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!

Dates2016 AdventuresDaysPrice
(USD)
Co-riderNotes
March 12 - 25 Southern Cross (Cape Town to Johannesburg)
14$8,975$6,400
March 26 - April 8Call of the Wild
(Johannesburg to Windhoek)
14$8,975$6,400
April 30 - June 3Into Africa (Cape Town to Nairobi)35$27,750$19,500
June 7 - 28Out of Africa (Nairobi to Cape Town)22$15,750
$11,750
September 10 - 23Heart of Africa14$9,975$7,500
September 24 - October 7 Southern Cross Adventure
(Cape Town to Johannesburg)
14$8,975$6,400
October 8 - 21Call of the Wild
(Johannesburg to Windhoek)
14$8,975$6,400

Dates2017 AdventuresDaysPrice
(USD)
Co-riderNotes
March 11 - 24Southern Cross
(Cape Town to Johannesburg)
14$8,975$6,400
March 25 - April 7Call of the Wild
(Johannesburg to Windhoek)
14$8,975$6,400
April 29 - June 2Into Africa (Cape Town to Nairobi)35$27,750$19,500
June 6 - 27Out of Africa (Nairobi to Cape Town)22$15,750
$11,750
September 9 - 22Heart of Africa14$9,975$7,500
September 23 - October 6Southern Cross
(Cape Town to Johannesburg)
14$8,975$6,400
October 7 - 20Call of the Wild
(Johannesburg to Windhoek)
14$8,975$6,400

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's Adventures include:
Call of the Wild (Africa)
Escape to Machu Picchu Adventure

Deborah Pigeon
W. Tilsbury, Massachussets

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