Ride through vast desert landscapes.
Visit the mighty Victoria Falls also known as the Smoke that Thunders! Surely this is on everyone’s ‘to-do’ list?
Spot an array of wild game - from elephants wandering freely around the grounds of our accommodation to lions sleeping at the side of the road!
We don’t only travel by motorbike - experience a private flight over the world famous Okavango Delta!
Visit an incredible 4 countries in just one holiday. Each as stunning as they are different from one another. Passports at the ready!
Ride on some of the best roads and see the most astounding scenery in the whole of Southern Africa.
Wow. Just wow. If you’re a lover of serious adventure riding, this one is for you.
The trips starts at ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – the mighty Victoria Falls. From Zimbabwe, we venture onto the lesser travel gravel roads across Botswana and into ‘The Land of the Brave’, crossing the entire length of Namibia and down the Western regions of South Africa to finish in the Mother City: Cape Town.
You’ll ride some of the best gravel routes in the world, camp in safari tents under the most incredible star filled skies, witness LOTS of big game from the seat of your motorcycle, stay in some seriously cool & unique accommodation and enjoy many epic feasts. You’ll ride over mountain passes and along one of the World’s most beautiful coastal roads.
Our Cape Town – Victoria Falls route is already epic. This return route takes things to the next level and leaves no stone unturned, venturing onto the gravel routes for that added layer of adventure. For experienced riders looking for serious adventure. This is the one.
Welcome to Zimbabwe!
You will fly into Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) where you will be met by your driver and transported on the short journey to the Explorers Village and your accommodation for the night. If you’ve never been to Southern Africa, oh boy, are you in for a treat! In fact, even if you have been here before, you’re still in for a treat!
In the afternoon we’ll meet at the bar to hold the welcome talk, safety briefing, introduce you to the support team and your bikes. Once we’re all sorted there, we will get transferred to the boat deck in time for sundowners on the river followed by a delicious welcome dinner on a heli-pad (what, you’ve never gone for dinner on a heli-pad before?) which overlooks the Victoria Falls Bridge. Not a bad way to spend your first evening in Zim!
Well, there’s just no way we can embark on a motorcycle tour titled ‘Victoria Falls to Cape Town’ without visiting the beast itself!
After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll venture over to the falls… This place will blow your mind! It’s one of those places that just boggles the mind.
After the falls, the day is yours to spend at your leisure. There are so many things you can do here… Take a helicopter trip over the falls, go canoeing, white water rafting, bungee jump, boat trips… One activity we can strongly recommend is the ‘Through the Eye of an Elephant‘ experience – it’s a great and responsible way to get up close & personal with the massive beasts!
With Victoria Falls ticked off the bucket list, we can now get down to the riding!
It’s about 100kms to get to the Pandamatenga Border Post. A little bit of gravel in the morning and then an interesting road that will more than likely have some wild game wandering near the roads.
Then it’s a fresh stamp in the passport and into Botswana! While we wouldn’t go as far to say the Zimbabwe border post is a well-oiled machine, there is at least some oil present… When we get to the Botswana side the road tax system can sometimes be a slow and painful process. While we take care of this, you will be free to skip off and enjoy a nice picnic lunch we prepared earlier.
On the other side we have a lovely stretch of 150km on beautiful black top tar. It’d be a good idea to go to the bathroom back at the border, as this section of road is frequented by lions, elephants and giraffe. Keep your eyes peeled and you may just see Mufassa chilling under a tree right next to the road.
Tonight we’re camping (is that really what you want to read right after we mention lions?!)… but not just any camp: Elephant Sands camp ‘where elephants rule’. This place is simply incredible! There are free roaming elephants throughout the site and lodge, which we can all agree is pretty damn special.
In case you’re wondering, our tents are the big safari style tents and are on stilts, so you don’t have to worry about your head being stepped on by a 6 tonne beast in the middle of the night.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a roaring campfire with a braai (BBQ) for dinner.
Suitably rested after a night spent sleeping among elephants, we’ll have a leisurely start and enjoy the incredible surroundings a bit longer.
After a mid morning breakfast we’ll bid our farewells to the ellyfunks and jump back on the bikes. If yesterday was elephant themed, today is all about flamingos.
Our aim today is to get to Makgadikgadi Pans & a little village called Nata. As we leave the camp we must battle through some proper sand riding for 20km to get back to ‘lion road’. Then it’s an easy ride on the tarmac through to Nata.
It’s a short distance today but this afternoons destination is just spectacular! We’ll arrive at the accommodation early afternoon, have a quick drink & freshen up and hop back on the bikes for another 20km ride to Nata Bird Sanctuary at Makgadikgadi Pans. This is the spot where the big flamingo sightings happen (as in there is a vast number of them – the birds themselves aren’t unusually large). We will bring packed lunches with us for a nice picnic and spend a couple of hours enjoying the sights.
Today we head for Maun on the paved roads. There’s no gravel routes today, but you’ll still need to stay alert as there will be plenty of wild animals and rough sections of road. When it comes to lunch time, we’ll select our favourite big tree, check for lions and settle down for another al fresco picnic.
This afternoon we’ll stop off at the local airport and board a small plane to take a scenic flight over the largest inland delta in the world – the Okavango Delta! The vast flood plaines stretch as far as the eye can see, the wetland landscape seemingly woven together with marshes, lagoons, islands and streams. Hippos, crocs and buffalo occupy the waters while impala, zebra, wildebeest and elephants roam the tracks that criss-cross the higher grounds. There is simply no better way to appreciate the vastness of this stunning region than by witnessing it from the air!
Back on the ground, sticking with our apparently ‘animal themed’ tour, tonight we will be staying at the Crocodile Camp Safari & Spa just before town… Thankfully though, crocodiles do not roam freely around this camp. We’re here for two nights, so kick the boots and get comfy! You can get a massage here too… Although we’d suggest you may appreciate it more after tomorrow’s ride that tonight.
Today is our crazy ‘bike safari day’ and it is an absolute smasher!
After a hearty breakfast we’ll hop on the bikes for a 20km stretch of tarmac. We then hit a bit of gravel before reaching the ‘animal control gate’. This is where we ensure all our affairs are in order as we will be heading into the wilderness of Botswana.
Through the gate we will encounter some really sandy and seriously challenging sections – but it will be well worth it! There are also some little villages along the way, with people living within the conservancy and animals roaming freely through the villages.
We’ll certainly see buffalos, elephants, zebras and giraffes and, with a bit of luck, lions. There are wild animals everywhere and it’s just a spectacular, crazy day. Expedition leader Henk describes it as ‘the best day of anybody’s life on a motorcycle’. This is coming from the man who got trapped in this very game reserve between a flooded road and a herd of elephants!
The riding is not seriously challenging all of the time though. There are some tricky parts here and there but struggling a little on your bike through a sandy patch with an elephant looking on is quite an experience! To make it clear there are 0 fences here and no barriers between you and said elephant. (Apropos of nothing, please don’t forget to sign our liability waivers before ride!). So you know we’re serious, we’re hiring an armed ranger to come along in our support vehicle for this day… While the animals should not be a threat if we keep a sensible distance, we certainly need to take precautions – it’s no joke out here.
Once we’ve stopped off in a local village for a picnic lunch (safety in numbers and all that) it will then be time to turn our faithful steeds around and head back towards the Crocodile Camp, dodging giraffes and zebras in the road along the way.
Back at the accommodation, the beer at the riverside bar will never have tasted so good!
Today we shall enjoy our last day in Botswana and really take in the sights, the numerous little villages and everything else we shall be passing.
We’ll depart early, starting with a short section of gravel out to the tarmac. This next section of road is just beautiful – on one side you’ve got the proper African bushveld and on the other you have got the tailing off of the Makgadikgadi pans.
We then turn North in the direction of Angola and for the next 100kms we have lots of potholes to contend with. With them comes traffic dodging – often driving on the wrong side of the road – so we definitely need to keep the speed down here. Lots of farm animals as well of course! This is Africa don’t forget but the scenery is however spectacular.
Once we reach Nokaneng it is again time to ‘pick a tree’ and we will stop just outside the small town for lunch. We’ve got to keep our strength up as the next stretch on gravel is a little challenging, with sections of potholes and rough bits. There’s lots of game in this section and we’ll see elephants and possibly lions. Again there are no fences so we must stay alert!
It’s about 130kms to get to the Namibian border, which will probably be the most remote border crossing you will ever see!
Welcome to Namibia! For the final stretch of riding, we will ride through Bushman area! Steeped in history, it’s certainly an interesting place.
Today we are on gravel for the entire day and are heading towards Waterberg Plateau National Park.
The scenery will be vastly different to what we have experienced in Botswana. No more dense bushveld and trees. While it’s a big gravel road, we’re now in the heart of the Kalahari desert, so the conditions will get a little rough and sandy in places. Wild game roams freely, only this will now be the beautiful eland, springbok and oryx.
Our accommodation for the day is a lovely little lodge, where relatively tame mongooses (not ‘mongeese’) and possibly warthogs patrol the site, waiting for the opportunity to steal your food. It is a really nice place to get up early the next morning and just enjoy the birds and the wildlife.
Today we have a mixture of a little bit of gravel and a little bit of tar. It’s a stunning day with a little bit of highway in the morning and some patches of gravel throughout.
We’ll ride out to the Wilhelmstal, a little roadside farm stall which is super popular for its biltong and droëwors. We’ll stop here for lunch before the final 170km to reach our evening’s accommodation.
The road almost all the way into Windhoek is a super remote, stunning little jeep track that feels just like a little farm road – it’s awesome! Then it’s a quick hop onto a big gravel road for the final 20km.
Our lodge for the day is just stunning and we’ll arrive in good time to enjoy a game drive and sundowners.
Today begins with a thrilling mountain pass through the Khomas Highlands, descending into the Namib desert. The immense landscape of endless distant hills and fleeting wildlife will undoubtedly impress. Before we reach Swakopmund we will take a fun little detour towards Goanikontes. This route runs along the river into Swakopmund and is a little bit technical and sandy, so it’s an exhilarating end to a great day of riding!
We’ll aim to arrive early in the afternoon so that you have some free time as here you’ll have the option of boat rides, quad rides and lots of other things to do in and around town.
The evening is yours to spend at your leisure, although we strongly recommend we all head for sunset drinks on the sand dunes overlooking the ocean before heading back to have a restaurant dinner at the German brewhouse. It’s a really cool place with a nice vibe and good beers.
Today we are heading out of Swakopmund and making our way into the Namib Desert! We’ve got about 390kms to do almost all of it on really nice gravel roads with a few patches of sand and tar and some exciting bits in between.
We’ll grab an early breakfast, get on the bikes and make our way into the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Now this is proper desert, big open sandy patches, alongside sand dunes and some incredible views.
Then we’ll ride over the Kuiseb Pass which is just stunning and we’ll stop at the top for a quick drink at a view point where you’ve got this beautiful, expansive, flat view in front of Walvis Bay.
On to Solitaire, we’ll stop at a quirky petrol station for a decent coffee and some delicious apple pie. We then take a slight detour on another gravel mountain pass, the ‘Spreetshoogte Pass’. It’s a really nice, sweeping road with lots of flowing turns through the valley and is well worth the extra few kms ride just for the viewpoint at the top.
Back down the mountain, with big fat smiles on our faces, we head for our accommodation nearby Sossusvlei. We’re in a truly spectacular spot tonight; the scenery is amazing, there’s lots of wildlife and we’ll set up a nice campfire to enjoy the sunset by. We love it out here, it’s truly awesome!
Sossusvlei – the literal translation of which is ‘Dead End Marsh’ – is a remote salt pan surrounded by towering red sand dunes. Sossusvlei is home to some of the world’s tallest sand dunes, where almost no rain falls and blackened camel thorn trees are the only sign that water does occasionally flow here. It’s a truly special place with an almost eery, alien landscape feel to it.
We’ll hop in a shuttle bus (we’re unfortunately not allowed to ride bikes within the vlei) and venture into the park where we’ll spend about an hour getting some incredible photos and just generally having a play in the dunes.
We will then make our way back for lunch before heading towards our accommodation for the night at Betta Camp. We’ve got about 150km to go from here on mostly good gravel roads with a couple of corrugated sections and definitely some tricky sandy patches, but it’s well worth it for the riding and scenery.
Tonight’s accommodation is a very remote and quirky place, right out in the sticks. We’ll fire up the braai and enjoy an evening under the star filled sky in this arid wilderness.
We’ll have a smasher of a day today and we head back towards the coast.. It’s about 450kms, 250 odd will be really fast tar, the rest of which will be on gravel.
The scenery is just stunning out there this morning. On the left side of the road is this beautiful flowy mountain range and there’ll be red dunes scattered across the landscape – it’s simply beautiful. We’ll more than likely witness oryx, zebra, ostrich, springbok and maybe the odd kudu if we get lucky.
The morning section of this day is just super fun riding – possibly one of the nicest little sections in the whole southern part of Namibia. We’re then onto a slightly better condition road, almost all the way to our destination for the night: Aus.
Depending on our arrival time, we will aim to head straight through to Luderitz. Here we can grab a nice fishy lunch overlooking the industrial harbour before making our way back to our accommodation in Aus. It’s a quick ride back but it will be windy with a bit of sandblasting as we leave the coast.
For those of you that want to explore more after lunch there’s an abandoned old mining town we can swing by, with buildings being swallowed up with sand.
The restaurant at the lodge is on the top floor and has an amazing view, so we’ll be able to watch a stunning sunset from there. On a totally unrelated note, there’s an old car filled with bullet holes from a diamond heist gone wrong which is pretty interesting to look at!
Today we’re heading to the Fish River Canyon and the Orange River. It’s easy riding today, most of which is on the tarmac.
Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world and we’ll stop at a lovely viewpoint to take in the breathtaking scenery. 27km wide in places and 550m deep, it’s one of those views that makes you feel like a dot on the landscape. Just awesome.
We finish the day at a beautiful lodge sat on the banks of the Orange River, with South Africa looking at us from the other side. It’s a wonderful place to spend your final evening in Namibia!
Get your passports at the ready, for today we reach South Africa! It’s an awesome day on tar today and we start the day with a quick blip down the highway to the border post. It’s generally a pretty smooth process to leave Namibia, so we’ll be back back up to full cruising speed in South Africa in time.
It’s really easy riding on big smooth roads as we cruise down the N7, taking in the pleasant South Africa scenery as we go.
We’re staying at a lovely little lodge this evening. They’ve got some lekker (South African for ‘awesome’) little cabins and a stunning restaurant – a really nice place to relax for an evening.
Once we’re fed and watered we’ll jump onto the bikes leaving Vanrhynsdorp behind as we head off to the home of leopards and rooibos tea: The Cederberg. We’ll stop off en route and stop off in Clanwillian as there’s a lady that runs a nice Rooibos Teahouse where we’ll have the chance to learn about the history of tea manufacturing in the area.
The ride into the Cederberg is simply stunning and you’ll quickly start to feel that you’re in no man’s land. There are beautiful sandstone formations lining the gravel route and to really send you back in time, we’ll stop by to take a look at the local caveman paintings! We pass through Wupperthal – a small town frozen in time – and visit a waterfall.
It’s great day on all fronts: great scenery, great riding and great accommodation for the evening.
Tonight we’ll stay in a beautiful lodge out in the middle of nowhere. One of our team will man the braai and cook up a massive feast, South African style while you guys can relax with a cold beer and soak up the peaceful surrounds!
We’ll have seen some incredibly starry skies on our travels, but we feel there’s something really special about the star filled skies of the Cederberg. It’s our last night out in the wilderness, so it’ll surely be quite a special evening.
Our last riding day! In true Ride Expeditions style, we’ve got quite a banger of a day lined up for you. We’ll head down to the main lodge for a fry-up overlooking the lake before putting on our helmets one last time for the final leg of the journey.
We head off along the gravel road back to civilisation (depending on the group, if you are keen for more gravel we can take a little detour to add about 20km extra of the rough stuff for you). We’ll hit Ceres and then ride over the mountain at Du Toitskloof Pass. We’ve got stunning road on our way into Stellenbosch before heading towards the coastal roads and Simon’s Town. Here we’ll stop for a picnic lunch with the local penguin colony at Boulders Beach, before climbing into the hills for an exhilarating ride past Silvermine Nature Reserve.
More stunning riding from hereon out as we ride along the beautiful coastal roads around the Cape Peninsula and of course, the world famous Chapman’s Peak Drive. We then have the final stretch past Camps Bay as we head to our final destination.
Our hotel is conveniently located close to the V&A waterfront where we will head for celebratory drinks and a farewell dinner. Cape Town is a wonderfully vibrant city and the perfect place to end your South African motorcycle adventure.
Southern Africa = Complete!
Sadly this incredible adventure has come to end but for those of you yet to have your fill, the party doesn’t have to stop here. Cape Town is an amazing place so why not stay for a couple more days to really get to know the city, it’s shops, restaurants, nearby vineyards and beautiful beaches.
For those of you who who must leave for the real world today, we’ll say our farewells here and provide transfers to the airport.
Twin-share accommodation is included as standard – see ‘Optional Extras’ below for single room availability and pricing.
Please see the daily itinerary details for more info on each nights accommodation.
The accommodation on this motorcycle tour is sure to impress! From private beachfront villas to luxury lodges and safari tents under the stars. There’s a huge variety and they’re all unique in their own way. We might stay in some incredibly remote places, but we certainly won’t be slumming it!
You’ll be collected from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) on the morning of the first day (you are of course welcome to arrive a day or two earlier, but there will be an extra cost for airport pickup).
Your tour will be led and managed by a highly experienced member of the Ride Expeditions team (trained as a wilderness first response medic).
Ride Expeditions Ltd is 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 Evolution Insurance.
During the COVID-19 crisis, every rider that requested a refund was issued a cash refund.
All fuel for your motorcycle is provided by us and we carry spare fuel in our support vehicle for the sections of the route where fuel stations are scarce.
This motorcycle tour is accompanied by a GPS tracker that displays our live location and track history on an online map. We will provide you with the link and login details which you can then share with your family at home so they can track your progress throughout the trip.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided on most days.
Please see the daily itinerary to see what meals are included on each day.
At least one member of the support team will have been trained as a Wilderness First Response medic.
An extensive medical kit including a defibrillator (AED) & stretcher is carried in the support vehicle.
We also have consulting doctors on call, 24/7, who are always ready to assist in the case of an emergency. Our doctors are fully briefed on all riders medical info prior to the tour, they know what we do, where we are riding, exactly what we have in our medical kit and what training our medics have.
Tours are accompanied by GPS trackers and a satellite messenger device so our doctor and office can see exactly where we are and can maintain communication.
If you have you your own suitable & reliable motorcycle at the start point, you are quite welcome to use that for this trip. If not, we will provide a rental motorcycle for you… Please see the Dates & Prices section for available bikes.
We organise your motorcycle rental with our preferred rental provider in South Africa. Your contract for the motorcycle rental is direct with the provider and you’ll be required to sign their contract when receiving your motorcycle. You must comply with the terms & conditions of the rental provider. Upon request, we can provide you with a copy of these terms & conditions in advance.
Since the day Ride Expeditions started running tours in Cambodia back in 2012, we have been dedicated to supporting the local community.
Part profits from every motorcycle tour are donated to M’Lop Tapang – a local Cambodian charity dedicated to bettering the lives of young children & their families.
A Ride Expeditions jersey with your name printed on the back.
This motorcycle tour of Namibia is accompanied by a large support vehicle, equipped to carry your luggage, an extensive medical kit + stretcher + defibrillator (AED), drinking water, snacks, tools, spare parts and a satellite messaging device. It is also capable of carrying a motorcycle & passengers in the event of a breakdown / emergency.
We’ll welcome you with a bag of Ride Expeditions goodies which will include:
You’ll need to book flights to arrive in Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) on or before the morning of Day 1 of this trip. You can then fly out of Cape Town (CPT) on the last day of the trip.
It is important you either:
Comprehensive motorcycle insurance is included with the motorcycle rental, however the insurance excess is approximately £1000 - £1500 (depending on the model).
It is a condition of booking that you obtain appropriate travel insurance that covers you for riding the same capacity motorcycle that you’ll be riding on this motorcycle tour.
The insurance must cover emergency evacuation, medical bills, repatriation etc.
Adventure style kit with decent ventilation is the way to go on this motorcycle tour, rather than enduro or road leathers. So that means a good helmet, protective riding jacket and trousers, ideally with CE or equivalent approved armour on the pointy bits – elbows, knees and shoulders.
You are also going to need good riding gloves, a neck tube and a sturdy pair of motorcycle boots.
Please bring waterproofs if your kit doesn’t keep out the wet stuff.
Most of the places we stay at will cater for a meat-free meal, but vegan and other allergy / gluten intolerant options may not be available.
We’ll do our best to work around any specific requirements, but if you are going to go into anaphylactic shock if a peanut looks at you, please let us know and have a fully loaded epi-pen somewhere readily accessible…
Drop us an email and we can discuss any concerns you may have.
To secure your place we simply need a £500 non-refundable deposit. The remainder does not need to be paid until 60 days prior to the tour start date.
As this is a largely inclusive tour, you won’t need too much spending money, however it’s quite a long ride so you will want a bit. You will only need money for the items not listed as inclusions, which is mainly just alcohol and any other personal spending. Unless you go mad in the bars, around £150-200 should be adequate.
Yes. Here at Ride Expeditions, we take the necessary precautions to ensure that we protect both ourselves and you as the customer, with insurances covering financial failure, public liability, professional indemnity and employers liability (you will need your own travel insurance).
To obtain this insurance we must meet strict safety standards and local regulations. We must also carry out thorough risk assessments about all aspects of a tour before tyres can hit tarmac (…or dirt!).
Yes. 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 Evolution Insurance.
Not riding the motorcycle, no (although this will of course depend on the extent of your limited mobility). However, we may be able to accommodate you in our support vehicle. We advise you to give us a call and we can discuss.
Henk – can they buy a sim with coverage for all countries?
You are required to carry your local driving licence, which must cover the size of bike you will be riding. This will also be a stipulation of any travel insurance company too.
You will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). An IDP is basically an official, multi-language translation of your driving licence.
Average group sizes are 8-9 riders and we limit the groups to 12 riders.
If you cancel your booking before departure, cancellation charges will be applied as follows:
Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for further info regarding cancellations, changes and transferring your trip to a friend.
For the most accurate and up to date info on travel advice, we advise you to visit the foreign office website.
Follow this link for the current travel advice from the UK foreign office. As we are a UK company, this is the official government advice we follow. If you are not a UK resident, we advise you search for the equivalent info from your own country’s foreign office, as travel advice may differ.
Ideally, we want confident and experienced riders on our motorcycle tours, so for this reason we want you to have at least two years active riding experience.
We will send a pre-booking form to gauge the level of your riding experience and help us determine whether or not this motorcycle tour is suitable for you.
Following on from this, as this tour is both on and off-road on adventure bikes, it is more than preferable if you have had a good amount of adventure riding experience before booking up. Should you have any doubts, give our tour leaders a call or email and we can talk through any queries you may have.
Hopefully warm and sunny for the whole tour, so be sure to pack the sunscreen and Ray Bans. Average temperatures during our preferred tour months will be 20-30°c. Occasionally we may experience cooler weather & the desert nights can also become quite chilly, so bring warm layers in case. Rain is unlikely, but it’s always a good idea to prepare for the worst!
The minimum required number for this trip to run is 6 riders. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if this number is not met and we will provide you with a minimum of 56 days notice. Please know that this is an absolute last resort for us and we will always do everything in our power to avoid this happening.
We accept GBP payments by Visa, Mastercard & American Express and direct bank transfers. Please get in touch if you would rather pay in another currency – we’ll do our best to accommodate!