Guided Motorcycle Tour from Johannesburg

16 Day Victoria Falls & Beyond Motorcycle Tour

Most motorcycling enthusiasts fantasize about exploring Africa. On our Victoria Falls & Beyond Motorcycle Tour, we have created an exclusive journey through Southern Africa to suit nearly all types of riders. This trip takes you into the “real” Africa – where you won’t find luxury hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants but will have the most inspiring, breathtaking and heartwarming experiences of your life.

The Victoria Falls & Beyond Motorcycle Tour starts near Johannesburg from where we ride north and cross into Zimbabwe at the Beitbridge border post. Our first stopover is at Lake Kyle near the Great Zimbabwe ruins. Continuing along the back roads, we cross the Save River via the impressive Birchenough Bridge, heading to the remote Vumba Valley on the outskirts of Mutare town, which is where we spend our second night. Zimbabwe is a baobab country, and these giant trees are our companions for most of our stay in Zim! After a short ride we enter Mozambique and head further north, towards Catandica and then Tete, where the wealth lies beneath the soil and the coal mining industry is booming. Tete is a typical African city: hot, dusty, bustling, seemingly chaotic. And that is precisely why you’re here: to experience Africa at its most challenging, warts and all. As we enter Tete, we cross the mighty Zambezi, marvelling yet again at the expertise of the engineers who bridged the great rivers in remote parts of Africa.

From Tete we ride the scenic Golomoti escarpment, crossing into Malawi at the Dedza border post and travelling through numerous traditional villages. More than two-thirds of Malawi’s 12 million residents live in rural farming areas. Our three-night stay at Cape Maclear on Lake Malawi is a highlight. It offers superb snorkelling and diving opportunities, with over 600 species of fish. The laid-back atmosphere and relaxing sunset cruises are just what the weary rider needs at this stage of the tour! From the shores of Lake Malawi, we head to landlocked, mineral-rich Zambia. After a brief stopover in Chipata and Lusaka we make our way to Livingstone and Victoria Falls. The winding roads are in good shape, complementing the smooth curves of the landscape. The ride from the Luangwa River to Lusaka seems to have been designed for motorcycles. Again, riders are greeted warmly in the many traditional villages. Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, announces itself with a roar! We enjoy a dinner cruise on the Zambezi River and a guided tour of the falls. The array of activities available ranges from white water rafting and bungee jumping for the adventurous to scenic helicopter rides for the more sedate.

A short ride from the Victoria Falls takes us back across the Zambezi River, this time by ferry to a part of Botswana well known for its variety of wildlife, not least the Big Five. A cruise on the Chobe River gives us the opportunity to spot hippos and elephants and more. Safari vehicles take us through the Chobe National Park, where there’s a good chance of finding those animals that aren’t so keen on water. We continue our ride south, with Nata our next stop. We’re quite likely to encounter wild animals on the main road between Kasane and Nata, so we proceed with caution, on the lookout for elephant and giraffe crossing the road.

We cross the border into South Africa at the Martin’s Drift border post and spend our last night in the town of Lepahale, before our journey ends in Centurion. The final days of the ride give us time to reflect on more than two weeks packed with new experiences, new places and new friends.

Highlights of the Victoria Falls & Beyond Motorcycle Tour:

  • Tour through rural and historic regions of Zimbabwe.
  • Visit the city of Tete in Mozambique a typical African city.
  • Cross the mighty Zambezi River via the impressive Samora Machel Bridge.
  • Snorkelling and diving opportunities on Lake Malawi.
  • A scenic drive from Luangwa River to Lusaka .
  • Visit Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
  • Game viewing cruise on the Chobe River.

Tour includes a support vehicle.
This tour includes a BMW F750GS rental motorcycle.
Upgrades to other models are available.

See also our 15 Day Grand South Africa Motorcycle Tour


16 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 8 Dinners

16 Days / 15 Nights
BMW F750GS or similar

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia & Botswana

South Africa Motorcycle Tours

Day 1 – 0km
Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport and be transferred to Pretoria where we all meet and collect our motorcycles.

Day 2 – 490km
Our first day of riding where we ride north to Martins Drift border and enter Botswana to reside in nearby Palapye

Day 3 – 410km
Continue north past Francistown to Nata to enjoy Elephant Sands lodge

Day 4 – 260km
Follow the A33 north to Kasane with most of the riding in the Chobe National Park. Enjoy a late afternoon sun-downer safari cruise on the Chobe river

Day 5 - 100km
We cross the mighty Zambezi to enter Zambia from where we head to Livingstone, home to the mighty Victoria Falls

Day 6 – 0km
Enjoy a relaxing day in Livingstone where we explore Victoria Falls on foot or enjoy a helicopter flight over the falls, ending our day with a Zambezi sun-downer river cruise

Day 7 - 490km
Today we head to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. It is the first of two long days in the saddle, one where we pass through numerous villages and explore rural life in Zambia

Day 8 – 570km
The longest day in the saddle awaits us. A pleasant journey on good roads swamped by wide open spaces and the occasional rural village directing us to Chipata

Day 9 – 140km 
From Chipata we head due north to Mfuwe for a two pleasant two night safari stay on the banks of the Luangwa river bordering the Luangwa National Park

Day 10 – 0km 
Our two-night stay at Mfuwe includes safari jeep drives into Luangwa National Park and relaxing views overlooking the mighty Luangwa river surrounded by nature

Day 11 – 360 km
After our safari fun we head to Malawi for our last border crossing as we head to Dedza

Day 12 - 320km
From Dedza we head south to Mulanje via Zomba. Mulanje is home to the highest mountain in Malawi and the well-known Malawian tea plantations

Day 13 – 300km 
From Mulanje we loop back north via the back roads to Mangochi for some lake leisurely stays near the town of Mangochi where we also enjoy a village walk

Day 14 – 200km 
We continue further north to relax at another lodge near Salima where we enjoy a relaxing lake cruise to enjoy the views from the water

Day 15 – 120km 
Today is our last day of riding. After a short ride, we arrive in Lilongwe to return the motorcycles and start packing for our journey back home tomorrow

Day 16 – 0km 
Depending on our flight time, a lodge transfer will take all participants to the airport

Victoria Falls & Beyond Motorcycle Tour

  South African Rand
(Subject to ROE)
(Subject to ROE)
2024/2025 Departures R 163,300
per rider sharing
R 59,800
per pillion sharing
US$ 8,670
per rider sharing
US$ 3,175
per pillion sharing
€ 8,055
per rider sharing
€ 2,950
per pillion sharing

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Tour Departures
24 March 2024
29 March 2025

Motorcycle Upgrade Options Available on Request

Tour Includes:

  • Motorcycle – BMW GS range
  • Comprehensive motorcycle insurance
  • Top case + panniers
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Guide on motorcycle
  • 16 Breakfasts, 4 x Lunch & 8 x Dinners
  • Accommodation (3 and 4 stars)
  • Transfer costs between airport and hotel
  • Personalized souvenir cap and road map

Included Activities:

    • Chobe Safaris - land-based x 2 in an open vehicle
    • Chobe River safari & sundowner cruise
    • Zambezi River sundowner & dinner cruise
    • Victoria Falls guided tour on foot
    • Lake Malawi traditional boat cruise
    • Cape Maclear local village walking tour


  • Airfares from and to home
  • Helmets and other riding gear
  • Fuel, toll fees, and road taxes
  • Border taxes, carbon taxes, and council levies (see below)
  • VISA fees at the border crossing
  • Lunches and unspecified dinners
  • Support vehicle services
  • Drinks
  • Refundable bike deposit
  • Refundable equipment deposit
  • Personal insurance – travel insurance, etc.

Additional expenses to budget for:
Cross border taxes and toll fees - $ 300.00 per bike (funds to be handed to tour guide)
VISA costs at respective border crossings (to be paid at borders)

Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations, and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.

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