Cape Town to the Kalahari
- Cape Town
- Africa’s southernmost point
- Tankwa in the heartland of the Karoo
- Fish River Canyon
- The dunes of Sossusvlei
- Swakopmund and Skeleton Coast
- Wildlife in Etosha N.P.
Main features of this tour
- ca. 3380 km (ca. 2100 miles) of which ca. 2000 km (ca. 1245 miles) on untarred roads
- suitable for the average experienced motorbiker with some experience on untarred roads, but no hard off-road riding involved. On most gravel roads you will do around 80 km/hour. We planned the itinerary in such a way that you have plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery.
- also suitable for riding with a pillion; if you want to skip a day riding pillion you can always board the back-up 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.
Transfer and city tour – D // Our representative is waiting for you on the airport. He will transfer you to your hotel. We provide you with a ticket for the hop on/hop off city bus, the perfect way to discover the most beautiful city of Africa. Admire the view from the top of Table Mountain high above the town. Enjoy a cold beer on one of the seafront terraces at the Victoria and Albert Waterfront. Or admire the colourful spectacles inside the beautiful see aquarium. You can choose where to spend your time, since your ticket is a day ticket. In the evening we have a ‘meet & greet’ in a nice restaurant where you can meet your fellow travelers.
140 km tarred road – B, 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. After leaving town we arrive at the magnificent viewpoint of Chapman’s Peak. Will you be able see the Twelve Apostles, or are they hiding behind their ‘beards’ (clouds)? Then continue along the Wine route to Stellenbosch. The historical town centre is full of old houses from the early Dutch and French pioneers. And yes, you can go for a wine tasting!
245 km tarred road – B, D // The winelands are surrounded by impressive mountains with lots of curvy mountain roads. Enjoy the Helshoogte and Franschhoek mountain passes! Gently curving roads lead you through endless grain fields to Africa’s southernmost point: Cape Agulhas. Two of the world’s greatest oceans meet here: the Atlantic and the Indian. You overnight in the sleepy fishing village of Arniston. If you are real lucky you can see whales close to shore – they pass here regularly between July and November.
230 km tar, 110 km gravel – B, L, D // You ride north over two mountain passes towards the stunning landscape of the Karoo. Past Worcester you leave both mountains and tarred roads behind you when you turn on to the famous R 355 – the longest stretch of empty road in South-Africa! In the middle of this emptiness lies your tented camp for the night. Enjoy a sundowner at one of Africa’s most spectacular sunsets – and yes, a tie is obligatory! Later we make a campfire under the spectacular starry sky. Unforgettable!
460 km gravel – B, L, D // The immense size of the Karoo will impress you in no small way. Time after time new mountain ranges appear on the horizon, some of which you will cross. In the middle of this empty landscape you encounter old pioneer towns like Loeriesfontein and Kliprand. At the end of a long day you arrive in Springbok. In the local bar you can wash away the day’s dust with a nice ice-cold beer.
225 km tar, 160 km gravel – B, L, D // After the border crossing you depart from the tarred roads again and ride to the spectacular Fish River Canyon. According to the Khoisan legends a giant snake left his track in the rocks. And the course of the canyon does resemble the curvy way a snake moves! From a viewpoint you look down into the depths where the Fish River runs. Tonight you sleep in Seeheim (German for ‘Lake home’), which despite its name is located in the middle of the desert.
90 km tar, 320 km gravel – B, L, D // Once again you leave the tar behind you, this time to ride along the edge of the Kalahari desert. The gravel road is so wide and straight you can’t help looking over your shoulder to check whether a plane is coming in to land. The solitude is interspaced with small towns like Bethanie, Helmeringhausen and Maltahöhe, often consisting of just a petrol station, a shop and a pub. In the light of the setting sun the red dunes of Sossusvlei appear to grow higher and higher.
140 km gravel – B, D // At sunrise you leave for the dunes rising high above the surrounding desert flats. You’ll really realise how high they actually are once you climb Dune 45 on foot. The spectacular landscape of Dead Vlei is a mixture of dead trees, red sand and a blue sky. Another sight well worth a visit is Sesriem Canyon. The afternoon is free to enjoy those special luxuries only a lodge in Africa can offer.
390 km gravel – B, L // Solitaire looks just like any other Namibian village: a petrol station, a shop and a bar. But there is one big difference: Moose’s apple pie! Refreshed you continue your ride through the impressive Kuiseb Canyon/Gaub pass and the Namib desert till you reach the coast. You have lunch at the flamingo lagoon just outside Walvisbaai. Upon arrival in Swakopmund you have time for yourself. You could do laundry, use the internet or go for a piece of Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in one of the German ‘Konditoreis’.
0 km – B // Swakopmund is Namibia’s adventure centre. What do you want to do? Quadbiking through the dunes, a scenic flight over Skeleton Coast, visit a township? Or do you prefer making a tandemskydive 10,000 feet above the desert? This, and much more, is possible in Swakopmund. Alternatively, you can spoil yourself in one of the many restaurants, bars or café’s. Dinner these two day is not included, so nothing stands in the way of you going your own way.
320 km gravel – B, L, D // The whole day you’ll have an ocean on your left- and a desert on your right-hand side. A weird but unique experience! You might see one of the many shipwrecks after which the Skeleton Coast is named. But you will be sure to see thousands of Cape fur seals at Cape Cross. And smell them as well, so most people are rather quick to exchange the bustling noise of the seals for the solitude of Damaraland. You pass Hentiesbay to reach Mile 108, your stopover for tonight.
240 km tar, 100 km gravel – B, L, D // After leaving the coast you ride between ‘kopjes’, rock outcroppings, to the Petrified Forest. Here you find eon-old fossilized trees. Along the road you can find the Welwitschia. This unsighty looking plant is the oldest living plant on earth and can be as old as 2,000 years! During the day your chances of seeing springboks increase greatly. These are the first signs of all the wildlife you are going to encounter tomorrow. At the end of the day you reach a cosy guesthouse outside the Etosha N.P.
Gamedrive – 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 copy.
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 civilization has its advantages, like ice-cold beers, terraces and a scrumptious dinner in a nice restaurant.
Airport transfer – B // Too quickly 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.
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 certain: this is a motorcycle tour you’ll remember for the rest of your life!
Dates and Prices
Prices for 2018 dates
|22 June – 6 July 2018||US$ 6,125||Available||Book|
|8 – 22 Oct 2018||US$ 6,125||Available||Book|
Tour prices in other currencies are calculated using the average exchange rate on the day of booking.
|BMW GS 700||US$ 6,125|
|BMW GS 800||On Request|
|BMW GS 1200||US$ 6,775|
|Pillion (passenger)||US$ 5,120|
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$ 586|
Add-on Cape Town
|Airport transfer||US$ 27|
|Hotel per night (incl. breakfast)*||US$ 73|
|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 (city tour Cape Town, game drive Etosha) and all entrance fees of sights and game parks as per the itinerary (Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, Cape Cross, Petrified Forest and 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. 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!
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 Robben eiland? If so, buy your tickets online as early as possible since the boats are regularly fully booked.
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.
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.
Want to ride a motorbike through Africa? Africa has no secrets for Ride2Roam. We will make your motorcycle adventure different. Not just any ordinary motorbike tour - during your motorbike holiday we will show you what southern Africa really is about. Our motorbike tours are made by bikers for bikers. With us you book more than a hotel and a motorbike, you book the ride of your life. No mass-tourism - you’ll ride in a small, international group of bikers over the most beautiful roads in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Your steed is a dual adventure BMW motorbike, guided by the very best guide around and with a backup vehicle for your peace of mind. Some of our unforgettable motorbike group tours through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana are on gravel roads, some on tar roads. We can also make a tailor-made itinerary for the bike adventure you always dreamed about! Yes. Motorcycle tours from Ride2Roam are different. Definitely different!