Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa: Ride this diverse and rugged continent that has drawn explorers and adventurers the world over for centuries and become part of the adventure
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa: Africa is a continent of dreams, the stuff legends are made from and riding this incredibly diverse, sometimes challenging continent is what life changing experiences are all about. If incredible wildlife encounters, world beating antiquities, ever changing landscapes and an utterly fascinating diversity of peoples, all experienced through a motorbike tour is your thing, then Africa is your continent.
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At a Glance
- Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
- Karnak Temple and Valley of the kings
- Temple of Edfu
- Felluca cruise on the Nile River at Aswan
- The Nubian Desert of Sudan
- Temples of Meroe
- Khartoum and the confluence of the White and Blue Nile
- Simien mountains (Ethiopia)
- Amazing Rock hew churches of Lalibela
- Challenging and remote roads of Northern Kenya
- Samburu tribes people overnight camp
- High tea at the house of Joy Adamson (of Born Free fame)
- Massai Culture
- Quintessential safari experience with 3 days visiting the Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti national parks
- Airport Transfers
- Motorcycle rental as per your selection
- All Shipping included
- Mechanic and Medic will accompany us (not necessarily trained)
- Incomparable list of sights and inclusions (see client info kit for the full list)
- Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
- Breakfast’s everyday
- Dinners as per itinerary
- 81 nights accommodation
- Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
- Pre-departure material and route maps complete GPS waypoints and routes
- Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
- Compass Expeditions polo shirt
- Excursions as mentioned in the “Client info Kit”
- Entrances as mentioned in the “Client info Kit”
- International flights
- Personal health/travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
Compass Bike Rental
BMW F 700 GS: US$ 115.00 per day
BMW F 800 GS: US$ 130.00 per day
BMW R 1200 GS: US$ 145.00 per day
Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of US$ 6000, you can reduce the excess by taking advantage of our Excess Reduction Policy: US$ 20 per day
Joining Day: Your Cairo airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow. Today you will meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Week One: We spend 2 nights in the city founded by Alexandria the Great, Alexandria, allowing us time to clear our bikes from Customs and visit the WW2 cemeteries nearby at El Alamein. In Cairo we visit the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza & the unbelievable Egyptian Museum before heading South West to follow the Red Sea coast to the resort town of Hurghada for 2 nights were we can dive in the Red Sea.
Week Two: We head inland to the mighty Nile River and the city of Luxor, where we will visit the 3500-year-old Temple of Karnak and the awesome Valley of the Kings & Queens. We then visit the southern town of Aswan. While in Aswan we take a leisurely Felucca ride on the majestic Nile River observing a Middle Eastern lifestyle and soaking up the culture from Pyramids to modern day Mosques. Our departure from Egypt will take the new road South past the outstanding Abu Simbel then a short ferry ride across Lake Nassar to Wadi Halfa in Sudan. This remote Northern region of Sudan is made up mostly of the Nubian Desert and is full of spectacular desert-scapes, star laden nights and glorious sunrises. We head further south to the little known Pyramids of Jebel Barkal.
Week Three: This week will see us visit the amazing Meroe Pyramids, staying at a wonderful permanent tented camp before riding into the surprisingly modern city of Khartoum and the chance to visit the confluence of the White and Blue Niles. Entering Ethiopia the road starts climbing immediately and we soon find ourselves winding upwards into remote mountains before we get our first taste of Ethiopian culture at Gonder. From here we head off into the Simien Mountains National Park, this world heritage site is home to the Gelaba Baboon, Walia Ibex and the Ethiopian Fox, all extremely rare species. Aside from the wildlife, the scenery is jaw droppingly magnificent and is often the highlight or the entire route.
Week Four: From the Simien Mountains we continue around a northern route through such towns as Axum and Mekele, before arriving at the famous Lalibela which is home to the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian churches that were built around the 12th and 13th century. These churches are unique in that they were carved from single monolithic rocks that only have the top surface on ground level, so the churches have been carved from the roof down. You have to see them to believe them. Leaving Lalibela we ride the scenic roads across to the town of Bahir Dar, situated on Lake Tana the source of the Blue Nile and largest Lake in Ethiopia, then onwards to Debre Markos and the capital Addis Ababa.
Week Five: This bustling city is home to the largest open-air market in Africa, the remains of the fossilized skeleton of “Lucy”, and much, much more, not to mention the brewing of tasty beers and the best coffee in Africa. From here we take the Southern mountainous roads all the way to the town of at Yabello and from here we cross into Northern Kenya. This first full days ride in Kenya will take you across the rocky desert scrub high plains and further south into the rolling hills and open bush land This wild, open, remote north countryside is stunning. Staying at an established Samburu campsite at Archers Post will enable us to gain an insight into traditional Samburu life. After skirting around Mt Kenya we take the winding scenic roads to the wonderful Solio Rhino Conservancy.
Week Six: This week will see us arrive at Niavasha, on the shores of beautiful Lake Niavasha and site of the old home of Joy Adamson, of Born Free fame. We have a rest day to visit some of the local wildlife and enjoy the sounds of the hippos grazing at night only a short distance from our camp. We then a have short ride from here into Nairobi, where we will stay 3 nights to refresh, repair and unwind. After Nairobi We take the short, but scenic route out of Kenya into Tanzania and stop at Arusha situated under Africa’s second highest mountain, Mt Kenya. Arusha is also our jumping off point for our 3-day, 2 nights, all-inclusive Safari to the Ngorongoro Crater and epic Serengeti National park, an absolute must for any visit to Africa. The Serengeti is your best chance to see “The big five” game from the back of specially constructed safari vehicles led by experienced guides, this simply is the quintessential African experience and nothing compares to listening to the roar of lions from your permanent safari tent at night.
Week Seven: Returning to Arusha we take the main road south through Dodoma, before arriving at our luxury accommodation at the Old Iringa farmhouse, a century old cattle station located in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. We then follow paved roads through scenic tea plantations to the Malawi border. With its well-made, quiet roads, riding is a treat in Malawi. We will be skirting the stunning freshwater Lake Malawi and spend 2 nights on the beach in rustic cabins at Chitimba Beach Camp, where we can visit a witch doctor or simply relax on the beach in this idyllic setting. We then continue to skirt this beautiful lake for an overnight stop at Ngala Beach. After Ngala we head south on exhilarating roads to the capital, Lilongwe.
Week Eight: From the capital of Malawi we cross into Mozambique for a change of language and culture to stay at the town of Tete located on the mighty Zambezi River. From here we ride through to Zimbabwe, on great roads with beautiful scenery, it is hard to believe this road was once known as the “Gun Run” corridor, during the civil war in Mozambique, many truck drivers and overlanders were ambushed and robbed on this stretch of road but that was long ago. From here we enter Zimbabwe from the rolling hills of the Northeast, and quickly find ourselves in the capital Harare for 2 nights before riding south to visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the palace for the Royal Monarch from the 12th to the 15th centuries. Continuing on we take quiet back roads through to “Antelope Park” on the outskirts of Gweru. This beautiful establishment has a conservation focus on the protection and breeding of Lions with the plan to release them back into the wild to help reduce the decline of the Lion population. From Gweru we ride good paved roads amongst the forests all the way up to Victoria Falls.
Week Nine: The incomparable Victoria Falls is a sight you will not forget in a hurry, you will have a chance to visit the park and enjoy these amazing falls, and you will see why it is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You will also have the chance to partake in some of the many adrenalin activities in this great town. A short trip will take us across to Botswana and the Chobe National Park where we will take an evening game cruise on the Chobe River, hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the 70,000 plus elephants in the park. Further southeast we visit Planet Baobab where we spend 2 nights amongst the Baobabs, our free day at Planet Baobab we shall embark on a Meerkat safari. We continue onto the town of Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. We take, Mokoro’s, “modeled on traditional dug out canoes” into the wilderness of the Okavango Delta for a half-day excursion and a flight over the delta (optional). Leaving Maun we follow the North/Western edge of the Delta into Namibia for a night in a beautiful camp beside the Kavango River,
Week Ten: We visit the Iconic ‘Etosha National park’ for a evening and morning of game viewing drives, we then head South West onto the amazing private game reserve at Omaruru where you can get up close and personal to a rhino and numerous other animals. Our next stop is Swakopmund for a rest day and the chance to try any of the adrenalin activities from sand boarding to Parachuting or dune buggies in the many nearby sand dunes. Leaving Swakopmund we visit the remote Namib-Naukluft National park with a 2-night stay at Sesriem. In the morning we take the trip in to visit the famous Dune 45 and the staggeringly beautiful Deadvlei in this remarkably scenic desert region. Heading south again over an ever changing, rocky, dry landscape we overnight in the Burgsdorf Goat Farm
Week Eleven: We start the week off with a visit to the amazing Luderitz, a town being slowly consumed by the desert sands, before hitting the dirt to the renowned Fish River Canyon to explore the rim and watch a spectacular sunset at what is claimed to be the second largest canyon on earth. After another day in the desert we finally hit the green strip for a night along the Orange River that forms the border between Namibia and South Africa. From here we burn up some miles on the great bitumen roads to Springbok. From Springbok we ride south to one of South Africa’s premier wine growing towns of Stellenbosch for an overnight stay at this university town. Our penultimate day will take us down to Cape Agulhas, as the geographical Southern tip of Africa and the marked dividing point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, it is a must visit. As we stand on the very edge of this magnificent continent you cannot help but contemplate the last 12 weeks of amazing riding across this ancient and wild land. We then saddle up for our last ride into Cape Town with views of the majestic Table Mountain and the final night of our epic journey.
Departure day: Spend some time in Cape Town or fly home, the choice is yours.
- 81 nights Hotels/Lodges/camp huts up to 4 star
- 1 or 2 nights of camping may be required
- A flexible attitude is needed as services in these extremely remote regions may not be what you 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.
On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 81 Breakfasts
On ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen, on occasion we will lunch at local restaurants: 55 Lunches
We include mentioned dinners reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 20 Dinners
- You will need to be in Cairo prior to start of expedition to collect your bikes. One bonus night accommodation is included.
- 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.
TRIP EXTENSIONS – AFRICA
Africa is such a fantastic destination for motorcycling but there is so much more on offer than fantastic roads and exceptional vistas.
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The route winding down the east coast and then crossing over thru the center and running along the Atlantic coast into Cape Town worked really well.
The hotels, lodges and accommodations were all varied, interesting, well run, enjoyable and hospitable. And that comes from a life long hotelier.
The scenery of course was stunning and varied all the way through and the various excursions and parks included in the Compass package were very well selected, spaced out and educational.
Africa is a lot about the culture and the animals. We had excellent exposure to both, visiting the Masai people, walking with lions, mingling with meerkats, playing with Cheetahs, all fabulous.
The back up, although fortunately I personally did not need it, was always there and up to the Compass standard.
Overall I thought it was a great trip and would thoroughly recommend it to any biker wanting to see the real Africa. I had been there before but for those who have not I would recommend they take several days at the end to enjoy Cape Town.
Lastly, I would be pleased to answer any questions if anyone has any queries.
I must pass on our compliments to Andrew and Bayne who have been professional and supportive and a true credit to the Compass name. Also can you please pass on our thanks to Brendan who was a fantastic calm influence when I had my accident. And to you of course Mick, full respect to you for giving your all to us in the early days.
I personally loved the mix of riding, sight seeing and leisure time on the trip. My most memorable experiences would have to be the wildlife encounters and in my wildest dreams would never have thought I would pet a cheetah which would be licking my arms!
So thank you for everything, it has been a first class adventure for us both which we will never forget.
All our best, and let us know when you are taking names for the next South America 360!
Cindy & Duncan, Australia