The Transafrica motorcycle tour gives you a good idea of 5 African totally safe countries and you may wonder why an Italian tour operator proposes a motorcycle tour to Africa ?? Simply because Eligio Arturi have been organizing trips to Africa since 1985. We have therefore decided to add the Transafrica trip to the English list and not just to the Italian one.
The Transafrica tour has been organized every year since 1996 with Italian customers. Groups consist of 15 up to 34 persons (in 2003).
From Johannesburg to Zanzibar, 5500 kms across South Africa – Zimbabwe – Zambia – Malawi and Tanzania.
This bike tour is within everyone’s reach, routed almost exclusively on tarmac. The exception is a couple of legs where the tarmac is in “African” condition, although never too difficult for any average motorcyclist, even with a pillion rider. All nights are spent in top-class hotels except for a couple where no alternatives exist in the area. The legs are around 350/400 kilometres per day with 4 sizeable rest stops in enchanting places and hotels: Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi, Mikumi National Park, Zanzibar.
Day 1 – Johannesburg
Day of arrival in Johannesburg, collection of motorcycles, followed by a free afternoon to relax and gain confidence with the bike and the South African left hand drive.
Day 2 – Johannesburg – Kruger Park
After breakfast we make our way to the Kruger Park, one of the biggest in Africa and one of the most spectacular for the number of animals to be found there. We will dine and spend the night near the park gates. (450 km)
Day 3 – Safari in Kruger Park
Day of safari spent in a 4×4 car with local guide/driver at our disposal for the visit to Kruger National Park, we will return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Kruger – Tzaneen
Departure from Kruger for Tzaneen, area of tea plantations, via the beautiful mountainous region of the Drakensberg. The temperatures may go down to close to zero, especially in the morning. Arrival at Mogobaskloof hotel.
Day 5 – Tzaneen – Louis Trichardt
After breakfast we depart northward, stopping on the way to visit a typical tea farm in the region. In the evening we’ll arrive at the end of the last leg in South Africa, staying in the town of the former Louis Trichardt now Makhado.
Day 6 – Louis Trichardt – Great Zimbabwe
From Louis Trichardt to Great Zimbabwe and across the first border of the motorcycle tour, entering Africa, or rather, a “more African” Africa. Be patient at the border as this is the longer border crossing, 2 hours planned, at least ! Board and lodging at the Great Zimbabwe Hotel, practically within sight of the famous ruins.
Day 7 – Great Zimbabwe – Bulawayo –
After breakfast, we have planned a two-hour visit to the Great Zimbabwe fortifications with a local guide, a truly magical experience, and then on towards Bulawayo with planned arrival in the afternoon.
Day 8 – Bulawayo – Victoria Falls
Morning visit to the Matopo Hills, a marvellous national park where Cecil Rhodes, the founder of Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe), is buried. In the afternoon we move on to Victoria Falls, arriving in the early evening.
Day 9 – Victoria Falls
Day spent on visits and excursions to the Victoria Falls. It will be possible to go rafting on the Zambezi, take helicopter or private plane flights, play golf, and visit the falls. Just simply relaxing around the hotel’s swimming pool is also always an option.
Day 10 – Victoria Falls – Lusaka
Departure and crossing the second border of our journey, thus entering Zambia and heading for the capital Lusaka, A demanding day of almost 600 kilometres without alternative, but luckily the roads are in good condition.
Day 11 – Lusaka – Chipata
From Lusaka to Chipata, along a real African road! The road is in decent conditions but a good dose of prudence will be important. There are numerous villages we will go through and endless landscapes which is incomparable in its natural beauty. Another great African day !
Day 12 – Chipata – Lake Malawi
From Chipata towards the border with Malawi and its incredible natural scenery. Malawi is a little known country, with almost no tourism except for a few South Africans that spend their holidays along the splendid banks of the lake which stretches for over 600 kilometres from north to south, practically covering the whole length of the country.
Day 13 – Lake Malawi
Day of relaxing at Livingstonia Beach Hotel in Senga Bay. This is a little corner of paradise on the coast of the lake where waters are clear and clean, making it possible to swim, snorkel and scuba dive.
Day 14 – Lake Malawi – Mzuzu
Back on the bikes to take the coastal road as far as Mzuzu. Going through a lot of villages and back routes, we take in a real slice of African life. This is a marvellous opportunity for those wanting to take some photos before we return to an altitude of over 1000 metres in the Malawian mountains.
Day 15 – Mzuzu – Mbeia
The road, which leads us to the fourth and last border of our journey, is one of the most attractive and in greta conditions, just repaved. Some parts are in African conditions and need caution . Arrival in the evening at Mbeia, a small Town in Tanzania.
Day 16 – Mbeia – Mikumi Park
Crossing virtually the whole of Tanzania from west to east to arrive in a place where the wild animals can stroll around the state road. Beware of the lions!!
Day 17 – Mikumi National Park
Day of relax and safari at the Mikumi N.P.
Day 18 – Mikumi – Dar Es Salaam
Last riding day to get to Dar Es Salaam around lunch time, the final destination of our journey, bike drop off and vist on the city in the afternoon, farewell dinner and overnight.
Day 19 – Dar es Salaam – Flight back home
During the morning we will pack the bikes in a container for the shipment back to South Africa, sorry your holiday is over thanks for joining us in this wonderful African adventure
Dates and Cost
From Monday the 30th of July to Friday the 18th of August 2018
(The dates are the meeting and overnight in Johannesburg and the departure from Dar Es Salaam, book your flights consequently)
Quote per person: USD 3.950
- half board lodging in double room
- local guide with vehicle for the luggage transport
- trailer for the transport of the motorcycles in case of breakdown
- English speaking guide
- international airfare
- visas and local insurances (between 250 and 350 USD per person)
- fuel (roughly USD 500)
- transfer to/from airport
- personal expenses
- motorcycle rental with transport back to South Africa
Single supplement quote: USD 1.200
Motorcycle rental quote including the transport from Dar Es Salaam back to South Africa:
BMW 700 GS twin : USD 5.500
BMW 1200 GS Liquid cooled: USD 6.800
The prices of the motorcycles rentals, including the shipment from Dar Es Salaam to Johannesburg and the Carnet, may change due to the different quote for the transport, normally calculated at 1000 USD per bike.