SAMA MOTORCYCLE TOURS
24 Day Johannesburg  to Kilimanjaro Tour

SOUTHERN AFRICA

24 Day Motorcycle Tour of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia,  Malawi and Tanzania (5 Countries)

The 24 Day Johannesburg to Kilimanjaro tour is an exciting motorcycle adventure that is not offered commercially by any other motorcycle touring company in Southern Africa. The tour covers 4800km, travels through 5 African countries, visits several of the best wildlife parks in the world and Iconic destinations such as Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar Island and the foothills of Kilimanjaro

24-dAY-Johannesburg-to-Kilimanjaro
ITINERARY

Day 0: Arrive in South Africa
Transfer to your hotel in Pretoria- Welcome to Africa!

Day 1: Pretoria to Tuli Block
Travel up into Botswana and sleep on the wild Limpopo River

Day 2: Tuli Block to Makgadigadi Pans
Enjoy a Safari onto the great Salt Pans of Botswana

Day 3: Makgadigad to Chobe
Ride through Botswana- the WILDEST country in Africa- see elephants on the side of the road

Day 4: Chobe Safari Rest Day 
Enjoy a safari into Chobe Park at Sunrise and  Cruise along the Chobe River at Sunset

Day 5: Chobe to Victoria Falls
Ride to the "Widest Waterfall in the World" at Victoria Falls- your home for the next 2 nights

Day 6: Victoria Falls Rest Day (Helicopter Flight included)
Rest day to explore the falls- Fly above, swim below or walk along the edge- the options are endless

Day 7: Victoria Falls to Lusaka, Zambia
Ride through Zambian Countryside

Day 8: Lusaka to Chipata
The more North you ride  the wilder it gets. The roads are busy and lined with African huts and Spaza shops

Day 9: Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park
Get ready to see Leopards in the wild on a once in a lifetime safari into Luangwa NP

Day 10: Rest Day South Luangwa National Park
Spend a day in the wild enjoying 2 x Safaris

Day 11: South Luangwa to Lake Malawi
We finally arrive on the shores of the 3rd largest lake in Africa- known as "The Lake of Stars"

Day 12: Lake Malawi  Rest Day
Enjoy a fishing village tour, relax  on the beach, snorkel, scuba dive and feast on local seafood

Day 13: Lake Malawi to Karonga
Journey to the Northern Tip of Lake Malawi

Day 14: Karonga to Mbeya Coffee Farm, Tanzania
Time to enjoy the best coffee in Africa with stunning views of the coffee plantation

Day 15: Mbeya to Iringa
Enjoy another stay on a beautiful farm in Rural Tanzania

Day 16: Iringa to Dodoma
Ride the Eastern Highland of Tanzania to the capital city of Dodoma

Day 17: Dodoma to Karatu
Today we reach our African Lodge on the edge of Ngorogoro Crater

Day 18:Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (Day 1)
Swop two wheels for four and enjoy a safari into the famous Serengeti National Park

Day 19: Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (Day 2)
Another day of wildlife activities followed by a tour of a Masai Village

Day 20: Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (Day 3)
Today we journey down into Ngorogoro Crater- one of the best wildlife experiences in Africa

Day 21: Karatu to Arusha (Kilimanjaro)
Ride to Arusha at the Base of African Largest mountain- Kilimanjaro

Day 22: Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar
Fly  to the Spice Island of Zanzibar, enjoy a walking tour of magical Stone Town

Day 23: Rest Day Zanzibar
Enjoy Beach activities, have a massage, enjoy or snorkelling or go diving. Tonight we celebrate the end of an amazing tour

Day 24: End of Tour
Transfer to Airport will be arranged. You may however wish to book a few more nights in beach paradise

Add on Tours:  You can also book an expedition to climb Kilimanjaro, or spend a few days in Nairobi visiting the Elephant Orphanage and Karen Blixen Museum. Gorilla Trekking in Uganda is another exciting option. Please contact us for more information on these add on tours.

DETAILED ITINERARY
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 Lodge, where you can relax and unwind after your long flight. For those of you arriving 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.


Pretoria- The Jacaranda City

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

This morning we hand over the motorcycles and complete the paperwork, we then have a trip briefing before departing Pretoria and making 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)

Dance show around the fire

Day 2: Tuli Block to Makgadigadi Pans (+- 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 3 hour trip- that will consist of driving through the pans and learning about the history of the area. (B,L)


Makgadigadi Salt pans

 

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

The next morning after a healthy breakfast we make our way to Chobe National Park, right on the border of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe is a river paradise, our accommodation for the evening is right on the river and 5km from the world famous Chobe Game Reserve. This afternoon we enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe river- look out for the BIG 5! (B,L)


Elephant right off the main road

Day 4: Rest Day  Chobe (+-0-50km)
Highlights: Safaris into Chobe National Park

Today you have a full day free to relax and enjoy the wonderful setting on the Chobe River. In the morning there will be a 4 x 4 Trip into Chobe, keep your eyes peeled for Lion, Leopard and other exciting mammals. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing, playing golf, enjoying spa treatments or perhaps enjoy another sunset boat cruise? (Meals included: B,D)


Boat Safari into Chobe

Day 5: Chobe to Victoria Falls, Zambia (+-80km)
Highlights: Victoria Falls

Today we depart for Victoria Falls in Zambia, The ride includes a ferry crossing over the Chobe River and a short drive (only 80km.) You will arrive in Victoria Falls 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. Your hotel for the next two nights is located within walking distance of the falls and includes unlimited access. (Meals: B, D)


Victoria Falls

Day 6- 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: 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! (Meals: B, D)


Views from the Flight of Angels- included in Tour Price

Day 7- Victoria Falls to Lusaka (+-478km)
Highlights: Riding Zambia

Today we make our way through the beautiful Zambian country side to our trendy hotel which is situated Lusaka- Zambia’s buzzing metropolis and capital city (Meals: B,L,D)

Ox Wagon- Zambia

Day 8- Lusaka to Chipata (+- 575km)
Highlights: Zambian way of life

Today is a very scenic ride through the Zambian highlands. Although it is scenic it is also very long and we only arrive at our hotel in Chipata in the late afternoon. Along the way, we pass thousands of Zambian people going about their daily business- trading chickens and coal piled up high on their bicycles. (B,L,D)

You see Crazy Loads on Bicycles in Africa

Day 9- Chipata to South Luangwa NP (+-136km)
Highlights: South Luangwa National Park

Today we make our way a short distance north to the South Luangwa National Park- an icon in Zambia. We sleep at a wildlife camp on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia. South Luangwa National Park is a world-famous safari destination and offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa!  Our Lodge is situated right in the wild and we often have elephants walking right through the camp!  (B,L,D)


South Luangwa National Park

Day 19- Luangwa NP Safari and Rest Day
Highlights: South Luangwa National Park

Today we have the whole day free to relax and enjoy the wildlife. We have 2 Safaris booked- one in the early morning and one sunset drive. South Luangwa is famous for its Leopard Sightings. There is a high concentration of Leopards here with 1 Leopard per 4 square kilometers, so seeing these majestic cats is almost guaranteed!(B,L,D)

South Luangwa Park is famous for its Leopards!

Day 11- South Luangwa to Ngala, Lake Malawi (+-550km)
Highlights: Water based activities, Chambo fish, Fishing Village Tour

Today is a great highlight of the trip as we finally reach Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa and the eighth largest lake in the world. The tropical waters are reportedly the habitat of more species of fish than those of any other body of freshwater on Earth, making it a top diver location. Ngala beach is an African beach paradise and our hotel overlooks the peaceful waters of the lake. Enjoy a sundowner while watching African Dhows sail in with the day’s fishing (B,L,D)


Boat ride on Lake Malawi

Day 12- Rest Ngala Beach Lodge (+- 0-50km)
Highlights: Ngala Beach

Enjoy a rest day on the shores of this beautiful lake. There are many water based activities to partake in, including: diving, snorkelling, windsurfing or a day trip on a dhow. There is also fishing available, or you could buy a Chambo fish, (unique to the lake) and get the Chef at our lodge to barbeque it for you…YUM!  During the day we also go on a tour to the local fishing village – an eye opening experience. This truly is a magical place! (B,D)


Ngala Beach Lodge

Day 13- Ngala Beach to Karongo (+- 376km)
Highlights: Lake Malawi

Today we enjoy more riding through Malawi. There are bicycles everywhere and you will see the friendly Malawian people going about their daily lives, selling fresh produce at the market, displaying their daily catch and thousands of kids walking to school. Tonight we spend a last night on on the breathtaking Lake Malawi (B,L,D)


Lake Malawi fisherman getting ready for some night fishing

Day 14- Karonga to Mbeya, Tanzania (+-162km)
Highlights: Untengule Coffee Farm

Today, we bid Malawi and the friendly Malawian people a fond farewell  as we make our way further north to cross the Malawi/Tazanian border into Tanzania and travel to the edge of the Great East African Rift Valley, where we spend the night on a working coffee farm! Here the farm comes alive in June and July when it is harvesting time.  We will arrive in the late afternoon- but there should still be time to enjoy a coffee tour and taste the Untengule coffee. (B,L,D)


Southern Highlands of Tanzania

Day 15- Mbeya to Iringa, Tanzania (+- 340km)
Highlights: Riding Tanzania, Farm Stay

Tanzania is home to Kilimanjaro (The highest Mountain in Africa and the second highest mountain in the world) as well as some of the best Safari Parks in the world. Today we ride up into Tanzania’s Scenic Southern Highlands and spend our night on a farm in rural Tanzania. (B,L,D)


Rustic African Accommodation

Day 16 - Iringa to Dodoma (+- 266km)
Highlights: Riding Tanzania

Today's ride is very scenic and as ride up and over several beautiful mountain passes, enjoying the scenery of rural Tanzania. Tonight, we sleep in Tanzania’s official capital city- Dodoma. Our hotel is situated is the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city- a welcome oasis with a pool, bar and restaurant (B,L,D)


Local kids love the bikes!

Day 17 – Dodoma to Karatu (+- 410km)
Highlights: Tanzanian Safari Circuit

Heading further north through Tanzania, we arrive in Karatu- Right in the heart of the Safari Circuit. Karatu is situated on the edge of Ngorogoro Crater and surrounded by National Parks and Wildlife. We enjoy a night in a wonderful African Lodge as we prepare for our up-coming Safari (B,L,D)


Our Lodge in Karatu, on the edge of the Safari Circuit

Day 18 – Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (0-250km)
Highlights: Africa’s Best Wildlife experience

Today we are up bright and early to start our 3 day/2 Night Safari into the spectacular Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks. The Serengeti is world renowned for its large lion population and its one of the best places in Africa to view prides in the wild. Approximately 70 large mammal and 500 bird species are found there. This high diversity is a function of diverse habitats, including riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands, and woodlands. Blue wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, and buffalos are some of the commonly found large mammals in the region. Tonight, we sleep in a luxurious camp in the middle of the wild plains- fall asleep to the sound of Lions roaring in the distance. (B,L,D)


Prepare yourself for an amazing East African Safari

Day 19 – Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (DAY 2) (0-250km)
Highlights: Wildlife and Masai Village visit

Up and with sun, we once again have a full day to explore the wild plains of the Serengeti. We will arrive back at Camp mid morning to have a delicious bush brunch. Today we also visit a traditional Masai homestead to see they way the indigenous people of the Serengeti live in harmony with the wild animals who share their land. You will get to meet the locals and see their fascinating Jumping Dance. In the late afternoon we will venture out of camp again to enjoy another Game Drive to see nocturnal animals in their natural Habitat. (B,L,D)

Masai Juming Dance (Adumu)

Day 20 – Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (Day 3) (0-250km)
Highlights: Ngorogoro Crater

Today is a major highlight of the Safari as we drive down into Ngorongoro Crater. This caldera is 610 metres deep and its floor covers 260 sqaure kilometers. 25,000 large mammals live within this crater, making for unbelievable wildlife viewing in a confined area. After an amazing morning of wildlife viewing we head back to our lodge, where our motorcycles are waiting for our final few days of riding! (B,L,D)

An Incredible Day of Wildlife Viewing

Day 21 – Karatu to Moshi
Highlights: Kilimanjaro Views (Weather Permitting)

Today we make our way across Tanzania to Moshi at the foot of the Kilimanjaro Mountain. Kilimanjaro mountain is so large that has its own weather patterns, which means that it is covered by clouds most of the time- However if we are lucky we will be able to see Africa’s Highest Mountain right from the garden at our lodge (B,L,D)

Kilimanjaro in all its glory!

Day 22 – Fly to Zanzibar (0-50km)
Highlights: Zanzibar, Stone Town, Beaches, Scuba Diving, Island Life, Spice Tours

Welcome to Paradise. This morning we take a flight to "Spice Island" (approx. 1 hour) On arrival in Stone Town you will have the opportunity to look around, and see the local spice markets, beautiful Arabic Architecture and boutique shops on a city tour. In the early afternoon, we will have a transfer to our resort in Nungwe- on the northern tip of Zanzibar. The Sama Team has never seen water this blue before!! You have two nights to enjoy this wonderful beach resort. There are many different restaurants and cocktail bars to choose from (B)

Azure waters await you in Zanzibar

Day 23- Zanzibar Rest Day
(+- 0-20km) Highlights: Zanzibar, Island Life

You have a whole day free to explore this beautiful island. If you would like to go scuba diving or take an African Dhow snorkeling trip – today is the best time to do it. Other optional activities include: Spa Treatments, Spice Plantation Tours, Swimming with Dolphins, Visiting the Monkey Sanctuary. Otherwise you may just enjoy to spend the day relaxing on the beach. It is also possible to rental a small dirt bike (<250cc) and explore the island on two wheels. (Meals included B)

Local fisherman- Bringing in the days catch

Day 24 – End of Tour
All good thing must come to an and!. Transfers wills be arranged to the airport.

You may however wish to extend your stay in Zanzibar and spend more time relaxing on its beautiful beaches- after all you have earned it after riding over 4,500 km from Johannesburg to Kilimanjaro! (B)

Add on Tours:  You can also book an expedition to climb Kilimanjaro, or spend a few days in Nairobi visiting the Elephant Orphanage and Karen Blixen Museum. Gorilla Trekking in Uganda is another exciting option. Please contact us for more information on these add on tours.

DATES

2019 Dates:

  • 07- 31 July 2019
  • 2020 Dates coming soon

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PRICING

2020 Pricing (Quoted in US$)

  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  US$15,140
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F750GS:  US$15,720
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F800GS: US$15,360
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F850GS: US$15,960
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS: US$ 15,960
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS: US$ 16,700
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: US$ 16,460
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS ADV: US$ 16,750
  • To bring a pillion, add: US$ 7,560
  • For Single supplement, add: US$ 1,490
  • Prices quoted in US DOLLARS

Price includes:

  • 24 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 24 Nights’ Accommodation in 3-4 Star Lodges, hotels or Beach Bungalows
  • 24 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches and 21 Dinners
  • Tour Guide on a Motorcycle
  • Back up vehicle to carry Luggage and a spare motorcycle
  • Qualified Paramedic to Accompany the group
  • Activities are included follows:
    • Safari on Makgadigadi Salt Pans
    • Boat and Land Safari's into Chobe National Park
    • Entrance to Victoria Falls View Site
    • Helicopter Flight Victoria Falls (The Flight of Angels)
    • 2 x Safaris in South Luangwa National Park
    • Tour of Malawian Fishing Village
    • One way flight from Arusha to Zanzibar
    • Walking Tour of Stone Town
    • 3 Day, 2 Night Safari into Ngorogoro Crater and Serengeti National Park– ented camps
  • Transfers From Johannesburg International Airport to Pretoria and to ZanzinarInternational Airport in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Filtered Water, Tea, coffee and Snacks
  • Detailed Guide Book
  • Map of Southern Africa
  • Sama T-shirt

This price does not include:

  • Petrol (Your local Payment will cover this)
  • Cross border and Visa fees (Your local Payment will cover 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"

Local Payment:
Local Payment for Rider: $1,445
Local Payment for Pillion: $555

What is the local Payment?
After years of travelling through Southern Africa- we found that our clients don’t like hidden costs. Therefore we have tried to make our tours as all-inclusive as possible. We include 90% of the meals, all the accommodation and enough activities and safaris to create life time memories.
Unfortunately when you have to deal with 6 or more border crossings- you end up paying a lot of money for cross border fees and visa’s which need to be paid for in cash. In most countries petrol can also only be paid for in cash, so we decided not include the petrol and cross border fees in the tour price. We have found its better for everybody to carry a small amount of money on them, than for our tour guides to carry around suitcases full of cash.
This local payment is the cash you should have on hand to cover the costs of the border crossings, visas, petrol and the 4 Dinners and 12 Lunches that we have not included in the tour price.

There is no need to bring the full amount with you on the first day and hand it to the tour guide- you can draw it out of ATM’s and swop money as you go along on the tour. Please note that in Africa MasterCard is much more widely accepted than Visa Card- so try to bring a MasterCard credit card or debit card with you.

You will get a guide of how much is needed for each country and border crossing and the tour guide will point out atm’s and “Bureau de change’s” en-route

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
JOHANNESBURG TO KILIMANJARO TOUR

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
07 – 31 July 2020
06-30 July 2021

TOUR START:
Pretoria, South Africa- fly into Johannesburg International Airport

TOUR END:
Zanzibar, Tanzania

MILEAGE:
+-4800km

DAILY DISTANCE:
200- 660 km (Avg of 500km)

REST DAYS
15 Riding Days, 8 Rest Days/Safari Days

COUNTRIES VISITED:
South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania

ROAD SURFACES:
92% Tarmac/Pavement, 8% off-road (Hard Packed Gravel

TOUR DIFFICULTY:
Medium

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