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14 Day Cape Epic

 

14 Day
Motorcycle Tour of Cape Town and the Garden Route

This Round trip from Cape Town to Cape Town is EXCITING tour takes in the best TAR and Dirt roads of South Africa’s Famous Garden Route, Winelands, Cederberg and More.

At a Glance

Dates : 11- 25 November 2024

Start: Cape Town End: Cape Town

Mileage: +-2,575 km900

Countries: South Africa

Daily Distance

Daily Distance: 200- 400 km (Avg of 250)

Road Surfaces: 80-90% Tar, 10-20% gravel

Rest Day: 10 Riding Day/ 3 Rest or Safari Days

Difficulty: Easy with a bit of Gravel

Petrol: Included

Accomodation: 3-4 Star Lodges

Tour Difficulty

Easy

Starting in Cape Town, we tour the Cape Point Peninsula, visit the Navy village of Simons Town, and ride the epic coastal roads around the mother city with Table Mountain as our back drop

Next up we journey to Cape Agulhas, the Southernmost tip of Africa, and then visit the Garden Route Game Lodge where we enjoy 2 x Big 5 Safaris and stay in luxurious glamping suites. 

We meet up again with the Indian Ocean at Knysna, where we marvel at the Knysna heads and then spend the night in the Garden Route National Park where we visit the famous suspension bridges located between the sea cliffs

We then spend 2 Magical nights at Addo Elephant Park going on safari to see the majestic wild elephants and other members of the BIG 5 in their natural habitat

From here we ride Gravel and/or tar mountain passes that this area is famous for as we make our way to Oudtshoorn the ostrich capital of South Africa.  We then ride the Quirky Route 62 through the Karroo desert and spend a night in the breaktaking Cape Winelands surrounded by vineyards and mountains.

Next up we ride beautiful hardpacked gravel roads into the Wilderness Area of Cederberg where the stargazing is phenomenal and the landscape is breathtaking.

On our last day in the saddle, we check out some rock paintings and interesting rock formations before riding back to Cape Town where the tour ends on day 14.

What a RIDE!

Highlights include:

  • Riding Cape Town and Chapmans Peak
  • Visiting Cape Point
  • Southern Tip of Africa
  • 3 x Big 5 Safaris in two different Game Reserves
  • Riding the Tar and Gravel Mountain Passes of the Garden Route including Swartberg Pass and Prince Alfred Pass
  • Garden Route National Park
  • Quirky Route 62
  • Cape Winelands
  • Cederberg
  • Amazing food
  • High Quality Accommodation

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TOUR ITINERARY

Day 0: Arrive in Cape Town- Bonus night 
Day 1: Day Tour of Cape Town and Cape Point
Day 2: Cape Town to Cape Agulhas
Day 3: Cape Agulhas to Garden Route Game Lodge with Safari
Day 4: Garden Route Game Lodge- Knysna- StormsRiver Mouth 
Day 5: Storms River to Addo Elephant Park
Day 6: Addo Rest Day and Big 5 Safari
Day 7: Addo to Oudtshoorn
Day 8: Oudtshoorn Rest Day and optional ride Swartberg Pass
Day 9: Oudtshoorn- Route 62 -Montagu
Day 10: Montagu to Cape Winelands
Day 11: Rest Day Cape Winelands
Day 12: Frasnchoek- Bainskloof Pass- Cederberg
Day 13: Cederberg to Cape Town
Day 14: End of Tour

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. 


Welcome to Cape Town

Day 1 Cape Town- Cape Point- Cape Town (+- 180km)
Highlights: Cape Point, Simons Town, Cape Town Day Tour

This morning we have a hand over the motorcycles, do all the paperwork, and have a pre-tour briefing. We then enjoy a guided day tour of Cape Town and Cape Point taking in the Bokaap, Signal Hill, Cape Point, and Simons town while enjoying riding the beautiful coastal roads that Cape Town is famous for. Tonight we have the official welcome dinner and enjoy getting to know each other over a delicious meal (B,D)

Ride to the Cape Point Peninsula

Day 2 Cape Town to  Cape Agulhas (+- 360km)
Highlights: The Southern Most Tip of Africa

Today we make our way along beautiful coastal roads through the Cape Overberg. We stop off to see the Penguin colony living on the beach in Bettys Bay, try spot some whales in Hermanus 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 Garden Route Game Lodge (+-230km)
Highlights: Malgas Ferry, Big 5 Safari

From the Southern Tip of Africa, we explore some good hardpacked gravel roads as we make our way to the historical Malgas River Ferry. where we cross the scenic Breede River on a flat base pontoon. Next up we ride to the Garden Route National Park where we check in and enjoy a late afternoon BIG 5 Safari, looking out for Elephant, Lion, Zebra, and more (B,L,D)


Time for your first BIG 5 Safari

Day 4: Garden Route Game Lodge -Knysna- Storms River
Highlights: Safari, Knysna Heads, Storms River Mouth

Our morning starts bright and early with another Big 5 Safari. On return to the lodge, we enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we start our ride. We take the famous 7 Passes road (weather dependent) to Knysna to see the Knynsa Heads and the Knysna Lagoon. Next up we visit the Bloukrans Bungee Jump (The highest Bungee in the world) before continuing our journey to Storms River mouth where we spend the night in Ocean view chalets and walk the famous suspension bridges (B,L,D)

Storms River Mouth

Day 5: Storms River Mouth to Addo Elephant Park
Highlights: Addo Elephant Park

We have another leisurely morning planned to enjoy this beautiful Ocean park. This morning there is an optional speed boat ride or Kayak up the Storms River Gorge. At around 11:00am we will start our ride to Addo Elephant Park. We will stop in the Surfing Mecca of J-Bay for lunch overlooking the perfect surf break and arrive in Addo in the late afternoon- our home for the next two nights (B, L,D)


Addo Elephant Park

Day 6: Rest Day Addo Elephant Park
Highlights: Big 5 Safari and BUSH Braai (BBQ)

Today is all about wildlife. We hop into specialized wildlife viewing vehicles and spend a full day on Safari in Addo Elephant Park.  Addo is famous for its large herds of elephants and other exciting wildlife. For lunch our local guides will braai (bbq) for us in the bush, South African Style and we will return back to our lodge in the late afternoon (B,L,D)


Full day Safari

Day 7: Addo to Oudtshoorn
Highlights: Ostriches, Meiringspoort Waterfall and Pass

We are officially halfway through the tour and it’s time to start heading west again back to Cape Town. We make our way through the back roads of the western cape to Oudtshoorn- The ostrich capital of South Africa. Along the way, we enjoy a visit (and optional swim) in the Meirinspoort Waterfall. An Ostrich farm in the Karoo will be our home for the next 2 Nights (B,L,D)


The two wheel time of your life!

Day 8: Oudtshoorn rest day and optional ride 0- 100km
Highlights: Ostriches, Cango Caves and Swartberg Pass

Today is a rest day but there is so much to see and do. There will be an optional ride to Cango Ostrich Farm and Cango Caves. This will be followed by a Ride up and over the famous Swartberg Pass with its steep turns and breathtaking scenery. We will have lunch in Prince Albert and then return to Oudtshoorn in the early afternoon. Tonight there is an Ostrich Braai (bbq) to experience some of the local culture and hospitality. (B,D)

Day 9: Oudtshoorn to Montagu via Route 62
Highlights: Quirky Route 62

Today we ride the world-famous Route 62- This is South Africa’s answer to Route 66 in the USA, a small forgotten highway that travels through the Karoo Desert with lots of quirky stops along the way like Ronnies Sex Shop and the Karoo Moon Motel. We will enjoy some gravel and tar mountain passes and arrive at our country hotel in the late afternoon (B,L,D)

Day 10: Montagu to Frasnchoek in the Cape Winelands
Highlights: Mountains, Vineyards, Wine and culinary delights

Are we in Africa or in Europe? This is the question we ask ourselves as we ride today. Leaving Route 62 behind we enjoy riding some tar and gravel mountain passes that are famous in this region. We enjoy a leisurely lunch in the historical town of Greyton and then ride over the Franschhoek pass. Tonight we sleep in the center of town, surrouded by vineyards and mountain peaks. (B,L,D)

Franschhoek Pass

Day 11: Rest Day Frasnchoek in the Cape Winelands
Highlights: Mountains, Vineyards, Wine and culinary delights

We enjoy a well-earned rest day in the Franschhoek. There is an option today to get on the Hop on Hop off wine tram to visit several wine farms in the area. Don’t like wine? Not to worry! There is also cheese tasting, biltong tasting, chocolate tasting, and all sorts of culinary delights. We know in every group there are a bunch of guys who just want to ride, so if that is you, there will be an optional ride today to enjoy some more of the epic roads in the area. For the ladies- why not enjoy a spa treatment or some shopping? The options are endless (B,D)


A day off the bikes to relax

Day 12: Franchoek to Cederberg
Highlights: Cederberg Wilderness

Today is a real highlight of the tour as we travel by good hard-packed gravel roads into the Cederberg Mountains. En Route, we will visit the famous Tankwa Padstal for Lunch and then continue on to our remote lodge for the night where we will enjoy dinner under the stars and share stories around a roaring fire. Remember to look up This area is famous for its beautiful star gazing (B,L,D)


Tankwa Padstal- Our lunch stop 

Day 13: Cederberg to Cape Town
Highlights: More Great Riding

Today we enjoy more great riding through the Cederberg up high over the Algeria Pass and the Pakhuis Pass. We stop in to see some ancient rock formations and san rock art and then enjoy a hearty lunch in Clanwilliam before riding back into Cape Town. Tonight we go out to celebrate the end of an amazing 2 Week tour at one of Cape Town’s Best Restaurants (B,L,D)


Cederberg Riding

 

Day 14: End of Tour

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 Southern Africa and the warm people you have met. Transfers will be arranged to the airport.

Cape Town is such a beautiful city and is really worth staying for a few extra nights after the tour- there is so much to see and do including Cable Car Rides up Table Mountain, Robben Island trips to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 26 years and wine tasting tours to sample our famous South African wines.

You may wish to extend your time in Southern Africa with an add on tour- check out all the options on our add on tour page

2024 Pricing

Riding 1up sharing on an F750GS: ZAR 106,770
Riding 1up sharing on an F850GS: ZAR 108,200
Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS: ZAR 118,430
Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS ADV: ZAR 124,350
To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 43,690
For Single supplement, add: ZAR 7,380
Prices quoted in South African Currency- ZAR.

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Price Includes:

  • 14 days Motorcycle Rental
  • 14 Night 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • Petrol and toll fees
  • Tour Guide on Motorcycle
  • Back Up vehicle
  • 14 Breakfast, 11 Lunches and 13 Dinners
  • 2 x Safaris in Garden Route Game Park
  • 1 x Safari in Addo Elephant Park
  • Cango Caves Tour
  • Ostrich Farm
  • Entrance Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Entrance to Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • T-shirt
  • Guide Book
  • Map of South Africa
  • Free Transfers from Cape Town International Airport
  • Motorcycle transport back from Cape Town
  • The most amazing motorcycle adventure you have ever had!
  • All Taxes
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. 

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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14 Day Cape Epic Guided Motorcycle Tour

R106,770.00

14 Days Guided Motorcycle Tour

Cape Town to the Garden Route and back to CAPE Town with all the best riding and wildlife in between.

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Price Includes:
  • 14 days Motorcycle Rental
  • 14 Night 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • Petrol and toll fees
  • Tour Guide on Motorcycle
  • Back Up vehicle
  • 14 Breakfast, 11 Lunches and 13 Dinners
  • 2 x Safaris in Garden Route Game Park
  • 1 x Safari in Addo Elephant Park
  • Cango Caves Tour
  • Ostrich Farm
  • Entrance Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Entrance to Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • T-shirt
  • Guide Book
  • Map of South Africa
  • Free Transfers from Cape Town International Airport
  • Motorcycle transport back from Cape Town
  • The most amazing motorcycle adventure you have ever had!
  • All Taxes
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”