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8 Day Cape Explorer Tour 

 

8 Day
Motorcycle Tour of Cape Town and the Garden Route

This EXCITING tour takes in the best TAR and Dirt roads of South Africa’s Famous Garden Route..

At a Glance

Dates 14- 22 Jan 2024 | 23- 31 Jan 2024 (Reverse) | 09- 17 February 2024 | 14 - 22 September 2024 | 11 - 24 Nov 2024

Start: Cape Town End: Port Elizabeth (One way flight back to Cape Town or JHB is included)

Mileage: +-1,700km

Countries: South Africa

Daily Distance

Daily Distance: 200- 300 km (Avg of 250)

Road Surfaces:80% Tar, 20% Good hardpacked gravel

Rest Day: 6 Riding days, 2 Rest Days

Difficulty: Easy with a bit of Gravel

Petrol: Included

Accomodation: 3-4 Star Lodges

Starting in Cape Town, we tour the Cape Peninsula, visit Cape Point and sleep in the beautiful village of Franschoek (French Corner) surrounded by the wine farms of the Cape Winelands. (Wine tasting included!)

Next up we make our way to the Southern Most Tip of African at Cape Agulhas. Here the cold Atlantic Ocean meets the Warm Indian Ocean in a turbulent mix of untamed beauty

We then ride Scenic Route 62 To Outdsthoorn-  The Ostrich Capital of South Africa. We have rest day here were you can ride some exciting tar and gravel mountain passes (Die Hel or Swartberg Pass), visit an ostrich farm or the Cango Caves

Next up, we head down over the beautiful Outeniqua Pass and spend a night in Knysna at the waterfront where we admire the beautiful Knynsa headlands. We then carry on the ride to Storms River Mouth in the Garden Route National Park. Those brave enough can do the World’s Highest Bungee Jump on the way.

After viewing the Storms River Mouth  Suspension Bridges we  enjoy a  Safari into Addo Elephant National Park. Here we can see  the BIG 5, incluiding Lion, elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard- living in the wild.

The tour ends in Port Elizabeth on Day 8 and includes a flight back to Cape Town or Johannesburg.

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TOUR ITINERARY

Day 0: Arrive in Cape Town
Day 1: Cape Town – Cape Point- Cape Winelands
Day 2: Cape Winelands- Hermanus- Cape Agulhas
Day 3: Cape Agulhas to Oudtshoorn
Day 4: Oudtshoorn Rest Day
Day 5: Oudtshoorn to Knysna
Day 6: Knysna to Tsitsikamma
Day 7: Tsitsikamma to Addo Elephant Park
Day 8: End of Tour- Port Elizabeth

Day 0 Arrive in South Africa (+-50km)
Highlights: Explore Cape Town

Welcome to South Africa. You will be transferred from the airport to our hotel located within walking distance of the VA Waterfront with spectacular views of Table Mountain. There is so much to see and do in Cape Town. Take a hop on hop off bus tour, visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandla was imprisoned for 26 years or take the Cable car to the top of Table Mountain. This afternoon we will have a tour briefing, followed by our official welcome dinner (D)


Welcome to Cape Town

Day 1 Cape Town- Cape Point- Cape Winelands (+- 180km)
Highlights: Cape Point, Wine Tasting

Today is a highlight of the tour- we explore beautiful coastal roads to Cape Point Peninsuala and then head into the beautiful Cape Winelands over exciting mountain passes and sleep Surrounded by beautiful wine farms. Tonight we enjoy tasting South African Wine. (B,L,D)

Wine Tasting

Day 2 Cape Winelands – Hermanus- Cape Agulhas (+- 293km)
Highlights: The Southern Most Tip of Africa

Today we make our way over the famous Franschoek pass and ride beautiful coastal roads through the Cape Overberg. We stop off to see the Penguin colony living on the beach in Bettys Bay and then make our way to Cape Agulhas- the Southernmost tip of Africa. Situated at 34.8 Degrees South and 20 degrees east- this is also the point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Tonight we dine at a famous local restaurant- with world-class fresh seafood  (B,L, D)


Cape Agulhas The Southern Most Tip of Africa

Day 3 Cape Agulhas to Oudtshoorn (+-375km)
Highlights: Route 62, Ostriches

From the Southern Tip of Africa, we make our way over the famous Tradouw pass to Route 62. Route 62 is South Africa’s answer to Route 66 in America- it is a beautiful secondary road that winds its way through the Mighty Karoo Desert, through small quirky towns and villages. We make a few interesting stops (including Ronnies Sex Shop) and arrive in Oudtshoorn in the last afternoon. Oudtshoorn is the Ostrich Capital of South Africa. Tonight we enjoy a traditional ostrich braai (bbq) (B, L, D)


Ostrich Capital of South Africa

Day 4: Rest Day Oudtshoorn
Highlights: Optional Ride up Swartberg Pass, Cango Caves, Ostrich farms

Day 4 is a rest day- but there is so much to see and do. We will have 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. For those that would like to do some more exciting dirt riding there will be 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,L,D)


Swartberg Pass

Day 5 Oudtshoorn to Knysna
Highlights: Dirt and Tar Passes of the Garden Route

Today we make our way down to the Indian Ocean, where we will be spending the night at the Knysna Waterfront and we visit the famous Knysna Heads. En route you can choose to ride Tar over Outeniqua Pass or the gravel road over Price Alfred Pass- Both options are breathtaking! Welcome to bikers paradise!  (B,L,D)

Enjoy the Mountain Passes of the Garden Route

Day 6 Knysna to Tsitsikamma (+-100km)
Highlights: Route 62, Cape Agulhas

Next up we ride to the Garden Route National Park. En route we stop off at Bloukrans Bungee. This is the highest Bungee Jump in the world- and those brave enough and attempt the 214 metre high Jump, and the rest of us can just admire the breathtaking views. From the bungee site we ride down to Storm River mouth where we spend the night in wooden cabins overlooking the ocean. This afternoon you can enjoy a short walk to the breathtaking suspension bridges hanging between the sea cliffs. Otherwise, you may wish to just relax, enjoy some more rides in the area, or take part in some exciting optional activities. (B, L,D)


Storms River Mouth

Day 7: Tsitsikamma to Addo Elephant Park
Highlights: Big 5 Safari

This morning we make our way to Addo Elephant National park, home to Africa’s famous BIG 5. Later we will embark on a sunset game drive in an open safari vehicle. Addo is famous for its large herds of elephants and other exciting wildlife. There is nothing quite like enjoying an ice cold drink in an open safari vehicle as the sun goes down, animals serenading us in the distance. Tonight is our last night of the tour and we celebrate the end of an amazing Motorcycle Tour around a crackling fire!  (B,L,D)


Addo Elephant Park

Day 8: End of Tour

Unfortunately, your motorcycle tour of Cape Town and the Garden Route has come to an end. The tour officially ends after breakfast and transfers will be arranged to the  Port Elizabeth airport. Your tour price includes a one way flight to either Cape Town or Johannesburg so please let us know where you would like to fly. You may wish to spend a few extra nights at Addo Elephant Park enjoying Game Drives and Game walks or perhaps book one of our Add on Tours to Victoria Falls or Kruger National Park. The Sama Team will happily book any post-tour activities for you. (B)


The two wheel time of your life!

2024 Pricing

Riding 1up sharing on an F750GS: ZAR 65,890
Riding 1up sharing on an F850GS: ZAR 68,550
Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS: ZAR 75,650
Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS ADV: ZAR 78,680
To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 28,000
For a Single supplement, add: ZAR 6,200
Prices quoted in South African Currency- ZAR.

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Price Includes:

  • 7 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 8 Night’s Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches 7 Dinner
  • Tour Guide Riding on a motorcycle
  • Back up Vehicle
  • All petrol and toll fees
  • Entrance to Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Cango Caves
  • Cango Ostrich Farm
  • Entrance to Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve
  • Safari into Addo Elephant Park
  • Transfers to and from the Cape Town international Airport and Port Elizabeth Airport
  • One way flight from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town or Johannesburg
  • Guide Book with Detailed Itinerary
  • Map of South Africa
  • Filtered Water, coffee and Snacks
  • Map of Southern Africa
  • Sama T-shirt
  • Motorcycle Insurance (Excess payment applicable)
Price does not include:
  • Domestic and International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All items not mentioned in “Price includes”
  • All meals and drinks other than those specified in “Price includes”
  • All Entrance fees other than those specified in “Price 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 8 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  8 Day Cape Explorer Tour:

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.

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

Zuurberg Mountain Village


Zuurberg Mountain Village is a 160 year old haven of historical delight situated high up on the Zuurberg Pass in malaria-free Addo. An exclusive mountain top Hotel, set in 160 hectares of indigenous vegetation with breath-taking views of the famous Addo Elephant National Park

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.
80% Of this tour takes places on good Tarmac roads, 20% Takes place on good hardpacked Gravel roads. If you are not comfortable on the Gravel, we can plan alternate tar routes for you.
We recommend being bike-fit, However Rest Days are scheduled regularly.

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8 Day Guided Cape Explorer Tour

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8 Day Motorcycle Tour of South Africa, Cape Town and the Garden Route

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8 Day Motorcycle Tour of South Africa, Cape Town and the Garden Route