Before the introduction of our motorcycle safaris through East Africa, you’d have to arrange an African vacation with a luxury travel company to experience what we’ve included in our Heart of Africa Adventure.
This 14-day “Luxury Motorcycle Safari” begins and ends in Nairobi, Kenya and offers travel through four different countries that can be described as “the heart of Africa”. In addition to stunning riding, amazing landscapes, upscale accommodations and delicious meals, the Adventure includes several of Africa’s most popular wildlife experiences – features available only with Ayres Adventures.
Two full days “on safari” in the Serengeti. Approximately seventy large mammal species are found in the Serengeti, including elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, hippo, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe. The Serengeti is also famous for it’s large population of lion.
A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, adjoining the Serengeti. This conservation area has the densest known population of lion as well as large numbers of leopards and elephant.
A free day in Rwanda, including an exclusive gorilla safari. Beginning at our luxurious home base in the jungles of Rwanda, we’ll set off on foot to track down the magnificent animals in their natural environment. It’s a sight experienced by only a few.
Stunning views of the Great Rift Valley, which extends more than 3,000 miles from Syria to Mozambique.
Several crossings of the Equator, as we pass back and forth between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
Although this Adventure takes place almost entirely on paved roads, road conditions are poor at times and we’ll encounter some occasional hectic traffic and poor drivers. The tour is intended for experienced riders with a keen sense of adventure and a taste for the unusual.
At a Glance Your Heart of Africa Adventure
Welcome to Nairobi. Your tour leaders will arrange your transport from the airport to the hotel from which the tour will start. During the afternoon the tour leaders will hand over the bike to you (This is a non riding day) after which we will enjoy a short briefing about the tour before heading out for our first group dinner together at a great local restaurant.
Our first day of riding takes us on a north westerly direction out of the city.
Highlights: Our first stop will be a stunning overview of the Great Rift Valley which extends over 3,000 miles from Syria to Mozambique. Then we’ll head west through the rift valley to the town of Narok. From Narok we head north through tea plantations to Kisumu where we will spend the night at a pleasant local hotel near the shores of Lake Victoria.
Highlights: Our first photo stop will be at the Equator sign, as we go from the Southern to the Northern Hemisphere. We’ll cross the border into Uganda and go through the town of Jinja where we will ride over a dam wall. To our left we’ll see Lake Victoria, and to our right, the Nile river – the longest north flowing river in the world. Tonight we’ll stay in Kampala – the capital city of Uganda.
After leaving the hustle and bustle of Kampala, we will enjoy great open roads as we head towards Kabale and on to Lake Bunyonyi where we will spend the night at a stunning privately owned lodge right on the banks of Lake Bunyonyi. We will also cross over the Equator today with great picture opportunities a long the way.
Todays short ride will take us over the border from Uganda into Rwanda. (Be sure to return to the right side of the road).
Highlights: Once we are through the border, the riding in Rwanda is absolutely spectacular. We’ll be surrounded bu rolling green hills and extinct volcanoes. We will spend two nights at a small lodge, strategically located near the entrance to Volcanoes National Park where we’ll do the gorilla safari in the morning.
Ruhengeri Free Day. Gorilla Safari! We’ll be up early to enjoy one of the most amazing wildlife experiences in the world. Our trek to find the gorilla’s will be led by local guides who will take us into the forest to track and find the gorilla’s. Once we have found them, we can spend an hour with these amazing creatures. You will have plenty of time to photograph them, and to simply enjoy watching them – only a few meters away.
This is a short day, but the ride into the capital city of Kigali is stunning.
Highlights: Our hotel for tonight became famous after 1,268 people took refuge inside the building during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. The story of the hotel and its manager at that time, Paul Rusesabagina, was used as the basis of the film Hotel Rwanda.
From Kigali it’s a spectacular ride to the border, where we will cross into Tanzania, a good days riding.
A long ride today, through rural areas of Tanzania.
We’ll ride around Lake Manyara and through the Ngorongoro Conservation area. We’ll have to be alert for wildlife on the road as we ride through part of the game reserve. We’ll also begin to see Maasai people in their traditional clothing – the Shúkà. We will leave the bikes at the lodge for the next two days while we enjoy game drives through the Serengeti in 4-wheeled safari vehicles.
Free day in the Serengeti. Our Serengeti guides will pick us up from the hotel after breakfast and take us in the Serengeti National park past the Ngorongoro crater. The drive to the hotel inside the park will take most of the day. We’ll stop for lunch in the park and enjoy world-class game viewing in one of Africa’s most famous national parks.
Second free day in the Serengeti. Two days are hardly enough to do justice to the Serengeti, but we’ll give it a try!
We’ll be driven back to Karatu, where we left the motorcycles. Along the way, we’ll visit another world-class game viewing area – the basin of the Ngorongoro Crater.
For our last riding day we’ll ride through the town of Arusha and north to the border with Kenya. We’ll spend our last evening together in Nairobi.
After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, the tour leaders will arrange your transfer to the airport for your flight home.
The route consists of a wide variety of road conditions – unpaved as well as paved. Off-road experience is required.
- 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
- All breakfasts
- All dinners
- Several lunches
- Gorilla safari
- Serengeti game drive
- 4×4 safari to Ngorongoro Crater
Deposit per person: $1,600
Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
Single room supplement
|Date||2017 Adventures||Days||Price (USD)||Co-rider||Notes
|Sep 9 - Sep 22||Heart of Africa||14||$9,975||$7,500||
|Date||2018 Adventures||Days||Price (USD)||Co-rider||Notes
|Sep 8 - Sep 21||Heart of Africa||14||$9,975||$7,500||