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Gorillas and Game Parks

Duration

45 Days

Ride Grade

5

Ride / Rest day

31 / 14

Sealed / Dirt

69% / 31%

Distance

8,450 km / 5,280 mi


Cape Town to Nairobi: From the southernmost tip of the African continent to north of the Equator, this exploratory expedition delves into the hidden Africa

South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya: This tour is the “call of the wild” where we go on safari in iconic national parks seeing the Big 5, search for chimpanzees in remote, only accessible by boat, reserves, and trek to come face to face with the rare mountain gorillas (possibly the most amazing wildlife experience on earth). But it’s not only wildlife that takes our breath away; we also ride a plethora of ancient landscapes of vast pans, epic desert landscapes, towering sand dunes, lofty passes, mountain ranges peppered with volcanoes and deep jungles. It doesn’t end there though, listen to the roar of lions overnight or the endless grunting of hippos from our lodges, dine with us from atop an escarpment mesa overlooking ancient valleys far below or from a restaurant perched high above Lake Tanganyika. This experience rich expedition dares to travel off the well beaten tourist path and explores the very best of Africa.

Dates and Pricing

13th Jul 2025 to 28th Aug 2025
Tour code: GG/130725GG
from US$26,680.00
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Tour Highlights


Itinerary


Week 1: We start the expedition at the spectacularly located Cape Town, under the gaze of Table Mountain, then ride north and into the stunning Cederberg on a series of exciting remote dirt tracks and visit an amazing private collection of around 150 dust covered motorbikes lying in a farm shed. We enter the spectacular Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province before crossing the Orange River and into Namibia. More dirt will see us visit the wonderful Ai Ais hot springs before we arrive at the renowned Fish River Canyon to explore the canyon rim at what is claimed to be the second largest canyon on earth. Our overnight accommodation is at the amazing Canyon Roadhouse. We ride into the spectacular and empty Namib Desert seeing the week out at the wonderful Burgsdorf Farm.

Week 2: Leaving Burgsdorf it’s a short ride, via the remarkable Duwisib Castle, to the remote Namib-Naukluft National Park where we take the trip into the park to visit the famous Dune 45 at sunrise and the staggeringly beautiful Deadvlei in this remarkably scenic desert region. Our next stop is Swakopmund, sandwiched between dunes and the Skeleton Coast before we turn inland and stay overnight at the wonderful Vingerklip with a clifftop restaurant that must be seen to be believed! We visit the iconic Etosha National Park where we can enjoy a magnificent game drive. Next stop is the former gun running corridor known as the Caprivi Strip where we stay at a lodge scenically located on the Kayova River, the other side of which is Angola. The week is seen out at one of the accommodation highlights, Lianshulu Lodge, overlooking a small lake where we can hear hippos during the night and see literally hundreds of elephants, it’s a remote boutique lodge close to the Botswana border.

Week 3: From Lianshulu we continue into Botswana and visit the legendary Chobe National Park where we will take an evening/sunset game cruise on the Chobe River, hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the 70,000 plus elephants in the park amongst many other animals such as cape buffalo and crocodiles. Departing Botswana, we cross into Zimbabwe at the wonderfully remote Pandemantenga border for a dirt track ride to the incomparable Victoria Falls; a sight you will not forget in a hurry. You will have a chance to visit the park and enjoy these amazing falls, and you will see why it is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You will also have the chance to partake in some of the many adrenaline activities in this great town. Seeing the week out we cross the Friendship Bridge and into Zambia riding north to the excellent Forest Inn, as the name suggest deep within a forest, in Central Zambia.

Week 4: Continuing north through Zambia we spend two nights at the refreshing Kapsihya Hot Springs, visiting the amazing former English aristocracy estate of Shiwa N’Gandu before riding further north, well off the beaten track to the Zambia-Tanzania border. Leaving Zambia, we turn west before reaching the spectacular Lake Tanganyika. This is a remote and wild region of Tanzania well off the beaten tourist trail, often referred to the “real Africa”. We spend 2 nights at the superb Lakeshore Lodge where we can enjoy a Birdseye view of the lake and nearby Congo in Africa’s only float plane or go tiger fishing, snorkelling or enjoy an awe-inspiring sunset cruise. We again hit the dirt tracks of Western Tanzania passing small pools of water full of hippo or dodging roadside elephants as we ride through national parks. We eventually reach Kigoma, where Stanley uttered those immortal words “Dr Livingston, I presume”.

Week 5: We start the week off visiting the legendary Gombe Stream Reserve, formally the home of the equally legendary Jane Goodall, who studied Chimpanzees for 5 decades, her studies made her a wildlife icon. We take a private boat along the shoreline of Lake Tanganyika to the Gombe Stream National Park and meet our ranger / guide and trek into the forests until we find a Chimpanzee group, it’s a remarkable experience seeing these creatures that share 98% of our DNA. Crossing into Rwanda, a country known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. We spend 2 nights at the capital of Kigali where we have the option to visit the incredibly sombre Genocide Museum. The week is seen out as we cross into Uganda and experience perhaps the greatest wildlife encounter on earth, a gorilla trek in the Bwindi National Park, we trek in groups of 8 people only, until the gorillas are found, once found we spend an hour sitting with these magnificent beasts, it really is something special, even emotional, and is an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life, guaranteed.

Week 6: Turning east we cross the equator before reaching the Ugandan capital of Kampala where we escape the city craziness in the superb Latitude Zero Hotel. We continue onto Jinja located on the source of the Nile, Lake Victoria and take a boat out to explore the very mouth of where the waters empty out of Lake Victoria to start the epic journey of the Nile. We cross into Kenya and spend 2 nights at the spectacular and unique Lake Nakuru National Park, on the floor of the Great Rift Valley and enjoy an early morning game drive. Riding south we arrive on the shores of beautiful Lake Naivasha, still in the Rift Valley and site of the old home of Joy Adamson, of Born Free fame. We have a rest day to visit Joy Adamson’s old homestead, some of the local wildlife and enjoy the sounds of the hippos grazing at night only a short distance from our lodge.

Week 7: Our final week starts off with spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley, as we ride onto the Kenyan capital of Nairobi where we spend our final nights, giving us a chance to relax, refresh and prepare our bike for shipping home, if riding your own bike.

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