One of the longest (and craziest) adventures you could ever embark on is crossing the African continent.
And while this can be done on a tour bus or by caravan, a great way to up the ante is by doing it on the back of a motorcycle.
You can try to do this journey by yourself, but you risk running into problems along the way.
It’s generally best to take on an adventure of this magnitude in a group — fortunately, there are several outfitters you can choose to tour with to make the journey.
One of the best ways to go is through Kudu Expeditions. The company offers a four month, 17,000 mile trip from the tip of Spain all the way through Africa, so you’ll definitely need to clear some time off of your calendar.
Along the way, you will go through Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, DRC, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.
Here is a full google map of the route. You can do it by yourself, but you probably need to be pretty hardcore like this guy.
They also offer a Trans-Sahara route that travels 2,5000 miles through the Sahara Desert.
If you want to travel through the Eastern side of Africa, a great way to do so is through Compass Expeditions.
The company offers a 75 day, 10,300 mile motorcycle journey that will take you through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.
The 2015 journey is from September 19-December at the cost of US$21,990.00 per rider and US$15,990.00 per co-rider.
For something a bit shorter, Ayres Adventures offers a 22-day, 4,300 mile journey that goes through six Southern African countries.
Along the way, you will go through the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls.
These journeys usually take place once a year, so it’s key to book in advance if you want to be part of it.