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Landlocked by South Africa, Lesotho is flanked by the Drakensberg Mountains on its Eastern border. The mountains are known as uKhahlamba (the Barrier of Spears) - a 200-kilometre-long mountainous wonderland and world heritage site rich with relics from the Stone Age and San bushmen including 35 000 San rock art images. This 2,000 km, ten-day tour will see us circling Lesotho in a clockwise fashion, travelling through the Drakensberg and up to Sani Pass which offers breathtaking uninterrupted views of the KwaZulu Natal valleys.

This tour in mainly on-road, with some easy gravel road riding on the Southern side of Lesotho.

Price ZAR50,000
incl. hotels, meals, BMW G 650GS/BMW F700GS and luggage transport

day 1/10

Johannesburg City Tour

ca. 20 miles

Almost all-international flights arrive in Africa’s foremost business hub before noon. Our tour guide will meet you at the airport and get you to your hotel to check-in, refresh after the long flight and perhaps even have a light bite to eat. The afternoon will see us enjoying an interesting exploratory tour of the inner city, which has very recently experienced a major overhaul in one of the biggest rejuvenation projects undertaken in South Africa. Motorcycles will be collected thereafter.

A tasty dinner will be enjoyed in the evening with the group to get to know each other a little better. Naturally, we’ll invite you to kick back, relax and have some fun, you’re on holiday afterall!

day 2/10

Johannesburg - Bergville

ca. 240 miles

Riding begins at 09:00 after a leisurely breakfast. Heading out in southeasterly direction, we leave the buzzing metropolis behind us for the open road and untouched highveld landscape. Travelling on the motorway, we ride through the province of Mpumalanga relatively quickly before entering the Free State, another of the country’s nine provinces. Shortly thereafter we enter the Kingdom of the Zulu or Kwa-Zulu Natal where we’ll be spending the next two days.

It’s here at the border between these two provinces that you’ll first meet the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, certain to be a faithful travel companion on almost the entire trip. We arrive at Bergville, a small town at the bottom of Oliviershoek Pass and our destination for the evening, late afternoon. We’ll be spending the evening at a small but comfortable country lodge to experience some South African hospitality second to none.

day 3/10

Bergville- Cathedral Peak - Lotheni - Himeville

ca. 190 miles

We make our way into the Drakensberg after a hearty country breakfast. From Royal Natal we ride along the Woodstock Dam and hit our first gravel road traversing a small pass to get to Cathedral Peak. We continue on gravel roads and travel through Lower Lotheni to Himeville. The remainder of the afternoon will be spent making our way slowly to the Sani Pass Hotel, to enjoy something cold and refreshing to drink around the pool.

The evening will be spent in the mountains close to the Pass that we’ll be conquering tomorrow.

day 4/10

Himeville - Sani Pass - Himeville

ca. 70 miles

Today we’ll be leaving South Africa for Lesotho whose border is but a stone’s throw away from the hotel. You’re certain to put those riding skills to good use today as we wind our way 2873 ms high up the pass into Lesotho. Lunch will be taken at the Highest Pub in Africa, which affords the perfect view over the rolling hills and craggy peaks comprising the Drakensburg. We’ll be taking the same road down back to the hotel where we’ll be enjoying our second evening.

day 5/10

Himeville - Kokstad - Port St. John's

ca. 190 miles

Today’s route sees us travelling alongside the Drakensburg to Kokstad. We start to experience a change in altitude as we wind our way down to the coast on curvaceous roads certain to be enjoyed by all. After passing the little town of Lusikisiki we arrive at our destination, the harbour town of Port St John’s that borders the warm Indian Ocean.

day 6/10

Day of rest in Port St. John's

ca. 0 miles

Today is a day of rest, which can either be spent relaxing on the beautiful beaches or exploring the countryside on bike. We’ll be spending the second evening in Port St. John’s.

day 7/10

Port St. John's - Umtata - Rhodes

ca. 230 miles

We leave the coast today travelling back inland onto the plateau for 100 km before reaching Umtata, capital city the region of Transkei. Before long, we reach Quno, the town in which Nelson Mandela born on 18 July 1918. Here, we’ll stop to take a look at his house of birth before making our way back to Umtata. From here we travel through Maclear and over the breathtaking Naudesnek Pass to Rhodes. It's in this small village just South of Lesotho, that we'll rest our bikes on their stands for evening.

day 8/10

Rhodes - Maseru - Clarens

ca. 290 miles

Today, we'll cross Lesotho's borders twice. With its signature-rounded hills on the horizon, formed by the Maluti Mountains, we dissect the little country through its capital city of Maseru. We arrive at our destination, the little town of Clarence in the Free State province immediately east of Lesotho, late afternoon.

day 9/10

Clarens - Katse Dam - Clarens

ca. 190 miles

Today sees us making a final trip into the Kingdom of the Sky or Lesotho to explore the rugged area surrounding the Katse Damn. Financed by South Africa, the damn provides water to South Africa and electricity to Lesotho. We head back to Clarence for the evening thereafter.

day 10/10

Clarens - Golden Gate Highlands Park - Johannesburg

ca. 220 miles

Today is the final day of our journey together but not without a final memorable highlight. After packing up, we leave Clarence for the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, which derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the region's imposing sandstone cliffs and otherworld rock formations. The landscape also encompasses wooded ravines, gullies and grasslands. It is also one of the only parks in South Africa that allows motorcycles entry.

We arrive back in Egoli, the Xhosa name for Johannesburg, which translates to Place of Gold, in the afternoon when we'll deliver the motorcycles. We will then either transport you to the airport for your return flight or to a hotel. We will gladly make these arrangements on your behalf, kindly let us know your flight schedule and accommodation requests' in advance.

ZAR50,000 inc. 9x accommodation at 3 and 4 star hotels/guesthouses/lodges
BMW G 650GS/BMW F700GS, motorcycle tour guide
entrance fees and luggage transport*
meals: 9x breakfast, 9x dinner

*minimum 6 participants required to offer this service

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