SAMA MOTORCYCLE TOURS
13 Day African Kingdom Adventure

A good mixture of Gravel and Tar- perfect for Adventure Bikers.

This ride take you on all the Best Roads and Mountain Passes in Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa

Starting in Pretoria we make our way to Lesotho – The “ALPS OF AFRICA” our first stop is Afriski Mountain Resort. In the winter months this is Lesotho’s premiere ski destination, but in Summer it is a Bikers playground. Enjoy amazing Tar mountain passes, The riding here is very similar to riding in the European ALPS, but without all the traffic!

We then ride rural mountain passes of Lesotho past the famous Katse Dam to Semonkong, a little African village hidden away. Here time has stood still and you will see Lesotho Cowboy’s, ox wagons, donkey carts and villagers going about their everyday life. We have a rest day here to see the Maletsunyane Falls , enjoy a donkey pub crawl, hike, Horse ride or fly fish! The options are endless

From Semonkong we make our way back into South Africa again where we explore the Mighty Drakensberg Mountains. There will be an optional bike ride or 4 x 4 trip  up the infamous Sani Pass (Depending on the state of this steep mountain pass) to have a beer at the Highest Pub In Africa.

Our next stop is A Private BIG 5 Nature Reserve in Ladysmith. Here we enjoy a Sunset Game Drive, Boma dinner and early morning Game Drive, spotting Lion, Leopard, Elephant,Buffalo and Rhino in the WILD

Next up is the Mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland- we ride through the Valley of Heaven and head north to Mpumalanga- an area known to Local Bikers as “Riding Heaven”  In Hazyview we enjoy another Safari into the Kruger National Park and ride the Panorama Route with its waterfalls, view sites and rock formations before the tour ends on Day 13 back in Pretoria again.

What a RIDE!

Please note this tour takes place 80% on Tar and 20% on Good Gravel Roads, with a few technical sections We recommend that you have off-road experience and have done at least one off-road riding course.

QUICK ITINERARY
Day 0 Arrive in South Africa- Bonus Night
Day 1 Pretora To Afriski, Lesotho
Day 2 Afriski to Katse Dam- Thaba Tseka
Day 3 Thaba Tseka to Semonkong
Day 4 Rest Say Semonkong
Day 5 Semonkong to Underberg, South Africa
Day 6 Underberg Rest Day
Day 7 Underberg to Ladysmith- big 5 Safari
Day 8 Ladysmith to Swaziland
Day 9 Swaziland to Hazyview, South Africa
Day 10 Rest Day Hazyview-Kruger Safari
Day 11 Hazyview - Panorama Route- Hazyview
Day 12 Hazyview to Pretoria
Day 13 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 Johannesburg airport and transfer you to your hotel in Pretoria- surrounded by shops and trendy restaurants

Day 1- Pretoria to Afriski, Lesotho (+- 460km)
Highlights: Ride the Alps of Africa

Today we make our way to the Kingdom of Lesotho. This whole country is situated in the mountains, giving it the title: "The alps of Africa" After you enter Lesotho you will notice the scenery changes. The roads get steeper and steeper as we make our way up  to Afriski Lodge at 3000 Metres. In winter time this lodge is Lesotho's Premier skiing destination, but in Summer it is a bikers playground- with amazing roads, trails and routes to explore. Tonight we enjoy a dinner around the fire in the Sky View Restaurant and sleep in alpine style chalets. (B,L,D)

Ride up into the Alps of Africa

Day 2: Afriski to Thaba Tseka via Katse Dam (+-200km)
Highlights: Katse Dam, riding the "Heart of Lesotho"

Lesotho feels like a country that has stood still in time. Most of the population lives a simple Subsistence farming lifestyle. The main form of transportation here is Horse or donkey back. As you ride along you will see "Lesotho Cowboys" riding horses, young boys in the mountains taking care of their sheep and others riding into town with their trusty donkeys to trade corn and livestock. Today's Ride will take us right into the heart of Lesotho as we ride through small mountain villages, crossing over streams, through valleys and up escarpments. We will enjoy lunch overlooking the breathtaking Katse Dam- a huge man made dam in the Lesotho Highlands before continuing to the small village of Thaba Tseka- our home for the night. (B,L,D)


Exploring the back roads of Lesotho

Day 3: Thaba Tseka to Semonkong (+- 220km)
Highlights: Mountain Passes, Semonkong Lodge

Today we continue further into Lesotho. We enjoy more amazing mountain passes as we make our way to Semonkong- our home for the next two nights. Semonkong Village is a lively Trading post- all the Shepards who live in the mountains come into Semonkong to trade Livestock and buy supplies. Our lodge is situated right on the Maletsunyane  river overlooking the bridge that leads to the Village. It is a hive of activity hiding away in the Maluti Mountains. Here we sleep in Traditional Sotho Huts with a luxurious twist- Just the right balance between civilization and rustic elegance. Tonight we enjoy a delicious meal and cold Maluti beer in the famous Duck and Donkey Tavern (B,L,D)


More incredible riding

Day 4 Rest Day Semonkong (+-0-50km)
Highlights: World Highest Abseil, Hiking, Waterfalls, pony trekking, fly fishing and more

Semonkong is a perfect place for a rest day- their 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) Horse back 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)


Hike to or Abseil down the Maletsuyane Falls 

Day 5: Semonkong to Underberg South Africa (+-272km)
Highlights- The rolling foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains

Today we make our way down South through Lesotho and through the Qachas Neck Border post into South Africa again. We make our way to Underberg at the foot of the Drakesnberg Mountains. Our accommodation for the next two nights is surrounded by rolling green hills and amazing vistas. (B,L,D)

Enjoy riding the foothills of the Drakensberg

Day 6: Underberg Rest Day (+-0-70km)
Highlight: 4 x 4 Tour up Sani Pass  and the Highest Pub in Africa

Under-berg lies at the foot of the famous Sani Pass. Today we have organised a day tour by 4 x 4 up this beautiful pass and into Lesotho where we will drink a beer in the HIGHEST Pub in Africa. Sani Pass rises from 1,500 meters to 3,000 meters in just 7km- with steep hair pin bends.  The road has really deteriorated over the last few years- making it only suitable for very experienced GS rides who can handle loose rocks, sharp turns and steep drop offs . Those brave enough can attempt the ascent by motorcycle - and the rest of us will follow by 4 x 4 - which is a very enjoyable experience in itself as we journey high into the clouds past waterfalls and rolling hills. (B,L,D)

The Famous Sani Pass

Day 7: Underberg to Nambiti Game Reserve (+-270km)
Highlights: Big 5 Safari

Today we ride right into the Drakensberg Mountains along beautiful mountain roads and wind our way up to Nambiti Game Reserve. As the sun starts to set we enjoy a BIG 5 Game Drive into this incredible wildlife reserve that is home to over 40 species of Game. Keep your eyes open for Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant. On Return to Camp we enjoy a dinner around a crackling Fire. (B,L,D)

Big 5 Safari in Nambiti

Day 8: Nambiti to Swaziland (+-330km)
Highlights: Swazi Culture

Today we make our way into the Magical Kingdom of Swaziland. This landlocked country is home to the warm Swazi nation and ruled by a king with 17 Wives! Tonight we sleep in Ezulwini Valley (Known to Locals as "The Valley of Heaven") Our lodge overlooks the famous "Execution Rock" There is an optional waterfall and Village tour available to experience more of the famous Swazi culture. (B,L,D)


Friendly Swazi Maidens

Day 9: Swaziland to Hazyview (+-300km)
Highlights: Bulembu Pass, Maguga Dam

Today is an absolute treat- we get our craft fix by visiting the Swazi Candle factory and the Ngwenya Glass Factory and then we ride beautiful roads up past Maguga Dam and over the Bulembu Pass into South Africa again. We will arrive at our hotel in Hazyview in the late afternoon. This area is know to local bikers- as riding paradise and over the next few days you will find out why! (B,L,D)

Bulembu Pass

Day 10: Kruger Park Safari and other Optional Activities (0-50km)
Highlights: Kruger National Park

This morning we enjoy a Big 5 Safari into the Famous Kruger National Park. On arrival back in Hazyview you will have the whole afternoon free to explore and relax. You may wish to book a microlight flight, ride elephants, go river rafting or just enjoy a cold beer at the pool. (B,D)

Another exciting safari

Day 11: Tour of Waterfalls and Panorama Route (+-200km)
Highlights: Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window, The 3 Rondavels

Today we enjoy a great ride through the Panorama Route. This ride takes us around the rim of the "Blyde River Canyon" This is the largest "Green" Canyon in the world and every 20km or so there is another great view site or waterfall to look at.  We visit Blyde River Canyon, Lone Creek Falls, The 3 Rondavels and Bourkes Luck Potholes. In between, we enjoy Twisting Mountains Passes and beautiful roads, returning back to our hotel in late afternoon. (B,L,D)

Lone Creek Falls

Day 12: Hazyview to Pretoria (+-450km)
Highlights: Long Tom Pass and Dullstroom

Today we enjoy some more great riding over the Famous Long Tom Pass. We stop in the trout fishing town of Dullstroom for lunch and then make our way back to Pretoria. Tonight we go out to the one of the best restaurants in Pretoria to celebrate the end of an amazing tour. We trust that you will take home unforgettable memories of the places you have been and the people that you met along the way on this once in a lifetime trip. (B,L,D)

Elephant Crossing

Day 13: 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 South Africa the warm people you have met. Transfers will be arranged to the airport.

Please note that we can book any post/pre tour accommodation and activities for you. Click here for add-on tours.

PRICING AND INCLUSIONS

2020 Pricing

  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 89,930
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F750GS: ZAR 94,260
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F800GS: ZAR 91,430
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F850GS: ZAR 95,900
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS: ZAR 95,900
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS: ZAR 101,410
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: ZAR 99,620
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS ADV: ZAR 101,860
  • To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 39,850
  • For Single supplement, add: ZAR 11,670
  • Prices quoted in South African Currency- ZAR.

Understanding the pricing: Prices are quoted on a per person basis in South African Currency (ZAR). For up-to-date exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
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

This Price Includes:

  • 12 Days Motorcycle Rental with Knobbly tyres
  • 13 Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • Petrol and toll fees
  • Tour Guide on Motorcycle
  • Back Up vehicle
  • 13 Breakfast, 10 Lunches and 12 Dinners
  • 4 x Safari up Sani Pass
  • 1 x Big 5 Safari In Ladysmith
  • Kruger Park Safari
  • Tour of the Panorama Route
  • T-shirt
  • Guide Book
  • Map of South Africa
  • Free Transfers from the Johannesburg International Airport
  • All Taxes

This price does not include:

  • Local and International Flights
  • Visas
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Activities and meals not listed in "Tour Includes"

TOUR DIFFICULTY?

             

Adventure

Adventure Tours have a little bit more Gravel than our normal guided tours and include 70-80% Tar and 20-30% Gravel. The Gravel is mostly good "hard packed gravel", however there may be a few short technical sections along the way. We always take it slow and  our tour guides will help you through. Pillions are also more then welcome to ride in the back up vehicle. We recommend that you have experience riding gravel roads at home and that you have done at least an intermediate  "Adventure Rider course" such as those offered by BMW Motorrad
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 14 DAY AFRICAN
KINGDOM OFFROAD TOUR

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
14- 27 February 2020
05- 18 February 2021

START/END:
Pretoria (Fly into Johannesburg)

MILEAGE:
+2700km

DAILY DISTANCE:
200- 450 km (Avg of 250km)

REST DAYS:
10 Riding Days, 3 Rest Days

COUNTRIES:
South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland

ROAD SURFACES:
80% Tar, 20% Gravel

DIFFICULTY:
Adventure Tour

AVERAGE GROUP SIZE:
6- 10 Bikes

PILLION FRIENDLY:
Yes, Pillions can hop in Back up vehicle if roads get too difficult

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