Explore our Earth - Southern Africa
Forming Stage 4 of Explore our Earth, Nairobi to Cape Town, this ride is the very essence of Africa, with all its challenges, frustrations, natural wonders, wildlife and tribes. Amidst the emptiness of the Skeleton Coast, the thunder of Victoria Falls, the roar from the Serengeti, the scent of Zanzibar spices or playing football on the shores of Lake Malawi, African roads will be as unpredictable, inspiring and challenging as African life itself.
Is it for me?
Riders must be confident road riders with advanced riding skills, with experience of riding over 400 miles in one day and have undertaken training or have practical experience riding a large capacity motorcycle on gravel & dirt roads. In some areas, roads can also be sandy. Watch out for many hazards on the roads – wildlife, people and the other road users will randomly meander or dart when you are least expecting it. Ideally you should have some experience of riding overseas before tackling this trip. This trip is suitable for an experienced rider and pillion.
On the Road:
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Week 19 / 1– Kenya
Collect the bikes and time to explore the “The place of Cool Waters” – Nairobi on the eastern edge of the Rift Valley. Then we’re off to the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. We ride to the coast via the slopes of Kilimanjaro and head for the Serengeti National Park.
Week 20 / 2- Tanzania
A few days to get a taste of the 11,000 square miles of the Serengeti and spy the big five. Heading west across Tanzania’s rolling and hilly countryside, through Mikumi National Park and onto Mbeya. Delve into Dar Es Salam and the chaos of the Kariakoo market and hunt for “tinga tinga” art and then a local ferry to Unguja Island, and the iconic Zanzibar to explore the UNESCO Stone Town and a night stopover on this famous spice island.
Week 21 & 22 / 3 & 4 – Malawi, Zambia & Botswana
Entering Malawi, our route runs alongside Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, with overnight stops on its shores so you can enjoy the beach life or water activities. There’s also time en route to visit the Nkhotakota Game Reserve. We travel west into Zambia, to the Zambezi and Lusaka. We ride to the historic colonial town of Livingstone, with time to visit (and get drenched by!) Victoria Falls then cross the border to Kasane in Botswana. Kasane is the base for exploring the Chobe National Park and taking a river cruise to spot wildlife.
Weeks 23 / 5 - Namibia
Ride through the narrow Caprivi Strip to Bagani and onto Grootfontein “Big Spring” and see the Hoba Meteorite. See Windhoek, the capital and famous for its traditional German architecture, then head out to the Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast. Dirt roads to the Sesreim Canyon for the night before heading onto a great lodge on the edge of the Kalahari for a day’s relaxation. Heading south, we detour to Keetmanshoop's eerie Quiver Tree Forest in the Giant's Playground, before reaching Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. Soak in the hot springs at Ai-Aus and wash away the road dirt!
Week 24 & 25 / 6 & 7 - South Africa
Finally South Africa! We’re heading south via Springbok in the heart of Namaqualand. Then a fabulous ride through the Cederburg Wildness area and onto a great wine lodge in Robertson. From here we are perfectly placed to ride to the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas. You made it! It’s a final ride to Cape Town, which nestles below the iconic Table Mountain. We have plenty of time to explore this great city, you can even take a tour of Kaylisha township. We celebrate the end of our African journey on the V&A Waterfront, maybe with a drop (or two) of South African wine!
Dates & Prices
There are three prices for Explore our Earth depending on your country / region in the world. For full details of the differences, what is included and excluded, single supplement prices and a whole host of other information please use the “Register Interest” tab on our home page and we will send you the full information pack for your country / region.
It will be warm! The trip is timed to enjoy the best (not the hottest) times for the local climates
UK Citizens will need to obtain visas in advance for Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. No other visas are required in advance. For citizens of other countries, the requirements may be different. Please check the requirements for your nationality.
Travel Health Information
You must consult your GP or a travel clinic for specialist advice on the recommended vaccinations and health protective measures for each country we travel through. We are not medical practioners and we cannot give advice in this area. Below are some website that you may wish to consult prior to seeking out specialist advice.
Foreign Exchange Information
Our base currency for this trip is the the US Dollar and the South African Rand. The Rand is linked to a number of other currencies you will need. Dollars and Rand are readily exchangeable in most of the African countries that we travel through.
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