SAMA MOTORCYCLE TOURS
26 Day Kilimanjaro to Johannesburg Tour

SOUTHERN AFRICA

26 Day Tour: This tour from Kilimanjaro to Johannesburg  is set to be an amazing adventure!

This epic adventure tour will take you on an 5000km ride from Kilimanjaro all the way to Johannesburg Along the way you will ride through 5 African Countries including:  Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa.

Highlights include: Visiting the foothills of Kilimanjaro, a 3 Day Safari into Ngorogoro, and Serengeti National Parks, an incredible beach stay in Zanzibar, riding through the eastern highlands of Tanzania and riding all the way down the length of Lake Malawi.

Next up you will visit South Luangwa National Park to see the elusive leopard in the wild, marvel at the breathtaking Victoria Falls, cruise down the Chobe River on Big 5 Safari, visit the ancient Salt Pans of Botswana and ride bikers paradise in South Africa with an epic safari into Kruger National Park

This is the Ultimate Motorcycle adventure!

26-Day-Kilimanjaro-to-Johannesburg
QUICK ITINERARY
Day 0 Arrive in Zanzibar, Tanzania (Bonus Night)
Day 1 Free Day Zanzibar
Day 2 Day tour of Stone Town and flight to Kilimanjaro
Day 3 Kilimanjaro to Karatu
Day 4  Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (Day 1)
Day 5  Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (Day 2)
Day 6  Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (Day 3)
Day 7 Karatu to Dodoma
Day 8 Dodoma to Iringa
Day 9 Iringa to Mbeya Coffee Farm
Day 10 Mbeya to Korongo, Malawi
Day 11 Karonga to Ngala Beach Lodge
Day 12 Rest Day Ngala Beach Lodge
Day 13 Ngala to South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Day 14 Rest Day South Luangwa Park- Safari Time
Day 15 South Luangwa to Chipata
Day 16 Chipata to Lusaka
Day 17 Lusaka to Victoria Falls in Livingstone
Day 18 Rest Day Victoria Falls- Helicopter flight
Day 19 Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana
Day 20 Chobe to Makgadigadi Pans
Day 21 Makgadigadi Pans to Tuli Block
Day 22 Tuli Block to Magoebaskloof, South Africa
Day 23 Magoebaskloof - Panorama Route- Hazyview
Day 24 Safari into Kruger National Park
Day 25 Hazyview to Pretoria
Day 26 End of Tour

 

DETAILED ITIINERARY
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 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 in 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 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

After an early breakfast we depart for 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  (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 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 5 – Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (DAY 2)
Highlights:
Wildlife and Masai Village visit
Up with 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)


Masai Juming Dance (Adumu)

Day 6 – Safari into Serengeti and Ngorogoro (Day 3)
Highlights: Ngorogoro 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 is the midst of the hustle and bustle- a welcome oasis with a pool, bar and restaurant (B,L,D)

Local kids love the bikes!

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 on 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)

Coffee Cherry's being Handpicked

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 freshwater on Earth, making it a top diver location. Tonight we spend our first night in Malawi right on the Lake shore 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 bird Life 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 to 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: Incredible Wildlife at Luangwa

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 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 14- Rest Day South Luangwa (+0-50 km)
Highlights: Incredible Wildlife at Luangwa

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 has the highest concentration of Leopards in Africa

Day 15- South Luangwa to Chipata (+-136km)
Highlights:
Wildlife Safari

After a last  morning game safari or walk into South Luangwa Park, we enjoy a a delicious lunch before riding the short distance to Chipata in the afternoon.. Tonight we celebrate another great days ride over a delicious dinner. (B,L,D)

You see crazy loads on Bicycles in Africa

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

We are officially half way 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 are no fences around Nature Reserves and as we ride south through the country, we are likely to see Elephants feeding on the side of the road!! We will arrive in Nata in the late afternoon and embark on a Safari out on to the Makgadigadi Salt Pans. It is interesting to see the beautiful salt pans that form part of the largest Salt Pan in the world. (Meals included: B, L, D)

Elephant spotted on the road in Botswana

Day 21- Makgadigadi Salt Pans to the Tuli Block (+- 450km)
Highlights : Tuli Block, African Dances

Heading further South, we make our way down to the Botswana/South Africa border. Tonight, we sleep on the Limpopo River (Full of Crocodiles and Hippos) and enjoy a dinner in the beautiful African Boma. 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.  (Meals included: B, L, D

Botswana Dancers

Day 22- Tuli Block  to Magoebaskloof, South Africa (+- 317km)
Highlights :
Magoebaskloof- Mountain roads at their finest

It is a short ride to the South African border- after border procedures we enter in South Africa- “Our Rainbow Nation” You will see that South Africa is very much a “1st world, 3rd world country” with great quality roads and good infrastructure. We make our way to Magoebaskloof, a little misty town up in the mountains. There is a lot to do at the hotel. You can take a walk to the waterfall, spotting birds and Samango Monkeys along the way or you can chill out at the Phoenix and Fireman Pub! (Meals Included: B, L, D)

Magoebaskloof Mountains

Day 23- Magoebaskloof to Hazyview via the Panorama Route (+- 250km)
Highlights : God's Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavel’s, Waterfalls, Magical Views Sites

Today we make our way down into Mpumalanga (an area known to Local Bikers as “Motorcycle Paradise”) the roads here are beautiful and curvy, and there are so many great view points, rock formations and waterfalls along the way. The route includes stops at Bourkes luck potholes, The Three Rondavels, and Gods Window.. We will arrive in Hazyview in the Late Afternoon. Tonight- we enjoy a traditional African meal and African dances at the Shangana cultural village. (Meals: B, L, D)

Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga

Day 24- Hazyview Rest Day and Half Day Safari into Kruger National Park
Highlights: Kruger National Park

Today we will bid goodbye to the motorcycles and board a game viewing Safari vehicle which will transport us into the Kruger National Park. This world famous wildlife reserve is home to the BIG 5 and is roughly the size of a small country. The vastness of the park allows ample opportunity to view wild animals in their natural habitat. We will have the whole morning to spot lions, elephants, birds and many different species of animals. In the Afternoon there is an optional motorcycle ride over the Famous "Long Tom Pass"- a must for anyone who likes to ride twisties!!! (Meals: B, L)

Safari into Kruger National Park

Day 25- Hazyview to Pretoria  (+-450km)
Highlights: Pilgrims Rest, Long Tom Pass

Today we enjoy some more great roads in Bikers Paradise- travelling through Pilgrims Rest (an old gold mining town) and over the Long Tom Pass- before making our way back to Pretoria, where we will arrive in the late afternoon, where our tour comes to an end. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell to celebrate the end of a great tour (Meals Included: B, L, D)

Day 26- 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 Southern Africa and the warm people you have met. Transfers will be arranged to the airport. You may also wish to extend your tour with an add on City Stay in Cape Town.

 

DATES
Dates
  • 01-27  August 2020
  • 01- 27 August 2021
PRICING

2020 Pricing (Quoted in US$)

  • Riding, 1up, sharing on an F700GS:  US$ 15,010
  • Riding, 1up, sharing on an F750GS:  US$ 15,670
  • Riding, 1up, sharing on an F800GS: US$ 15,250
  • Riding, 1up, sharing on an F850GS:  US$ 15,940
  • Riding, 1up, sharing on an R1200GS: US$ 15,940
  • Riding, 1up, sharing on an R1250GS:  US$ 16,790
  • Riding 1up, sharing on an R1200GS ADV: US$ 16,520
  • Riding, 1up, sharing on an R1250GS ADV:  US$ 16,850
  • To bring a pillion, add: US$ 7,180
  • For Single supplement, add: US$ 1,360
  • Prices quoted in US DOLLARS

Prices are based on sharing accommodation and quoted in United States Dollar. To convert to another currency, visit www.xe.com

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.

Price Includes:

  • 26 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 26 Nights’ Accommodation in 3-4 Star Lodges, hotels or Beach Bungalows
  • 26 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches and 25 Dinners
  • Tour Guide on a Motorcycle
  • Back up vehicle to carry Luggage and a spare motorcycle
  • Qualified Paramedic Joining the group in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana
    • Activities are included follows:
    • 3 Day, 2 Night Safari into Ngorogoro Crater and Sernegetu National Park–Luxury Tented camps
    • One way flight from Zanzibar to Kilimanjaro
    • Walking Tour of Stone Town, Zanzibar
    • Tour of Malawian Fishing Village
    • Safari into South Luangwa National Park
    • Entrance to Victoria Falls View Site
    • Helicopter Flight Victoria Falls (The Flight of Angels)
    • Safari into Chobe National Park by boat
    • Makgadigadi Salt Pan Game Drive
    • Safari into Kruger National Park
    • Shangaan Cultural evening
  • Transfers From Zanzibar International Airport and to the Johannesburg International Airport
  • Bottle Water, Tea, coffee and Snacks
  • Detailed Guide Book
  • Map of Southern Africa
  • Sama T-shirt

Tour Price does 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"

Plus a local Payment:
Local Payment per Rider:  $1 000.00
Local Payment Pillion $500.00

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 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- as 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 1 Dinner and 7 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. You will get a guide of how much is needed for each country and border crossing and the tourguide 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
KILIMANJARO TO JOHANNESBURG TOUR

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
01-27  August 2020
01- 27 August 2021

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

END:
Pretoria- fly our of Johannesburg, South Africa

MILEAGE:
+-5000km

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

REST DAYS:
17 Riding Days, 8 Rest/Safari Days

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

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

DIFFICULTY:
Medium

MEALS INCLUDED:
25 Dinners, 19 Lunches and 26 Breakfasts

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

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