Cederberg & Great Karoo 
Motorcycle Tour

3 days, 950km
from ZAR19200

Explore the Cederberg mountains, the wide open reaches of the Great Karoo and some spectacular gravel roads on this 3 day motorcycle adventure. 

Route Highlights
3 days, 950 km, from ZAR 19200

Cape Town – Riebeeck Kasteel – Clanwilliam – Van Rhyn's Pass - Papkuilsfontein – Botterkloof Pass – Cederberg backcountry – Kouebokkeveld – Gydo Pass – Ceres – Michel's Pass – Bain's Kloof Pass

Includes: Bike rental + fuel; accommodation in 3-star lodges; breakfasts; tour guide. 

Too long, too short, or not quite the right route?
We'd be happy to build a custom route for you.

Route Details and Itinerary 

Note on the riding surface: The Cederberg portion of the route (about 250km) consists of gravel roads. Generally these are in good condition with some patches of corrugations and loose gravel. We don't encounter deep sand.  During the rainy season we may encounter higher water levels at river crossings.

Day 1: Cape Town to Papkuilsfontein

390km. We begin our ride from Cape Town heading north through Riebeek Kasteel before crossing into Cederberg and heading into the Karoo for an overnight stay at Papkuilsfontein Farm.

Day 2: Papkuilsfontein to Cederberg

180km. A shorter day today gives us the chance to explore the local area including ancient glacial valleys, a quiver tree forest and the gravel roads into the northern Cederberg.

Day 3: Cederberg to Cape Town

238km. Today we ride through the central and southern Cederberg mountains on good gravel roads stopping in at Ceres for lunch and a ride over Bain's Kloof Pass on our way home to Cape Town.

Cost details

Tour Price:
Honda XRV 750: ZAR 19200
Honda CRF1000: ZAR 23000

1) Prices in South African Rand. Click here to convert to your currency.

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Included in the price:
Honda Africa Twin XRV 750 or CRF1000 motorcycle
Fuel & Oil
3-star B&B Accommodation

Entrance to Stadsaal caves (optional)
Tour guide
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
Emergency evacuation to local medical center
Unlimited Mileage
Excess luggage storage

Accommodation at origin and destination outside of tour dates
Lunches, drinks and dinners
Personal Insurance (Accident/Medical)


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. 

Our Motorcycles

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

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

Done for You

We take care of all trip bookings so you get to enjoy a hassle-free adventure

Experienced Guides

Our qualified guides have years of experience and intimate local knowledge.

55+ 5-Star Ratings

Our guests have given us over 55 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor and AirBnB

Get 50% off
the price of your own ride when you bring a group of 3 or more other riders

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