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WORLD TOUR: Cape Town - Dar es Salaam 1CD

Botswana   |  Kenya   |  Malawi   |  Namibia   |  South Africa   |  Tanzania   |  Zambia

The cradle of humanity – Africa!

We will spend our first few days in Cape Town. Table Mountain, the Waterfront, its Townships and vineyards cast a spell on us that is hard to break. But soon it is time to head out, as we leave from the southernmost point of this section, the Cape of Good Hope.

The Mediterranean climate of the Cape soon gives way to the arid scenery of the hinterland as two days riding take us into Namibia. The gigantic Fish River Canyon brings back memories of the Grand Canyon, and the indescribable desert landscapes of the Namib Naukluft Park will take our breath away as we make our way to the former German town of Swakopmund.

We wave goodbye to the Atlantic coast and start our crossing of the African continent. Ahead lay the giant salt pans of the Kalahari, a name full mystery and adventure! This arid bush savannah covers most of Botswana and will be our constant companion all the way to the Okavango delta and the Victoria Falls. . The pleasure of barrelling down dusty tracks is interspersed with plenty of chances to play in the water. We head for Malawi via Lusaka (the capital city Zambia) and Chipata. Senga Bay awaits with a chance to wash off the desert dust with some R&R on its beautiful beaches. But we still have a long way to go before we hit the Indian Ocean! But first: Safari! A chance to see the “Big Five” in their natural habitat. We leave Malawi heading north and ride a loop through Tanzania and the south of Kenya. Our motorcycles will take us to Ngorogoro, Tsavi and Amboseli, to name a few of the fantastic parks and reserves.

Turning south again, we head for Diani, just south of Mombasa. It is here that we catch our first glimpse of the Indian Ocean since leaving Cape Town, before heading inland into the Usambara Mountains – say hi to the violets. We finally roll into Dar es Salaam (which literally translates to “House of Peace”) after 46 fantastic days on the road. We complete all of the freight formalities, say goodbye to our bikes for this trip, and fly out to Zanzibar * for two fantastic days of sea and sun.

At a glance

START/FINISH

  • Cape Town / Dar es Salaam

DURATION

  • 40 days expedition including
  • 27 riding days and 5,400 miles / 8.700 km
  • 7 rest days including riding possibilities
  • 3 days in Cape Town and 5 days in Dar es Salamm

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discovering the wonders of Chobe National Park, the Namib Desert and the Kalahari Savannah
  • Visiting the colonial town of Livingstone and the fantastic Victoria Falls
  • Going on Safari in Kenya’s National Parks and Tanzania’s Ngorogoro Basin
  • Discovering the untouched Dar es Salaam and immersing ourselves in the mysteries of Zanzibar

ROUTE CHALLENGES

  • Africa is a vast continent and sparsely populated and riding days may be long, with high temperatures.
  • When there is tarmac don’t trust it – potholes, gravel, animals and people abound. Speed is not your friend here. Play it cautious and give yourself time to see everything.
  • The remote gravel roads will kick up dust, ruts and sandy traps, so take care.
  • This is Africa! There are wild animals out here!

For details on pricing and services please contact us at expedition@edelweissbike.com.

Testimonials

Cape Town to Nairobi

Almost every day I am thinking of my participation in the Europe/Africa section of Discover our Earth. One of the memorable experiences we had with our group was our border crossing into Morocco and the flair of this incredible country reminding me of One Thousand and One Nights. It is truly a different world crossing the Atlas mountains or riding along the Route of the Kasbahs. We were surrounded by the friendliest people and guided by the most professional support crew – therefore it will have been the first of many more sections ’around the world‘.

Manfred Giebel, Germany

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16.05. - 03.07.2017
Cape Town - Dar Es Salaam
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03.06. - 21.07.2018
Cape Town - Dar es Salaam
Riding hours per day:
7 to 9 h 
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