SELF GUIDED TOUR
8 Day Cape Explorer Tour

SOUTHERN AFRICA

8 Day Motorcycle Tour through the Garden Route

This EXCITING tour takes in the best TAR and Dirt roads of South Africa’s Famous Garden Route

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This 8 Day self Guided Tour starts in Cape Town and ends in Port Elizabeth. A one way flight from Port Elizabeth back to Cape Town or on to Johannesburg is included

Along the way you will

  • Taste Wine in the Cape Winelands
  • Ride Amazing Mountain Passes: Franschoek, Outeniqua, Swartberg, Chapmans Peak and more…
  • Visit the Southern Most Tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas
  • Ride South Africa’s Famous Route 62
  • Visit Ostrich farms and the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn
  • Ride the best tar and dirt mountain passes of the Garden route
  • Marvel AT the Knysna Heads
  • Visit Storms River Mouth
  • Enjoy a Big 5 Safari into Addo elephant National Park
QUICK ITINERARY
TOUR ITINERARY
Day 0 Arrive in Cape Town
Day 1 Cape Town - Cape Point- Cape Winelands
Day 2 Cape Winelands- Hermanus- Cape Agulhas
Day 3 Cape Agulhas to Oudtshoorn
Day 4 Oudtshoorn Rest Day
Day 5 Oudtshoorn to Knysna
Day 6 Knysna to Tsitsikamma
Day 7 Tsitsikamma to Addo Elephant Park
Day 8 End of Tour- Transfer Port Elizabeth Airport
DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 0 Arrive in South Africa (+-50km)
Highlights: Explore Cape Town

Welcome to South Africa. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel located within walking distance of the VA Waterfront with spectacular views of Table Mountain. There is so much to see and do in Cape Town. Take a hop on hop off bus tour, visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandla was imprisoned for 26 years or take the Cable car to the top of Table Mountain. This afternoon we will hand over your motorcycle to you along with side panniers for your luggage and your GPS fully loaded with route maps and give you a you a short tour briefing. Tonight you may wish to walk over to the V&A Waterfront to enjoy dinner at one of Cape Towns best harbor front restaurants

Welcome to Cape Town

Day 1 Cape Town- Cape Point- Cape Winelands (+- 180km)
Highlights: Cape Point, Wine Tasting

Today's route takes you along beautiful coastal roads (including Chapman's Peak) to Cape point- where you can take a funicular ride to the top for breathtaking views of the Cape Point Peninsula. Next up you make your way into the Cape Winelands, where you will spend your night in the small french village of Franschoek- surrounded by wine farms and gourmet restaurants. (B)


Cape Point

Day 2 Cape Winelands – Hermanus- Cape Agulhas (+- 293km)
Highlights: The Southern Most Tip of Africa

Today you make your way over the famous Franschoek pass and ride beautiful coastal roads through the Cape Overberg Region. Stop off to see the Penguin colony living on the beach in Betty's Bay and then make your way to Cape Agulhas- the Southern Most Tip of Africa. Situated at 34.8 Degrees South and 20 degrees east- this is also the point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Tonight you can dine at a famous local restaurant- with world class fresh seafood  (B)


Cape Agulhas

Day 3 Cape Agulhas to Oudtshoorn (+-375km)
Highlights: Route 62, Ostriches

From the Southern Tip of Africa, your route will take you over the famous Tradouw pass to Route 62. Route 62 is South Africa's answer to "Route 66" in America- it is a beautiful secondary road that winds it's way through the mighty Karoo Desert, through small quirky towns and villages. There are a few interesting stops (including Ronnie's Sex Shop) and you should arrive in Oudtshoorn in the late afternoon. Oudtshoorn is the Ostrich Capital of South Africa, as countless ostrich farms surround the town. This is a great place to sample a succulent ostrich steak or ostrich burger (B)


Tradouw Pass

Day 4: Rest Day Oudtshoorn
Highlights: Optional Ride up Swartberg Pass, Cango Caves, Ostrich farms

Day 4 is a rest day- but there is so much to see and do. You can explore the Cango Caves with its beautiful cave formations or take a tour of a working Ostrich farm- where you will get to feed, touch and hug Ostriches.
There is also an optional DIRT ride over the famous Swartberg Pass. This is a bucket list ride for Adventure Bikers. It is a steep gravel roads that winds its way up into the "Black mountains" with beautiful  views in every direction. You can have lunch in the small farming hamlet of Prince Albert before returning to Oudtshoorn along some more great roads.  This evening, relax and enjoy the warm Karoo Hospitality that this area is known for. (B)


Swartberg Pass

Day 5 Oudtshoorn to Knysna
Highlights: Dirt and Tar Passes of the Garden Route

Today you make your way down to the Indian Ocean, where you will be spending the night at the Knysna Waterfront and can  visit the famous Knysna Heads. En-route you can choose to ride tar over Outeniqua Pass or take the gravel road over Price Alfred Pass- Both options are breathtaking! Welcome to bikers paradise!  (B)


Enjoy the Mountain Passes of the Garden Route

Day 6 Knysna to Tsitsikamma (+-100km)
Highlights: Suspension Bridges 

Next up you ride to the Garden Route National Park. En-route you can stop off at Bloukrans Bungee. This is the highest Bungee Jump in the world- you can attempt the 214 metre high Jump, or just admire the breathtaking views,. From the bungee site you ride down to Storms River Mouth where you spend the night in wooden cabins overlooking the ocean. This afternoon you can enjoy a short walk to the suspension bridges hanging between the sea cliffs. Otherwise you may wish to just relax, enjoy some more rides in the area or take part in some exciting optional activities suck as kayaking or speed boat rides. (B)


Storms River Mouth

Day 7: Tsitsikamma to Addo Elephant Park
Highlights: Big 5 Safari

This morning you make your way to Addo Elephant National park, home to Africa's famous BIG 5. Later you are booked onto sunset game drive in an open safari vehicle. Addo is famous for its large herds of elephants and other exciting wildlife. There is nothing quite like enjoying an ice cold drink in an open safari vehicle as the sun goes down, animals serenading you in the distance. As tonight is your last night of the tour you can celebrate around a crackling fire at your African Lodge!  (B)


Addo Elephant Park

Day 8: End of Tour

Unfortunately, your motorcycle tour of Cape Town and the Garden Route has come to an end. Your tour officially ends after breakfast and transfers will be arranged to the  Port Elizabeth airport. Your tour price includes a one way flight to either Cape Town or Johannesburg so please let us know where you would like to fly. You may wish to spend a few extra nights at Addo Elephant Park enjoying Game Drives and Game walks or perhaps you would like book one of our Add on Tours to Victoria Falls or Kruger National Park. The Sama Team will happily book any post tour activity's for you.

The two wheel time of your life!

PRICING AND INCLUSIONS
2019/ 2020 Pricing
  • Riding 1up, sharing on an F700GS:  ZAR 38,080
  • Riding 1up, sharing on an F750GS:  ZAR 40,600
  • Riding 1up, sharing on an F800GS: ZAR 38,950
  • Riding 1up, sharing on an F850GS:  ZAR 41,560
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS: ZAR 41,560
  • Riding 1up, sharing on an R1250GS:  ZAR 44,780
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1200GS ADV: ZAR 43,730
  • Riding 1up, sharing on an R1250GS ADV :  ZAR 47,060
  • To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 14,040
  • For Single supplement, add: ZAR 4,940
  • Prices quoted in South African Currency- ZAR.

How does the pricing work:
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 Includes:

  • 7 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 8 Night’s Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • GPS Loaded with Route Maps
  • Side Panniers and Top box for Luggage
  • Safari into Addo/Schotia Safari Park
  • One way flight from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town or Johannesburg
  • T-shirt
  • Guide Book
  • Map of South Africa
  • Free Transfers from Cape Town International Airport and to Port Elizabeth Airport
  • Motorcycle transport back from Port Elizabeth
  • The most amazing motorcycle adventure you have ever had!
  • All Taxes

Price does not include:

  • Tour Guide
  • Back up Vehicle
  • Petrol and Roll fees
  • Domestic and International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All items not mentioned in "Price includes"
  • All meals and drinks other than those specified in "Price includes"
  • All Entrance fees other than those specified in "Price includes"

 

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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  CAPE EXPLORER TOUR

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
Choose your own- Self Guided Tour

START:
Cape Town

END:
Port Elizabeth (One way flight back to Cape Town or JHB is included)

MILEAGE:
+-1,700km

DAILY DISTANCE
200- 300 km (Avg of 250km)

REST DAYS:
6 Riding days, 1 Rest Day

COUNTRIES:
South Africa

MEALS INCLUDED:
8 Breakfasts

ROAD SURFACES:
80% Tar,  20% off-road 

DIFFICULTY:
Easy with a bit of Gravel

PETROL:
For your own cost

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