When you book a tour with us, we provide you with Tour Specific Guidance Notes that give you detailed information about what you need to know to prepare and plan your tour, and what to expect when on tour. Here are some of the questions that we often get asked before a rider makes a booking. If you wish to meet with us prior to booking to ask more questions, do not hesitate to contact us
What riding experience do I need?
This trip is not suitable for novice riders. We generally recommend that you are an experienced motorcyclist, who has ridden overseas before and is used to touring. You will enjoy the experience more if your riding is of an advanced standard and by that we mean you have a good command of slow control (ieg you don’t dangle your feet or paddle at slow speeds and can U-turn your bike), you are assertive on the road and have good forward planning and hazard perception, you are able to perform safe and precise overtakes and are able ride to the legal speed limits.
In addition, please note that 40% of the route is on gravel roads and so you must have some experience of riding big adventure bikes on gravel roads before you come on the tour. There can be heavily corrugated dirt surfaces and short sandy sections. If it has been a while since you have ridden off road, we strongly recommend you do an off road or adventure bike training course using a mid or large adventure bike. Please see Triumph Adventure Experience, Adventure Bike Training or Off Road Skills. Don’t be put off – you do not need to be a Dakar “God”; this ride is achievable by riders with relevant experience of gravel roads, who ride within their ability and according to the conditions.
Do I have to ride in a group?
We do not make you ride in convoy. We offer you the freedom to decide how you would like to ride. We give you a road book, with recommendations for lunch or coffee stops, fuel stops and hotel information. You also get an SD card with mapping, custom routes & GPS co-ordinates to download to your GPS. You can use these tools to self-navigate. Most riders prefer to have this freedom, so they can stop where they want and for how long they want without feeling under pressure. However if you prefer to ride with our Tour Manager, then you can do this. They will give you a time to start in the morning, so please be prompt and ready to ride with them. Each day you can change between riding on your own, or with a small group of other riders or with the Tour Manager. We like to have a very flexible approach.
What is the average group size?
Our groups are normally between 8 – 10 riders (some riders will have passengers), up to a maximum of 16 riders. 8 riders is the minimum number to confirm the guaranteed departure of the tour.
Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
Absolutely. We have always had couples riding two-up on this tour. Your passenger needs to also be an experienced tourer, used to long distance riding and be comfortable riding on the back of the bike on gravel surfaces. Your passenger must ride the motorcycle each touring day – there is no option to sit in the support vehicle as this is only for participants who are ill or injured, or unless the road conditions are too difficult for a rider and passenger to attempt two-up. You are able to place luggage (see below) in the Support Vehicle and the standard of accommodation is also very good.
Is there a support vehicle?
Yes, this tour operates with a local support vehicle and driver. The support vehicle will carry one piece of luggage per person, up to a maximum of 60 litres each. Your luggage should be dustproof and waterproof and we recommend soft bags such as Ortlieb. Hard suitcases or baggage with wheels are not recommended.
Tell me about motorcycle rental
Riders must be age 25 years and older, with a valid, full motorcycle licence. We work with the local motorcycle rental agency, Motorrad Executive Rentals based in Cape Town, who are BMW Approved. We act as an agent for them and your contract for the motorcycle rental is with them and not with us (you can request a copy of the contract from us in advance). Your rental fee includes:
- All motorcycle rentals include top box at no extra charge.
- They are also fitted with new dual purpose tyres for the start of your tour.
- Should you require panniers, tank bag or GPS unit please request this on booking. There is an extra charge and it must be specifically requested.
- All rental bikes are fitted with a BMW Nav cradle.
- All motorcycles have third party and CDW insurance subject to an excess of up ZAR35,000 – ZAR40,000, depending on the motorcycle rented.
- On arrival at the start of the tour, you will be required to sign the local motorcycle rental agreement and provide your credit details as a guarantee against damage. You must ensure you have sufficient credit limit for the damage deposit.
You are free to book motorcycle rental direct with Motorrad Executive Rentals and not through us. Their details can easily be found via google.
Please note that on rare occasions they may need to substitute you choice of motorcycle for something similar.
What documents do I need?
You will need your original documents as follows: Passport, Driving Licence, International Driving Permit. Please ensure that your passport has at least two blank pages when you arrive and that the expiry date is at least 6 months after the date you fly home. In addition, you must have travel and medical insurance.
What about flights?
You must book your own passenger flights to Windhoek and from Cape Town. Do not book your flights until we confirm that your tour is a guaranteed departure. When we do give you confirmation, please make sure that your flight arrives in Windhoek before 1pm on the first official day and you can fly home from Cape Town at any time on the final official day. You are responsible for taking a taxi from the airport to the group hotel (and return).
What will the weather be like?
Namibia will also be dry and hot, with temperatures up to 38C degrees. As we travel south, the weather becomes cooler. In Cape Town, it will be more like what you get in a Northern Hemisphere spring time, and possibly light showers and temperatures of 18C – 22C degrees.
At time of writing, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most EU Citizens do not need any visas in advance for travel. This information is provided in good faith. It is your responsibility to have the correct visas in place prior to travel. Please check what requirements are necessary for your nationality.
What about my health when I am abroad?
You need to be physically fit and healthy and also take the necessary health precautions. It is essential for you to consult your doctor or travel clinic for up-to-date medical travel information prior of travel, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition. For up-to-date medical advice you may wish to use the Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad “MASTA” https://www.masta-travel-health.com/, the NHS website http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx or NaTHNaC https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/.
You will be obliged to disclose any medical condition or medication that you are taking to GlobeBusters in advance and to your Tour Manager at the start of your Tour, for health and safety purposes. We provide you with our Emergency Details Form for this purpose and to collect information about who to contact for you back home in the event of an emergency.
Please note that Namibia and South Africa do not have the same level of medical infrastructure nor consistent medical standards that you may be used to. In particular, emergency services often may be a long distance away, with no co-ordinated response, or sometimes no medical response available within reasonable times. Please do not book this trip if this unduly concerns you.
First Aid Training
It is not a requirement to be first aid trained to participate in this expedition. However, we do strongly recommend that you consider doing a motorcycle first aid course. If you, or a rider you are with, are involved in any accident, whilst not riding with or not close to the support team, having first aid skills may make a significant difference to an injured party.
Travel / Medical Insurance
It is a condition of you travelling with us that you are adequately insured. Your insurance policy must cover you for the costs of any medical expenses, medical treatment or repatriation needed, due to injury or illness on this trip, including those that occur whilst motorcycle touring, either as the rider or a passenger. It is important that your insurance company understands that the MAIN PURPOSE of your trip is motorcycle touring, using your own large capacity cc motorcycle or a rental motorcycle. Your insurance must cover you for the full duration of the trip and for all countries we travel through.
In addition, we strongly recommend that your insurance policy has cover for loss or damage to your personal belongings, delay at your outward or homeward point of departure, personal liability, overseas legal expenses and cancellation and curtailment.
We also strongly recommend that you take out your travel insurance at the time of paying your deposit for your trip as cover will commence for pre-departure cancellation from the policy issue date. This will therefore provide cover should you have to cancel your trip for an insured reason such as illness or serious injury. We do not refund your deposit simply because you failed to take out insurance in sufficient time.
Official Travel Advice
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) monitors overseas destinations and provides destination travel advice for UK nationals. GlobeBusters monitors the advice from the FCDO and any decisions taken regarding a Tour’s safety and security will use the vast experience of the company’s 17 years of operating as well as the FCDO advice. In the interests of your safety and security, changes may be made to your tour based on any FCDO warnings given.
We strongly recommend that you read the information about the country you are planning to visit to be fully informed – each country has a summary and general information as well as advice on safety & security, local laws & customs, entry requirements and health, and road conditions. See https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/namibia and https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa
If you are not a UK national please make sure you have checked your own country’s travel advice for your destination/s: The US Department of State: http://travel.state.gov Canadian Foreign Affairs: www.voyage.gc.ca Australian Government Travel Advice: www.smartraveller.gov.au NZ Government Travel Advice: www.safetravel.govt.nz.
What about local currency?
The base currency for this trip is any major currency. All can be readily exchangeable for the local currency, the South Africa Rand (ZAR), which is accepted in Namibia, is pegged on a 1 for 1 basis with the Namibian Dollar. The south African Rand can be used in South Afric and Namibia. The Namibian Dollar can only be used in Namibia. It is easy to get local currency from ATMs using your debit / credit card in all towns and cities. Cards are readily accepted by hotels, restaurants, fuel stations. The websites below will give you the current rates of exchange.
We require a minimum number of 6 riders on this tour. If we do not have this number of bookings, then we reserve the right to cancel the tour. If we have to cancel the tour we will provide you a minimum of 84 days notice prior to departure.