Victoria Falls & Beyond Overland Tour
Length: 17 days (16 nights) and 16 days motorcycle rental
Rating: Easy paved roads with exceptions of accommodation access roads
In the township streets of South Africa the African people sing a song which goes “Africa, Africa is beautiful…” At Swartberg Biking we often get asked about these words, if they do actually hold any truth? The Vic Falls & Beyond Overland Tour has proven to be the ideal way of discovering the answer to the above question. Not all motorcycle enthusiasts aspire to traverse the continent, but most riders do at one time or another, fantasize about riding in and discovering Africa.
At Swartberg biking we have created an exclusive 17 day journey through Southern Africa to suit nearly all types of riders. Your epic journey commence in the Gauteng province of South Africa from where we ride north towards the Zimbabwe border. We enter the Zimbabwe at the Beitbridge border post and take the road less travelled to Lake Kyle near the Great Zimbabwe Ruins for our first stopover. We continue along the back roads to cross the Save River via the impressive Birchenough Bridge heading to the remote Vumba Valley on the outskirts of Mutare town where we spend our second night in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is Baobab country and these giant trees will be our companion for most of our stay in Zim!
After a short ride we enter Mozambique and head further north towards Catandica and then Tete. Tete is a busy city full of activity and people. If is here where wealth lies underneath the soil and the mining industry is booming, but the city is typical of Africa. That is precisely why we visit, to experience Africa at its most challenging. As we enter the city we cross the mighty Zambezi, enjoying another engineering feat man had to overcome in this remote part of the country to cross one of Africa’s major rivers.
From Tete we ride the scenic Golomoti escarpment before bidding Mozambique farewell and cross into Malawi at Dedza border post. Malawi, formerly known as Nyasaland is one of the smaller countries on the African continent. Much of the country lies within the Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa. The Rift Valley floor at the lakeshore is almost at sea level but the bordering plateau rises to between 490m and 1500m. The roads we travel take us through numerous traditional villages. More than two thirds of the 12 million people living in Malawi reside in the rural farming areas. Our two night stay at Cape Maclear on Lake Malawi is always a highlight. It offers superb snorkeling and diving opportunities and here one can find over 600 different species of fish. The lake is also known for its laid back atmosphere and unique sunset cruises which will liven up any weary rider. Great windy roads and pleasant vistas will keep riders entertained as we criss-cross the hilly Dedza plateau of southern Malawi as we head to Lake Malawi.
After relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi we head towards Zambia. This landlocked mineral rich country has been described as the “real Africa”. After a brief stopover in Chipata and Lusaka we make our way to Livingstone to enjoy Victoria Falls. The road conditions are good and the landscape compliments the windy roads with its smooth curves. The ride from the Luangwa River to Lusaka is usually a favorite with riders as the windy road seems to have been designed for motorcycles. Again riders will enjoy numerous traditional villages with friendly people all over. One cannot but ponder upon what Dr. David Livingston encountered when he first arrived here. Victoria Falls, one of the words seven wonders presents herself with a roar! We enjoy a dinner cruise on the Zambezi River as well as a guided tour of the falls, up close and personal. She also offers an array of activities ranging from white water rafting and bungee jumping for the more adventurous, to scenic helicopter rides for the less adventurous.
After a short ride from the Victoria Falls, we again cross the Zambezi River by ferry to visit Botswana. This region is well known for its variety of wildlife and it is home to the Big 5. We enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe River to look for the hippos and elephant plus many more. We also explore the Chobe National Park in safari vehicles to find those animals not so keen on the water. We continue our ride south with Nata our next stop. The main road between Kasane and Nata is well known for sighting wild animals whilst riding and caution has to be taken. We will take it easy and be on the lookout, especially elephant and giraffe crossing the road. Soon after we cross the border at Martins Drift border post and will be back in South Africa.
Our journey ends in Centurion after spending our last night in the town of Lepahale. Our last days on the bikes should allow us time to reflect on the experience we have enjoy, places we have visited and friends we have made as we ride into Cape Town……and you will know the answer to the song – “Africa, Africa is beautiful”. At Swartberg Biking we know what the answer to the question will be!
Distance to be covered: Total 4950 km and 415 km per day approximately
Rider only R 108 675.00 | Pillion only R 47 725.00
29 Mar 2020
- Day 1 – Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport and be transferred to Pretoria
- Day 2 – Ride north to Mussina where we reside close to the Beitbridge border post (485km)
- Day 3 – Today we cross into Zimbabwe and after the border admin we ride to Masvingo (340km)
- Day 4 – We continue to Mutare via Birchenough bridge and over the Chimanimani mountains (435km)
- Day 5 – Another border crossing before we enter Mozambique and head to Tete on the Zambezi (470km)
- Day 6 – Another border crossing where we enter Malawi and descend the Dedza escarpment (390km)
- Day 7 – We relax at Cape Maclear on the southern shores of Lake Malawi for the next 2 days (000km)
- Day 8 – Enjoy some activities at Lake Malawi and explore the local village and spend time (000km)
- Day 9 – From Cape Maclear we ride to Lilongwe before our last stretch to the Zambia border (500km)
- Day 10 – The new road to Lusaka takes us via numerous rural village enroute to Lusaka (580km)
- Day 11 – From Lusaka we continue to Livingstone (480km)
- Day 12 – We visit the Victoria Falls and Livingston and enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi (000km)
- Day 13 – After a short ride, and border crossing, we arrive in Botswana and enjoy a Chobe safari (130km)
- Day 14 – Enjoy the day in Kasane with a safari to Chobe Park and late afternoon boat cruise (000km)
- Day 15 – We start our ride down south and traverse a section of Chobe Park to Nata (340km)
- Day 16 – From Nata we pass by numerous Botswana towns before arriving back in SA (550km)
- Day 17 – From Lephalale we head back to Pretoria from where riders depart back home (360km)
- 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 2018/19 Rhino Ride awareness campaign, supporting conservation efforts across Southern Africa.