Waterfalls and Wildlife Motorcycle Safari (August 2018)

Experience all the best southern Africa has to offer in this “trip of a lifetime” motorcycle experience. See hundreds of different animals, experience a fly-in safari camping in the bush, stay at the 5-star Victoria Falls Inn for two nights. Experience night time game drives in a 4WD vehicle, see hippos during a night cruise. Stay at luxurious spas and 3, 4 and 5 star hotels and lodges (except the fly-in safari). Alisa worked in Namibia for two years and wants to show you the splendor of Southern Africa. (When we are with large animals we will be on 4×4 vehicles and not on motorcycles.) She is delighted to be able to combine her two passions of animal gazing and motorcycles and to bring you this extraordinary experience. What better way to do a safari than on two wheels?

Day 1

No riding. Accommodation in Windhoek.

Guests of Renedian Adventures arrive in Windhoek and are transferred to our lodge by shuttle. After a day of sightseeing of the capital of Namibia Safari Guides will go over our itinerary of the safari, local rules, and customs, as we dig-in to our first (but not last!) Namibian braai (“BBQ”).

 

Day 2

307 kms tarmac. Accommodation near Buitepos.

After an introduction to the motorcycles, we ride east out of Windhoek on the Trans-Kalahari Highway towards the Botswana border. It is a straight road and quiet enough to give us a gradual immersion to riding on the left hand side of the road. We stop to sleep, just before the Botswana border. We spend the afternoon and evening with the area’s indigenous tribe, the San showing us their way of life, games, and dances.

 

Day 3

230 kms tarmac. Accommodation near Ghanzi.

We cross the border into Botswana in the morning and continue 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.

 

Day 4

285 kms. Accommodation in tented safari camp in 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 hour-long 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.

 

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!

 

Day 6

302 kms tarmac. Accommodation in Nata.

Easy day on the bikes today. Our eastward route takes us by the 12,000 square kilometer Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and bird sanctuary. We also have time to stop at the Boabob forest for lunch before continuing to our lodge at Nata for the evening, and another spectacular African sundowner.

 

Day 7

303 kms tarmac. Accommodation in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Our route takes us through 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 when we stop often to capture them on film).We will head 75 kilometers to Victoria Falls in a bus after stowing our bike safely and take the tour of the majestic falls this afternoon.

 

Day 8

No riding. Accommodation in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

We will leave the bikes and get into a mini-van which takes us 75 kilometers into Zimbabwe. The border is also eventful—and slow. We have the afternoon to visit the world-famous Victoria Falls. A free morning in Victoria Falls means a few things for you. If you did not get enough photos of the Falls yesterday you can return there, or take advantage of the many tourist options that include bungee jumping off the bridge that connects Zim and Zambia, or perhaps a helicopter flight over the Falls? We’ve had very positive personal feedback from riders who have walked with lions, and also visited the elephant sanctuary.

 

Day 9

No riding. Accommodation in Kasane, Botswana.

We return from Victoria Falls by noon and get ready 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.

 

Day 10

400 kms tarmac. Accommodation  at Divava Spa in Caprivi Strip.

Today we finish Botswana and cross the border to Namibia. This long panhandle region is called the Caprivi and was added to Namibia (then called South West Africa) by the Germans who wanted access to the Zambezi River. Again, elephants and other animals may cross the road today, so careful driving today. Our lodge tonight is on the banks of the Okavango River which forms the border between Namibia and Angola, being lulled to sleep by hippos.

 

Day 11

No riding. Enjoy Divava Spa.

Get a spa treatment, go for a walk. Enjoy being still after yesterday’s travel day.

 

Day 12

420 kms tarmac. Accommodation near Etosha National Park.

We head to the east gate of Etosha National Park and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Northern Namibia on the way.

 

Day 13

Game Drives. Accommodation bordering Etosha.

We’ll explore Etosha National Park today – at one time the world’s largest nature reserve. Motorcycles are not allowed in the park, so we’ll be leaving the bikes at the lodge and use the safari vehicles over the next two days of game viewing. We’ll stay at the East gate for the next two nights.Our last night out for dinner in Etosha suggests a special evening.

 

Day 14

427 kms tarmac. Accommodation in Windhoek.

Our last day allows us to stop in Okahandja, home to the biggest craft market in Namibia. If you are interested in taking souvenirs home this is the time to purchase and put in the support vehicle to bring them to the hotel. By mid-afternoon the bikes are returned, we’re showered and ready for our farewell dinner at the quirky Joe’s Beerhouse, famous for its venison and German dishes like Eisbein.

 

Day 15

Fly out.

Your last massive breakfast and panic to trade photos with your fellow riders before the shuttle for the airport comes to whisk you back home. We have had riders who wanted to stay and tour further in Namibia, or ride back to Cape Town. If you are interested in staying later, we can help arrange everything for you – just ask!

 

THIS TOUR IS 99% PAVED

For this tour we are partnering with Renedian Expeditions. Alisa has been on two of their tours. When you click “Book Now” you will be taken to the Renedian.com web site for registration.

 

When: August 17-31, 2018

Where: Southern Africa

Preferred Motorcycle: Bikes are included in the package price. We have quite a few lowered GSes in the fleet…if you require one be sure to mention that when you book the tour.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner, Intermediate to Advanced. Driving is on the left side of the road.

Cautions: There is one 300+ mile riding day in order to accommodate 2-night stays at two different spas.

Maximum People = 15 women

Guides = Alisa Clickenger and two local (male) guides who speak English and Afrikaans

This trip is 99% paved. It is common to see grazing farm animals along the highway in Botswana, so care is needed. Paved national highways have a speed limit of 100-120 kph and riders should be relaxed and comfortable riding the speed limit on these roads where practical, including under windy conditions. Driving is on the left side of the road, opposite from the United States.

INCLUDES

  • Accommodations for 14 nights in 3-, 4- and 5-star hotels and spas (double occupancy)
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfasts and Dinners
  • Most lunches
  • Rental of motorcycle for rider
  • Guide on motorcycle
  • Guide in chase truck
  • Trailer with spare bike
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drives
  • Tolls
  • T-shirt
  • Road Book

DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Souvenirs

Price: $9175 CANADIAN / ~$6846 US with a BMW F700/GS
USD will be determined by the rate of exchange on the day you pay.
Note: As of 4-4-2017 $9175 CAD is $6846.69 USD)
***Lowered F700/GS bikes available for solo riders only at no extra cost***

BMW F800/GS add CAD$450
BMW R1200/GSW add CAD$995
Pillion (passenger) add CAD$6,475
Single Room Supplement add CAD$1,495

For a complete document on details of payment, click HERE.
For a complete list of what’s included and not included, click HERE.

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