Motorcycle trip through Africa:
Trans-Africa Trip / Enduro-Expedition

$8,941 45 days from 6 participants for true adventurers
 

tour description

After such a day, one likes to let everything stand and lie


Travel day through Tanzania
Breakfast with freshly brewed coffee directly from the plantation - if not now, when? The push-up effect of coffee will be needed for the vast expanse of Tanzania. The day's destination today is the well-known Ruaha National Park, which we reach via more or less well-developed routes / slopes to our camp at the 1000-star hotel in Tanzania. We cross Tanzania in the direction of Arusha. On the way is the Ngorongoro Crater, which we can visit by appointment. Please note that the Safari is NOT included in the travel calculation and must be worn by everyone! In Arusha, one of our main supply stations along the Transafrica tour: Joe's friends and partners Sebastian and Alpha have a dozen motorcycles in the motorcycle station, which uses overcross for his Tanzania motorcycle rides. The motorcycle workshop is correspondingly large. Jojo and Sebastian organize (just in time) the necessary materials for the inspection and repair of our machines so that everything is ready for maintenance when we arrive! We spend with the Enduroprofis from Tanzania certainly a relaxed time and try to kidnap Sebastian with the north

 

 

Trans Africa-Safari-Expedition

Mortorcycle Adventure of Extreme & Superlative

 

 

 


here is the Adventure

 

"Looking for new adventures, I came across Africa as the first destination - what could be more natural than traveling to the 'black' continent with its 53 states and 1001 languages? No continent has been so appealing to explorers, adventure travelers and the rally scene as this one! vielfälltig this continent is known to all who have traveled to Africa several times.

Thierry Sabine, the inventor of the wild rally from Paris to Dakar, has made many dreams come true. With his motto "if life gets boring, risk it", he guided the rally over 6000 kilometers to Dakar in a real bone tour. The Transafrika Expedition ahead of you will take you over 17,000 kilometers in 45 days - across the entire African continent! This Transafrika expedition is probably one of the last adventures for enduro & motorcycle travelers. It will be dusty kilometers full of hardships, efforts and dangers ...

Nevertheless, or perhaps because of this, this expedition is one of the last motorcycle adventures that we can currently experience (on the rapidly developing continent of Africa). This motorcycle expedition is only suitable for participants who are ready to enjoy the lungs full of dust, the bags full of sand and the pure adventure in the tired bones. Surely this trip is the craziest, most exhausting, expensive, mind-boggling and dangerous thing you'll ever get. But if you're still reading, you're almost beyond help!
"If life is boring" ... it's probably time to leave the feel-good zone and exchange the mere reading about the adventure in couchpotato style with the real adventure Africa. "- Joe Küster, founder of OVERCROSS


 

 

ON WHAT YOU SHOULD SET
 

The typical participants of such an expedition are participants who think of dust-smeared faces, sleeping in the dirt, and limited choice of a maximum of a pair of T-shirts, underpants, socks (for weeks) as very sexy ....... and have to grin at this exquisite thought! ;-)

"On this unique expedition only guys like you and me should be there", Joe Küster Bj. 1966, founder of OVERCROSS, father of three and your tour guide on the Transafrika expedition, where he failed in 2014. But giving up is not an option, so he successfully ran it for the first time in 2016/2017. "With more than 100,000 kilometers of experience in Africa, I can safely say that this Africa crossing is a long way from what is called a package holiday." This tour is a 100% EXPEDITION in all its professional preparation and preparation! A voyage of discovery of the continent and its own borders: People who see one of the big "branded travel dinosaurs" as a starting point can be sure that the "brand image" will be of little use to them on the tour Travel & Enduro experience as well as mental stability are essential to take part in this Trans Africa Expedition. "

 

 

 

 

DO YOU THINK THAT? WELL THEN...


Arrival day: Transcontinental flight to South Africa
We flew through the night and land at the OR Tambo International Airport around seven in the morning, where we'll meet the rest of the team. From Johannesburg we fly on to Cape Town, where we will land at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) at 11:00, then drive to Joe to the camp 30 kilometers away, where we are already expected by Jörg with the customs papers , He has completed the customs documents three weeks earlier and has paid all motorcycles. Unload, unpack, sign the customs formalities Carnet de Passage (ATA). After we got the bikes ready, we drive to Joe's Species. Check in at the Cape Grace Hotel, with delicious five star food and great night escorts? Far from it: we drink beer, eat crocodile at Mama Afrika and sleep with our bikes in a warehouse "over the roofs" of Cape Town!

 

 

 

Cape Town - here begins our adventure


Start to the Transafrika motorcycle tour
At the Cape of Good Hope we start the picture after sunrise over South Africa! So young and, above all, so fresh we will never get together again.

 

Kilometer 00.000: 8:00 o'clock, it starts. 12,000 kilometers across Africa are ahead!

 

Past Cape Town we drive once around the bay to Sommerset West. Short stop for breakfast "to go" (or rather "to drive") .... to Chapman's Peak Drive. The first pictures and shots of a long day on the road will still captivate us before we reach the legendary and laid-back Garden Route Mosel Bay for something solid. Breakfast and dinner will be the only meal we will eat for the next days and weeks. An advantage for all those who have a few pounds too much and who will let them down day after day. In the late afternoon we will reach the Knysna Park before sunset, the first day of travel we conclude on a wildlife safari with a South African sundowner. Here is a visual impression of South Africa.

 

 

Adrenaline on the Garden Route to the grave!
We pack the tents for the first time and start to the bridge 50 kilometers away. Today there is 211 meters free fall for breakfast. After a neat adrenaline rush from the highest bungee jump place in the world, we are fit and fit for the day and the next stop. We will hang you on a cable car, which will catapult you in 30 meters height through the forest! If you are still hungry then you will get your well deserved breakfast. But then it's finally "on the road again". Contemplative discussions without answers with the visor - along the Garden Route we enjoy life (or that we are still alive?). After about 500 kilometers of asphalt and gravel, we reach the grave of Harry Potter. Time for a prayer and time to lay down, because tomorrow is a new day with new adventures in South Africa.

 

 

Climb to the Kingdom of Lesotho
Sunrise: We dismantle the camp and head for Hofmeyr, 60 kilometers away. In this dreary transit city we make our breakfast stop and fill up tanks and feed bags for today's marathon day. Today's day's stage with a distance of around 650 kilometers will be one of the toughest stages of the first week. About federal roads through the state of KwaZulu Natal we reach after about 250 kilometers, the border with the Kingdom of Lesotho. After the border formalities and a lunch snack, it will go on gravel roads across the kingdom up to 2800 vertical meters. Now it's going to be exciting for the first time: across gravel passes we'll cross the highlands in drift, incredible pictures and impressions will shape the second part of the day today before we reach Bob's campground in the heart of the Kingdom of Lesotho. The bath in the Matebeng River is the only luxury that exists today. Due to the night temperature, which is between + 5-10 ° C, we leave open, if we do not camp in Uncle Tom's hut.

 

Camping under the night sky of Africa


Descent to the battlefield
At 2800 meters altitude, the sun rises over Africa for us. We have arrived at the highest point of our Trans Africa Expedition Safari and enjoy this cold morning over a cup of hot coffee on a plateau that will have it all in it. Like every morning, we start the engines of enduro and off-road vehicles as a prelude to a new adventure. Over 1000 meters in altitude we will descend today the most exciting of all South African passes, the Sani Pass, the most photographed and most traveled pass in Lesotho. Many enduro riders of the last South Africa tours thought that this pass alone was worth a trip. At the foot of the Drakensberg we reach again the border to South Africa.

After our third border crossing on this enduro and off-road expedition we stand on the "Battlefields" in the former Zulu kingdom. The Zulu War of 1879 was an unexplained war between the Zulu and the wild people of tea drinkers. After the British Empire defeated the Zulu at the Battle of Ulundi with its superior weapons, the Zulu kingdom ceased to exist as a sovereign state. Amidst these battlefields, our fifth day of travel through Africa ends.

 

Camping under the night sky of Africa


Descent to the battlefield
At 2800 meters altitude, the sun rises over Africa for us. We have arrived at the highest point of our Trans Africa Expedition Safari and enjoy this cold morning over a cup of hot coffee on a plateau that will have it all in it. Like every morning, we start the engines of enduro and off-road vehicles as a prelude to a new adventure. Over 1000 meters in altitude today we will see the spaTwo motorcycles in front of a light curtain breaking through the clouds


Rise to the king to Swaziland
Morning Ceremony: A quick look at the map, start the motorcycles and then on to the next coffee. We assume that we do not have a support vehicle on this trip (as usual on our motorcycle trips). Nevertheless, it is possible for participants who want to drive this Transafrica tour with the OVERCROSS zebras or their own SUV to join this tour. You never know what a support vehicle can be good for. We are also happy to take you on this expedition, even if there is always talk of motorcycle travel or the Enduro! On the road again: We are leaving South Africa's highways with our Enduro motorcycles in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Almost only on asphalt, it goes through the mountainous kingdom to the Hlane Royal National Park. Hlane Royal National Park is home to the largest herds of lions, elephants, white rhinos, giraffes and a host of other animals here in Swaziland. We set out to stalk the Park Ranger's Land Rover and savor the sundowner amidst the African wildlife on the most beautiful South African passes, the Sani Pass, the most photographed and most traveled pass in Lesotho. Many enduro riders of the last South Africa tours thought that this pass alone was worth a trip. At the foot of the Drakensberg we reach again the border to South Africa.

After our third border crossing on this enduro and off-road expedition we stand on the "Battlefields" in the former Zulu kingdom. The Zulu War of 1879 was an unexplained war between the Zulu and the wild people of tea drinkers. After the British Empire defeated the Zulu at the Battle of Ulundi with its superior weapons, the Zulu kingdom ceased to exist as a sovereign state. Amidst these battlefields, our fifth day of travel through Africa ends.

 

Quiz question: what's wrong here?


On the way to New Year's Eve party
The last day of the old year begins in a relaxed atmosphere: pack the seven things in peace and quiet, have breakfast and then drive 220 kilometers through the forests of Swaziland and the remaining kilometers to Hazyview! In the afternoon we reach our lodge and fill up ALL tanks until the new year!

 

IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE! New Year's Eve in Africa and only eleven countries and one continent ahead of us.

 


 

 

Happy New Year, Goodbye South Africa
The New Year in Africa starts with a hangover breakfast, coffee, aspirin and a counterbunch. On the Enduros, gently start the engine and on the sobering tour along the Kruger Park.

After more than 3000 kilometers, we crossed the states of Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo and make our way to the last kilometers to the border to Zimbabwe. The New Year's Tour and the last kilometers we spare our battered heads on asphalt, which we take to the border in the north under the tunnel wheels until the sun goes down and the head is blown again. Before sunset we reach an Old Mine Guesthouse from 1919 where we will spend the night.

 

 

Through the land of Shona
Welcome to Zimbabwe! The border crossing takes place with the crossing of the Limpopo River, which is made depending on the water level and the waiting crocodiles. After we have the enduro and off-road vehicles through the customs formalities, we can start. Next stop is Masvingo, which we drive on the main route. Approximately 40 kilometers away we stop in Great Zimbabwe and immerse ourselves in a piece of African history. Founded in 1926, Rhodes Matobo National Park, known as Matobo National Park since 1953, is Zimbabwe's oldest national park. In 2003, he was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. His notoriety he got not only because here Cecil Rhodes is buried, but also because of the imposing granite rock formations. 2000 years ago, the Shona ethnic group lived on the sacred hills and left behind a rich legacy of rock carvings that we visit on foot as we will "only" leave our "cliff mark" on the gravel roads for a vanishingly short time on the Transafrika motorcycle tour , In the country ruled by Robert Mugabe, unlike in any other country in the world, life expectancy has dropped from 55 to 44 years within a decade! 50% of the country's people are under the age of 16 and the average age is around 19! It remains a matter of time before the new generation turns the country back into Rhodesia, as it once was in the "old days". On our OVERCROSS Youtube channel you will find this video of an overland tour by truck.

 

 

 

Adrenalin shock Victoria Falls
With the sunrise over Africa begins a new tour day. Packing up tents, a sip of coffee, a biscuit and up on the motorbike / the travel enduro, on- and off-road towards the north-northwest. Stop over at the Hwange National Park. Depending on the route, group dynamics and interest, we will go on safari in the Hwange National Park. Motorbike / enduro trips are rather unusual in Zimbabwe, enduro tracks are not known in fact and that will stay that way for the coming countries! BEFORE making your booking aware that you are going on an enduro expedition, which will provide on- and off-road for much (very, very, very much) surprise! We travel Zimbabwe during the rainy season, which means about 33 ° C average temperature with about 5 rainy days a month. If it rains, then right! The gravel passages are muddy passages, the connecting tracks greasy and the roads dangerous. Route 1, 2 or 3? What adventure would you like to have today? ;-) The end of the Zimbabwean crossing will be the Victoria Falls Bridge on the Zambian border, where we will fill our veins with adrenaline at the world famous Victoria Falls! It is advisable to jump into the gorge on the "Gorge Swing" or paddle off the Long Way Down Rafting Tour - one of the most rafting rafting tours in the world!

 

 

 

In the footsteps of Cecil Rhodes
With the sunrise, our morning ritual begins, cup of coffee in Kopp, bike check, discuss the stage of the day and LOS: At 128 meters, we cross on English steel and wooden beams, the 1903 built in England Victoria Falls Bridge. In 1903, this bridge had Cecil Rhodes commissioned and had them transported from England by sea and rail freight to the Victoria Falls to set another milestone for the Cape Cairo plan. After only 14 months of construction and erection, the bridge was inaugurated by George Howard Darwin, the son of Charles Darwin. The Zimbabwe exit stamp is "hammered" into the passports! We cross about 200 meters of exciting history and follow an imperialist idea: to cross the continent of Africa. Re-clearing at the Zambezi Customs and then it's time to rest on an unspectacular asphalt "race track", before we devote ourselves to an off-road "shortcut" towards the northeast - which will not be any at the end of the day when we hit the railway bridge in the No man's land can not cross ... well, that's another adventure ;-)

 

 

 

The young Zambia
Zambia: Over the Copperbelt Plain we travel north towards Lusaka. The fertile land (at least in women with 5 children on average) is ranked 141 out of 187 in the Human Development Index. The young Zambia (independence 1964) is one of the countries with the highest HIV infection rate in the world and is one of the orphanages of Africa with about 740 000 AIDS orphans. English is spoken as an official language, which helps us through the different ethnicities and languages ​​like Nsenga, Tumbuka, Ngoni or Bisa. From Lusaka we will optionally take the train or the asphalt. If the TAZAR (Tanzania-Zambia-Railway) does not go on track for technical or organizational reasons, we will not drive on the line of Cecil Rhodes, but leave our own trail past the Lower Zambesi National Park. Zambia, formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, offers a variety of animals and plants in large national parks, here is a video. We cross the land of the waterfalls on about 1200 kilometers from the Victoria Falls, over the large Luangwa River, to our own waterfall on the roadside

 


 

Enduro expedition along the Lake Malawi
With the first rays of sunshine we set out for the last kilometers northeast through Zambia and to the border crossing to Malawi. Our travel day is interrupted only by the waiting time at the border post, which we can use to have breakfast, to fill up, to brush our teeth and to write postcards. With luck, we'll get our turn quickly and write around postcards! After the completion of the Malawian border formalities begins the crossing of Malawi. On relatively well-developed roads we drive to Lake Malawi. Down the road and along the Lake Malawi off-road to the lodge. The last sentence has it in terms of driving technical surprises in itself! Our enduro trips are known for a "day of battle" this stage on Lake Malawi can become a "surprise stage"! At the end of this adventurous stage: jump into the lake, lick wounds and eat delicious crocodile, with a view of the species on the lake.

 

 

Along the Malawi Lake, it goes to the next stage goal


On the road through Malawi and Tanzania
We enjoy the sunrise over Lake Malawi with a cup of coffee. The route runs along the western flank of the approximately 30,000 km² Lake Malawi. As usual, we will tackle the border with Tanzania "pole pole" (Swahili: slow). In the time when the border formalities are completed, we can enjoy the "treats" of the Songwe border river and once again let the impressive scenes play in the mind's eye, before we leave Malawi. As always, refuel, eat and write postcards before heading back to the saddle and through a new African country. For this afternoon we have still incredibly hard, African kilometers on slopes in front of us. This day will put us with his challenging sections long in the bone. At sunset we reach the coffee region of Tanzania, where we hit our ears.

After such a day, one likes to let everything stand and lie


Travel day through Tanzania
Breakfast with freshly brewed coffee directly from the plantation - if not now, when? The push-up effect of coffee will be needed for the vast expanse of Tanzania. The day's destination today is the well-known Ruaha National Park, which we reach via more or less well-developed routes / slopes to our camp at the 1000-star hotel in Tanzania. We cross Tanzania in the direction of Arusha. On the way is the Ngorongoro Crater, which we can visit by appointment. Please note that the Safari is NOT included in the travel calculation and must be worn by everyone! In Arusha, one of our main supply stations along the Transafrica tour: Joe's friends and partners Sebastian and Alpha have a dozen motorcycles in the motorcycle station, which uses overcross for his Tanzania motorcycle rides. The motorcycle workshop is correspondingly large. Jojo and Sebastian organize (just in time) the necessary materials for the inspection and repair of our machines so that everything is ready for maintenance when we arrive! We spend with the Enduroprofis from Tanzania certainly a relaxed time and try to kidnap Sebastian with the north


 

Repairs take us to the overcross motorcycle workshop in Tanzania


Full throttle on Kilimanjaro over to Nairobi
When the sun sets behind Mount Kilimanjaro it is time to say goodbye. It will not be the time to visit the Serengeti on our tour, but we will certainly come back .... and then ... Passing Mount Meru we head north. Through the eternal expanse, Euphorbias remain the only highlight until Mount Longido appears, where we stop for a rest before we reach the border with Kenya. After crossing the border from Tanzania to Kenya we reach Nairobi, where we are already expecting spare parts at Fanzi Road. After about 6,000 kilometers of Africa, we have - if necessary - the afternoon to equip our motorcycles in the city center of Nairobi with new tires. Our "Online" -Guide Jojo will organize everything else from the "Off". In the evening we will dine with some bikers from Nairobi and the Royal Enfield importer in the Kroko Bar and eat a crocodile. What we do not manage, we take with us as "Dogi Bag" to the Wegzehrung. In the evening, we chain ourselves to the bar and wash the dust down the lungs until the doctor comes! We have enough time to sleep ... when we are back home.

The Kilimanjaro towers over the Tanzanian savannah

 

1001 Africa kilometers ....
Our next destination is the border to Ethiopia. 1001 kilometers Enduro pure, 1001 kilometers across Kenya until the sun goes down and we build the camp. A day when he can hardly be tougher. The night in the tent, no shower, no breakfast and miles down. Our companions are elephants, giraffes and the other madmen in front of you on the travel enduro, who will come to their limits again today. The sun rises over Kenya and the day begins, as the last one has ended, until the border with Ethiopia is reached. In terms of population, we expect the world's largest landlocked country to rank 173 out of a total of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world, which has been downsized by deforestation and the fall of coffee prices with the subsistence economy over the hunger line. The question arises of whether one should travel to a country in which according to WHO and UNICEF not even every second Ethiopian has access to clean drinking water? A clear YES: about individual tourism as we perform it (especially on this tour), foreign exchange gets on the straight path to the people who need it most. According to the World Bank, in 2000, 56 percent of the population still lived on less than $ 1.25 a day. In the same year, IDA (World Bank Fund for the Poorest) rated 60% of the roads as good or satisfactory. These dates are certainly outdated, the current situation we will experience when crossing Ethiopia itself. We should be prepared for the infrastructure in the underdeveloped country to be a long and arduous one for us. This country, together with Sudan, will surely be an indescribable experience on the motorcycle expedition through Africa.

 

 

Also unpredictable mud battles are part of the tour everyday


Motorcycle travel day in Ethiopia
The barrier to Ethiopia goes up and we start in the direction of Addis Ababa. The barren landscape becomes greener and lush, an area with high numbers of lions, hyenas, giraffes and elephants, and at times catastrophic slopes and roads. There is plenty to see and photograph, even if we are on tour ten hours a day. We will treat ourselves to stops for photos and national parks, such as the Abidjatta-Shalla National Park, as long as we are "in time"! There will be more or less time for one or the other break as we traverse the African landscape from horizon to horizon hour after hour, kilometer by kilometer. Short stop to refuel, eat and replenish water supplies. And the motorbike expedition continues to lead us further north with a merciless desert. Shower stop in the African urban jungle Addis Ababa. The nightly conferences of the city dogs above the rooftops of Addis echo through the courtyards and streets of the city until dawn. As with our politician is barking until the doctor comes, no one can be brief and everyone wants to have the last word, even if it is just an empty bark content. Anyone who has spent the night in an African night on a roof or has spent this in a cheap hotel of hours between cockroaches, fleas and just that barking dog who knows why we treat ourselves to a four-star hotel for tonight. 

Ethiopia: Look at this vastness!


On the way to the origin of the blue Nile
Past the Merkato, with about 100 hectares one of the largest markets in Africa, the DAILY visited by a quarter of a million people. Freshly supplied with water and bread we make our way over the Ethiopian slopes. Our first destination is the gondonderous Gonder, where we could celebrate the evening at the Fasilidas Castle with the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, the Timkat festival in the fabled bath of Fasilidas, if we were there on January 20th ... which is unlikely is, however, may be possible on this unpredictable expedition! The epiphany festival with the procession and solemnity of the baptism of Jesus Christ and Lake Tanasee at an altitude of 1830 meters, whose outflow in the town of Bahir Dar is the origin of the Blue Nile, are certainly the highlights that we will visit after the ceremony. About 2000 years ago, about 400,000 San lived in Africa, of which about 100,000 live in southern Africa. In 1652, the Dutch started destroying the pygmies in the Cape region from which we started. Today we are about 10 0000 kilometers further north, arrived at the end of their hunting area. Surely a single San did not roam all of Africa for the hunt, yet a San hunter covered 4,000 kilometers a year! That corresponds to the average kilometer sum of a Warnwester driver

 

One of the famous rock churches of Ethiopia

From the bush to the desert, from Ethiopia to Sudan
The slopes of Ethiopia and the last night are still hard on our bones. Today's day of driving from the Sudanese border to Khartoum will be more of a long and monotonous one. We will cross the south in one day on asphalt to the capital of Sudan, where we will arrive shortly before sunset.


Gray asphalt runs through the ruthless desert of Sudan

Through the Nubian Desert
Along the "Sudan Express" we will cross the Nubian Desert, which was also called "Taseti" (sandy arch land) by the Copts, for about 1000 kilometers through the former kingdom of Nobatia. The desert area between the third Nile cataract and Khartoum is considered a high civilization of ancient Egypt. In the desert land of the tall Hamitian Nubians we encounter cultural-historical relics of the ancient pyramids, tombs and temple ruins, which originated before our era from the cultural flowering of the kingdom of Kush. We will spend the night in or near the oldest necropolis of the royal necropolis of the kingdom of Kusch. One last time refilling the water and gas tanks in Sudan. Full of fuel we return to the merciless desert, which will certainly demand our last strength, before we cross the border at the railway station 1 to the Kingdom of the Pharaohs.

 

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Ancient Nubian pyramids from the time of the Kingdom of Kush

 

Border crossing to Egypt
Inschallah will already receive the ferry in the morning hours. After the "rollover" of the bikes in Wadi Halfa we can carry the machines on board and enjoy an (old school) crossing on the pontoon or barge (depending on which one is ready for use). This will be our core event on the Trans Africa Enduro Tour. The border situation between Egypt and Sudan costs each tour operator the last nerve! Maybe that's the reason why nobody offers the crossing? We leave Nubia Lake and come to the border crossing to Egypt to Lake Nasser. In front of us the port city of Abu Simbel and a government marathon to admit and reassure motorcycles in Egypt. With our new Egyptian number plates we can then drive to Abu Simbel to the long-awaited shower.


Crossing to Egypt: What nerves cost, hopefully pays off


In the footsteps of the pharaohs
We leave Abu Simbel on tarmac roads heading north along the Sahara. The desert world with its scattered volcanic craters alternates with the monotonous mirages of the Sahara and the boredom of the tarred road, which extends beyond the horizon. After 250 kilometers the checkpoint Aswan is reached. Finally a few curves and the dam of Aswan is reached. On the Khazan Aswan Road we cross the Nile and follow it northwards to the Valley of the Kings on Egypt's lifeline. Luxor, the largest city in Upper Egypt, will be the last supply base for us. From Luxor it is only a "stone's throw" through the land of the pharaohs. The night will be spent near the Karnak Temple and the next day we will decide whether to take the ship on the Nile or cross the land as planned with the Enduro.

 

In the footsteps of the pharaohs


Along the Nile to Cairo
We leave the green Nile Belt and dive in the early morning hours into the Arabian Desert (partial desert of the eastern Sahara). We cross the desert tongue of Quena with the Enduros, as far as the slope conditions and our condition permit. Along the Nile we travel on to our big destination: Cairo. The streets are getting busier and you can almost feel the metropolis, which announces itself with the crowds on the streets. West of the Nile we can see from afar the pyramids of Giza. A big goal has been reached. We are standing in front of the Sphinx and the Pyramids, the stage destination Africa is done after about 12 000 kilometers and we crossed the "black" continent once! Time for a good cold beer.

 

Ride to the Pyramids of Giza near Cairo


On the road to the destination: Alexandria
The last kilometers through Egypt, we can tackle relaxed. The route from Cairo to Alexandria consists of well-developed asphalt roads. Time to relax and to review the journey again. We are met in Alexandria by Ali, with whom we have dinner before we check in and the next day bring the motorcycles to the annoying Egyptian customs, where the container is already waiting for us.


Das Mittelmeer bei Alexandria

Zurück nach Kairo

Für den Rückflug geht es zunächst nach Kairo zurück und von dort aus mit dem Flugzeug in Richtung Heimat.


 

The end of a fabulous and unique expedition through Africa




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?

Transafrika Motorcycle Expedition Basic Package:
Basic package:
Pre-meeting in Tübingen in the OVERCROSS office
All Camp & Lodge nights in a double room
Breakfast and dinner from the expedition kitchen
German speaking tour guide
Guiding in two groups, on and / or off road, therefore, freely selectable daily
Spare Tour Guide ready for use within 48 hours
Securing the medical supply chain
24 hours emergency and rescue service (coverage: up to 50,000, - €)
Provision of a satellite phone on tour
Reisesicherungsschein
24 hours online tour guide
Relatives and friends receive an OVERCROSS satellite live tracking access
maps
Tourbook and tour information to prepare
Equipment and packing list for preparation of driver and motorcycle
Night meeting of the Transafrika Expedition


Upgrade 1
Only bookable together with basic package

Fly and drive with your own bike
Transport of the motorcycle from Germany to South Africa
Transport of the motorcycle from Egypt to Germany
Packing and handling costs of motorcycles from Egypt to Tübingen
Transpot cost assumption (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 South Africa and Egypt
24 hours spare parts and logistics support
Flight from Germany to South Africa
Flight from Egypt to Germany
Airport transfer in South Africa and Egypt
Assistance in applying for the Carnet de Passage (no deposit / bank guarantee will be accepted by us!)
Important: When booking the flight ticket is automatically booked and this is 100% non-cancelable!


Upgrade 2
Only bookable together with basic package

Motorcycle Expedition with the rental machine: "All in" (including upgrade 1)
Fully equipped travel enduro incl. Suitcase (Trax alu suitcase from SW-Motech with 37 liters filling size) and bag (a dry bag bag also from SW-Motech with 35 liter filling size) for this trip
Motorcycle comprehensive insurance (with 2000, - € deductible)
Takeover of new tires, inspection, spare part shipment
Organization of all border formalities for the motorcycle
Motorcycle and driver transport in case of failure to the next supply point
Organization and costs of all visas
Border and road toll and insurance costs at the border
Carnet de Passage (including deposit of OVERCROSS worth approx. € 3,200)
Important: When booking the flight ticket is automatically booked and this is 100% non-cancelable!

 

Upgrade 3
Only bookable together with basic package

Accompaniment in the expedition / escort vehicle:
Fully equipped 4x4 expedition SUV for max. 3 participants
Transport of the vehicle from Europe to Africa and back to Europe
Organization of all border formalities
Import and export of the expedition SUV incl. Fees
Airport transfer in Kenya and Egypt
Flight from Germany to South Africa
Flight from Egypt to Germany
Including fuel
Important: When booking the flight ticket is automatically booked and this is 100% non-cancelable!

 

Upgrade 4
Only bookable together with basic package

* Fully equipped 4x4 heavy duty expedition SUV from TWO participants incl. Roof tent & camping equipment
Weekend at OVERCROSS for vehicle instruction and driving training including technical instruction and overnight stay
Car mechanic in the tour guide vehicle who helps with salvage, maintenance and repairs
Free vehicle pick-up at illness cancellation from any point on the Transafrika Expedition
24 hours over OC emergency ambulance service including the cost of air rescue up to € 100 000.-
Fully comprehensive insurance and tax for the rental SUV with € 2000.- deductible.
Vehicle transport from Tübingen to South Africa and back from Alexandria
Organization and costs of border formalities for person and vehicle
Optional free of charge early entry / exit during the expedition
Customs clearance of the expedition SUV incl. Fees
Airport transfer in Egypt from Alexandria to Cairo
Transcontinental flight from Germany to South Africa
Transcontinental flight from Egypt to Germany
Securing the medical supply chain
24 hours spare parts and logistics support
Fuel oil and repair costs included
Special information folder for preparation
Incl. Carnet de Passage (about € 6000.-)
One Way rent the vehicle


Not included:

fuel
parking ticket
Restaurant and bar visits
beverages
Souvenirs and other private expenses
Organization Extension / earlier arrival in South Africa / later departure from Kenya
Additional customs costs in case of special treatment of the containers
Everything that is not listed in the service description!

 

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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

  • DRINKING WATER: We want to make the safari with a child and want to know about the water quality in South Africa

    South Africa's drinking water is one of the world's best:


    South Africa's drinking water is among the world's best: South Africa is still one of the few countries in the world where water can be consumed directly from a majority of the line. This was announced by South African Minister of Water and Environment, Edna Molewa, on the occasion of the presentation of the "Blue Drop 2012" report in Cape Town. The "Blue Drop" Report is an annual nation-wide analysis of drinking water quality.

    For the current report 931 water supply systems were studied in 153 of 287 municipalities. The "blue state" for best water quality and safety of the water supply 98 municipalities have been awarded. The average value obtained is 87.6% of all municipalities.

    For travel / safaris with and without children, you do not need to worry!

    HOWEVER: Drink a lot while traveling, but not out of any pond;-)

    If you have any questions about nutrition you always can call the tour operator OVERCROSS or your travel agent.

  • The weekly markets of South Africa

    Hello, I'm cooking and have reuqested with you the Land Rover selfdrifetour.  I'm interested in all the subject of food and flea markets. Is there relevant markets on the tour from Johannesburg to Durban to Cape Town?


    With the global trend towards regional products in South Africa has developed a thriving market culture. Every Saturday, fill colorful organic and agricultural markets, the towns on the Cape and at present stands the sumptuous culinary diversity of the country. Whether exotic Marula fruit, juicy ostrich fillet or spicy hot curry - the variety of products offered can let any gourmet's heart beat faster. You'll be remembered on all the warm encounters with the stall holders who present their products with passion and make the market unique experience in South Africa.

    The classic of the South African market is a magnet for locals and international visitors alike. The The Old Biscuit Mill Market, whose history goes back until the 19th century, Every Saturday enjoyable enthusiastic people drawn to the historic halls of an old mill in Cape Town's Woodstock neighborhood. The stalls offer regional distributors and homemade products from organic farming - of freshly baked bread to the finest cheeses and meats, to locally produced beers.

    In contrast, South Africa's capital passes to visitors is no way at Pretoria Boeremark market. This now-legendary market was founded 20 years ago by the local farmer's association, and offers fresh organic produce mainly typical Cape Dutch specialties. Thus protected by the sweet scent of Koeksisters, Vetkoek Melkkos and the market stalls. Today the Pretoria Boeremark much more than just a place to buy fresh produce. For many residents of the city is to visit the market, including extensive breakfast, the start of a perfect weekend.

    The Garden Route is a short trip to the small town of Sedgefield, where shifts every Saturday from 08:00 to 11:30 clock city life on the Wild Oats Community Farmers' Market. The market is a treasure trove of products that exist only find here. Stores are offering farmers from the surrounding communities their locally manufactured goods. Then, the organizers of the market high value. Imported goods are nowhere.

    The highlight of the culinary calendar is the residents of Durban, on the last Saturday of each month in The Food Market in the Hellenic Community Center in the city. The market offers a full range of regional specialties, it has to offer the eastern province of South Africa. About 50 different levels to provide regionally-produced meat, sun-ripened fruit, spices, pastries, cheeses, olives, fresh juices and biltong.

    Market opened in September, the Neighbourgoods in Braamfontein. In the heart of Jo'burg, not far from the bustling district of Newtown, the market brings new life into the urban landscape. Over two floors fill delicate Buffalo mozzarella, homemade beer, cured meat, the finest chocolates and much more the former industrial buildings. For a little time out to visit the market, it goes on the roof of the house for a sundowner and an unforgettable view over the skyline of Johannesburg.

    Restaurants in South Africa is filling the page as the subject of meat and preparation that they get on the tour, mostly mediated by the guides.

  • Emergency telephone numbers for our destination South Africa


    Emergency telephone numbers for our destination South Africa

    Police emergency (SAPS) from a landline / payphone: 10111

    Emergency call from a mobile phone: 112

    Ambulance: 10177

    General emergency number: 107

    National Tourism Information: 083 123 6789

    Tour operator OVERCROSS South Africa: 081 408 9537 Robb Edgecomb

    Lock-Emergency Call for Germany (EC, credit cards): 0049 116 116

  • What is the climate in Tanzania?

    Tanzania is located near the equator, and temperatures are higher over the year than in Germany. In the higher parts of the country, it is consistently enjoyable, even in the Tanzanian summer. Only in June and July it can get quite chilly at night. Located on the higher sections Tour (Usambara mountains, highlands grave breach), then it can be quite cold at night, but not below freezing.

  • 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.

 

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Dec 25, 2018 Feb 7, 2019
Trans-Africa Motorcycle Tour through Africa
$8,941 Trans Afrika Expedition Basic Package

Optional additional services
$3,426 Upgrade NO 1: Fly & drive with your own motorcycle
$6,830 Upgrade NO 2: With rental motorcycle "All in"
$136 Upgrade NO 3: In the support 4x4 vehicle per participant

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