The Ultimate African Adventure… April 29 – June 2, 2015
The Into Africa Adventure is the most unique and all-encompassing African experience ever offered by any motorcycle tour company. Spend 35-days riding 9,500 kilometers (5,900-miles) through seven Southern African countries – from the southernmost point on the African Continent to the Equator, enjoying premium level accommodations, meals, attractions, and support services the entire way. This Super Tour begins in Cape Town, South Africa – one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and ends in Nairobi, Kenya.
A collection of world-class, once-in-a-lifetime African experiences has been incorporated into this amazing journey:
A gorilla safari in Uganda, enabling you to experience mountain gorillas up close
Two nights in the Serengeti, including a 4×4 safari
Two nights on the “spice island” of Zanzibar, in the Indian Ocean
Two nights in Botswana’s Chobe National Park, including a game drive by 4×4
An overnight stay at Victoria Falls, including a tour of the Falls
Wildlife cruise on the Chobe River, teeming with elephant, hippo, giraffe, and numerous other wildlife species
Two nights on the shores of Lake Malawi (Africa’s third largest lake, and the eighth largest lake in the world)
South Africa’s Swartberg Mountains, including the Swartberg Pass
Two nights on Cape Town’s Waterfront, with a day of riding the Cape Peninsula – one of the world’s top motorcycling destinations
Crossing of the Equator in Uganda, and again in Kenya before ending the Adventure in Nairobi
Riders must be experienced and comfortable riding in a variety of road and traffic conditions, but it is not necessary to have experience riding on unpaved surfaces. This trip uses the best roads available and avoids roads requiring technical skill. Riding on gravel is very limited.
This premium-level Adventure is especially suitable for experienced two-up riders. A comfortable support vehicle will be available for non-riding companions (or “sometimes” riding companions) as well as a trailer for transporting luggage and a spare motorcycle.
At a Glance
Your Into Africa Adventure
Arrival in Cape Town.
Airport transfer, motorcycle handover, kickoff meeting and our first dinner together! Accommodations at the luxury V&A Hotel and dinner at a first class restaurant on the Waterfront. Riders arriving early can visit Table Mountain, take a city tour, or enjoy the cafes, restaurants and shopping that the waterfront has to offer.
Cape Town to Cape L’Agulhas.
Ride the beautiful coastal route through Gordon’s Bay, Betty’s Bay and Hermanus to Cape L’Agulhas. After a gourmet dinner, enjoy the ocean view from your private balcony.
Cape L’Agulhas to Prince Albert.
Ride South Africa’s famous wine route, enjoy beautiful mountain sweepers, and enter the Swartberg Mountains. Highlights: Tradouws Pass, Swartberg Pass (or Meeringspoort Pass for riders preferring to avoid gravel), South Africa’s wine route, The Klein Karoo (semi-arid desert), Oudtshoorn (the ostrich capital of he world).
Prince Albert to Kimberley (~655 km, 405 miles).
Ride through the Great Karoo to “The Diamond City” of Kimberley. A long riding day, but done on well-maintained, high speed roads. Highlights: Meeringspoort Pass, The Great Karoo, historical battlefields from the Boer Wars, beautiful landscapes and small farming towns.
Free Day in Kimberley.
Relax in town, or enjoy the local museums, monuments, and memorials. Kimberly is home to the worlds largest hand dug diamond mine. Highlights: Big Hole, Kimberley Mine Museum, local historical attractions (Second Boer War), local riding, fine dining at the Kimberley Club.
Kimberley to Gabarone, Botswana.
Follow the route of Cecil Rhode’s great northern railroad which runs from Cape Town through Kimberley to Vryburg, Mahikeng and on to Victoria Falls. Highlights: The agricultural and beef producing heartland of South Africa – “the Texas of South Africa” , historical towns from Second Boer War. See flamingos at the Kamfers Dam, where up to 20,000 breeding flamingos are sometimes seen.
Gabarone to Francistown.
Ride good two-lane paved highways through rural Botswana. Highlights: Very rural areas, many picturesque native villages within sight of the highway, possible elephant sightings and other wildlife on the highway. Photo opportunity at Tropic of Capricorn.
Francistown to Kasane.
Ride good two-lane paved highways through rural Botswana Highlights: Very rural areas, many picturesque native villages within sight of the highway, wildlife on highway, including elephant, giraffe, ostrich.
Free Day in Kasane.
Today you have the option of enjoying an early morning game drive in the Chobe National park in an open safari vehicle followed by doing the boat cruise again later in the afternoon.
Highlights: Game drive in Chobe National Park, River cruise on Chobe River, dining under the stars at Chobe Safari Lodge.
Kasane to Livingstone.
We will be staying at a stunning hotel right next to Victoria Falls, you will be able to hear the falls from your room. We will arrive at the hotel early enough for you to enjoy a walk around Victoria Falls, one of the 7 Natural wonders of the world. Take a ferry across Zambesi river and enter Zambia. Highlights: Border crossing into Zambia (first “third world” border crossing), Victoria Falls
Livingstone to Lusaka.
Ride to Zambia’s capital and largest city, located in the center of the country. Highlights: Mazabuka – “The Sweetest Place in Africa” – named because of the extensive sugar cane farming and the large Illovo Cane Sugar Processing Plant. A visit to Lusaka’s many markets, a fine hotel set amidst tropical gardens in the center of the city.
Lusaka to Chipata.
Ride to Chipata, a small and dusty crossroads near the Malawi border. First opportunity during the trip to refuel from the support vehicle, as the distance between fuel stations exceeds the range of the motorcycles. Highlights: Some interesting native villages along the way. Twisty roads with lush, green landscape. In Chipata, visit the Central Mosque – probably the prettiest building in Chipata.
Chipata to Senga Bay, Malawi.
Highlights: Border crossing into Malawi. Some slightly twisty riding but scenic with many photo opportunities of small African villages along the way. Enjoy the beach at Lake Malawi – the country’s top tourist attraction. The lake is landlocked by three African countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania) and is the third largest lake in Africa (and the eighth largest in the world).
Senga Bay Free Day.
Highlights: Local riding or relax on the beach.
Senga Bay to Mzuzu.
Very pleasant riding past many small towns. Later in the day, great twisty roads with spectacular views of the lake. Highlights: Lovely riding with views of tea, rubber and coffee plantations.
Mzuzu to Mbeya.
More lovely riding, many small towns, some twisties, and altitudes of up to 7,000 feet. Highlights: Border crossing into Tanzania. Opportunity to take a short tour of coffee plantations.
Mbeya to Iringa.
Another easy day of riding, with passage through small villages and towns. Highlights: More small towns, numerous roadside markets with stalls selling wide variety of merchandise.
Iringa to Dar es Salaam.
Ride to Tanzania’s largest and wealthiest city, located on a massive natural harbor on the Indian Ocean. Some stunning twisty sections today as we ride through forested areas and rural villages. Chaotic city traffic entering Dar es Salaam. Highlights: Ride through Mikumi National Park. Enjoy your luxury hotel on the waterfront, with great views of the Indian Ocean.
Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar (Ferry).
Highlights: Two-hour “passenger only” ferry to Zanzibar, Stone Town (the most popular area on the island).
Free Day on Zanzibar – “The Spice Island”.
Highlights: Sun, sand and sumptuous seafood dishes. Nightly performances of Taarab Music -a combination of African, Arabic and Indian influences that was first played in the 1820’s at the Sultan’s palace. Cultural tour of Stone Town – visiting the Sultan’s Palace, the House of Wonders, The Old Dispensary Cultural Centrex, the Old Slave Market, the Old Dhow harbor. Take an evening stroll around Stone Town Take the famous Spice Tour. Visit the Jozani Forest Nature Reserve, the last red colobus monkey sanctuary in the world. Take a dhow cruise or a dolphin cruise.
Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam (Ferry).
Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam – an easy day with the only obligation to take the ferry back to Dar es Salaam. Highlights: International restaurants, with an emphasis on Tanzanian barbecue style options, lively music, variety of museums and cultural interests.
Dar es Salaam to Moshi.
Dar es Salaam to Moshi ( ~ 570 km, 416 miles). Enjoy a pleasant, enjoyable stay near the border with Kenya in preparation for the highlights of the Adventure in the Serengeti and the gorilla safaris in Uganda. Highlights: After leaving the city, much of the days riding will be in rural farming areas. Several hours riding directly toward Mount Kilimanjaro (almost 20,000 feet in height), with spectacular views and photo opportunities along the way.
Moshi to Karatu.
Prepare for a short riding day, but with stunning scenery, especially once we are beyond Arusha. Ride through huge open plains and towering mountains in the background. Highlights: Beautiful scenery, colorful local Masaai people along the way. Also a good possibility of seeing elephant and giraffe from the road.
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.
Free day in the Serengeti.
Today we will enjoy a full days game driving within Serengeti National Park. The serengeti is home to the great migration during which tens of thousands of zebra and wildebeest migrate through the park in search of food. We will see these incredible animals during part of their migration as well as the Big 5.
Free day on Lake Manyara.
Today we will drive through the park towards the exit as we head back to Karatu where we left the bikes. On the return drive we will drive into the Ngorogoro Crater which is its own a national park. We will enjoy spectacular views as we drive in and out of the crater as well as great wildlife sightings. We will also enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch inside the crater.
Karatu to Kahama.
Leaving the hotel, we will head back towards Arusha before turning towards Kahama, it’s a great days riding that will offer some game viewing as we ride along the outskirts of the Lake Manyara National Park as well as a chance to see local Masaai herdsmand attending to their cattle.
Kahama to Kigali.
Today we will cross the border into Rwanda at Murcheson Falls and ride to the capital of Rwanda, Kigali, where we will spend the night in a great hotel with a lot of history.
Kigali to Ruhengeri.
The riding on todays route is short but probbaly some of the most exciting riding of the tour as we take on the stunning twisty roads and spectacular scenery that Rwanda has to offer.
Free Day for Gorilla Tracking.
Highlights: Gorilla tracking! Tracking the gorillas through Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is an unforgettable, magical experience. Have good hiking shoes and be prepared to locate the gorillas, then spend an hour photographing them. If you wish, porters will be available to carry your belongings on the trek.
Ruhengeri to lake Bunyonyi.
We will enjoy some more spectacular riding today as we head back towards Kiglai (Via a different route that we took to get to Ruhengeri) before heading to the border to cross into Uganda. Tonights lodging is a privately owned small boutique lodge that offers spectacular views of Lake Bunyonyi.
Bunyonyi to Kampala.
Another great days riding as we head to the capital city of Uganda, Kampala. Today we will cross the Equator where we will stop for a great photo opportunity.
Kampala to Kisumu.
A good days riding that will also include crossing the border from Uganda into Kenya, our last border crossing for the tour. We will also stop in the samll town of Jinja this is where the Nile River starts, we will actually ride over the dam wall with Lake Victoria on your right and the start of the Nile River on your left.
Kisumu to Nairobi.
Kisumu to Nairobi. Highlights: Last night and celebration dinner in style at a 5-Star Hotel.
Departure from Nairobi.
After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, the tour leaders will arrange your transfer to the airport for your flight home.
The route includes a wide variety of road conditions and varying geographical features. 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 in Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda. Many game sightings will also occur from the seat of the motorcycle. Expect some heavy city traffic in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi.
Single room supplement
Tour price includes all park entry fees, ferry fees, and activities described in the daily itinerary.
A non-refundable deposit of $1,600 per person is required. Full payment is due 120 days prior to departure.
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