Explore the lakes, volcanoes and wildlife of
Africa’s Great Rift Valley

 

Join us on one of two epic motorcycle rides in July and August 2018

 

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Trip Details

Dates:
North route, Joburg – Kigali: 28 June – 23 July 2018
3 rider, 2 car places available

South route, Kigali – Joburg: 1-27 August 2018
3 rider, 2 car places available

Total Distance: 6700km
Riding Days: 19
Rest Days: 6
Average distance: 350km per riding day
Riding Time per day: 5-6 hours

Bikes: Honda Africa Twin XRV750

Level of Difficulty: Easy – good tar roads with some optional gravel

Costs: (see details below) 
Rider: R69000
Pillion or Support car passenger: R56000 

Don’t have 25 days to spare?
Join us for part of the trip:

North Leg: Kigali to/from Zanzibar: 13 days
South Leg: Johannesburg to/from Zanzibar: 16 days 

Got some extra time?
Visit Cape Town before or after the trip

Contact us for pricing of these options

Cape Town / Johannesburg

Victoria Falls

Lake Malawi

Zanzibar

Mount Kilimanjaro

Masai Mara National Park

Gorillas at Bwindi National Park

Kigali

 

Route Map

 

Route Highlights

Johannesburg

Johannesburg

Our start and end point for the North and South trips, Johannesburg was founded on a gold reef and is the financial capital of South Africa. A visit to the Apartheid Museum is one of many attractions in this culturally rich city.

Magaliesberg

Magaliesberg

Located 140km north-west of Johannesburg, this ancient mountain range is our launching and arrival pad to and from Botswana. An old stone farmhouse and mountain stream on a family farm provides a tranquil base.

Zambezi River, Chobe and Kasane

Zambezi River, Chobe and Kasane

Kasane is located close to Africa's 'Four Corners', where Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe almost meet. We'll get a chance to explore the Chobe flood plains and the Zambezi river with its abundant hippos, crocs and birdlife.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Victoria falls on the Zambezi river, at 1708 metres wide and 108 metres high is the world's largest sheet of falling water. We'll spend two days exploring one of Africa's most iconic landmarks, with viewpoints and optional river activities on the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides of the river.

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi, one of the African Great Lakes and home to Nile crocodiles, hippos and Fish Eagles, is the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. We'll spend three days exploring the western shores, staying at travellers' favourites Mayoka Village and Mushroom Farm.

Southern Tanzania

Southern Tanzania

Our route from Lake Malawi to Zanzibar takes us through the Southern Highlands of Tanzania where we'll pass through the Valley of the Baobabs, Mikumi game reserve and the Udzungwa Mountains.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Africa's Spice Island, Zanzibar is an archipelago rich with historic Swahili and Islamic influences, magnificent white-sand beaches and rich marine life. We'll explore Stone Town and the northern beaches with options for reef snorkelling and sailing in the local dhows.

Moshi - Coffee and Kilimanjaro

Moshi - Coffee and Kilimanjaro

There are two good reasons to visit Moshi – coffee and a chance to see Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Surrounded by vast coffee plantations on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, Moshi is the coffee-producing centre of the Tanzania. It’s also the base for Kilimanjaro expeditions and offers the chance of a good sighting of the famous mountain.

Masai Mara National Park

Masai Mara National Park

Located in the rolling grassy plains of the Great Rift Valley, Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the richest wildlife areas in Africa. Our trip’s timing gives us a chance to catch the annual wildebeest migration as well as excellent opportunities to see Africa’s big five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino) as well as some of the other 95 mammal and 400 species of birds in the reserve.

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes surrounded by acacia woodlands and remnants of the area’s volcanic past. The area has an abundance of flamingos, pelicans and African fish eagles and many others. The lake is also a well-used waterhole for buffalo, zebra and eland as well as a favourite place for hippos to cool themselves during the day.

Jinja and Lake Victoria

Jinja and Lake Victoria

Jinja sits on the northern shores of Lake Victoria and is a center for a wide variety of local adventures. Most prominent is an exploration of the White Nile as it flows out of Lake Victoria at the Ripon Falls. Other options include boat trips into Lake Victoria, a visit to the local brewery or the powerful Itanda Falls.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable forest, located in south-western Uganda at the junction of the plain and mountain forests, is Africa’s oldest rain forest dating back 25,000 years. It’s home to over 400 plant species and a population of mountain gorillas. During our visit you’ll have the option of visiting the gorillas, enjoying the abundant birdlife and views of the Virunga volcanoes on a forest walk, or visiting the lava-dammed Lake Bunyonyi.

Rwanda

Rwanda

Our north and south routes end and begin in Kigali, located roughly in the center of the country and sprawling across hills, ridges and valleys. While there you can visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial or enjoy some good East African food and music. On our way to and from Kigali we’ll ride through the scenic northern province including a pass close to the volcanic Virunga Mountains and Volcanoes National Park. You could also arrange with our tour partner Andy Harrington to visit the Wellspring Foundation for Education’s team and projects.

Detailed Itinerary

(provisional until confirmed. We can modify the itinerary to suit a group of 4 riders.)

North Route (28 June – 23 July 2018)

Day 1: 140 km – Johannesburg to Magaliesberg
Day 2: 652 km – Magaliesberg to Francistown
Day 3: 495 km – Francistown to Kasane
Day 4: 95 km – Kasane to Victoria Falls
Day 5: 0 km – Victoria Falls
Day 6: 495 km – Victoria Falls to Lusaka
Day 7: 568 km – Lusaka to Chipata
Day 8: 406 km – Chipata to Mayoka Village, Lake Malawi
Day 9: 0 km – Mayoka Village
Day 10: 189 km – Mayoka Village to Mushroom farm
Day 11: 258 km – Mushroom farm to Mbeya, Tanzania
Day 12: 290 km – Mbeya to Iringa
Day 13: 360 km – Iringa to Morogoro
Day 14: 290 km – Morogoro to Pangani (Beach Crab Resort)
Day 15: 0 km – ferry to Zanzibar
Day 16: 0 km – Zanzibar
Day 17: 445 km – Zanzibar to Moshi
Day 18: 556 km – Moshi to Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya
Day 19: 0 km – Maasai Mara National Park
Day 20: 211 km – Maasai Mara to Lake Naivasha
Day 21: 0 km –  Lake Naivasha
Day 22: 489 km – Naivasha to Jinja, Uganda
Day 23: 0 km – Jinja and Lake Victoria
Day 24  570 km – Jinja to Bwindi National Park
Day 25: 0 km – Bwindi National Park
Day 26: 150 km – Bwindi to Kigali, Rwanda
End of tour

South Route (1-27 August 2018)

Day 1: 150 km – Kigali to Bwindi National Park
Day 2: 0 km – Bwindi National Park
Day 3: 570 km – Bwindi to  Jinja
Day 4: 213 km – Jinja and Lake Victoria
Day 5: 489 km – Jinja to  Lake Naivasha
Day 6: 0 km – Naivasha
Day 7: 211 km – Naivasha to Maasai Mara National Park
Day 8: 0 km – Maasai Mara National Park 
Day 9: 556 km – Maasai Mara to Moshi
Day 10: 445 km – Moshi to Pangani (Beach Crab Resort)
Day 11: 0 km – ferry to Zanzibar
Day 12: 0 km – Zanzibar 
Day 13: 290 km – Zanzibar to Morogoro
Day 14: 360 km – Morogoro to Iringa
Day 15: 290 km – Iringa to Mbeya
Day 16: 258 km – Mbeya to Lake Malawi (Mushroom farm)
Day 17: 189 km – Mushroom farm to Mayoka Village
Day 18: 0 km – Mayoka Village
Day 19: 406 km – Mayoka Village to Chipata
Day 20: 568 km – Chipata to Lusaka
Day 21: 495 km – Lusaka to Victoria Falls
Day 22: 0 km – Victoria Falls
Day 23: 95 km – Victoria Falls to Kasane
Day 24: 495 km – Kasane to Francistown
Day 25: 652 km – Francistown to Magaliesberg
Day 26: 140 km – Magaliesberg to Johannesburg
End of tour

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, pillow and pillowcase, and a thick blow-up mattress.

 

 

 

 

Cost details

Basic cost:
Rider: R69000 
Support car passenger: R56000

Notes:
1) Prices in South African Rand (ZAR). Click here to convert to your currency.
2) Prices are for minimum of four riders for the full tour. Contact us for rates for smaller groups

Estimated additional costs (not included in tour price):
Fuel: R4800
Dinners: R2600
Park entry fees (Vic Falls, Masai Mara, Mikumi): R2000

Optional activities (estimated, not included)
Masai Mara game drive: R700
One day Gorilla trek at Bwindi National Park: $600 US
Dow trip, snorkelling, diving at Zanzibar
Masai Mara National Park game drives
Wildlife viewing boat trip or game walk at Lake Naivasha

Included:
Honda Africa Twin 750cc motorcycle
Panniers, top box and tank bag
Support vehicle with trailer and spare bike
Tour guide and support vehicle crew
Airport transfers in South Africa and Rwanda
Accommodation en route
All breakfasts and 6 dinners
Zanzibar Fast Ferry
Camping equipment
Route map
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
Unlimited Mileage
Excess luggage storage

Not included:
Flights
Accommodation at origin and destination outside of tour dates
Fuel (approx. for full trip: R4800)
Sena 20S in-helmet bluetooth communicator: R1000 (optional)
Lunches, drinks and remaining dinners (details on request)
Reserve and sightseeing entry fees
Personal Insurance (Accident/Medical)
Motorcycle Damage Deposit (R8000)

 

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Need more info?

Need more information, or just want to get in touch? We’d love to hear from you.

Andrew is the owner and lead guide for Ride Down South. You can reach him here:

Cell: +27 79 6977110

Email: andrew@ridedownsouth.com

 

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