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Safari Africa


15 Days

Ride Grade


Ride / Rest day

12 / 3

Sealed / Dirt

55% / 45%


3,400 km / 2,112 mi

South Africa & Namibia: An amazing ride into Southern Africa including award winning game lodges, spectacular scenery and incredible riding

An incredible journey through Southern Africa that has it all, from epic wildlife experiences in renown national parks to evening gatherings of wildlife at waterholes inside private game reserves. We experience the world’s oldest desert and visit towering mountains of sand that glow red at sunrise, we ride breathtaking coastal roads that hug the cliffs above the shoreline and meet cultures that defy belief, so removed from our own. If remote empty tracks, endless star laden skies, incredible wildlife experiences, unique African cultures & diverse stunning landscapes are your thing, then this epic 14-day ride is your ride.

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Dates and Pricing

10th May 2024 to 25th May 2024
Tour code: SF/100524
from US$8,090.00
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10th May 2025 to 25th May 2025
Tour code: SF/100525
from US$8,090.00
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Tour Highlights



Day 1: Your Cape Town airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow. Today you will meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 2: Departing Cape Town, we take the legendary Chapmans Peak Drive around False Bay to Arniston, near the southernmost tip of Africa
Day 3: We take a ride out to the southernmost point on the African continent, at L’Agulhas before turning north to the award winning Big 5 game reserve, Aquila Private Game Reserve
Day 4: Today’s ride sees us hit the dirt tracks of the mighty Cederberg Wilderness Area before reaching the frontier town of Clanwilliam
Day 5: A short ride today to the wonderful Papkuilsfontein Homestead with the magnificent Oorlogskloof Canyon on the property. We overnight at this superb homestead that has been in the same family for 6 generations
Day 6: A longer ride day today, via Nieuwoudtville, home to an amazing motorcycle collection before crossing into the Northern Cape region for our overnight stay at the wonderful Springbok. Today is mostly dirt that travels through a very remote region of South Africa
Day 7: Into Namibia, its an utterly spectacular ride through the vast desert landscapes of Southern Namibia to our overnight stop at the amazing Gondwana Roadhouse, via Ai Ais Hot Springs and the mighty Fish River Canyon
Day 8: Mostly dirt today as we ride north through more stunning desert vistas to the remote Burgsdorf Goat farm for a wonderful night of true Namibian hospitality
Day 9: We ascend to over 1500mt today as we ride west through the oldest desert on earth, to Sesriem, on the edge of the Namib – Naukluft Park.
Day 10: A day off the bikes today as we have a very early start to visit the Namib – Naukluft Park at sunrise. We visit dune 40 and the beautiful Deadvlei.
Day 11: We cross the Tropic of Capricorn today onto our way to Swakopmund, a city sandwiched between the Atlantic coast and the dunes of the Namib Desert
Day 12: We ride along the Skeleton Coast, before turning due east and riding onto the absolutely superb Omaruru Game Lodge
Day 13: Described as one of the world’s greatest wildlife viewing venues, we arrive at Etosha National Park. The list of animals you will see is endless.
Day 14: A day off the bikes we include an early morning game drive, this is quite often the best time to see animals as they gather around the waterholes. This is quintessential Africa!
Day 15: Our final day will see us ride due south to the Namibian capital of Windhoek.
Departure day: Spend some time in Windhoek or fly home, the choice is yours.



  • Airport Transfers
  • Motorcycle rental as per your selection
  • Fuel
  • Tolls
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • 15 breakfasts
  • 12 lunches
  • 12 dinners
  • 15 nights accommodation in excellent small hotels and safari lodges
  • Services of Compass ride leader
  • Services of Compass support vehicle driver
  • Pre departure material and route maps
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions polo shirt
  • Entrances to all national Parks mentioned in the itinerary
  • Aquilla Game Reserve game drive City Tour
  • Fish River Canyon entrance
  • Burgsdorf game drive
  • Namibia's Dune 40 & Deadvlei excursion in the Namib -Naukluft National Park
  • Game drive in Etosha National Park

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal items
  • Personal Health or Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities


If you require a low bike option we have a lowered suspension or lowered seat BMW F750 GS available: Free of charge

All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: US$ 2,160
(please note, you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip).

Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of US$ 3100


Ride Details

Ride Profile

55% of this ride is on pavement. The pavement is generally in very good condition. Some sections, particularly the back roads of South Africa, can be narrow, have rough shoulders and slow-moving farm traffic. Wild animals must be expected, even in the Namibian Desert, where there are large populations of kudu, oryx etc.
45% of this ride is on dirt. The dirt generally consists of gravel tracks that are very wide and smooth. Some tracks can be corrugated and have gravel heaps in the centre and some sections in Namibia can be sandy, usually for no more than 100m at a time. All tracks are used by trucks and buses, so not extreme.
Some off-road experience is preferred for this tour.
On the more difficult sections pillions can travel in the support vehicle.

Tour Start/End

Tour Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Tour End:  Windhoek , Namibia


This is the dry season and the best time for wildlife viewing with little to no chance of rain- the skies are clear and most days sunny. In Namibia the mornings can be a little cool. Temperatures can vary from 5° C / 41° F, overnight to 30° C / 86° F during the day, especially in Namibia  

Important Information

  • All riders must have a valid motorcycle licence and at least two years riding experience.
  • It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.
Ride Grade

Ride Distance
3,400 km / 2,112 mi


Sealed / Dirt
55% / 45%


  • 15 nights of accommodation.
  • Our accommodations range from small family run hotels, award winning private game reserves through to classic safari lodges. 
  • A flexible attitude is needed as standards are not always what we are accustomed to. All accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone, we will pair you up with another solo traveler. However, if you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available: US $2,160


  • On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 15 Breakfasts
  • On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 12 Lunches
  • We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 12 Dinners


  • 853cc Parallel twin cylinder engine (de-tuned)
  • Seat height 81cm (32In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 183cm (72in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres 

  • 853cc Parallel twin cylinder engine 
  • Seat height 86 cm (33.8 In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 190cm (75in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres

BMW R1250 GS
  • 1254cc Parallel twin cylinder engine 
  • Seat height 85 cm (33.5 In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 187cm (73.5in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres


Accidents happen, luggage is lost and tour or flight cancellations can occur, so it is our policy that all participants of Compass Expeditions tours have an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover the unforeseen. This is not only compulsory when joining our tours, but it makes sense.

If choosing your own insurance – for motorcycle tours it is crucial the insurance policy you choose will offer a policy for riding a motorcycle OVER 250cc (including our bikes). This is a critical point to ensure when purchasing a policy.

Our experienced In-house travel team are happy to help with getting you the right insurance for your tour and for any other travel you might be doing before or after. Contact our in-house travel team.

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