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Transcontinental Expedition

September - December - Norway » South Africa

This three-month tour will take you from Norway's northernmost point to Cape Town, South Africa. Villages and fjords along the western coast of Norway provide a picturesque start to the journey. As we navigate through Europe, we'll see ancient castles, take in breathtaking alpine mountain views, and admire the sparkling coastal towns along the Mediterranean. The North African Coastline will offer a temperate climate that will starkly contrast the hot African Sahara Desert, but the amazing engineering feats of the pyramids and sphinx will help to detract from the harsh climate. Sub-Saharan Africa is rich in farmland and cultural diversity, and the beauty of the African plains, forests and gargantuan waterfalls rivals anything on earth. Mountains, canyons, lakes and coastal terrain mark the remainder of the journey through Africa to our ending point in Cape Town. Experience the most widely varied climates and landscapes on earth, and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime as part of this incredible journey.

Trip Highlights

  • [Leg One] -
  • The North Cape, Norway - The northernmost point on the island of Mageroya in northern Norway is the ideal place to begin our expedition. The cape boasts a 1,007-foot-tall cliff, which is generally referred to as the northernmost point in Europe.
  • The Norwegian West Coast - Ride through the quaint towns and villages along Norway’s west coast, and enjoy the spectacular and famous fjords.
  • Germany and its Historic Villages - Explore the ancient villages, castles and mountain views of Germany.
  • The Alps - Take in the majestic heights and the winding byways of the Western Alps as we travel through Switzerland, Italy and France.
  • France and Southern France - From mountains to vineyards to the Mediterranean Sea, the French countryside is rich in diversity, culture and history.
  • [Leg Two] -
  • North Africa Coastline - The temperate coastal climate will make for enjoyable riding as we follow the North African coastline along the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Tunis - The largest city in the Tunisian Republic, the greater metropolitan area boasts a population of nearly 4 million people! The Medina in the city center is a sprawling mecca of covered passageways and alleys with a boisterous shopping trade.
  • Egypt - Ride along the Nile into the Sahara Desert to visit sites of the world’s most ancient civilizations, and tour well-known monuments such as the pyramids, the Great Sphinx, the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings.
  • Desert Ride into North Sudan - Directly south of Egypt, Sudan is the largest country in Africa. The Nile River and its tributaries have provided the water to support farming operations for thousands of years.
  • Ethiopia and the Ancient History - Ride south through Ethiopia and discover the rich heritage and history of the oldest independent country in Sub-Saharan Africa. Earliest Ethiopian history dates back to 1,000 B.C. when records detail the Queen of Sheba’s visit with King Solomon.
  • Kenya and Crossing the Equator - Pass from the northern to the southern hemisphere as we ride through Kenya. Kenya was named for Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa.
  • Tanzania and the Wildlife (Serengeti and Ngorogoro Carter) - The Serengeti stretches from southwest Kenya into northwest Tanzania. This expansive plain is home to approximately 70 large mammals and over 500 species of flora, and there are several national parks and game preserves.
  • Lake Malawi - Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa and the ninth largest lake in the world. It is situated between Mozambique and Tanzania, and its tropical waters teem with more species of fish than any other lake in the world.
  • Zambia, South Luangwa National Park - The South Luangwa National Park is known as one of the greatest wildlife refuges on the planet. This remotely located national park is not seen by many visitors annually, so it remains densely populated with wildlife. It is also one of the few parks offering night safaris.
  • Victoria Falls - This is one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The world’s largest curtain of water drops into the Zambezi Gorge and has been very well preserved in its natural state. It is currently both a National Park and a World Heritage site.
  • Chobe National Park - Experience the diversity of the Chobe National Park. Along with its teeming wildlife and riverside forests, there are marshy swamplands and rock outcroppings. The park is located in the northeast corner of Botswana and is a 90-minute drive from Victoria Falls.
  • Okavango Delta - The delta is part of an ancient lake bed that dried up thousands of years ago. Since there is no sea outlet, the water floods into the lake bed during the flood season but evaporates very rapidly due to the high heat and dry conditions, leaving behind thick salt crusts.
  • Etosha National Park - One of the largest national parks in Africa, the Etosha National Park is a great place to view over 380 species of birds, over 200 species of mammals and reptiles. Large salt pans and numerous watering holes add to the diversity of the landscape.
  • Windhoek, Capital of Namibia - This city, located almost exactly at the geographical center of Namibia, rests between Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros mountains. Tourists love the cleanliness and relatively small size of this very “un-African” city. The city center houses many German-style buildings, a standing testament of Namibia’s early colonial history.
  • Fish River Canyon - The Fish River, the longest river in Namibia, is the creating force behind the Fish River Canyon, which is the second-largest canyon in the world. It lies in the eastern Naukluft Mountains and flows southwest into the Oranje.
  • South Africa‚Äôs Garden Route - The Garden Route runs adjacent to South Africa’s coastline from Witsand to the Tstisikamma Forest. This picturesque drive is dotted with beaches, bays, stunning wild flowers, lakes, mountains, and tall indigenous forests.
  • Cape Agulhas - Located at Africa’s most southern point, Cape Agulhas is the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The shallow ocean waters are often regarded as one of the finest fishing grounds in South Africa.
  • Cape Town (the Mother City) - This second most populous city in South Africa is also the legislative capital of the nation. It is famous for its harbor, Table Mountain, and Cape Point, and is a popular tourist draw.