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Africa’s Great Rift Valley | North route

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26 Days
Max People : 12

Organised by: Ride Down South

Tour Name: Africa’s Great Rift Valley | North route
Tour ID:9016
Tour type: Guided
Duration: 26 days
Total Distance: 6700 km
Minimum Participants: 4 riders
Maximum Participants: 12 (6 riders)
Best Season: March – May | September – November

Overview of the tour:
Johannesburg – Victoria Falls – Lake Malawi – Zanzibar – Mount Kilimanjaro – Maasai Mara National Park – Lake Naivasha – Lake Victoria – Gorillas at Bwindi National Park – Kigali


Day 1Johannesburg - Magaliesberg

Distance: 140 km

Day 2Magaliesberg - Francistown

Distance: 652 km

Day 3Francistown - Kasane

Distance: 495 km

Day 4Kasane - Victoria Falls

Distance: 95 km

Day 5Victoria Falls

Day 6Victoria Falls - Lusaka

Distance: 495 km

Day 7Lusaka - Chipata

Distance: 568 km

Day 8Chipata - Mayoka Village, Lake Malawi

Distance: 406 km

Day 9Mayoka Village

Day 10Mayoka Village - Mushroom farm

Distance: 189 km

Day 11Mushroom farm - Mbeya, Tanzania

Distance: 258 km

Day 12Mbeya - Iringa

Distance: 290 km

Day 13Iringa - Morogoro

Distance: 360 km

Day 14Morogoro - Pangani (Beach Crab Resort)

Distance: 290 km

Day 15Ferry - Zanzibar

Day 16Zanzibar

Day 17Zanzibar - Moshi

Distance: 445 km

Day 18Moshi - Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya

Distance: 556 km

Day 19Maasai Mara National Park

Day 20Maasai Mara - Lake Naivasha

Distance: 211 km

Day 21Lake Naivasha

Day 22Naivasha - Jinja, Uganda

Distance: 489 km

Day 23Jinja and Lake Victoria

Day 24Jinja - Bwindi National Park

Distance: 570 km

Day 25Bwindi National Park

Day 26Bwindi - Kigali, Rwanda

Distance: 150 km

Below are the places you will be exploring during this:


Our start and end point for the North and South trips, Johannesburg was founded on a gold reef and is the financial capital of South Africa. A visit to the Apartheid Museum is one of many attractions in this culturally rich city.


Located 140km north-west of Johannesburg, this ancient mountain range is our launching and arrival pad to and from Botswana. An old stone farmhouse and mountain stream on a family farm provides a tranquil base.

Zambezi River, Chobe and Kasane

Kasane is located close to Africa’s ‘Four Corners’, where Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe almost meet. We’ll get a chance to explore the Chobe flood plains and the Zambezi river with its abundant hippos, crocs and birdlife.

Victoria Falls

Victoria falls on the Zambezi river, at 1708 metres wide and 108 metres high is the world’s largest sheet of falling water. We’ll spend two days exploring one of Africa’s most iconic landmarks, with viewpoints and optional river activities on the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides of the river.

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi, one of the African Great Lakes and home to Nile crocodiles, hippos and Fish Eagles, is the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. We’ll spend three days exploring the western shores, staying at travellers’ favourites Mayoka Village and Mushroom Farm.

Southern Tanzania

Our route from Lake Malawi to Zanzibar takes us through the Southern Highlands of Tanzania where we’ll pass through the Valley of the Baobabs, Mikumi game reserve and the Udzungwa Mountains.


Africa’s Spice Island, Zanzibar is an archipelago rich with historic Swahili and Islamic influences, magnificent white-sand beaches and rich marine life. We’ll explore Stone Town and the northern beaches with options for reef snorkelling and sailing in the local dhows.

Moshi - Coffee and Kilimanjaro

There are two good reasons to visit Moshi – coffee and a chance to see Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Surrounded by vast coffee plantations on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, Moshi is the coffee-producing centre of the Tanzania. It’s also the base for Kilimanjaro expeditions and offers the chance of a good sighting of the famous mountain.

Masai Mara National Park

Located in the rolling grassy plains of the Great Rift Valley, Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the richest wildlife areas in Africa. Our trip’s timing gives us a chance to catch the annual wildebeest migration as well as excellent opportunities to see Africa’s big five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino) as well as some of the other 95 mammal and 400 species of birds in the reserve.

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes surrounded by acacia woodlands and remnants of the area’s volcanic past. The area has an abundance of flamingos, pelicans and African fish eagles and many others. The lake is also a well-used waterhole for buffalo, zebra and eland as well as a favourite place for hippos to cool themselves during the day.

Jinja and Lake Victoria

Jinja sits on the northern shores of Lake Victoria and is a center for a wide variety of local adventures. Most prominent is an exploration of the White Nile as it flows out of Lake Victoria at the Ripon Falls. Other options include boat trips into Lake Victoria, a visit to the local brewery or the powerful Itanda Falls.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable forest, located in south-western Uganda at the junction of the plain and mountain forests, is Africa’s oldest rain forest dating back 25,000 years. It’s home to over 400 plant species and a population of mountain gorillas. During our visit you’ll have the option of visiting the gorillas, enjoying the abundant birdlife and views of the Virunga volcanoes on a forest walk, or visiting the lava-dammed Lake Bunyonyi.


Our north and south routes end and begin in Kigali, located roughly in the center of the country and sprawling across hills, ridges and valleys. While there you can visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial or enjoy some good East African food and music. On our way to and from Kigali we’ll ride through the scenic northern province including a pass close to the volcanic Virunga Mountains and Volcanoes National Park. You could also arrange with our tour partner Andy Harrington to visit the Wellspring Foundation for Education’s team and projects.


During this tour, you will be accommodated at several lodges and Campsites on a twin/triple sharing basis.

Africa Twin 750 742cc


Displacement : 742 cc

Maximum Power: 62 hp

No. of Gears : 5

Honda Africa Twin 750

  • Rs 3,48,300 (Single Rider)
  • Rs 2,72,600 (Dual Rider)

Seat in Support vehicle: Rs. 1,96,900

The above tariff is in INR for indicative purposes. The rate of exchange prevailing on the day of payment will apply. Below is the Tariff in South African rand(R)

Tariff Per Person Honda Africa Twin 750
Single Rider R 69000
Dual Rider R 54000
Seat in SUV R 39000
Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Includes

  • Motorcycle rental (if you rent the bike from us)
  • Accommodation
  • Panniers, top box and tank bag
  • Daily breakfasts and some dinners
  • Professional English Speaking guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Support vehicle with spare bike and trailer
  • Camping equipment
  • Zanzibar Fast Ferry
  • Route map
  • Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
  • Emergency evacuation to local medical center
  • Excess luggage storage
  • All taxes

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • Fuel
  • Lunches, drinks and some dinners
  • Reserve and sightseeing entry fees
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Security Deposit for the motorcycle

A refundable Security deposit of Rs. 40,000 to be paid when the bike is handed over to you.

Payment Terms

To Confirm your spot, a deposit of 30% needs to be made
The rest of the payment needs to be made at-least 30 days before the trip begins

More than 30 days before tour start date: 50% of the deposit is refundable
Within 30 days of tour start date: No refund

How to get there

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and we will pick you up from there. The tour ends in Rwanda. Please book your return flight from Kigali International Airport (KGL)

Other Important Information

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:
Non- Vegetarian

Special Preferences
In case of special food preference, kindly communicate to us while making a reservation

The tariff shown here is for a minimum of 4 riders. If you are a group of 3 or less, we can arrange it for you. Do get in touch with us for more details


Recent Reviews
  • I decided at the last moment to join my son and cousin on an adventure motorcycle trip. My wife said ‘you’ll probably regret it if you don’t go’. She was right – I’m so glad I went. What a trip.
    South Africa totally exceeded my expectations. The beauty and varied geography of the country was fascinating. There were so many highlights, but perhaps the best was travelling the road into Gamkaskloof or the day we spent at Kruger National park, or perhaps the stay on the Wild Coast where the boys body-surfed with dolphins. I had heard that maybe South Africa wasn’t the safest travel destination, but my preconceived ideas were wrong. We never had any issues, everywhere we went the South African people were friendly, hospitable and interesting to talk to. It was an absolutely wonderful trip, and from Cape Town to our final destination in Johannesburg we felt we were treated just wonderfully by ‘Andrew and Drew’.
    Just an amazing lifetime adventure!
    This was a new route for our guide Andrew Vaughan (best guide ever) so every day was a new adventure for us and him. Andrew was absolutely great, from the knowledge of his country and history of each place we visited, giving us the little travel tips we needed, making sure he never lost us. And when we ran into some unexpected surprises, he just calmly solved it. I was very impressed. It was a great ride and very reasonably priced. Thanks so much to Andrew and Drew and everyone else that made our trip so memorable.

    Peter Seiler
  • A motorbike tour in Southern Africa wasn’t on my list of priorities, but when invited by a friend to join him on a Cape to Kalahari tour I decided to give it a go. It turned out to be a very memorable experience, which has left me with the burning desire to see more of Africa. So much so that I’ll be joining Andrew again in June 2018, on his Great Rift Valley northern tour. If you’re after comfort and luxury this isn’t for you, the days are long, the accommodation is a mix of camping and shared rooms, and the bikes aren’t the latest and greatest. However, if you want adventure, mateship and a real sense of achievement; just do it! The bikes are classics, strong, and well maintained. The food is sensational, whether it be at restaurants or by the campfire. Andrew is the perfect tour leader, cool, calm and very knowledgeable about the country and things in general. Thanks Andrew, Drew and the team, looking forward to doing it again in 2018.

  • A grand tour of beautiful landscapes, exotic animals, and great roads. Andrew took into account our group’s preferences when route planning and we had a great variety of accommodations, but uniformly great experiences. There’s an expression that Africa gets “under your skin and into your blood” and I can’t wait to go back for another two-wheeled adventure with Andrew and Ride Down South.

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