Whether the Berber villages and the sands of the Sahara, the South African hospitality, the wildlife and the otherworldly landscapes of Namibia and Botswana, or East Africa’s lush green rolling hills and the plains of Serengeti, Africa is the stuff of dreams. When considering Africa motorcycle tours, however, should you aim for Morocco, Southern Africa, or a Cape-to-Cairo adventure?
For those looking to experience the spirit of the old Paris-Dakar rally in the dunes of Merzouga, ride the famed Dades and the Atlas Mountains, visit the colourful markets of Marrakesh and spend a night in the desert under the starry skies, Morocco is the best and one of the most accessible gateways into Africa. If you’re prepared to dig deeper and explore Southern Africa’s meandering coastal routes, mountain passes, abundant wildlife, and extraordinary scenery, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe are your best bet.
Africa motorcycle tours are all about the diversity that this continent has to offer. Sea to summit, desert to jungle, Africa has got it all – and then some. Whether you’re a sworn dirt bike lunatic or an adventure rider, there’s no shortage of different motorcycle tours in Africa catering to all skill levels and expectations.
Whether you prefer riding big adventure bikes such as the BMW R1250 GS, performance enduro machines like the KTM 450 EXC or the smaller adventure bikes like the Royal Enfield Himalayan… if you’re looking for an incredible ‘off-the-beaten-track’ motorcycle holiday in some of the most stunning & interesting countries on the planet, you’re in the right place. Simply get in touch with us to discuss your preferred motorcycle tour and we’ll take care of the rest, ensuring you have a life changing experience, whichever tour you choose!
We at Ride Expeditions have a passion for doing things right, a passion for motorcycles and a passion for adventure travel. Our tagline - 'The World's Greatest Motorcycle Adventures' - is our mission. It's what we strive to be. It's what we want our riders to experience. We understand the ingredients that make an adventure... it's not only about the bike; it's not only about the routes; it's not only about the destinations. It's a combination of every element of your motorcycle holiday and we pay attention to every detail from start to finish...
With just a short ferry ride from Spain, Morocco is an unrivalled motorcycling playground in North Africa. The colourful Moroccan towns and souks, the Sahara Desert, and the rugged Atlas Mountains separating the coast from the arid desert regions provide a contrasting experience on two wheels.
If you’re all about riding the dunes and crossing the Sahara on dirt, this is paradise. Merzouga is a desert oasis and a basecamp for the big North African rally races, where you’ll get to play Dakar in the massive sand dunes, dusty plains and rocky plateaus, all the while enjoying Moroccan hospitality and cuisine.
For adventures on paved routes, Marrakesh is the gateway into the Sahara and the Atlas Mountains revealing stunning views of the deep gorges, valleys, and red rock formations. The landscapes in Morocco are dotted with small Berber villages and red-walled desert towns boasting a lively culture with French, Andalusian and Berber influences, distinctly North African sights and smells and truly Moroccan vibes, guaranteed to inspire a sense of adventure.
Morocco is a year-round destination, but Northern Africa motorcycle tours usually run in the spring and autumn months to avoid the scorching summer temperatures when the heat in the desert becomes unbearable. While you can expect sunny, warm weather during the day, pack a warmer layer or two for those chilly desert nights – even during summertime, the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara get much cooler at night.
Looking for that ultimate Africa motorcycle tour designed to showcase it all – the scenery, the wildlife and culture? Southern Africa offers the most diverse, awe-inspiring landscapes combined with incredible wildlife sightings along the way.
In South Africa, you’ll get to ride stunning coastal roads, try the traditional South African braai (barbecue) and ride some gnarly off-road trails if you’re looking for dirt and glory.
Lesotho offerS a grand welcome with a ride over the Sani Pass, a rugged, twisty gravel road climbing up a face of a mountain.
in Namibia, you’ll experience just how small we humans really are – out here, the Kalahari and Namib Desert stretch for hundreds of miles with not a living soul in sight, and Namibia’s Mars-like landscapes with undulating orange dunes contrasting against white clay pans and dead tree skeletons will make you feel like you’re traversing a land so wild and remote it barely resembles planet Earth.
Next up is Botswana where the Kalahari Desert meets the lush green Okavango Delta with herds of elephants roaming free and lions congregating around watering holes along with the rest of Africa’s Big Five – the rhino, buffalo, and leopard. Finally, you’ll get a chance to see one of the Seven natural Wonders of the World, the majestic Victoria Falls separating Zimbabwe and Zambia, known locally as “Smoke That Thunders” because of the massive spray and roaring sound the Falls make as the full force of River Zambezi plunges down a chasm in a vertical line.
A Southern Africa motorcycle tour is a incredible experience you’ll never forget, offering so many diverse landscapes, unique cultures, free-roaming wildlife and places off the beaten path you’ll feel like a nineteenth-century explorer discovering this vast and contrasting continent for the first time.
Riding in Southern Africa is a next-level adventure and we’re sure you’ll want to come back here again and again.
For motorcycle touring, Southern Africa is mostly a year-round destination with warm temperatures around the clock. For the best wildlife experiences, the dry season between May and November is ideal as this is when the animals gather around the watering holes, making it much easier to spot them. Coincidentally, the dry season is also the best time to see the Victoria Falls as the lower water level allows for better views (when the water volume is high, the spray often hides the depth of the Falls from view).
Although Morocco is so close to Europe you can see its shores from the Spanish coast, riding here is a thoroughly North African experience. As soon as you leave major cities and towns, the wilderness that is the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains unfold all around you, and the land changes even more as you ride deeper into the countryside. On or off the road, North Africa motorcycle tours are designed to give you a taste of Africa and experience Morocco in the best way imaginable – on two wheels.
Diversity, diversity and more diversity: Southern Africa motorcycle tours are jam-packed with sights and experiences changing on a daily basis, and riding here, you’ll get to face the best of it all. Unique wildlife sightings, contrasting landscapes from deserts to jungles and mountain passes to coastal routes, sweeping tarmac roads and gravel trails, different cultures and ways of life and some of Africa’s most iconic destinations such as the Victoria Falls – our motorcycle tours in Africa promise to wow you with countless extraordinary experiences.
For all tours cancelled by Ride Expeditions, riders can choose to receive a 100% refund or to transfer all monies paid to any future tour.
Ride Expeditions Ltd is a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. At no extra cost to you, and in accordance with ‘The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018’, all passengers booking with Ride Expeditions Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. The policy also includes repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Ride Expeditions Ltd. This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC.
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