Motorcycle Tours in Africa

There are probably as many misconceptions about Africa as there are independent countries within it (nearly 60). In addition to questions about the riding conditions, language and cultural issues, we’re often asked about safety, comfort, and sanitary conditions too. We have a stock answer: “There are some nasty places in Africa, but we don’t venture near them.”

Riders are invariably impressed with the beauty of the land, the great riding, and the cultural riches of the continent. English is the dominant language and is widely understood in all but small, rural communities. Nothing impresses our guests more than the friendly and welcoming attitude of the African people. A rider once told us that she felt like a visiting dignitary because so many people along the road provided cheerful waves as we rode by.

All of our Africa tours, unless specifically noted, take place on paved roads. Only our African Off-Road and Namibian Splendors Adventures (and some private tours that are specifically designed for off-road riding) require riding off-the-pavement.

In Africa you’ll ride on the left. You may ride with a tour leader during the entire trip if you wish, and we encourage riders who aren’t familiar with riding on the left to do so, at least for the first day or two. Switching sides isn’t particularly difficult once you become accustomed to differences in making turns at intersections and in handling traffic circles.

Despite some of our “jaw dropping” photos that depict wildlife, we avoid riding in areas where we’re likely to encounter predators or aggressive animals. On many of our Adventures we see elephant, giraffe, zebra, kudu and other wildlife crossing the road, but we exercise caution and don’t attempt to approach them. It’s exciting enough just to photograph them!

We think it would be a pity to travel all the way to Africa and not have an opportunity to experience the continent’s wildlife. Nearly all of our African Adventures include planned wildlife experiences, conducted from the safety and comfort of specially equipped Land Rover safari and game viewing vehicles. A policy that distinguishes us from other motorcycle tour companies is that we use upscale game lodges for overnight stays inside popular game reserves. Some companies include day trips into parks such as Kruger, but they may only enter during daylight hours and do not have access to the entire park. Spending several evenings under the stars in the African bush is an indescribable experience that is often the highlight of an African Adventure.

Our customers have found travel in Africa to be surprisingly unique, and incredibly beautiful and adventuresome. Most describe it as the experience of a lifetime!

Dates2015 AdventuresDaysPrice
(USD)
Co-riderNotes
Mar 14 - 27Southern Cross
(Cape Town to Johannesburg)
14$8,975$6,400
Mar 28 - Apr 10Call of the Wild
(Johannesburg to Windhoek)
14$8,975$6,400
Apr 29 - Jun 2Into Africa (Cape Town to Nairobi)35$27,750$19,500
Jun 6 - 27Out of Africa (Nairobi to Cape Town)22$15,750
$11,750
Sep 12 - 25
Heart of Africa14$9,975$7,500
Sep 26 - Oct 9Southern Cross
(Cape Town to Johannesburg)
14$8,975$6,400
Sep 26 - Oct 9PhotoMoto Africa 14$10,990$8,900A minimum of 12 bookings is required for this tour
Oct 10 - 23Call of the Wild
(Johannesburg to Windhoek)
14$8,975$6,400
Oct 21 - Nov 1Africa Off-Road12$5,500$3,850

Dates2016 AdventuresDaysPrice
(USD)
Co-riderNotes
Feb 13 - Feb 21Africa Cape Colony Adventure9$4,875$3,395
Mar 12 - Mar 25Southern Cross
(Cape Town to Johannesburg)
14$8,975$6,400
Mar 26 - Apr 10Call of the Wild
(Johannesburg to Windhoek)
14$8,975$6,400
Apr 30 - Jun 3Into Africa (Cape Town to Nairobi)35$27,750$19,500
Jun 7 - Jun 28Out of Africa (Nairobi to Cape Town)22$15,750
$11,750
Sep 10 - Sep 23Heart of Africa14$9,975$7,500
Sep 24 - Oct 7Southern Cross
(Cape Town to Johannesburg)
14$8,975$6,400
Sep 24 - Oct 7PhotoMoto Africa 14$10,990$8,900A minimum of 12 bookings is required for this tour
Oct 8 - Oct 21Call of the Wild
(Johannesburg to Windhoek)
14$8,975$6,400
Oct 22 - Oct 31African Panorama10$5,275$4,000
Nov 1 - Nov 12Africa Off-Road12$5,500$3,850
Nov 12 - Nov 20Africa Cape Colony Adventure9$4,875$3,395

This trip had a little of everything and it makes me want to go back to Africa

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My son and I rode the Ayres Adventures Machu Picchu trip over a year ago and we had so much fun I decided to go on my own trip to South Africa, at Ron Ayres suggestion.  I'm a fair weather, slower rider, the type that likes to look at scenery, stop often, and avoid highways, so after Machu Picchu which really challenged me, I asked Ron for something more suitable to my style, and the Southern Cross trip fit my needs perfectly.

It had everything: beautiful scenery that included seascapes and inland hills and valleys, cultural offerings by the Zulus in S. Africa and the Bsuto in Swaziland, game reserves and Kruger National Park where the big animals walked in their natural habitat, and most touching to me, visiting an orphanage and school where we met some children and which offered us the opportunity to give back a little by connecting them with possible resources in the USA.

The accommodations and the food were always the best, especially Otter's Den, where we were treated like family by the hosts and where I felt like I might hear Tarzan yelling as he swung from branch to branch.

John Jesson and Chris Carey offered wonderful support as group leaders, and they made my experience work, especially since I ride slower than most and I was traveling alone. It's not easy to satisfy everyone with different needs, but they did. The planned visits included a snake reserve, elephant farm, balloon ride, and could have included the highest bungee jump in the world. This trip had a little of everything and it makes me want to go back to Africa.

Deborah has done:

Africa Call of the Wild

Escape to Machu Picchu

Deborah Pigeon
W. Tilsbury, Massachussets