Kalahari to Cape Town
15 day motorbike tour from Namibia to South Africa
During this 15-day motorcycle tour you’ll experience what real solitude feels like. See the sky turn orange in an African sunset. Motorcycling through Africa is the experience of a lifetime! You ride the best and most scenic tarred and untarred roads of South Africa and Namibia on our Kalahari to Cape Town motorcycle tour.
Partly untarred roads take you first to Etosha wildlife reserve. Then ride on the edge between ocean and desert along Skeleton Coast. Eat Schwarzwalder Kirsch Torte in Skwakopmund and apple pie in Solitaire. Namibia’s most scenic gravel roads bring you deep in the heartland of the Kalahari desert. Scale the heights of the dunes at Sossusvlei and feel dwarved by the depths of Fish River Canyon.
From the Kalahari desert to Cape Town
Exchange Namibia for South Africa so you can take the long, empty R 355. Halfway down this road you will enjoy the most spectacular sunset over the Karoo. Follow the road to where it ends in Cape Agulhas. Here at the most southern tip of Africa two great oceans meet, the Atlantic and the Indian.
At the end of your motorcycle holiday you reach the impressive Table Mountain towering over Cape Town. On a terrace, nursing a glass of good wine, you will have to say goodbye to this unforgettable motorbike tour. Suitable for the more experienced rider, either with or without pillion.
You can also do this motorcycle tour in reverse direction from Cape Town to the Kalahari.
“Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul”
Highlights of the Kalahari to Cape Town motorcycle tour
- Wildlife in Etosha N.P.
- Stunning landscapes of the Kalahari Desert
- Swakopmund and Skeleton Coast
- The dunes of Sossusvlei
- Fish River Canyon
- Tankwa in the heartland of the Karoo
- Africa’s southernmost point
- Cape Town
- ca. 3380 km (ca. 2100 miles) of which ca. 2000 km (ca. 1245 miles) on untarred roads
- suitable for the average experienced motorbiker with some experience on untarred roads, but no hard off-road riding involved.
- The itinerary is planned in such a way that you have plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery. You’ll encounter wildlife most days.
- Suitable for rider with a pillion; if you want to skip a day on the backseat you can ride with the backup vehicle.
The Kalahari to Cape Town motorcycle tour in detail
Partly untarred roads take you first from Windhoek to the Etosha National Park. Early the next morning you’ll board the open safari vehicle for your full-day game drive. Etosha is home to the largest population of both black as well as white rhino in the whole of Africa. Did you know a white rhino is just as grey as a black rhino? You’ll also see many giraffes, kudus, gazelles and other antelopes. You’re also at risk to encounter predators like lions, cheetahs, leopards, jackals and hyenas.
The oldest living plant on earth
Riding westbound you leave the tarmac and ride between ‘kopjes’, rock outcroppings where you can find the Welwitschia. This unsightly looking plant is the oldest living plant on earth and can be as old as 2,000 years! You follow the desert road to the small mining town of Uis.
Your next ride is on the edge between ocean and desert along the Skeleton Coast. Eat traditional Schwarzwalder Kirsch Torte in Skwakopmund or compare the apple pie here to Namibia’s most famous apple pie later on tour in Solitaire. Swakopmund is Namibia’s adventure centre. What do you want to do? Quad biking through the dunes, a scenic flight over Skeleton Coast, visit a township? Or do you prefer making a tandem skydive 10,000 feet above the desert?
The highest sand dunes in the world
Your stunning motorbike tour takes you next to the highest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei and to the depths of Fish River Canyon, the world’s second-largest canyon. According to the Khoisan legends a giant snake left his track in the rocks. And the course of the canyon does indeed resemble the curvy way a snake moves! From a viewpoint you look down into the depths where the Fish River runs.
After leaving the canyon, you reach the tarmac road which takes you across the border into South Africa to Springbok. In the local bar you can wash away the day’s dust with a nice ice-cold beer.
Sunsets and two oceans
From here your road trip takes you along South-Africa’s longest empty road, the R 355. Halfway down this road you will enjoy the most spectacular sunset over the Karoo.
Gently curving roads lead you through endless grain fields to Africa’s southernmost point: Cape Agulhas. Two of the world’s greatest oceans meet here: the Atlantic and the Indian.
The winelands are surrounded by impressive mountains with lots of curvy mountain roads. Enjoy the Helshoogte and Franschhoek mountain passes on the road to Stellenbosch. The historical town centre is full of old houses from the early Dutch and French pioneers. And yes, you can go for a wine tasting!
All the way from the Kalahari to Cape Town
At the end of your motorcycle holiday you reach the impressive Table Mountain towering over Cape Town. On a terrace, nursing a glass of good wine, you will have to say goodbye to this unforgettable motorbike tour.
This tour is a 15-day, guided motorcycle tour of ca. 3400 km, of which 2,000 km on gravel roads. Suitable for the more experienced rider, either with or without pillion. No hard off-road riding involved. On most gravel roads you will do around 80 km/hour.
We normally use sturdy, dependable BMW F750GS or F1250GS motorbikes, but Honda Africa Twins or KTM Adventure bikes are also available.
Also available in reverse direction from Cape Town to Windhoek.
Map of the tour
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