AFRICA – THE BIRTHPLACE OF MANKIND!
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 of 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 Ngorongoro, Tsavi and Amboseli, to name a few of the fantastic parks and reserves. Turning south again, we head for Diani Beach, 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.
*Zanzibar needs to be booked separately for single and multiple section riders. Please contact Edelweiss Bike Travel for your offer. In case of non-booking this section ends with day 46.
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