SAMA MOTORCYCLE TOURS
22 DAY VICTORIA FALLS TOUR

SOUTHERN AFRICA

22 Days Epic Motorcycle Tour of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Namibia

On this adventure you will enjoy incredible wildlife safaris in Chobe and Etosha National Park, cruise down the mighty Zambezi River, explore the Okavango Delta by Mokorokoro (African Canoe), view the amazing Victoria Falls, climb the enormous sand dunes of Swakopmund and ride around the 3rd largest Canyon in the world (Fish River Canyon). The tour ends on a high note with a triumphant ride down to the Southern Most Point of Africa- Cape Agulhas and riding beautiful coastal roads all the way into Cape Town. Along the way you will visit the starkly beautiful Kalahari Desert, stop to view elephants right off the main roads and meet some of the friendly locals along the way.

New since 2019
We have now also included the Magical Garden Route in the 22 Day Victoria Fall: visit Oudtshoorn, Ride Outeniqua Pass and Swartberg pass and explore the famous Route 62.

Get Ready for the two wheel time of your life!

Motorcycle Victoria Falls Route
QUICK ITINERARY

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

Day 1: Day Tour of Pretoria and Surrounds
Enjoy a BIG 5 Game Drive on your motorcycle in Dinokeng Nature Reserve

Day 2: Pretoria to Tuli Block
Travel up into Botswana and sleep on the wild Limpopo River

Day 3: Tuli Block to Makgadigadi Pans
Enjoy a Safari onto the great Salt Pans of Botswana

Day 4: Makgadigad to Chobe
Cruise along the Chobe River at Sunset, this is elephant paradise!

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
Rest day to explore the falls- Fly above, swim below or walk along the edge- the options are endless

Day 7: Victoria Falls to to Okavango, Namibia
Ride Through Namibia's Caprivi Strip and sleep in the Okavango Panhandle

Day 8: Okavango Rest Day
Enjoy an African Canoe trip on the Delta, spotting hippos and crocodiles

Day 9: Okavango to Etosha National Park
Ride the North of Namibia to the Etosha Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 10: Etosha National Park Rest Day
Enjoy a BIG 5 Safari into the park followed by an afternoon relaxing in style at our African Lodge

Day 11: Etosha to Swakomund
Drive South to the Golden Sand dunes of the Skeleton Coast and  Swakopmund 

Day 12: Swakopmund Rest Day
Quad biking, Hot Air ballooning, optional rides- there is so much to do in Namibia's Adventure Capital

Day 13: Swakopmund to Lake Oanob
Spend the evening on a natural lake surrounded by African Game

Day 14: Lake Oanob to Fish River Canyon
Ride exciting Gravel roads to the 3rd Largest Canyon in the world- Fish River Canyon

Day 15: Fish River Canyon Rest Day
Hike, Bike or relax at Canyon lodge surrounded by beautiful boulders and desert landscapes

Day 16: Fish River Canyon to Springbok
Ride back into South Africa to our most famous "One Horse" Town- Springbok.

Day 17: Springbok to Citrusdal
Enjoy some more great riding followed by a soak in Natural Hot Springs at "The Baths"

Day 18: Citrusdal to Oudtshoorn
Ride Route 62 to the Ostrich Capital of South Africa

Day 19: Rest Day Oudtshoorn
Explore the heart of our famous Garden Route and its amazing mountain passes

Day 20: Oudtshoorn to Hermanus
Ride to the Southern most tip of Africa and see whales from the cliffs in Hermanus

Day 21:  Hermanus- Cape Point- Cape Town
Ride over 200km of coastal roads, visiting Cape Point, Chapmans peak and Simons town along the way

Day 22: End of Tour
Transfer to airport will be arranged. You can also stay on in the beautiful city of Cape Town for a few more nights.

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: Day Tour of Pretoria and Big 5 Safari by motorcycle (+-75km)
Highlights: Day Tour of Pretoria, Big 5 Safari by motorcycle

This morning we will hand over your motorcycle to you and sign all the paperwork. After that is complete we will have a tour briefing and then the fun begins. We start off by taking a tour of the Voortrekker monument to learn some history about South Africa. This is followed by lunch in a small township just North of Pretoria to experience all the vibrant colors, sounds and tastes of Africa. Afterwards we enjoy a guided motorcycle ride through a BIG 5 nature reserve. Rhinos, giraffes, impala’s and wildebeest can all be spotted from your motorcycle. Tonight we have a welcome dinner in an African Boma. Welcome to Africa! (B,L, D)


Big 5 Safari in Dinokeng

Day 2: 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)

Dance show around the fire

Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: Chobe to Victoria Falls, Zambia (+-80km)
Highlights: Victoria Falls helicopter flight

After an early morning Safari into Chobe National Park we make our way to 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. DUuring your stay we have included a Helicopter flight over the falls- they call this: "The flight of Angels". (B,L)

Chobe Boat Cruise

Day 6:  Victoria Falls Rest Day  (+- 0-50)
Highlights: Victoria Falls

You have the whole day free to enjoy all the activties that Victoria Falls has on offer. You may wish to do do a guided tour of the falls, canoe down the Zambezi River, ride elephants, 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! (B)


The tumbling water of Victoria Falls is breathtaking

Day 7: Victoria Falls to Okavango Delta, Namibia (+- 520 km)
Highlights: Caprivi Strip, Okavango Delta

Today we make our way into Namibia. The border crossing between Zambia and Namibia is a breeze- We enter Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, a long narrow strip at the top of the country. 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. Our lodge for the next two nights is situated on the Okavango River right on the panhandle of the delta. The 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. (B,L, D)


Sunset over the Okavango Panhandle

Day 8: Okavango Delta Rest Day (+- 0-50 km)
Highlights: Okavango Mokoro Trip (African Canoe)

You have the entire day free to relax and enjoy the beautiful river setting. Today you will enjoy an Okavongo panhandle trip-where you get into a Mokorokoro (African Canoes) 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. (B,D)

Mokorokoro trip down the Okavango Panhandle

Day 9: Okavango Delta to Etosha National Park (+- 550 km)
Highlights: Rural Namibia, Etosha National Park

Today is a lovely ride through the Namibian countryside- watch out for elephants and other wildlife! In the late afternoon we will arrive at Etosha National Park- This national Park is based around a large salt pan. It is a dessert full of salt, but the wildlife still flourishes despite the harsh conditions and the park is world renowned for its amazing game viewing opportunities. We book into a lovely resort for the next two days where you can do as much or as little possible. You may enjoy an optional game drive into the park, play a game of tennis, visit the local reptile park or relax at the African Spa on the property. (B,L)


Rural Namibia

Day 10: Safari into Etosha Pans (+- 0-50 km)
Highlights: Etosha Pans Safari

Today we swap our motorcycles for a 4 wheel drive safari vehicle and make our way into the Etosha pan game reserve for a half day Safari (Included in the tour price). Unlike many other game reserves where you can spend long days looking for animals without any success, this game reserve is famous for its plentiful sightings of wildlife. The Etosha pan makes for a well-deserved oasis in the middle of the desert and animals flock to the water… (B)


A busy waterhole in Etosha

Day 11: Etosha to Swakopmund (+- 600 km)
Highlights: Golden sand dunes of Namibia

After a delicious breakfast, we make our way down through Namibia, watching in amazement as semi-arid desert, become fully arid desert and then transforms into full blown sand dunes towering into the horizon. In the late afternoon, we arrive at Swakopmund a coastal town famous for its great waves, beautiful sand dunes and German hospitality- our home for the next two nights… (B,L)


Sand dunes of Namibia

Day 12: Rest day Swakopmund (+- 0-50km)
Highlights: Skeleton Coast, Sand boarding, quad biking and many other optional activities

Swakopmund is based at the tip of the world famous Skeleton Coast. It is the adventure capital of Namibia. Here you can skydive, sand board, microlight, or quad bike- the options are endless. If you are looking for more of a relaxing time than you can enjoy the beach, or explore the wonderful German culture of the town. There are also seal tours, deep sea fishing excursions and hot air balloon rides over the spectacular desert landscape! (B)


Quadbiking in Swakopmund

Day 13: Swakopmund to Lake Oanob (+-450 km)
Highlights: Private game reserve, Lake Oanob

Riding down through Namibia- we make our way to Lake Oanob just past Rehobooth. 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 (B,L)


Sunset over Lake Oanob

Day 14: Lake Oanob to Fish River Canyon (+- 570 km)
Highlights: Fish River Canyon

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 natural boulder formations. Welcome to the wild west! (B,L)

Godwana Canyon National Park

Day 15: Fish River Canyon Rest Day (0-70 km)
Highlights: Ride to see 3rd largest CANYON on earth

We have a rest day here to enjoy the beautiful Namibian Desert. Our Lodge is situated in the Godwana Canyon National Park - with over 1120km of national park to be explored. Enjoy Yellow Flowers, Quiver trees, Sprinkbok, Gemsbok, Hartebeest, Ostrich and Mountain Zebra sightings. Optional Activities include walks, 4x4 drives and horse rides through this magical landscape. The Fish River Canyon is only 20km away... (B)


Fish River Canyon: 3rd Largest in the world

Day 16: Fish River Canyon to Springbok (+- 300 km)
Highlights: Magical Namaqualand, Star Gazing

Time to head back into South Africa- we make our way through Namaqualand- an area made famous by its wild flowers that bloom into a whirlwind of color during the springtime each year! Springbok is known for its peace and tranquility- 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)

Magical Namaqualand

Day 17: Springbok to Citrusdal (+- 392 km)
Highlights: Hot water springs, riding the Northern Cape

Today we make our way through the Northern Cape to the lush green farm valleys of Citrusdal. Tonight we sleep at a famous hot water spring resort situated on a citrus farm. Relax your "motorcycle riding muscles" in one of the hot water pools or mineral baths on the property that are filled by hot water springs with a temperature of 43 Degrees Celcius... Bliss! (B,L)


Enjoy the hot springs in Citrusdal

Day 18: Citrusdal to Oudtshoorn (+- 500 km)
Highlights: Route 62, backroads of the Garden Route

After a relaxing evening at the Baths Resort, we make our way to Oudtshoorn- the Ostrich Capital of South Africa- it is a scenic ride through the beautiful mountains and valleys of the western Cape. We travel along Route 62, through gorgeous little villages such as Ceres, Montagu and Worcester ( B,L)


Oudtshoorn is famous for its Ostriches

Day 19: Rest Day Oudtshoorn (0 -100km)
Highlights: Ostrich Farm, Cango Caves, Swartberg Pass, Die Hell

Today we have a rest day in Oudtshoorn to enjoy all the exciting activities and rides in the area. You will have the morning free to relax and perhaps visit an ostrich farm  and ride an ostrich of explore the Cango Caves on a cave tour. In the afternoon we have an exciting optional dirt ride over Swartberg Pass. Tonight we enjoy a traditional Ostrich barbeque.  (B,D)

Swartberg pass

Day 20: Oudtshoorn to Hermanus via Cape Agulhas (+- 470 km)
Highlights: Southern Most Tip of Africa

Today we explore the world-famous garden route and make our way from Oudtshoorn over the Outeniqua pass to George and then carry on to Southern Most tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas. This is the point where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet. There is always a party at Cape Agulhas, as we celebrate reaching the most southern point of Africa- there are great photo opportunities at the Southern most tip. From here we make our way to Hermanus which is famous for land based whale watching. Here we enjoy an evening feasting on local seafood at our hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. (B,L)


Cape Agulhas- the end of Africa

Day 21: Hermanus- Cape Point-  Cape Town   (+- 270 km)
Highlights: Penguins, Cape Point, Chapman's peak drive, Table Mountain

Today we make our way to Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City. Today is the highlight of the trip as there are beautiful coastal views with twisting roads cut into the sea cliffs virtually all the way. Today you will get to visit Hermanus, the whale watching capital of South Africa as well as the old Navy town "Simonstown" where you can view South African penguins living it up on the beach. After that we make our way to Cape Point- the most South-westerly point of Africa (with views of the Cape Peninsula). Tonight we sleep in Cape Town and go out for our farewell dinner at one of Cape Town's best restaurants. (B,L,D)

Ride over 200km of coastal roads

Day 22: 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. (B)

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

DATES

03- 25 April 2020
08-30 May 2020
02- 24 October 2020
02- 24 April 2021
07-29 May 2021
01 -23 October 2021

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PRICING (WITH INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS)

2020 Pricing

  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 128,190
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F750GS:  ZAR 135,750
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F800GS: ZAR 130,800
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F850GS:  ZAR 138,620
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS: ZAR 138,620
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS:  ZAR 148,270
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: ZAR 145,140
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS ADV:  ZAR 155,140
  • To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 46,890
  • For Single supplement, add: ZAR 21,520
  • Prices quoted in South African Currency- ZAR.

Understanding the Pricing

Prices are based on sharing accommodation and quoted in South African Rand. 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:

  • 21 Days motorcycle rental
  • 21 nights Accommodation in 3-4 star lodgings
  • 1 Bonus Night Accommodation in Pretoria
  • Tour guide on a motorcycle
  • Back up vehicle
  • Qualified Paramedic to travel with the group
  • 14 lunches
  • 22 Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners
  • Bottled Water and Snacks
  • Big 5 Safari by Motorcycle in Dinokeng
  • Madgadigadi pan Sunset Drive
  • Chobe Park Game drive and  Big 5 Boat Cruise
  • Mokoro (African Canoe) Trip on the Okavango
  • Vic Falls Helicopter flight
  • Half day Safari into Etosha National Park
  • Cape Point tour
  • Detailed Guide book and map of Southern Africa
  • Sama T-shirt
  • Free shuttle service from Johannesburg International Airport and to Cape Town International Airport

Price does not include:

  • Petrol and toll fees
  • Visas and cross border fees
  • 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

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.
PICTURE OF THIS TOUR

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
03- 25 April 2020
08-30 May 2020
02- 24 October 2020
02- 24 April 2021
07-29 May 2021
01 -23 October 2021

START
Pretoria (Fly into Johannesburg)

END:
Cape Town

MILEAGE
+-5200km

DAILY DISTANCE
200- 600km (Avg of 400km)

REST DAYS:
6 Rest/Safari Days, 15 Riding Days

COUNTRIES VISITED:
South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia

ROAD SURFACES:
90% Tar, 10% Good Gravel

DIFFICULTY:
Medium

MEALS INCLUDED:
22 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 6 Dinners


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