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.

Dates
25 May – 13 June 2017

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Route Highlights

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.

Trip Stats:
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

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Route Map

Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town to Nieuwoudville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Cost details

Basic cost:
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.

Notes:
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

Included:
Honda Africa Twin 750cc or Suzuki V-Strom 650cc motorcycle
Airport transfers
Accommodation
Breakfast and some dinners
Camping equipment
Tour guide
Paper map of the region
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
Emergency evacuation to local medical center
Unlimited Mileage
Excess luggage storage

Excluded:
Flights
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

Booking

Ready to ride with us? Email andrew@ridedownsouth.com 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
Click on the link to download our  Terms and Conditions / Indemnity. This must be signed by all participants prior to the start of the tour.

Need more info?

Visit our FAQ page or email andrew@ridedownsouth.com or fill out the contact form below.

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