SELF GUIDED TOUR
17 Day Best South African Roadtrip Ever

SOUTHERN AFRICA

This tantalizing tour of South Africa combines motorcycling with culture, wildlife 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 world famous Kruger National Park on Safari, followed by a ride down into 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, hugging 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 1: Pretoria to Hazyview (+-400)
Ride North East to Bikers Paradise in Mpumalanga. Enjoy an African Feast and Dancing

Day 2: Ride the Panorama Route (+-250km)
Ride the famous Sabie Triangle, explore the Panorama Route, visit view sites and waterfalls.

Day 3: Kruger National Park Safari (0-50km)
Enjoy a safari into the World Famous Kruger National Park, look out Lions, Elephants, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard.

Day 4: Kruger to Swaziland (+-310km)
Ride the Mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, sleep in the Valley of Heaven.

Day 5: Swaziland to St. Lucia (+-350km)
Ride South into South Africa again, sleep in St. Lucia surrounded by hippos and crocodiles

Day 6: Rest Day St. Lucia (0-50km)
Cruise on the Lake, Safari into Hluhluwe,  Relax on the beach- Lots of optional activities to choose from.

Day 7: St. Lucia to Oribi Gorge (+-385km)
Visit this beautiful gorge off the tourist trail, enjoy sunset on the cliffs, 160 meters high.

Day 8: Oribi Gorge to Coffee Bay (+-450km)
Journey along South Africa's Wild coast- rolling green hills and African huts dot the horizon

Day 9: Wild Coast Rest Day (0-50km)
Relax on the beach or take the optional ride to Hole in the Wall

Day 10: Wild Coast to Port Alfred (+-450km)
Ride further south to the Mariner town of Port Alfred at the start of the Garden Route

Day 11: Port Alfred to Tsitsikamma (+-340km)
Visit Storms River Mouth, walk to the suspension bridges and enjoy amazing coastal views

Day 12: Tsitsikamma- Oudtshoorn (+-260km)
Visit the dramatic Knysna Heads and ride the amazing mountain passes of the Garden Route.

Day 13 Rest Day Oudtshoorn (0-250km)
Optional dirt and tar rides, visit the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms. Traditional Ostrich Braai.

Day 14: Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas (+-350km)
Ride all the way to the Southern Most point of Africa at Cape Agulhas.

Day 15: Cape Agulhas to Cape Winelands(+-300km)
Ride the amazing mountain passes of the Cape Wine lands, sleep on a wine farm.

Day 16: Winelands- Cape Point, Cape Town (+-180km)
Ride over 100km of coastal roads, visit Cape Point, ride signal hill and Chapman's Peak

Day 17: 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.

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: Pretoria To Hazyview (+-450km)
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 Long Tom Pass. Enjoy the great twisties and arrive in Hazyview in the last afternoon .

Misty Mountain

Day 2: Hazyview - Panorama route - Hazyview  (+- 250km)
Highlights: God's Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels

It is time to ride the Panorama Route and explore the Blyde River Canyon- the largest green canyon in the world. 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. You will arrive back in Hazyview in the Late Afternoon. (B)

The Blyde River Canyon View Site

Day 3: Half Day Safari- Kruger National Park (+-50km)
Highlights: Safari, African wildlife

This morning we have booked you onto a half day safari 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. You will have a full morning to spot lions, elephants, birds and many different species of animals. In the Afternoon, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Hazyview where you can relax around the pool or take part in any of the optional activities in the area. (B)

Leopard @ Kruger National Park

Day 4: Hazyview to Swaziland (+-300km)
Highlights: Kingdom of Swaziland

Today you make your way down into Swaziland. This small African country is completely landlocked and ruled by an African King with 17 Wives. The riding is spectacular with lots of exciting mountain passes and breathtaking views. Tonight you will sleep in Ezulwini Valley- the Valley of Heaven. On your way you may wish to visit Swaziland’s own glass factory (Ngwenya Glass) where you can see red hot glass being blown into amazing shapes  (B)

Bulembu Pass, Swaziland

Day 5:  Swaziland to St. Lucia (+- 350km)
Highlights: Relaxing drive through African Countryside

This morning you may wish to stop in at the Swazi Candle factory to see African Candles being handmade. Swaziland is world famous for its beautiful arts and crafts. Next up you ride down into South African again and into Zululand- home of the proud Zulu Nation.  In the late afternoon  you arrive in St. Lucia, a world renowned natural heritage site, with its beautiful secluded beaches, hippos, crocs, whales, endangered turtles and other wildlife- your home for the next two nights. Tonight you can explore the many restaurants, pubs and cocktail bars that St Lucia has to offer. (B)


You will get up close to Hippos and Crocodiles in St. Lucia

Day 6: St. Lucia Rest Day (+- 0-50 km)
Highlights:Hippo and Crocodile Cruise and Exciting Optional Activities

St Lucia has so much to offer that we suggest an action packed day undertaking one of the many optional activities on offer. There is whale watching, turtle tours (in season),  game drives into the magnificent Umfolozi/Hluhluwe game reserve, horse riding on the beach and Snorkeling trips in Cape Vidal. This Afternoon you are booked onto a Sunset Hippo and Crocodile boat cruise. Sit back, relax with a cold drink in hand and see hundreds of hippos and crocodiles silhouetted by a beautiful African Sunset. (B)


Optional Game Drive in Hluhluwe National Park

Day 7: St. Lucia to Oribi Gorge (+- 350 km)
Highlights: Breathtaking views over Oribi Gorge

Today you ride down the South Coast and head inland over beautiful mountain passes to Oribi Gorge. This gorge is absolutely breathtaking at sunset. This afternoon you can ride down to the gorge and explore the view sites and suspension bridges (160 metres high) with views of the Lehr Falls. Those brave enough may even attempt the "Worlds Highest Gorge Swing" or  the "Gorge Zipline". Tonight you sleep at a good hotel located withing walking distance from the Gorge. (B)


Oribi Gorge

Day 8: 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-spoilt sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. make this destination well worth a visit.(B,D)

Rolling green hills of the Wild Coast

Day 9: Coffee Bay Rest Day (+- 0-50 km)
Highlights: Hole in the wall, relaxing on the beach

This morning you may wish to take the optional ride to Hole in the Wall- along the most spectacular dirt road that meanders up and down a beutiful gravel roads that overlooks the ocean. The rest of the day may be spent relaxing on the beach, learning to surf 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 10: Coffee Bay to Port Alfred (+- 450 km)
Highlights: Port Alfred Mariner

Today you bid the rolling hills and sea cliffs of the Wild Coast farewell and make your way inland following the N2 to East London. From here you 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 golden sand dunes that dominate Port Alfred's beachfront. (B)

Golden Sand dunes surrounding Port Alfred

Day 11: Port Alfred to Tsitsikamma (+- 340 km)
Highlights: Tsitsikamma, Suspension bridges, Storms River Mouth and riding the Garden Route

Welcome to the world famous Garden Route! Today your ride will take you to the Tsitsikamma National Park where you will sleep in a wooden cabin 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 down to the breathtaking suspension bridges between the sea cliffs. Enjoy an evening spent in this very unique camp overlooking the Indian Ocean. (B)

Tsitsikamma Suspension Bridges

Day 12: Tsitsikamma- Knysna- Oudtshoorn  (+- 260km)
Highlights: Knysna Heads, Garden Route Mountain Passes

There is some more great riding lined up for today! Your firsts stop is Bloukrans Gorge. Bloukrans is home to the world Highest Bungee Jump- 216 Meters of pure Adrenalin! Next up you ride into Knysna where you can stop to marvel at the beautiful Knysna Heads. From here you can can either take the dirt or tar route into the Mountains. Both options 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. (B)

Riding breathtaking mountain passes

Day 13: Oudtshoorn Rest Day: (0- 250 km)
Highlights: Garden Route, Ostrich farms and Cango Caves

Today is a rest day- but there is so much to see and do. You may wish to embark on guided tour of the Cango Caves with its beautiful stalactites and stalacmites or take a tour of a working Ostrich farm- where you will get to feed, touch and learn all about the worlds largest birds. For those that would like to do some more  riding- there is an optional gravel ride over the famous Swartberg Pass (marked on your GPS) This is a bucket list ride for Adventure Bikers the world over. Spend the rest of your day relaxing and enjoying the warm hospitality that Oudsthoorn is known for (B)


Feeding Ostriches in the Garden Route

Day 14: Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas (+- 350 km)
Highlights: Route 62, Folding Mountain Passes, The Southern Most Tip of Africa

Today you ride South Africa's famous Route 62. The road winds through the Swartberg Mountains and beautiful foothills in their valleys, passing through quirky little desert towns with some interesting stops. You will ride all the 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.  (B)


Congratulation on reaching the Southern most tip of Africa!

Day 15: Cape Agulhas to Cape Winelands  (+- 300 km)
Highlights: Betty's Bay Penguins, Hermanus, Cape Winelands
Today you make your way to The Cape Winelands. Stops along the way include: Hermanus- the whale watching capital of South Africa and also  Bettys Bay where you can see South African "Jackass"
penguins living on the beach. The Cape Winelands consist of beautiful vineyards, mountains, valleys and fruit farms. The riding is also world class with some exciting mountain passes. Tonight you will sleep in the heart of the wine lands and can enjoy some local wine tasting. (B)

Riding the Cape Winelands

Day 16: Cape Winelands- Cape Point- Cape Town (+- 180 km)
Highlights:
Cape Point, Chapmans Peak, Simons Town, Coastal Roads, Signal Hill

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. You start the day with a ride to the Navy Base -“Simonstown” where you can ride up into the hills for panoramic ocean views. After that, the route will take you to Cape Point- the most South- westerly point of Africa. Here you can walk or take the funicular to the lighthouse for breathtaking views of the Cape of Good Hope Peninsula. Next up you ride the famous Chapman's peak drive and up and over Signal hill for breathtaking views of the City Bowel and Table Mountain. Your final hotel is booked withing walking distance from the V&A Waterfront-This is a great base to explore the beautiful city of Cape Town. What a ride! (B)

The Cape of Good Hope

Day 17: End of Tour

Unfortunately your motorcycle tour of South Africa has come to an end, however you may wish to spend a few extra nights in Cape Town as there is so much to see and do. You can take a cable car up table mountain, visit Robben Island or enjoy a harbour cruise. You may wish to do a township tour or hike up Lions Head. You can relax on the beach or enjoy a cocktail on Camps Bay's famous beach strip. You can enjoy Cape Towns best sunset in Bloubergstrand or explore the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. Sama Tours will happily book post- tour accommodation or activities for you. For those of you flying out- a transfer will be arranged to take you to the Cape Town International Airport (Included) (B)

PRICING

2018/2019 Pricing

  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 59,900
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F800GS: ZAR 62,330
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS: ZAR 70,500
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: ZAR 74,470
  • To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 24,900
  • For Single supplement, add: ZAR 10,390
  • 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 www.xe.com

PRICING INCLUSIONS

Price Includes

  • 16 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 16  Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • GPS FULLY LOADED WITH ROUTE MAPS
  • Side Panniers and top box  to Carry Luggage
  • 16 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
  • Shangana Evening Festival (If Available)
  • Kruger Park Safari
  • Hippo and Croc Cruise in St. Lucia
  • Sama Tours T-shirt
  • Guide Book
  • Map of South Africa
  • Free Transfers from the Johannesburg International Airport
  • Free Transfer to the Cape Town 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 Guide
  • Back Up Vehicle

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  BEST SA ROADTRIP EVER

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
Choose your own- Self Guided Tour

START:
Pretoria (Fly into Johannesburg)

END:
Cape Town

MILEAGE:
+-3,880km

Daily Distance:
200- 550km (Avg of 300km)

REST DAYS:
12 Riding Days, 3 Rest Day and 1 Safari Day

COUNTRIES:
South Africa and Swaziland 

ROADS:
99% tarmac with exciting off-road options

DIFFICULTY:
Easy

MEALS INCLUDED:
16 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

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5 Day TAR tour of Lesotho

South Africa | Lesotho 

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12 Day Garden Route Tour

South Africa | Lesotho

Ride the best roads in Lesotho, explore the Drakensberg and ride the world famous Garden Route in South Africa. Brilliant Mountain Passes and Exceptional Scenery.

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