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12 Day Ultimate African Experience 

 

 

12 Day
Motorcycle Tour of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho

This  Motorcycle tour takes  place in Mpumalanga, (often referred to as Bikers paradise) the Kruger National Park, Kingdom of Swaziland, St. Lucia (Hippo and Crocodile Paradise, Kwazulu Natal Battlefields, the Drakensberg Mountains and Lesotho- the “Alps of Africa”

The ULTIMATE way to see South Africa by MOTORCYCLE in under 2 weeks!

At a Glance

Dates: 12- 24 April 2024 | More Dates Available on Request

Start: Pretoria (Fly into Johannesburg) End: Pretoria

Mileage: +-2,850km

Countries: South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho

Daily Distance

Daily Distance: 200- 500 km (Avg of 350km)

Road Surfaces: 95% Tar, 5% Good hard packed Gravel

Rest Day: 9 Riding days, 2 Rest Days

Difficulty: Easy

Petrol: Included

Accomodation: 3-4 Star Lodges

12 Days of riding pleasure through Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa

This exciting motorcycle tour focuses on riding the best roads in the world. We twist our way through spectacular mountain passes, traverse spectacular Kingdoms and ride our way through African Savannah, stopping only to take in the sights, view wildlife and learn more about ancient  Cultures.

This  Motorcycle tour takes  place in Mpumalanga, (often referred to as Bikers paradise) the Kruger National Park, Kingdom of Swaziland, St. Lucia (Hippo and Crocodile Paradise, Kwazulu Natal Battlefields, the Drakensberg Mountains and Lesotho- the “Alps of Africa”

The ULTIMATE way to see South Africa by MOTORCYCLE in under 2 weeks!

Day 0: Arrive in South-Africa Bonus Night
Day 1: Pretoria Day tour and Big 5 Safari by Bike
Day 2: Pretoria to Hazyview
Day 3: Ride the Panorama Route
Day 4: Safari into Kruger National Park
Day 5: Hazyview to Ezulwini Valley, Swaziland
Day 6: Swaziland to St. Lucia
Day 7: Rest Day St. Lucia and Safari into Hluhluwe
Day 8: St. Lucia to KZN battlefields
Day 9: Kzn Battlefileds to Clarens
Day 10: Clarens- Lesotho- Clarens
Day 11: Clarens to Pretoria
Day 12: End of Tour

Day 0: Arrive in South Africa

Welcome to South Africa. You can arrive at any time on “day 0” as you motorcycle tour only officially starts on “day 01”. Tonight’s accommodation is included as “Your bonus night”. A friendly Sama Tours representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Pretoria.


Welcome to Pretoria

Day 1: Day tour of Pretoria and BIG 5 Safari by motorcycle (0-50km)
Highlights: Township tour and BIG 5  Safari

This morning we will hand over your motorcycle to you and sign all the paperwork. After that is complete we will have a tour briefing and then the fun begins. We start off by taking a tour of a small township just North of Pretoria to experience all the vibrant colors, sounds and tastes of Africa. We will have lunch in a tavern in the township, followed by visit to a rural motorcycle mechanic shop. Afterwards we enjoy a guided motorcycle ride through a BIG 5 nature reserve. Rhinos, giraffes, impala’s and wildebeest can all be spotted from your motorcycle. Tonight, we have a welcome dinner in an African Boma. Welcome to Africa! (B,L,D


Enjoy a Big Safari by Motorcycle 

Day 2: Pretoria To Hazyview (+-400km)
Highlights: Scenic mountain passes, Long Tom Cannons

Today you make your way up into Mpumalanga- an area known to local riders as “Biker Paradise”. As you head up north, the roads become mountainous with beautiful views of the rolling hills below. A highlight is riding Long Tom Pass. Enjoy the great twisties and arrive in Hazyview in the last afternoon. (B,L,D)

Riding Mpumalanga

Day 3: Panorama route (+- 250km)
Highlights: God’s Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels, Waterfalls, Magical Views Sites

Make your way down into Mpumalanga (an area known to Local Bikers as “Motorcycle Paradise”) the roads here are beautiful and curvy, and there are so many great view points, rock formations and waterfalls along the way. The route includes stops at Bourkes luck potholes, The Three Rondavels, and Gods Window as well as a waterfall or two. We will arrive back in Hazyview in the Late Afternoon. Tonight- you will enjoy a traditional African meal and African dances at the Shangana cultural village (B,L,D)


The Blyde River Canyon Viewsite

Day 4: Half Day Safari- Kruger National Park (+-50km)
Highlights: Safari, African wildlife

Today we will bid goodbye to the motorcycles and board a game viewing Safari vehicle which will transport us into the Kruger National Park. This world famous wildlife reserve is home to the BIG 5 and is roughly the size of a small country. The vastness of the park allows ample opportunity to view wild animals in their natural habitat. We will have a full morning to spot lions, elephants, birds and many different species of animals. In the Afternoon we will return to our hotel in Hazyview where we can relax around the pool or take part in any of the optional activities in the area. (B,D)

Leopard @ Kruger National Park

Day 5: Hazyview to Swaziland (+-300km)
Highlights: Kingdom of Swaziland
After breakfast, we depart for the Kingdom of Swaziland – the home of the friendly Swazi people. After border procedures (passport and possibly visa required) we weave our way along winding country roads and mountain passes. Today we will visit Swaziland’s own glass factory (Ngwenya Glass) and see the world-famous Swazi candles being handcrafted at Swazi Candles. There are many excellent restaurants, pubs, and craft markets in the Ezulweni Valley where we will overnight at an excellent country lodge, with its own magnificent restaurant on a wooden deck with spectacular views. (B,L,D)

 Swaziland

Day 6:  Swaziland to St. Lucia (+- 350km)
Highlights: Relaxing drive through African Countryside

Today we make our way through Swaziland to South Africa’s Zulu Kingdom, the homeland of the proud Zulu nation. In the late afternoon, we arrive in St. Lucia, a world-renowned natural heritage site, with its beautiful secluded beaches, hippos, crocs, whales, endangered turtles, and other wildlife, our home for the next two nights. This afternoon we embark on an exciting sunset river cruise where we see hippos, crocodiles, and other estuary wildlife. Tonight you can explore the many restaurants, pubs, and cocktail bars that St Lucia has to offer. (B,L,D)

You will get up close with Hippo’s in St. Lucia

Day 7: St. Lucia Rest Day (+- 0-50 km)
Highlights: Hluhluwe Safari and Hippo Croc Cruise

Today is dedicated to experiencing African Wildlife! We start the day with an early morning safari into Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park- this park is home to the Big 5 and is the oldest National Park in South Africa and one of the most scenically beautiful landscapes in South Africa. Enjoy your Game Drive in an open safari vehicle before returning to St. Lucia. In the late afternoon, we also enjoy a Lake Cruise to see hippos and crocodiles while enjoying an ice-cold drink. Bliss! (B, D)

Game Drive into Hluhluwe National Park

Day 8: St. Lucia to Kwazulu Natal Battlefields (+- 200 km)
Highlights: Tour of famous Anglo Boer and Zulu battle sites

Time to head inland to the battlefields of South Africa, an area of huge historical significance during the famous Boer-Zulu- British Wars. We arrive at our lodge early in the afternoon, and embark on a tour of the battlefields with a knowledgeable guide who will make them come alive!


Ride to the Kwazulu Natal Battlefields

Day 9: Battlefields to Clarens (+- 450 km)
Highlights: Drakensberg mountain range, Breathtaking passes

After Breakfast we are on the road again, making our way to Clarens, just outside of Lesotho. En-route we stop off at some tourist attractions with lots of photo opportunities. As we pass through the Drakensberg Mountain range, you will notice how diverse South Africa’s landscape is. The roads along this stretch are very enjoyable! In the afternoon we will arrive at Golden Gate National Park. The Golden Sandstone cliffs in this park are remarkable and the beautiful road twisitng through, will leave you breathless. Tonight we sleep in Clarens, a beautiful little town, hidden in the mountains.


Golden Gate National Park

Day 10: Day Trip into Lesotho and back  (+- 400 km)
Highlights: Lesotho Mountain passes, Katze Dam

Today we ride the ALPS OF AFRICA! After an early start, we enter the Lesotho border and make our way towards Katze Dam (a huge man-made dam that forms part of the Highlands water project which supplies water to South Africa in times of drought) The road to the dam has more turns within 80km than any other road in Africa. A motorcycle riders’ dream. The condition of the road is excellent with very little traffic. The Katze Dam is truly eye-opening! After lunch, we return along the same road arriving back at the hotel in the late afternoon.


Ride the Alps of Africa- High up into the Mountains

Day 11: Clarens to Pretoria (+- 400 km)
Highlights: Relaxing drive back to Pretoria

Time to head back to Pretoria. After breakfast, we start the journey back! It is a nice ride through the interior of South Africa. The bikes will be returned in the late afternoon and in the evening we will have a get-together where everybody can reminisce about the previous day’s riding. (B,L,D)


We take the back roads back to Pretoria

Day 12: End of tour: (+- 0-50 km)

Sadly your tour of South Africa has come to an end. We guarantee that you will take home loads of awesome photographs and fond memories of South Africa the warm people you have met. Transfers will be arranged to the airport. You ay wish to extend your motorcycle tour with one of our Add on Tours. Spend a few days in beautiful Cape Town, fly to Victoria Falls or enjoy a 3 Night Safari into Kruger National Park. (b)

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2024 Pricing

Riding 1up sharing on an F750GS: ZAR 83,320
Riding 1up sharing on an F850GS: ZAR 84,880
Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS: ZAR 90,430
Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS ADV: ZAR 94,180
To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 35,560
For Single supplement, add: ZAR 7,720
Prices quoted in South African Currency- ZAR.

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Price Includes:

  • 11 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 12 Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • Petrol and toll fees
  • Tour Guide on Motorcycle
  • Back Up vehicle
  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, and 11 Dinners
  • Pretoria Day Tour
  • Big 5 Safari in Dinokneg
  • Traditional Dance Show
  • Kruger Park Safari
  • Hippo and Croc Cruise in St. Lucia
  • Hluhluwe Big 5 Safari
  • Day Tour into Lesotho
  • T-shirt
  • Guide Book
  • Map of South Africa
  • Free Transfers from the Johannesburg International Airport
  • The most amazing motorcycle adventure you have ever had!
  • All Taxes
  • Comprehensive insurance (Excess Payable)

Price does not include:

  • Local and International Flights
  • Visas (Note American, Australian and British citizens do not require visas for South Africa or Swaziland)
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Activities and meals not listed in “Tour Includes”

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BMW F750GS

The F 750 GS is easy to handle and masters even rough terrain admirably.

853cc | 57 kW (77 hp) at 7,500 rpm |

Seat Height: 815mm
Low Version: 760mm
Low Seat: 790mm

Comes with:
ABS | ESA| RIDER MODES | CRUISE CONTROL

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BMW F850GS

The F 850 GS is ready for everything that may come its way. In particular on alternating terrain, it offers you safety and comfort with a variety of features – and plenty of riding enjoyment.

853cc | 70 kW (95 hp) at 8,250 rpm

Seat Height: 860mm
Low Version: 805mm
Low Seat: 835mm

Comes with:
ABS | ESA| RIDER MODES | CRUISE CONTROL

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BMW R1250GS

Fast curve changes, gravel shooting up, endless tours: With the R 1250 GS, you decide what your adventure will look like. Its continuously optimised technology and extensive equipment will take you safely, dynamically and comfortably over any route.

1254cc |100 kW (136 HP) at 7,750 rpm

Seat Height: 850/870 mm
Low Version: 800/820mm
Low seat: 820/840mm

Comes with:
ABS | ESA| RIDER MODES | CRUISE CONTROL

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BMW R1250GS ADV

The R 1250 GS Adventure is at home in the world. No destination is too far for it, no underground is alien to it. On the road, off-road and back again. Even if you don’t know what terrain to expect along the way, you can rely on your bike down to the smallest detail. With the R 1250 GS Adventure, you can now enjoy long distances even more intensely. Comfortably and safely. Always ready for a few extra miles – and miles with that little extra.

1254cc |100 kW (136 HP) at 7,750 rpm

Seat Height: 890/910mm

Comes with:
ABS | ESA| RIDER MODES | CRUISE CONTROL

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This tour includes 12 Nights of 3-4 Star Accomodation

Every night you will have your own Private room with an ensuite bathroom. You can choose to share with your partner or another rider on the tour. Otherwise you can select our “Single Supplement” to get your own room throughout the tour.

All Accommodation has been handpicked by Sama Tours- we only use high-standard accommodation in good locations. We love African Lodges, Boutique Hotels and BnB’s, or places that have a good atmosphere, exceptional staff, and all the modern amenities. 

Examples of Hotels on the  12 Day Ultimate African Experience Tour include:

City Lodge Hotel, Pretoria


This is a great City Hotel. Surrounded by shops, restaurants and cocktails bars (all within walking distance) This is a great starting hotel where you can relax and get over any jetlag you may have. It is close to all Pretoria’s Main Attractions as well as Sama Tours headquarters. Modern Amenities include: Wifi | Laundry | Room Service

Mantenga Lodge, Swaziland


On arrival enjoy a fresh glass of juice while enjoying views of Execution Rock. Thr rooms are beautifully appointed and the staff are the friendliest in Africa. Enjoy a delicious dinner on the wooden deck while the chef serves up Flame grilled meals that tantalise our tastebuds

Isandlwana Lodge, Kwazulu Natal Battlefields


Everyone comments that this is one of their favourite hotels, Perched high up on the hillside with breathtaking views of the Battlefields, this luxurious hotel checks all the boxes

Protea Hotel Clarens


Situated across the road from the Clarens Brewery and within walking distance of the town square, this hotel is a firm favourite. There is a beautiful bar and swimming pool with views of the Golden Sandstone mountains that Clarens is famous for

Please note that well the above hotels are our first choices, we don’t always get availability on the dates we need. In this case, we source hotels next door or nearby that are of the same high standard and quality or better. 

 

Tour Difficulty

Easy
This tour is suitable for Riders who have experience touring on two wheels. 99% Of this tour takes places on good Tarmac roads, but there are some short gravel roads that are optional. We recommend being bike fit as there are some longer days in the saddle (up to 6 hours of driving) Rest Days are scheduled regularly.

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12 Day Ultimate African Experience Tour

R83,230.00

12 Day Motorcycle Tour of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho

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12 Day Motorcycle Tour of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho