SAMA MOTORCYCLE TOURS
14 Day Garden Route Tour

SOUTHERN AFRICA
14 Day Motorcycle Tour of South Africa and Lesotho

Ride the  Drakensberg and Lesotho Mountains in the North East of South Africa and then head South to ride the world famous Garden Route between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

We start in Pretoria, South Africa and make our way to the Mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho. Here we ride more turns within 80 km than any other road in Africa.

Next up we head back into South Africa again and ride through Golden Gate National Park and the mighty Drakensberg Mountains.

We reach the Indian Ocean at East London and the enjoy a world class safari into Addo Elephant National Park–  spotting Lions, Elephants, Rhino, leopard and Buffalo.

We are now in the famous Garden Route and we spend the next several days riding beautiful mountain passes, forest meanders and desert roads . We spend a night at the mighty Storms River Mouth, ride to the Knysna Heads, and visit Ostriches in Oudtshoorn.

Next up we ride all the way to the Southern Most Point of Africa at Cape Agulhas and spend a night on a wine farm in the Cape Winelands before riding 0ver 200km of amazing coastal roads all the way into Cape Town.

ITINERARY

 

Day 0 Arrive in South-Africa Bonus Night
Day 1 Pretoria Day tour and Big 5 Safari by Bike
Day 2 Pretoria to Clarens
Day 3 Clarens- Lesotho- Clarens
Day 4 Clarens to Underberg
Day 5 Underberg to East London
Day 6 East London to Addo Elephant Park
Day 7 Rest Day Addo Elephant Park
Day 8 Addo Elephant Park to Garden route National Park
Day 9 Garden Route National Park to Oudtshoorn
Day 10 Rest Day Oudtshoorn
Day 11 Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas
Day 12 Cape Agulhas to Cape Winelands
Day 13 Cape Winelands - Cape Point - Cape Town
Day 14 End of Tour

 

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 0: Arrive in South Africa- Bonus Night

Welcome to South Africa! This is your Bonus Night, so you can arrive at any time as the tour only officially starts the next day. A friendly Sama Tours representative will collect you from the Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Pretoria.

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. 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)


Big 5 Safari in Dinokeng

Day 2: Pretoria To Clarens +- 400km
Highlights: Historic Motorcycle Museum, Golden Sandstone Cliffs

After a delicious breakfast we make our way through South Africa's Orange countryside to Clarens. This is a delightful ride. We stop in at the beautiful town of Deneysville on the banks of the Vaal Dam where we have lunch at a historical motorcycle museum. After lunch we ride through South Africa's very own Bethlehem, arriving at Clarens in the late afternoon. Clarens is an artists paradise: poets, painters and sculpturers from all corners come to Clarens its famous GOLDEN Sunsets. Spend the late afternoon wondering around the craft shops and have dinner in one of the numerous restaurants in town (B,L,D)


Golden Sandstone cliffs

Day 3: Clarens- Lesotho- Clarens (+- 412km)
Highlights: Lesotho Mountain passes, Katze Dam

On this day we will experience a very exciting ride to Katze Dam in Lesotho. 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. (B,L,D)

Sharp Curves- Lesotho

Day 4: Clarens to Underberg (+-435km)
Highlights: Majestic Drakensberg, Golden Gate National Park

Today's ride is unbelievably scenic. We ride down through the Golden Gate National Park. This park is made up of sandstone cliffs, with scenic rocks and other interesting land forms. Watch out for Antelope and vervet monkeys crossing the road- you’re in the wild here! We spend the rest of the day riding through the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and arrive in Underberg in the early afternoon. (B,L,D)


Riding in the Drakensberg Mountains.

Day 5: Underberg to East London (+- 540km)
Highlights: Relaxing Ride

Today is a relaxing ride through the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains. In the late Afternoon, we arrive in East London- a small city situated on the Indian Ocean. (B,L,D)

Some Baboons just chilling in the Road

Day 6: East London to Addo Elephant National Park (+- 247 km)
Highlights: Wildlife @Addo Elephant

Today we make our way through the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape, stopping in to see the Giant Pineapple in Bathurst. In the early afternoon we will arrive at the Addo Elephant National Park- home to Africa's famous BIG 5. Later we will embark on a sunset game drive in an open safari vehicle. Addo is famous for its large herds of elephants (B,L,D)

Addo Elephant National Park

Day 7: Addo Rest Day (0-50km)
Highlights: Safari, Safari, Safari

Enjoy a day completely focused on wildlife. Enjoy 2 Exciting game drives into a Big 5 Nature Reserve. The Game Rangers will make the bush come alive and they share their knowledge and insight with you. In between Game Drives you can relax and unwind back at our beautiful guest house. (B,D)

Safari Time

Day 8: Addo to Tsitsikamma (+- 221 km)
Highlights Storms River Mouth

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 Sunspension bridges

Day 9: Tsitsikamma – Knsyna- Oudtshoorn (+- 260 km)
Highlights: Exploring  Knysna, Riding the Garden Route

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 option include unbelievable views and 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)

Ostrich Hugs in Oudtshoorn

Day 10: Rest Oudtshoorn (+- 0-200 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 stalacmites 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. This evening we will be treated to a traditional Ostrich Braai (BBQ) that will tantalize your taste buds. (B,D)


Swartberg Pass

Day 11: Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas (+- 350 km)
Highlights: Route 62, Cape Agulhas

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° . 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 point of Africa- there are great photo opportunities at the Southern most tip! (B,L,D)


Southern Most Tip Of Africa

Day 12: Cape Agulhas- Cape Winelands (+-300km)
Highlights: Ride the Cape Winelands, Hermanus, Bettys Bay

Today we make our way to Cape Winelands. En-Route we will stop 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)

Cape Wine Region

Day 13: Cape Winelands- Cape Point- Cape Town (+-180km)
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 Chapmans 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)

Cape Point Peninsula

Day 14: 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. (B)

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

DATES

Dates:

  • 01 - 15 November 2019
  • 06- 20 November 2020
  • 05-19 November 2021
PRICING WITH INCLUSIONS

2020 Pricing

  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 74,390
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 79,090
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F800GS: ZAR 76,000
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 80,850
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS: ZAR 80,850
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 86,820
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: ZAR 84,880
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 87,310
  • To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 26,670
  • For Single supplement, add: ZAR 7,810
  • Prices quoted in South African Currency- ZAR.

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

Price includes:

  • 14 Days Motorcycle Rental (12 Days in 2018*)
  • 14 Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation (12 days in 2018*)
  • Petrol and toll fees
  • Tour Guide on Motorcycle
  • Back Up vehicle
  • 14 Breakfast, 11 Lunches and 13 Dinners
  • Big 5 Safari by motorcycle
  • 2 x Safaris into 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 the Johannesburg International Airport and to Cape Town International Airport
  • The most amazing motorcycle adventure you have ever had!
  • All Taxes

Price does not include

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and Activities not mentioned in "Tour includes"
  • Drinks

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 14 DAY GARDEN ROUTE TOUR

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
01 -15 Nov 2019
6- 20 Nov 2020
5- 19 Nov 2021

START:
Pretoria (Fly into Johannesburg)

END:
Cape Town

MILEAGE:
+-3450km

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

REST DAYS:
11 Riding days, 3 Rest Days

COUNTRIES:
South Africa, Lesotho

MEALS INCLUDED:
14 Breakfast, 10 Lunches and 12 Dinners

ROAD SURFACES:
99% Tar, off-road options

DIFFICULTY:
Easy


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