SAMA MOTORCYCLE TOURS
10 Day African Explorer Tour

SOUTHERN AFRICA
Great Motorcycle Adventure through South Africa and Swaziland!

This motorcycle tour of South Africa has it all. Experience African wildlife and South Africa’s best roads on an exciting 10 day adventure. This tour takes  place in Mpumalanga, (often referred to as Bikers paradise) the Kruger National Park, Kingdom of Swaziland, St. Lucia, Hluhluwe National Park and the Kwazulu Natal Battlefields.

This part of South Africa is off the beaten Track- it is the real Africa!

ITINERARY

 

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 Pretoria
Day 10 End of Tour

 

DETAILED ITINERARY
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.

Pretoria the Jacaranda City

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


Bulembu Pass, Swaziland

Day 6:  Swaziland to St. Lucia (+- 310km)
Highlights: Relaxing drive through African Countryside

Today we make our way through Swaziland to South Africa’s Zulu Kingdom, homeland of the proud Zulu nation. We make our way down to St Lucia- a world heritage site that is famous for its nature beauty, wildlife and deserted beaches. St. Lucia is also home to an abundance of Hippos and crocodiles that live on the estuary around which the town is based. Tonight we will walk into town for a delicious meal. (B,L,D)


St Lucia- home to hundreds of Hippos

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

Today is dedicated to experiencing African Wildlife! We start off the day with an early morning  a 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 crocodile while enjoying a an ice cold drink. Bliss! (B,D)


Safari into Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve

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!


Rural Kwazulu Natal- Rorkes Drift Hotel

Day 9: Battlefields to Pretoria ( +- 550 km)
Highlights: Relaxing drive through African Countryside

Time to head back to Pretoria, after a scrumptious breakfast we start the journey back! It is a nice relaxing ride through the interior of South Africa, The bikes will be returned in the afternoon and in the evening we will have a get together where everybody can reminisce about the previous days after which you will be returned to the hotel. (B,L,D)

Local Kids love the motorcycles

Day 10: 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)

DATES

DATES 2020:
06- 16 March ’20
11- 21 September ’20

DATES 2021:
08- 18 January ’21
05- 15 March ’21
10 – 20 September ’21

PRICING AND INCLUSIONS
2020 and 2021  Pricing
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 56,670
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F7500GS:  ZAR 60,000
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F800GS: ZAR 57,880
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F850GS:  ZAR 61,230
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS: ZAR 61,230
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS:  ZAR 65,370
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: ZAR 64,020
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS ADV:  ZAR 65,700
  • To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 25,680
  • For Single supplement, add: ZAR 4,880
  • Prices quoted in South African Currency- ZAR.
  • For up to date exchange rates visit www.xe.com

How does the pricing work:
All prices are quoted per motorcycle based on riding 1 up and sharing accommodation. If you would like to bring a passenger add the "Pillion price" to the base price OR if you would like your own room, add the "Single Supplement price" to the base price to get your total.
Prices are quoted on a per person basis in South African Currency (ZAR). For up to date exchange rates, please visit www.xe.com

Price Includes

  • 9  Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 10 Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • Petrol and toll fees
  • Tour Guide on Motorcycle
  • Back Up vehicle
  • 10 Breakfast, 8 Lunches and 9 Dinners
  • Pretoria Day Tour
  • Big 5 Safari by motorcycle
  • Shangana Evening Festival
  • Half Day Kruger Park Safari
  • Safari into Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park
  • Tour of the Battlefields
  • 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
  • Full Motorcycle Insurance (Excess Payable)

Price does not include:

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

TOUR DIFFICULTY?

                 

This ride is suitable for most motorcyclists. +- 99% of the ride is on good tarmac roads. There are also some exciting off road options on good hard packed gravel roads. Daily distances are relatively short ( >450km) , there are rest days scheduled regularly and there are no long border crossings.
90% of this tour takes place on tarmac roads. The dirt roads are good hard-packed dirt. However, there are some long riding days and long border crossing. Some areas we visit are very rural and the roads sometimes have lots of potholes and other hazards. Need to be a confident rider.
This tour takes places 50% on tar roads and 50% on dirt roads. You need to be an experienced rider both on and off the pavement and have completed at least an intermediate riding course on a big Adventure bike- or have a lot of experience riding adventure bikes in your own country
PICTURE OF THE 10 DAY AFRICAN EXPLORER TOUR

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES 2020:
06- 16 March ’20
11- 21 September ’20

DATES 2021:
08- 18 January ’21
05- 15 March ’21
10 – 20 September ’21

START/END
Pretoria (Fly in/out of Johannesburg)

MILAGE:
+-1600km

DAILY DISTANCE
200- 550km (Avg of 350km)

REST DAYS:
7 Riding Days, 2 Rest Days

COUNTRIES:
South African and Swaziland

ROADS
99% Tar 

Difficulty:
Easy

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