We will not have a set itinerary. We plan to pass through 22 countries. (Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of Congo, DRC, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi before finishing in Tanzania)
We will have a short break in Mali, Ghana, Cameroon, Congo and Victoria Falls to relax, source visas and service the bikes. On riding days we will mostly plan to leave early and have a solid morning ride. Followed by a mid day siesta and then another ride in the afternoon. But nothing is set in stone. We really want to promote input from each of the expedition members but the final say will always lay in the hands of the expedition leader. As a company, the primary concern is achieving our goal of crossing the continent. On a personal level, the safety of the team will never be compromised.
What to Expect
This is not an expedition for the faint hearted. You dont need to be some hard core motorcylist but you need to be resiliant and to be able to think on your feet. And the toughest one of all, you need to be able to be independent, but when necesary, you need to be able to follow instructions. It is at times going to be very tough, but it is most definitley achievable. You are going to have both your stamina and your patience continually tested but the rewards are going to far outweigh the testing times.
At the end of the day, if it was easy, every one would have ridden a scooter from one side of the African Continent to the other. Sixteen weeks after we set off from the most westerly point on the African continent, we will be sitting on the veranda of the Africa House on Zanzibar, staring at the sun setting in the diection of where our expedition started. The tough times will now just be stories to regale our friends and family with for a lifetime.
Riding – To go on this trip, you must have a driver’s license that permits you to ride at least a 110 cc motorbike, and you need to have a DOT or ECE 22.05 certified helmet (more on this on the Health and Safety page).
Language – English, French and Portuguse. Don't worry if you don't speak some of these languages. We will always have access to local guides that can speak a variety of languages and you will always find someone you can communicate with. At the end of the day, this is another aspect of the adventure.
Weather – Weather will vary significantly due to the amount of ground we will be covering. A comprehensive packing guide will be provided before booking the trip.
Lodging – bush camping, campsites, hotels in selected cities (upgrades from camping to a room will be available in certain places but this will be at the clients expense)
Food – we will shop in local markets and prepare our own food on route. A daily allowance will also be available in local currency. This will enable people to purchase fuel and lunch on route.
Schedule and Logistics – if you are expecting a by-the-minute schedule that will be respected to the letter, this is not the trip for you. Africa is a great place for honing your patience and learning how to improvise. It’s important to keep an open mind and be ready for anything. If you have the right attitude, you will learn to love the different challenges that may arise.
The trip cost includes:
- All accommodation except for the first night in Dakar
- All fuel costs and any other transport we may use
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day (if you want to eat outside of the provided group meal, it is at your expense)