Zanzibar to Cape Town

Motorcycle Tour

Experience Zanzibar and the great Rift Valley through southern Tanzania and Lake Malawi, Victoria Falls and the wildlife of Kruger National Park and St Lucia Estuary on this 30 day motorcycle adventure

Route Highlights
30 days, 6900 km
Dates: Ride begins 20 Nov 2020
Riding Days: 22
Rest Days: 9
Ave km per day: 316

Zanzibar- Dar es Salaam - Valley of the Baobabs - Southern Tanzania - Lake Malawi - Victoria Falls - Kruger National Park - St Lucia Estuary - Wild Coast - Addo Elephant Park - Knysna & Garden Route - Cape Town

Route Details and Provisional Itinerary

Pre-trip: Zanzibar

Fly into Dar es Salaam or direct to Stone Town airport for an optional 2-3 night stay on Zanzibar

Day 0: Kipepeo Beach Village

0 km. Catch the 2-hour ferry from Zanzibar and head for Kipepeo Beach Village south of Dar es Salaam where we'll check out the bikes and get ready for our ride south

Day 1: Dar es Salaam to Morogoro

212 km. Our first day of riding today as we leave Dar es Salaam and head for the Uluguru mountains at Morogoro

Day 2: Morogoro to the Old Farmhouse, Iringa

350 km. Our ride today takes us from our overnight stop at Morogoro into the southern part of the Great Rift Valley through the Valley of the Baobabs and up a dramatic pass to Iringa. 

Day 3: The Old Farmhouse Iringa to Blue Canoe Lodge

395 km. Today we ride south through villages and tea plantations along winding mountain roads to our overnight stop at Blue Canoe Lodge on the shore of Lake Malawi 

Day 4: Blue Canoe Lodge to Chitimba

180 km. A short ride today takes us across the Tanzanian border into Malawi and our second night on the lake at Chitimba Beach Lodge

Day 5: Chitimba Beach Lodge to Mayoka Village 

220 km. Today we continue south along the western shore of Lake Malawi riding though some beautiful highlands before descending again to the lake and our overnight stop at Mayoka Village - a beautiful spot tucked away in a small bay. This is one of our favourite spots in all of Southern Africa. . 

Day 6: Rest day at Mayoka Village

0 km. Another opportunity to experience Lake Malawi. Activity options include a dhow sailing trip to a local island, exploring the local village or just relaxing and taking in the lake and its surrounds.

Day 7: Mayoka Village to Mama Rula's Zambia

450 km. Our ride today takes us back into the Malawi highlands and across the border into Zambia and a stop-over stay at Mama Rula's camp. 

Day 8: Chipata to Lusaka

570 km. A longer ride today on good tar roads as we head west into Zambia through Zambezi National Park and some beautiful mountain passes

Day 9: Lusaka to Victoria Falls

485 km. We head south through southern Zambia towards the town of Livingstone - our base to explore the Victoria Falls

Day 10: Explore Vic Falls

0 km. A well deserved rest day as we get a chance to explore the magnificent falls by foot or by helicopter - or even an adventurous river rafting ride

Day 11: Vic Falls to Senyati Elephant Camp

80 km. We cross the border via the Kazangula ferry into Botswana and a one night stay at Senyati Elephant camp

Day 12: Senyati to Francistown

480 km. Leaving the elephants behind we ride due south through Chobe national park and on to our overnight stop at Francistown

Day 13: Francistown to Wonderkop Nature Reserve

370 km. Today we enter South Africa and head towards the Kruger Park. We cross through the farmlands of the northern province stopping overnight at Wonderkop Nature Reserve

Day 14: Wonderkop to Kruger Park

452 km. We have a lovely, scenic ride today as we descend the escarpment to the coastal lowlands and the Kruger National Park. On our way we take in the beautiful Panorama route via Blyde River Canyon and the old mining town of Pilgrims Rest 

Day 15-16: Kruger Park

0 km. We have two full days to experience this incredible game reserve based at a camp inside the park.

Day 17: Kruger Park to Hlane Game Reserve

170 km. Today we leave the Kruger Park and head south towards the coast, briefly entering eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) where we stop overnight at the Hlane Game Reserve.

Day 18: Hlane Game Reserve to St Lucia

290 km. We leave eSwatini and head south through the Kwazulu-Natal lowlands to the coastal estuary at St Lucia.

Day 19: Rest day at St Lucia

0 km. St Lucia is a unique coastal estuary with abundant wildlife including hippos, crocodiles and abundant birdlife. There's the chance to explore the mangrove swamps on a boat tour of the estuary.

Day 20: St Lucia to Underberg 

480 km. We ride today through the hilly, green Kwazulu-Natal province towards Underberg at the southern end of the Drakensberg Mountains - the highest and most dramatic mountain range in South Africa

Day 21: Explore Sani Pass

80 km. Today we have the option of exploring the famous Sani Pass which twists its way up the escarpment to the border of Lesotho.

Day 22: Underberg to Coffee Bay 

360 km. We head back to the coast today through the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape. Along the way we have the option of stopping to visit Qunu - the village where Nelson Mandela grew up, went to school and herded cattle.

Day 23: Rest day at Coffee Bay

0 km. Today we get a break from riding and the chance to enjoy the beaches around Coffee Bay. You can also visit the famous Hole in the Wall.

Day 24: Coffee Bay to Cintsa 

260 km. Today we get the chance to immerse ourselves in the rural and rugged Wild Coast as we ride through villages and beautiful coastline as we make our way south-west to Cintsa.

Day 25: Cintsa to Addo Elephant Park

323 km. We head south along the coast past coastal towns including Kenton-on-Sea, Port Alfred and East London to Addo Elephant Park

Day 26: Addo to Jeffrey's Bay

120 km. After an optional morning game drive a short ride takes us to Jeffrey's Bay and the start of the famous Garden Route

Day 27: Jeffrey's Bay to Knysna

190 km. We ride east exploring the beautiful coastline along the Garden Route through Plettenberg Bay, Nature's Valley, Bloukrans Pass and Storms River Mouth on our way to Knysna

Day 28: Rest day at Knysna

0 km: Today we get the chance to explore this beautiful Garden Route town. Options include restaurants in the Waterfront area, the Motorcycle Room, the lagoon and the Knysna Heads.

Day 29: Knysna to Agulhas

370 km. As we near our destination at Cape Town we ride through the farmlands of the Overberg and south to Agulhas and the southern tip of Africa

Day 30: Agulhas to Cape Town 

340 km. Our final day of an epic journey takes us along spectacular coastal roads along the Cape Whale Route to Hermanus and on to Cape Town.

False Bay coast near Cape Town 

Our destination: Cape Town 


Accommodation is in comfortable lodges (usually twin rooms) and campsites equipped with electricity and hot water. Upgrades to single rooms are available.


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

"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: ZAR145000 (approx $9600)
Pillion / Support car passenger: ZAR65000

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. Please contact us for rates for smaller parties

Included in the price:
Honda Africa Twin 750cc motorcycle
Accommodation on tour
All breakfasts
Panniers, Top Box and Tank Bag
Riding gear if required - helmet, jacket and gloves
Sena 20S Bluetooth In-helmet Communicator
Motorcycle border fees
Airport transfers
Tour guide
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
Emergency evacuation to local medical center
Excess luggage storage

Flights to and from tour start and end points
Activities – e.g. game drives and excursions,
Accommodation at origin and destination (incl. Zanzibar) outside of tour dates
Lunches, drinks and some dinners (details on request)
Reserve and sightseeing entry fees
Personal Insurance (Accident/Medical)

Click here to download our T's and C's. We'll have this available for you to sign at the start of the ride or you can bring a signed copy with you

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, San Francisco

Ride Down South
Contact Andrew: +27-79-697-7110

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