Victoria Falls to Cape Town Mountain Bike Epic
Zambia & Namibia & South Africa, Bike - Semi Slick, 21 days - from £2,295 (land only) - from €3,100 (land only) - from $3,700 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group campsite in Livingstone. KE Land Only package services begin with a single group transfer from Livingstone Airport to the campsite. Afternoon optional visit to Victoria Falls.
Day 2: We begin our African epic by cycling out of Livingstone to the Botswana border at Kasangula. Crossing the border into Botswana by ferry, we transfer to our camp by the Chobe River and enjoy a river cruise. Ride distance 80 km (50 miles).
Day 3: Starting early to make the most of the cool, we ride to Mpandamatanga on a good quality tar road. After lunch we transfer to the border town of Nata and visit the Mgadigadi Saltpans, before driving to our camp at Planet Baobab. Ride distance 106 km (66 miles).
Day 4: We start out with a ride from camp towards Maun, then have an afternoon transfer to Audi Camp, which is a short distance from Maun. We have a free afternoon today. Ride distance 65 km (41 miles).
Day 5: A day off the bikes, as we take a game drive in search of the 'Big 5' in one of Africa's most beautiful wildlife reserves at Moremi. Tonight we camp wild in the reserve ..!
Day 6: An exciting early morning game drive in Moremi, when many of the animals are at their most active, before returning to Audi Camp and another refreshing dip in the pool.
Day 7: Today starts with transfer to the edge of the Kalahari Desert. From here, our day's ride is split into 2 sections either side of a leisurely lunch stop. Relatively flat roads through a stunning landscape. A short final transfer takes us to our camp at Ghanzi. Ride distance 120 km (75 miles).
Day 8: This morning we go bush in the company of the San Bushmen, enjoying a guided walk in their backyard, before a major transfer into Namibia and overnight at a guesthouse in the capital of Windhoek.
Day 9: Our crew stock up on supplies this morning, so we have a slightly later start today. We transfer to the Gamsberg Pass, then it's downhill on gravel roads and an undulating ride to our camp. Ride distance 80 km (50 miles).
Day 10: Starting early to get the best of the cool desert morning, we ride across the stunning Namibian landscape, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn en-route to Solitaire. From here, we transfer to Sesriem and our camp - with pool. Ride distance 100 km (62 miles).
Day 11: A pre dawn start today for the ride to Dune 45. We climb the dune enjoying a spectacular sunrise. We ride a little further and then make a second, short desert hike to Hidden Vlei. Overnight at Sesriem. Ride distance 60 km (38 miles). Walk distance 12 km (7 miles).
Day 12: A very early start for an epic ride across the Namibian Desert to the camp at Betta. The roads are mainly hardpacked gravel, but there are some tough sandy sections too. Ride distance 140 km (87 miles).
Day 13: More tough desert riding today to the wild campsite (with showers) at Kanaan. We'll stop for lunch under a shady accacia tree, before completing today's stage. Ride distance 85 km (53 miles).
Day 14: After breakfast we hit the road and transfer towards the Fish River Canyon - our objective for the day. Reaching Hobas Campsite, we will make the short out and back ride to the canyon's edge to enjoy the sunset views. Ride distance 20 km (12 miles).
Day 15: Another early start, as we bike down the length of the canyon towards the camp at Ai Ais. The afternoon is free to try out the natural thermal pools which are perfect for soaking weary legs after 2 weeks of hard riding. Ride distance 70 km (45 miles).
Day 16: A leisurely start and a short transfer to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. The landscape changes as we move south. There's the option (at extra cost) of canoeing on the river this afternoon.
Day 17: An overland day today, as we transfer into South Africa and reach Algiers Camp in the Cederberg Wilderness Area. This basic, wild camp is by a river.
Day 18: Riding from camp, we bike into the Cederberg Wilderness - a region of rugged, mountainous terrain. We also ride the 'Lot's Wife' bike trail, before hiking the final section to the Maltese Cross rock formation. Overnight at Algiers Camp. Ride distance 80 km (50 miles).
Day 19: We ride on dirt roads for a couple of hours to Clan William, before taking a transfer to Melkbosstrand. After lunch, it's back on the bikes for the ride into Cape Town and our lodge. Ride distance 75 km (47 miles).
Day 20: We transfer to Cape of Good Hope nature reserve and ride back to Cape Town via Chapman's Peak Drive and Hout Bay. This stunning coastal route is part of the Cape Argus race route. We spend a second night in Cape Town. Ride distance 80 km (50 miles).
Day 21: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. In the late afternoon, a single group transfer to Cape Town International Airport is provided.