SAMA MOTORCYCLE TOURS
18 Day Best South African Road Trip Ever

SOUTHERN AFRICA

18 Day Motorcycle Tour of South Africa and Swaziland

This tantalizing tour of South Africa combines motorcycling with culture, adventure and South Africa’s most beautiful destinations.

You start in Pretoria where you enjoy a Motorcycle Safari through a BIG 5 game reserve. From here you make your way through the twisting mountain passes of Mpumalanga, visiting the Shangana cultural village, and the world famous Kruger National Park, followed by the Kingdom of Swaziland.

You meet up with the Indian Ocean at St. Lucia, and after viewing hippos, crocs and other estuary wildlife you make your way to Cape Town hugging the South African coastline all the way.

Highlights along the route include: breathtaking views at Oribi Gorge, visiting South Africa’s Wild Coast, riding ostriches and exploring the Cango caves in Oudtshoorn, Riding the amazing Mountain Passes of the Garden Route and a visit to Cape Agulhas- the Southern most tip of Africa!

New in 2019: We now spend a night on a WINE FARM in the Cape Winelands.

QUICK 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 Oribi Gorge
Day 9 Oribi Gorge to Wild Coast
Day 10 Rest Day Wild Coast
Day 11 Wild Coast to Port Alfred
Day 12 Port Alfred to Tsitsikamma
Day 13 Tsitsikamma to Oudtshoorn via Knysna
Day 14 Rest Day Oudtshoorn
Day 15 Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas
Day 16 Cape Agulhas to Cape Winelands
Day 17 Cape Winelands - Cape Point- Cape Town
Day 18 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 at a local tavern and 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 around  a roaring fire 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 up 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 up 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- for example you can visit the elephant sanctuary or enjoy a microlight flight over the Blyde Riven Canyon. (B,D)


 Leopard @ Kruger National Park

Day 5: Hazyview to Swaziland (+-300km)
Highlights: Kingdom of Swaziland

After a heart 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. tonight we sleep in Ezulweni Valley  the valley of Heaven 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 Oribi Gorge (+- 450 km)
Highlights: Breathtaking views over Oribi Gorge

After breakfast we travel down the Kwazulu Natal coastline through Durban to the South Coast holiday town of Port Shepstone, where we head inland via a beautiful mountain road to the spectacular Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. Tonight we can witness the magnificent African Sunset over the breathtaking Gorge (B,L,D)


Oribi Gorge

Day 9: Oribi Gorge to Coffee Bay (+- 450 km)
Highlights: Wild and undeveloped ocean paradise

After an early breakfast it is time to head for the Wild Coast– where our famous Madiba – former president Nelson Mandela - was born. You will see why this region is called the Wild Coast – endless un- spoiled sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see make this destination well worth a visit.  You will pass countless African huts with amazing sea views to arrive out our home for the next two night- a Beach hotel with amazing ocean views- fall asleep to the sounds of waves in the distance.(B,L,D)

Rolling green hills of the Wild Coast

Day 10: Coffee Bay Rest Day (+- 0-50 km)
Highlights: Hole in the wall, relaxing on the beach

This morning there will be an optional ride to Hole in the Wall- along the most spectacular dirt road that meanders up and down beautiful winding mountains overlooking the sea. The rest of the day may be spent relaxing on the beach, enjoying a village tour, learning to surf, Hiking, 4 x 4ing or or taking part in any of the adventurous activities on offer. Sit back, relax and let the Wild Coast sink in! (B,D)


Hole in the Wall

Day 11: Coffee Bay to Port Alfred (+- 450 km)
Highlights: Port Alfred Mariner

After an early breakfast we bid the rolling hills and sea cliffs of the Wild Coast farewell and make our way inland to East London. We continue along the coastal road to Port Alfred, a beautiful little Mariner town with stunning sea views and good places to eat. In the late afternoon you may wish to take a walk over the beautiful sand dunes the dominate Port Alfred's beachfront. (B,L,D)


Golden Sand dunes surrounding Port Alfred

Day 12: Port Alfred to Tsitsikamma (+- 340 km)
Highlights: Tsitsikamma, Suspension bridges, Storms River Mouth and riding the Garden Route

Today we follow the coastal route to the start of the famous Garden Route. We ride into the Tsitsikamma National Park and sleep in wooden cabins overlooking Storms River Mouth. You will have the whole afternoon free to explore this beautiful National Park. Storms River is the start of our famous “Otter Trail” and you can can walk part of the hike down to the breathtaking suspension bridges between the sea cliffs. Enjoy an evening spent in this very unique camp overlooking the Indian Ocean. (B,L,D)


Tsitsikamma Suspension Bridges

Day 13: Tsitsikamma- Knysna- Oudtshoorn  (+- 260km)
Highlights: Knysna Heads, Garden Route Mountain Passes

Today we ride the world-famous Garden Route. Our firsts top is the spectacular Bloukrans Gorge. Bloukrans is home to the world Highest Bungee Jump- 216 Meters of pure Adrenalin. Next up we ride into Knysna and marvel at the beautiful Knysna Heads. From here riders can either take the dirt or tar route into the Mountains. Both options include unbelievable views and the spectacular mountain roads- that the Garden Route in Known for. We will arrive in Oudtshoorn- the Ostrich Capital of South Africa- in the late afternoon. This will be our home for the next two nights. (B,L,D)

Riding breathtaking mountain passes

Day 14: Oudtshoorn Rest Day: (0- 250 km)
Highlights: Garden Route, Ostrich farms, Cango Caves and spectacular mountain passes

Today 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 and this evening we will be treated to a traditional Ostrich Braai (BBQ) that will tantalize your taste buds. (B,D)


Feeding Ostriches in the Garden Route

Day 15: Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas (+- 350 km)
Highlights: Route 62, Folding Mountain Passes, The Southern Most Tip of Africa

After an early breakfast we make our way to the start of Route 62. The road winds through the Swartberg Mountains and beautiful foothills in their valleys. We make our way down to Cape Agulhas- the Southernmost tip of Africa at 34° S and 20° E. Here the ice cold waters of the Atlantic ocean meet the warm Indian ocean, creating a turbulent mixture of untamed beauty. There is always a party at Cape Agulhas, as we celebrate reaching the most southern most TIP of Africa- there are great photo opportunities at the Southern most tip! (B,L,D)


Cape Agulhas- Southern Most Tip of Africa

Day 16: Cape Agulhas to Cape Winelands (+- 300 km)
Highlights: Cape Winelands

Today we make our way to Cape Winelands. En- Route we will stoop in at Hermanus- the whale watching capital of South Africa and also at Bettys Bay where we will get up close to penguins living on the beach. The Cape Winelands is a beautiful landscape of vineyards, mountains and fruit farms. The riding is also world class with some exciting mountain passes. Tonight we will sleep in the heart of the winelands and enjoy some local wine tasting. (B,L,D)

Great riding through the Cape Winelands

Day 17: Cape Winelands- Cape Point- Cape Town (+- 180 km)
Highlights: Cape Point, Chapmans Peak,Simons Town, Coastal Roads, Signal Hill

Today we make our way to Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City. Today is the highlight of the trip as there are beautiful coastal views with twisting roads cut into the sea cliffs virtually all the way. We start the day with a ride to the “Simonstown”- a working navy base. After that we make our way to Cape Point- the most South- westerly point of Africa (with views of the Cape Peninsula). Next up we ride the famous Chapman's peak drive past False Bay and then head over Signal hill into Cape Town, where we celebrate the end of an amazing tour at one of Cape Town’s best restaurants. What a ride! (B,L,D)

Ocean hugging roads all the way today!

Day 18: 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 may also wish to extend your stay in Cape Town with a couple more dates- this is such a beautiful city with so much to see and do! (B)

DATES

2019 Dates:

  • 11- 29 January 2019
  • 1- 19 March 2019
  • 29 March - 16 April 2019
  • 13 September - 01 October 2019
  • 04- 21 October 2019 (Reverse)
PRICING AND INCLUISIONS

2019 Pricing

  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 103,440
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F800GS: ZAR 106,180
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS: ZAR 115,370
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: ZAR 119,840
  • To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 38,720
  • For Single supplement, add: ZAR 11,800
  • Prices quoted in South African Currency- ZAR.

Price Includes:

  • 18 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 18 Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • Petrol and toll fees
  • Tour Guide on Motorcycle
  • Back Up vehicle
  • 18 Breakfast, 15 Lunches and 17 Dinners
  • Township Tour
  • Big 5 Safari by motorcycle
  • Shangana Evening Festival
  • Kruger Park Safari
  • Hluhluwe Big 5 Safari
  • Hippo and Croc Cruise
  • Ostrich Farm Tour
  • Cango Caves Tour
  • Entrance fee to Tsistikamma National Park
  • Entrace fees to Cape of Good hope
  • T-shirt
  • Guide Book
  • Map of South Africa
  • Free Transfers from the Johannesburg International Airport
  • Free Transfers to the Cape Town internartional Airport
  • The most amazing motorcycle adventure you have ever had!
  • Transfers of the motorcycle from Cape Town back to Pretoria
  • All Taxes
  • Please note 2018 rates only include 17 Nights accommodation only 5 Dinners and 14 Lunches

Price does not include:

  • Local and International Flights
  • Visas (Note American, Australian and British  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
PICTURES OF THE 18 DAY BEST SA ROADTRIP EVER

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
13  Sep -01 Oct 2019
04 – 22 October 2019* (*Reverse direction Cape Town to Pretoria)
10- 28 Jan 2020
06 – 24 March 2020
11 – 29 September 2020
08 – 26 January 2021
05 – 23 March 2021
10 – 28 September 2021

 

START:
Pretoria (Fly into Johannesburg)

END:
Cape Town

MILEAGE:
+-3880km

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

REST DAY
13 Riding days, 4 Rest Days

COUNTRIES:
South Africa, Swaziland

ROAD SURFACES
99% Tar, off-road options

DIFFICULTY:
Easy

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