Cape Town, South Africa to Cairo, Egypt: Ride this diverse and rugged continent that has drawn explorers and adventurers the world over for centuries and become part of the adventure
South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan & Egypt: 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 utterly fascinating diversity of peoples, all experienced through a motorbike tour is your thing, then Africa is your continent.
We are taking bookings for the August 2022 departure of this iconic journey.
Unfortunately, our website will not display departures that are more than two years away so here are the details for 2022:
Dates: 16th August 2022 to the 5th November 2022
Prices will remain the same as the 2021 options below.
To book, click on the BOOK NOW button below and select the 2022 departure.
Dates & Prices
At a Glance
- Quintessential safari experience with 3 days visiting the Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti national parks
- Massai Culture
- High tea at the house of Joy Adamson (of Born Free fame)
- Samburu tribes people overnight camp
- Challenging and remote roads of Northern Kenya
- Amazing Rock hew churches of Lalibela
- Simien mountains (Ethiopia)
- Khartoum and the confluence of the White and Blue Nile
- Temples of Meroe
- The Nubian Desert of Sudan
- Felluca cruise on the Nile River at Aswan
- Temple of Edfu
- Karnak Temple and Valley of the kings
- Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
- 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
All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: US$ 3,200
(please note, you will likely to be required to share a room and perhaps a bathroom at least once on this trip).
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 Cape Town 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 start the expedition at the spectacularly located Cape Town then ride south via a stunning cost road, to stand on the very edge of this magnificent continent at Cape Agulhas where you cannot help but contemplate the upcoming 11 weeks of amazing riding across this ancient and wild land. Riding north we visit one of South Africa’s premier wine growing towns of Stellenbosch for an overnight stay at this university town. We enter the spectacular Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province before crossing the Orange River in Namibia. We hit the dirt arriving at 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. We visit the amazing Luderitz, a town being slowly consumed by the desert sands before riding into the Namib Desert seeing the week out at the absolutely wonderful Burgsdorf Goat Farm
Week Two Leaving Burgsdorf it’s a short ride to the remote Namib-Naukluft National Park where we take the trip in to visit the famous Dune 45 and the staggeringly beautiful Deadvlei in this remarkably scenic desert region. Our next stop is Swakopmund for a rest day and the chance to try any of the numerous adrenalin activities from sand boarding to Parachuting or dune buggies in the many nearby sand dunes. Riding the Skeleton Coast we turn inland and stay overnight at the private game reserve at Omaruru where you can get up close and personal to a rhino and numerous other animals. We visit the Iconic ‘Etosha National park’ for an evening and morning of game viewing drives. We reach the Caprivi Strip and stay at a lodge scenically located on the Kayova River.
Week Three From Kayova 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 visit Planet Baobab where we spend two nights amongst the Baobabs, our free day at Planet Baobab we shall embark on a wonderful Meerkat safari. 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. We close the week out at the incomparable Victoria Falls; 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.
Week Four From Vic Falls we ride good paved roads amongst the forests through to the “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. Riding east we visit the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the palace for the Royal Monarch from the 12th to the 15th centuries. We eventually reach Zimbabwe’s capital of Harare where we spend two nights. We cross into Mozambique for a change of language and culture to stay at the town of Tete located on the mighty Zambezi River.
Week Five Crossing into the beautiful verdant Malawi we reach the capital of Lilongwe for our two-night stay. We reach the shores of the spectacular Malawi staying two nights at the wonderful Ngala Bay Resort on the shores of Lake Malawi. Skirting the freshwater Lake Malawi we ride north and spend a night on the beach in rustic cabins at Chitimba Beach Camp before reaching the Malawi / Tanzania border. Riding through tea plantations we descend to Mbeya before arriving at our luxury accommodation at the Old Iringa farmhouse, a century old cattle station located in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
Week Six We ride due north to Dodoma before reaching Arusha, a township spectacularly located in the shadow of snow capped Mt Meru. 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. From Arusha we ride into Kenya’s capital of Nairobi where we will stay four nights to refresh, repair and unwind.
Week Seven We start the week off leaving Nairobi for a short ride north to 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 lodge. From Niavasha we continue onto the superb Solio Rhino Conservancy staying overnight at the wonderful Rhino Watch Lodge, a real highlight of the expedition. We spend our last night in Kenya at the remote Henrys Camp in Samburu territory then cross into the “Rooftop of Africa”, Ethiopia.
Week Eight Via a series of Mountainous roads we reach the bustling capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, where we spend two nights allowing us time to explore Africa’s largest open air market and the renowned fossilized Skeleton of “Lucy” and of course Africa’s finest coffee!! Leaving Addis we visit Ethiopia’s largest lake, Lake Tana, before we arrive at 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.
Week Nine From Lalibela we head north 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 the endless twisties are often the highlight or the entire route. We leave Ethiopia via Gondor and enter the mysterious, remote Sudan. Our personal cook team will meet us at the border and prepare an evening meal in our only wild camp during the entire expedition. It’s a great introduction into the culture of the super friendly Sudanese. We continue due north to Khartoum, a surprisingly modern city and the chance to visit the confluence of the White and Blue Niles
Week Ten Leaving the Sudanese capital we ride due north into the Nubian Desert before stopping off at the superb Meroe Pyramids, staying at a wonderful permanent tented camp that overlooks the pyramids. Riding into the northern region of Sudan that is made up mostly of the Nubian Desert and is full of spectacular desert-scapes, star laden nights and glorious sunrises we visit the little known & remote Pyramids of Jebel Barkal, a deserted and empty landscape dotted with ancient pyramids that pre date the pyramids of Giza. Crossing the Nubian Desert we reach the remote dusty border town of Wadi Halfa before crossing the mighty Lake Nasser the following day and into legendary Egypt home to pharaohs & kings. We overnight at the outstanding antiquity of Abu Simbel before riding onto Aswan located on the Nile, to see our penultimate week out
Week Eleven We start our last week in Aswan where 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. Leaving Aswan we follow the Nile to Luxor where we will visit the 3500-year-old Temple of Karnak and the awesome Valley of the Kings & Queens before riding the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada where we spend two nights in a 5 star resort. Reaching Cairo we have plenty of time to visit the legendary Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza & the unbelievable Egyptian Museum. Our last ride will be to Alexandria founded by Alexandria he Great where we spend our last two nights, allowing us time to clear our bikes from Customs and visit the WW2 cemeteries nearby at El Alamein and celebrate the end to this most epic trans African ride.
- 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.However, if you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available: US$ 3,200.00 (please note that you may be required to share a room and a bathroom at least once on this trip)
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 Cape Town 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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TOUR AND EXPEDITION TRAVEL INSURANCE
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I also want to take the opportunity to convey to you my absolute praise for our guides Pieter and Hugo. They demonstrated a maturity well beyond their years. They were fun to be around and the support and guidance they provided to me in order to make my experience the best that it could be was outstanding.
I will certainly be looking for opportunities to venture out with Compass Expeditions again in the future.
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