Charley Boorman’s  Cape Town 

Journey

FROM US $9,495

Day 1 : Your Cape Town airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel. We will get straight down to our “meet and greet” and tour briefing. In the afternoon Billy Ward will conduct a GPS familiarisation session and later it is off to collect the motorcycles. A ride back to the hotel just to get to know the bikes and then a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Leaving Cape Town’s famous Waterfront we ride along the coast to take in some of the key attractions, like Chapman’s Peak Drive and the Cape of Good Hope. We’ll then head north into the renowned wine region visiting Franschhoek.

Day 3: Today we will ride the superb gravel tracks through the Cederberg Mountains and then a hard/soft option for the Wuppertal loop. Both options are stunning. We finish the day in Clanwilliam, a nice little town with a bit of wild west character about it.

 

Day 4: We start this morning with an a long winding paved road, simply stunning. We will have some route options before meeting up again at remote Papkuilsfontain, we reach our destination of Springbok after a day of stunning back country riding.

 

Day 5: Today we cross the border into Namibia. Everything changes in Namibia as the temperatures increase and the landscape changes dramatically. After the border we visit wonderful Ais Ais then check-in at the superb Canyon Lodge before riding out to Fish River Canyon.

Charley Boorman’s  Cape Town 

Journey

 

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe: Seventeen days of pure motorcycling adventure: 5000 kilometres, through 4 countries

Some of the amazing highlights of this tour include, riding with Charley Boorman, Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, The Winelands, Cederberg Mountains, Wildflowers of Namaqualand, Fish River Canyon, Ai-Ais Hot Springs, Dunes of Namibia, Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, Etosha National Park, The Himba & Herero Tribes Women, Sunset cruise on the Chobe, Okavango and Kwando Rivers, Game Drives, the mighty Zambezi at Victoria Falls “The Smoke That Thunders” & of course staying at the legendary Victoria Falls hotel
 

Riding with Charley Boorman – This is an experience! He’s fun and entertaining and it’s your opportunity to hear all the back stories from Long Way Round. We’ll have an evening with Charley – a mini ‘show’ where we’ll hear all about his career and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions, and get to know the real Charley Boorman. Charley will be riding the trip and supported by Billy, will also run a session on ‘Gravel Riding‘ – sharing his knowledge and expertise over the years. This session will also help prepare you for the tracks of Africa.

 17 DAYS

 17 NIGHTS

DISTANCE

2,800 MILES

MIX SURFACES

BMW Motorcycle rental F800 GS or

R1200 GS

Charley Boorman will act as lead rider and the team will perform support roles for the duration of the tour.

17 nights of accommodation are included in the cost on a shared basis.

2 Support vehicles for luggage and passenger transport during the tour.

17 Breakfast, & Dinners are included in the price

Airport transfers are included in the overall cost of the tour.

Entrances to all National Parks and River Cruises mentioned in the itinerary.  

  • Okavango River Cruise – Rundu

  • Popa Falls cruise – Divundu

  • Wildlife Safari Cruise – Chobe River

  • Game Drive – Etosha

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Flights and appropriate visas are not included in any of the pricing.

Hotels the night before and after the trip is NOT included.

Fuel used during the tour is not included in the price.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN YOUR JOURNEY

Lunches are not included in the price.

Day 6: Be prepared for some sandy sections today. We ride the stark beauty of the Namib Desert before stopping at the remote and welcoming Germanic village of Helmeringhausen overnight.

Days 7 & 8: It's a short ride today to one of the jewels in Namibia's crown, Sossusvlei. We arrive afternoon to experience the amazing Mirage Hotel its pool and spa set in the middle of the desert. We'll have a free day to rest up or enjoy the activities available at the hotel, enjoy organized quad tours into the veld or visit one of the highlights of Namibia the gigantic sand dunes around Sossusvlei.

Day 9: 
Although the distance doesn't appear too great, it's a full day to get to the Atlantic coast - the skeleton coast. We will ride close to the dunes of the Namib Naukluft National Park and the Tropic of Capricorn sign is a must stop! We will overnight at the Germanic city of Swakopmund.


Day 10: 
Today we follow the infamous skeleton coast with the fresh cool mist hanging in the morning air. Our destination is one of the most dramatic rock formations in Namibia, a 35 m high pillar of rock, the Vingerklip or Finger Stone in a valley called Ugab Terraces.


Day 11 & 12: 
Two nights will be spent at Etosha National Park, Etosha is teeming with wildlife and is one of the best places to spot the highly endangered black rhino. We will arrive early for awesome game drive.

Day 13: Traveling north-east, the scenery becomes more and more 'African'. Tonight we’ll stay at Rundu, you may get the chance to view crocodiles and hippo up close!


Day 14: A late start today as we only have a very short ride to Divundu. Riding parallel to the Okavango River we can see Angola in the distance. There will be two ride options today - along the gravel next to the busy life that surrounds the river or just parallel on the asphalt.


Day 15: We travel through Bwabwata National Park today, so keep a look out for more wildlife, especially elephants.

Day 16: Today we cross into Botswana and stay in the famous Chobe National Park where it’s literally just teeming with wildlife.

Day 17: Heading north now we enter into Victoria Falls – a magical part of Zimbabwe – where we finish our trip at ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ – the falls themselves! Our hotel, the legendary Victoria Falls Hotel, is the just a few minutes walk away from the actual falls and the famous Bungee Jump over the great Zambezi river. The town of Victoria Falls sits on the border with Livingstone in Zambia and is a fabulous place to hang out for a couple of days. There are so many activities you could do, we’d recommend you plan a day or two here before flying home – you won't regret it.


Departure day: Spend some time in Victoria Falls or fly home, the choice is yours. 

Ride Profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20% of this ride is on pavement; some sections of pavement can be potholed, twisty and narrow. 

80% of this ride will be on dirt. Most dirt is hard packed, although there are sections that can have loose gravel, be rutted and be somewhat challenging if you are an off road novice. Some sections consist of sand especially Namibia. 

Some off-road experience is required for this tour.
On the more difficult sections pillions can travel in the support vehicle, space permitting. 

Tour Start/End

Tour Start: Cape Town, South Africa 

Tour End: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

 

Climate

Starting off in Zimbabwe the days will be HOT mid 30’s Celsius / mid 90’s Fahrenheit, but with little to no rain. Riding further south into South Africa the temperatures will drop to the mid 20’s Celsius / mid 70’s Fahrenheit, but with an increased chance of rain and stormy conditions as we near the coast. It will be cold in the evening and as low as 6 Celsius / 43 Fahrenheit overnight especially in Tiffendell, South Africa.

 

Accommodation

  • 16 nights of accommodation.

  • Our accommodations range from small family run hotels through to 5 star hotels. 

  • 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: EUR 1,230.00

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Meals

  • On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 17 Breakfasts 

  • We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 17 Dinners

 

Important Information

  • All riders must have a valid motorcycle license and at least two years riding experience. 

  • It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition. 

  • An experienced and qualified medic will be joining us and we always carry an extensive medical kit in case of injury’s, large or small.

  • We will be utilizing two support vehicles to carry all of our luggage, equipment and other gear as well as to accommodate pillion passengers who may wish to have some time off the bike.  This means that the bikes will be traveling light without the weight of any luggage to be worried about.

  • Billy “Biketruck” Ward, Charley’s Manager and good friend, who has recently qualified as an accredited FGASA Field / Bush guide will be on hand with all sorts of information and knowledge of the region and the wildlife that we will encounter along the way.

Bikes

BMW F800GS 

  • 800cc Parallel twin cylinder engine

  • Seat height 88cm (34In) Approx.

  • Inner Leg Curve 193cm (76in) Approx

  • Heated Hand Grips

  • BMW style accessory power socket

  • Top Box

  • Engine protection bars

  • Bash plate

  • Dual purpose tires

  • Journey Cost w/ F800GS $9,494 

BMW R1200GS

  • 1200cc Twin cylinder boxer engine

  • Seat height 90cm (35In) Approx.

  • Inner Leg Curve 195cm (78in) Approx

  • Heated Hand Grips

  • BMW style accessory power socket

  • Top Box

  • Engine protection bars

  • Bash plate

  • Dual purpose tires

  • Journey Cost w/ R1200GS $10,115

Upgrades

 

Pillion / Support Vehcile Passenger US $6155

All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: US $1230.00

 

Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of US $1500, this amount will be held via way of a bond on your credit card for the duration of the tour.