Victoria Falls to Cape Town

A mountain bike epic in Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa




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Holiday Overview


  • See the magnificent Victoria Falls
  • Unforgettable game drives at Moremi
  • Cycling across the wild Namib Desert
  • Ride part of `The Long Way Down` route

This wide-ranging and exciting biking holiday begins at the world-famous Victoria Falls and finishes in Cape Town. After time to visit Africa's most impressive waterfall, we employ a sensible mix of vehicle transfers and cycling stages, as we bike from Zambia across Botswana by way of the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert. An early highlight and an unforgettable experience, is riding alongside Botswana's shining white Magadigadi Saltpans. We also have some time away from our bikes, to enjoy game drives in the Moremi Game Reserve. Additionally, shortly before entering Namibia, we spend a morning with the San (Bushman) people and learn a little of their self-sufficient lifestyle, before continuing our journey to the Namibian capital Windhoek. There follows a few days of wild cycling, as we cross the vast Namib Desert and visit the amazing sand dunes at Sossusvlei. Still heading south and following sections of the 'Long Way Down' route, our epic biking journey takes us to the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon. Crossing into South Africa, we stop off to ride a loop into the spectacular Cederberg Mountains, as we make our approach to journey's end in Cape Town. This is a sustained biking expedition and the experience of a lifetime.

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

ADVENTURE CYCLING. Suitable for regular, fit bikers with stamina and a thirst for real African adventure. This African odyssey is a fascinating mix of adventure biking, travel and exploration through Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. A mountain bike fitted with semi-slick tyres is best suited for the long stretches on tarmac, but a set of off-road knobbly tyres is also needed for the Namib Desert, where traction and control are crucial. Mainly biking on dirt and tarmac roads, our route is not technical. However, with many days of sustained riding under the hot African sun, this trip presents a real challenge. Our accommodation ranges from comfortable guesthouses to camping wild under the African night, as well using fixed campsites - often with pools. Due to the sheer distance that needs to be covered within a three-week holiday, a number of vehicle transfers are necessary. However, we have planned the itinerary so that we cycle the most interesting sections of this amazing journey. Vehicle support is almost always available. Average 90 kilometres per day. This is one of our toughest biking holidays and will provide a real sustained workout. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group camp in Livingstone. A single transfer from Livingstone Airport is provided.
  • Cycle from Livingstone into Botswana. Transfer to Chobe River camp.
  • Ride through elephant country to Mpandamatanga. Transfer to camp via the Mgadigadi Saltpans.
  • Day of cycling quiet roads and wildlife spotting to the Botswana bush town of Maun.
  • Drive onto Moremi Game Reserve in search of the big 5. Overnight in the wilds of Moremi.
  • Morning game drive across Moremi Game Reserve. Return to camp and afternoon at leisure.
  • A superb day of cycling towards to the vast Kalahari Desert.
  • Morning walk with the San Bushmen. Transfer across the border to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek.
  • Scenic drive to Gamsberg Pass (2347m). Descend rough roads into the wilds of Namibia.
  • Cycle across the Tropic of Capricorn. Transfer to Seriem Canyon camp.
  • A day of cycling and hiking Namibia’s famous dunes of Hidden Vlei and Dune 45.
  • A full day in the saddle through Namibia’s epic desert landscape.
  • Continue south west cycling across Namibia’s dream-like landscapes.
  • A day of riding and driving to explore Fish River Canyon, Africa’s largest canyon.
  • Cycle the length of Fish River Canyon for free afternoon at the hot springs of Ai Ais.
  • Drive through grassland to camp at Orange River. Afternoon free to canoe or cycle.
  • Cross the border into South Africa and drive into Cederberg Wilderness Area.
  • From Cederberg camp, cycle the Lot’s Wife trail. Hike last leg to reach Maltese Cross Rock.
  • Cycle dirt roads to Clan William and onto Cape Town lodge.
  • Drive to Cape of Good Hope. Cycle back to Cape Town via Chapman’s Peak Drive and Hout Bay.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Cape Town Airport is provided.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group camp in Livingstone. A single transfer from Livingstone Airport is provided.

    Meet at the Waterfront Camp in Livingstone. In the early afternoon, a single group transfer will be provided from Livingstone Airport to the group camp in Livingstone. KE Land Only services begin with overnight accommodation at this camp. After reassembling our bikes at the camp, we should have time to visit the majestic Victoria Falls. The camp has a restaurant, bar and swimming pool, as well as an Internet cafe.

    • Accommodation Camping

  • Cycle from Livingstone into Botswana. Transfer to Chobe River camp.

    An early start today as we begin our epic journey from Victoria Falls to Cape Town. Cycling directly from our camp, we pass through Livingstone and ride on to the border with Botswana at Kasangula. The cycling is relatively straightforward and is mostly on an undulating tarmac road through the bush. After lunch, we cross into Botswana by ferry and then make a 25 km (16 mile) transfer by vehicle to our camp by the Chobe River at Thebe. We need to arrive at Thebe by 3.00 p.m. to ensure we make the afternoon Chobe River cruise, which is included in the trip price. The Chobe River cruise is regarded as one of the best wilderness cruises in Africa and is definitely not to be missed! As well as affording the chance to see elephant, hippo and crocodile, the river is famous for its spectacular varieties of birds, including the African fish eagle.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 80km

    • Meals bld

  • Ride through elephant country to Mpandamatanga. Transfer to camp via the Mgadigadi Saltpans.

    A classic African biking day lies ahead of us today. We make an early start, at approximately 5am, to make the most of the cool dawn. The cycling is on a good quality tar road and is relatively flat throughout. However, being in Botswana we shall certainly feel the heat of the sun today and hopefully have a sighting of an elephant or two along the way. Arriving in Mpandamatanga, we will stop for lunch, before transferring 200 km (125 miles) to the town of Nata. We visit the Magadigadi Saltpans in the late afternoon to experience the stunning sunset, before driving the last stretch to our camp at Planet Baobab.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 105km

    • Meals bld

  • Day of cycling quiet roads and wildlife spotting to the Botswana bush town of Maun.

    A slightly later start today (at about 7am) sees us riding the road from Planet Baobab towards the frontier town of Maun. We ride for around 4 hours and then, after lunch, we transfer 200 km (125 miles) to Maun and set up our camp at Audi Camp, which is a short distance out of Maun itself. We have most of the afternoon free and this gives our crew the time to organise supplies and prepare our 4WD vehicle for the Moremi game drives. There is the option here (at extra cost paid locally) to taking a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 65km

    • Meals bl

  • Drive onto Moremi Game Reserve in search of the big 5. Overnight in the wilds of Moremi.

    It’s time to leave the bikes for a couple of days and put our wildlife watching hats on. Leaving early in the morning, we’ll enter the Moremi Game Reserve in our open 4WD vehicle. Moremi is one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa and includes the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. Not only does Moremi contain the ‘Big 5’ of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard, it is also home to cheetah, giraffe and zebra, as well as a prolific number of bird species. It is also one of the last refuges of the now rare African wild dog. We’ll camp wild in Moremi with the night-time sounds of the African bush to entertain us.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Morning game drive across Moremi Game Reserve. Return to camp and afternoon at leisure.

    We’ll make an early morning game drive in Moremi, as this is when many of the wild animals are at their most active. Then, we drive back out to the comforts of Audi Camp on the banks of the Thamalakane River. We have most of the afternoon free, with the opportunity to take it easy or to use the swimming pool.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bl

  • A superb day of cycling towards to the vast Kalahari Desert.

    Today we have a short transfer by vehicle out of Maun towards the Kalahari Desert. We plan to make an early start and cycle half our route before the day reaches its hottest. Then, take a leisurely lunch and ride for a further 3 hours or so in the afternoon, as far as the town of Ghanzi (pronounced Hanzee). Around 90% of today’s ride is on a relatively flat tar road through a stunning landscape. We’ll transfer the last 25 km (16 miles) to camp from Ghanzi to ensure we arrive before dusk. Thankfully, tonight’s campsite also has hot showers. Ride distance 120 km

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 120km

    • Meals bld

  • Morning walk with the San Bushmen. Transfer across the border to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek.

    This morning we’ll spend some time (approx. 3 hours) with the San Bushmen as they take us for a guided walk in their own, very unique, backyard. During the walk we’ll learn how these indigenous and ancient people track animals and how they use various plants for medicines. After our walk we have a 500 km (310 mile) transfer across the border into Namibia and on to the country’s capital, Windhoek, where we spend the night in a comfortable guesthouse. Tonight we will eat out at the legendary Joe’s Beer Garden - a German Style Restaurant - in Windhoek.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bl

  • Scenic drive to Gamsberg Pass (2347m). Descend rough roads into the wilds of Namibia.

    We have some free time in Windhoek this morning, as our crew arranges the supplies for the next leg of our overland journey. This gives us an opportunity to catch up on any bike maintenance that’s required and, if needed, pay a visit to the local bike shop. Leaving Windhoek at about 11am, we’ll make a 100 km (62 mile) transfer through some stunning scenery towards the Gamsberg Pass (2347m). This pass leads us off Namibia’s central escarpment, which is one of the highest mountain ranges in the country. Leaving the tarmac roads behind us, we’ll start today’s ride with a warm up, just getting a feel for the now gravel roads of Namibia. From the pass, we head initially downhill on a good gravel road, which then undulates through the mountains amongst wide-open spaces and spectacular desert landscapes. We’ll find the Namibian landscapes very different to Botswana. We can expect to ride into camp in the late afternoon.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 80km

    • Meals bld

  • Cycle across the Tropic of Capricorn. Transfer to Seriem Canyon camp.

    Starting off early again, we’ll make the most of the cool desert morning and begin our undulating ride towards today’s biking objective - the desert camp of Sesriem. After traversing the picturesque Gaub Pass, we then cross the Tropic of Capricorn, en-route to Solitaire. We will drive a section of the road to Solitaire where we have lunch. After a short transfer of 50 km (31 miles), it’s back on our bikes for the final 2-hour plus ride to Sesriem, where we’ll set up our camp and can cool ourselves off in the pool.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 100km

    • Meals bld

  • A day of cycling and hiking Namibia’s famous dunes of Hidden Vlei and Dune 45.

    Leaving before dawn, we ride into the desert for 45km (28 miles) to Dune 45, where we witness the dramatic desert sunrise amidst some of the highest sand dunes in the world. We then leave our bikes and climb Dune 45 in order to enjoy a late breakfast, before riding for around an hour to the end of the tar road. Here, we leave the bikes again and take a pleasant hike into the spectacular Hidden Vlei. Walking through the incredible scenery of the desert and the magnificent dunes, with their endlessly changing colours and contrasts, is a truly amazing experience and we’ll spend as much time here as we can, before walking back to our bikes and then driving back to spend a second night at our camp at Sesriem. In the late afternoon, we make a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 60km

    • Meals bld

  • A full day in the saddle through Namibia’s epic desert landscape.

    Starting very early, once again, we take the opportunity to stack in some miles in the cool desert pre-dawn. Today’s journey is spent entirely in the saddle and we pass through some epic desert landscapes on our ride to Betta Campsite. The roads are mainly good hard gravel but there are some sandy sections that’ll keep us on our toes. Lunch will be taken en-route today and we should arrive at our camp in the late afternoon.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 140km

    • Meals bld

  • Continue south west cycling across Namibia’s dream-like landscapes.

    A slightly later start (around 7am) for another 100% biking day. Our first objective today is a big shady acacia tree, where we break for lunch. After a well-deserved siesta, it’s back on the bikes for the final hour and a half’s ride to the wild campsite (with showers) at Kanaan.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 85km

    • Meals bld

  • A day of riding and driving to explore Fish River Canyon, Africa’s largest canyon.

    After breakfast we hit the road and transfer towards the Fish River Canyon - our objective for the day. This completes our epic journey across the wild Namib Desert and gives us the chance to let our legs recover from the riding of the last few days. Reaching Hobas Campsite in time for lunch, we can then pedal the 10 km (6 miles) of gravel roads out to the Fish River Canyon, where we can explore and then experience the sunset over the world’s second largest canyon.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 20km

    • Meals bld

  • Cycle the length of Fish River Canyon for free afternoon at the hot springs of Ai Ais.

    Another early start, as we bike down the length of the canyon towards the camp at Ai Ais. This is a famous hot springs resort and we will get there in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to try out the thermal pools which are perfect for soaking weary legs after 2 weeks of hard riding. The camp has a bar and a swimming pool amongst its facilities.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 70km

    • Meals bld

  • Drive through grassland to camp at Orange River. Afternoon free to canoe or cycle.

    After a leisurely start, we make a vehicle transfer of 100 km (70 miles) to our camp on the banks of the Gariep Orange River. Again, our site has a pool and a bar. As we are getting closer to South Africa we’ll notice a change once more in the landscape, as more grassland and bush appears. Reaching our campsite in time for lunch, there’s the option to spend the afternoon canoeing on the river (at additional cost), or to explore the area further by bike. Alternatively, we may choose just to chill by the pool and reflect on the journey so far.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Cross the border into South Africa and drive into Cederberg Wilderness Area.

    To keep our journey on track, today is another transfer day, as we depart Namibia for South Africa. Driving along the national route to the Cederberg Wilderness Area, we break for lunch en-route. Overnight at the Algiers Campsite. Although our campsite tonight doesn’t have a pool, the river is close by and very inviting.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • From Cederberg camp, cycle the Lot’s Wife trail. Hike last leg to reach Maltese Cross Rock.

    From our campsite, we climb a dirt road to the Uitkyk Pass which leads into the Cederberg Wilderness Area. This is a stunning area of rugged, mountainous terrain renowned for it’s spectacular rock formations. Black eagles are also frequently sighted in the region. Although we’re now only 200 km (125 miles) from Cape Town, it feels like we are a world away and the area is also home to the rare caracal, as well as leopard. It is also possible to come across ancient San (Bushman) paintings on rocks and in caves. We have an easy morning’s ride into the wilderness area, where we find (and ride) the 6 km (4 miles) of the 'Lot's Wife' mountain bike trail. Finally, we hike to the famous 'Maltese Cross' rock formation, beneath the imposing peak of Sneeuberg, with superb views along the way. Returning to our bikes, we ride back to the Algiers Campsite.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Distance 80km

    • Meals bld

  • Cycle dirt roads to Clan William and onto Cape Town lodge.

    After breakfast, we depart Algiers campsite and ride for 2 hours or so, on dirt road, to Clan William. Re-joining our support vehicle, we transfer as far as Melkbosstrand, where we break for lunch - and photos on the beach. The views of the sea and of Table Mountain are spectacular from here. After lunch, it’s back on the bikes again and following quiet back roads we ride right to our accommodation base in Cape Town, the Sweetest Guesthouse - where a beer or two is sure to be consumed tonight, but don’t forget about tomorrow!

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Distance 75km

    • Meals bl

  • Drive to Cape of Good Hope. Cycle back to Cape Town via Chapman’s Peak Drive and Hout Bay.

    We transfer out of Cape Town today as far as the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, stopping at Boulder Beach en-route to visit the penguin colony. At the Cape we’ll walk the short distance to the old and new lighthouses and on to one of the world’s greatest landmarks, the Cape of Good Hope. The scenery is simply stunning, as rugged cliffs rise from the broiling Atlantic Ocean. Starting today’s ride from Cape Point, we enjoy the prevailing tail wind (hopefully) and ride back to our base in Cape Town, through the nature reserve and then along the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive, on the Atlantic Coast between Hout Bay, where we stop for lunch, and Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula. This is surely one of the most spectacular coastal rides in the world and forms a part of route used in the Cape Argus cycle race. Constructed during the First World War, the 9 km (6 miles) of Chapman’s Peak Drive follows the rocky coastline and its 114 bends reveal breathtaking views in both directions, as it skirts the 593 metre-high Chapman Peak. This part of our route starts at the picturesque fishing harbour of Hout Bay, winds steeply up to Chapman's Point and over Suikersbosrand, revealing stunning views of the sandy bays down below, until the road reaches lower levels again. Returning to Cape Town, we can celebrate the end of our epic African odyssey.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

    • Distance 80km

    • Meals bl

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Cape Town Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only services end after breakfast. The morning is free to explore Cape Town further. Depending on your flight schedule, there should be time for an optional trip up Table Mountain or for a visit to Robben Island. A group transfer to Cape Town Airport is provided in the late afternoon.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A locally based English speaking bike guide
  • Single timed airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • One or more support vehicles and drivers
  • A full support crew
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals as per the meal plan
  • Chobe River cruise

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas (if required)
  • Tips for local guide and crew
  • Airport departure taxes (if applicable)
  • Optional activities
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Bike Carriage on the flights - please check with your carrier for charges

During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in guesthouses and 17 nights camping. For the nights spent wild camping, facilities will naturally be minimal and basic - although the locations more than compensate for this. All organised campsites that we use have washing facilities, toilets and many have swimming pools. Hot showers are available every night with the possible exception of Day 5 and Day 13 when we are wild camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single tent and single room occupancy can be pre-booked - please refer to the Dates and Prices page for this holiday on our website.

Please note that the holiday will run more smoothly if you are ready to assist with camp chores, such as setting up and packing away tents.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included (except 6 dinners).

All meals, except 6 dinners, are included in the trip price. Breakfast is usually cereal, coffee, tea and toast. Lunches will be picnic style and dinners will be braais (barbecue), potjies (stew), stir fries, pasta, etc. Most meals are generally cooked on an open fire. It’s a good idea to bring a supply of your favourite energy bars, gels etc. from home, as these are not widely available locally.

A single group transfer will be provided at the start and end of the holiday. On arrival at Livingstone Airport, the transfer is timed to meet the South African Airways flight from Johannesburg. At the end of the trip, the transfer will coincide with the departure of the South African Airways flight from Cape Town International Airport.

The trip will be led by an experienced local cycling guide. In addition, there will be one or more support vehicles and drivers, as well as a camp assistant.

A total of about £300 should be allowed to cover miscellaneous expenses, departure taxes and the non-included meals. Since a great deal of this trip is spent in remote areas, it is best to carry your personal spending money in the form of cash. When we are wild camping there will be little, if anything, to spend money on. However, the organised campsites usually have a bar area and we would suggest a budget of around £5 per day for drinks is sensible. In cities like Windhoek and Cape Town there are ATM’s where you can withdraw local currency using a credit or debit card. The best currency in Livingstone is the US$ (in small denomination bills) and this can be exchanged into Kwacha - the local currency. We will be in Botswana for 6 days and will need to get Botswana Pula in Kasane. Sterling, US dollars SA rand can all be exchanged in Botswana. In Namibia the currency is the Namibian Dollar and again Sterling and US dollars can be easily exchanged. In South Africa, rand can be obtained easily. We recommend that you bring US $50 to $100, £100 to £200, as well as SA rand (1000 to 2000) for the Namibian and South African sections.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that is given. We recommend that you tip your crew, if you feel that their services have been good. As a rough guide, we suggest you allow a total of £50 for tipping your crew.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

We recommend semi-slick tyres for the parts of this trip which are on good tarmac roads and a second set of full off-road tyres for the tougher off-road riding over deep sand, ruts and rocks that we will encounter in Namibia. Your Bike MUST BE at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper Pro or a Trek 6500 Disc. Please call us if you are unsure about the suitability of your current bike. Front suspension is recommended and comes as standard on the vast majority of modern mountain bikes. Many of the roads and tracks we follow are only suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles, and in many places not even these! We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your holiday, across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bicycle dealer to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn / cracked / dented replace with a new rim / wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks - replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is correct.

c) Check and, if required, adjust / grease ALL bearings and quick release skewers.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check discs / brake pads, mounts and cables / hydraulic lines - replace if necessary.

f) Check, lube, threadlock (if required) and tighten - all nuts/bolts (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts and disc mount bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear - replace as necessary.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guides will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage -providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home.

PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

Throughout this trip we have the back up of one or more support vehicles. Each morning our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle which will at times follow the group on the day's ride and at other times go ahead to set up a lunch stop or a camp. This ambitious bike journey also includes regular vehicle transfers and our support vehicles must also double-up as game-viewing vehicles during our time at Moremi. The local biking leader and the support vehicle driver will watch over the group and there will be regular fruit and water stops, every 20 km (13 miles) or so, to allow the biking group to reassemble. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognise the importance of group members being allowed to cycle at their own pace. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from cycling at any time.

We recommend that you use your own bike for this holiday. However, Trek 4500 bikes can be hired locally. Bike rental is subject to availability and costs £150, paid in Livingstone on Day 1. The hire charge does not include damage to or loss of the bike, other than fair wear and tear. You may need to pay a security deposit or leave your credit card details to cover potential damage or loss. If you want to hire a bike, please contact the KE office and we can reserve one on your behalf. We must stress that your hire contract is with the local rental company and KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike rental. If you do hire a bike, we recommend that you take your own shoes, pedals and possibly even your saddle, which will go a long way towards making it feel like your own bike. You will also need to take a helmet, which must be worn at all times when riding. One final issue with regard to the hire bikes is that they are generally fitted with regular knobbly tyres. However, a pair of semi-slick tyres is also provided with the hire bikes and these can be fitted for those sections of the route where they make the cycling easier.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The altitudes on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you trek above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels while trekking above 2000 metres.

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for predominantly warm climatic conditions and cooler evenings. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.

Your bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.




  • Stiff-soled cycling / SPD shoes


  • Base layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
  • Mid layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
  • Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight Fleece jacket or jumper
  • Arm Warmers


  • Regular biking gloves


  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
  • Cycling tights / tracksters and leg warmers


  • Eyewear - Biking glasses
  • Cycling helmet - mandatory

Daypack and contents

  • A cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 15- 20 litres total capacity is recommended
  • Water bladder - min. 2 litres
  • Lightweight waterproof top
  • Multi-tool
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Inner tube
  • Pump
  • Camera
  • Sun cream/block and lip block
  • Small roll of gaffer tape
  • Lightweight Fleece Jacket or Jumper
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

Trek Bag Contents

  • Travel and apres biking clothes (with some warmer clothes)
  • Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
  • Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial handwash
  • Warm hat
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Swimwear
  • Headtorch/Headlamp
  • Sleeping bag (Comfort Rating – zero degrees centigrade)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Camping Pillow
  • Chamois cream (e.g. Assos/Ozone)


Please note: If you are hiring a bike, you do not need to bring any spares – but you should still take a pump, a puncture repair kit and a couple of 26 x 2 inch standard mountain bike inner tubes with Presta valves.

  • You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.

Tyres - for this trip you will need: 1 pair of 1.9 inch semi-slick tyres suitable for predominantly dry dirt road conditions and 1 pair of 2 to 2.1 inch cross-country tyres suitable for mostly dry conditions.

  • Pump
  • Plastic tyre levers
  • Small tube of grease
  • 1 rear brake cable
  • 1 rear gear cable
  • Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)
  • 2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
  • Spoke key
  • 4 x inner tubes
  • Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
  • Multi-tool with allen keys
  • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
  • 2x puncture repair kits
  • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
  • Spare chain links
  • Spares specific to your bike**

KE tools and spares

  • On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. **Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares that might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits (and appropriate fluid), shock pumps etc.

Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

  • Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Zambia

UK and USA passport holders do require a visa. The visa fee is $50 (single entry) or $55 (multi-entry) and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be in cash.

Important Note: Please check your itinerary at Victoria Falls if your accommodation is the town of Victoria Falls which is in Zimbabwe, or in the town of Livingstone which is in Zambia. If you visit the falls (on the border) and wish to cross the bridge to the other side you will require a visa for both countries. The Zimbabwe & Zambia UNIVISA is usually the best option.

Visa Botswana

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. 

Visa Namibia

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

Visa South Africa

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. You must have 2 blank pages in your passport.

Travelling with children under 18yrs

Parents travelling with children under 18 years will be asked to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate and where one parent is accompanying, proof of parental or legal authority. Please note that they are very strict and they do not accept photocopies of birth certificates. For further details please see the South Africa High Commission in your country. For the UK

NOTE: This is also required if you are transiting through South Africa (e.g. Johannesburg).

You should attend your own doctor and dentist for a check-up. Your doctor will have access to the most up to date information on the required vaccinations for the country you are visiting. In general we recommend vaccinations against the following: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis ‘A’. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for this trip. A very good online resource is the National Health Travellers website at Depending on your travel plans pre or post trip, Yellow Fever is not usually required for this holiday. However, we would advise that you consult your own GP and/or a reputable travel clinic before travelling.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis are required. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in South Africa is the South African Rand.

The unit of currency in Botswana is the Pula.

The unit currency in Zambia is the Zambian Kwacha.

The unit of currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

We can expect daytime temperatures to reach as high as 35 degrees Centigrade, falling as low as 10 degrees Centigrade at night. Extremely, in the most open, desert areas, night time temperatures can drop as low as freezing. Either in April, May and June or in September and October, we can expect the majority of days to be dry, hot and sunny. However, rain cannot be ruled out entirely and this would normally come in short, but heavy bursts.

  • Lonely Planet has guides to the various countries
  • Rough Guide has guides to the various countries

Africa South: Geocenter Publishing. 1: 4,000,000

Large map with clear, attractive cartography. It shows the whole of Southern Africa from the southern tip to Namibia's northern border, including Livingstone and Harare. Internal administrative boundaries are drawn, with names of the provinces. Roads, with intermediate distances on main routes, railways, local airports, and ferry routes are shown, national parks clearly marked, and places of interest highlighted. Multilingual legend includes English. Index on reverse.

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