Trans-Africa Expedition:
Go South!

$9,668 44 to 46 days from 7 to 16 participants for advanced
 

tour description

Welcome to a once in a liftime experience!

You are reading about a trip which is the dream of many - but only few chosen ones are actually really doing it!

So this is your chance to ride through the whole African continent from North to South on a Yamaha Ténéré 700 Rallye!

 

Kairo Pyramiden

The Pyramids in Cairo - The Beginning of a Mega-Expedition

 

On the Road through Egypt:

Egypt - Cairo:
The participants of the motorbike expedition fly into the juggernaut of Cairo, the tour guide is ready at the exit and picks up the motorbike group from Maṭār al-Qāhira ad-duwalī International Airport in Cairo.
The motorbike group rides / crawls in the shuttle to customs, in the centre of Cairo, where the motorbikes are registered in the passports of the expedition participants at the customs office and the riding permits are issued. After the "official stage" we take the shuttle to the starting point in Alexandria, 222 kilometres away, where Ali is already waiting for us to take the motorbikes out of customs.

It is cold, the surf of the Mediterranean is the "backdrop" for our first briefing in the restaurant on the beach.
The sun rises, we start the engines and set off on our 15,555 kilometre expedition through the African continent!
The Mediterranean disappears in the rearview mirror, heading south towards the Atlantic Ocean.
We eat up the kilometres of the connecting leg like fast food in the odometer,
hand on the gas, head ducked behind the windscreen, until the stench of Cairo wafts around our noses. The last required stamp is hammered into the passport and the customs procedure for the enduros is celebrated in slow motion, Egyptian tea ceremony style! Dusk is approaching and we squeeze through the dark, completely filthy and congested streets of Cairo like mustard from a tube.
The madness of Cairo's urban jungle has come to an end and we have the beginning of the adventure.

A last glance in the rear-view mirror at the Sphinx of Giza, which is threatened by the juggernaut that is Cairo.
Behind us lies the Cheops Pyramid, in front of us the "lifeline" of the Nile, which we follow southwards to the desert tongue of Quena, hour after hour, day after day, it gets warmer.
 

 

In the footsteps of the pharaohs

Along the Sahra, the Enduro troop travels through Upper Egypt towards Luxor, which is the last airlift supply base for us.
On the other side of the Nile we spend the night at the Valley of the Kings, and in the evening we take the boat to Luxor to visit the Karnak Temple by night.
Same procedure every day: the sun rises, the engines start, as we do soberly into a new day, into a new adventure. We have tea, a quick grin for a "selfie" at the foot of the statue of Ramses II, which Unesco saved from "drowning" in Lake Nassrsee, which was created by the Aswan Dam, which we cross via the Khazan Aswan Road. We leave the mega construction from the sixties behind us and sleep one last time in a Nubian village before the crossing of the Niels towards Sudan.

 

Abu Simbel Motorrad Reise
In Abu Simbel: Before the first border on the way south

 

Crossing the border from Egypt to Sudan

In the morning, the expedition is loaded onto the ship with the Land Rover Defender and the travel enduros. We sail upstream to the Sudanese border where our long-time colleague Kemal Abdul Aziss is waiting for us and, together with his brother-in-law, who fortunately "runs" the border, stamps our papers.
We can plan between eight and forty-eight hours for the border formalities in Cairo, Alexandria and here at the Aswan Dam. On our first trip about ten years ago it took me two days, on the second expedition only one day and tomorrow,,,,, in Shala only three hours.
The border situation between Egypt and Sudan is simply bad, the Egyptian IBM computers and users stand for I-nshalla B-uckra -M-alesh.
That means as much as, God willing today or not, but at some point the barrier into Sudan will also go up for us.... Inshalla.

 

 

Through the Nubian Desert

We drive towards the low sun and follow the "Sudan Express" train line across the Nubian desert.
The Nubian Sahara section was also known to the Copts as "Taseti" (sandy arc land) which we cross and travel over hundreds of kilometres through the former kingdom of Nobatia. The desert area between the third cataract of the Nile and Khartoum is considered to be the high culture of ancient Egypt. In the desert land of the tall Hamitic Nubians, we encounter cultural-historical relics of the pyramids of Merore, burial cities and temple ruins, which arose before our era from the cultural flowering of the kingdom of Kush.
After days in "nothingness", civilisation has us back, we refuel in Karthum and turn left at the junction of the Blue and White Nile to the most densely populated landlocked country in Africa, Ethiopia.

 

Karima Sudan Motorrad Expedition Reise
Through the desert past the remains of the pharaohs in Sudan


From the desert of Sudan to the colourful multi-ethnic state of Ethiopia

Ethiopia is legendary, cultural cities such as Lalibela with its rock churches and Gondar, the former royal city of Ethiopia are omitted from this motorbike adventure trip for safety reasons due to the turmoil of war in the Tigrai Highlands.

Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world, due to deforestation and the fall in coffee prices as well as the worshipping war in the Tigrai region, the country has degraded itself to beyond the point of starvation. Is it ethical to travel to a starving country where not even every second Ethiopian has access to clean drinking water? 
A clear YES, because individual tourism brings 100% cash in the most direct way to a country, to a population that lives on less than $1.25 a day!
On wild dirt roads typical for Africa, we cross the country's borders "semi-legally" to the area of the Oromos, which are widely known as the Plate Lips.
We cross the region of the Southwest Ethiopian peoples and the area of origin of the Oromo in the highlands until we meet the East Cushitic-speaking groups such as the Afra people, Saho people and Somali people in the lowlands. An exact location here in the rather "nomadic south" is and remains disputed, however, as is the indefinable course of the border where we meet Malcome from Addis Adeba somewhere 200 kilometres east of Omorate.
Malcome had done the first Ethiopia scout tour with me in 2012 and specialises as a top birder, due to old friendship he receives us (if necessary) at a military post where he has arranged our coming with his brother-in-law and the crossing of the "green border".
The next days we follow the tracks of the nomads through the "no man's land" until we reach Lake Tucana and are thus in Kenya!

 

 

On the wrong track between South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya:

About 2000 years ago, more than 100,000 San lived in southern Africa until 1652, when the Dutch began exterminating the pygmies in the Cape region. There are still more than 10,000 kilometres to go, but we are already at the northernmost edge of the San, who hunt 4,000 kilometres a year on foot!
We leave the Omo Valley and Mago National Park behind us and cross a nomadic region along Lake Turcana across the Sibiloi National Park with a military convoy.
Time for an ice-cold BEER in Nanyuki, we have reached the equator, from today we take the southern hemisphere past Mount Kenya "under the studs".

 


The Ténéré has always been worth a picture!

 

Full throttle by motorbike past Mount Meru to Nairobi

Our "online" guide travels to the group virtually before the expedition and has already announced the motorbike group in Nairobi and had the tyres and inspection material for the motorbikes "flown in" a week before arrival. The motorbike fleet YAMAHA Tenere Rallye from 2022 will be serviced by the mechanics on the next two days! Half time of a motorbike adventure trip!
Here in the capital of Kenya, the participants of the Pharo south Tour will take their helmets and travel back to Europe. The participants of the Equator South Tour will "get on" here in Nairobi and travel on to Namibia with the Trans Africa South participants.
The Land Rover Defender travels with the YAMAHA Tenere Enduro troop past the "heart chamber" of Africa, the lush savannah offers the classic Africa picture with the kitschy postcard image of the setting sun behind the acacia trees.
Kenya is one of the typical cheerful African countries with about 40 different ethnic groups and a diverse wildlife, such as the big five and huge herds of wildebeest, Thomson gazelles, zebras and antelopes, which migrate from the Serengeti over 500 kilometres north to the Masai Mara and back south in spring. A real spectacle is the crossing of the Mara River, where the crocodiles have already "tied their bibs" around themselves and are waiting for the big meal.

 

 

Through Tanzania: The Land of Serengeti, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar

We cross the border post from Kenya to Tanzania and travel towards the 5985-metre-high peak of Kibo. We don't take time for a detour to see Kilimanjaro, as we are heading further southwest.
In the north of Tanzania, however, we take the time for a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts about 25,000 large mammals (elephants) and the highest density of predators (lions, spotted hyenas, leopards). Breakfast with freshly brewed coffee straight from the plantation - if not now, when? We will need the push-up effect of the coffee for the ride on the enduros, along the East African Rift Valley far from the asphalt.

 

 

On the road through Tanzania and Malawi

These are long, hard Enduro stages that we will cover in Tanzania until we cross the border to Malawi one afternoon. The Enduro group has become a well-rehearsed "border team", so that the border crossings are quick.
There are still seemingly endless African kilometres ahead of us on laterite-like tracks with challenging sections past extinct volcanoes.
Land with tea plantations, mango trees, bananas without end and at sunset we reach Lake Malawi.

Over a cup of coffee we enjoy the sunrise over Lake Malawi. The route leads along the western flank of Lake Malawi, which is about 30,000 km² in size, to the next border, which we will approach "pole pole" (Swahili: slowly).
 

 

Enduro expedition along Lake Malawi

With the first rays of sun over Lake Malawi, we set off along the lake towards Zambia. Between warm rain showers and sunshine, we will experience unforeseen adventures like those of the previous expedition days in the coming days. The last stage is full of surprises in terms of riding technique! Our enduro trips are known for a "fighting day" and this last stretch at Lake Malawi can become a "surprise stage"! At the end of this stage, jump into the lake, lick your wounds and eat delicious crocodile, with a view of your fellow species at the lake.
Passing the Nkothaka WildliFe Reserve, we reach a small border post between Malawi and Zambia.

 

Sambia Motorrad Expedition Reise
The future awaits!

 

Young Zambia

The fertile country (at least for women with 5 children on average) is ranked 141 out of 187 in the Human Development Index. The young Zambia has been independent since 1964!
With around 800,000 AIDS orphans, Zambia is one of the countries with the highest HIV infection rate in the world! English is spoken as the official language, which is very helpful due to the different ethnic groups and languages such as Nsenga, Tumbuka, Ngoni or Bisa.
Along the Lower Zambesi National Park, we make our own trail on the enduros towards the Luangwa and Railroad Bridge at Victoria Falls where we will have a day's break.
 

 

Across the Zambezi River to Botswana

The sunrise glistens in the thundering spray of the Victoria Falls, a last look into the gorge and the Railroad Bridge that connects to Zimbabwe.
Along the border to Zimbabwe, we travel on the Zambian side along the now familiar African tracks. Motorbike / enduro trips are rather unusual in Zambia, so the border guards look rather surprised when the "motorcyclists wrapped up like mummies" step in front of the "customs house" in Kazungula at 20 to 25°.
Kazungula is the only border crossing in the quadrangle of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the adjacent Caprivi Strip of Namibia, so it is rather busy and a bit tedious.

We cross the border river Zambezi and reach the last landlocked country on our journey across the African continent. Botswana has only about four inhabitants per square kilometre, but with about 130,000 elephants it has the largest elephant population in Africa, which means that we will probably see more elephants than people along the way.

 We cross the 581,730 square kilometres of Tswana land (from which the name Botswana is derived) north of the Kalahari on the edge of the Makagaikigadi salt pan, heading for Maun. The district town of Maun is the fourth largest town in Botswana with about 65000 inhabitants and is situated south of the Okavango Delta.
Before crossing the northern Okavango Basin rim towards Namibia, we take in provisions in Maun for the last time and leave Maun, Botswana which is in the rainy season (250 to 500 millimetres rainfall).

 

Yamaha Ténéré 660XTZ Motorrad Expedition durch Afrika
Bye, bye Botswana - Namibia, here we go!

 

Namibia the land of the San

Welcome to the last country of the Trans-Africa journey, welcome to Namibia, the land of the San.
About 10,000 kilometres ago we had reached the northern hunting grounds of the San in Ethiopia, now we are in the "heart" of the African natives, in the heart of the country with the endless horizon, Namibia.
After Mongolia, Namibia is the country with the lowest population density in the world, about 2.5 people per square kilometre, compared to 231 people per square kilometre in Germany. On our last kilometres through Africa we cross the area of the Omaheke, Khomas and Erongo where we stay overnight with the SAN in a village before we return to the "civilisation" of Windhoek and Walvis Bay on the South Atlantic, the destination of our 15,000 kilometre long expedition through the African continent.

In Walvis Bay we pack the motorbikes into the container and unpack the champagne bottle at the "Pelican Point" of Walvis Bay.
Time for a review of the adventurous Trans-Africa motorbike trip, which will certainly remain in our memories for another decade.

 

Motorrad Reise Expedition Afrika
If you can't take any more, you can relax ;-)

 

Conclusion to the Trans Africa Motorcycle / Enduro Trip:

Currently, we are the only motorbike tour operators who not only offer this challenging trip, but have also carried it out for TV and motorbike enthusiastic adventurers and hopefully can continue to do so!

The typical participants of such an expedition are off-road vehicle drivers and motorcyclists / endurists who see the means of transport 4x4 / enduro as a means of enjoyment to an end and see the idea of luxury in the form of a bottle of wine, a rare experience, solitude in nature as an experiential differentiating attribute.

"With well over 100,000 kilometres of African experience by now, I can say with a clear conscience that this crossing of Africa is very, very far from what is called a package tour.
That is to say:
This "voyage of discovery" will be done with the clearly stated vagaries and challenges of the various climates, borders, regulations and conflicts of the people as an EXPEDITION!
A fair amount of travel & enduro experience as well as mental stability are required to participate in this Trans-Africa expedition. "It is and remains for me the greatest adventure and the most eventful tour I have experienced in my life".
Joe Küster Tour guide and jack-of-all-trades




Itinerary may change without further notice due to weather-, road- or any other condition that OVERCROSS or its guides feel will jeopardize the safety of the group or material.

 

What benefits can you expect?

Trans Africa Motorcycle Expedition SOUTH Basic Package:

Basic package of the motorbike tour through Africa:

  • All camp overnight stays on the motorbike expedition
  • Hotel and lodge accommodation on the entire Trans Africa Tour as advertised
  • Breakfast and dinner from the expedition kitchen
  • Guide in the expedition vehicle Land Rover Defender Pick Up or similar 4x4
  • The tour operator OVERCROSS will provide a 24 hour emergency and rescue service for the Trans-Africa Tour up to the sum insured: € 50.000,-.
  • Provision of a satellite telephone especially for the Trans Africa Expedition
  • Online tour guide who is connected to us via satellite tracker.
  • Relatives and friends receive a daily location and status report from OVERCROSS (on request).
  • Maps for the Africa crossing
  • Tour folder with travel information to prepare the motorbike expedition
  • Equipment and packing list for the preparation of the motorbike expedition

 

Upgrade 1

Only bookable together with basic package

Motorbike Expedition with rental bike: "All in" (incl. basic package)

  • Fully equipped touring enduro incl. aluminium case for this trip
  • Pick-up / delivery of the rental motorbike in Egypt & Drop-off at Walfis Bay or Windhoek
  • Motorbike comprehensive insurance (with 2.000,- € deductible)
  • Takeover of new tyres, inspection, spare parts shipment
  • Organisation of all border formalities for the motorbike
  • Motorbike and rider transport in case of breakdown to the next supply point
  • Organisation of all visas (visa fees not included)
  • Carnet de Passage (incl. deposit of OVERCROSS worth approx. 4..200,- €)
  • Transport of the motorbike from Germany to Egypt
  • Transport of the motorbike from Namibia to Germany
  • Packing and loading costs including "acceleration money" of the motorbikes from Namibia to Europe
  • Transport costs (without insurance) of your equipment in the container
  • Security check/sniffer, X-ray and handsearch
  • Customs clearance and costs in Germany
  • Customs clearance and storage in Africa and Europe
  • Airport transfer in Namibia and Egypt

 

 

Upgrade 2

Only bookable together with basic package

Passengers in the expedition/escort vehicle (incl. basic package):

  • Fully equipped 4x4 expedition off-road vehicle for max. 3 participants.
  • Transport of the vehicle from Europe to Africa and back to Europe
  • Organisation of all border formalities
  • Customs clearance of the expedition off-road vehicle incl. fees
  • Airport transfer in Namibia and Egypt
  • Flight from Europe to Egypt
  • Flight from Namibia to Europe
  • Fuel included

 

 

Upgrade 3

Only bookable together with basic package. Price per person with 2 participants

Self-drive in rented expedition vehicle (incl. basic package):

  • Fully equipped 4x4 heavy duty expedition off-road vehicle from TWO participants incl. roof tent & camping equipment.
  • Weekend at OVERCROSS for vehicle instruction and driving training incl. technical guidance and overnight stay
  • Vehicle mechanic in the tour guide vehicle to assist with recovery, maintenance and any necessary repairs
  • Free vehicle pick-up in case of cancellation due to illness from any point of the Trans Africa Expedition
  • 24 hours via OC emergency rescue service incl. coverage of air rescue costs up to € 100 000.-
  • Fully comprehensive insurance and tax for the rented off-road vehicle with € 2000.- excess.
  • Vehicle transport from Germany to Egypt and back from Namibia to Germany
  • Organisation & costs of border formalities for person and vehicle
  • Optional free of charge earlier entry / exit during the expedition
  • Customs clearance of the expedition off-road vehicle incl. fees
  • Airport transfer in Egypt and Namibia
  • Transcontinental flight from Namibia to Europe
  • Transcontinental flight from Europe to Egypt
  • Securing the medical supply chain
  • Organisation of spare parts and logistics shipment
  • Fuel, oil and repair costs included
  • Special information folder for preparation
  • Incl. Carnet de Passage (ca.€ 15.000.-)
  • One way rental of the vehicle

 

Not included:

  • Fuel
  • Restaurant and Bar Visits
  • Drinks
  • Shipping costs for spare parts
  • Additional costs at customs in case of special handling of the containers
  • Container transport costs for own motorbike € 1050.- for transport from Germany to Africa and back
  • Everything that is not listed in the service description!
 

country information

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  • What is meant by desert and what kinds are there?

    Dry deserts do prevent due to their lack of water, the plant growth. At the
    Tropics at about 23, 5 degrees, there are so-called tropic deserts like the Sahara.

    The high-pressure areas there let the clouds dissolve and there is therefore no precipitate.

    These high-pressure areas are established by the intertropical convergence zone. Due to the strong sunlight warms the equatorial region particularly hard, so much water evaporates which prevents the precipitation.
    Descending air masses lead to the degradation of the clouds.
    The different types of desert we travelare: stone, gravel, salt and the sand desert.

     

    Stone or rock desert:

    Also known as Hammada is covered with dense nature of the blocky, angular fine rock or coarser rock material. These Hamada is the result of the physical
    Weathering.

    Often, this rocky desert are coverde with boulders.Plateaus crossed that even with a well-developed havy duty off roaders barely passable. On our safari jeep, we usually travel on the old caravan routes, which is usually like in other forms of the desert


    Alamat acknowledges. Almat are small stone pyramids were usually placed on increases as route of the nomads and caravan leaders. Along the sandy desert, they are usually blown away, and man recognizes the old and new routes in camel carcasses, old tires and the car frame or other veralssenen those who "runs" line. A typical picture is dark colored and the smooth surface of the rocks of a desert rock, due to the smooth shiny surface it is also called desert varnish, results of flexibility accorded by the sun and the creeping permanent audit by the fine desert sand.

    Gravel desert:

    In the Western Sahara, they are called Reg, in the central Sahara, they are called Serir. Gravel deserts caused by erosion of stone or rock desert or by the
    Deposition of gravel where millions of years ago were still glacial. Another cause is a
    physical effect on the surface to collect more and more rocks, since the smaller pebbles or sand grains move down much easier. This process was developed in the desert for thousands of years, because provide moisture, wind and temperature differences for the movement of sand grains. When crossing through this gravel deserts you can still see the tracks after weeks of the knobby tires of motorcycles or the lanes of the SUVs and trucks Expeditions:

    Salt desert

    Chott el Jerid is probably the biggest and most famous salt lake Chott Tunesien.Der term is also used in Algeria and in the Eastern Sahara, the central salt desert, also known as Sebkha. Salt flats occur mostly in arid endorheic
    Sedimentary basins due to strong evaporation. In the Maghreb region of the layer is under-shaped ground conducive to formation of a dei Chotts which Duch promotes its consistency clay to seal the bottom surface. Very many of the deserts lie in the type
    Iran and Central Asia. Salt flats and salt-containing damp voallem deserts such as the Chott el Jerid, they are difficult if not impossible to impassable. Depending on the depth of the drying Sonneneinstarahlung the salt crust / upper class bedinkt passable. Often arise in wells of only a few Zentiumeter "swamp fields and ponds," weren which should in any case not drive through or walk through. The salt is formed mostly by down
    washed up debris from adjacent elevations / mountains, which often contain plenty of salt in endorheic depressions such as the Qattara Depression accumulates naturally as salt-enriched clay and Lehmflächen. This surface is called Salt Flat and Alkali Flats. After precipitation, which are mostly in the winter months, walked these salt lakes.

     

    The sandy deserts:

    The erg in the Western Sahara and in the Libyan Sahara is a desert is called the surface mainly consists of quartz sand. This is caused by soil erosion, sand a gravel desert. Due to the absolute dry conditions in the sandy deserts due to the lack of vegitation are much harder than stone or gravel deserts. Because of the fine grading of the sand deserts in the lower part of the carrying capacity is solidified, the surface is rather finely and due to the strong sunlight and fine dust-like sand of Einwehung less viable.
    In the northern Sahara dunes are found frequently occurring as longitudinal dunes or sickle.
    In libischen part of the Sahara will find the most beautiful crescent dunes below Seba and the longest sand dunes in Algeria with up to six hundred miles long.

    With the motorcycle and 4x4 suv in the solidified dunes levels passable, but difficult or impossible in up to three hundred feet high Mamutdünen how she finds in Algeria and Libya.

    The world's largest sand desert in Arabia, where we conduct the tours in Oman and the Rub al Khali Dubai. الربع الخالي ar-Rub ʿ al-Khali is the paradise for every off roader. The turning circle running through the desert of Oman, Yemen, and UAE.

  • What is the security situation in southern Africa?

     

    WWhen planning your trip your safety is our highest priority. With our guided tours you can sit back comfortably and relax. we have chosen chosen our guides to make sure that you're safe while you enjoy your trip. If you are planning self guided trip, you will receive well crafted directions that will take you safely to your destination and  al of the important sights will be on your trip

    .A few rules that apply when traveling around the world will provide you also for your safety and your property. For example Do let nothing in your car when you park it, Do not wear valuable jewelry on trips and do not wear valuables or cameras when you browse through cities or markets

  • How do I pay in southern Africa?

    In general it is better to exchange cash or travelers checks on site, where you get in most countries of southern Africa, a much better exchange rate than in Germany.

    There are a few exceptions: In Zimbabwe, the U.S. $ is used as the official currency, the currency should be changed before departure.

    Namibia uses Namibia dollars, the currency must be equated with the South African Rand. This means you can pay in Namibia with South African Rand but not in South Africa with Namibia Dollars. In South Africa and Namibia are credit cards accepted, except when refueling. Gasoline is only for cash!

    In Zimbabwe, only Visa cards are accepted but not everywhere

  • Which temp can we expect in June/July or August/ Sept?

    Normally warmer than Germany.

    In the Gobi extremely hot, above 100 F.

    Over the night cooler.

 

Dates

start finish Price  
Feb 12, 2023 Mar 28, 2023
Trans Africa Motorcycle Expedition - Go South!
$9,668 Trans Africa Go South! Basic Package

Optional additional services
$6,527 Upgrade NO 2: With rental motorcycle "All in"
$1 Upgrade No. 2 "Passenger in the support vehicle"
$1 Upgrade No. 3 "4x4 rental car"

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Optional additional services

$6,527 Upgrade NO 2: With rental motorcycle "All in"

$1 Upgrade No. 2 "Passenger in the support vehicle"

$1 Upgrade No. 3 "4x4 rental car"