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Absolute Africa

Duration

40 Days

Ride Grade

5

Ride / Rest day

29 / 11

Sealed / Dirt

96% / 4%

Distance

8,770 km / 5,480 mi


Nairobi to Cape Town: Go on safari as we visit world renowned national parks teeming with wildlife, all while exploring the mountain passes and coastal roads of Africa

Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini and South Africa: This ride focuses on the quintessential African experience where we go on "safari" through iconic national parks seeing the Big 5, listening to the roar of lions, laughing of hyenas and trumpeting of elephants at night. We share time with the meerkats, walk amongst seals and watch whales breaching in the waters off South Africa’s stunning Garden Route. We ride some of Africa finest mountain passes and ride to the southernmost tip of the African continent. This ride perfectly encapsulates all that has made the African continent so alluring.

Dates and Pricing

27th Aug 2025 to 6th Oct 2025
Tour code: AB/270825
from US$24,495.00
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Tour Highlights


Itinerary


Week 1:Leaving the lights of Nairobi behind we cross into Tanzania before arriving at the spectacularly situated Arusha, in the shadow of the volcanic Mt Meru. Arusha is also the gateway town for the iconic Serengeti National Park. We will park the bikes and climb aboard our safari vehicles spending the next 2 days “on safari” in the Serengeti and the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, a virtual who’s who of the big 5 - Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo, all living in the caldera of an extinct volcano. This first week exposes us to the essence of Africa, being “on safari”.

Week 2: We start the week off, back on our bikes, riding south to the wonderful Iringa Farmhouse, a still working 100-year-old Tanzanian cattle and sheep station with superb accommodations. Our last night in Tanzania will be spent south of Mbeya amongst the coffee plantations at some equally epic accommodations. The road out to the border is a stunning single lane dirt track, through a verdant forest high in the mountains, this is remote riding at its best. Crossing into the beautiful Malawi we reach the shores of Lake Malawi where we spend a night in the rustic cabins at Chitimba Beach Camp, enjoying a beachside bar and restaurant, a legendary location amongst the overland fraternity. We hug the shoreline of Lake Malawi before reaching the superb Rafiki Lodge where we spend 2 nights enjoying the relaxed pace of Malawi and enjoying this stunning tented accommodation. The week is seen out as we cross into Zambia via an exciting ride through the Nkhotakota Game Reserve where we may encounter elephant on the track, with special permission this is one of the only wildlife reserves motorbikes can ride through.

Week 3: It’s a quick ride to the outskirts of Lusaka before we cross into Zimbabwe and spend a night at the scenic Lake Kariba, one of the world’s largest man-made reservoirs that stores water from the mighty Zambezi River, sunsets from here are epic. We continue south to the wonderful Gweru Antelope Reserve where we can get up close and personal with some resident lions or simply relax at the superb wilderness lodge. Our next stop is the otherworldly granite landscape of Matopos National Park, with huge granite boulders seemingly defying gravity, this is also the burial place of Cecil Rhodes, founder of Rhodesia, before it gained independence and became Zimbabwe. Englishman Rhodes wanted to be buried atop a huge granite rock where he could see the world. We cross into Botswana and ride onto a region of salt flats, or pans, staying at the wonderful Planet Baobab, a quirky location surrounded by baobab trees that average around 4,000 years of age. Located on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans it’s here we can experience a unique Meerkat excursion out on the pans.

Week 4: We cross into South Africa via the wonderful Goo Moremi Gorge amongst the Twaspong Hills, the tented accommodation here is unbelievable. We will visit the Blyde River Canyon and take a boat trip deep within the canyon to see amazing towering peaks and escarpments that glow a stunning red as the setting sun reflects off them. We then ride one of South Africa’s most scenic rides known as the Panorama Route that offers stunning views of this ancient landscape of escarpment weathered over millennia. No visit to Africa is complete without a visit to the legendary Kruger National Park. We will spend 2 nights here allowing us time to enjoy a safari in this most iconic of parks. Departing South Africa, if only for a day, we enter the kingdom of Eswatini, formally known as Swaziland, and ride up to Pigg’s Peak and overnight just south of the capital of Mbabane. Leaving Eswatini we cross back into South Africa and ride south onto the world-famous Garden Route spending the next 2 nights at St Lucia, where it isn’t unreasonable to see hippos wandering the streets at night. We will enjoy a sunset cruise on the lake systems that form part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park where it is almost guaranteed you will see hippos, 100's of them.

Week 5: Riding the Garden Route, we turn inland towards Rorkes Drift, in Zulu warrior land, it is here that 150 English soldiers held off 3,000–4,000 Zulu warriors in the Anglo–Zulu war, 11 VC's were awarded during this battle, the highest number ever awarded for one battle. We have the great, great, great grandson of the Zulu leader who led the first battle with the British, give an informative presentation of the iconic region. We continue to Himeville, scenically located at the foot of the Southern Drakensburg Mountains, before returning to the Garden Route, via Port St Johns, beautifully located on the mouth of the Umzimvubu River. We will visit the moving Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha and continue to the tranquil beachside village of Haga Haga where we may see whales from our bedroom windows. We will ride one of South Africa’s finest mountains passes of Swartberg and Prince Albert Pass and of course the famous Ronnies Sex Shop. These days are filled with some of the best canyon-lands and mountain pass riding of the entire expedition.

Week 6: Our last few days will see us reach Cape Arugulas, the southernmost point of the entire African continent and where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. This epic trip finishes off in Cape Town, but not before one more awesome ride around False Bay, via the Simonstown penguin colony, and into Cape Town via the famous Chapmans Peak Drive, what a way to end this magnificent ride in Africa.

Departure Day: Spend a couple more days in Cape Town or fly home

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