SAMA MOTORCYCLE TOURS
12 Ultimate African Experience Tour

SOUTHERN AFRICA
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!

ITINERARY

Day 0: Arrive in South Africa (0-50km)
Transfer to your hotel in Pretoria- Welcome to Africa!

Day 1: Day Tour of Pretoria and Surrounds (+-70km)
Enjoy a BIG 5 Game Drive on your motorcycle in Dinokeng Nature Reserve.

Day 2: Pretoria to Hazyview (+-450km)
Ride North East to Bikers Paradise in Mpumalanga. Enjoy an African Feast and Dancing

Day 3: Ride the Panorama Route (+-250km)
Ride the famous Sabie Triangle, explore the Panorama Route, visit view sites and waterfalls.

Day 4: Kruger National Park Safari (0-50km)
Enjoy a safari into the World Famous Kruger National Park, look out Lions, Elephants, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard.

Day 5: Kruger to Swaziland (+-300km)
Ride the Mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, sleep in the Valley of Heaven.

Day 6: Swaziland to St. Lucia (+-350km)
Ride South into South Africa again, sleep in St. Lucia surrounded by hippos and crocodiles

Day 7: Rest Day St. Lucia (0-50km)
Cruise on the Lake, Safari into Hluhluwe,  Relax on the beach- Lots of optional activities to choose from.

Day 8: St. Lucia to Kwazulu Natal Battlefields (+-200km)
Visit historic battle sites commemorating the Anglo- Zulu War. Sleep in Rural Natal.

Day 9: Kwazulu Natal Battlefields to Clarens (+-450km)
Ride through the Drakensberg Mountains and Golden Gate National Park

Day 10: Day Trip to Katse Dam, Lesotho (+-420km)
Ride the "Alps of Africa"- more turns within 80km than any other road in Africa

Day 11: Clarens to Pretoria (+-400km)
Ride the back roads of the Orange Free State

Day 12: End of Tour (0-50km)
Transfers to airport will be arranged. You can  wish to book an add on tour to Victoria Falls or Cape Town

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 (+- 350km)
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. 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: Many Exciting Optional Activities

St Lucia has so much to offer that we suggest an action packed day undertaking one of the many optional activities on offer e.g. Whale watching & turtle tours (in season). Full and half day game drives are also available into the magnificent Umfolozi/Hluhluwe game reserve. You can also visit a Zulu cultural village . As all activities are extremely popular, to avoid disappointment, Sama prefers to pre-book activities for you. (B,D)

Rhino
Game Drives in Kosi Bay and Hluhluwe are popular

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 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  (+- 350 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 days riding.

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)

DATES

08 - 20 February 2019
More dates available on request

PRICING AND INCLUSIONS

2019 Pricing

  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 65,140
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F800GS: ZAR 66,800
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS: ZAR 72,370
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: ZAR 75,080
  • To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 27,000
  • For Single supplement, add: ZAR 7,690

Price Includes:

  • 12 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 12 Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • Petrol and toll fees
  • Tour Guide on Motorcycle
  • Back Up vehicle
  • 12 Breakfast, 11 Lunches and 11 Dinners
  • Pretoria Day Tour
  • Big 5 Safari by motorcycle
  • Shangana Evening Festival
  • Kruger Park Safari
  • Hippo and Croc Cruise in St. Lucia
  • 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

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"

Prices quoted in South African Currency- ZAR.

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
PICTURES OF THE 12 DAY ULTIMATE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE TOUR

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
5 – 17 June 2020
4- 16 June 2021

START AND END
Pretoria (Fly into Johannesburg)

MILEAGE
+-2850

DAILY DISTANCE
100-500 km per day (Average 300 km per day)

REST DAYS
2 Rest Days, 9 Riding Days

COUNTRIES:
South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho

ROADS:
95% Tar, 5% Good Gravel

DIFFICULTY:
Easy

MEALS:
12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 3 dinners.

ACCOMMODATION
3-4 Star Lodges, B&B’s & Boutique Hotels

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