Motorcycle Tour
South Africa, Sea to Safari

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Our South African motorbike tour will take you over some of the best mountain passes in the world, venturing from sensational coastal roads, deep into the desolate Cederberg Wilderness and across the Tankwa Karoo region.

Pricing

Rider in shared twin / double room $3,436.00
Pillion in shared twin / double room $2,544.00
Single room (surcharge) $408.00
Rental motorcycle BMW F750 GS (included) $0.00
Rental motorcycle BMW F850 GS (surcharge) $325.00
Rental motorcycle BMW R1250 GS (surcharge) $657.00

Features

BMW GS 750 - (see 'Optional Extra's below for upgrade options)
All fuel
Fully comprehensive motorcycle insurance
Quality twin share accommodation as per itinerary (single room supplement £320)
All meals as per itinerary
4x4 support vehicle/s carrying your luggage, a spare bike, spare parts, tools, cold drinks etc.
Western medic
GEOS emergency assistance
Support crew: lead rider and a western medic
Jeep safari at Addo National Park
All entrance fees & special riding permits
Cable car to the top of Table Mountain
Airport pickup
Welcome pack
Percentage of tour profits donated to a local charity / school on your behalf
1 tree planted in your name
Not included features
Personal travel insurance
International flights
South African Visa
Alcohol
Motorcycle damages (insurance excess approximately £900)
Everything not listed as included

More details

TOUR KEY POINTS
Skill level required - Novice or above
Tour Type - Tarmac & gravel (approx 80:20)
Distance - 1,650km
Duration - 8 days (6 riding days)
Fly In - Cape Town, South Africa
Fly Out - Port Elizabeth, South Africa
The motorcycles: Choose from the BMW GS 750, 850, 1250. (KTM 790 Adventure R's COMING SOON!)
Support crew: A lead rider, a western medic and a 4x4 support vehicle carrying a substantial medical kit, tools, spares, refreshments and you luggage.
Average daily ride hours: 6-7 with plenty of drink / photo stops.
Suitable for pillion riders? Yes, provided you are happy with the occasional bumpy road, but nothing too uncomfortable.
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.

The route also journeys through the world famous Garden Route on the southern Cape coast and finishes with a superb safari showcasing Africa’s majestic wildlife.

We’ve squeezed as many of South Africa’s greatest roads and most beautiful little towns as we could into this 8 day tour. Riding times and distances are comfortable and the route offers a mix of well maintained gravel and tarmac roads that are sure to keep you well entertained all day!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

The BIG FIVE! – we'll go on safari at Addo National Park in search of Lion, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Elephant and Leopards!

Ride the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain and enjoy the spectacular views across Cape Town and the Atlantic ocean.

Spot giraffe & ostrich at our beautiful lodge.

Visit the penguin colony at Betty's Bay.

Ride through the scenic ‘Garden Route’.

Explore the Cederberg Wilderness with its rich and ancient rock art heritage.

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 do let us know where we can find better!

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: Cape Town Acclimatisation Day

It’s your first day in South Africa and arriving in Cape Town you can’t fail to be impressed by Table Mountain towering above the city. To start the day we’ll take a trip up the gently rotating cable car to the top and look over the fantastic view. The top of the mountain is vast, and we’ll give you time to explore, take photos and maybe get a selfie with the cute little dassies that wander around the rocky plateau.

Once back down into the city, you will collect your wheels for the next 7 days of adventure. After the tour briefing in the late afternoon, you will dine at the historic Victoria and Albert Dock area.

Accommodation: 4* hotel with pool.

Meals: Dinner.

DAY 2: Cape Town to Hermanus 250km

So, it’s time to get riding! Throw on your kit, leave your cases for our support staff to pack in the support truck and hit the road!

The first part of the day takes us round the incredible Cape peninsula on the iconic Chapman’s Peak Drive which hugs the rugged coastline. We’ll go all the way down to the Cape of Good Hope, the south-western tip of Africa that literally feels like the end of the world, before tracking east through lovely little seaside towns and on to the Whale Coast route to reach our first overnight stop in Hermanus.

Accommodation: Guesthouse with stunning sea views.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 3: Hermanus to Cederberg 286km

What a start to the day – grab your binoculars and watch whales breach the surface of the Indian Ocean in the bay just in front of our accommodation – this isn’t called the Whale Coast for nothing.

If you can drag yourself away from the whale watching, after slap up breakfast it’s time to kit up and head out for a hugely enjoyable day’s riding. We’ll take in mile after mile of smooth blacktop heading north through the fertile hills and valleys of the Western Cape’s scenic wine region.

As we approach the Cederberg Wilderness, we’ll head leave the tarmac behind and hit the dirt on wonderfully fast and sweeping tracks climbing higher into this remote and beautiful region. If you wanted epic – today delivers big style!

We’ll finish the day with cold beers and a braai (a BBQ for non South Africans) as the sun goes down over the mountains – perfect!

Accommodation: Private lodge overlooking a lake with stunning mountain views.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 4: Cederberg to Montagu 229km

After a leisurely breakfast on the terrace it’s onto the bikes for more joyful riding up through the Cederberg, starting with a scenic ride to see ancient Bushmen rock art and spectacular sandstone formations. Next the journey continues with a climb up the impressive Katbakkies Pass. The view from the top is one of the most incredible we’ve ever seen and so is dropping down the appropriately named Skittery Pass to reach the valley floor of the vast Tankwa Karoo.

From there it’s a long and pencil straight dirt road that takes more concentration than you

might imagine before we finally hit the smooth stuff again for a life-affirming blast all the way to our overnight stop of Montagu – a regular pilgrimage destination for bike riders from across the globe. What a day!

We’re staying tonight in fantastic little cottages with a hot tub, fire pit and pizza oven – what more could you want!

Accommodation: Farm cottages.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5: Montagu to Oudtshoorn 327km

Saddle up for an epic day on the tarmac! We’ll blast over 3 mountain passes before morning tea and join the main route along Route 62 (the South African version of Route 66). The road passes through more picturesque and joyful roads of the Klein Karoo all the way to the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn. This is a great day’s riding that will have you grinning in your Arai from start to finish.

Heading into Oudtshoorn you’ll be ready for a Zebra beer, a hearty meal and a soft bed. All sorted for you! Tonight we’re in tents – but this is no ordinary night’s camping – think luxury safari tents overlooking the wild bushlands.

Accommodation: Luxury Tented Game Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 6: Oudtshoorn to Cape St. Francis 369km

Our route will drop us down towards the world-famous Garden Route. The views are solid gold today, from the rolling hills to the Indian ocean – this is adventure biking heaven right here.

We’ll take awe-inspiring dirt roads all the way up from Knysna and the impressive Prince Albert Pass towards Uniondale. The final section to the overnight stop offers fast sweepers along more of the legendary Route 62!

Today’s destination is the coastal village of St Francis, with its quiet unspoilt beaches and rolling surf. It’s also the location of the historic Seal Point lighthouse dating back to 1878, a penguin rescue centre and maybe more importantly, a great little pub! Back of the net …

Accommodation: Sea-side Cottages.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7: Cape St. Francis to Addo 206km

It’s the last day of the tour and the riding is just great as we carve our way through the Van Stadens Pass and on towards our lunchtime stop at Addo. After this, it’s time to get off the bikes for the last time and on to the finale of the incredible safari park. We’ll see herds of elephants at the watering holes, rhinos in the deep bush and maybe catch a glimpse of the lions and leopards that stalk the undergrowth either side of the trails. You’ll want to have plenty of room on your memory cards today as there’s a chance you’ll get the Big 5 in the course of one afternoon.

With the final destination being a wonderful Game Lodge, we’ll seal off the tour with cold beers and cocktails as the sun sets, before we head on to a farewell braai & campfire.

Accommodation: Game Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and farewell dinner.

DAY 8: Addo to Port Elizabeth

So with the riding and safari done, the choice of what to do next is yours. If you are staying on to explore more of the Eastern or Western Cape, then we’ll bid our farewells and make sure you get away safely. Or if you are going back to Cape Town, it’s a short shuttle bus from the Lodge to the airport for a brief hop back to our starting point.

But don’t think that has to be it – there’s plenty more to explore in South Africa…

Accommodation: Not included.

Meals: Breakfast.