Africa Touring – Hear it from Charley…

During August to October I’m leading a whole bunch of bikers on an incredible trip from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and back into SA via Zim and Botswana, then on to Lesotho before travelling the Garden Route back to Cape Town. The trip heads north from the Cape, along the coast before cutting inland through Namibia and east along the Caprivi Strip, finishing at the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ – the iconic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Covering over 5,000 kilometers, we will see some of the very best that the Dark Continent has to offer – beautiful landscapes, amazing sunsets and incredible wildlife – things that dreams are made of.  Each year we take nearly 50 riders in total on these three adventures – read on to wet your appetite – would love to see you!

On many of my trips, we’ve had the great experience of inviting riders to join in on sections. We’ve always been excited and amazed at the turn out – sometimes hundreds of like minded bikers cruising along – it’s just fantastic. So now I’ve taken that a step further. I’ve joined forces with a very reputable and experienced off road touring company Moto Aventures, to create an adventure of a life time.

We’ve broken the trip down into three amazing sections – the upward leg from Cape Town to Victoria Falls starting in August and then the downward leg starting straight after heading back south, covering Zimbabwe and Botswana before returning to South Africa – then we head to Lesotho – The Kingdom in the Mountains and return to Cape Town via the famous Garden Route. The trips include different activities like sunset cruises, game drives and even white shark diving and whale spotting!

Moto Aventures Tours

The bikes are all BMW’s and we’ve got two big 4×4′s to act as support vehicles. The support trucks will carry luggage so apart from a simple tank bag or rucksack, the bikes will be nice and light – no panniers, so much easier to manage when the going gets a bit tough. Each of the 3 sections is about 5,000k’s.  We will be doing some long rides – however, we will have time to stop off and saver some of the sights and take pictures along the way.

This year for the first time, we’re also offering you 4×4′s instead of bikes – so if you don’t ride, that doesn’t exclude you from being part of this great adventure.

Charley in AfricaI’ve been to South Africa and a lot of the surrounding countries a few times – it goes with the job! But Namibia does stand out as a hidden gem. Vast stretches of emptiness and scary deathly desert and then weird old colonial towns that look like you’ve stepped back in time – sausages, red cabbage and 2 Weiss beers please barman! Yes, the Deutschland influence is very strong, dating back to the 1800′s where key European empire builders where deciding what chunks of Africa they could lay their hands on! And then of course there’s Etosha National Park – wild life that you only see on a David Attenborough documentary!

You have to pinch yourself as you come up close to elephants, zebra and big cats – wow, am getting itchy to leave! Last year we realised that a big Bull Elephant doesn’t really seem to know the difference between a jeep and a sexy lady elephant – I’ll tell you about that story when we meet up!

We’re well underway on our side of the trip preparation, booking lodges and organising bikes and support trucks.  Billy Biketruck and John (from Moto Aventures) are often out there doing update recces.  They’ve got loads of pictures and some stories to tell! Check Billy’s Facebook out and see some amazing sights.

You’ll experience African border crossings – SA into Namibia, Namibia into Zim and Botswana, back into SA and up to Lesotho – a great big tick in that box! Lesotho is pretty impressive – ask me about the Sani Pass…

We’ve got some early birds signed up and already they’re going through their check lists, getting visas, sorting out malaria tablets and buying new bits of kit – keen eh! I really think that the preparation is a real part of the bigger experience. Picking your new helmet, trying on the new jacket or boots – it’s the kind of excitement that sometimes only children seem to get, before Christmas and birthdays.

It’s all a bit like a group version of the Long Way Down project – only this time I can share the experience directly with people around me and not just on the TV screen.

Each year we have riders from all over the world – Australia, Hong Kong, Middle East, USA and of course the UK – the adventure is open to anyone from any corner of the world. So, get your bike gear out, buy some maps and get excited – then check out the details on the Moto Aventures website and join us for the trip of a lifetime! Hurry – there’s not many places left, even for next year!
Keep the rubber side down!
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