Meet the Guides
Andrew Vaughan is the owner, lead guide, chief mechanic, email replier, and new route explorer at Ride Down South. Andrew formed Ride Down South in 2016 after returning from a two-wheeled adventure with a friend to Kigali, Rwanda. Having seen how awestruck his Canadian friend was by the experience of riding a motorcycle through some of Africa's most scenic spots, it seemed natural to see if there was a way to share that with others. It turns out there was - and is. In his former life Andrew worked as a mechanical engineer in the aviation industry. He spent a few years at UK-based Rolls Royce Plc where he worked on the design of turbofan engines for Airbus and Boeing airliners. Andrew is also a qualified career coach and runs an education non-profit called This Better Work. His biggest motorcycling adventure was a 30 000km ride from Vancouver, Canada to Cape Town via Russia, Eastern Europe and Africa on a Kawasaki KLR 650 in 2007. Since then Andrew has ridden his Africa Twin 750 through 17 African countries and just about all of those south of the Equator.
Michael Burton-Durham is a motorcycle adventurer who loves being out on the open road, showing fellow adventurers the wonders of South Africa, and other parts of Africa. He is an all-round nature lover and discoverer and outdoors junkie. The thought of being locked indoors makes his toes curl backwards. Michael lives in Cape Town, but travels often. He has spent most of his life riding bikes, from MX and Enduro bikes, street bikes and then on to adventure bikes. He loves spending time exploring back roads, mountain roads and 'roads' nobody was supposed to travel! He is a hiker, swimmer, dad, doggy dad, and "gotta be outdoors" person. He has been on a number of Ride Down South adventures this past year, and will be hosting riders from around the world on many more in 2024. "My experience of riding in Southern Africa has led me on this path of doing what I love and what motivates me every day - the pleasure of sharing our beautiful region with our guests in the best way possible - on two wheels."
The choice was between a tour bus or something more adventurous ... so I contacted Andrew
Finding myself in South Africa for a short business trip I had a day free to explore. The choice was between a tour bus or something more adventurous. So I contacted Andrew at Ride Down South in the hope he may be able to squeeze me in for a one day tour of the Western Cape. After meeting Michael at 8am and discussing my desires re places to see and suggestions from him, we set off on what was to be one of the best day rides of my life. Michael was an incredible host, riding companion, guide, historian and all round amazing individual. Thank you for one of the best days of my life in a country that just begs to be explored with scenery to die for. If, like me, you are an avid biker, love to explore and just want an incredible time then I highly recommend Ride Down South, and I would suggest ask for Michael to be your tour guide. You will not be disappointed.
Neil Watts //
They 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