Call of the Wild

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The Call of the Wild Adventure combines motorcycle touring with luxury game lodges to offer an “in-depth” experience with the continent’s incredible wildlife. The Adventure begins in Sandton, South Africa (suburban Johannesburg) and continues through Botswana and Namibia, with a side trip to Victoria Falls in Zambia. The trip ends in Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek.

Features of the trip include:

  • Nearly all accommodations in luxury game lodges (several 5-Star lodges and hotels) in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. (all luxury tented lodges include full private “ensuite” bath facilities)
  • Numerous game drives in 4×4 safari vehicles to see Africa’s “Big Five” (lion, rhino, leopard, cape buffalo, and elephant) – as well as a wide variety of other wildlife
  • A free day in Kasane, Botswana, providing ample time for a day trip to Victoria Falls in Zambia. The stay also includes a river cruise on the Chobe River and opportunities to do game drives in Chobe National Park
  • Three nights at a luxury lodge in Namibia’s famed Etosha National Park, where guests may use their own 4×4 vehicles to go on their own daily game drives.

Jamie Elvidge, editor of Motorcycle Escape Magazine described the Call of the Wild as “the coolest way to ride a motorcycle from one safari to another.”

Interested in a longer trip? You can stay precede this tour with our Southern Cross Adventure, which takes place immediately before Call of the Wild.

At a Glance
Your Call of the Wild Adventure

Call of the Wild Motorcycle Tour in Africa Day 1

Arrival in Johannesburg. Transfer to hotel in Sandton, motorcycle handover, kickoff meeting and our first dinner together! Riders arriving early can tour Soweto or enjoy the upscale shopping, restaurants and cafes at the nearby Mandela Square.

Call of the Wild Motorcycle Tour in Africa Day 2 We will have a very pleasant day of riding through the South African countryside as we head to our 5-star game lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve. Parking our motorcycles at the gate, we will enjoy a 45-minute drive in a 4×4 safari vehicle through the reserve on our way to the lodge. “High tea” will be served prior to our first sundowner game drive.

Call of the Wild Motorcycle Tour in Africa Day 3 An early morning game drive is a great way to start the day and to watch the wildlife come to life as they begin their day. Afterwards, we will have brunch and then you can relax around the swimming pool or visit the spa. On our late afternoon game drive we will enjoy sunset drinks in the bush and then continue to search for nocturnal wildlife as we head back to the lodge.

Call of the Wild Motorcycle Tour in Africa Day 4 Before our noon departure, we will have another opportunity to do a morning game drive followed by a great brunch. We will be crossing the border into Botswana today and then have a short ride to our destination of Palapye.
Call of the Wild Motorcycle Tour in Africa Day 5 The road to Nata takes us through rural Botswana on good two-lane paved highways. We will pass many picturesque native villages with possible wildlife sightings along the way.

Call of the Wild Motorcycle Tour in Africa Day 6 The road to Kasane is exciting because we have often encountered elephants, giraffes and other wildlife alongside or crossing the road. We will arrive at the lodge in time to enjoy lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River. This cruise offers spectacular and close-up sightings of hippo, elephant, giraffe, cape buffalo and many other animal species and birds.
Call of the Wild Motorcycle Tour in Africa Day 7 This free day offers several great opportunities from which to choose. You could opt for an early morning game drive through Chobe National Park in an open safari vehicle and possibly repeat the boat cruise in the afternoon. Another great choice is to take a day trip to Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, where you can take a guided tour, bungee jump in front of the falls or take a helicopter flight over the falls.

Call of the Wild Motorcycle Tour in Africa Day 8 On our way to Bagani, we will ride through Chobe National Park where we once again have the opportunity for some great wildlife sightings. We will cross into Namibia and then ride along the Caprivi Strip to reach the luxurious Divava lodge which will be our home for the next two nights.
Call of the Wild Motorcycle Tour in Africa Day 9 Options for this free day include a boat cruise on the Okavango River to see hippos, crocodiles and other wildlife, a game drive at a nearby reserve, or simply relaxing and enjoying the amenities of this luxurious lodge.

Call of the Wild Motorcycle Tour in Africa Day 10 Today we will continue across the Caprivi Strip on our way to Etosha and will have the opportunity for some interesting stops for crafts and souvenirs. At our destination, will trade our bikes for 4×4 vehicles to allow for two days of self-directed game viewing in Etosha National Park.

Call of the Wild Motorcycle Tour in Africa Days 11 and 12

Etosha National Park is one of the most popular game parks on the African continent. After the many game drives you’ve participated in during this tour, you’ll now be ready to take the wheel of your own 4×4 and explore the park at your leisure. The lodge is located within sight of the Etosha gate, making it easy to visit the park as often as you like.

Call of the Wild Motorcycle Tour in Africa Day 13

Our ride to Windhoek will include several interesting shopping opportunities along the way. Our final celebration dinner will be in one of Windhoek’s most popular and trendy restaurants, featuring a menu that includes popular African game dishes.

Call of the Wild Motorcycle Tour in Africa Day 14 After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, the tour leaders will arrange your transfer to the airport for your flight home.



Total – 1,852 miles

The route is entirely paved, primarily straight roads. A major feature of this Adventure is the extensive wildlife viewing that takes place during the many game drives and river cruise in the major game parks, especially in Botswana and Namibia. Many game sightings will also occur from the seat of the motorcycle on Botswana’s and Namibia’s national highways.

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10%
  • Deduct $700 for BMW G310R
  • Includes BMW F700GS
  • Additional charge of $150 for BMW F800GS
  • Additional charge of $300 for a BMW F800GS Adv
  • Additional charge of $450 for a Honda Africa Twin
  • Additional charge of $850 for a BMW R1200GS LC
  • Additional charge of $850 for a BMW R1200R LC
  • Additional charge of $1,400 for a BMW R1200GS Adv LC
  • Additional charge of $1,400 for a BMW R1200RT LC
  • Additional charge of $1,800 for a BMW K1600GT
  • Additional charge of $1,800 for a BMW K1600GTL
  • Personal motorcycle: deduct $1,900 from the rider price.
Standard Inclusions
  • Late model, low mileage motorcycle
  • Upscale accommodations
  • A’ la carte dining
  • Two Ayres Adventures professional tour leaders
  • Airport arrival/departure transfers
  • Luggage handling
  • Comfortable support vehicle for non-riding companions
  • Comprehensive pre-trip planning and assistance
  • Customized trip booklet with day-by-day itinerary and attractions
  • Two commemorative shirts
  • Adventurer Club travel award credit
Meals
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Several lunches
Special Inclusions
  • Luxury game lodges
  • Multiple morning & evening game drives
  • Chobe river cruise
  • All park entry fees

Deposit per person: $800

Single room supplement – $1425.

2018 Schedule
Date2018 AdventuresDaysPrice

(USD)
Co-riderNotes
Mar 24 - Apr 6Call of the Wild
(Johannesburg to Windhoek)
14$8,600$5,700
Oct 6 - Oct 19Call of the Wild
(Johannesburg to Windhoek)
14$8,600$5,700
2019 Schedule
Date2019 AdventuresDaysPrice

(USD)
Co-riderNotes
Mar 23 - Apr 5Call of the Wild
(Johannesburg to Windhoek)
14$8,600$5,700
Oct 5 - 18Call of the Wild
(Johannesburg to Windhoek)
14$8,600$5,700
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