Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique & Zimbabwe 
Motorcycle Adventure

15 days 

from $US3780

Experience the best of Malawi, East & Southern Zimbabwe with a taste of Mozambique on this unique 14-day motorcycle adventure

Route Highlights
15 days, 5000 km

Lilongwe – Lake Malawi – Nyika Plateau – Great East Road – Victoria Falls – Great Zimbabwe – Chimanimani – Nyanga National Park – Mulanje Forest – Lilongwe

Includes: Bike rental + fuel; accommodation in 3-star lodges; breakfasts; cross border fees; tour guide; airport transfers.

Route Details and Itinerary
This is a one-way ride and can be done in either direction. Itinerary is customisable.

Day 1: Lilongwe to Nkhata Bay

420km. We begin our tour with a ride north along the shores of Lake Malawi to one of our favourite places to visit at Nkhata Bay.

Day 2: Nkhata Bay to Mushroom Farm

225km. A shorter but spectacular ride today as we ride through beautiful mountain landscapes before descending dramatically down to the lake shore, before climbing the escarpment again on a twisting gravel road to Mushroom Farm overlooking Lake Malawi.

Day 3: Mushroom Farm to Nyika National Park

200km. Today we get to explore the famous Nyika plateau on a twisting gravel road and an overnight stop at Chelinda camp. 

Day 4: Nyika to Lake Malawi

200km. After a morning enjoying our surroundings on the plateau we descend again to the shores of Lake Malawi on our way south towards Zambia

Day 5: Lake Malawi to Chipata

450km. Our exploration of northern Malawi ends with a final twisting ride through the mountains before we turn west and cross the border into Zambia

Day 6: Chipata to Lusaka

The Great East Road to Lusaka is one of our top-ten roads to ride in Africa. We ride this the whole way into Lusaka and an overnight stop in a secluded lodge on the eastern edge of the city

Day 7: Lusaka to Victoria Falls

480km. Our route to Victoria Falls takes us along good tar roads through bustling villages and rural  farming projects in the heart of southern Zambia

Day 8: Rest day at Vic Falls

The Victoria Falls are a Unesco world heritage site and are truly awe-inspiring. We have the whole day to explore the falls on both sides of the river as well as by helicopter or micro-light. You could also spend the morning white-water rafting the rapids downstream of the falls.  

Day 9: Vic Falls to Bulawayo

440km. Back on the bikes today as we cross into Zimbabwe and head east to the town of Bulawayo

Day 10: Bulawayo to Great Zimbabwe

310km. We continue riding east to one of Zimbabwe's most famous sites - the ruins of Great Zimbabwe

Day 11: Great Zimbabwe to Chimanimani

300km. Our ride today takes us to the beautiful eastern highlands of Zimbabwe and a fun ride through the twisting roads to Chimanimani

Day 12: Chimanimani to Nyanga

260km. We turn north today heading back towards Malawi with a shorter leg to Nyanga National Park

Day 13: Nyanga to Tete

340km. Today we cross into Mozambique on a short transit to southern end of Malawi. Our overnight stop in Tete overlooks the Zambezi river

Day 14: Tete to Mulanje

300km. Leaving the Zambezi we cross into Malawi and ride to Malanje

Day 15: Mulanje to Lilongwe

400km. Our last day of the tour as we head back to Lilongwe via the Zomba plateau

Cost details

Main rider: ZAR 88000

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 groups.

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Included in the price:
Honda Africa Twin 750cc motorcycle
Support vehicle with spare bike and trailer
Airport transfers
Breakfast and some dinners
Tour guide
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
Motorcycle border fees
Emergency evacuation to local medical center
Unlimited Mileage
Excess luggage storage

Activities – e.g. game drives
Accommodation at origin and destination outside of tour dates
Lunches, drinks and some dinners (details on request)
Reserve and sightseeing entry fees
Personal Insurance (Accident/Medical)


Accommodation includes comfortable 3-star lodges (usually twin rooms). For those who prefer lodge accommodation or single rooms we will happily upgrade these for you. Contact us for details. 

Our Motorcycles

Ride one of our Honda Africa Twin XRV 750 or CRF1000 motorcycles. 

The Honda Africa Twin 750 is an excellent all-round motorcycle that can handle anything that Africa presents us. Strong, reliable and fun to ride, our bikes are fully owned and expertly maintained. Read more about our fleet here

The Honda Africa Twins were everything a person could need to travel the rugged terrain.  I own a BMW F800gs, and was still blown away by the maneuverability of the AT and it’s ability to tackle a variety of conditions.  Andrew’s knowledge of the mechanical aspect of the bike and riding expertise provided a completely worry free traveling experience."

Ryan - Kelowna, Canada

Medical & Emergency

In the event of a medical emergency our tours are supported by:
1. A level 3 first aider on tour
2. An on-call doctor provided by SATIB
3. SPOT satellite emergency evacuation
4. If required we can arrange to have a medic on tour

Your Tour Guide

All our rides are led by our lead guide and company owner Andrew Vaughan. Andrew is a qualified adventure tour guide licensed in South Africa and has about 105000 km (65000 miles) of motorcycle guiding experience over the last 12 years. Andrew is a qualified mechanical and materials engineer and has been riding adventure motorcycles since 2007 when he and friend rebuilt two Kawasaki KLR650's and then rode them from Vancouver to Cape Town via Siberia, the Middle East and Africa.

Andrew and Greg aren't just great guides, they're also just really great people

 -- a joy to ride with and also a joy to hang out with. They ran my tour without a hitch and made sure we stopped at all the best secret spots. When I booked this motorcycle trip I wanted the trip of a lifetime. I got it and then some. Wow. What an experience!

Will Elliot  // San Francisco

A motorbike tour in Southern Africa wasn't on my list of priorities...

 ... but when invited by a friend to join him on a Cape to Kalahari tour I decided to give it a go. It turned out to be a very memorable experience, which has left me with the burning desire to see more of Africa. If you want adventure, mateship and a real sense of achievement; just do it! The bikes are classics, strong, and well maintained. The food is sensational, whether it be at restaurants or by the campfire. Andrew is the perfect tour leader, cool, calm and very knowledgeable about the country and things in general. Thanks Andrew, Drew and the team, looking forward to doing it again..

Owen Holcombe  // Cambodia

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Ride Down South
Registered in South Africa. No.: 2015/293371/07
SATSA Membership No.: 2313
Registered Office: 6A Chaucer Road, Claremont, Cape Town,
7708, South Africa

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