SAMA MOTORCYCLE TOURS
18 Day Wild Africa Ride

South Africa | Botswana | Zimbabwe

Great Motorcycle Adventure through South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe
  • Meet the bushmen of Botswana
  • Enjoy a Mokoro Safari on the Okavango Delta
  • Ride out onto the Makgadigadi Salt Pans (Atv tour)
  • Enjoy a Big 5 Safari by boat in the Chobe National Park
  • Marvel at the Magnificent Victoria Falls- 7th world wonder
  • Track Rhinos in Zimbabwe
  • Ride the famous Panorama Route in South Africa
  • Safari into the world famous Kruger National Park
  • Ride through 3 Amazing African Countries
  • Detailed Itinerary coming soon
QUICK ITINERARY
Day 0 Arrive in South Africa- Bonus Night
Day 1 Visit Lion Sanctuary and Big 5 Safari by Motorcycle
Day 2 Pretoria to Jwaneng, Botswna
Day 3 Jwaneng to Ghanzi
Day 4 Ghanzi to Maun
Day 5 Rest Day Maun, Okavango Delta Trip
Day 6 Maun to Gweta- Overnight on Makgadi Salt Pans
Day 7 Gweta to Chobe
Day 8 Chobe Rest Day- Big 5 Safari by Boat
Day 9 Chobe to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 10 Rest Day Victoria Falls- Helicopter Flight
Day 11 Victoria Falls to Big Cave Camp
Day 12 Rhino Tracking Safari @ Big Cave Camp
Day 13 Big Cave Camp to Tuli Block Botswana
Day 14 Tuli Block to Magoebaskloof, South Africa
Day 15 Magoebaskloof- Panorama Route- Hazyview
Day 16 Rest Day and Safari into Kruger National Park
Day 17 Hazyview to Pretoria
Day 18 End of Tour
DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 0: Arrive in South Africa- Bonus Night

Welcome to South Africa! This is your Bonus Night, so you can arrive at any time as the tour only officially starts the next day. A friendly Sama Tours representative will collect you from the Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Pretoria.

Day 1- Dinokeng and Kevin Richardson Foundation
Highlights: LIONS

Today we visit the FAMOUS Kevin Richardson Foundation. We will get up close to amazing Cats and get to meet Kevin Richardson himself. After an eventful morning at the Foundation, we ride to our lodge in the BIG 5 Dinokeng Game Reserve enjoying “a game drive by motorcycle” along the way. Look out for Rhinos, giraffes, and Zebras – all to be seen from the seat of our motorcycles! Tonight, we celebrate the beginning of an amazing tour around a roaring fire! (Meals: B,L,D)

Visit the Kevin Richardson Foundation

Day 02- Pretoria to Jwaneng (+449km)
Highlights: South Africa’s Northern Province

Today we ride up North through South Africa's wild North West Province to Botswana. Botswana is one of the wildest countries in Africa- there are no fences and animals roam freely, so be on the lookout!. Tonight we sleep at a comfortable country lodge (Meals: B, L, D)

Welcome to Botswana

Day 03- Jwaneng to Ghanzi (510km)
Highlights: Bushman

Today we make our way further through the Desert of Botswana to Ghanzi- home to many Bushman and Khoi-San People. Depending on availability- we will enjoy a bushman experience where you will get to meet the real Bushman who will show you their amazing lifestyle in the Kalahari desert (Meals: B, L, D)

Bushman of the Kalahari

Day 04- Ghanzi to Maun (+-285km)
Highlights: Okavango Delta

Today we leave the amazing Khoi San People behind and ride up North to Maun. This is the Gateway town to the Okavango Delta- an amazing inland waterway in the middle of the Kalahari desert. Our Accommodation is right on the Thamalakane river for the next two nights. (Meals: B,L,D)

The Okavango Delta

Day 05- Rest Day Maun (+-0-50km)
Highlights: Okavango Delta
Today you are free to relax and enjoy your beautiful river setting. Depending on the water levels we will either do a mokoro (African Canoe Trip) Through the waterways or we will do a Scenic Flight over the delta. Other optional activities include Game Drives, Boat Cruises, and More  (Meals: B, D)

Scenic Flight Okavango Delta

Day 06 Maun to Gweta- Overnight quad bike Trip into the Makgadigadi Salt Pans and Meerkats (225km)
Highlights: Makgadigadi Salt Pans

Today we make our way across Botswana to Gweta on the edge of the Makgadigadi Salt Pans. This afternoon we get onto Quadbikes and ride right onto the Makgadigadi Salt Pans (Weather Dependant) and sleep out on the Pans under the stars. Please note that if there has been a lot of rain we will not be able to sleep out on the pans- we will enjoy an afternoon tour and then return to the Lodge in Gweta ((Meals: B, L, D)

Overnight Quad Safari onto the Makgadi Salt Pans

Day 07: Gweta to Chobe (450km)
Highlights: Wild Elephants

Waking up in the desert we enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and visit a Local family of Meerkats before returning to Gweta and riding our Bikes further North to Kasane. As we ride along this stretch of road- we often see wild elephants right on the roadside. Botswana is the wildest country in Africa and there are no fences! In the late afternoon we will arrive in Kasane- our home for the next two nights, Our lodge overlooks the mighty Chobe River and is just minutes away from Chobe National Park. ((Meals: B, L,D)

Elephant right off the main road

Day 08- Chobe National Park Rest Day (+-0-50m)
Highlights: Elephants, Chobe National Park

Today we have a full day of wildlife encounters planned. This morning we are up bright and early for a Game Drive into Chobe National Park- keep your eyes open to see Lions and other incredible wildlife. On our return, we enjoy a buffet breakfast overlooking the magnificent Chobe River. You have most of the day free and then in the late afternoon, we board our sunset boat for the cruise of a lifetime into Chobe National Park. Chobe National Park is the only park in Africa where you can do a BIG 5 Safari by boat. As you cruise along you will literally see thousands of elephants coming down to the river to drink, swim and play in the mud.  Enjoy a cold beer and an amazing African sunset. (Meals: B,D)

Chobe Boat Cruise

Day 09  Kasane to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (+-80km)
Highlights: Victoria Falls

Leaving Botswana behind we take a short ride over the border and into Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls Town. Our Hotel is within walking distance of the breathtaking Victoria Falls. We check into our hotel and enjoy a leisurely lunch and some cold beer. This afternoon we are collected for a helicopter flight over the falls. This is the best way to see Victoria Falls in all its glory (Meals: B, D)

Victoria Falls- The Smoke that Thunders

Day 10: Rest Day Victoria Falls (0 km)

Victoria Falls is known as the Adventure Capital of Africa.  You will have the whole day free to explore. You may wish to walk down to the Vic Falls VIEW site. As the sun sets we recommend having cocktails at the Royal Victoria Falls Hotel overlooking the falls and the beautiful railway bridge. For those of you that are adventurous, you can do River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, or the Devils pool swim. Other optional activities include Canoe trips on the Zambezi, Zip-lining across the falls, Sunset River Cruises, Dinner on the Railway Bridge, or Elephant Safaris. You can also just relax poolside with an ice-cold beer or explore the beautiful curio shops in town. (Meals: B,D)

Explore the widest waterfall in the world

Day 11: Victoria Falls to Big Cave Camp (+-500 km)
Highlights: Matobo National Park

Today we make our way South through Zimbabwe to Big Cave Camp, our home for the next two nights. Our Lodge is set around giant boulders in Matabo National Park. This area is famous for ancient Khoi San Rock Art and Matobo National Park has the largest significant population of white and black Rhino in Zimbabwe. (Meals: B,L,D)

Welcome to Big Cave Camp

Day 12: Rest Day Matobo National Park- Rhino Tracking Adventure (0 km)
Highlights: Rhino Tracking

Today we are booked onto Rhino Tracking adventure. This includes a game drive with a professional guide followed by a once in a lifetime opportunity to track Rhinos on foot. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the lodge. How about a swim in the natural rock pool or a drink at the Leopards Lair Lounge and Bar? The solitude and beauty of this camp will be hard to forget. (B,D)

Rhino Tracking on foot

Day 13: Big Cave Camp to Tuli Block, Botswana (+-450km)
Highlights: The wild Tuli Block

Today we make our way back into Botswana and all the way South the Botswana/South Africa border, where we spend the night on the Limpopo River in the Wild Tuli Block. We enjoy a Dinner out on the wooden deck under the African stars...Hippos grunting and lions roaring in the distance (B, L, D)

Botswana Dancers

Day 14: Tuli Block to Magoebaskloof, South Africa (+-315km)
Highlights: Lush Green Mountains

We head back into South Africa again and make our way up into the Mystical Magoebaskloof Mountains. This mountainous area is lush and green and the roads to get there are beautiful and windy. We spend the night in a beautiful mountain hotel overlooking the valley below. Here you can relax at the Phoenix and Fireman pub or take a walk down to see the waterfall. Samango Monkeys call the Magoebaskloof forest home and are often sighted here.  (B,LD)

The lush Magoebaskloof Valley

Day 15: Magoebaskloof- Panorama Route- Hazyview (+-270km)
Highlights: Riding Bikers Paradise

Today we make our way down into Mpumalanga (an area known to Local Bikers as, “Motorcycle Paradise”) The beautiful twisty roads continue and there are so many great viewpoints, rock formations, and waterfalls along the way. The route includes stops at Bourkes luck potholes, The Three Rondavels, and Gods Window. The route takes us along the rim of the Blyde River Canyon, which. By some measures, this the largest green canyon in the world! We arrive in Hazyview in the late afternoon. (B,L,D)

Blyde River Canyon

Day 16: Half Day Safari- Kruger National Park (+-50km)
Highlights: Safari, African wildlife

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 a full morning to spot lions, elephants, birds, and many different species of animals. In the afternoon we will return to our hotel in Hazyview where we can relax around the pool or take part in any of the optional activities in the area- for example, you can visit the elephant sanctuary or enjoy a microlight flight over the Blyde River Canyon. (B, D)

 Leopard @ Kruger National Park

Day 17: Hazyview to Pretoria (+-400km)
Highlights: Long Tom Pass and Pilgrims Rest

Today we take a slow, scenic ride back to Pretoria, stopping in at Pilgrims Rest (a historic gold rush town). This ride includes the Long Tom Pass which has beautiful sweeping corners with amazing views that will take your breath away. Arrive back in Pretoria in the late afternoon with many wonderful memories of your motorcycle trip.. (+-450km)

Bikers Paradise

Day 18: 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 the warm people you have met. Transfers will be arranged to the airport. You may wish to extend your motorcycle tour with one of our Add on Tours. Spend a few days in beautiful Cape Town, fly to Victoria Falls or enjoy a 3 Night Safari into Kruger National Park. (B)

 

 

PRICING

2021 Pricing

  • Riding 1 Up on a F700GS, Sharing accommodation in a twin room: R114,240
  • Riding 1 Up on a F750GS, Sharing accommodation in a twin room: R120,010
  • Riding 1 Up on a F850GS, Sharing accommodation in a twin room: R122,200
  • Riding 1 Up on a R1250GS, Sharing accommodation in a twin room: R129,560
  • Riding 1 Up on a R1200GS ADV, Sharing accommodation in a twin room: R127,170
  • Riding 1 Up on a R1250GS ADV, Sharing accommodation in a twin room: R130,160
  • To bring a Pillion on your bike, add R49,140
  • For your own room, add a single supplement: R15,500

 

This Price includes:
  • 18 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • Tour Guide Leading on a Motorcycle
  • Back up vehicle with trailer and spare motorcycle
  • 18 Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • Meals: Breakfast Daily, 12 Lunches and 17 Dinners
  • Bushman experience
  • Mokoro Canoe trip on the Okavango OR Scenic Flight Over the Okavango Delta
  • Overnight Quad Bike/ 4 X4 Experience Makgadigadi Pans
  • Big 5 by boat safari Chobe National Park
  • Game Drive into Chobe National Park
  • Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls
  • Game Drive and Rhino Tracking at Big Cave Camp
  • Entrance fees to Bourkes Luck Potholes, 3 Rondavel and Berlin Falls
  • Half Day Safari into Kruger National Park
  • Detailed Guide Book and Itinerary
  • Sama Tours Shirt
  • Airport Transfers
This Price does not include:
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • All Meals not mentioned in "Tour Includes"
  • Petrol (Budget R4000)
  • Cross border fees (Budget R500)
  • Visas and cross border fees for Zimbabwe (Budget US$80)
  • Items of a personal nature

 

TOUR DIFFICULTY?

                 

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.
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
PICTURES OF THE 18 DAY WILD AFRICA RIDE

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES 2021:
4-22 June 2021

START
Pretoria (Fly in/out of Johannesburg)

End
Pretoria (Fly out of the Johannesburg Airport)

MILAGE:
+-4300km

DAILY DISTANCE
200- 550km (Avg of 300km)

REST DAYS:
12 Riding Days, 5 Rest/Safari Days

COUNTRIES:
South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe

ROADS
99% Tar 

Difficulty:
Easy

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