12 Day Garden Route Tour


12 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 RIDE to the mighty Storms River Mouth and the Knsyna Heads, and visit Ostriches in Oudtshoorn.

Next up we ride all the way to the Southern Most Point of Africa at Cape Agulhas . On our Penultimate day we ride 0ver 200km of amazing coastal roads all the way into Cape Town.


Day 1: Pretoria to Clarens (+-410km)
Ride to Clarens on the edge of Golden Gate National Park

Day 2: Clarens- Lesotho- Clarens (+-410km)
Enjoy a day riding into the Kingdom of Lesotho- the Alps of Africa

Day 3: Clarens to Underberg (+-435km)
Explore the amazing Drakensberg Mountain Range- a Unesco world Heritage site

Day 4: Underberg to East London (540km)
Ride along South Africa's Wild Coast and meet the Indian Ocean in East London

Day 5: East London to Addo Elephant Park (+-400km)
Enjoy a BIG 5 Safari into the famous Addo Elephant Park

Day 6: Rest Day Addo Elephant Park (0-50km)
Spend the day relaxing and enjoy numerous big 5 Safaris

Day 7: Addo to Tsitsikamma 220km)
Ride to Storms River Mouth Suspension Bridges

Day 8 : Tsitsikamma to Oudtshoorn (220km)
Ride the epic mountain passes of the Garden Route, see the Knysna heads

Day 9   Oudtshoorn  Rest Day (0-200km)
Visit Cango Ostrich Farm and Cango Caves and ride exciting Dirt OR Tar mountain passes

Day 10: Oudtshoorn - Cape Agulhas- Hermanus  (+-420km)
Ride to the Southern most tip of Africa and sleep in South Africa's whale watching capital

Day 11: Hermanus- Cape Point- Cape Town (+-270km)
Visit Bettys Bay Penguins, Simons Town and Cape Point. Ride Chapmans Peak and over 200km of coastal roads into Cape Town

Day 12: End of Tour
Transfer to airport will be arranged. You can also stay on in the beautiful city of Cape Town for a few more nights.


Day 1: Pretoria to Clarens (+-410km)
Highlights: Artist village of Clarens

After a delicious breakfast you make your way through South Africa's Orange countryside to Clarens. This is a delightful ride. You may wish to stop in at the beautiful town of Deneysville on the banks of the Orange River to see the historical motorcycle museum. After lunch, you ride through South Africa's very own Bethlehem, arriving in Clarens in the late afternoon. Clarens its famous for its GOLDEN Sandstone cliffs. Clarens has its own brewery with free beer tasting- a good way to celebrate the end of a great first days ride!

Day 2: Clarens- Lesotho- Clarens (+-410km)
Highlights: Lesotho Mountain passes, Katze Dam

On this day YOU will experience a very exciting ride to Katze Dam in Lesotho. After an early start, you enter the Lesotho border and make your 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 you can return along the same road arriving back at the hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 3: Clarens to Underberg (+-435km)
Highlights: Majestic Drakensberg, Golden Gate National Park

Todays ride is unbelievably scenic. You ride down through the Golden Gate National Park. This park is made up of sandstone cliffs, with scenic rocks and other interesting land formations. Watch out for Antelope and Vervet monkeys crossing the road- you’re in the wild here! Your day is spent riding through the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and you should arrive in Underberg in the early afternoon.

Day 4: Underberg to East London (540km)
Highlights: Relexing ride

Today is a relaxing ride through the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains. In the late Afternoon, you will arrive in East London- a small city situated on the Indian Ocean. Tonight you sleep on the beautiful beach in Chintsa- one of South Africa's most popular holiday resort towns.

Day 5: East London to Addo Elephant Park (+-400km)
Highlights: Wildlife @Addo Elephant

Today you make your way through the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape to Addo Elephant National Park- home to Africa's famous BIG 5. Later you will embark on a sunset game drive in an open safari vehicle. Addo is famous for its large herds of elephants!

Day 6: Rest Day Addo Elephant Park (0-50km)
Highlights: Safari, Safari, Safari

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

Day 7: Addo to Tsitsikamma (220km)
Highlights: Storms River Mouth

Today you will ride to 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.

Day 8 : Tsitsikamma to Oudtshoorn (220km)
Highlights: Exploring  Knysna, Riding the Garden Route

Today you ride the world-famous Garden Route. The first stop is the spectacular Bloukrans Gorge. Bloukrans is home to the world Highest Bungee Jump- 216 Meters of pure Adrenalin. Next up you ride into Knysna to 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. You will arrive in Oudtshoorn- the Ostrich Capital of South Africa- in the late afternoon. This will be your home for the next two nights.

Day 9   Oudtshoorn  Rest Day (0-200km)
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. You may wish to visit The Cango Caves with its beautiful stalactites and stalacmites or do 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.

Day 10: Oudtshoorn - Cape Agulhas- Hermanus  (+-420km)
Highlights: Route 62, Cape Agulhas

After an early breakfast, you make your way to the start of Route 62. The road winds through the Swartberg Mountains and beautiful foothills in their valleys. Next up, you carry on 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 you celebrate reaching the most southern point of Africa, after a photoshoot you carry on to Hermanus- the whale watching capital of South African and your home for the night.

Day 11: Hermanus- Cape Point- Cape Town (+-270km)
Today you make your way to Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City. This is the highlight of the trip as there are beautiful coastal views with twisting roads cut into the sea cliffs virtually all the way. First stop is the old Navy port of "Simonstown" where you can view South African penguins living it up on the beach. After that we make our way to Cape Point- the most South-westerly point of Africa (with views of the Cape Peninsula). Tonight you sleep in Cape Town with breathtaking views of Table Mountain.

Day 12: End of Tour
Transfer to airport will be arranged. You can also stay on in the beautiful city of Cape Town for a few more nights.


2020 Pricing

  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 47,360
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F750GS:  ZAR 51,680
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F800GS: ZAR 48,850
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F850GS: ZAR 53,320
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS: ZAR 53,320
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS: ZAR 58,840
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: ZAR 57,050
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS ADV: ZAR 59,28-
  • To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 17,920
  • For Single supplement, add: ZAR 6930
  • Prices quoted in South African Currency- ZAR.

Understanding the pricing:

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.
Prices are quoted on a per person basis in South African Currency (ZAR). For up to date exchange rates, please visit


Price Includes

  • 11 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 11  Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • Side Panniers and top box  to Carry Luggage
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 3 x Safaris into Addo Elephant Park
  • Sama Tours T-shirt
  • Guide Book
  • Map of South Africa
  • Free Transfers from the Johannesburg International Airport
  • The most amazing motorcycle adventure you have ever had!
  • Motorcycle return Transfer from Cape Town
  • 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 Guide
  • Back Up Vehicle



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



Choose your own- Self Guided Tour

Pretoria (Fly into Johannesburg)

Cape Town


Daily Distance:
200- 550km (Avg of 350km)

9 Riding Days, 1 Rest Day. 1 Safari Day

South Africa and Lesotho

99% tar, Good Gravel Options available


11 Breakfasts

11 nights high quality accommodation included

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