SELF GUIDED TOUR
21 Day Victoria Falls Tour

SOUTHERN AFRICA

21 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 2018
We have now also included the Magical Garden Route in the 21 Day Victoria Falls Tour: visit Oudtshoorn, Ride Outeniqua Pass and Swartberg pass and explore the famous Route 62.

Get Ready for the two wheel time of your life!

QUICK ITINERARY

Day 0: Arrive in South Africa
Welcome to Africa- a transfer will be arranged from the airport to your hotel in Pretoria

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
Cruise along the Chobe River at Sunset, this is elephant paradise!

Day 4: Chobe to Victoria Falls
Ride to the "Widest Waterfall in the world" --Victoria Falls- your home for the next 2 nights

Day 5: Victoria Falls Rest Day
Rest day to explore the falls- Fly above, swim below or walk along the edge- the options are endless

Day 6: Victoria Falls to to Okavango, Namibia
Ride Through Namibia's Caprivi Strip and sleep in the Okavango Panhandle

Day 7: Okavango Rest Day
Enjoy an African Canoe trip on the Delta, spotting hippos and crocodiles

Day 8: Okavango to Etosha National Park
Ride the North of Namibia to the Etosha Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 9: Etosha National Park Rest Day
Enjoy a BIG 5 Safari into the park followed by an afternoon relaxing in style at Your African Lodge

Day 10: Etosha to Swakomund
Drive South to the Golden Sand dunes of the Skeleton Coast and  Swakopmund 

Day 11: Swakopmund Rest Day
Quad biking, Hot Air ballooning, optional rides- there is so much to do in Namibia's Adventure Capital

Day 12: Swakopmund to Lake Oanob
Spend the evening on a natural lake surrounded by African Game

Day 13: Lake Oanob to Fish River Canyon
Ride exciting Gravel roads to the 3rd Largest Canyon in the world- Fish River Canyon

Day 14: Fish River Canyon Rest Day
Hike, Bike or relax at Canyon lodge surrounded by beautiful boulders and desert landscapes

Day 15: Fish River Canyon to Springbok
Ride back into South Africa to our most famous "One Horse" Town- Springbok.

Day 16: Springbok to Citrusdal
Enjoy some more great riding followed by a soak in Natural Hot Springs at "The Baths"

Day 17: Citrusdal to Oudtshoorn
Ride Route 62 to the Ostrich Capital of South Africa

Day 18: Rest Day Oudtshoorn
Explore the heart of our famous Garden Route and its amazing mountain passes

Day 19: Oudtshoorn to Hermanus
Ride to the Southern most tip of Africa and see whales from the cliffs in Hermanus

Day 20:  Hermanus- Cape Point- Cape Town
Ride over 200km of coastal roads, visiting Cape Point, Chapmans peak and Simons town along the way

Day 21: 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

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.

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

Today you leave Pretoria and make your 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. Your lodge for the night is just after the Botswana border, on the Limpopo River (Full of Crocodiles and Hippos). Tonight you can have dinner in the beautiful boma surrounded by African bush. Fall asleep listening to the great sounds of the African night- Lions roaring in the distance…. (B)


Ready for Adventure

 Day 2: Tuli Block to Makgadigadi Pans ( +- 452km)
Highlights:
The Makgadigadi Pans- Largest Salt pans in the World

Today your ride up through Botswana towards Nata. Nata is on the outskirts of the Makgadigadi Pans-the largest salt complex in the world. This afternoon youare 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)

Makgadigadi Salt pans

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

In Botswana there are no fences and wildlife roams free. On today's stretch of riding it is very common to see Elephants grazing on the side of the road. Your ride will take you up North to Chobe National Park, right on the border of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe is a river paradise! Your accommodation for the evening is right on the river and 5km from the world famous Chobe Game Reserve. This afternoon you are booked onto a boat cruise on the Chobe river- look out for the BIG 5! (B)

Elephant right off the national highway

Day 4: Chobe to Victoria Falls, Zambia (+-80km)
Highlights: Victoria Falls- "The smoke that thunders!"

After an early morning Safari into Chobe National Park you make your 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 at 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. (B)

Chobe National Park

Day 5:  Victoria Falls Rest Day (0-50km)
Highlights: Victoria Falls

You have the whole day free to enjoy all the activities that Victoria Falls has on offer. You may wish to do a helicopter flight over the waterfalls (The Flight of Angels) otherwise you can walk with lions, canoe down the Zambezi, ride elephants 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 6: Victoria Falls to Okavango Delta ( +- 520 km)
Highlights: Caprivi Strip, Okavango Delta

Today you make your way into Namibia. The border crossing between Zambia and Namibia is a breeze- as you enter Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, a long narrow strip at the top of the country. As you ride along this beautiful road you will be able to view African homesteads and lush African bush. Here life is simple and sweet. Your 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)

Sunset over the Okavango Delta

Day 7: Okavango Delta Rest Day (+- 0-50 km)
Highlights: Optional Okavango panhandle trip

You have the entire day free to relax and enjoy the beautiful river setting. You are also booked onto an Okavango canoe trip-where you get into a Mokorokoro (African Canoe) 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- a major highlight of the trip! (B)


Mokorokoro trip down the Okavango Panhandle

Day 8: 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 you 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. You are booked into a lovely African Lodge 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)


African Lodge on the Edge of Etosha

Day 9: Safari into Etosha Pans (0-50 km)
Highlights: Etosha Pans Safari

Today you swap your motorcycle for a 4 wheel drive safari vehicle and make your 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)

Wildlife at Etosha

Day 10: Etosha to Swakopmund (+- 600 km)
Highlights: Golden sand dunes of Namibia

After a delicious breakfast, you make your 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, you will arrive in Swakopmund a coastal town famous for its great waves, beautiful sand dunes and German hospitality- your home for the next two nights… (B)

Sand dunes of Namibia

Day 11: Rest day Swakopmund (0-50km)
Highlights: Skelton 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!

Quadbiking in Swakopmund

Day 12: Swakopmund to Lake Oanob (+- 450 km)
Highlights: Private game reserve, Lake Oanob

Riding down through Namibia- you make your way to Lake Oanob just past Rehobooth. Your 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)


Lake Oanob

Day 13: Lake Oanob to Fish River Canyon +- 570 km
Highlights: Fish River Canyon

Today you make your 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)


The Ride to Fish River Canyon

Day 14: Fish River Canyon Rest Day (0-100 km)
Highlights: Fish River Canyon, Canyon Lodge, Desert Oasis

Today youhave a rest day here to enjoy the beautiful Namibian Desert.Your 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 and we highly recommend riding your bike to the viewsite. At sunset walk to the top of the boulders surrounding the the lodge and enjoy an unforgettable sunset at the bar hidden in the boulders.... (B)

Fish River Canyon: 3rd Largest in the world

Day 15: Fish River Canyon to Springbok (+- 300 km)
Highlights: Magical Namaqualand, Star Gazing

Time to head back into South Africa and make your way down 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)

Riding the Namib Desert

Day 16: Springbok to Citrusdal (+- 392 km)
Highlights:
Hot water springs, riding the Northern Cape

Today you make your 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 Celsius... Bliss! (B)

Enjoy the hot springs in Citrusdal

Day 17: Citrusdal to Oudtshoorn (+- 500 km)
Highlights: Route 62, back roads of the Garden Route

Today you make your 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)

Exciting Mountain Passes of the Garden Route

Day 18: Rest Day Oudtshoorn (0 -100km)
Highlights: Optional Dirt Ride, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farms, Karroo Hospitality

Today you have a rest day in Oudtshoorn to enjoy all the exciting activities and rides in the area. For those that like dirt- there is an exciting dirt route that will take you up and over Swartberg Pass- then down to Kynsna to see the Knysna Heads before riding the epic Montagu Pass back to Oudtshoorn again. Otherwise Oudtshoorn is a great place relax and perhaps visit an ostrich farm  or explore the Cango Caves on a cave tour. (B)

Swartberg pass

Day 19: Oudtshoorn to Hermanus via Cape Agulhas (+- 500 km)
Highlights: Southern Most Tip of Africa

Today  you explore more of the  the world-famous garden route as you make your way 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 you celebrate reaching the most southern point of Africa- with great photo opportunities at the Southern most tip. From here you make your way to Hermanus which is famous for land based whale watching. (B)


Cape Agulhas- the end of Africa

Day 20 : Hermanus- Cape Point-  Cape Town (+- 300 km)
Highlights: Penguins, Cape Point, Chapman's peak drive, Table Mountain

Today you make your way to Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City. This ride is a major 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 penguins living on the beach in Bettys Bay as well the Navy harbour at Simonstown and the Cape of Good Home National Park where you ride to Cape Point- the most South-westerly point of Africa (with views of the Cape Peninsula). Tonight you sleep in Cape Town- within walking distance of teh famous VA waterfront- with world class restaurants, harbor tours and breathtaking views of Table Mountain. (B)

Cape Ocean Roads

Day 21: 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 spend a few extra days in Cape Town- there is so much to see and do. Post tour accommodation tours, and activities can be arranged by SAMA Tours (B)

PRICING

2018/2019 Pricing

  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 87,810
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F800GS: ZAR 92,460
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS: ZAR 96,290
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: ZAR 101,770
  • To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 48,410
  • For Single supplement, add: ZAR 17,870
  • Prices quoted in South African Currency- ZAR.
PRICE INCLUSIONS

Price includes:

  • 20 Days motorcycle rental
  • 21 nights Accommodation in 3-4 star lodgings
  • 21 Breakfasts
  • GPS Fully Loaded with route Maps
  • Side Panniers and top box for Luggage
  • Use of a Spot Tracker
  • Makgadigadi pan Sunset Drive
  • Chobe Park Game drive and Boat Cruise
  • Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls
  • Okavango Mokorokoro (Canoe Trip)
  • Half day Safari into Etosha National Park
  • 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

  • Local and International Flights
  • Petrol
  • Visas (Note American, Australian, British,  do not require visas for South Africa or Swaziland)
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Activities and meals not listed in "Tour Includes"
  • Tour Guide
  • Back Up Vehicle

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  VICTORIA FALLS TOUR

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
Choose your own- Self Guided Tour

START:
Pretoria (Fly into Johannesburg)

END:
Cape Town

MILEAGE:
+-6,000km

Daily Distance:
200- 600km (Avg of 400km)

REST DAYS:
14 Riding Days, 4 Rest Day and 2 Safari Day

COUNTRIES:
South Africa, Botswana and Namibia 

ROADS:
95% tarmac, 5% good gravel roads

DIFFICULTY:
Medium

MEALS INCLUDED:
21 Breakfasts

ACCOMMODATION:
3-4 Star lodges, hotels and B&B’s

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