In summer 2018 we we spent 4 months and rode 15,000 kms around southern Africa.
We shipped our motorbikes from London to Cape Town. Then we rode across Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland,
Lesotho and South Africa.
It has been one of our most spectacular trips to date, and, surprisingly, the easiest! Africa has been full of surprises and absolutely
The full Ride Report with many photos is now published in ADVRIDER. Check the FAQs below.
What bikes this time?
We rode a Honda CRF250 (Alistair) while I had my trusted Yamaha XT250.
How did you organising this trip?
I (Maria) dealt with all the logistic, organisation, communications (website, blog, discussions), itinerary, investigations,
paperwork (carnet for the bikes ), organising the shipping of t he bikes and pretty much everything else related to teh
logistic, while Alistair was in charge of the bikes (repairs, getting them ready etc...) GPS Open Source Map and getting the
What was the plan?
As usual things changed the minutes we hit the road! My lose plan was to ride north to Namibia, explore Botswana, Zambia,
Malawi, then, decide in Malawi how to get south. The option through Zimbabwe did not work as we did not want to cross it
during the presidential elections. The news from Central and northern Mozambique were that it was safe.
Botswana will have to come later. Motorbikes are not allowed in nationals parks, so we thought we would come back one day
on a 4X4.
Why such small bikes? They are only 250cc... not really adventure bikes?
Well, this is where you are wrong. These bikes are Enduro bikes and can easily ride through mud, rivers, sand and anything
in between, unlike much heavier and bigger bikes. They are the equivalent of 4X4 cars. The engine size is sufficient in term
of speed, we did not need to go at 120mph on the trails! They were perfect and very tough!
Did you have the full trip booked?
No, nothing is booked in any of our trips. The only thing booked was our return plane tickets as well as the shipping out. The
shipping back was booked few days before our arrival in Cape Town.
Would you go back?
YES! In a heart beat. This has been one of our most extraordinary trip. I have thoroughly enjoyed it! It also has been the
easiest overland trip for us, as the entire region is geared for tourism. Also, everyone speaks English, even in Mozambique!
You have a question? Send me an email! :)