South Africa, Namibia and Botswana
20-day Adventure through South Africa’s Northern Cape, Namibia and Botswana
Cape Town – Nieuwoudtville – Orange River – Fish River Canyon – Aus – Luderitz – Sesriem – Swakopmund – Spitzkoppe – Etosha – Okavango – Kalahari San Lodge – Magaliesberg – Johannesburg
This trip takes in the best of the South African and Namibian coastal regions and then heads to the Okavango in Botswana and then Johannesburg. A good mix of tar and good gravel roads.
25 May – 13 June 2017
Cape Town and the Cape peninsula, West Coast and mountain passes, Fish River Canyon, Aus, dunes and canyon at Sesriem, Kalahari San experience, wildlife on the Okavango Delta, Big 5 game reserve at Etosha National Park.
Cost: R48000 (see details below)
Total Distance: 5300km
Riding Days: 16
Rest Days: 4
Average distance: 330km per day
Riding Time per day: 5-6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate (some gravel roads)
Off-Road Surface: 30% Gravel
On-Road Surface: 70% Tar
Maximum Riders: 4
Day 1: Cape Town to Nieuwoudville
353 km. We make our way north through the heartland of South Africa's famous Rooibos (Redbush) tea growing area and through the Cederberg mountain range. Two spectacular mountain passes take us up the escarpment to higher ground before we stop for the night at Papkuilsfontein farm in Nieuwoudville.
Day 2: Nieuwoudville to the Orange River
434km. We continue north along good gravel roads through the Northern Cape towards Springbok. After crossing the border into Namibia we stop for the night on the banks of the Orange River at the peaceful Provenance camp which overlooks the river and has an excellent restaurant.
Day 3: Orange River to Fish River Canyon
167 km. Today we explore Namibia's good gravel roads and stunning desert landscapes as we track north along the Orange and Fish Rivers. We take in the Fish River Canyon before the short final ride to the iconic Canyon Roadhouse where we stop for the night.
Day 4: Fish River to Aus
260km. Today we get to see the vast Namibian landscapes as we head north and west on a mixture of good gravel and tar roads towards Aus.
Day 5: Kolmanskop and Luderitz
200 km: An optional out and back ride through the Namib-Naukluft National Park stopping at the ghost town of Kolmannskop and the historical German town of Luderitz.
Day 6: Aus to Sesriem
375km. We ride north along the edges of the Namibia Naukluft Park through vast Namibian landscapes. Our destination is the canyon and dunes at Sesriem and Sossusvlei.
Day 7: Sesriem and Sossusvlei
0km. We spend the day at Sossusvlei exploring the highest dunes in the world, the famous Deadvlei and the spectacular canyon at Sesriem.
Day 8: Sesriem to Swakopmund
344km: We continue north and west along the gravel roads via the Kuiseb Canyon, through the Namib desert and Walvis Bay onto Swakopmund for the night
Day 9: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe
180km: Our next leg is a short ride past a number of old shipwrecks along the Diamond Coast up to Henties bay, before we turn inland to the Spitzkoppe rock formations.
Day 10: Spitzkoppe
okm: Today is another full rest day where we get to explore the massive rock formations, monoliths and bushmen paintings at Spitzkoppe.
Day 11: Spitzkoppe to Etosha National Park
335km: Our journey to the north of Nambia continues on more good gravel roads. We end the day at Eldorado Game farm just south of Etosha National Park.
Day 12: Etosha National Park
0 km. Etosha is one of our favourite game parks and offers excellent game viewing on our full day guided game drive in a 4x4 vehicle. The many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope.
Day 13: Etosha to Rundu
610km: An early start today to get to our overnight stop at Rundu on the banks of the Okavango River. We stop for lunch at Grootfontein to view the 80-ton Hoba meteorite.
Day 14: Rundu to Okavango River
260km: Today we head east through the Caprivi Strip and then south into Botswana to our overnight campsite at Drotsky's Cabins on the bank of the Okavango River.
Day 15: Okavango River to Maun
370km: After breakfast and an optional river trip for birdwatching or fishing we hit the good tar roads south to Maun at the Okavango Delta.
Day 16: Okavango Delta
0km: A rest day today with the option of a day-long game viewing trip into Moremi game reserve or a Mokoro boat ride into the Okavango delta.
Day 17: Okavango to Dqae Qare San Lodge
268km: Today we head south-east along good tar roads to Dqae Qare game farm and San community in the Kalahari, home of the San people for over 15000 years and one of the best star-gazing locations we've been to.
Day 18: Dqae Qare to Kang
256km: We have the option of a morning bush walk with a local San guide before departing for our overnight stop at Kang.
Day 19: Kang to Magaliesberg
650km: An early start today to reach a beautiful farm in the Magaliesberg mountains in South Africa. Good tar roads ending with a gravel mountain pass.
Day 20: Magaliesberg to Johannesburg
130km: A short ride into Johannesburg on mostly tar roads. Depending on timing we have the option of visiting the world famous Apartheid museum in the afternoon.
Accommodation includes a mix of comfortable lodges (usually twin rooms) and campsites equipped with hot water and electricity. We’ll provide your camping gear – tent, sleeping bag with fresh inner liner, pillow and pillowcase, and a thick blow-up mattress – unless you’ll bring your own.
Main Rider: R48000
Pillion, rider with own bike, or support vehicle passenger: R28000
Extras (per day):
SENA 20S Bluetooth audio device (R75 per day)
We can help with hiring helmet, gloves, jacket, trousers etc on request.
1) Prices in South African Rand. Click here to convert to your currency.
2) Prices are for minimum of four riders for the full tour. Please contact us for rates for smaller parties
Honda Africa Twin 750cc or Suzuki V-Strom 650cc motorcycle
Breakfast and some dinners
Paper map of the region
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
Emergency evacuation to local medical center
Excess luggage storage
Accommodation at origin and destination outside of tour dates
Fuel (approx. for full trip: R3800)
Lunches, drinks and some dinners (details on request)
Reserve and sightseeing entry fees
Personal Insurance (Accident/Medical)
Motorcycle Damage Deposit (R8000)
Optional Trip activities:
Etosha National Park game drive
Okavango fishing and game drive
Guided bush walk, game drive, stargazing, San experience at Dae Qare San lodge
Ready to ride with us? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll confirm availability and send you a booking form.
Payment and Deposit
A 30% deposit is required to secure your place on the tour. Payment details are listed on the Booking page. Full payment is due 21 days before the tour.
Terms and Conditions / Indemnity
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