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

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


Mount Kilimanjaro

Masai Mara National Park

Gorillas at Bwindi National Park



Route Map


Route Highlights

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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 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

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

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:
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)


Ready to Ride With Us? 



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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