Johannesburg – Lesotho (Drakensburg/Maluti Mountains) – Great Karoo – Little Karoo (Route 62) – Cape Town (Cape Peninsula) – Gansbaai (Great White Cage Dive) – Cape Agulhas – Storms River (Tsitsikamma Forest) – Hogsback – Wild Coast – Kwazulu Natal – Zululand – St Lucia Estuary (Game Drive) – Swaziland – Kruger National Park (Game Drive) – Panorama Route – Johannesburg
The “Big One”; enjoy the Epic magnificence of the absolute best of South Africa.
Starting and ending in Johannesburg, the tour begins with a bang as it heads down through the Free State farmlands/plains down to Golden Gate National Park and the ‘Roof of Africa’, Lesotho. After a day ride deep into the remote Lesotho Maluti Mountains up to Katse Dam we head down the rustically beautiful Great Karoo with its vast open spaces. A night spent in the Karoo followed by a night in the Little Karoo on Route 62 before arriving in Cape Town, the mother city.
A couple of nights in the ‘Fairest Cape’ exploring the Peninsula. Heading out of Cape Town some of the best coastal riding on the planet will take you to Gansbaai, the bay with the highest concentration of ‘Great White’ Sharks anywhere on the planet; a cage dive to meet these huge predators will be a highlight. Then down to Cape Agulhas, the southern most point in Africa. Then exploring the incredibly diverse plant life and scenery on the world famous ‘Garden Route’ up to Storms River and a day spent relaxing in the Tsitsikamma Forest.
We head inland via Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown up to Hogsback for a night with the fairies, the area is believed to have inspired much of JRR Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. The Wild Coast next as we ride past the birth place of Nelson Mandela down to Port St Johns a rustic ‘bohemian’ village with some amazing scenery and interesting people. Riding into KwaZulu Natal we will ride through and spend some time at the beautiful Oribi Gorge (actually a Canyon). Our ride then takes us up the south coast via Durban before riding into Zululand and the UNESCO World Heritage site of St Lucia Estuary (iSimangaliso National Park).
After a full rest day exploring this Big Game wetland we head into Swaziland via the beautifully rustic Swazi low-veld and up into the Swazi Mountains and the lovely Izulwini Valley nestled below ‘execution rock’. Back into South Africa we enter Big 5 country and head straight to the rustic bush camp and a late afternoon Game Drive into the Kruger National Park. Our last few days will be spent exploring the scenic beauty and amazing roads in the Mpumalanga Northern Drakensburg and Lowveld regions (sights include Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window). After approx. 6,000 km we will arrive back into Johannesburg and bid our farewells.
Day 1 Fly in – Airport Transfer to Overnight Lodging
Day 2 Johannesburg – Sasolburg – Heilbron – Reitz – Kestell – Golden Gate National Park – Clarens
Day 3 Clarens – Lesotho Border – Katse Dam Ride – South African Border – Ficksburg – Ladybrand
Day 4 Ladybrand – Smithfield – Bethulie – Colesburg – Middelburg – Graaff – Reinet
Day 5 Graaff – Reinet – ‘Valley of Desolation’ – Beaufort West – ‘Meiringspoort’ – De Rust – Oudtshoorn – Route 62 – Barrydale
Day 6 Barrydale – Montagu – ‘Koo Valley Pass’ – Great Karoo – ‘Du Toit’s Kloof Pass’ – Cape Town
Day 7 Cape Town – Camps Bay – Hout Bay – ‘Chapman’s Peak’ – ‘Cape Point’ – Simonstown – Muizenberg – Cape Town
Day 8 Cape Town – Seapoint – Gordon’s Bay – Betty’s Bay – Hermanus – Stafford – Gansbaai
Day 9 ‘Great White Shark’ Cage Dive (half day) – Gansbaai – Napier – Bredasdorp – Cape Agulhas (Southern Most Point in Africa)
Day 10 Cape Agulhas – Swellendam – Mossel Bay – Victoria Bay – ‘Garden Route’ (Wilderness, Knysna, Natures Valley) – Storms River
Day 11 Storms River – ‘Storms River Mouth’ (Tsitsikamma Forest) – Jeffrey’s Bay – Port Elizabeth – Grahamstown – Fort Beaufort – Hogsback
Day 12 Hogsback – King Williams Town – Kei Road – Butterworth – Mthatha – Port St Johns
Day 13 Port St Johns – Lusikisiki – Flagstaff – Bizana – Port Edward – Izingolweni – Oribi Gorge
Day 14 Oribi Gorge – Port Shepstone – Scottburgh – Durban City – Umhlanga – Ballito – Emphangeni – Mtubatuba – St Lucia Estuary
Day 15 Rest Day: iSimangaliso Wetlands Reserve (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Day 16 St Lucia Estuary – Mtubatuba – Hluhluwe – Goleala / Lavumisa (Swazi Border Crossing) – Nhlangano – Izulwini Valley
Day 17 Izulwini Valley – Mbabane – Piggs Peak – Matsamo Border (South Africa) – Malelane – White River – Hazyview – Timbavati Gate (Kruger Park)
Day 18 Timbavati – Abel Erasmus Pass – Blyde River Canyon – God’s Window – Graskop – Sabie – ‘Sudwala Pass’ – Schoemanskloof
Day 19 Schoemanskloof – Kaapschehoop – Machadadorp – Bergendal Memorial (Boer War) – Witbank – Bike Depot
Tour Complete : Airport Transfer – As Per Flight Schedule
Please note we do reserve the right to remain adaptable according to unforeseen circumstances and/or weather conditions which may arise. The client’s tour / safety remain paramount. We will however endeavour to meet your fullest expectations
BMW F700GS (800cc)
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
18 x Nights Accommodation
18 x Breakfasts
2 x Airport Transfers (Johannesburg)
Excess Luggage Storage
1 x Great White Shark Cage Dive
1 x iSimangaliso Wetlands Game Drive
1 x Beach Braai (BBQ) + Snorkeling
2 x Kruger Park Big5 Game Drives
17 x Dinners (Evening Meals)
Fuel / Tolls / Entry Fees (unspecified)
Lunches / All beverages
Personal Insurance (Accident/Medical)
Motorcycle Damage Deposit
2018 Dates: 10 March, 08 September
Cost (2018) Rider: USD7,990.00 Pillion: On request
2019 Dates: 09 March, 07 September
Cost (2019) Rider: USD8,390.00 Pillion: On request
Please note itinerary and prices can change and were actual on 10 December 2017.
Comments or questions are welcome.
Comments or questions are welcome.