Spectacular South West Africa2020-03-11T23:11:31+00:00

Spectacular South West Africa

Price Per Person
from $CAD 8,795
Below is what is included

A one way trip from  Windhoek, Namibia to Cape Town, South Africa highlighting Namibia’s natural wonders – deserts, diamonds, dunes and dust. Optional 3 day truck safari up to Etosha National Park is available to those who want more safaris. This is the only 15 day tour that captures the animals and geographic wonders of Namibia with the green vineyards, mountain passes, wildlife and ocean roads of South Africa.

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Highlights

  • 60% paved roads, 40% gravel roads
  • Ais Ais hot springs
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Hermanus whale watching (October)
  • Most southerly point in Africa
  • Guided walk in Sossusvlei sand dunes
  • Namib-Naukluft Park
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Cape Town
  • Kolmanskop Ghost Town tour
  • Option day in Stellenbosch open to ride mountain passes, do a wine tour, or dive in a shark cage
  • 3,200 km/2,000 miles

Tour Summary

Tour Details
Tour Price: CAD$ 8,795
Duration: 15 Days, 3,200 kms
Road Conditions: 60% Paved
Tour Dates Tour Status
2020 May 4 – 18 CLOSED
2020 October 14 – 28 OPEN
2021 May 6 – 20 OPEN
2021 October 13 – 27 OPEN
Trip Difficulty: Half of this trip is on gravel roads, and as such is not ideal for 2-up riding, although it is possible on the bigger bikes depending on the driver skill level. Experience on gravel roads is required. Gravel roads will have sandy sections and sections of loose gravel. Riders should be relaxed and comfortable driving at least 80 kph on well groomed, natural surface roads. Tarmac national highways have a speed limit of 120 kph and riders should be relaxed and comfortable riding at least 100 kph on these roads, including under windy conditions.

Prices for 2020

Note: Our prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD$).  2021 prices will be confirmed January 2021.

CAD $8,795 with BMW F750/850GS (includes shared accommodation)

  • Passenger price +CAD $5,495
  • BMW R1250GS +CAD $800
  • Single room supplement +CAD $1,295
  • 3-Day excursion by van to Etosha National Park +CAD $895
  • Single room supplement on 3-day excursion +CAD $200

Includes

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • All dinners and breakfasts
  • Most lunches
  • Guide on motorcycle
  • Guide in chase truck
  • Trailer with spare bike
  • Park entrance fees
  • Tolls
  • Airport transfers

Spectacular South West Africa Motorcycle Tour Itinerary

DAY 1

No riding. Accommodation in historic Windhoek

Our first day in Windhoek will be spent getting our paperwork sorted out, and the bikes allocated to the riders. An early local dinner will allow a good rest for tomorrow start.

DAY 2

95 kms paved, 237 kms gravel. Drive via Solitaire to Sesreim. Accommodation near Sesriem

Our appreciation of Namibia’s excellent gravel roads will start today. We exit the city and after a short spell on the highway, we say goodbye blacktop and hello dust. The famous apple strudel in the tiny town of Solitaire is on the menu for today.

DAY 3

No riding. Dune Tour. Accommodation near Sesriem

An early start has us to the sand dunes at sunrise. The dunes in the Namib Desert can rise 1,300’, and are among the highest in the world. We have a personalized tour of Sossusvlei and a walking tour of Dead Vlei, a surreal valley holding 900-year old standing tree skeletons, burned black from the sun and anchored lifeless in a valley that is too dry for them to decompose. The movie The Cell had several scenes shot here, allowing nature to deliver scenes of haunting solitude and isolation that not even Hollywood could dream up. We’re back to the lodge by early afternoon and get a well-deserved afternoon off to relax by the pool, read, or rest. If you’re still eager to get out, walking trails bring you into the small mountains nearby where you can enjoy the intimate sounds of the Namib’s bird and insect life that is normally blocked out by your motorcycle helmet. As the sun begins its fall onto the dunes to the east, the fire is stoked to provide another meal for us.

DAY 4

5 kms paved, 270 kms gravel. Accommodation near Aus

Only 5 kms of paved road today! From morning to night we are on natural surfaced roads. Part of the reason they do not tar these roads is because of low traffic volumes. It is not unusual to have hours pass by with no other vehicles on the roads. The group can stretch out and on this day more than most we get that wonderful feeling of riding somewhere very foreign yet welcoming.

DAY 5

250 kms paved, 105 kms gravel, Accommodation in Aus

Across the Namib desert we ride, keeping our eyes open for one of the last herds of feral horses left in the world. We arrive at the coastal town of Luderitz for a tour of Kolmanskop, a diamond mining town abandoned lock, stock, and barrel when bigger diamonds were found further south. The sand dunes are slowly reclaiming the town, but there is still a fascinating story that comes with the old buildings. This is a guided tour. After lunch we head back to Aus for fuel and our hotel for the night.

DAY 6

167 kms paved, 109 gravel. Accommodation near Fish River Canyon

We use tarmac roads to hurry us along our first leg of today, crossing the bridge at Fish River in mid morning.  Turning south, we get to enjoy some of the best gravel roads in Namibia as we approach the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon. Our viewpoint is rarely busy, and we will have a great opportunity to photograph and enjoy the canyon at our leisure.

DAY 7

178 kms paved, 113 gravel. Accommodation near Springbok, South Africa

Our last stop in Namibia is the hot springs at Ais-Ais, and after a quick soak we carry onto the Namibian border crossing at Noordoewer.  The borders are normally quick and efficient, and we will take care of all the paperwork for the motorcycles. We use tarmac roads to hurry us along our last few kilometres of our day. If the time of year is right, there are massive displays of wildflowers along todays ride.

DAY 8

Optional riding day. Accommodation near Oudtshoorn

Day off. You’ve earned it. There are wildlife centers to visit, ostriches to ride, or do nothing and sit by the pool and catch up with your blog and diary. If you are keen on more riding, we have a lovely loop set up that takes in fantastic little towns and the mighty Swartberg Pass, a tremendous and beautiful gravel pass that should really be experienced.

DAY 9

240 kms paved, 30 kms gravel. Accommodation in Arniston

There is a famous drive along Route 62 in South Africa, and we will hit the best parts of it today, ending up at the most southern tip of Africa – a fitting celebration point from where we began almost three weeks ago. Not far from here we find our rest for the night in the charming beach-side Arniston Hotel. Beside the hotel are the nationally landmarked Fisherman’s cottages with their whitewashed walls and thatched roofs set off against a turquoise sea and colourful fishing boats, a magnet for photographers and artists from around the world, spurred on no doubt by the proclaiming of Arniston as one of the World’s Ten Best Hideaways by Time Magazine (May 1996).

DAY 10

240 kms paved. Accommodation near Stellenbosch

Today is a busy day as we get to Hermanus for lunch, the self-proclaimed whale capital of South Africa. If we are here between July through November, we try our luck spotting Southern Right whales who calve here. We continue along the coast of False Bay arriving in mid-afternoon to a private tour of Monkey Town, a primate sanctuary. We spent the next two nights in South Africa’s second oldest city—Stellenbosch, famous also for its university and wineries.

DAY 11

Optional riding day. Accommodation near Stellenbosch

Take a day off, go shark cage diving, go riding, go on a wine tour, or drink coffee and write postcards in the beautiful old city of Stellenbosch. This is a day to do whatever your body is telling you to do. Also popular this day is a visit to the magnificent Franschoek Motor Museum.

DAY 12

178 kms paved. Accommodation near Cape Town’s waterfront

Our last day on the bikes and it is a beauty as we take on one of South Africa’s most scenic ocean-side roads—Chapman’s Peak Drive. Our continued route through the Cape Point Nature Reserve offers quiet roads and panoramas of green fields, rocky cliffs, and the legendary Cape of Good Hope. This outcropping of south-west Africa has made sailors nervous for 500 years (and remains the mythical home of the damned Flying Dutchman), but from our land-side approach, we can admire the Cape without discomfort, staring out from the beach to the south where 4,000 kilometers of Atlantic Ocean separate us from Antarctica. Consider staying a day or two after the tour finishes to catch up on all the passes and attractions that we are unable to squeeze into a three-week trip. This is our last night together and we will spend it in Cape Town’s beautiful V&A Waterfront watching the harbor life and sharing stories.

DAY 13

Fly out

Our last day, and after breakfast the final paperwork is gone over for the bikes, and our trip is officially complete. If you are curious to stay in Cape Town or the surrounding areas longer to do more riding, wine tours, shark cage diving, bungee jumping… let us know and we can get you on the right track.

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