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Go to Hell it's Heaven on Earth

06/2003
"All Americans should take a trip to South Africa's Mecca, The Hell, at least once in their lives, preferably on a BMW motorcycle," says German-born Jurgen Muess, proud owner of the newly launched Karoo Biking, BMW motorcycle tours and rentals in South Africa. Operating from a base in Cape Town, Karoo Biking offers the increasing number of American visitors four exquisite motorcycle tours in English. Two of the tours include an overnight stay in one of South Africa's best-kept secrets namely the Gamkaskloof valley, known as The Hell by residents of the Great Karoo. This timely launch comes as the general manager of BMW Motorrad South Africa states that there is an increasing demand for motorcycle tours in the country.

SA and the hospitable Karoo in particular, offers the 20 million American motorcycle aficionados not only the opportunity to get better acquainted with local culture but also the opportunity to push their motorbiking skills to the limit on both tarred and dirt-roads. Karoo Biking conducts its tours and offers rentals exclusively on machines from the most recent BMW motorcycle line-up to assure its clientele the best possible biking experience. Clients can also opt for a self-guided tour whereby all accommodation is booked on the client's behalf. Karoo Biking provides those interested in a self-guided tour with a tour book containing extensive directions and background information.

Pieter de Waal, general manager of BMW Motorrad South Africa is optimistic about this new business venture. "Sales of our touring motorcycles have doubled during the past three years. This growth reflects the increased desire of South Africans to explore our wonderful country by motorcycle.

"South Africa has also seen a recent boom in tourism from overseas. It is therefore particularly encouraging to see new companies like Karoo Biking being established specifically to cater for the growing demand for motorcycle tours by overseas visitors. We wish them every success with their new venture," continues de Waal.

According to Jurgen Muess, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban are synonymous with SA in the foreign tourism markets. "The efforts to market South Africa as a holiday destination internationally delivered fantastic tangible results last year with CBS Marketwatch reporting that Cape Town is the fourth most popular holiday destination for Americans travelling abroad. I hope that our American visitors remember that South Africa includes the remarkable landmass that falls within the triangle that these cities create.

"You can bet that Karoo Biking will do its part and make every effort to show the international visitors South Africa's more interesting nooks and crannies and some of its best kept secrets in style, astride a BMW motorcycle," he concludes.

More About Karoo Biking Tours and Rentals:
Karoo Biking offers well-organised insider tours of South Africa including fantastic eating, great accommodation and an unforgettable getaway on BMW motorcycles. Motorcycles are also available as rentals. Interested parties can also opt for a self-guided tour whereby accommodation, maps and directions are supplied.

Interested parties can choose between four standard tours in English and German.

· '14 day Karoo and Garden Route Tour' through the heart of the Karoo to Port Elizabeth and back again along the Garden Route. Highlight: a ride into Gamkaskloof (also known as The Hell) one of South Africa's most isolated and untouched valleys for an unforgettable South African experience. ($ 3,290 including hotels, meals, BMW F650 GS and luggage transport).

· '10 day West Coast Tour' to the Namibian border through places like Wuppertal, Upington and Springbok, and then back again. Tour highlight: a trip along the Fish River Canyon, the world's second largest canyon.

· '7 day Route 62 Tour' to the heart of the Small Karoo and back again along Garden Route. Tour highlight: includes a ride into the Hell as well as a visit to the 'Karoo by the Sea' (Mossel Bay) the place where Europeans first met locals on Southern African soil way back in 1488.

· 'One day Cape of Good Hope Tour' through suburbs like Muizenburg (home to Cecil Rhodes once) and Simon's Town (home to the Naval Base and Boulders Beach), and back again via Noordhoek for spectacular views.

Tours include: collection from airport and taxi to hotel, accommodation, breakfast, most dinners, motorcycles, introduction to SA's streets, maps, guidance, accompanying luggage transfer vehicle, entry fees and much more.

Karoo Biking also organises bespoke tours and can create a package incorporating unique needs. Visit www.karoo-biking.de for tour dates and prices as well as for more information on BMW rentals.


Contact:
Jurgen Muess
Tel: +27 82 533 6655
Email: info@karoo-biking.de
English Web: www.karoo-biking.de