Riding motorcycles in Southern Africa is adventure in its purest form. While there will be no shortage of excellent tarmac roads, fine dining and great lodging, you can also expect the unexpected. There will be potholes and gravel sections, extreme temperatures, long days in the saddle and rapidly changing landscapes. A motorcycle tour to Victoria Falls is adventure on steroids, so prep and ride accordingly.
While Southern Africa is generally a year-round destination and light, casual clothing is enough, pack a warmer layer for the chilly desert nights, and don‘t forget to carry a hydrapak.
Zimbabwe boasts sunshine for more than 320 days per year, and it’s generally a year-round destination, but to see the Victoria Falls at their full force, aim to ride here from February to May. This is the time right after the summer rainfall, and the water in the Falls is at its greatest volume. On the other hand, because of massive spray, the spectacular views of the gorge and the little islets below may be obscured, so you may want to see the Victoria Falls between June and September when the water is lower.
From May to November, it’s dry season in Zimbabwe and this is the perfect time for safaris because that’s when wildlife gathers around the watering holes and is easier to spot.
A guided motorcycle tour to Victoria Falls will take you across four countries, each with its distinct landscape, culture, and vibe. South Africa is among the more developed country on the itinerary offering great roads, a night of beer and braai in the Mother City, fantastic scenery and friendly locals. Namibia, on the other hand, is a land that feels untouched by human activity with its vast, arid deserts, massive sand dunes, and lonely gravel roads stretching as far as the eye can see. Botswana is all about the National Parks, the Okavango Delta safaris, and the elephants frolicking in the watering holes, whereas Zimbabwe boasts a tranquil, chilled out vibe and the majestic Victoria Falls at the end of your tour.
If we could sum up the Victoria Falls motorcycle tour description in one word, it would be mind-blowing diversity. Okay, that’s three words, but you will see so much different, contrasting landscapes from mountains to deserts, from coastlines to jungles, from dry savannah to verdant green marshland that it will feel like you have just experienced the very best of Southern Africa.
Africa may not boast ancient ruins or incredible feats of architecture, but what it does have is the most awe-inspiring master strokes of Mother Nature you won’t see anywhere else in the world. The otherworldly Namib Desert and the dunes of Sossusvlei, the mighty Kalahari, the Okavango, and the Victoria Falls are all amazing sights to see, and the best part is, you’ll get to experience it all from the saddle of your motorcycle.
We can’t always guarantee perfect weather or pothole-free roads every single day of the tour, but what we can guarantee is plenty of wildlife. On your Victoria Falls motorcycle tour, you will see wildlife everywhere: from ostriches and giraffes that may wander straight into the road to herds of elephants, lions, wildebeest, and flamingos in the safari parks, you’re guaranteed to get your fill of experiencing free-roaming wildlife in its natural habitat. That said, do ride carefully to avoid collision with a befuddled kudu or an anxious ostrich that may decide to cross the road unexpectedly, but one thing’s for sure: you will get to see the best of Africa’s wildlife, including the Big Five, up close and personal.