The Big 5 Tour

The Big 5 Tour

Included

  • BMW F 800 GS or BMW F650 GS
  • Good accommodation in hotels & lodges
  • Breakfasts & dinners
  • Activities, entrances & toll fees
  • Game Drives
  • Experienced motorcycle guide & driver
  • Support vehicle, trailer, tools and spare bike
  • Luggage transport
  • Transfers
  • Comprehensive motorbike insurance

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel and medical insurances
  • Protective riding gear
  • Visa fees and taxes
  • Any personal expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Pre/post tour accommodation (can be arranged on request)
  • Insurance excess
  • Fuel + Oil

Highlights

  • Kalahari Desert
  • Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Okavango Delta
  • Chobe National Park
  • Victoria Falls
  • Mdumu Game Reserve
  • Etosha National Park

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Windhoek – Gobabis/200km (tar)

The GAO tour guide meets you at your hotel. Transfer to the GAO offices where we meet the team and take over our bikes. We also introduce you to biking in Southern Africa as well as general bike maintenance and rider responsibilities. Our tour starts in an easterly direction, heading for the town of Gobabis on the B6. The town is the centre of the Omaheke region and borders on the Kalahari desert. It covers an area of 80 000 sqkm.

Day 2: Gobabis – Ghanzi/318 km

Today’s ride takes us into Botswana. We cross the border at Buitepos and head for Ghanzi, also known as “the capital of the Kalahari”. After our arrival at the lodge we park off the bikes and take a walk with the bushmen, a humbling and fascinating experience. The day ends with a delicious barbeque and unforgettable images of the bushmen doing a tribal dance around the campfire.

Ghanzi must be one of Botswana’s most intriguing towns, situated in the middle of nowhere and separated from the rest of the world by hundreds of kilometres of road. There are unexpected subtle variations in the terrain, the highlight being the overwhelming canopy of stars in the big night sky. In the past, this vast region was populated only by Bushmen who had perfected survival strategies for living in this inhospitable land. The San (Bushmen) are the oldest ethnic group in Namibia having inhabited Southern Africa for an estimated 20.000 years.

Day 3: Ghanzi – Maun/285km (tar)

Today our ride takes us in a northerly direction heading for Maun, the tourist ‘capital’ of Botswana. We take time to visit a local village. Back at the hotel it’s time to relax and enjoy a swim or sitting on the terrace taking in the view of the Thamalakane River. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung” meaning “the place of short reeds”. Today the town is spread out along the wide banks of the timeless Thamalakane River where red lechwe can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle.

Day 4: Maun – Day at leisure. No riding!

A fantastic opportunity to explore the Okavango Delta. The options are numerous, Do a scenic flight and discover this vast wetland from the air or take a mokoro ride and peacefully glide through the maze of reeds and rivers taking in the sights and sounds of this fascinating place. Alternatively, take a game drive in an open safari vehicle into the Moremi Game Reserve, one of the most beautiful in Africa with it’s Acacia forests, floodplains, lagoons and abundance of wildlife.

The Okavango Delta is a huge inland delta in the northern part of the Kalahari Desert. It is fed by the 1700 km long Okavango River which originates in the central highlands of Angola. Instead of turning towards the sea, the Okavango River flows in a south easterly direction and into the Kalahari Basin. The basin has no outlet with the result that the river spreads out into countless branches over an area of 350 km, forming thousands of little islands at the same time. Most of the water in the rivers and swamps eventually evaporates under the burning sun and only a small portion reaches the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans further south.

Day 5: Maun – Gweta/180km (tar)

East of Maun, the tar road to Gweta slices through the Makgadikgadi and Nxai National Parks. Once at the lodge, we get to discover this fascinating and vast area by doing a 4×4 game drive – exhilarating stuff on the salt pans! The parks were established concurrently in 1970 in the hope of protecting the their entire ecosystem. The name Makgadikgadi implies vast open lifeless land but is not without its folklore. fell and died.

Day 6: Gweta – Kasane/420km (tar)

Today we have an early departure. The ride to Kasane is long, but well worth it. A relaxing sunset cruise on the vast Chobe River awaits us at the end of our ride. Huge hippos and large crocodiles frequent these waters but this does not deter entire elephant herds from drinking and wallowing on the banks of this river. Not too long ago Kasane was a small and remote village. However, its strategic location along the main tourist routes (meeting point of 4 countries – Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia) has led to rapid expansion in recent years.

Situated on the Chobe River, Kasane is a bustling little town offering trouble free access to the Chobe National Park. As there are no boundary fences between the park and the village, game such as elephant and hippo can frequently be seen wandering down the road and through the Kasane campsites. The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers an area of 10,566sqkm, has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime.

Day 7: Kasane – Excursion to Victoria Falls/No riding!

Today’s destination – the mighty Victoria Falls, aptly described as “the smoke that thunders”. As we cross the border from Botswana into Zimbabwe our bikes remain behind at the lodge. Victoria Falls itself is a vibrant colourful town with lots of action and optional activities. For the adrenalin junkies there’s white water rafting or bungee jumping, conservationists can visit the Wild Dog Project, there’s elephant riding or simply just taking a stroll along the falls. Either way seeing the might Victoria Falls is a must for every visitor!! They were discovered in 1855 by the explorer David Livingstone who named them after the British monarch at the time. With the mighty Zambesi River roaring over a two kilometre width which plunges into a 120 metre gorge, the Victoria Falls are the biggest falls in Africa.

Day 8: Kasane – Ngoma/416 km

Today we return to Namibia crossing the border at Ngoma. Riding via Katima Mulilo, we head in a westerly direction towards Kongola. From here the road takes us into the Mudumu Game Reserve where we enjoy an afternoon Game Drive.

Day 9: Kongola – Caprivi – Rundu/400 km

Departing the Mudumu Game Reserve and Kongola, we head in a westerly direction all along the Caprivi Strip which is a narrow strip of land in the far northeast of Namibia and about 400 kilometres long. The tarred Caprivi “highway” was built to replace the corrugated dirt road, which was impossible to travel on during the rainy season. We reach today’s destination, namely Rundu and which lies directly on the banks of the Okavango river. The town itself actually offers no sights, however the beautiful spots on the river bank and spectacular sunsets make up for it. We visit a local village and then take time to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the river.

Day 10: Rundu – Etosha/525 km

Today is filled with anticipation as we ride to our lodge which is close to the infamous Etosha National Park. After our arrival we have time to explore the lodge and it’s surrounds before going on a game drive in an open safari vehicle. A visit to the park is definitely a highlight. It was declared a game reserve in 1907 and covers an area of more than 22 000sqkm. With the exception of buffalo all of the “Big 5? are found here. At night it’s amazing to see rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, warthogs etc. come to drink at the floodlit waterholes at the rest camps. An enormous salt pan covers the centre of the reserve. About two million years ago, this area formed an enormous lake which was fed by the Kunene river. Over time the lake slowly dried up because the river changed its course.

Day 11: Etosha National Park (Day at leisure for game drives) No riding!

There are an estimated number of 250 lions in the park, 300 rhinos, 2 500 giraffe, 6000 zebras and over 2 000 elephants. The dainty springbok are especially numerous; at least 20 000 of them roam the reserve. And of course not to forget the gnu, gemsbok, warthog, cheetah and other wonderful game species. Enjoy your time in the park taking in the enormity of this vast landscape which is Namibia.

Day 12: Etosha National Park – Okahandja/425km (tar)

Today we ride south towards Windhoek via the towns of Tsumeb and Otjiwarongo. In the afternoon, we arrive at the private game farm near Okahandja which is where we spend our last night.

Day 13 Okahandja – Windhoek/70 km

Make the most of our short ride to Windhoek. We return the bikes to the GAO offices and bid Namibia farewell!

The final routing depends on the availability of accommodation at the time of booking!