SAMA MOTORCYCLE TOURS
16 Day Cape to Victoria Falls

SOUTHERN AFRICA

16 Day Motorcycle Tour of South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana

Tour the breathtaking Cape Peninsula of South Africa, ride the amazing desert landscapes of Namibia, enjoy world class wildlife safaris into Etosha, the Okavango and Chobe and visit Victoria Falls- the widest waterfall in the world!

Starting in Cape Town, South Africa- we ride the amazing coastal roads of the the Cape Peninsula to Cape Agulhas- the Southern Most Tip of Africa.

Next up we ride North to Namibia, where we visit the Fish River Canyon (3rd Largest Canyon on Earth) and spend a few days exploring the Namib Desert- the oldest desert in the world

From here ride through to Lake Oanob and Windhoek (Namibia’s German Capital) en-route to  Swakopmund. This is the Adventure Capital of Africa and we enjoy quad biking in the famous Golden Sand dunes.

Next up is a safari into the world famous Etosha National Park. Here the wildlife viewing is spectacular! Look out for elephants, Leopards and the famous Namibian Oryx Gemsbok

We then ride on to the Okavango Delta where we get into a Mokorkoro (African Canoe) and spend a day on the water looking for hippos, crocodiles and elephants while an expert “Poler” steers us through the waterways.

We carry on through Namibia’s Caprivi Strip to Zambia and the Mighty Victoria Falls. Here we enjoy a Helicopter flight over the falls – they call this “The Flight of Angels” We also cross the border into Botswana for another BIG 5 Safari by boat in the famous Chobe National Park before returning to Livingstone where the tour ends on Day 16.

ITINERARY
Day 0 Arrive in South-Africa Bonus Night
Day 1 Cape Town- Cape Point- Cape Agulhas
Day 2 Cape Agulhas to Citrusdal
Day 3 Citrusdal to Springbok
Day 4 Springbok to Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Day 5 Fish River Canyon Rest Day
Day 6 Fish River Canyon to Lake Oanob
Day 7 Lake Oanob to Swakopmund
Day 8 Rest Day Swakopmund
Day 9 Swakopmund to Etosha National Park
Day 10 Etosha Pans Rest Day
Day 11 Etosha to Okavango Delta
Day 12 Okavango Rest Day
Day 13 Okavango to Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia
Day 14 Victoria Falls Rest Day
Day 15 Day trip to Chobe National Park, Botswana
Day 16 End of Tour
DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 0 - Arrive in South Africa . (+-50km)
Highlights: Cape Town, Table Mountain, Winelands, Robben Island

Welcome to South Africa. Today is a bonus night, so you can arrive anytime as the tour only officially the next day. Cape Town is such a beautiful city with so much to do and see that we are sure you would enjoy a couple of extra days in the city before the tour starts to ride the cable car up Table Mountain, visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years or go wine tasting in the Cape Winelands. Your hotel for the night is situated at the V&A Waterfront and tonight we enjoy a  tour briefing and fill out all the paperwork followed by a welcome dinner (D)

Table Mountain, Cape Town

Day 01- Cape Town- Cape Point – Cape Agulhas (+-352km)
Highlights: Cape Point, Chapmans Peak, Bettys Bay Penguins, Coastal Roads, Cape Agulhas.

We start off our tour of Africa with one of the most scenic rides you will ever take- over Chapmans peak all the way to Cape Point Peninsula. From here we ride coastal roads all the way through Simons Town to Bettys Bay where we stop to see African penguins chilling on the beach. Next up we journey to the Southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas! This is the symbolic starting point for our trip all the way up to Victoria Falls .(Meals included: B,L,D)


The Southern Most Point of Africa

Day 02- Cape Agulhas to Citrusdal (+-300km)
Highlights: Cape Winelands, Hot Springs

Today we make our way up through the beautiful wine lands of Cape Town and into the Cederberg mountains to Ceres. En-route we will stop in the gorgeous small town of Franschoek (French Corner) in the Cape Winelands for Lunch. Tonight the resort we are staying at has numerous hot pools to choose from all fed from the local springs--- a great way to relax after a long day of motorcycle riding! (B,L,D)

Cape Winelands

Day 03- Ceres to Springbok (+-500km)
Highlights: Riding Namaqualand

The scenery changes drastically as we make our way even further north through the Northern Cape towards Namibia. Tonight, we sleep in Springbok, a one-horse town right in the center of the Namaqualand flower region- unfortunately there are no wild flowers in July, however Springbok is known for its peace and tranquillity- tonight we will be staying at a Lodge- where you are guaranteed to “Find the magic in Namaqualand….” Because Springbok is literally in the middle of nowhere, the stargazing is phenomenal, so relax and enjoy the constellations. (B,L,D)


Namaqualand

Day 04- Springbok to Fish River Canyon (+-320km)
Highlights: Fish River Canyon, Namibia’s Wild South

Today we make our way to Africa’s largest canyon- “The Fish River Canyon” The canyon is 160km long and up to 27 km wide and 550m deep in some places. The views over this canyon will take your breath away! Tonight, we sleep in the desert at a beautiful lodge designed around the natural boulder formations. Welcome to the wild west! (B,L,D)


Good Gravel Roads in Namibia

Day 05 - Fish River Canyon Rest Day (0-50km)
Highlights: Fish River Canyon, Canon Lodge

Today we enjoy a rest day at the Fish River Canyon. We take our bikes on a wonderful ride through the desert to see the Fish River Canyon in all its glory. You have the rest of the day free to relax and enjoy all the optional activities in the Park including hikes, donkey rides and much more. (Meals: B,D)


Fish River Canyon Viewsite

Day 06- Fish River Canyon to Lake Oanob (+-550km)
Highlights: Lake Oanob

We make our way up through Namibia to Lake Oanob. Our Lodge for the evening is built on the banks of the very scenic Oanob Dam. Majestic mountains are set on fire by spectacular sunsets. From your patio, you can see the reflections of the moon and stars on the lake. 6 200 ha of unspoiled nature provides the perfect haven for an abundance of free roaming game. Relax and unwind in this beautiful setting.  (Meals: B,L,D)


Lake Oanob

Day 07- Lake Oanob to Swakopmund (+-458km)
Highlights: Swakopmund, Sand Dunes, Germany colonial architecture

Leaving early, we travel through Namibia to Swakopmund, situated on the ATLANTIC Ocean. As we get closer to Swakopmund- you see the spectacular desert landscape. Swakopmund is famous for its Sand Dunes, adventure activities, great waves and German Hospitality. This will be our home for the next two nights. There are many great restaurants to choose from close to our hotel. (Meals: B,L)

Desert Landscapes of Namibia

Day 08- Swakopmund Rest Day (+-60km)
Highlights: Dune 6, Quad biking, Sand Dunes

We have a rest day in Swakopmund to enjoy all the adventure activities on offer. As part of the tour we have included a Quad bike safari into the sand dunes- an amazing activity that is sure to get your heart pumping. Other optional activities include: Sky diving, Hot Air Ballooning, sand boarding and boat tripping to see the resident seals. You may also just enjoy to relax on the beach and enjoy some local Seafood (Meals: B)


Quad Bike Safari in the Nambib Desert

Day 09- Swakopmund to Etosha National Park (+-600km)
Highlights: Wildlife of the Namib Desert

Today we make our way further North to Etosha National Park. Etosha is an amazing park and wildlife viewing here is some of the best in Africa. Because Etosha is situated on a salt pan that is so dry- the wildlife tends to crowd around the very limited water resources that there are, making for great animal sightings. We stay in a Luxury Lodge for the next two nights, enjoying wildlife viewing, scrumptious meals and spa treatments. (Meals: B, L, D)


Etosha Wildlife

Day 10- Etosha Rest Day and Safari (+ 0-60km)
Highlights: Etosha Wildlife Safari

Today we swop our motorcycles for a safari vehicle and spend the morning within Etosha National Park. Look out for Lions, Leopards, Elephant and the majestic Gemsbok- an antelope native to desert climates. The Waterholes form oasis’s in the desert that come alive with animal activity during the day as thirsty animals come down to drink. Don’t forget your cameras- Safaris here are out of this world. (Meals: B, D)

A very busy water hole

 

Day 11- Etosha to Okavango, Caprivi Strip (+ 566km)
Highlights: Caprivi Strip and Okavango Delta Panhandle

Today is a lovely ride through the Namibian countryside- watch out for elephants and other wildlife! After a scrumptious breakfast, we continue east onto the Caprivi Strip where we spend the next couple of nights on the Okavango Panhandle. This area is a paradise of flooded plains and swamps, teeming with wildlife. Relax on the deck overlooking the river and enjoy an unforgettable African Sunset while being serenaded by Hippos and African Fish Eagles. (Meals: B,L, D)

Okavango Sunset

Day 12- Okavango Rest Day (+- 0-60km)
Highlights: Okavango panhandle Trip

You have the entire day free to relax and enjoy this beautiful river setting. Today you will enjoy an Okavango panhandle trip-where you get into a Mokorokoro (African Canoe) and make your way down the Okavango river in search of hippos, crocodiles and elephants- with a bit of help from a local guide/poler who expertly navigates the waterways. (Meals: B, D)

Mokorokoro Safari on the Okavango

Day 13- Okavango to Victoria Falls, Zambia (+- 550km)
Highlights: Victoria Falls

Riding through the Caprivi strip, we make our way into Zambia. As we drive along this beautiful road you will be able to view African homesteads and lush African bush. Here, life is simple and sweet. The border crossing between Namibia and Zambia is a breeze and in the late afternoon we will arrive at our resort hotel – right on the edge of Victoria Falls- “the smoke that thunders” (Meals: B, L, D)

Victoria Falls- the smoke that thunders!

Day 14- Victoria Falls Rest Day (0-60km)
Highlights: Victoria Falls, Helicopter Flight

You have the whole day free to enjoy all the activities that Victoria Falls has on offer. Included in the tour price is a Helicopter flight over the falls (This is known as The Flight of Angels and is the best way to see the Falls). Other optional activities include: walking with lions, canoeing down the Zambezi, riding elephants or enjoying river rafting on the mighty Zambezi. There are also tours available where you can swim either above or below the tumbling waters of the falls! Our hotel opens right onto the Victoria Falls view site, so if you feel like a relaxed day you can wonder over to the view site at your own leisure, relax at the pool or enjoy some high tea at the Royal Livingstone hotel next door. (Meals: B, D)


The Flight of Angels- included in Tour Price

Day 15- Rest Day Victoria Falls- Day Trip into Chobe National Park (0-60km)
Highlights: Chobe National Park, boat cruise and game drive

Leaving the motorcycles behind- we travel across to Botswana to enjoy a safari into Chobe National Park. The elephant viewing here is the best in Africa. You will literally see thousands of elephants as you float down the Chobe river in custom built river safari boats. You will also get up close and personal with hippos, crocodiles, buffalo and other animals that come down to the river to drink. We enjoy a delicious lunch at a lodge in Chobe before returning to Livingstone in the late afternoon. (Meals: B,L,D)


Boat safari on Chobe River

Day 16- End of Tour

Sadly your tour of South Africa has come to an end. We guarantee that you will take home loads of awesome photographs and fond memories of South Africa and the warm people you have met. Transfers will be arranged to the airport. You may also wish to spend a few more days in Victoria Falls. Post Tour accommodation can be arranged by the Sama Team

 

DATES

2019 Dates
28 June - 14 July 2019

2020 Dates
Coming soon

PRICING AND INCLUSIONS

2019 Pricing

  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  R106,990
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F800GS: R110,710
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS: R114,870
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: R118,150
  • To bring a pillion, add: R50,950
  • For Single supplement, add: R15,760
  • Prices quoted in ZAR- South African Rand

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.  Prices are quoted in South African Rand. To convert to another currency, visit www.xe.com

Price includes:

  • 16 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 16 Nights Accomodation in 3-4 Star Lodges
  • Tour Guide on Motorcycle
  • Back Up vehicle to carry luggage, spare motorcycle, non riding passengers
  • 16 Breakfast, 15 Lunches and 15 Dinners
  • Activities are included as follows:
    • Tour of Cape Point Peninsula
    • Quad Biking in Swakopmund
    • Safari Etosha National Park
    • Mokorokoro trip Okavango Panhandle
    • Entrance to Victoria Falls View Site
    • Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (The flight of Angels)
    • Boat Safari Chobe National Park
    • Land Safari Chobe National Park
  • Sama Tours T-shirt
  • Guide Book
  • Map of Southern Africa
  • Free Transfers from the Cape Town International Airport and to the Livingstone Airport in Zambia
  • The most amazing motorcycle adventure you have ever had
  • All Taxes

This Price does not include:

  • Petrol (budget R4,800)
  • Cross border and Visa fees (budget R1,500 pp for this)
  • Domestic and International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All items not mentioned in "Price includes"
  • All meals and drinks other than those specified in "Price includes"
  • All Entrance fees other than those specified in "Price includes"

 

TOUR DIFFICULTY?

              

90% of this tour takes place on tarmac roads. The dirt roads are good hard-packed dirt. However, there are some long riding days and long border crossing. Some areas we visit are very rural and the roads sometimes have lots of potholes and other hazards. Need to be a confident rider.
This tour takes places 50% on tar roads and 50% on dirt roads. You need to be an experienced rider both on and off the pavement and have completed at least an intermediate riding course on a big Adventure bike- or have a lot of experience riding adventure bikes in your own country
This ride is suitable for most motorcyclists. 99% of the ride is on good tarmac roads. There are also some exciting off road options on good hard packed gravel roads. Daily distances are relatively short ( >450km) , there are rest days scheduled regularly and there are no long border crossings.
PICTURES OF THE 16 DAY CAPE TO VIC FALLS TOUR

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
28 June – 14 July 2019
28 June – 14 July 2020
27 June – 13 July 2021

START:
Cape Town, South Africa

END:
Livingstone, Zambia

MILEAGE:
+-4,450km

DAILY DISTANCE:
200- 660 km (Avg of 450km)

REST DAYS
6 Rest/Safari Days, 9 Riding Days

COUNTRIES VISITED:
South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia

ROADS:
92% Tar, 8% off-road (Hard Packed Gravel)

DIFFICULTY:
Medium

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