2017 Ride Africa, show your interest now!

Have your own Long Way Down with me August / Sept 2017 and have the ride of a lifetime from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and onward through Zimbabwe, Botswana and back into South Africa and Lesotho.  Ride from Johannesburg over into Lesotho and down the infamous Sani Pass, and the Garden Route back to Cape Town – or do the whole lot – Cape Town to Cape Town. This is our regular double trip and its getting better and better! Mica, from the USA was one of about 25 who joined our Cape Town to Victoria Falls trip a while back and with nice helmet cam and digital camera, he’s crafted some pretty cool pieces and also ran a trip blog.You can check out the video here http://youtu.be/p4GTmh91tRE and the blog account here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=725446.

Riding Africa with Charley Boorman

Another couple of riders created youtube bits – here are a few:

John and Val – Photo Montage http://youtu.be/ITJvz8dKh1w

Peter and Mick - clips http://youtu.be/dlcbOdrOoBM and more http://youtu.be/aFBzP2n-Fqc

Hope you like them guys. Thanks for doing them – I think we’ll all remember those trips for a long long time! I’ve just finished the 2015 trip before Christmas – which was an incredible feast of riding, socialising and discovering – a great bunch of people and a fantastic adventure yet again.

We enjoyed the life on the road and stayed in some awesome lodges – sometimes way out in the desert or on the banks of the Zambezi river and some right in the swamps – surrounded by crocodile, hippo and lion.

The upward trip starts in August and will cover around 5,000 kilometres and 4 countries,  in about 16 days through Africa’s most amazing countryside.  Across open plains, through dense bush-land, forest and barren desert – this is a truly awesome journey, the first leg ending in Victoria Falls – on the Zimbabwe side.

The second leg starts just a few days after and heads South through Zimbabwe, sneaking into Botswana through a tiny little bush border and then back into South Africa’s thriving city, Joburg.  Leaving Johannesburg we cross an easy border into Lesotho – Known as the ‘Kingdom in the Mountains’ before enjoying the famous Garden Route of South Africa back into Cape Town. The trip uses TriumphBMW bikes – a combination of 1200′s800′s or 650′s. Nobbly tyres and Garmin Zumo GPS’s and we’re off.  We will also have room for partners or family who would rather be in one of the support vehicles – or you can just rent one of our 4×4′s and not even ride a bike at all. This means that sometimes family can get ahead of the riders and laze at the pool or explore till the riders get in.

If you want to come – but worry that it’s too hard – it’s certainly not an enduro – it’s sometimes challenging, but well within the reach of most competent riders. Remember, it’s an Adventure Ride – it’s about culture, travel, sights, fun and riding, all wrapped into one!

To find out more – about Africa in 2017, get your name on the list with Compass Expeditions – Contact Jerry jerry@compassexpeditions.com and view the Compass site here www.compassexpeditions.com – more info will be coming soon…. so watch keep your eyes peeled..