33 Day Kilimanjaro to Cape Town Tour

SAMA MOTORCYCLE TOURS
33 Day Kilimanjaro to Cape Town Tour

28 July – 30 August  2023
33 Day Kilianjaro to Cape Town tour
SOUTHERN AFRICA

35 Day Tour: This tour from Kilimanjaro to Cape Town is set to be an amazing adventure!

This epic adventure tour will take you on an 8,500km ride from Kilimanjaro all the way to Cape Town at the Southern Most Tip of Africa- Along the way you will ride through 6 African Countries including:  Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa .

Route Summary

The tour starts off with  a magical Island stay on the Spice Island of  Zanzibar, we then ride the foothills of Kilimanjaro, enjoy a 3 Day Safari into Ngorogoro, and Serengeti National Parks, and ride down through the eastern highlands of Tanzania all the way to Lake Malawi.

After Exploring the Lake from North to South we visit South Luangwa National Park in Zambia to see the elusive leopard in the wild, then marvel at the breathtaking Victoria Falls and cruise down the Chobe River on a Big 5 Safari,.

Next up we travel through Namibia’s Caprivi strip, Canoe on the Okavango and enjoy a  safari into Etosha National Parl. We play in the magnificent sand dunes of the Namib desert in Swakopmund and ride all the way to Fish River Canyon, the 3rd Largest Canyon in the world!

Back in South Africa we ride all the way to the Southern Most tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas and enjoy over 200 km’s of breathtaking sea cliff roads all the way into Cape Town.

This is the Ultimate Motorcycle adventure!

QUICK ITINERARY
28 July Day 0 Arrive in Zanzibar, Tanzania
29 July Day 1 Zanzibar Relax Day
30 July Day 2 Tour of Stone town and flight to Kilimanjaro
31 July Day 3 Kilimanjaro to Karatu
01 Aug Day 4 Safari into Ngorongoro and Serengeti
02 Aug Day 5 Safari into Ngorongoro and Serengeti
03 Aug Day 6 Serengeti to Karatu
04 Aug Day 7 Karatu to Dodoma
05 Aug Day 8 Dodoma to Iringa
06 Aug Day 9 Iringa to Mbeya
07 Aug Day 10 Mbeya to Korongo, Malawi
08 Aug Day 11 Korongo to Ngala, Lake Malawi
09 Aug Day 12 Rest Day Ngala and Village Tour
10 Aug Day 13 Ngala to Chipata, Zambia
11 Aug Day 14 Chipata to South Luangwa Park, Sunset Safari
12 Aug Day 15 Morning Safari, followed by return Chipata
13 Aug Day 16 Chipata to Lusaka
14 Aug Day 17 Lusaka to Victoria Falls, Livingstone
15 Aug Day 18 Victoria Falls Rest Day and Helicopter flip
16 Aug Day 19 Victoria Falls to Chobe, Botswana
17 Aug Day 20 Chobe to Okavango Panhandle, Namibia
18 Aug Day 21 Rest Day and Canoe Safari on the Kavango
19 Aug Day 22 Okavango to Etosha National Park
20 Aug Day 23 Rest Day and Safari into Etosha National Park
21 Aug Day 24 Etosha to Swakopmund
22 Aug Day 25 Swakopmund Rest Day and Desert adventure
23 Aug Day 26 Swakopmund to Lake Oanob
24 Aug Day 27 Lake Oanob to Fish River Canyon
25 Aug Day 28 Rest Day Fish River Canyon
26 Aug Day 29 Fish River Canyon to Springbok, South Africa
27 Aug Day 30 Springbox to Cederberg
28 Aug Day 31 Cederberg to Cape Agulhas
29 Aug Day 32 Cape Agulhas- Cape Point- Cape Town
30 Aug Day 33 End of Tour
DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 0- Arrive in Zanzibar
Welcome to Tanzania. You can arrive at the Zanzibar International Airport at any time today as the official start of the tour is only the next day. A representative from Sama Tours will be waiting at the airport to take you to your hotel in the North of Zanzibar. Relax and enjoy the colorful culture and white sandy beaches of the “Spice Island”

Welcome to Paradise

Day 01- Welcome Dinner and Beach day
Highlights:
Relaxation in Zanzibar
We believe that the best way to get over jet lag and a long haul flight is to relax in paradise. Today you are free to do just that. Why not book yourself a spa treatment or just relax on a sun lounger, drink in hand with beautiful ocean views? For the more energetic there are lots of optional activities on offer including Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Village tours or Motorcycle rental, and more. Tonight you will meet your fellow bike travelers at our official Welcome Dinner (Meals Included: B,D)

Zanzibar is a tropical paradise with world-class diving

Day 2- Tour of Stone Town and Flight to Kilimanjaro
Highlights: Stone Town Tour
This morning we are up bright and early to make our way to Stone Town. We enjoy a tour through the narrow winding streets of Zanzibar’s capital, taking the time to visit the spice markets and learn about Zanzibar’s history. If time allows we will enjoy a rooftop Lunch, before boarding a flight to Kilimanjaro. Look out for views of the highest mountain in AFRICA as our plane lands in Arusha. (B,L,D)

Enjoy a tour of the Exotic Stone Town

Day 3- Arusha to Karatu (+- 250km)
Highlights:
Tanzanian Safari Circuit
Today is our first day on the motorcycles. After an early breakfast and a short orientation, we depart for Karatu, right in the heart of Tanzania's Safari Circuit. Karatu is situated on the edge of Ngorongoro 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  (Meals Included: B, L, D )

Only 8,500km to go to Cape Town

Day 4 – 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 a pride of Lion in the wild. Approximately 70 large mammal and 500 bird species are found here. There are several 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)

Safari TimePrepare yourself for an amazing East African Safari

Day 5 – Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (DAY 2)
Highlights:
Wildlife and Masai Village visit

Up with the sun, we once again have a full day to explore the wild plains of the Serengeti. Mid-morning we arrive back at Camp to have a delicious “Bush” brunch. Today we visit a traditional Masai homestead to see how 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)

MasaiMeet the Masai

Day 6– Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (Day 3)
Highlights: Ngorongoro Crater

Today is a major highlight of the Safari as we drive down into Ngorongoro Crater. This caldera is 610 meters deep and its floor covers 260 square 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 the next leg of this exciting motorcycle adventure! (B,L,D)

A friendly elephant comes to say hello

Day 7 Karatu to Dodoma (+-410km)
Highlights: Riding Tanzania
Today we ride South to Tanzania’s official capital city- Dodoma. Our hotel is situated in the midst of the hustle and bustle- a welcome oasis with a pool, bar, and restaurant (B, L, D)

Local Masai in Tanzania

Day 8 Dodoma to Iringa (+-266km)
Highlights: Scenic Mountain passes

Today’s ride is very scenic and as we ride up and over several beautiful mountain ranges and enjoy the scenery of rural Tanzania. In the early afternoon we will arrive at the “Old Farm House” this is an Iconic stop on the African overland route. We spend the night on a working farm that is run by a local family who will amaze you with their hospitality and home-cooked food. (B,L,D)

Southern Highlands in Tanzania

Day 9  Iringa to Mbeya Coffee Farm (+- 162km)
Highlights: Mbeya Coffee Farm

Today we travel further South through 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)

Day 10- Mbeya to Koronga, Malawi (+- 500 km)
Highlights: Lake Malawi

After an early breakfast, we ride way down through the Southern Highlands of Tanzania and into Malawi where we will get our first glimpse of Lake Malawi- “The Lake of Stars” 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 fresh water on Earth, making it a top diver location. Tonight we spend our first night in Malawi right on the Lakeshore with views of the beautiful Azure waters (Meals Included B, L, D)

Lake Malawi Fisherman getting ready for some night fishing

Day 11- Koronga to Ngala Beach Resort (+- 300 km)
Highlights: Lake Malawi

Today we enjoy more riding through Malawi as we head south along the lake to Ngala Beach. There are bicycles everywhere and you will see the friendly Malawian people going about their daily lives, selling fresh produce at the market, and displaying their daily catch. You will see thousands of kids walking to school. We should arrive early and you can spend the afternoon enjoying lake activities- take out a paddle ski for free, play a game of beach volleyball, enjoy the local birdlife or enjoy a lake swim/ cruise on the Temba Tumba  (Meals Included B, L, D)

Ngala Beach Lodge

Day 12- Rest Day Ngala (+- 0-50 km)
Highlights: Lake Malawi

Enjoy a rest day on the shores of this beautiful lake. There are many water-based activities to partake in, including diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, or a day trip on an African Sail Boat (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 of the local fishing village, an eye-opening experience. This truly is a magical place! (Meals included: B, D)

Lake Malawi- the Lake of stars!

Day 13- Ngala to South Luangwa National Park, Zambia (+-500km)
Highlights: Welcome to Zambia

Today we make our way into Zambia and up to: 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 viewings 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 14- Rest Day and Safari Luangwa National Park
Highlights: Incredible Wildlife at Luangwa

We have the whole day free to relax and enjoy this unique African wilderness. We enjoy an early morning game safari or game walk into South Luangwa Park. Luangwa has a very dense population of Leopards. With one leopard per 4km squared, your chances of seeing this elusive wild cat are really good!  Back at the lodge, we have the rest of the day free to relax. In the late afternoon, there is another optional safari into the park   (B, L, D)


South Luangwa has the highest concentration of Leopards in Africa

Day 15- South Luangwa to Chipata (+-136km)
Highlights:
Wildlife Safari
We don't have far to ride today so we enjoy leisurely breakfast before making our way through the Zambian countryside to Chipata. Enjoy meeting the local Zambians as they travel along the route on their trusty bicycles. We often stop here to give out soccer balls to the local kids who absolutely love seeing the motorcycles (B,L,D)

Local Zambians

Day 16- Chipata to Lusaka (+- 575 km)
Highlights: Riding Zambia

We are officially halfway through the tour. You will already have seen so much, with even more to look forward too. We depart Chipata early and ride through Zambia to our lodge for the night which is situated in Zambia’s buzzing metropolis and capital city, Lusaka.  (Meals included: B,L,D)

Ox Wagon Zambia

Day 17- Lusaka to Victoria Falls, Livingstone (+- 478 km)
Highlights:
Victoria Falls

Today is a major highlight of the trip. It is a long ride through Zambia- but at the end of the day you will be rewarded with views of the awe-Inspiring Victoria Falls (Known to locals as “the Smoke the Thunders”) In the late afternoon we will arrive at our resort hotel, located right on the edge of the Falls. If we arrive early enough you can enjoy a stroll along the pathways surrounding the falls, sharing the amazing views of tumbling water with inquisitive baboons playing in the spray from the falls (Meals included: B, L, D)


Victoria Falls- the Smoke that Thunders!

Day 18- Rest Day Victoria Falls
Highlights: Victoria Falls Rest Day, Helicopter Flight

You have the whole day free to enjoy all the activities that Victoria Falls has on offer. Included in the tour 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)

The Flight of Angels- included in Tour Price

Day 19- Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park (+- 100 km)
Highlights: Sunset Boat Safari in Chobe National Park

It is a short ride from Zambia into Botswana where we will get to Chobe National Park in the early afternoon. Our Luxury African Lodge is situated right on the Chobe River. This afternoon we embark on a Boat Safari- this is the only place in the world where you can enjoy a BIG 5 Safari by boat. On the boat cruise, you will literally see 1000’s of elephants playing in the reeds and mud pools. If you are lucky you might even see Elephants swimming across the river. Hippos and crocodiles are also an exciting sighting- get your cameras ready (Meals included: B, L, D)

Big 5 Boat Safari on the Chobe River

Day 20- Chobe National Park to Makgadigadi Salt Pans (+- 330km)
Highlights
: Afternoon Safari onto the Makgadigadi Salt Pans

Botswana is probably the wildest country that we ride through. There

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KILIMANJARO TO CAPE TOWN TOUR

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES :
01 August – 04 September 2023

START:
Zanzibar, Tanzania (Fly into Zanzibar Int. airport)

END:
Cape Town, South Africa

MILEAGE:
+-8,000km

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

REST DAYS:
9 Rest/Safari Days, 26 Riding Days

COUNTRIES:
Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana,  Namibia and South Africa 

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

DIFFICULTY:
Medium

MEALS INCLUDED:
33 Dinners, 25 Lunches, and 33 Breakfasts

ACCOMMODATION:
3-4 Star lodges, B&Bs’, Beach Bungalows and Hotels- all well-appointed, with en-suite bathrooms

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