauty you can experience here, but that is not possible. But give us two weeks of your life and we will let you experience what real emptiness is, show you Africa’s wildlife, meet the nicest people and bring you to the best towns and villages. We will also take you to the most memorable places to lunch, hotels and guesthouses. But give us a couple of days extra and we will also show you those places that are not in our motorcycle tour itineraries!

Swakopmund and Sossusvlei

If you do the wildlife and waterfalls tour you will miss out on two of Namibia’s most spectacular sights: Swakopmund and the dunes of Sossusvlei. Because these can only be reached on untarred roads a minibus is used for this program. The add-on is a three day tour. Swakopmund is situated on the ocean and is the perfect base for all kinds of activities like quad biking in the dunes etc. At Sossusvlei you can climb the highest dunes of Africa and make a walk to the spectacular Dead Vlei.

Itinerary

The last day of the regular tour, day 14, you leave early morning to go to Swakopmund. Upon arrival you have time for yourself; you can go for instance quad biking. The next day you discover the magnificent desert landscape on the road to Sossusvlei. Your first stop is for apple pie in Solitaire and your next for a walk with Boesman, who will show you how much life you can find in the seemingly dead desert. Day 16 starts off with a visit to the famous dunes. After visiting Sesriem Canyon you return to Windhoek where you arrive early evening. The next day, day 17, we transfer you to the airport. Do you fly via Cape Town? Why not add-on there as well.

What’s included?

All transport and transfers, 3 nights accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, non-alcoholic drinks and a local driver/guide are included. All other costs and activities are not included. Bookings are based on 2 persons sharing a room with private facilities. This extension can run if we have at least 4 participants. If you book with less persons it depends on other bookings whether we can run it or not. If not, we contact you to discuss possibilities and try to offer you a satisfactory alternative – or a full refund.

Cape Town

Africa’s most beautiful town! Table Mountain towering over the city, the many terraces and its vibrant atmosphere are reason enough to stay longer. Add the many sights to this and you have the perfect recipe for an unforgettable time. You can plan each day the way you want to, but we have two tips for you. Check each morning whether Table Mountain is free of clouds. If so, go straight to the cable station, because this does not occur every day. Secondly: do you want to go to Robbeneiland? If so, buy your tickets online as early as possible since the boats are regularly fully booked.

Windhoek

In the middle of a dry desert lies the mundane town Windhoek, littered with remnants of its German colonial past. Not just in buildings, but also in traditions like the ‘rheinheitsgebot’ for brewing beer and the tasty German ‘tortes’ in its konditoreis. Use it as your base for further exploring Namibia. Of stay for a couple of relaxed days before you get back to the rat-race back home.

What’s included?

With both add-ons the airport transfers and a cosy middle class guesthouse downtown are included. You book a double or twin room, so 2 persons sharing, with private facilities and including breakfast. Single room supplements do apply upon request and all other costs and activities are for your own account.

How do you book an add-on?

You can book your add-on either before or after your tour. The prices are included in the ‘dates and prices’ page. When booking use the ‘remarks’ field to tell us where, how many nights and with how many people you want to book your extension. On the booking confirmation we send you, your add-on will also be confirmed. Have you already booked your tour and want to make an additional booking for an add-on? We will be happy to help you. Just send us an e-mail with your wishes and we will make it happen.

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