Cape Town, Garden Route & Karoo
10-day Motorcycle Adventure
Experience the best riding in the Western Cape
Cape Town, Garden Route & Karoo
10-day Motorcycle Adventure
Join us on as we ride the Cape coastal roads, breathtaking mountain passes, the Garden Route, Route 62 and the Little Karoo on this 10-day motorcycle adventure
Cape Town – False Bay – Route 62 – Knysna and the Garden Route Knysna and the Garden Route – Addo Elephant Park – Swartberg Pass – Matjiesfontein – Papkuilsfontein – Cederberg – Franschhoek Pass
Total Distance: 2730 km
Riding Days: 9
Rest Days: 1
Average distance: 300 km per day
Riding Time per day: 4-6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate
(good tar roads with some good gravel roads)
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Today we leave Cape Town along more beautiful coastal roads along the east side of False Bay as we make our way to Hermanus. If we are there between July and November we should see the Southern Right whales near to the shore. After a lunch stop we'll ride north through the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde valley before heading to our overnight stop at the small town of Greyton. Along the way we'll cross through the Overberg region with its rolling farmland, Blue Crane birds, Ostriches and some optional gravel roads
We’ll begin our day with a good breakfast at one of the picturesque restaurants on the tree-lined main street of Greyton. We’ll then set out along a good gravel road that runs along the mountain range through peaceful farmland in the Riviersonderend valley. We soon switch back to good tar roads as we head towards Swellendam and the stunning Tradouw Pass as we cross through the mountains into the Little Karoo. Here we join the famous Route 62 road that takes us through Barrydale and past the iconic Ronnie’s Sex Shop. Our overnight stop is on a beautiful guest farm set deep in the hills near Ladismith on the southern foot of the Swartberg mountain range.
Today we head towards the coast along Route 62 through the eastern part of the Little Karoo. We get to enjoy the winding Huis Rivier pass just before entering the town of Calitzdorp which has good coffee, great food and is also famous for its wine and port. We continue towards the historic ostrich farming town of … where we turn towards the coast. We have the option of riding through the coastal mountains over the spectacular Outeniqua pass or a more adventurous ride along the beautiful Prince Alfred pass on a good gravel road into the Knysna forest
Today we swap the adventurous mountain roads for the world-famous Garden Route as we ride east along beautiful coastal roads. We’ll pass through the Tsitsikamma Forest and beautiful coastal towns such as Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley. We’ll enjoy riding along a hidden pass through the Bloukrans Valley and over some incredible bridges. We’ll take some time to explore the rugged coastline at Storms River mouth. After lunch we’ll head inland along a beautiful secondary road through farmland to our stop for the next two nights at Addo Elephant Park.
We have a free day today that begins with an optional morning safari into Addo Elephant Park. You’ll see plenty of elephant and a number of other antelope species, some beautiful birds, and if we’re lucky the small pride of lion that is resident here. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy the peaceful surroundings at our lodge, or explore the area on the bikes.
Our adventure turns west today as we make our way to the southern reaches of the Great Karoo. We ride parallel to the fold mountain range through At Meiringspoort we get to enjoy a lovely tar-road pass that runs along the valley floor through the Swartberg mountains. We then ride further west along the mountains to our overnight stop in the beautiful Karoo town of Prince Albert. We spend the night in some lovely cottages overlooking the plains of the Karoo.
We have a slightly more adventurous day today as we explore the rugged Swartberg mountain range with its spectacularly folded rock formations. The gravel roads are kept in good condition and are easy to ride. We make our first crossing through the awe-inspiring Swartberg Pass. We’ll ride through a dramatic valley floor beneath towering rock formations and then over the mountain range along switch-backs that give stunning views over the mountains and north into the Great Karoo. We’ll stop in Calitzdorp for coffee before crossing the mountains one more time through the equally breathtaking Seweweekspoort. A short ride along the N1 brings us to our overnight stop at the Lord Milner hotel in the historic railway town of Matjiesfontein
Today we explore the south-western reaches of the Great Karoo as we ride through vast landscapes on a choice of tar or good gravel roads. We spend the night in a lovely farmhouse on a working sheep and rooibos tea farm that has been in the local family for 6 generations. You'll have one of the best dinners and breakfasts during your stay here - all locally made and served by the friendly family that owns and runs the farm.
We head south today beginning with a visit to a locally famous motorcycle collection in the town of Nieuwoudtville. We then descend down a dramatic escarpment on a twisting tar road pass where we turn south and ride along the Cederberg mountain range. We have the choice of riding some beautiful tar or gravel mountain passes as we criss-cross the range on our way to the fruit farming town of Ceres, nestled at the foot of the Witteberg mountains
Our last riding day is packed with breathtaking tar mountain passes and coastal roads with stunning views. We begin with Michels pass and the famous Bainskloof pass. We then head towards the wine-growing town of Franschhoek for a lunch or coffee break. We then climb into the mountains again over Franschhoek pass before winding our way to the coast along beautiful farmland around Grabouw and Elgin. We end our adventure with a last breathtaking ride along the eastern shores of False Bay
Cost and Includes
Honda XRV 750: ZAR 66000
Honda CRF1000: ZAR 70150
1) Prices in South African Rand. Click here to convert to your currency.
2) Prices are for minimum of four riders for the full tour. Please contact us for rates for smaller groups.
Included in the price:
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L or XRV 750 motorcycle
Fuel & Oil
B&B Accommodation in 3-star lodges
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
Motorcycle border fees
Emergency evacuation to local medical center
Excess luggage storage
Activities – e.g. game drives
Accommodation at origin and destination outside of tour dates
Lunches, drinks and dinners
Reserve and sightseeing entry fees
Personal Insurance (Accident/Medical)
Bikes, Accommodation and Emergency Info
Ride one of our Honda Africa Twin XRV 750 or CRF1000 motorcycles.
The Honda Africa Twin 750 is an excellent all-round motorcycle that can handle anything that Africa presents us. Strong, reliable and fun to ride, our bikes are fully owned and expertly maintained. Read more about our fleet here
The Honda Africa Twins were everything a person could need to travel the rugged terrain. I own a BMW F800gs, and was still blown away by the maneuverability of the AT and it’s ability to tackle a variety of conditions. Andrew’s knowledge of the mechanical aspect of the bike and riding expertise provided a completely worry free traveling experience."
Ryan - Kelowna, Canada
Accommodation includes comfortable 3-star lodges (usually twin rooms). For those who prefer lodge accommodation or single rooms we will happily upgrade these for you. Contact us for details.
Medical & Emergency
In the event of a medical emergency our tours are supported by:
1. A level 3 first aider on tour
2. An on-call doctor provided by SATIB
3. SPOT satellite emergency evacuation
4. If required we can arrange to have a medic on tour
Your Tour Guide
All our rides are led by our lead guide and company owner Andrew Vaughan. Andrew is a qualified adventure tour guide licensed in South Africa and has about 105000 km (65000 miles) of motorcycle guiding experience over the last 12 years. Andrew is a qualified mechanical and materials engineer and has been riding adventure motorcycles since 2007 when he and friend rebuilt two Kawasaki KLR650's and then rode them from Vancouver to Cape Town via Siberia, the Middle East and Africa.
Andrew and Greg aren't just great guides, they're also just really great people
-- a joy to ride with and also a joy to hang out with. They ran my tour without a hitch and made sure we stopped at all the best secret spots. When I booked this motorcycle trip I wanted the trip of a lifetime. I got it and then some. Wow. What an experience!
Will Elliot // San Francisco
A motorbike tour in Southern Africa wasn't on my list of priorities...
... but when invited by a friend to join him on a Cape to Kalahari tour I decided to give it a go. It turned out to be a very memorable experience, which has left me with the burning desire to see more of Africa. If you want adventure, mateship and a real sense of achievement; just do it! The bikes are classics, strong, and well maintained. The food is sensational, whether it be at restaurants or by the campfire. Andrew is the perfect tour leader, cool, calm and very knowledgeable about the country and things in general. Thanks Andrew, Drew and the team, looking forward to doing it again..
Owen Holcombe // Cambodia
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