Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana & Namibia:
Go South! The Equator Enduro Expedition

$5,439 20 to 22 days from 6 to 16 participants for true adventurers
 

tour description

Foreword to the South Equator Motorcycle Tour:

Thanks to the sponsors TOURATECH and YAMAHA, we can make this one-way tour from the equator to the South Atlantic, about 5000 kilometres away, possible for a handful of adventurers.
The start of the Equator Tour is "south of the equator line" in Nairobi, before heading directly to Tanzania.
Further on we cross Malawi and Zambia, southern Africa with Botswana and the Okavango Basin like Namibia with Walvis Bay is one of 1001 highlights between madness and adventure of the Trans Africa Motorcycle Expedition.
This "voyage of discovery" will be carried out with the clearly formulated imponderables and challenges of the different climate zones, borders, regulations and conflicts of the people as an EXPEDITION!
A shaken level of travel & enduro experience as well as mental stability is a condition to be able to participate in this Africa expedition. "It is and remains the greatest adventure and the most eventful motorbike trip!

 

Nairobi: Start of the Equator "Go South! Enduro trip  

The YAMAHA Ténéré Rally motorbike fleet is ready for departure, and in the camp preparations are made for the next 5,000 kilometres before it's time to say:
"Gooo south" and drive left!
The YAMAHA Ténéré Enduro troop travels along the great (6000 kilometre long) African Rift Valley through a country with more than 50 different languages and dialects. The route is along the famous Kenyan savannahs on the edge of the "heart chamber" of Africa with the typical clichéd postcard image of the low sun behind the acacias in the savannah. Kenya is one of the typical happy 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 that 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 are already waiting for the big meal.

 

Polepole - Slow down! Welcome to Tanzania!

 

Motorbike Adventure Tanzania

We cross the border post from Kenya to Tanzania and see the legendary Kilimanjaro from afar, which with the 5985 metre high peak of Kibo was still covered in snow a few years ago.
At the foot of Kilimanjaro we reach Arusha and can and do take time for a day in the city OR a safari into the Ngorongoro Crater, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has about 25000 large mammals (elephants) and the highest density of predators (lions, spotted hyenas leopards). Breakfast with freshly brewed coffee directly 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 Kizigo Game Reserve and the Usungu Game Reserve, because it will be a long day on the enduros.

 

A break is also necessary!

 

On and off the Road through Malawi:

The Enduro travel group has become a well-rehearsed "border team", and our drivers are always informed in good time by our online tour guide Jojo that we are coming. The online tour guide from OVERCROSS is informed of our location at all times via satellite monitoring and can thus "virtually travel ahead of us" and take over one or two important tasks of a guide.
There are still endless seemingly hard African kilometres ahead of us on laterite-like tracks with challenging stretches past extinct volcanoes.
The roads through Malawi go through tea plantations, mango "forests" and banana plantations as far as the eye can see.
The sun is low over Lake Malawi, where we move into our camp and wash down the long hard Enduro day with a cold beer, take a jump into the lake and enjoy delicious crocodile with a view of the fellow species at the lake.

With a cup of coffee we enjoy the sunrise and the hangover of the previous evening 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).

 

To Lake Malawi it's always straight down ;-)

 

Enduro Expedition at Lake Malawi

With the first rays of sun over Lake Malawi, we get on the motorbikes and travel along Lake Malawi 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" on the Equator Motorcycle Expedition!
Passing the Nkothaka Wildlive Rserve we reach a small border post between Malawi and Zambia.
 

 

Enduro adventure through 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 tracks on the enduros along Lake Karibu. Depending on our fitness and time table, we will have two sporty Enduro travel days ahead of us until we arrive in Livingston at the Victoria Falls and probably take a rest day to enjoy the falls or a helicopter flight over the Kololo (that's what the Mosi oa Tunya call thunder rush in German) the Victoria Falls. The sunrise glitters in the thundering spray of the Victoria Falls, a last glimpse of the "brain child of Cecil Rhodes who had the masterpiece Victoria Falls Bridge completed in 1905 after only 14 months.
A last look into the gorge where the Zambezi takes its course and off we go into a new day of adventure!
Along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, we travel on the Zambian side along the now familiar African tracks.

 

The mighty Victoria Falls!

 

Across the Zambezi River to Botswana

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 Kaprivi 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 the expedition through 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 we will probably have more elephants than people in front of and beside us on the tracks through Botswana. With a little luck and courage we can dive the river with the elephants in the Chobe.... As I said with a little COURAGE! 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, the motorbike tour group take on their last provisions and leave the Okavango Delta at the end of the rainy season (250 to 500 millimetres of rainfall).

 

He who loves his vehicle.... does not harness a donkey to it!

 

Namibia the land of the San

Welcome to the last country of the Trans-Africa Motorcycle 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, with a bit of luck we will be allowed to spend the night at a SAN village again. The expedition participants will enjoy the 1000,000 star Out Door Hotel not far from the Namib Naukluft Park for the last time. The expedition participants meet in the morning for a last coffee around the campfire for the final stage briefing. The engines of the YAMHA Tenere 700 Rally's are started, the motorbike journey is coming to an end.
Back in the "civilisation" of Windhoek and Walvis Bay on the South Atlantic the goal of our long equatorial motorbike expedition through the southern part of the African continent is accomplished. In Walvis Bay we pack the motorbikes into the container and put out the corks of the beer bottles at "Pelican Point" in Walvis Bay.
 

It is time:

TIME to look back on the adventurous South Equator motorbike trip, which will surely remain in our memories for another decade.
TIME to realise what a LUXURY financial and temporal freedom is to realise this adventure.

 

 

Conclusion:

Currently, we are the only motorbike tour operators who not only offer this organisational challenge of tour organisation 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 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, loneliness in nature as an experiential differentiating attribute.

"With more than 100,000 kilometres of experience in Africa, I can say with a clear conscience that this crossing of Africa, as well as the South Equator crossing, was one of the most beautiful adventure trips of my life!
Joe Küster Tour Guide and Girl for Everything




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?

Go South! The Equator Enduro Expedition Basic Package:

Basic package of the motorbike tour through Africa:

  • Expedition Pre-Meeting of the Motorcycle Tour through Africa at OVERCROSS in Tübingen, Germany
  • All camping 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
  • Guide on the touring Enduro
  • The tour operator OVERCROSS provides a 24 hour emergency call and rescue service for the Trans Africa Tour up to the coverage amount of 50.000 €.
  • Provision of a satellite telephone especially for the Trans Africa Expedition
  • Travel insurance certificate (insolvency insurance according to BGB §651r) is obligatory for all OVERCROSS tours.
  • Online tour guide, who is connected to us via satellite tracker.
  • Relatives and friends receive a location and status report from OVERCROSS (on request).
  • Maps for the Africa crossing
  • Support with visa questions and organisation if necessary
  • Tour folder with travel information to prepare the motorbike expedition
  • Equipment and packing list for the preparation of the motorbike expedition
  • Post-expedition meeting incl. overnight stay

 

Upgrade 1

Only bookable together with basic package

Motorbike expedition with a rental bike: "All in"

  • Fully equipped touring enduro incl. panniers for this trip.
  • Pick-up / provision of the rental motorbike in Kenya/Nairobi; drop-off point: Namibia/Walvis Bay
  • Liability insurance for the whole of Africa
  • Takeover of new tyres, inspection, wear parts and their shipment
  • Organisation & costs of all border formalities for the motorbike
  • Motorbike and rider transport in case of breakdown to the next supply point
  • Carnet de Passage (incl. deposit of OVERCROSS)
  • Transport of the motorbike from Germany to Kenya
  • Transport of the motorbike from Namibia to Germany
  • Packing and loading costs of the motorbikes
  • Security check/sniffer, X-ray and handsearch
  • Customs clearance and costs in Germany
  • Customs clearance and storage in Kenya and Namibia
  • Airport transfer in Kenya and Namibia

 

Upgrade 2

Only bookable together with basic package

Passenger in the expedition/escort vehicle:

  • Fully equipped 4x4 expedition off-road vehicle with guide 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 Kenya and Namibia
  • Fuel included

 

 

Not included:

  • Tent, sleeping bag & camping mat
  • Fuel
  • Parking tickets
  • Restaurant and bar visits & drinks
  • Souvenirs and other private expenses
  • Organisation of extension/earlier arrival in Kenya/later departure from Namibia
  • Anything not listed in the service description!
 

country information

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  • 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

  • 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 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.

 

Dates

start finish Price  
Mar 7, 2023 Mar 28, 2023
Equator Motorcycle Tour Expedition Gooo South
$5,439 Equator Motorcycle Expedition - Off to the South! Basic package

Optional additional services
$4,351 Upgrade No.1 "All in"
$218 Upgrade No. 2 "Passenger in the support vehicle"

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Optional additional services

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