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Introducing you to some of the most beautiful landscapes that South Africa has to offer. We'll travel along the infamous Route 62 through the Small Karoo, via Uniondale and Grahamstown to the Wild Coast and then along the East Coast to Durban. From Durban we head into Zululand and into the heart of the Drakensberg Mountain range before reaching the Kruger National Park riding though Pongola and Swaziland and finally arriving in Johannesburg after 14 days and 2600 miles.

This tour is ideally suited to the on-road enthusiast and the ideal route to take the BMW R1200RT to the max.

Price ZAR76,000
incl, hotels, meals, BMW G 650GS/BMW F700GS, luggage transport

day 1/14

City Tour Cape Town

ca. 0 miles

Welcome. Almost all international flights arrive in Cape Town before midday. Our tour guide will meet you at the airport and taxi you directly to your hotel where you can freshen-up and perhaps have a light bite to eat. In the afternoon we'll deliver a tour briefing and finalise formalities. Here you'll find out more about the route you'll be travelling, have the chance to meet others on the tour. We've planned a tour of one of the world's most beautiful cities for early evening. We'll be pulling out all stops on your first night and be taking you out to a local restaurant certain to tantalise your taste buds.

We'll try to arrange for a local personality to accompany us for the evening to fill us in on local history, geography and answer any other questions that you might have pertaining to Cape Town.


day 2/14

Cape Town - Cape Point - Cape Town

ca. 90 miles

Easing you into it. We'll be leaving the hotel around 9am after breakfast, pick up the bikes and head in the general direction of False Bay. We'll then ride via Fish Hoek and Simon's Town to Cape Point. We'll be making a quick stop at Simon's Town to take a look at the penguins on the Boulders Beach. The Cape Peninsula National Park is but a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from the beach. We'll have a snack at Cape Point, also known as the Cape of Good Hope, before heading back to the city via Scarborough, Kommetjie und Noordhoek.

We'll be driving along the world famous Chapman's Peak Drive, which has re-opened on December 20th 2003. Here you'll be afforded breathtaking sea-views and plenty of photo opportunities.

We'll be arriving back at the hotel late afternoon.


day 3/14

Cape Town - Bain's Kloof Pass - Montagu

ca. 220 miles

Getting on with it. We'll be leaving Cape Town at 9am after breakfast and heading off to picturesque Paarl. Shortly after Paarl, the roads start to get interesting.

We'll be crossing the Bain's Kloof Pass and travelling on via Wolseley to Tulbagh. We'll be lunching at one of Tulbagh's nice coffee shops.

In the afternoon we'll continue our ride up the Michel's Pass to Ceres, and on to Touwsrivier. We now take the tarred road via the beautiful Koo Valley. Late afternoon we'll arrive in Montagu, to spend the evening in a lovely Guesthouse.

The resident chef will treat us for a scrumptious dinner.


day 4/14

Montagu - Oudtshoorn - De Rust

ca. 220 miles

We break camp again at around 9am to travel Route 62. We’ll pass Ronnie’s Sex Shop and Ladismith over the Huisriver Pass to Calitzdorp, lauded in South Africa for its Ports, Sherries and Fortified Wines and onto Outdtshoorn. From here, its 38 miles to De Rust, our destination for the evening.

 

We’ll be staying in a memorably South African guesthouse in this quaint little town which translates from Afrikaans to: The Resting Place. Apt then that we’ll be staying here two nights, the first night of which will be enjoyed South African style with a typical braai – our version of a BBQ.


day 5/14

De Rust - Oudtshoorn - Swartbergpass - Prince Albert - Meiringspoort - De Rust

ca. 80 - 160 miles

Today we’ll head-on out to Oudtshoorn, famed for its ostriches and caves. Good that we don’t need to travel any great distances today as this gives you time to explore the interesting city surrounds. Feel free to visit one of the numerous ostrich farms, where some of you’ll have the chance to ride an ostrich.

There are two options provided for the afternoon. GS riders are invited to sharpen their off road riding skills by riding back via the incredibly scenic Swartberg Mountain Pass. All others are free to return home via a somewhat more direct route. We’ll arrive back at the guesthouse late afternoon, which is where we’ll spend a second night.


day 6/14

Uniondale - Steytlerville - Grahamstown

ca. 250 miles

Heading for the East Coast, we'll be travelling via Willowmore to Steytlerville. The N329 is actually quite a special road comprising one single concrete strip making it wide enough abreast for only one car. Cars need to move two wheels onto the gravel section, alongside the road, in case of oncoming traffic. We make our way through Wolwefontein, pass the Addo Elephant Park and will reach the N2 just before Grahamstown. Famous for its Art Festival, a big party with classical music, jazz, dance and theatre, we’ll be spending the evening on a private game reserve, just outside this quaint town.


day 7/14

Grahamstown - Butterworth - Umtata - Port St. John's

ca. 280 miles

One of the trips longest legs lies ahead of us today. We'll need to make an early start to reach the Wild Coast in the afternoon. Traveling through the Transkei, we visit its capital city of Umtata on route to Port St John's. Qunu, Nelson Mandela's place of birth lies a mere 12 miles South East of Umtata. We'll be spending the night in the Umngazi Mouth, a stones throw from Port St John's.


day 8/14

Umngazi River Mouth and Port St. John's

ca.70 miles

We’ll be spending a second night here in this heavenly part of the world where the Umngazi River meets the Indian Ocean. Those in need of a rest and relaxation are invited to enjoy the picturesque stretches of untouched beaches.

Die-hards who would rather not be on the beach but on a BMW are welcome to join for an outride to explore the area. Port St. John is 18 miles away from Umngazi and the area makes for good and scenic riding. The airport for interest’s sake lies on a plateau and offers some incredible views over Port St. John’s and the Indian Ocean.


day 09/14

Port St. John's - Kokstad - Pietermaritzburg - Bergville

ca. 350 miles

Well rested, an early start awaits. After all, we need to cover approximately 350 miles today stretching from the Indian Ocean directly into the Drakensberg. We travel directly up onto the escarpment on a newly tarred road via Lusikisiki and then Flagstaff. All the stereotypes of Africa hold true for this stretch of our journey where it’s daily fare to pick-up a chicken and a goat for dinner from the vendor on the street curb.

We travel through Kokstad only to turn-off a little later onto the R56 direction Pietermaritzburg. The road winds its way lazily through the rolling hills of Kwa-Zulu Natal and greeting places such as Umzimkulu and Ixopo.

We make our way onto the 103 and then onto the R74 to get to Bergville via Winterton. Our destination for the evening is 16 miles away and well worth the day’s journey, a welcoming Lodge in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains.


day 10/14

Bergville (Drakensberg)

optional ca. 120 miles

This where the Route changes, in the upgraded version, we spend an additional night to make two nights in Bergville to accommodate the needs and requests of our clients.

The day is yours.

Feel free to take your bike for spin through the mountains to see Cathedral Peak or the Amphitheatre. Alternatively, take an outride of a different kind, on horseback on one of the numerous trails or simply take a day off and lounge by the pool.


day 11/14

Bergville - Vryheid - Pongola

ca. 210 miles

Our route for today is via Ladysmith, Dundee and Vryheid through the heartland of Kwa-Zulu Natal. In the afternoon we'll be arriving at our destination, a private game reserve in Pongola. The game reserve is situated on the Pongola River and the Jozini Dam, we'll be heading out on the river by boat, to watch the Hippos and the Crocodiles. The evening will be a dinner in a typical boma, accompanied by the sounds of the African Bush.


day 12/14

Pongola - Swaziland - Nelspruit - Hazyview

ca. 270 miles

Straight after breakfast we’ll be heading for the border to Swaziland. We’ll pass sugar cane plantations on our way to the Kingdom’s capital Mbabane. North of the capital we’ll get to an area dominated by mountains and winding roads, via Pigg’s Peak we’ll be heading back to South Africa, across a border post called Jeppe’s Reef.

Following the Western border of the Kruger National Park, we’ll now be heading north, passing White River before we get to Hazyview.

Our guesthouse for the next 2 nights is very close to the Kruger National Park.


day 13/14

Hazyview - Kruger National Park - Hazyview

ca. 0 miles or 125 miles

Today we'll start with a game drive, the motorcycles have a rest day, we'll be using the Landcruiser instead. The Kruger National Park has got the big 5, amongst many other animals. We'll be spending the last night of tour in Hazview as well to relax, unwind and enjoy the countryside African style.

Should you be willing to skip your aftrenoon nap, you have got an opportunity to ride the Panorama route, passing Pilgrim's Rest, God's Window and the Blyde River Canyon.


day 14/14

Hazyview - Johannesburg

ca. 250 miles

Today forms the last leg of our journey and will therefore end in Egoli, which literally translates to 'place of gold'. We will gladly provide interested parties with travel tips, hints or even a further tour programme of local sites on request. Johannesburg lies a stone's throw away from Sun City, Southern Africa's very own Las Vegas. Our tour will officially come to an end at the Johannesburg International Airport, for those guests that travel back today, the ultimate convenience.


ZAR76,000 inc. 13x accommodation at 3 and 4 star hotels/guesthouses/lodges,
BMW G 650GS/BMW F700GS, tour guide on motorcycle,
entrance fees, one way fee and luggage transport*
meals: 13x breakfast, 13x dinner

*minimum 6 participants required to offer this service

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