SELF GUIDED TOUR
15 Day Garden Route Tour

SOUTHERN AFRICA

15 Day Motorcycle Tour of South Africa and Lesotho

Ride Bikers Paradise, 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.

Your tour starts in Pretoria, South Africa, and makes its way across to the Panorama route where you  explore waterfalls, view sites, rock formations and twisting mountain passes, before embarking on a world class safari into Kruger National Park.

Next up you ride  through Golden Gate National Park and the mighty Drakensberg Mountains, stopping in at Underberg to enjoy a guided 4 x 4 tour up the legendary SANI PASS into Lesotho where  you will visit a local SOTHO village and enjoy a beer at the highest pub in Africa

You then reach the Indian Ocean at East London on day 7, followed by a visit to Addo Elephant National Park,  where you will be able to spot Lions, Elephants, Rhino, leopard, and Buffalo.

You are now on the famous Garden Route.

From Addo you ride beautiful mountain passes, forest meanders, and desert roads. You Stop in at Storms River Mouth , Admire the Knsyna Heads and visit the Ostriches in Oudtshoorn.

Next up you ride all the way to the Southern Most Point of Africa at Cape Agulhas and then explore the mountain passes of the Cape Wine Region. On your last day of tour you ride 0ver 200km of amazing coastal roads all the way into Cape Town.

ITINERARY
TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1 Pretoria to Magoebaskloof
Day 2 Magoebaskloof- Panorama Route- Hazyview
Day 3 Rest Day - Safari into Kruger National Park
Day 4 Hazyview to Clarens
Day 5 Clarens - Drakensberg -Underberg
Day 6 Sani Pass Rest Day and 4 x 4 Tour into Lesotho
Day 7 Underberg to East London
Day 8 East London to Addo Elephant National Park
Day 9 Addo to Storms River Mouth
Day 10 Rest Day Storms River Mouth
Day 11 Storms River Mouth- Knysna- Oudtshoorn
Day 12 Rest Day Oudtshoorn
Day 13 Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas
Day 14 Cape Agulhas to Cape Winelands
Day 15 Cape Winelands- Cape Point- Cape Town
Day 16 End of Tour
DETAILED ITINERARY
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!

Ebenezer Dam- Magoebaskloof

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 you 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.. We will arrive in Hazyview in the Late Afternoon. Tonightm enjoy a traditional African meal and African dances at the Shangana cultural village. (Meals: B,D)

Blyde River Canyon

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

Today you  board a game viewing Safari vehicle which will transport you 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 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)

Amazing wildlife sightings await!

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 you 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)

Clarens- surrounded by Golden Sandstone cliffs

Day 05: 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. (Meals: B)

Riding the Drakensberg

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 in Underberg. We have included a 4 x 4 trip up the Sani Pass and into Lesotho- The Mountain Kingdom. If you are are very experienced at Dirt Riding- you will be able to do this tour on your motorcycle, but if you are not too confident or have a pillion, 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) you will enjoy a visit to a Local Lesotho Village where you can taste some local beer and later enjoy a meal at the “Highest Pub in Africa” before returning to the Underberg for the Night. (Meals: B,L)

The Infamous Sani Pass

Day 07: Underberg to East London (540km)
Highlights: Indian Ocean

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. (Meals: B)

The Indian Ocean at last

Day 08: 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! (Meals: B)

Safari at Addo Elephant Park

Day 09: Addo to Tsitsikamma (220km)
Highlights: Storms River Mouth

Up early, enjoy a sunrise safari into Addo Elephant Park. Sunrise is the best time to view wildlife as the nocturnal predators are still active and make for great game viewing.  After a leisurely brunch back at camp, you will ride to Tsitsikamma National Park where your accommodation consists of 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. Other optional activities include Kayaking, treetop canopy tours, and more. Enjoy an evening spent in this very unique camp overlooking the Indian Ocean. (Meals: B)

Stay in the heart of the World Famous garden Route

Day 10- Tsitsikamma Rest Day (+- 0-50 km)
Highlights: Tsitsikamma Park

This is the perfect place to enjoy a rest day. Relax with the sounds and beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. There are also plenty of exciting optional activities on offer. You can join a kayaking tour to explore the Storms River Gorge or enjoy a Treetop canopy tour, Tarzan style, through a forest of gigantic trees. You may also wish to book yourself in for a spa treatment or enjoy an optional ride to explore more of the Garden Route. Other activities include Walks, Quadbiking, Segway tours, tubing, and more. Storms River is an idyllic village with many great restaurants to choose from as well as quirky little shops (Meals: B)

Kayaking Storms River

Day 11 : 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 you 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. (Meals: B)

The Garden Route is famous for its gravel and tar mountain passes carved into  spectacular scenery

Day 12   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 stalagmites 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 is an optional ride over the famous Swartberg Pass, this is a bucket list ride for Adventure Bikers the world over and an unbeatable day in the saddle! Other optional activities include Elephant interactions or visiting a local family of Meerkats! (Meals: B)

Hug, kiss or feed ostriches in Outdshoorn

Day 13: Oudtshoorn - Cape Agulhas (+-350 km)
Highlights: Route 62, Ronnies Sex Shop, 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.  Along the way you will get to visit quirky places such as Ronnies Sex Shop and the Karroo Moon motel. 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.(Meals:B)

There is a party at the end of the world!

Day 14: Cape Agulhas  to Cape Winelands (+-300km)
Highlights: Cape Winelands, Penguins, Hermanus

Today you make your way to the famous Cape Winelands. Your route will take you to Hermanus- the whale watching capital of South Africa, as well as Betty's Bay, where you will see the South African penguins that live 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 you will sleep in the heart of the Winelands, and you can enjoy some local wine tasting and amazing gastronomical delights. (Meals:B)

World Class Riding in the Winelands

Day 15: Cape Winelands- Cape Point- Cape Town (+- 180 km)
Highlights: Coastal Roads, Cape Point, Chapmans Peak

Today you make your way to Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City. This Ride is the highlight of the trip as there are beautiful coastal views with twisting sea views virtually all the way. Highlights along the way include Simons Town Navy Base, Cape Point- the most South-westerly point of Africa , and riding the famous Chapman's peak drive and Signal hill into Cape Town. What a ride!

Coastal roads virtually all the way today!

Day 16: End of Tour (+0-50 km)

Transfers to the airport will be arranged. You can also stay on in the beautiful city of Cape Town for a few more nights, or book one of our famous ADD ON TOURS

PRICING

2022 Pricing

  • Riding 1up sharing on an F750GS:  ZAR 59,600
  • Riding 1up sharing on an F850GS: ZAR 61,530
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS: ZAR 68,020
  • Riding 1up sharing on an R1250GS ADV: ZAR 68,550
  • To bring a pillion, add: ZAR 25,650
  • For Single supplement, add: ZAR 8,300
  • 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 INCLUDES

Price Includes

  • 15 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 15  Nights Accommodation in 3-4 Star Accommodation
  • GPS FULLY LOADED WITH ROUTE MAPS
  • Side Panniers and top box  to Carry Luggage
  • 15 Breakfasts
  • Half Day Safari into Kruger National Park
  • 4 x 4 Tour up Sani Pass
  • Entrance fees for Addo and Tsitsikamma National Park
  • 2 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

TOUR DIFFICULTY?

                  

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PICTURES OF THE  GARDEN ROUTE TOUR

TOUR INFO AT A GLANCE

DATES:
Choose your own- Self Guided Tour

START:
Pretoria (Fly into Johannesburg)

END
Cape Town

MILEAGE:
+-3450km

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

REST DAYS:
11 Riding Days, 4 Rest Days

COUNTRIES:
South Africa and Lesotho

ROADS:
99% tar, Good Gravel Options available

DIFFICULTY:
Easy

MEALS INCLUDED:
15 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 1 Dinner

ACCOMMODATION:
15 nights high-quality accommodation included (3-4 Star)

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