Victoria Falls & Beyond
Tour duration − 17 days (16 nights) and 16 days motorbike rental
Rating: Easy paved roads apart from accommodation access roads
Most motorcycling enthusiasts fantasize about exploring Africa. We at Swartberg Biking have created an exclusive 17-day voyage journey through Southern Africa to suit nearly all types of riders. This trip takes you into the “real” Africa – where you won’t find luxury hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants, but will have the most inspiring, breathtaking and heartwarming experiences of your life.
The epic journey starts near Johannesburg from where we ride north and cross into Zimbabwe at the Beitbridge border post. Our first stopover is at Lake Kyle near the Great Zimbabwe ruins. Continuing along the back roads, we cross the Save River via the impressive Birchenough Bridge, heading to the remote Vumba Valley on the outskirts of Mutare town, which is where we spend our second night. Zimbabwe is baobab country, and these giant trees are our companions for most of our stay in Zim!
After a short ride we enter Mozambique and head further north, towards Catandica and then Tete, where the wealth lies beneath the soil and the coal mining industry is booming. Tete is a typical African city: hot, dusty, bustling, seemingly chaotic. And that is precisely why you’re here: to experience Africa at its most challenging, warts and all. As we enter Tete, we cross the mighty Zambezi, marveling yet again at the expertise of the engineers who bridged the great rivers in remote parts of Africa.
From Tete we ride the scenic Golomoti escarpment, crossing into Malawi at the Dedza border post and travelling through numerous traditional villages. More than two thirds of Malawi’s 12 million residents live in the rural farming areas. Our two-night stay at Cape Maclear on Lake Malawi is a highlight. It offers superb snorkeling and diving opportunities, with over 600 species of fish. The laid-back atmosphere and relaxing sunset cruises are just what the weary rider needs at this stage of the tour!
From the shores of Lake Malawi we head to landlocked, mineral-rich Zambia. After a brief stopover in Chipata and Lusaka we make our way to Livingstone and the Victoria Falls. The winding roads are in good shape, complementing the smooth curves of the landscape. The ride from the Luangwa River to Lusaka seems to have been designed for motorcycles. Again, riders are greeted warmly in the many traditional villages. Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, announces itself with a roar! We enjoy a dinner cruise on the Zambezi River and a guided tour of the falls. The array of activities available ranges from white water rafting and bungee jumping for the adventurous to scenic helicopter rides for the more sedate.
A short ride from the Victoria Falls takes us back across the Zambezi River, this time by ferry to a part of Botswana well known for its variety of wildlife, not least the Big Five. A cruise on the Chobe River gives us the opportunity to spot hippos and elephants and more. Safari vehicles take us through the Chobe National Park, where there’s a good chance of finding those animals that aren’t so keen on water. We continue our ride south, with Nata our next stop. We’re quite likely to encounter wild animals on the main road between Kasane and Nata, so we proceed with caution, on the lookout for elephant and giraffe crossing the road.
We cross the border into South Africa at the Martin’s Drift border post and spend our last night in the town of Lepahale, before our journey ends in Centurion. The final days of the ride give us time to reflect on more than two weeks packed with new experiences, new places and new friends.
Rider only R 95 500.00 | Pillion only R 46 000.00
08 April 2018
Important information about the above rates:
- The rate quoted above is a net ratebased on a minimum of six participants. Swartberg Biking reserves the right to cancel any tour if we have not received bookings for the minimum number of participants.
- The above rates are subject to change if any unforeseeable price increase or currency exchange rate occurs.
- The rates quoted above exclude the use of a support vehicle on the above package.
Swartberg Biking Motorcycle Tours is a registered tour operator affiliated with the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (www.satsa.co.za) and insured with Safari and Tourism Insurance Brokers (www.satib.co.za).
Swartberg Biking is a proud partner in the 2017 Rhino Ride awareness campaign, supporting conservation efforts across Southern Africa.
Day 1 – Meet in Pretoria
Day 2 – Ride north to Beitbridge border post
Day 3 – Cross into Zimbabwe and ride to Masvingo
Day 4 – Continue east to Mutare via the Birchenough Bridge
Day 5 – Cross into Mozambique and head to Tete
Day 6 – Head to Malawi, entering at Dedza
Day 7 – Relax at Lake Malawi
Day 8 – Enjoy a range of activities at Lake Malawi
Day 9 – Continue into Zambia
Day 10 – Ride to Lusaka
Day 11 – Continue further west to Livingstone
Day 12 – Explore the Victoria Falls area
Day 13 – Continue into Botswana
Day 14 – Relax in Kasane and explore Chobe National Park
Day 15 – Ride through a section of Chobe to Nata
Day 16 – Cross back into South Africa
Day 17 – Ride back to Pretoria