16-day Adventure through South Africa’s Northern Cape, Namibia and Botswana
Cape Town – Nieuwoudtville – Orange River – Fish River Canyon – Sesriem – Windhoek – Kalahari San Lodge – Okavango – Rundu – Etosha – Erindi – Windhoek
The Cape2Kalahari and Namibian Desert and Dunes trips are two back-to-back trips we run in July and August. In July the 15-day Cape2Kalahari trip heads north to Namibia and includes a four-day loop through the Kalahari desert and the Okavango River before returning to Windhoek via Etosha National Park. Mostly tar roads with about 20% good gravel roads.
Cape Town and the Cape peninsula, West Coast and mountain passes, Fish River Canyon, dunes and canyon at Sesriem, Kalahari San experience, wildlife on the Okavango River, Big 5 game reserves at Etosha and Erindi.
Total Distance: 4800km
Riding Days: 11
Rest Days: 4
Average distance: 440km 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
Minimum Riders: 4
Maximum Riders: 6
Route and Itinerary
Day 1: Cape Town
We'll pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation. If the weather is good and the group has enough energy we'll go for a short introductory ride to check out the city.
Day 2: Cape Town
0km. A rest and recovery day for those who've flown in from far away before we set out on the ride north. We'll have the whole day to explore the area around Cape Town. Possibilities include touring the winelands, visiting Cape Point Nature Reserve, exploring Table Mountain, or relaxing at the V&A Waterfront.
Day 3: 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 4: Nieuwoudville to the Orange River
434km. We continue north along South Africa's west coast and into the dry but starkly beautiful Richtersveld. After crossing the border into Namibia we begin a two-night stay on the banks of the Orange River at the peaceful Provenance camp which overlooks the river and has an excellent restaurant.
Day 5: On the Orange River
0 km. Enjoy a day's guided paddling through the Richtersveld on the Orange River or rest up in the peaceful Provenance base camp.
Day 6: Orange River to Fish River Canyon
167 km. Today we leave the tarmac and explore Namibia's good gravel roads, stopping in at Ai Ais hot springs for lunch before getting a chance to see the Fish River Canyon where we stop overnight.
Day 7: Namibrand and Sesriem
465 km. An early start today to cover the ground needed to get to our overnight stop at the quiet Namibrand Family Hideout where we'll get to enjoy the vast expanse of Namibia's desert region and observe the southern night sky at a nearby observatory.
Day 8: Namibrand to Windhoek
468 km. We have a choice of routes through to Windhoek but either way we'll definitely be passing through the canyon at Sesriem and the dunes at Sossusvlei. We end today at Windhoek where we'll say goodbye to those riding the first leg and hello to those joining us for the second leg.
Day 9: Windhoek to Dqae Qare San Lodge
551 km. Welcome to those joining us for the second leg. From Windhoek we head east, crossing into Botswana where we end up at the Dqae Qare San Lodge, home of San people for over 15000 years. We spend two nights here soaking in this unique experience.
Day 1O: Dqae Qare San Lodge
0 km. Today you'll have a range of options to experience life in this San community. These include learning the ancient art of fire making by hand, and the art of gathering food and medicinal plants on a bush walk. In the evening observe the Milky Way, Saturn and its rings and more through a ten-inch telescope with local amateur astronomer Greg.
Day 11: Dqae Qare San Lodge to Okavango River
429 km. Our journey through the Central Kalahari continues as we head North-East towards the Okavango panhandle. You may have to avoid a flock of ostriches as we head towards Drotsky's Cabins. You can camp meters away from hippo grunting in the water below or enjoy the beautiful cabins at the lodge.
Day 12: Okavango River to Rundu
350 km. Before we ride to Rundu in the afternoon you can hire a boat to search for hippos and crocodiles, or go birdwatching, or go fishing for Tiger Fish and Barbel. Or visit the nearby Tsodilo hills, a World Heritage Site that has one of the highest concentrations of rock art in the world with over 4,500 paintings.
Day 13: Rundu to Etosha
530 km. Today we head south-west to Etosha National Park stopping for lunch at Grootfontein where we view the Hoba meteorite - at 66 tons the largest meteorite ever found.
Day 14: Etosha National Park
0 km. Etosha is one of our favourite game parks and offers excellent game viewing. The many waterholes attract endangered black rhinoceros, lion, elephant and large numbers of antelope. And of course the birdlife is excellent. You can choose to go on a full or half-day guided game drive in the park.
Day 15: Etosha to Erindi
388 km. We leave Etosha heading south towards Erindi Private Game Reserve. We route via the famous Vingerklip rock formation where we'll stop for lunch. At Erindi there's a number of options including a guided bush walk and game drives, or just relax in one of the chalets or the campsite, both of which overlook a floodlit waterhole.
Day 16: Erindi to Windhoek
160 km. We spend the morning relaxing in Erindi before making our way south to Windhoek where we'll unpack, celebrate the end of a great trip together and get ready to catch the morning flights out of Windhoek International airport.
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: R44000
Pillion, rider with own bike, or support vehicle passenger: R26000
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
Support vehicle with spare bike and trailer
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: R3600)
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
Game drive at Erindi Private Game Reserve
Guided bush walk, game drive, stargazing, San experience at Dae Qare San lodge
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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.
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