Which African Motorcycle Safari is Right for You?
How to chose the Renedian Adventures motorcycle tour that’s best for you?
Answer these three questions to help you along…
1.) Can you travel to Africa at any time of the year?
Renedian Adventures run tours in southern Africa most of the year. Generally speaking, we start north in the winter (Africa’s winter is June-July-August) and head south as the new year approaches. Winter in Botswana and Namibia are characterized by cool nights (5C/40F), pleasant blue-sky days (25C/77F) and no rain. Our hottest temperatures happen in Spectacular South West Africa where we have seen 40C/104F in Namibia. Luckily, the lack of humidity makes these occasional hot days more bearable. We can always a bit of possible rain and wind while near the Cape Town coast.
If you are restricted by when you can get away, here is a list of tours available by month:
JANUARY- No tours
FEBRUARY- No tours
MARCH- The Garden Route, Spectacular South West Africa
APRIL– Spectacular South West Africa
MAY– No tours
JUNE– No tours
JULY- Waterfalls and Wildlife
AUGUST- Waterfalls and Wildlife, Victoria Falls to Cape Town
SEPTEMBER– Victoria Falls to Cape Town
OCTOBER- Spectacular South West Africa
NOVEMBER- Spectacular South West Africa, The Garden Route
DECEMBER- No tours
2.) Do you like fun, gravel roads?
The roads on our tours are either paved or gravel. People are often impressed with the quality of the paved roads, assisted by the fact that these paved roads do not have a harsh winter to deal with. The gravel roads are good quality, wide, secondary highways. They are well crowned, but they are still made with a natural surface which changes with the amount of traffic on them and the amount of maintenance. They are generally in very good condition, however Africa is not the place to discover if you like gravel or not. For those choosing the trips that have gravel roads, please realize that the more comfortable you are on gravel in your home country, the more you will be able to enjoy your time in Africa.
We strongly encourage those riders who have been off gravel roads for a while to take a training course (or two) that will allow you to brush up on those gravel road skills and allow you to enjoy all aspects of your African ride. In Calgary we endorse the Too Cool Motorcycle School and near Toronto we support S.M.A.R.T. Training which operates out of Horseshoe Valley Resort north of Barrie.
Waterfalls and Wildlife – 1% gravel (this is a paved tour, but some driveways to the lodges are gravel)
Victoria Falls to Cape Town – 25% gravel (approximately 1200 kms of 4500 kms are gravel)
Spectacular South West Africa – 45% gravel (approximately 1400 kms of 3100 kms are gravel)
The Garden Route – 10% gravel (approximately 200 kms of 2250 kms are gravel. There are 4 optional days of riding that would allow an additional 1120kms of paved roads and another 200 kms of gravel roads if you did all days)
3.) How many animals do you want to see?
One of the major appeals of Africa of course is the wildlife. There are lovely roads all over the world, but you will only find lovely roads + giraffes + lions + African elephants + hippos… in Africa. Some riders are content with one quick photo of each of the animals they see, other riders are keen to spend all morning photographing birds. Keeping in mind that although this is an motorcycle tour and not a photographic safari, we still have many hours on some tours to devote to animal watching. Our Waterfalls and Wildlife tour is – in a practical sense – a motorcycle tour bringing you from one safari to another and has the most animal encounters for all of our tours. The Spectacular South West Africa tour is more for the riders, and because we see less animals as part of the two week itinerary, we offer a 3-day Etosha safari add-on to the end of that tour, for those who want gravel roads and an African safari experience. However it is the only 15 day tour we offer that visits both Namibia and South Africa, blending the deserts, dust and animals of Namibia with green vineyards, ocean roads and mountain passes of South Africa.
Waterfalls and Wildlife
Five safaris, sunset river cruise, flight over the Okavango Delta, and 3 riding days through National Parks with a good chances of seeing wildlife from the motorcycle.
Victoria Falls to Cape Town
Four safaris, sunset river cruise, flight over the Okavango Delta, and 2 riding days through National Parks with a good chances of seeing wildlife from the motorcycle. Near Cape Town we may catch the Southern Right whale, as well as African penguins. We also take a private tour of a primate sanctuary near Cape Town.
Spectacular South West Africa
Some Namibian wildlife seen from the bikes, good chances for Southern Right whale sightings along the coast. The optional 3 day safari provides the best wildlife encounters for this trip. Near Cape Town we may catch the Southern Right whale, as well as African penguins. We also take a private tour of a primate sanctuary near Cape Town.
The Garden Route
Two safaris at Addo Elephant National Park, some chances for Southern Right whale sightings along the coast on the November tour. We also take a private tour of a primate sanctuary near Cape Town and stop by to say hi to the African penguins.
Other questions about which Renedian Adventures Motorcycle Tour is Right for You?
(and remember… all our tours can be done 2-up)