Best of Namibia Motorcycle Tour

Explore South Africa's west coast and the vast desert landscapes and rich wildlife and culture of Namibia on this 12-14 day motorcycle tour

12-14 days
Dates: March - July 2020
Cost: from ZAR56000 (approx $US3650, €3335) min. 4 riders

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"I write this review approximately one month after returning home and in doing so have been reviewing our photos and videos.  I have been left with experiences of a lifetime and new friends on a continent far away from my own.  I have recommended Ride Down South to my friends and family, and if you are reading this I’m obviously recommending them to you!"


Cape Town to Kalahari 2016

Route Map

Route Highlights

Cape Town – Karoo – Orange River – Fish River Canyon – Aus – Kolmanskop Ghost Town – Sossusvlei and Sesriem – Swakopmund – Spitzkoppe – Erindi Game Reserve – Etosha National Park – Windhoek

Trip Stats and Details

Explore the vast landscapes and rich wildlife of South Africa's west coast and Namibia on this 12-14 day motorcycle tour. Starting in Cape Town we explore the Cape fold mountains through some stunning passes before heading north through the Cederberg and Karoo. Continuing into the vast big-sky landscapes of Namibia we enjoy a rest day on the banks of the Orange River before heading north to the Fish River Canyon. We continue north along some excellent gravel roads towards Aus where we'll see the wild horses and get to explore the ghost town of Kolmanskop. Then it's off to the iconic sand dunes at Sesriem and Sossusvlei. We then cross the Namib desert to the coast at Swakopmund. Riding north along the Skeleton Coast to Henties Bay we then turn inland to cross the desert again to reach the incredible rock formations at Spitzkoppe. Depending on the length of the trip we then head towards Etosha National Park or Erindi Private Game Reserve where we will encounter the Big 5, the 'Ugly 5' and an amazing range of African wildlife.

Total Distance: 2350 km
Riding Days: 9
Rest Days: 3
Average distance: 250 km per day
Riding Time per day: 4-6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate – good tar roads with a mix of good gravel roads and some more challenging sections in Namibia. 


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


Ride one of our Honda Africa Twin XRV 750's or Suzuki V-Strom 650's - or bring your own bike

"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, Cape to Kalahari 2016

Cost details

Rider: from ZAR56000 (approx $US3650, €3335)
Pillion / Support car passenger: ZAR28000 (approx $US1850, €1666)

Contact us for prices for smaller groups.

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 in the price:
Honda Africa Twin 750cc motorcycle
Support vehicle with spare bike and trailer
Airport transfers
Breakfast and some dinners
Camping equipment
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
Fuel (approx: $145)
Lunches, drinks and some dinners (details on request)
Reserve and sightseeing entry fees
Personal Insurance (Accident/Medical)

Provisional Itinerary - 12 day tour

Day 0: Arrive and explore Cape Town. We'll pick you up at the airport and take you to your accommodation.

Day 1: Cape Town to Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm:  420km. We get to enjoy four mountain passes as we ride through the Cape fold mountains and some wonderfully remote gravel roads through the Cederberg and into the Great Karoo

Day 2: Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm to Orange River, Namibia: 135km: 450km. We head north through the northern Cape and Richtersveld and cross into Namibia and spend the first of two nights on the banks of the Orange River.

Day 3: After covering a good distance from Cape Town we get to enjoy a rest day on the Orange River with the option of a 3-4 hour canoe trip.

Day 4: Orange River to Fish River Canyon: 180km. We ride along the banks of the Orange River to the Fish River Canyon in the remote Richtersveld.

Day 5: Fish River Canyon to Aus: 270km. Today we ride through Namibian big-sky country on good gravel roads to Aus.

Day 6: Rest day at Aus. We leave the bikes behind and visit Kolmanskop ghost town and the historic harbour town of Luderitz           

Day 7: Aus to Sesriem & Sossusvlei: 375km. Today we tackle the gravel roads as they cross the incredible desert landscapes of the Namib desert and head north to the dunes at Sossusvlei

Day 8: Rest day at Sossusvlei exploring the dunes            

Day 9: Sossusvlei to Swakopmund: 344km. Another day of gravel roads as we cross the Namib desert to the coastal town of Swakopmund

Day 10: Swakopmund to Spitzkoppe: 180km. A short ride today as we visit the iconic and remote rock formations at Spitzkoppe.

Day 11: Spitzkoppe to Erindi Private Game Reserve: 220km. A shorter ride toda along some good tar and gravel roads into Camp Elephant at Erindi. We have the option of a guided game drive to view the rich wildlife here in the evening and the next morning. 

Day 12: Erindi to Windhoek: 160 km. Our last day on tour as we head south to Windhoek - our destination on this ride

Interested in riding with us?

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