Cross Country with a Twist was created on request of four Italians riders. The tour was tailored for their specific needs.  They wanted to explore South Africa, from Cape Town to Johannesburg and also wanted to see Victoria Falls.  We suggested riding through Botswana, adding the Makgadikgadi Pans, Okavango Delta and Chobe to their African adventure, on the way to Victoria Falls.

A three-week tour from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, with a fun bunch of Italians. It certainly was a memorable experience for both UpSouth Adventures and our clients!

Enjoy the pictures with its captions!

The start of our Cross Country tour. First sunset over the Atlantic with our Italian friends.

Great Riding day along the False Bay coast towards Cape Agulhas.

Cape Agulhas, where the two oceans meet at the Southern Most tip of Africa.

Day 1 done and dusted.

Getting ready for Route 62 and winding mountain passes.

Taking a breather at Ronnies Sex Shop, on Route 62.

At the Port wine capital of South Africa, Calitzdorp, admiring the strange characters wandering the streets.

Swartberg Pass

Enjoying the winding roads of Meiringspoort, connecting the Little Karoo to the Great Karoo.

Riding Prince Alfred’s Pass.

Dirty Biaatches!

A well deserved drink after a great ride! At Knysna Heads, Garden Route.

The view from our accommodation in Tsitsikamma.

Taking a break at Jeffreys Bay.

We’ve got Game!

Play time!

Tented Camp for the night.

Game on!

Riding dirty! We have made it to dry ground after some interesting but slippery bits in the mountain. 

Admiring a private collection of bikes in Hogsback.

Italian Stallion.. the bike that is. Renato found a bike similar to his first bike owned.

As we leave the mystical village of Hogsback, we make our way north over the Amatola mountains, going closer and closer to the Lesotho border.

Breathtaking skies near Lady Grey.

Llamas and rock shandies, because we can.

Crazy beautiful thunderclouds, aftermath of a thunderstorm just before sunset.

Highlight of the day – At 2587m altitude we have conquered the highest gravel mountain pass in South Africa, whilst chasing the Dragon’s tail (Drakensberg Mountain range)
Making our way towards the little village of Rhodes.

We were fortunate enough to catch Naude’s Nek on a clear day with no cloud cover. 

Chasing the Dragon’s tail.

Going down Naude’s Nek.

Open spaces! The view from Naude’s Nek.

Kids enjoying the bikes.. that counts for all of them! 

She’s got potential.. maybe we’ll see her at the next GS Trophy.

From 2587m to 0m. What a ride!  Topped off with a rest day by the ocean.

We’ve been chasing the dragon’s tail. Today we have caught up with the beast!

Exploring the Drakensberg region.

Dramatic weather in the Drakensberg region.

Super views at the Golden Gate National Park.

King of the road, Golden Gate National Park.

Time to hit the road to Clarens.

An afternoon in Johannesburg.. A typical short lived thunderstorm, followed by a sunny afternoon.. and a couple of beers, naturally.

Beautiful skies as we make our way to the Botswana border.

Moonlight dinner under the stars, luckily at least one girl amongst all the guys!

Ready for the long ride to Nata.

Topping off the last bit of gravel with a quick splash.

On our way to Nata, enjoying sweet Tswane watermelon on this 36 degrees celcius day.

One of the highlights of Botswana, the Makgadikgadi Pans.. yes try to pronounce that word, you would sound like a parrot bringing up his food!

Floods from the Zimbabwean side, resulted in a big part of the northeastern side of the pans covered by a layer of water, no more than 50cm deep.
Sunset drive at Makgadikgadi Pans.

Enjoying sundowners at the Makgadikgadi Pans.

A big part of the Makgadikgadi Pans covered by a layer of water.

Lunch –  On the road to Chobe.

The last waypoint!

We have reached Chobe, the end of the line… on the bikes at least.

Renato traded his bike for a fishing boat. The rest of us traded our bikes for a plane.

A few shots from Okavango Delta from the air as we fly in to our camp. Incredibly beautiful, even after an exceptionally dry couple of months.
Sit back and enjoy a Mokoro ride in the Okavango Delta.. check!
Okavango Delta – African Safari on foot.
Good Morning from Moremi Crossing, Okavango Delta.
Elephant dung in our camp? No only Stefano doing his rounds..

The big drop in the Zambezi river at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. 
Mosi oa Tunya – The smoke that thunders, better known as the Victoria Falls.
Our final destination, stunning view of the Victoria Falls.

Our own Livingstone.

Getting soaked by the spray of the Vic Falls.

Singing in the rain! 

We all made it safely from Cape Town to Vic Falls!

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