Motorcycle Tour
Cape Crusader – Adventure Bike Tour in South Africa

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Riding modern BMW adventure bikes this motorcycle tour across South Africa will take you on incredible roads with perfect tarmac through achingly beautiful landscapes on the way to the remote and rugged Cederberg Wilderness and into the Tankwa Karoo.

Pricing

Prices for tours starting on: 18th Oct 2021 / 11th April 2022
Rider in shared twin / double room $4,998.00
Pillion in shared twin / double room $3,638.00
Prices for tours starting on: 6th Nov 2022 / 3rd April 2023
Rider in shared twin / double room $5,123.00
Pillion in shared twin / double room $3,706.00
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Single room (surcharge) $803.00
Rental motorcycle BMW F750 GS (included) $0.00
Rental motorcycle BMW F850 GS (surcharge) $83.00
Rental motorcycle BMW R1250 GS (surcharge) $414.00

Features

Latest model BMW's - the F750 GS is included as standard - see Pricing for options to upgrade to the F850 or R1250
Fuel
Comprehensive motorcycle insurance (excess USD 1,020 - USD 1,785)
Twin share accommodation as per itinerary (single room supplement see Pricing))
All meals as per itinerary
Tour leader (trained as a wilderness first response medic, the tour leader also has the service of a 24/7 consulting doctor back at base)
Support vehicle/s carrying your luggage, a spare bike, spare parts, tools, cold drinks etc.
GPS tracking
Jeep safari at Addo Elephant National Park
All entrance fees & special riding permits
Airport pickup
Welcome pack
A percentage of profits donated to a Cambodian charity
1 tree planted on your behalf
Not included features
Personal travel insurance
International flights
South African visa
Alcohol
Motorcycle damages (insurance excess £800 - £1,400)
Everything not listed as included

More details

TOUR KEY POINTS
Standard - Luxury
Average Difficulty - 5/10 (Max Difficulty - 7/10)
Tour Type - Blacktop & Gravel (approx 50:50)
Bikes - BMW F750 / F850 / R1250 GS
Distance - 2425 km
Duration - 12 days
Fly In - Cape Town, South Africa (CPT)
Fly Out - Port Elizabeth, South Africa (PLZ)
Support crew: A lead rider, a first-response medic and a 4x4 support vehicle. A substantial medical kit is carried in the support vehicle and there is space for people to sit / lay if they cannot ride.
Average daily ride hours: 5 – 8 with plenty of drink / photo stops.
Suitable for pillion riders? Yes, assuming the pillion is happy to ride in the 4x4 support vehicle for the roughest sections - approximately 20% of the trip.
Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

We’ll climb epic mountain passes, carve along astounding dirt roads and witness some of the most wonderful scenery you’ll ever encounter. We’ll visit nature reserves, safari parks and spot whales in the Indian Ocean. Did we mention the 50km long trail on the way to ’The Hell’ in the Swartberg mountain range? Yep – that one’s special. Forget bucket list – this is dream motorcycling for sure.

We’ll stay in plush hotels, luxury game lodges, remote farmhouses – a whole range of beautiful and interesting accommodation to really make your evenings as good as your days.

If you want an incredible motorcycle holiday, the Cape Crusader is a tour that will deliver big time.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

The Big Five! – we'll go on safari at Addo National Park in search of Lion, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Elephant and Leopard!

Arrive a day early and ride the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain and enjoy the spectacular views across Cape Town and the Atlantic ocean.

Experience the vast wilderness of the Cederberg and the Tankwa Karoo

Spot giraffe & ostrich from our beautiful lodge.

Ride the epic gravel road down into 'The Hell'.

Visit the penguin colony at Betty's Bay.

Ride the challenging roads through adventure riding heaven: 'Baviaanskloof'.

Whale spotting in Hermanus - the best land based whale spotting location in the world.

Ride the world famous Chapmans Peak Drive... If this is not the most beautiful coastal road you've ever ridden, please tell us which is!

SOUTH AFRICA ADVENTURE BIKE TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: Welcome to South Africa!

The first day of the tour starts with your arrival at Cape Town International Airport. You’ll be met at arrivals and transferred directly to your waterfront hotel. Once you’ve checked in you’ll have a chance to relax at the pool after your long flight. In the afternoon we’ll get all the riders together to meet the team and give you a full briefing of the exciting adventure ahead.

We’ll collect the motorcycles before venturing out to the V&A Waterfront for a welcome dinner overlooking the harbour.

NOTE: We strongly recommend you arrive one day earlier and take a trip to the top of Table Mountain in the cable car!

Accommodation: 5* ocean front hotel.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: Cape Town - Hermanus 250km

It’s the first riding day of this South African motorcycle tour, so today the real adventure begins! So, hop on and thumb the starter… We’ll start the day with a trip down the fantastic Cape peninsula, following stunning coastal roads down to the historic Cape of Good Hope.

We then follow the coast east through picturesque coastal towns and villages all the way to Hermanus for our first stop. Along the way we will stop to visit a penguin colony at ‘Betty’s Bay’.

Accommodation: Hotel with sea views.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3: Hermanus - Cederberg 345km

Hermanus is on the Whale Coast route and is reputed to be the best place on earth for spotting whales while still on the land. Get your binoculars out and you could see a Southern-right whale before breakfast – now that’s a pretty special way to start the day.

Please note: the best whale viewing months are July – November. While it is still possible to spot them outside of these months, sightings are less common.

We’ll saddle up and leave the Whale coast to spend the morning on joyful sweeping tarmac and gravel roads. We’ll stop for photos at Theewaterskloof dam before riding the incredible twisting roads over the top of Franschoek Pass. After a coffee break in this beautiful town we’ll continue north, crossing over Bainskloof Pass and stopping for lunch at ‘The Bush Pub’.

We climb Mitchell’s Pass into Ceres and loop round to join the R355 – a pencil straight gravel road that we’ll ride for 50km before turning west and crossing over the incredible Katbakkies Pass that drops down into the Cederberg.

This is one special and incredibly varied day of riding! To top it all off, we stay in a beautiful lodge in the middle of nowhere. One of our team will man the ‘braai’ (a South African BBQ) and cook up a massive feast, South African style!

Accommodation: 4* rural lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 4: Cederberg - Tankwa Karoo 180km

It’s a fantastic day on the gravel today and we start by riding north to see the ancient cave art and Stadsaal rock formations.

We continue north, riding the rugged gravel tracks up to Wupperthal – a quaint little village that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time!

Looping around the top of the Cederberg we’ll stop at the most random little ‘pub’ you’ll have ever been to… they even have a #46 Valentino Rossi dentist chair!

We finish the day at an incredible and quirky camp in the Tankwa Karoo (we’ll be staying in ensuite chalets). This place is seriously cool. The vast landscape is dotted with ingenious sculptures and we’ll enjoy a perfect sunset with cold drinks in hand. The campfires will be lit and we’ll enjoy a candlelit dinner under stars. Another perfect end to a perfect day!

Accommodation: Comfortable ensuite chalets.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5: Tankwa Karoo - Montagu 435km

We’ll start the morning by passing through the old ‘Afrika Burn’ site. This is a vast desert type landscape that was the location of an annual arts & music festival. It’s certainly an impressive place and there are some leftover sculptures that make for some great photos. The area is also home to an international airport, which is nothing more than the runway, a sign and a couple of fire buckets! Drag race? Well we really shouldn’t, but…

The rest of the day is no less impressive, with a whole host of gravel and tarmac roads that lead us down to Montagu – an area that has hosted the world famous BMW GS Trophy (so the riding must be good, right?!).

We’ll finish the day in a beautiful hotel with a pool.

Accommodation: Hotel with a pool.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 6: Montagu - Die Hel 400km

We’ll start the morning with some twisty country roads through lush green valleys before turning north to ride the ‘Tradouw Pass’ – an incredible twisty canyon road that’ll leave you grinning from ear to ear! This leads us onto the famous Route 62 – only four down from Route 66 so it must be good! We’ll stop at an American style diner for an American style (BIG) milkshake before hitting the gravel to ride through a game reserve. This game reserve has the full Big 5 – so keep your eyes peeled and you could spot anything from rhinos to lions from the seat of your motorbike!

We’ll rejoin Route 62 at ‘Ronnie’s Sex Shop’ where we’ll stop for a coffee and obligatory group photo!

The next section of road is amazing. It’s fast, it’s smooth, it’s flowy and the scenery is just incredible!

But if it’s one road that will define your tour it’s the next one. The roads on the way up the Swartberg range are stunning, clinging to the side of the rocks through endless hairpins to reach the start of the road to ‘The Hell’. It’s a 48km dirt track that traces an achingly beautiful valley over all surfaces from hardpack dirt to rocks, sand and water. When we get to our overnight accommodation you’ll have earned a drink as we spend the night around a roaring fire miles from anywhere. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Accommodation: Basic private cottages.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7: Die Hel - Oudtshoorn 200km

If you enjoyed the trail the day before, it’s good news as we have to retrace our steps back up the 48km before hanging a left and over the top of the Swartberg Pass. The view at the top is stunning, so don’t forget to send a selfie to your mates.

The road down is pretty epic too, with more of those hairpins dropping down into a deep valley.

From here we’ll ride further into the Karoo and straight into ostrich country.

We’ll stay in a beautiful lodge where giraffe and ostrich roam free. This is Africa! And this will surely be the most luxurious tent you’ll have ever stayed in!

Accommodation: Luxury safari tents.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8: Oudtshoorn - Knsyna 140km

Spend the morning relaxing in this incredible accommodation, feed the giraffes or explore the ostrich farm.

Then we’ll hit the road for an incredible afternoon of riding. We’ll ride a mix of gravel and tar roads down the Montagu Pass and over the Seven Passes – you’ll be grinning from start to finish!

Tonight we stay on Thesen Island within the Knysna estuary – an absolutely beautiful place with plenty of excellent restaurants and bars.

Accommodation: Private house with a pool.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 9: Knsyna - Baviaanskloof 165km

This little place is so pretty it seemed like a good time catch our breath for a morning and take in the scenery around this stunning coastal lagoon. Conveniently, there is motorcycle exhibition on the island with over 100 classic bikes to drool over!

Leaving Knysna and the Indian Ocean behind we head back towards the country’s interior. We’ll climb through lush mountain passes in the exquisite Diepwalle Forest as we head up to Uniondale.

On this road you’ll have to be careful not to pick up the famous ghost of the Uniondale hitchhiker who apparently climbs aboard passing motorcycles before jumping off at the next T-junction. As long as she can do the corners correctly – it shouldn’t be a problem!

We’ll power on through twisty, dirt tracks and finish our day in Baviaanskloof, which is Dutch for Baboons Ravine. If you’ve not yet seen a baboon up close, this may be your chance, but away from the town they are quite nervous of people so don’t worry – they are not going to run off with your Alpinestars!

Have you ever slept in a cave? …

Accommodation: Basic yet amazing cave dwellings.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 10: Baviaanskloof - Addo Elephant National Park 310km

This morning we continue our journey through Baviaanskloof and head east towards the Addo Elephant National Park. It’s the final day of riding on this South Africa motorcycle tour and we’ve saved the best til last! It’s a big final day of riding, but so worth it… we like to finish with a bang!

Baviaanskloof is an incredible place – the riding is challenging but so much fun and monkeys, baboons and buffalo roam free.

We then follow the path of the the Gamtoosrivier for mile after mile before tracing the borders of a host of nature reserves to end the day at the appropriately named Addo Elephant Park. Wonder what we’ll see here…

We finish at incredible luxury lodge situated within the borders of the national park and the restaurant overlooks a watering hole frequented by elephants. It’s the perfect place to end your South African motorcycle adventure!

Accommodation: Luxury lodge with a pool.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 11: Addo Safari

Today is all about the animals rather than the bikes and watching herds of majestic elephants lingering by the waterholes should be a good way to start the day. If we are lucky we will see the odd lion, rhino, cape buffalo and leopard, so make sure to bring your Box Brownie and binoculars for this one. This is Africa in the raw and it makes a fantastic end to a fantastic adventure.

We’ll finish the tour with cold beers and cocktails followed by a farewell dinner. What a trip!

Accommodation: Luxury lodge with a pool.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 12: Addo - Port Elizabeth

So with the riding done, our team will begin the long drive back to base in Cape Town, but what do you want to do next? With flights from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, Cape Town & Victoria Falls to name but a few you can keep your adventure going if you’re not ready to fly home yet. For those who would like to fly from Port Elizabeth, we can assist in arranging transfers to the airport.

Accommodation: Not included.

Meals: Breakfast.