Zanzibar to Cape Town
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
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
Fly into Dar es Salaam or direct to Stone Town airport for an optional 2-3 night stay on Zanzibar
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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
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
Panniers, Top Box and Tank Bag
Riding gear if required - helmet, jacket and gloves
Sena 20S Bluetooth In-helmet Communicator
Motorcycle border fees
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)
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