Sama Tours

13 Day African Oddyssey

 

13 Day
Motorcycle Tour of Southern Africa

Ride through the wildest parts of Botswana – a wildlife lovers’ dream!

At a Glance

Dates: 11 - 24 June 2024 |06 - 19 June 2025

Start: Pretoria (45 Min from Johannesburg) End: Pretoria

Mileage: +-2,922km

Countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Daily Distance

Daily Distance: 200- 450 km (Avg of 300km)

Road Surfaces:99% Tarmac

Rest Day: 9 Riding days, 3 Rest/Safari Days

Difficulty: Medium

Petrol: Not Included

Accomodation: 3-4 Star Lodges

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13 Days Epic Motorcycle Tour of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe

This 2 WHEEL motorcycle Adventure will take you right into the heart of Africa.

Starting in Pretoria, South Africa we make our way to Botswana where the fun begins.

This is the WILDEST country in Africa. Here you are more than likely to see WILD Elephants on the side of the road.Our first stop is Nata Pan where we enjoy a sunset drive out onto the salt pans in search of incredible birdlife. Next up we head North to Chobe National Park where we enjoy a boat ride on the Chobe River. Here you will literally see 1000’s of elephants coming down to the river to drink, swim and play.

Next up we travel across the border to spend 2 Nights at the breathtaking Victoria Falls. Here you can fly high in a helicopter above of the falls or take a swim above or below the falling waters. On day 7 we ride to Planet Baobab where we swop 2 Wheels for 4 and get on Quad bike to whiz out onto the Salt Pans where we spend a night wild camping under the stars. The next morning we visit the Local Meerkats who are very friendly and inquisitive about the crazy bikers who come to visit them.

From here we travel to Maun at the Heart of the Okavango Delta. We enjoy an overnight Safari on Dug Out Canoes and camp in the Delta.

We then ride south down through Botswana and Back into South Africa again where our tour ends on day 12

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TOUR ITINERARY

Day 0: Arrive in Johannesburg- Transfer to Pretoria
Day 1: Pretoria to Tuli Block, Botswana
Day 2: Tuli Block to Nata
Day 3: Nata to Chobe- River Cruise
Day 4: Chobe to Vic Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 5: Vic Falls Rest Day
Day 6: Vic Falls to Chobe- Night Drive
Day 7: Chobe to Gweta- Overnight on the pans
Day 8: Gweta to Maun
Day 9: Mokoro Adventure Camp in Delta
Day 10: Maun to Makumutu 
Day 11:  Makumutu to Kwa Nokeng
Day 12: Kwa Nokeng back TO Pretoria, South Africa
Day 13: End of Tour

Day 0: Arrive in South Africa (0-50km)

Welcome to South Africa. You will be met at the Johannesburg International Airport by a Sama representative who will transfer you to your Pretoria Hotel where you can relax and unwind after your flight. This afternoon at 2 pm we will hand over the keys to enjoy a pre-tour briefing to get you ready for the adventure. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner (D)

For those of you that arrive a few days early, there are lots of optional activities in and around Pretoria- for example you can do a City tour, Lion and Rhino Park tour, Soweto Tour or enjoy a massage at an African Spa. Your hotel is in walking distance of shops, restaurants and cocktail bars.

Lets Ride!

Day 1: Pretoria to Tuli Block, Botswana (+- 450km)
Highlights: African Lodge on the banks of the Limpopo River

Today we leave Pretoria and make our way northwards through the wild province of Limpopo to the Botswana border. The more North you travel in South Africa- the wilder the landscape becomes. After border procedures, we make our way to our lodge in the Tuli Block, our home for the night, based on the Limpopo River (Full of Crocodiles and Hippos). Tonight we have dinner in the beautiful boma and if we are lucky some local African Kids will come dance for us. Fall asleep listening to the great sounds of the African night- Lions roaring in the distance…. (B,L,D)


Botswana Dancers

Day 2: Tuli Block to Nata (+- 452km)
Highlights: The Makgadigadi Pans- Largest Salt pans in the World

After an early start, we make our way through Botswana towards Nata. Nata is on the outskirts of the Makgadigadi Pans-the largest salt complex in the world. This afternoon we are transported to the Makgadigadi Pans in a Safari Vehicle for a sunset tour of the pans- breathtaking views and African wildlife awaits. (B, L,D)


Makgadigadi Salt pans

Day 3: Makgadigadi Pans to Chobe (+-330km)
Highlights: Afternoon Safari into Chobe National Park

Today we make our way to Chobe National Park, right on the border of Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Botswana is a truly wild country, there are no fences and we often see elephants right on the side of the road on this leg of the trip. We will arrive at Chobe National Park in the early afternoon. This is a river paradise and the only place in Africa where you can do a BIG 5 Safari by boat!  After lunch, we enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe River. Enjoy floating downstream while hundreds of elephants come down to the water’s edge to drink water, play in the mud, and have a swim- truly an amazing sight and a photographers dream 5! (B,L,D)


Elephants right off the main road

Day 4: Chobe to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (+-80km)
Highlights: Victoria Falls helicopter flight

After an early morning Safari into Chobe National Park, we make our way to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. You will arrive in in the early afternoon. This waterfall is not the highest or the widest in the world, but it is the largest sheet of falling water, and the sheer volume of falling water will blow you away. During your stay, we have included a Helicopter flight over the falls. They call this: “The flight of Angels” and seeing Victoria Falls from the air is the best angle to truly appreciate its magnificence (B, L,D )


Chobe Boat Cruise

Day 5:  Rest Day Victoria Falls
Highlights: Victoria Falls

You have the whole day free to enjoy all the You have the whole day free to enjoy all the activities that Victoria Falls has on offer. You may wish to do a guided tour of the falls, canoe down the Zambezi River, visit an elephant sanctuary, bungee jump, or enjoy adrenaline-fueled river rafting. There are also tours available where you can swim either above or below the tumbling waters of the falls! Otherwise, you may wish to just grab a drink at the pool, book a spa treatment and  just relax in the beautiful hotel grounds. (Meals: B, D)


The tumbling water of Victoria Falls is breathtaking

Day 6:  Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park
Highlights: Victoria Falls

Today we make our way back to Botswana. We will have a nice relaxed morning at the Falls and arrive back at Chobe National Park around Lunch Time. This Afternoon we have booked the group onto a Open Vehicle Safari into the beautiful National Park. Lookout for Leopards up high on the trees and herds of Elephants making their way down to the River to drink and play in the mud! (B,L, D)


Chobe Safari

Day 7: Chobe to Gweta (+-420km)
Highlights: Overnight trip on the Ntwetwe Pans

Today we get back on the Bikes and enjoy a relaxing ride through Botswana as we make our way to Planet Baobab, located on the northern side of the Makgadigadi Pans. We swop 2 Wheel for 4 and hop onto Quad bikes, riding out onto the Salt Pans to camp under the stars. This afternoon, you will meet some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. Due to an ongoing habituation program, it’s possible for guests to get up close and personal with the captivating creatures. Enjoy breathtaking views of sparkling salt that extend as far as the eye can see. Sleeping here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience  (B, L, D)


Quadbiking on the Makgadigadi Pans

Day 8:Gweta to Maun  (+-210km)
Highlights: Meerkats

Wake up to a beautiful sunrise out in the wilderness to a cup of piping hot coffee. Then Jump on the Quad bikes to enjoy exploring more of the Salt Pans. Open the throttle; close your eyes and travel, knowing there is nothing to crash into until you fall off the edge of the earth.. On return to Planet Baobab we will enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, have a shower and then suit up and carry on our ride to Maun-Gateway to the Okavango Delta (B,L, D)


Meet the Meerkats

Day 9: Overnight Okavango Delta Trip
Highlights: Canoe trip and wild camping

It is time to explore the waterways of the beautiful Okavango Delta.  We start the day with a 4 x4  Drive to the poler station where we meet our guides. We then get into Traditional Dug Out Canoes and spend the day exploring the waterways, move quietly through shallow water, being pushed by the boatman using a long pole. We will then enjoy a scrumptious Lunch and set up Camp on an Island in the Delta. There will also be optional guided walk to explore the area. This area is known for Elpehnat, Hippos and Even Lions. Tonight, we sleep in Tents that will be provided. All meals will be provided by the team, cooked out in the Bush(B,L, D)


Glide along the waterways of Okavango looking out for Hippos 

Day 10: Maun to Makumutu  (310km)
Highlights: Wild Botswana

After a night in the wild waterways of the Delta, we return to our camp for a quick shower and a meal. Then we jump on our bikes and ride further into Botswana, where we spend the night at a Safari Lodge. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool and an ice-cold beer (B,D)

Donkey Cart Botswana

Day 11: Makumutu to Tuli Block (+- 510 km)
Highlights: Golden sand dunes of Namibia

Today we continue our Journey through the wide open landscapes of Botswana as we make our way down to the Border of South Africa and Botswana. Enroute we will stop for lunch at the community-based Khama Rhino Sanctuary. We spend a last night on the Mighty Limpopo River! (B,L,D)


Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Day 12: Tuli Block to Pretoria  (+- 380km)
Highlights: Farewell Dinner

Its our last day of this amazing African Motorcycle Adventure. It is a nice relaxing ride back to Pretoria. We will drop off our motorcycles this afternoon and then go out this evening to Celebrate the end of our Ride (B,D)

Please note that we can book any post/pre-tour accommodation and activities for you. Click here for add-on tours.

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MOTORCYCLEPRICE ZARPRICE USDPRICE AUDPRICE POUND
BMW F750GS,1UP,SHR112 000$6 120$9 120£4 725
BMW F850GS, 1UP,SHR116 280$6 354$9 469£4 906
BMW R1250GS, 1UP,SHR123 120$6 727$10 026£5 195
BMW R1250GS ADV, 1UP,SHR126 970$6 938$10 339£5 357
BMW R1300GS,1UP SHR133 380$7 288$10 860£5 627
Pillion/Passenger, addR59 160$3 232$4 820£2 496
Single Supplement, addR16 390$895$1 335£690

Understanding the Pricing

All prices are quoted per motorcycle based on riding 1 up and sharing accommodation. If you would like to bring a passenger add the “Pillion price” to the base price OR if you would like your own room, add the “Single Supplement price” to the base price to get your total.

Please note that we require Payment in our local South African Currency (ZAR). The USD, AUD, and POUND  pricing are Estimations only. For up to date exchange rates, please visit www.xe.com

Price includes:
  • 12 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 13 Nights Accomodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation (2 Nights wild camping!)
  • Tour Guide Leading on a Motorcycle
  • Back up vehicle with spare motorcycle
  • 13 Breakfasts,10 Lunches and 10 Dinners
  • Nata Afternoon Safari on the Pans
  • Chobe Big 5 River Cruise
  • Transfer Chobe- Vic Falls- Chobe
  • Chobe Sunset Safari
  • Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls
  • Overnight quad biking adventure on Makgadigadi Pans
  • Overnight Fully catered CAMP in Okavango Delta
Price does not include:
  • Petrol and toll fees (Budget R5,900 per motorcycle)
  • Visas and cross border fees (Budget +- US$80 per person)
  • International and local flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All items not mentioned in “Tour Includes”
  • All meals other than those specified in “tour includes”
  • All Entrance fees other than those specified
  • Drinks

Payment Terms:

We require a 10% Deposit to confirm your spot on the tour. Full payment is due 60 Days prior to Departure

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BMW F750GS

The F 750 GS is easy to handle and masters even rough terrain admirably.

853cc | 57 kW (77 hp) at 7,500 rpm |

Seat Height: 815mm
Low Version: 760mm
Low Seat: 790mm

Comes with:
ABS | ESA| RIDER MODES | CRUISE CONTROL

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BMW F850GS

The F 850 GS is ready for everything that may come its way. In particular on alternating terrain, it offers you safety and comfort with a variety of features – and plenty of riding enjoyment.

853cc | 70 kW (95 hp) at 8,250 rpm

Seat Height: 860mm
Low Version: 805mm
Low Seat: 835mm

Comes with:
ABS | ESA| RIDER MODES | CRUISE CONTROL

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BMW R1250GS

Fast curve changes, gravel shooting up, endless tours: With the R 1250 GS, you decide what your adventure will look like. Its continuously optimised technology and extensive equipment will take you safely, dynamically and comfortably over any route.

1254cc |100 kW (136 HP) at 7,750 rpm

Seat Height: 850/870 mm
Low Version: 800/820mm
Low seat: 820/840mm

Comes with:
ABS | ESA| RIDER MODES | CRUISE CONTROL

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BMW R1250GS ADV

The R 1250 GS Adventure is at home in the world. No destination is too far for it, no underground is alien to it. On the road, off-road and back again. Even if you don’t know what terrain to expect along the way, you can rely on your bike down to the smallest detail. With the R 1250 GS Adventure, you can now enjoy long distances even more intensely. Comfortably and safely. Always ready for a few extra miles – and miles with that little extra.

1254cc |100 kW (136 HP) at 7,750 rpm

Seat Height: 890/910mm

Comes with:
ABS | ESA| RIDER MODES | CRUISE CONTROL

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This tour includes 12 Nights of 3-4 Star Accommodation

Every night you will have your own Private room with an ensuite bathroom. You can choose to share with your partner or another rider on the tour. Otherwise, you can select our “Single Supplement” to get your own room throughout the tour.

All Accommodation has been handpicked by Sama Tours- we only use high-standard accommodation in good locations. We love African Lodges, Boutique Hotels and BnBs, or places that have a good atmosphere, exceptional staff, and all the modern amenities.  This tour is also unique in that it includes 2 Nights of Wild Camping. However if you are not in to camping, we can organise for you to stay back at the lodge with your comfortable ensuite accommodation and take part in a different exciting excursions

Examples of Hotels on the  12 Day African Odyssey Tour:

Chobe Safari Lodge

Situated on the beautiful Chobe River, this Lodge is a major highlight of the tour. Enjoy your stay in the luxuriously appointed Thatch rondavel (Cottage) Walk down to the restaurant and bar on the wooden deck and enjoy a drink while watching hippos and other wildlife  in the water below

Wild camping quad bike overnight on the Makgadigadi pans

This is wild camping, but it isn’t without a luxurious touch, you will get to ride out onto the Makgadi Salt Pans on quad bikes. On arrival, you will see that a camp fire has already been made and your bed roll is laid out. Relax, drink in hand, as the chef cooks up a scrumptious meal. After a delicious starlit meal, retire to bed and look up at a billion stars! The camp managers put up a proper toilet and their is delightful hot water ready and waiting when you wake up so you can splash your face and get ready for the day. Please note- not all of us are made for camping, If you would prefer to stay back at the 3-star lodge with ensuite accomodation (Planet Baobab) and take part in a different activity- we can organize this for you on request.

Please note that well the above hotels are our first choices, we don’t always get availability on the dates we need. In this case, we source hotels next door or nearby that are of the same high standard and quality or better. 

Tour Difficulty

Intermediate

Intermediate- This tour takes place 99% on good Tarmac roads. Some of the roads leading to our Lodges can be quite rough/ or sandy for short sections. There are some long days on the Motorcycle so we recommend being riding fit. There are 2 Nights of wild camping- without Showers, but the experience of being out in the wild of South Africa under a million stars, Lions Roaring in the distance is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The rest of the nights are all semi luxurious.
Please note that MOST of this tour takes place in the Desert, the roads are long and straight- no mountains. However the places you will ride through are Iconic Wildlife Areas.