SELF GUIDED TOUR
8 Day African Explorer Tour

SOUTHERN AFRICA

This self-guided tour is a great way to spend a week riding around the best motorcycle regions that South Africa and Swaziland have to offer. Highlights include riding “Bikers Paradise” in Mpumalanga, exploring the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, visting the spectavula Jozini Dam, going on a safari into Tembe Elephant Park and visiting the Anglo- Boer War battle sites in Kwazulu Natal

8-Day-African-Explorer
QUICK ITINERARY

Day 1: Pretoria to Hazyview
Ride North East to Bikers Paradise in Mpumalanga. Enjoy an African Feast and Dancing

Day 2: Ride the Panorama Route
Ride the famous Sabie Triangle, explore the Panorama Route, visit view sites and waterfalls.

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

Day 4: Kruger to Swaziland
Ride the Mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, sleep in the Valley of Heaven.

Day 5: Swaziland to Lake Jozini
Ride down into South Africa again, up into the hills overlooking the spectacular Jozini Dam

Day 6: Rest Day Lake Jozini and Safari into Tembe Elephant Park
Enjoy an early morning safari into Tembe Elephant Park. This afternoon relax at the pool overlooking Jozini or take an optional boat cruise

Day 7: Jozini to Kwazulu Natal Battlefields
Visit historic battle sites commemorating the Anglo- Zulu War. Sleep in Rural Natal.

Day 8: Battlefields to Pretoria
Meander through back roads back to Pretoria again.

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: 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 Long Tom Pass. Enjoy the great twisties and arrive in Hazyview in the last afternoon.

Day 2: Ride the Panorama Route (+-250km)
Highlights: God's Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels, Waterfalls, Magical Views Sites

Make your 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 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)

Day 3: Kruger National Park Safari (+-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. (B)

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

After 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. There are many excellent restaurants, pubs and craft markets in the Ezulweni Valley where we will overnight at an excellent country lodge, with its own magnificent restaurant on a wooden deck with spectacular views. (B)

Day 6:  Swaziland to Jozini Dam (+- 250km)
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. In the late afternoon we arrive in Lake Jozini. Our lodge is in the hills overlooking the spectacular Jozini Dam and surrounded by wildlife parks. Enjoy a drink on the deck while watching another spectacular African Sunset (B,L,D)


Lake Jozini Lodge

Day 7: Jozini Dam Rest Day (+- 0-50 km)
Highlights: Safari into Tembe Elephant Park

Today we are up bright and early for a Safari into Tembe Elephant Park. Here the Big tuskers roam- with African Largest Ivory Tusks. This is also home to the Big 5 and your local guide will make the bush come alive. You will return to the lodge in the early afternoon and are free to relax at the pool, book an african spa treatment or even try your hand at Tiger Fishing (B,D)

Rhino
Game Drive into Tembe Elephant Park

Day 8: Jozini to Kwazulu Natal Battlefields (+- 200 km)
Highlights: Tour of famous Anglo Boer and Zulu battle sites

Time to head inland to the battlefields of South Africa, an area of huge historical significance during the famous Boer-Zulu- British Wars. We arrive at our lodge early in the afternoon, and embark on a tour of the battlefields with a knowledgeable guide who will make them come alive!

Good gravel road leading to the Battlefields

Day 8: Battlefields to Pretoria (+-460km)

Time to head back to Pretoria, after a scrumptious breakfast we start the journey back! It is a nice relaxing ride through the interior of South Africa, The bikes will be returned in the afternoon  and transfers will be arranged to your hotel/ the Johannebsurg Airport (B)

PRICING

2018/2019 Pricing

  • Riding 1up sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 22,540
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F800GS: ZAR 23,470
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS: ZAR 26,490
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: ZAR 28,170
  • To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 10,740
  • For Single supplement, add: ZAR 4,870
  • 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

PRICE INCLUSIONS

Price Includes

  • 7 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 7  Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • GPS FULLY LOADED WITH ROUTE MAPS
  • Side Panniers and top box  to Carry Luggage
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 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
  • 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 AFRICAN EXPLORER TOUR

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
Choose your own- Self Guided Tour

START/END:
Pretoria (Fly into Johannesburg)

MILEAGE:
+-1,600km

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

REST DAYS:
6 Riding Days, 1 Rest Day and 1 Safari Day

COUNTRIES:
South Africa and Swaziland

ROADS:
95% tar, 5% Good Gravel Roads

DIFFICULTY:
Easy

MEALS INCLUDED:
7 Breakfasts

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