SAMA MOTORCYCLE TOURS
15 Day Johannesburg to Cape Town Adventure

SOUTHERN AFRICA

15 Day Tour through Lesotho and South Africa with 2 Big 5 Game Reserves!

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

Our tour starts off with a ride into Mpumalanga- an area known to locals as “Bikers Paradise” here we stop off to view waterfalls, rock formations and view sites. We also enjoy a BIG 5 Safari into the world famous Kruger National Park 

Next up we cut across south Africa to Clarens and ride down through the magnificent Golden Gate National Park and the Drakensberg mountains to Himeville. We have a rest day here to enjoy an epic tour into Lesotho over the famous Sani Pass.  Lesotho is known as the “Alps of Africa””  and this day will be unforgettable!

We meet up with the Indian Ocean at East London  and visit Addo Elephant National Park where we see thousands of beautiful elephants and other exciting wildlife on a Big 5 Safari.

We are now in the world famous Garden Route and  ride down to Storms River Mouth where we enjoy a walk to the Suspension bridges. The next day we travel to Knysna and ride over the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn– the Ostrich Capital of South Africa

We have a rest day here to visit the Ostrich Farms, explore the Cango Caves and enjoy some great riding over Swartberg Pass. We then head down to Cape Agulhas- the Southern Most tip of Africa were we celebrate our amazing journey!

We then spend a night surrounded by vineyards in the Cape Winelands and our last riding day is perhaps the highlight of the entire trip as we ride over 200km of breathtaking coastal roads all the way into Cape Town.

Our tour ends in Cape Town on Day 15. This is such a beautiful city and a perfect destination for a few extra days in Africa!

QUICK ITINERARY

 

Day 0 Arrive in South-Africa Bonus Night in Pretoria
Day 1 Pretoria to Magoebaskloof
Day 2  Magoebaskloof to Hazyview via the Panorama Route
Day 3  Safari into Kruger National Park
Day 4 Hazyview into Clarens
Day 5 Clarens to Sani Pass
Day 6 Sani Pass Rest Day and optional 4 x 4 Tour into Lesotho
Day 7 Sani Pass to East London
Day 8 East London to Addo Elephant Park
Day 9 Addo to Tsitsikamma (Storms River Mouth)
Day 10 Tsitsikamma to Oudtshoorn via Knysna
Day 11  Oudtshoorn  Rest Day & Optional Garden Route Rides
Day 12 Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas
Day 13 Cape Agulhas to Cape Winelands
Day 14 Cape Winelands - Cape Point- Cape Town
Day 15 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 01 - Pretoria  to Magoebaskloof, South Africa (+- 317km)
Highlights: Scenic mountain passes, Long Tom Cannons

Today you make your way up into South Africa’s wild Limpopo Province. As you head up north, the roads become mountainous with beautiful views of the rolling hills below. Enjoy the great twisties and arrive at the majestic Magoebaskloof hotel, situated on the top of a beautiful mountain pass with breathtaking views of the valley below. There is a lot to do at the hotel. You can take a walk to the waterfall, spotting birds and Samango Monkeys along the way or you can chill out at the Phoenix and Fireman Pub! (B,L,D)


Magoebaskloof Mountains

Day 02- Magoebaskloof to Hazyview via the Panorama Route (+- 250km)
Highlights : God's Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavel’s, Waterfalls, Magical Views Sites

Today we make our 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.. We will arrive in Hazyview in the Late Afternoon. Tonight- we enjoy a traditional African meal and African dances at the Shangana cultural village. (Meals: B, L, D)

Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga

Day 03 Hazyview Rest Day and Half Day Safari into Kruger National Park
Highlights: Kruger National Park

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 the whole morning to spot lions, elephants, birds and many different species of animals. In the Afternoon there is an optional motorcycle ride over the Famous "Long Tom Pass"- a must for anyone who likes to ride twisties!!! (Meals: B, L)

Safari into Kruger National Park

Day 04- Hazyview to Clarens (+-600km)
Highlights: Golden Gate National Park

Today is a long ride through the interior of South Africa. In the late afternoon we will arrive in Clarens. This is a small arty town on the outskirts of Golden Gate National Park surrounded by beautiful Sandstone cliffs. Clarens is an artist’s paradise: poets, painters and sculptures’ from all over the world come to Clarens to witness its famous GOLDEN Sunsets. Spend the late afternoon wondering around the craft shops and have dinner in one of the numerous restaurants in town. Clarens also has its very own brewery where you can taste some local beers and ciders (Meals Included: B,L)

Golden Gate National Park

Day 05- Clarens to Sani Pass Hotel (+-435km)
Highlights: Golden Gate National Park, Drakensberg Mountains, Rolling green hills

Today’s ride is believably scenic. We ride down through the Golden Gate National Park. This park is made up of sandstone cliffs, with scenic rock formations. 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 at the Sani Pass Hotel in the early afternoon.. (Meals included: B,L,D)

The Beautiful Drakensberg Mountains.

Day 06- Rest Day  Sani Pass (0-50km)
Highlights:
The infamous Sani Pass  and a 4 x 4 Tour

Today we have a rest day at the Sani Pass hotel. We have included a 4 x 4 trip up the Sani Pass and into Lesotho (A small mountainous country completely surrounded by South Africa). For those that are very experienced at Dirt Riding- you will be able to do this tour on their motorcycles, but for those that are not to confident and wives/non riding partners, a 4 x 4 escort will be arranged Sani Pass is a very technical ride- hairpin bends, rocky sections and vertical drop offs. Once in Lesotho (Passport required) we will enjoy a visit to a Local Lesotho Village where you can taste some local beer and later we enjoy a meal at the “Highest Pub in Africa” before returning to the Sani Pass Hotel for the Night. (Meals: B,L,D)

Sani Pass

Day 07- Sani Pass to East London (450 km)
Highlights:
Cintsa Beach

Leaving the rolling hills of the Drakensberg behind, we make our way through the Eastern Cape To our lodge just outside of East London. Tonight, we sleep right on one of the most beautiful surfing beaches in the country. We enjoy an amazing meal and fall asleep to the sound of Waves crashing below us.  (Meals: B,L,D)

Cintsa Beach

Day 08 - East London to Addo Elephant National Park (+- 400 km)
Highlights: Addo Elephant National Park

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 (Meals: B,L,D)

Addo Elephant National Park

Day 09- Addo to Tsitsikamma (+- 250 km)
Highlights:
Tsitsikamma Park

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

Suspension bridges @ Tsitsikamma National Park

Day 10- 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 to Oudtshoorn. Both options include unbelievable views and the spectacular mountain roads that the Garden Route is 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 11- Oudtshoorn Rest Day
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 Os¬trich Braai (BBQ) that will tantalize your taste buds. (B,D)

Feeding Ostriches in the Garden Route

Day 12- Oudtshoorn to  Cape Agulhas (350km)
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 south¬ern point of Africa- there are great photo opportuni¬ties at the Southern most tip! (B,L,D)

Cape Agulhas- the Southern Most Tip of Africa

Day 13- 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 14- 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 15- 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 Southern Africa and the warm people you have met. Transfers will be arranged to the airport.

Cape Town is such a beautiful city and is really worth staying for a few extra nights after the tour- there is so much to see and do including Cable Car Rides up Table Mountain, Robben Island trips to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 26 years and wine tasting tours to sample our famous South African wines.

Hello Cape Town!

DATES
  • 22 Aug – 06 Sep 2020
  • 22 Aug – 06 Sep 2021
PRICING AND INCLUSIONS

2020 Pricing

  • Riding 1 up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 80,350
  • Riding 1 up sharing on an F750GS:  ZAR 85,100
  • Riding 1 up sharing on an F800GS: ZAR 81,990
  • Riding 1 up sharing on an F8500GS:  ZAR 86,910
  • Riding 1 up sharing on an R1250GS:  ZAR 92,970
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: ZAR 91,000
  • Riding 1 up sharing on an R1250GS ADV:  ZAR 93,460
  • To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 36,710
  • For Single supplement, add: ZAR 8,450
  • 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.

Price includes

  • 14 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 15 Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • Petrol and toll fees
  • Tour Guide on Motorcycle
  • Back Up vehicle
  • 14 Breakfast, 12 Lunches and 14 Dinners
  • Kruger Park Safari
  • Shangaan Cultural Feast
  • 4 X 4 Tour up Sani Pass into Lesotho
  • Addo Elephant Park Safari
  • Entrance into Tsitsikamma
  • Cango Caves
  • Ostrich Farm Tour
  • Entrance to Cape Point
  • T-shirt
  • Guide Book
  • Map of South Africa
  • Free Transfers to and 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, 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 14 DAY JOHANNESBURG
TO CAPE TOWN ADVENTURE

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
22 Aug – 06 Sep 2020
22 Aug – 06 Sep 2021
05 -20 November 2021

START:
Pretoria (Fly into Johannesburg)

END:
Cape Town

MILEAGE:
+-3800km

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

REST DAYS:
11 Riding days, 3 Rest Days

COUNTRIES:
South Africa, Lesotho

MEALS INCLUDED:
15 Breakfast, 12 Lunches and 14 Dinners

ROAD SURFACES:
99% Tar, off-road options

DIFFICULTY:
Easy

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