Cape Town, Garden Route & Route 62
5 days, 1450km
Explore the Cape Coast, Garden Route, Swartberg Mountains, Seweweekspoort and Route 62 on this on this Beautiful 5-day Coast and Mountain Adventure
Cape Town – Hermanus – Swellendam – Knysna – Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma Forest – Storms River – Route 62 – Seweweekspoort – Matjiesfontein – Ceres
Total Distance: 1450 km
Average distance: 285 km per day
Riding Time per day: 4-6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy-Intermediate
(good tar roads with some good gravel roads)
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Route Details and Itinerary
This is a one-way ride and can be done in either direction. Itinerary is customisable.
Day 1: Cape Town to Swellendam
350km: We begin our ride heading east out of Cape Town around the False Bay coastline to Hermanus with an optional detour to the Southern Tip of Africa and then back north to Swellendam.
Day 2: Swellendam to Knysna
310km: Our day begins with an optional ride up and down the famous Tradouw Pass before we continue east towards the coast and on to Knysna via George and Sedgefield.
Day 3: Exploring the Garden Route
204km: Today we explore the Garden Route, riding east through Plettenberg Bay, Nature's Valley and the Storms River Mouth before heading back to our base at Knysna.
Day 4: Knysna to Matjiesfontein
320km: Our day begins with a dramatic ride up the Prince Alfred pass to Uniondale before we turn west and head along the Swartberg mountains along Route 62.The day ends with a spectacular ride through Seweweekspoort pass and on to the historic town of Matjiesfontein and an overnight stay in the grand Lord Milner Hotel.
Day 5: Matjiesfontein to Cape Town
260km: Our last day begins with an optional early start to catch the morning game drive at Aquila Game reserve. We then head through to the farming town of Ceres and a series of beautiful mountain passes before the final leg to Cape Town.
Tour Price (2023):
Honda XRV 750: ZAR 29500
Honda CRF1000: ZAR 35000
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 XRV 750 or CRF1000 motorcycle
Fuel & Oil
Morning safari at Aquila Game Reserve
Breakfast and some dinners
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
Motorcycle border fees
Emergency evacuation to local medical center
Excess luggage storage
Accommodation at origin and destination outside of tour dates
Lunches, drinks and some dinners (details on request)
Reserve and sightseeing entry fees
Personal Insurance (Accident/Medical)
Accommodation includes comfortable 3-star lodges (usually twin rooms) and some campsites equipped with hot water and electricity. For those who prefer lodge accommodation or single rooms we will happily upgrade these for you. Contact us for details.
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
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We take care of all trip bookings so you get to enjoy a hassle-free adventure
Our qualified guides have years of experience and intimate local knowledge.
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Our guests have given us over 55 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor and AirBnB
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the price of your own ride when you bring a group of 3 or more other riders