The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love.
When you decide to become a Member, it helps directly support the site. You get additional privileges on the HUBB, access to the Members Private Store, and more to come as we roll out new systems. Of course, you get our sincere thanks, good karma and knowing you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. :-)
Travel BooksMotorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you!
DVDs - Watch and Learn!
Horizons Unlimited presents!
Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
Advertisers- Horizons Unlimited is well-established as the first source of reliable, unbiased information on all aspects of motorcycle travel.
We reach a dedicated, worldwide group of real travellers, and are the only website focusing exclusively on long distance motorcycle travellers.
If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us!
I can't see why you wouldn't be allowed into Nyika on a bike. Locals use motorbikes and push bikes to get around and most of the road in from the gate is a public highway.
The tracks will vary given the time of year and regularity of use. In the rains you can get deep mud on the way up there and it can be very slippy. Plus there are some rough patches (rocky and/or water erosion). The roads on the plateau would be stunning on a bike (very few vehicles and stunning scenery) but again some are what I would call "off road" ie rocky. It depends what your bike is capable of. I would guess if you go slow and careful you'd be OK most places, most times of the year (sorry I don't ride a bike). The "main" tracks will be fine I'm sure. They should be graded.
Vwaza is a great park to visit and you could easily get there on a bike but there isn't much scope to drive around (in a car or a bike). And there's no need as the lodging/campsites are at Lake Kazuni which is where the animals all congregate. It's a massively underated park and I'd encourage you to go. However, the deal is you drive 500m to the lake and pretty much stick there (you can do guided walks). In the dry season especially there are a lot of elephant and they are not friendly. You really wouldn't want to meet some in the bush on a bike.
Nkhotakota would I'm sure be allowed too. A rough dirt track in but it's only 20km or so. You are unlikely to see any game but it's a fabulous spot to stay at Bua River. Again no real scope for driving around.
Liwonde - you'd have to check. The concern will be elephant I think. Most elephant in Malawi are jittery and more likely to charge/chase than in many other African countries. You hear of people being trampled on a fairly regular basis. The locals I lived among were terrified of them (we would sometimes have people follow us on motorbikes when we went in and out of the park - for "protection").
Majete will be the same - they may have a concern about the elephants.
If I were you I'd contact some of the operators in the parks. Pretend you may be coming to stay at their lodge and ask if you can arrive by bike. If they say yes print out the email to show at the gate in case they aren't sure. But generally parks are much more low key in Malawi and they are much less rules orientated than say Zambia, Botswana, Kenya. But that's because there are no dangerous cats for them to worry about. They are also much cheaper than anywhere else ($10pppd).
You're more likely to get deep sand around the lake - ie on tracks leading to campsites lodges from the main road - but it won't be for much distance. Worst case scenario get off and push I'd think.
Thank you very much for all your info. Rocky parts are perfectly o.k., the only thing which gets difficult is deep sand with both of us on the bike. For short distances my wife might prefer walking anyway...
Elephants generally love bikes, we almost got hunted down by one last year in Zambia. We will check carefully.
Cooped up indoors in crap weather? Binge watch over 20 hours of inspiring, informative and entertaining stories and tips from 150 travellers! Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to order them both and use Coupon Code 'BoxSet+' on your order when you checkout.
What others say about HU...
"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA
"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada
"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia
"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders
10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!
Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or
to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and
knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.