Victoria Falls to Cape Town

Price per person

$CAD 13,650

What’s included

Victoria Falls to Cape Town

This one way trip is a blend of highlights from our three others routes. A week of safaris and animal encounters including a private plane charter and camping night in the Okavango Delta, a week of dunes and remote roads in Namibia, and a week in South Africa following the famous Garden Route in to Cape Town. Popular with couples, this tour is for those who want to see as many of southern Africa’s highlights in one tour. Gravel road experiences requested.

 

Highlights:

  • New 22 day itinerary. This is our longest and most intensive African trip.
  • Start your tour at the 5-star colonial era Victoria Falls hotel
  • Optional activities in Victoria Falls include walking with lions, an elephant back safari, fishing for tiger fish, the Devil Pool, or world class whitewater rafting
  • Sunset cruise on Chobe River
  • Private planes chartered to take us into the Okavango Delta for a camping night in the bush
  • Many chances to see wildlife along the route
  • Sossusvlei dunes and guided walking tour
  • Diamond Mining Ghost town tour
  • Fish River Canyon
  • Ais Ais Hot Springs
  • Cango Caves
  • Ostrich farm
  • Southern tip of Africa
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Finishing in beautiful Cape Town
  • 4700 km/3000 miles

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Tour Summary:

Tour Price: CAD $13,650* (2018) Tour Dates: Tour Status:
Duration: 22 Days – 4,700 kms 2018 August 16 to September 6 OPEN: 1 bikes available
Road Conditions: 25% Gravel 2018 September 10 to October 1 OPEN: 1 bike available
2019 September 4 – 25 OPEN
2019 September 27 to October 18 OPEN

 

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Includes:

  • 21 nights accommodation
  • All dinners and breakfasts
  • Most lunches
  • Guide on motorcycle
  • Guide in chase truck
  • Trailer with spare bike
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drives
  • Tolls
  • Airport transfers
  • full list here

Prices for 2018:

Note: Our prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD$).

CAD$13,650 with BMW F700/GS

  • Lowered F700/GS bikes available for solo riders only at no extra cost
  • BMW G310GS subtract CAD$550
  • BMW  F800/GS add CAD$460
  • BMW R1200/GSW add CAD$1,250
  • Pillion (passenger) add CAD$8995
  • Single Room Supplement add CAD$1,750
Trip Difficulty: Part 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 may 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.

 

Victoria Falls to Cape Town Itinerary:

Itinerary

Meet in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day 1 Meet in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Your flight will likely arrive by 1pm, and we’ll arrange your transportation to the hotel in the town of Victoria Falls. Our official duties for the day include getting to the Falls and the most fantastic dinner at the legendary Victoria Falls Hotel—a complete step back in time. If you can, it would be wise to arrive here a day early and take advantage of the many tourist activities nearby. Walking with lion cubs, elephant rides, helicopter rides over the Falls, zip-line or bungee jumping, and even white water rafting. Although these sound “touristy,” the lions, elephants and helicopter rides get wonderful reviews from previous riders.

No riding. Accommodation in Kasane

Day 2 No riding. Accommodation in Kasane

Our shuttle to Botswana will pick us up in front of the hotel at noon. We check into our hotel in Kasane, Botswana, and quickly get onto our houseboat that leaves in the early afternoon to prepare for one of the animal highlights of the trip: a sunset scenic river cruise on the Chobe River. Elephants coming to drink at the rivers edge, crocs, hippos, they’re all here.

303 kms paved. Accommodation near Nata

Day 3 303 kms paved. Accommodation near Nata

Southward through one of the main farming areas of Botswana (there is typically plenty of game on these roads so our low mileage for the day will be appreciated). We are adjacent to the Chobe Park here, which boasts the highest concentration of elephants in the world.

302 kms paved. Accommodation in a tented camp in the Okavango Delta

Day 4 302 kms paved. Accommodation in a tented camp in the Okavango Delta

We arrive at Maun by late morning. Maun is the gateway town for the Okavango Delta and has developed quickly in the last few years. The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta and spreads over 15,000 square kilometers. It is the result of the Okavango River, having no natural outlet so it leaves its waters in the desert, creating a massive wetland wilderness. The only real way to appreciate the immensity of the delta is to see it from above. We drop the bikes in town and hurry to the airport where a private chartered airplane takes us on on a scenic flight over the Delta, before landing us at a private airfield where our bush crew will meet us. We spend the night in a bush camp – tents, stretcher beds, and linens are provided. After dinner we are off for a night game-drive, seeing animals by spotlight that are normally not observable by the daylight tours.

No riding. Accommodation in Maun.

Day 5 No riding. Accommodation in Maun.

Early start and a full morning of game viewing, including tea in the bush. We’ll be back in camp by noon for lunch. After lunch we have a three hour drive back to Maun and the beautiful lodge and full en-suite facilities.

285 kms paved. Accommodation near Ghanzi.

Day 6 285 kms paved. Accommodation near Ghanzi.

We have a lazy start to this day as we head west into the Kalahari Desert. This is the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world, and we will appreciate the tarmac roads that we’re on as the kilometers pass by.

230 kms paved. Accommodation at the border with Namibia

Day 7 230 kms paved. Accommodation at the border with Namibia

Another relaxing day on the bikes. Our first border crossing on the motorcycles. We spend the afternoon and evening with the area’s indigenous tribe, the San showing us their way of life, games, and dances.

307 kms paved. Accommodation in Windhoek

Day 8 307 kms paved. Accommodation in Windhoek

We’ll celebrate our visit to the capital city of Namibia at one of our favorite restaurants. The drive today is a relaxed one.

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

Day 9 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.

No riding. Dune Tour. Accommodation near Sesriem

Day 10 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.

271 kms gravel. Accommodation in Helmeringhausen

Day 11 271 kms gravel. Accommodation in Helmeringhausen

Today is the only day where we do not touch a stitch of tarmac. 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.

250 kms paved, 105 kms gravel, Accommodation in Aus

Day 12 250 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.

167 kms paved, 141 kms gravel. Accommodation near Fish River Canyon

Day 13 167 kms paved, 141 kms gravel. Accommodation near Fish River Canyon

Flora lovers will be fascinated with Namibia’s national tree, the kokerboom, which is actually a large flowering aloe, and exemplifies the beauty that can arise in such an arid place. We have a relaxed pace today as we continue to get used to watching for game while riding on both gravel and tarmac roads. Our morning coffee is at the old Seeheim Hotel, a wonderful old building hanging on to an era that has long left. Before we check into the lodge, we take a relaxed visit to the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon.

168 kms paved, 127 kms gravel. Accommodation near Springbok

Day 14 168 kms paved, 127 kms gravel. Accommodation near Springbok

Our last few kilometers of gravel road brings us to the hot springs at Ais-Ais, and after a quick soak we continue on one of everybody’s favorite gravel sections to the junction with the tarmac road near the Orange River, the geographic border between Namibia and South Africa. The border crossing will go quickly, and we use tarmac roads to hurry us along our first few kilometers in South Africa and our simple hotel near Springbok, a quiet town known for it’s tough mining history.

348 kms paved. Accommodation near Lamberts Bay

Day 15 348 kms paved. Accommodation near Lamberts Bay

Long travel day. We are up early to get a start on moving south. We will get back to the sea today, and a famous beach dinner will make this evening many riders favourite.

300 kms paved, 250 kms gravel. Accommodation near Oudtshoorn

Day 16 300 kms paved, 250 kms gravel. Accommodation near Oudtshoorn

Our destination is Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich capital of the world. It’s also famous for its cave system, which we will visit tomorrow. This is a big day filled with beautiful passes.

Optional riding day. Accommodation near Oudtshoorn

Day 17 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.

240 kms paved, 30 kms gravel. Accommodation in Arniston

Day 18 240 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). By special arrangement we have organized a fresh, traditional, fish dinner from one of the old fishing families that still lives in the village.

240 kms paved. Accommodation near Stellenbosch.

Day 19 240 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. We lunch while spotting Southern Right Whales who calve here from July through November. 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.

Optional riding day. Accommodation near Stellenbosch.

Day 20 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.

Accommodation near Cape Town’s waterfront

Day 21 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 Towns beautiful V&A Waterfront watching the harbor life and sharing stories.

Fly out

Day 22 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.

Itinerary

Meet in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day 1 Meet in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Your flight will likely arrive by 1pm, and we’ll arrange your transportation to the hotel in the town of Victoria Falls. Our official duties for the day include getting to the Falls and the most fantastic dinner at the legendary Victoria Falls Hotel—a complete step back in time. If you can, it would be wise to arrive here a day early and take advantage of the many tourist activities nearby. Walking with lion cubs, elephant rides, helicopter rides over the Falls, zip-line or bungee jumping, and even white water rafting. Although these sound “touristy,” the lions, elephants and helicopter rides get wonderful reviews from previous riders.

No riding. Accommodation in Kasane

Day 2 No riding. Accommodation in Kasane

Our shuttle to Botswana will pick us up in front of the hotel at noon. We check into our hotel in Kasane, Botswana, and quickly get onto our houseboat that leaves in the early afternoon to prepare for one of the animal highlights of the trip: a sunset scenic river cruise on the Chobe River. Elephants coming to drink at the rivers edge, crocs, hippos, they’re all here.

303 kms paved. Accommodation near Nata

Day 3 303 kms paved. Accommodation near Nata

Southward through one of the main farming areas of Botswana (there is typically plenty of game on these roads so our low mileage for the day will be appreciated). We are adjacent to the Chobe Park here, which boasts the highest concentration of elephants in the world.

302 kms paved. Accommodation in a tented camp in the Okavango Delta

Day 4 302 kms paved. Accommodation in a tented camp in the Okavango Delta

We arrive at Maun by late morning. Maun is the gateway town for the Okavango Delta and has developed quickly in the last few years. The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta and spreads over 15,000 square kilometers. It is the result of the Okavango River, having no natural outlet so it leaves its waters in the desert, creating a massive wetland wilderness. The only real way to appreciate the immensity of the delta is to see it from above. We drop the bikes in town and hurry to the airport where a private chartered airplane takes us on on a scenic flight over the Delta, before landing us at a private airfield where our bush crew will meet us. We spend the night in a bush camp – tents, stretcher beds, and linens are provided. After dinner we are off for a night game-drive, seeing animals by spotlight that are normally not observable by the daylight tours.

No riding. Accommodation in Maun.

Day 5 No riding. Accommodation in Maun.

Early start and a full morning of game viewing, including tea in the bush. We’ll be back in camp by noon for lunch. After lunch we have a three hour drive back to Maun and the beautiful lodge and full en-suite facilities.

285 kms paved. Accommodation near Ghanzi.

Day 6 285 kms paved. Accommodation near Ghanzi.

We have a lazy start to this day as we head west into the Kalahari Desert. This is the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world, and we will appreciate the tarmac roads that we’re on as the kilometers pass by.

230 kms paved. Accommodation at the border with Namibia

Day 7 230 kms paved. Accommodation at the border with Namibia

Another relaxing day on the bikes. Our first border crossing on the motorcycles. We spend the afternoon and evening with the area’s indigenous tribe, the San showing us their way of life, games, and dances.

307 kms paved. Accommodation in Windhoek

Day 8 307 kms paved. Accommodation in Windhoek

We’ll celebrate our visit to the capital city of Namibia at one of our favorite restaurants. The drive today is a relaxed one.

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

Day 9 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.

No riding. Dune Tour. Accommodation near Sesriem

Day 10 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.

271 kms gravel. Accommodation in Helmeringhausen

Day 11 271 kms gravel. Accommodation in Helmeringhausen

Today is the only day where we do not touch a stitch of tarmac. 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.

250 kms paved, 105 kms gravel, Accommodation in Aus

Day 12 250 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.

167 kms paved, 141 kms gravel. Accommodation near Fish River Canyon

Day 13 167 kms paved, 141 kms gravel. Accommodation near Fish River Canyon

Flora lovers will be fascinated with Namibia’s national tree, the kokerboom, which is actually a large flowering aloe, and exemplifies the beauty that can arise in such an arid place. We have a relaxed pace today as we continue to get used to watching for game while riding on both gravel and tarmac roads. Our morning coffee is at the old Seeheim Hotel, a wonderful old building hanging on to an era that has long left. Before we check into the lodge, we take a relaxed visit to the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon.

168 kms paved, 127 kms gravel. Accommodation near Springbok

Day 14 168 kms paved, 127 kms gravel. Accommodation near Springbok

Our last few kilometers of gravel road brings us to the hot springs at Ais-Ais, and after a quick soak we continue on one of everybody’s favorite gravel sections to the junction with the tarmac road near the Orange River, the geographic border between Namibia and South Africa. The border crossing will go quickly, and we use tarmac roads to hurry us along our first few kilometers in South Africa and our simple hotel near Springbok, a quiet town known for it’s tough mining history.

348 kms paved. Accommodation near Lamberts Bay

Day 15 348 kms paved. Accommodation near Lamberts Bay

Long travel day. We are up early to get a start on moving south. We will get back to the sea today, and a famous beach dinner will make this evening many riders favourite.

300 kms paved, 250 kms gravel. Accommodation near Oudtshoorn

Day 16 300 kms paved, 250 kms gravel. Accommodation near Oudtshoorn

Our destination is Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich capital of the world. It’s also famous for its cave system, which we will visit tomorrow. This is a big day filled with beautiful passes.

Optional riding day. Accommodation near Oudtshoorn

Day 17 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.

240 kms paved, 30 kms gravel. Accommodation in Arniston

Day 18 240 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). By special arrangement we have organized a fresh, traditional, fish dinner from one of the old fishing families that still lives in the village.

240 kms paved. Accommodation near Stellenbosch.

Day 19 240 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. We lunch while spotting Southern Right Whales who calve here from July through November. 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.

Optional riding day. Accommodation near Stellenbosch.

Day 20 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.

Accommodation near Cape Town’s waterfront

Day 21 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 Towns beautiful V&A Waterfront watching the harbor life and sharing stories.

Fly out

Day 22 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.

Victoria Falls to Cape Town

Price per person

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