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18 Day South African Motorcycle Safari- Self Guided

 
 
 
18 Day
Motorcycle Tour of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho

Introducing our brand new  Self Guided tour- The 18 Day South African Motorcycle Safari
Starting in Pretoria  and ending in Cape Town, this motorcycle Tour takes in all the best Riding that South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and the Garden Route have on offer.

At a Glance

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Dates: Choose your own Date- Self Guided Tour

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Start: Pretoria (Fly into Johannesburg) End: Cape Town

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Mileage: +-3880km

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Countries: South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho

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Daily Distance: 200- 450 km (Avg of 250km

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Road Surfaces: 99% Tar, off-road options

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Rest Day: 14 Riding days, 4 Rest Days

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Difficulty: Easy

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Petrol: Not Included

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Accomodation: 3-4 Star Lodges

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Starting in Pretoria  and ending in Cape Town, this motorcycle Tour takes in all the best Riding that South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and the Garden Route have on offer.

Your first stop is Bikers Paradise in Mpumalanga. Here you visit waterfalls, and awe-inspiring viewpoints, and ride twisting mountain passes.  You then enjoy a Big 5 Safari Into Kruger National Park and ride into the Mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, experiencing colorful Swazi culture and hospitality before venturing back into South Africa again where you ride off the beaten path to spend a night in the Kwazulu Nata Battlefields.

Next up you ride through the spectacular Drakensberg mountains and Golden Gate National Park to Clarens. Heading South you enter Lesotho and enjoy riding “The Alps of Africa” to Semonkong Lodge, your home for the next 2 Nights. This is a place where time stood still. On your rest day you can meet the Basotho people, admire the Matseluyne Falls, and enjoy all Lesotho has on offer before riding back into South Africa Again.

Next up you get to spend  2 Magical nights in Addo Elephant National Park. Here the Elephant is King and you enjoy an open-vehicle Big 5 safari. You then Ride into Garden Route National Park, Marvel at the Knysna Heads, Get up close and personal with ostriches in Oudtshoorn and ride the tar and gravel mountain passes that the Garden Route is world famous for.

Your ride then takes you along Route 62 into the Karoo Desert, where you can stop in at Ronnies Sex shop and get your photos taken at the southernmost tip of Africa. From here you hug ocean roads, visit penguins on the beach and taste wine in the Cape Winelands.

On your final day, you enjoy a triumphant ride into Cape Town, Riding to the bottom of Cape Point and then enjoying the famous Chapmans Peak road into the Mother City!

Day 1: Pretoria to Magoebaskloof
Day 2: Magoebaskloof- Panorama Route- Hazyview
Day 3: Safari/Rest Day Kruger National Park
Day 4: Hazview to Swaziland
Day 5: Swaziland to Battlefields, South Africa
Day 6: Battlefields to Clarens via Golden Gate
Day 7: Clarens to Semonkong, Lesotho
Day 8: Rest Day Semonkong
Day 9: Semonkong to Aliwal North
Day 10: Aliwal North to Addo Elephant Park
Day 11: Safari/Rest Day, Addo Elephant Park 
Day 12: Addo to Storms River, Garden Route National Park
Day 13:  Storms River to Oudtshoorn
Day 14: Rest Day Oudtshoorn
Day 15: Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas
Day 16: Cape Agulhas to Cape Winelands
Day 17: Cape Winelands – Cape Point- Cape Town
Day 18: End of Tour

Day 1: Pretoria to Magoebaskloof (+-350km)
Highlights: Scenic mountain passes, Magoebaskloof

Today you make your way up North into Limpop province. As you head up north, the roads become mountainous with beautiful views of the rolling hills below.. Enjoy the great twisties and arrive in Magoebaskloof in the late afternoon. Your hotel has breathtaking views of the valley below and there is an optional ride to see Debegeni Falls

Riding Mpumalanga

Day 2: Magoebaskloof- Panorama route – Hazyview (+- 270km)
Highlights: God’s Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels, Waterfalls, Magical Views Sites

Today you 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 viewpoints, rock formations, and waterfalls along the way. The route includes stops at Bourkes Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels, and God’s Window as well as a waterfall or two. You will arrive in Hazyview in the Late Afternoon. (B)

The Blyde River Canyon View site

Day 3: Half Day Safari- Kruger National Park (+-50km)
Highlights: Safari, African wildlife

Today you will bid goodbye to your motorcycle and board a game-viewing Safari vehicle which will transport you 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. You will have a full morning to spot lions, elephants, birds, and many different species of animals. In the afternoon, you will be returned to your hotel in Hazyview where we can relax around the pool or take part in any of the optional activities in the area. There is an Optional 215 km Twisty Ride that will take you over the Famous Long Tom Pass and to the Gold Mining Town of Pilgrims Rest or you can extend your half Day Kruger Safari into a Full Day Safari at no extra cost.(B)

Leopard @ Kruger National Park

Day 4: Hazyview to Swaziland (+-280km)
Highlights: Kingdom of Swaziland

Today you ride down south into the Mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland (Now called Eswatini) . Kids wave and smile as you ride on by, so excited to see the motorcycles. Your first stop inside Swaziland is Sibebe Rock (2nd Largest Rock in the world). Next up you can visit Mantenga Nature Reserve to enjoy a tour of a living Swazi Village complete with Swazi Dancers in their colorful traditional clothing. Tonight,  enjoy a candlelit dinner overlooking Execution Rock at your beautiful lodge situated in Ezulwini Valley (B)

Sibebe Rock, Swaziland

Day 5:  Swaziland to Kwazulu Natal Battlefields  (+- 290km)
Highlights: Tour of the Anglo Zulu Battlefields

Entering South Africa again, you make your way to the battlefields of the powerful Zulu Nation. Your Lodge for tonight is off the beaten track in rural South Africa. En route, enjoy about 40km of good gravel roads, and arrive in time for lunch. This afternoon there is an optional tour of Isandlwana Battlefield with a local guide who makes the battlefields come alive as he shares his local knowledge with you (B,D)

Good Hard Packed Gravel leading to the Battlefields

Day 6: Battlefields to Clarens (+-340 km)
Highlights: Drakensberg, Golden Gate National Park, Clarens

Today you enjoy more great riding as you reach the Drakensburg Mountains. This afternoon you will ride twisting mountain roads that take you up into Golden Gate National Park with breathtaking views of the Golden Sandstone Cliffs below. Tonight you sleep in the Artists Village of Clarens. On arrival, you can enjoy a walk around this cozy little town, taste some beer at the local brewery and enjoy a lovely pub meal  at any of the local eateries within walking distance of your hotel (B)

Ride the Drakensberg Mountains

Day 7: Clarens to Semonkong, Lesotho (+-276 km)
Highlights: Ride your 3rd African Country- The Alps of Africa

It’s time to ride the ALPS of Africa! The whole of Lesotho is situated in the mountains. The main form of transportation here is horseback as most of the country is only accessible via small mountain paths. That said, the roads that they do have, are a true work of Art! Spend the whole day riding beautiful twisting mountain passes that take you high up into the Mountains.  There is hardly any traffic! This afternoon you will arrive at Semonkong Lodge- your home for the next 2 Nights, where you will sleep in a luxurious stone cottage complete with  a fireplace. After a warm shower, hit the Duck and Donkey Tavern and enjoy a well earned Maluti Beer! (B)

Riding Lesotho- The Alps of Africa

Day 8: Rest Day Lesotho (0-50km)
Highlights: Waterfalls, Mountains, Village Life, Donkey Pub Crawl

Semonkong is a perfect place for a rest day- there is so much to see and do. You may wish to attempt the “Worlds Highest Abseil” 186 Meters- over the breathtaking Matlesunyane Falls. Other optional activities include Fly Fishing (In season) Horseback riding, 4 x 4 Tours,  Hiking, Village tours, or our favorite: a Donkey Pub Crawl. Ride local donkeys into town and visit local “Shebeens” (Bar/Taverns) for a truly local experience. (B, D)


Semonkong Falls

Day 09: Semonkong to Aliwal North, South Africa (+- 290 km)
Highlights: Amazing mountain Passes

Today you make your way down through Lesotho and out the Qachas Neck Border post into South Africa again. En route, you will enjoy hundreds of twisties that will make you smile from ear to ear. Tonight you sleep in a small town called Aliwal North and enjoy South African Hospitality at its finest (B)

More Beautiful Riding through Lesotho

Day 10: Aliwal North to Addo Elephant Park (+- 440 km)
Highlights: Big 5 Safari Time

Enjoy the backroads of the Eastern Cape as you make your way further down South to Addo Elephant National Park. Your accommodation for the night is right on the edge of the Park, so close that you can hear the lions roaring. (B)

Addo Elephant National Park

Day 11: Rest Day Addo Elephant Park  (+- 0-100 km)
Highlights: Big 5 Safari and South African BBQ

Today you Swop 2 Wheels for 4, as you spend a full day on Safari in Addo Elephant National Park.  For lunch, you will be treated to a Traditional Braai (bbq)before you hop back on the game viewer for some more wildlife viewing. Addo is famous for its large herds of Elephants as well as other unique wildlife.  (B,L)

 You are in the wild here

Day 12: Addo to Storms River (+- 250 km)
Highlights: Tsitsikamma, Suspension bridges, Storms River Mouth and riding the Garden Route

Today you follow the coastal route to the start of the famous Garden Route and ride into the Garden Route National Park where you will sleep in a wooden cabin overlooking Storms River Mouth with crashing ocean waves below. You will have the whole afternoon free to explore this beautiful National Park. Storms River is the start of the famous “Otter Trail”  and you can walk part of the hike down to the breathtaking suspension bridges between the sea cliffs. For those brave enough there is an optional boat or Kayak adventure available to explore the waterways going up the Gorge (B)

Tsitsikamma Suspension Bridges

Day 13: Storms River- Knysna- Oudtshoorn  (+- 260km)
Highlights: Knysna Heads, Garden Route Mountain Passes

Today you ride the world-famous Garden Route. Your first stop is the spectacular Bloukrans Gorge. Bloukrans is home to the world’s Highest Bungee Jump (216 Meters of pure adrenaline) Next up you ride into Knysna and marvel at the beautiful Knysna Heads. From here, you can either take the dirt or tar route up into the Mountains. Both options include unbelievable views and the spectacular mountain roads that the Garden Route is Known for. You should arrive in Oudtshoorn- the Ostrich Capital of South Africa- in the late afternoon. This will be your home for the next two nights. (B)

Riding breathtaking mountain passes

Day 14: Oudtshoorn Rest Day: (0- 250 km)
Highlights: Garden Route, Ostrich farms, Cango Caves and spectacular mountain passes

Today is a rest day- but there is so much to see and do. You may wish to take a guided tour of the Cango Caves with its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and a tour of a working Ostrich farm- where you will get to feed, touch, and hug Ostriches. If you would like to do some more exciting gravel riding, there is an optional ride over the famous Swartberg Pass, This is a bucket list ride for Adventure Bikers the world over. This Afternoon-relax and enjoy the warm Karoo Hospitality that this area is known for. (B)

Feeding Ostriches in the Garden Route

Day 15: Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas (+- 350 km)
Highlights: Route 62, Folding Mountain Passes, The Southern Most Tip of Africa

After an early breakfast, you make your way to the start of Route 62. The road winds through the Swartberg Mountains and beautiful foothills in its valleys. You make your way down to Cape Agulhas- the Southernmost tip of Africa at 34° South and 20° East. Here the ice-cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean meet the warm Indian Ocean, creating a turbulent mixture of untamed beauty. It is always a great feeling to reach south­ern most point of Africa and there are great photo opportunities at the tip! You can also visit the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse to get your passport stamped and visit Parrie the Sting Ray in the harbor (B)

Cape Agulhas- The Southern Most Tip of Africa

Day 16: Cape Agulhas to Cape Winelands (+- 300 km)
Highlights: Cape Winelands

Today you make your way to The Cape Winelands. En- Route you can stop in at Hermanus- the whale-watching capital of South Africa and also at Bettys Bay where you can get up close to penguins living on the beach. The Cape Winelands is a beautiful landscape of vineyards, mountains, and fruit farms. The riding here is also world-class with some exciting mountain passes. Tonight you will sleep in the heart of the winelands and can enjoy some local wine tasting. (B)

Taste the best wine in the Cape Region

Day 17: Cape Winelands- Cape Point- Cape Town (+- 180 km)
Highlights: Cape Point, Chapmans Peak, Simons Town, Coastal Roads, Signal Hill

Today you make your way to Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City. Today is the highlight of the trip as there are beautiful coastal views with twisting roads cut into the sea cliffs virtually all the way. Start your day off with a ride to “Simonstown”- a working navy base. After that,  make your way to Cape Point (the most South-westerly point of Africa- (with views of the Cape Peninsula). Next up, ride over the famous Chapmans Peak drive past False Bay, and over Signal Hill into Cape Town, where you can celebrate the end of an EPIC motorcycle tour at the V&A Waterfront (B)

Arriving in Cape Town with amazing views of Table Mountain

Day 18: 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. (B)

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2023 Pricing

Riding 1up sharing on an F7500GS: ZAR 96,730
Riding 1up sharing on an F850GS: ZAR 97,990
Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS: ZAR 113,190
Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS ADV: ZAR 118,900
To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 36,250
For Single supplement, add: ZAR 14,900

Prices quoted in South African Currency- ZAR.
For up to date exchange rates visit www.xe.com

Price Includes:

  • 18 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • Side panniers and Top box for Luggage
  • Gps Loaded with route Maps
  • 18 Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • 18 Breakfast, 2 Dinners
  • Half-Day Big 5  Safari in Kruger National Park
  • Full-Day Big 5 Safari in Addo Elephant Park
  • Entrance fee to Garden Route National Park
  • Guide Book or Detailed Tour App with Map Links
  • Map of South Africa
  • Basic Tools, spares and Mini compressor
  • 24 Hour back up suppourt
  • Free Transfers from the Johannesburg International Airport
  • Free Transfers to the Cape Town International Airport
  • The most amazing motorcycle adventure you have ever had!
  • Transfers of the motorcycle from Cape Town back to Pretoria
  • Motorcycle Insurance (Excess Payable)
  • All Taxes

Price does not include:

  • Tour Guide
  • Back Up Vehicle
  • Petrol and Toll fees
  • Local and International Flights
  • Visas (Note American, Australian and British 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 18 Nights of 3-4 Star Accommodation

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 BnBs, or places that have a good atmosphere, exceptional staff, and all the modern amenities. 

Examples of Hotels on the  19 Day South African Safari 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

Semonkong Lodge


This is a one-of-a-kind luxury lodge located in one of the most remote countries in the world- Lesotho. Situated in a small village, on the river, this lodge is a hive of activity, relax on your balcony as you watch Basotho herdsman riding their horses down into town with their pack donkeys and sheep. Enjoy a cozy evening at your fireplace in your stone-walled chalet. Dine on delicious homemade bread and other delectable treats at the Duck and Donkey Pub

Storms River Mouth Rest Camp


Here we stay in beautiful well-appointed chalets or wooden cabins, each featuring amazing sea views. Take a walk down to the Suspension Bridges between the sea cliffs and enjoy a delicious meal at the oceanside restaurant. This is a National Park so you will be surrounded by wildlife including monkeys, Dassies, and small antelope

President Hotel, Cape Town


This is a beautiful fresh and sunny hotel with incredible ocean views. It has a great central location in Sea Point, walking distance from the promenade and a quick taxi ride to the VA Waterfront. The Hop on Hop off Cape Town City Sightseeing bus leaves from just across the road.

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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18 Day South African Safari Self Guided Tour

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18 Day Self Guided Motorcycle Tour of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho

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Price Includes:

  • 18 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • Side panniers and Top box for Luggage
  • Gps Loaded with route Maps
  • 18 Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • 18 Breakfast, 2 Dinners
  • Half-Day Big 5  Safari in Kruger National Park
  • Full-Day Big 5 Safari in Addo Elephant Park
  • Entrance fee to Garden Route National Park
  • Guide Book or Detailed Tour App with Map Links
  • Map of South Africa
  • Basic Tools, spares and Mini compressor
  • 24 Hour back up suppourt
  • Free Transfers from the Johannesburg International Airport
  • Free Transfers to the Cape Town International Airport
  • The most amazing motorcycle adventure you have ever had!
  • Transfers of the motorcycle from Cape Town back to Pretoria
  • Motorcycle Insurance (Excess Payable)
  • All Taxes

Price does not include:

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