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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”).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
No riding. Accommodations in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
TA 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 Zimbabwe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
THIS TOUR IS ALL PAVED
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)
Women’s Motorcycle Tour Highlights Are:
This women’s motorcycle safari includes:
(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.
August 2-16, 2022
[15 days / 14 nights]