Waterfalls and Wildlife Motorcycle Safari Southern Africa 2021

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  • Duration: 15 days
  • Starts: 08/03/2020
  • Price: $7,313

A ~2000 mile paved road round-trip motorcycle tour through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. This tour travels mostly through rural Africa and is focused on animal encounters and game viewing. Now featuring two nights at the 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel. ***This is an extremely popular motorcycle tour and will sell out. Book early!*** (~2,000 miles)

Waterfalls and Wildlife Women’s Motorcycle Tour Itinerary

August 3-17, 2021
[15 days / 14 nights]
 

Day 1

No riding. Accommodation in Windhoek

Guests of Women’s Motorcycle Tours arrive in Windhoek and are transferred to our lodge by shuttle. After a day of sightseeing of the capital of Namibia, the motorcycle tour guides will go over our itinerary of the safari, tell you about local rules and customs, an then we’ll experience our first (but not last!) Namibian braai (“BBQ”).

 

Day 2

185 miles, paved. 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 spend the night 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

156 miles, paved. Accommodations 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

171 miles, Accommodations in a 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 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 a spotlight that are normally not observable by the daylight tours.

 

Day 5

No riding. Accommodations in Maun

We get an early start and a full morning of game viewing, including tea in the bush. After the morning game drive we arrive back in camp for lunch. After lunch we have a three hour drive back to Maun in overland safari trucks to the beautiful lodge and full en-suite facilities!

 

Day 6

181 miles, paved. Accommodations in Nata

Tpday is an easy day on the bikes. 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 Baobab forest for lunch before continuing to our lodge at Nata for the evening, and another spectacular African sundowner.

 

Day 7

18o miles, paved. Accommodations 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). After stowing our bikes, we head 45 miles to Victoria Falls in a bus and take the tour of the majestic falls this afternoon.

 

Day 8

No riding. Accommodations in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

A free day 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 Zimbabwee and Zambia, or perhaps a helicopter flight over the Falls. You could also river raft, or visit our charity in Victoria 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. Accommodations in Kasane, Botswana

We return from Victoria Falls by noon and get ready for one of the eagerly awaited 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

240 miles, paved. Accommodations in the former Caprivi Strip

Today we finish touring in Botswana and cross the border back into 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. Elephants and other animals may cross the road today, so we take care riding and keep our eyes open for animal sightings while on the bikes. 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

240 miles, paved. Accommodations near Rundu

We travel southwest in the basin of the Kalahari Desert and explore what Northern Namibia has to offer. We pass through lots of busy towns and African tribal villages on the way.

 

Day 12

252 miles, paved. Accommodations 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

No riding. Accommodations bordering Etosha

Today we explore Etosha National Park – 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 using the safari vehicles over the next two days of game viewing. Our last night out for dinner in Etosha suggests a very special evening.

 
Day 14

256 miles, paved. Accommodations 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 them and let the support vehicle carry 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 arrives to whisk you back home or perhaps on to another African destination. (We have had riders who have 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!)

Alisa’s personal note about this tour: I had the great fortune of working on a conservation project trapping leopards for two dry seasons in Namibia…and I absolutely fell in love with this part of the world. The confluence of cultures, the up-close-and-personal animal encounters, imagery that beckons you back to travel to this very special part of the world over and over again. With the end of my project coming to a close, I asked Rene @ Renedian Adventures (a fellow world traveler) where I could get a bike and ride before I left Mother Africa. Rene was actually in Windhoek with a tour group and invited me to ride with them a few days. It was pure magic. Knowing motorcycling, and being familiar with Africa, I ended up working on local logistics for Renedian for a few years and talking about their trips at USA trade shows. In 2018 I partnered with Renedian and we led a sold-out group of lady motorcyclists on this spectacular itinerary. If you’ve always wanted to go on safari, and you’ve got to see the world on two wheels, this is the champagne list trip you must make every effort to be a part of. I can’t wait to share this part of the world with you.

Women’s Motorcycle Tour Highlights Are:

  • 99% paved roads
  • A scenic flight and an overnight excursion into the Okavango Delta
  • 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
  • A sunset cruise in the Chobe National Park
  • Two nights at the 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe
  • Two nights at Etosha National Park
  • Riding in the Trans-Kalahari Corridor
  • Visiting the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
  • Visiting the Baobab forest
  • Six exciting outings for game viewing

This women’s motorcycle safari includes:

  • Your motorcycle (either a lowered BMW F750GS, BMW F750GS or BMW F850GS)
  • 14 nights accommodations
  • All dinners and breakfasts
  • Most lunches
  • Motorcycle Guides
  • Guide in chase truck
  • Trailer with spare bike
  • Park entrance fees
  • All game drives
  • All tolls
  • Airport transfers

(You pay for your own flights and accommodations before or after the tour.)

Trip Difficulty: This trip is 99% paved and is ideal for all riders with more than 10,000 miles of accumulated riding. Although the road construction is reasonable, it is common to see grazing farm animals beside the highway in Botswana, so care is needed. The paved national highways have a speed limit of 60-70 m.p.h. and riders should be relaxed and comfortable riding the stated speed limit on these roads where practical, including under windy conditions. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road which is not a problem for experienced riders, but maybe confusing for newer riders.

Deposit Details:

Tour Price is CAD$10,495 ($7,313.46 USD as of 3-25-2020)
This price is for shared accommodations, defined as 2 people sharing one room. ‘Twin Rooms’ have two separate beds. ‘Double Rooms’ have one big bed for two people. Couples can request Double Rooms, but be aware that Twin Rooms are more typical in Africa, and we cannot guarantee Double Rooms for all nights.

The non-refundable deposit on this trip is $1000 USD collected by Women’s Motorcycle Tours at the time of booking. The tour is priced in Canadian dollars, which gives us Americans a great advantage. Final payment will be made to Renedian Adventures via wire transfer and is due May 1, 2021. We will provide that information upon registration.
Trip Insurance is highly suggested.

Upgrades and Options on Motorcycle Safari:

BMW R1250 GS Bigger Bike (better for 2-up riding): Add CAD$ 900 ($627 USD as of 3-25-2020)

Solo Room: Add CAD $1,595 ($1,112 USD as of 3-25-2020)

Pre-Tour Excursion to the Sossusvlei Salt Pans:
Optional 4 day/4 night Excursion by Van to Sossusvlei Dunes
Pre-Tour (July 30 – August 2, 2021): CAD$995 ($694 USD as of 3-25-2020)
Solo room on Dunes excursion: Add CAD$250 ($175 USD as of 3-25-2020)

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