Malawi, Mozambique & South AfricaMotorcycle Tour
5400km, 24 days
Join the Ride Down South crew on this diverse motorcycle tour taking in the best of the eastern part of Southern Africa from Lake Malawi to Cape Town via the Mozambique coast and Kruger National Park
Lake Malawi – Vilanculos – Inhambane – Xai Xai – Kruger Park – Drakensberg – Wild Coast – Garden Route – Cape Fold Mountains – Little Karoo – Cape Town
Includes: Bike rental + fuel; accommodation in 3-star lodges; breakfasts; cross border fees; tour guide; airport transfers.
Contact us for more details or rates for smaller groups.
Route Details and Itinerary
Our 5400km, 24-day ride takes us south from Lilongwe through southern Malawi and across to the Mozambique coast before entering South Africa to the Kruger National Park and Drakensberg mountains after which we follow the coast to Cape Town. Along the way we'll encounter abundant wildlife in a number of Big-5 reserves, explore beautiful beaches, South Africa's biggest mountain range, historic battlefields and some magnificent tar and gravel-road riding.
Day 1: Lilongwe to Cape Maclear
Our first day takes us east and south from Lilongwe through rural villages before we descend down a spectacular escarpment to the southern shore of Lake Malawi at Cape Maclear.
Day 2: Exploring Lake Malawi
There are a number of ways to explore Lake Malawi at Cape Maclear, including a boat ride to local islands, snorkeling or scuba diving. There is also opportunity for beach walks and exploring the local village.
Day 3: Cape Maclear to Liwonde National Park
Today we head south along the shores of Lake Malawi to Liwonde National Park. After a fun, easy ride through a network of dirt tracks we arrive at Bushman’s Baobab camp, surrounded by massive Baobab trees, and visited daily by elephants, waterbuck and other wildlife. In the afternoon there’s the opportunity for a guided game drive into the park.
Days 4-6: Liwonde to Tete, Chimoio and Vilankulos
Leaving Liwonde we head south through southern Malawi, through the beautiful rural region around Mwanza before crossing the border into Mozambique and heading south and east through Tete, across the Zambezi river to Chimoio and finally on to Vilankulos, a beautiful spot on the Mozambique coast.
Day 8-9: Vilankulos to Inhambane
Today we continue south along the coastline to our next stopover at Inhambane and the chance, the following day to explore and enjoy the beaches at Tofu and Miramar.
Day 10: Inhambane to Xai Xai
Our final full day in Mozambique takes us along the coast to the third of our beach spots at Xai Xai.
Day 11: Xai Xai to Malalane / Kruger Park
Today we head south and west, skirting around the capital city of Maputo before heading inland to the South African border and a two-night stay at Malelane at the southern part of the Kruger National Park.
Day 12: Game Viewing in Kruger Park
Today we have the opportunity to go on a morning or evening game drive inside the Kruger Park. There is also the chance to relax and enjoy the view from our accommodation over the Sabie river and the elephants and other animals that are frequent visitors.
Day 13: Kruger Park to Piet Retief
Leaving the Kruger Park we head inland on the first of a two-leg ride to the Drakensberg Mountains. Today we get to enjoy some lovely tar-road riding along the winding roads of eastern Mpumalanga on our way to our overnight accommodation at Piet Retief.
Day 14: Piet Retief to Injisuthi, Drakensberg
Our ride today takes us through the historic battlefields of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). We’ll have the chance to ride up to the top of the famous Spioenkop battle site before riding through the foothills of the Drakensberg to our base at Injisuthi.
Day 15: Injisuthi to Underberg
We have a short but very scenic ride today as we head south along the Drakensberg range to the beautiful town of Underberg.
Day 16-17: Underberg to Coffee Bay
Continuing south we leave the green mountains of the Drakensberg region for the rural, hilly landscapes of the Eastern Cape. We ride along winding tar roads towards our two-night stay at Coffee Bay. There we’ll have the chance to visit the famous Hole-in-the-Wall or explore this beautiful part of the Wild Coast.
Day 18: Coffee Bay to Cintsa
Today we continue to explore the Wild Coast head on a short ride south to the coastal town of Cintsa.
Day 19: Cintsa to Jeffrey’s Bay
We leave the Wild Coast region and head towards the Garden Route which begins at the famous surfing town of Jeffrey’s Bay.
Day 20: Jeffrey’s Bay to Knysna
We don’t have far to ride today but there are plenty of interesting things to see along this Northern part of the Garden Route. These include a ride along the scenic R102, giving us a view of the famous Van Staden’s Bridge from the valley floor, the famous bridge at Bloukrans and Storms River and a lunch stop at Storm’s River mouth.
Day 21: Exploring Knysna
The town of Knysna is at the heart of the Garden Route. There are lots of activity options including a visit to the Knysna Heads, a boat trip through the lagoon, enjoying lunch and/or dinner at the waterfront, checking out a cool motorcycle museum or exploring some more beautiful beaches.
Day 22: Knysna to Prince Albert
After a scenic ride along the coast through the towns of Sedgefield and George we head inland, crossing over a mountain range to enter the Little Karoo region. We pass through the historic ostrich farming town of Oudtshoorn before crossing the Swartberg mountain range along the spectacular paved Meiringspoort pass and a short ride to our overnight stop in the town of Prince Albert.
Day 23: Prince Albert to Matjiesfontein
We get to explore the Swartberg mountain range today, crossing the range twice: first over the breathtaking Swartberg pass on a good dirt road, then through the mountains along the Seweweekspoort route. In between we ride through the beautiful Little Karoo region along Route 62. Our accommodation tonight is in the historic Lord Milner Hotel.
Day 24: Matjiesfontein to Cape Town
Our last day of the tour takes us through the southern reaches of the Great Karoo, through the farming town of Ceres and through two spectacular mountain passes: Michel’s Pass and Bains Kloof Pass as we cross through the Cape Fold mountains on our way to Cape Town.
Main rider: ZAR 120000
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.
Included in the price:
Honda Africa Twin 750cc motorcycle
Breakfast and some dinners
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
Motorcycle border fees
Emergency evacuation to local medical center
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.
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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