Southern Africa

Nairobi, Kenya, Africa

Highlights

Your journey starts in Nairobi and then ride immediately into ‘the bush' as your journey takes your through Masai territory and onto Mount Kilimanjaro. Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania offers a coastal break. Your adventure then takes you west to Lake Malawi, before you ride south to Lilongwe. Zambia, the Zambezi river, the Victoria Falls and the Okavango are still to come!

Is it for me?

Number of days: 33
Approx total miles: 6,500
Accommodation: 90% Hotels 10% Lodge or Camping
Meals Included: All Breakfasts and 5 Group Evening Meals
Culture Shock Rating: Moderate
Riding Difficulty: Moderate

Riding Conditions

Riders should be competent road riders with advanced riding skills and be comfortable at riding in hot conditions. Off road experience will be very helpful, we ride some tarmac roads which may be in poor condition and there are sections off piste Riders should have ridden overseas previously.

Riders Requirements

Riders must have a full motorcycle licence and should have a minimum of 2 years experience of riding larger bikes. Riders will be riding their own motorcycles, which need to be appropriate and adequate to ride on this type of journey.

Riders must be confident and competent road riders and whilst off-road riding experience is beneficial, it is not essential. What is more important is your own attitude to motorcycle overlanding. You need to be flexible and adaptable if the going gets tough, have the ability to take a positive view to overcome the challenges that riding in developing countries will throw at you and keep a good sense of humor and team spirit.

Organised by GlobeBusters Motorcycle Expeditions

Southern Africa


Itinerary

Week 1

Start the trip in the vibrant Kenyan capital of Nairobi and Mount Kenya, sampling its culturalheritage. Visit the Karen Blixen Museum or the Bomas of Kenya. Take in the sight of Mount Kilimanjaro and spot ‘big game' as you ride the Masai Steppe. Sample the calm delights of Moshi, the biggest centre for coffee production in the country, with its huge coffee plantations. East into Tanzania, into the "Swahili haven of peace" that is Dar Es Salaam. A possible visit to Zanzibar, majestic spice island of the Indian Ocean.

Week 2

Head west across Tanzania's rolling and hilly country. See the Mbozi meteorite near Mbeya and travel along the shores of Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, visiting the pretty lakeside town of Nhakata Bay. Head south to Nyika National Park, famous for its wildflowers and wildlife, and the rugged terrain of the Nkhotakota Game Reserve. To Lilongwe, capital of Malawi. Then west into Zambia, to the Zambezi and Lusaka.

Week 3

Follow the route of the Zambezi River via the iconic town of Livingstone, to Victoria Falls and enjoy a day off in this adventurer's paradise. Take the challenge of sitting in the "Devil's Pool" inches away from the edge of the Falls! Ride more arid country before heading south into Botswana and the spectacular beauty of the Okavango Delta and Moremi Wildlife Reserve. The ride becomes more challenging as you skirt the edge of the Kalahari Desert and head further south into Namibia. See Windhoek, Namibia's capital, with its traditional German colonial architecture.

Week 4

South towards South Africa. Through Keetmanshoop with its eerie Quiver Tree Forest in the Giant's Playground; the spectacular Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, and Springbok. To Cape Town via the Hottentot Hollands, sampling the delights of the beautiful vineyards of Stellenbosch. Visit Table Mountain and Robben Island; southwards to Cape Agulhas, Africa's most southerly point where the world's two largest oceans meet. Travel along the scenic Indian Ocean coast road, following the Garden Route through Mossel Bay and on to Port Elizabeth on the Sunshine Coast. North to Middelburg, the modern "Stainless Steel capital of Africa" before visiting Lesotho, the "Kingdom in the Sky".

Week 5

The final ride northwards via Bloemfontein, "City of Roses", and through the Golden Gate National Park near Bethlehem, before arriving in Johannesburg and journey's end.

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