13-day Motorcycle Adventure

Best of South Africa from Cape Town to the Kruger National Park

Cape to Kruger

13-day Motorcycle Adventure exploring the best of South Africa from Cape Town to the Kruger National Park

Join us as we explore South Africa's breathtaking Cape coast and fold mountains, the Garden Route, Wild Coast, Drakensberg mountains, historic battlefields, and abundant wildlife on this 13-day motorcycle adventure

Route Highlights
Cape Town – Cape Winelands – Matjiesfontein - Swartberg Pass - Knysna and the Garden Route - Eastern Cape Highlands - Drakensberg - Battlefields - Kruger Park - Panorama Route

Total Distance: 3470 km
Riding Days: 12
Rest Days: 3
Average distance: 290 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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Route Highlights
Cape Town – Cape Winelands – Matjiesfontein - Swartberg Pass - Knysna and the Garden Route - Eastern Cape Highlands - Drakensberg - Battlefields - Kruger Park - Panorama Route

Total Distance: 3470 km
Riding Days: 12
Rest Days: 3
Average distance: 290 km per day
Riding Time per day: 4-6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate 

(good tar roads with some good gravel roads)

Dates & Itinerary

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Day 0: Pre-Ride in Cape Town, 0km

We'll arrange to meet you at Cape Town airport and take you to your hotel. We’ll have the bikes ready in the parking area of a hotel near the V&A Waterfront by early afternoon. You are welcome to come check them out and get a start on pre-packing if you’d like. We'd be happy to recommend a hotel that offers comfortable accommodation in a good location for exploring Cape Town. In the evening we’ll arrange an optional pre-ride dinner at a local restaurant - dinner’s on us 🙂

Day 1: Cape Town to Tulbach, 280km

We start the tour with one of the most scenic rides we can imagine. From Cape Town we'll make our way south along the shores of False Bay via Clarence Drive with an optional visit to a local penguin colony. We'll then ride over a short but breathtaking mountain pass through beautiful fruit farms where there is also a locally well-frequented farm stall and coffee shop. We continue towards Theewaterskloof dam and the spectacular Franschhoek Pass, after which we ride to Wellington then up and over the tight, twisting Bainskloof Pass before heading to our destination of Tulbach, and a well-deserved rest.

Day 2: Tulbach to Swellendam, 250km

Today we get to explore more of the breathtaking scenery among the Cape Fold mountains and the Great Karoo. We will head over Michells Pass into the town of Ceres before taking the R46 road over yet another pass and through open Karoo landscapes. We'll then turn on to the R318 Burger's Pass road with a beautiful view of the Koo Valley. Riding out of Montagu we pass under the old English fort which was built in 1899 to hold the river and mountain thoroughfare. We head towards Swellendam along the foothills of a mountain ridge and our accommodation for the night. We'll have dinner at the famous Drostdy Restaurant which serves excellent food.

Day 3: Swellendam to Oudtshoorn, 225km

Today we have fantastic riding leaving Swellendam, beginning with the picturesque Tradouw Pass to Barrydale and an obligatory milkshake stop on the R62. Leaving Barrydale we have a short ride to the world-famous Ronnies Sex Shop (very interesting story as to how it got its name), now any biker worth his salt has to stop here for a picture or two and a t-shirt. We continue and head through Ladismith towards and over the Huisriver Pass to Calitzdorp. After a great lunch in Calitzdorp, we head straight to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world.For those wanting to experience one of the best gravel passes in South Africa we can take a detour over Swartberg Pass into the Karoo town of Prince Albert and on to Oudtshoorn via the equally impressive Meiringspoort.

Day 4: Oudtshoorn to Jeffreys Bay, 325km

Today we get to explore the famous Garden Route as we head towards the coast. We begin by riding through a coastal mountain range down the Outeniqua Pass which takes us to the town of George. We'll ride through a natural phenomenon called the 'Map of Africa' near the town of Wilderness. We'll wind our way to Knysna for a lunch stop at one of the excellent restaurants at the waterfront. After lunch, we'll take the R102 to Natures Valley to see a unique view of the new Bloukrans bridge from the old Blou Krans pass and a stop at the Storms River Mouth. After which we will head through beautiful forestry and farmlands to our stop at the famous surfing town of Jeffreys Bay.

Day 5: Jeffreys Bay to Addo Elephant Park, 110km

We have short riding day to Addo so we have some time before we leave to explore the beaches or even take an early morning surfing lesson. Today we start heading inland, from now on we are heading back inland towards the beautiful eastern Cape highlands. We ride the R102 and take in the 'new' Van Stadens river bridge from the old Van Stadens river bridge. We'll then continue on the R102 towards Addo Elephant National Park where we will stop for the night. Keep your eyes open as we will likely come across an elephant or two.

Day 6: Addo to Graaf Reinet, 275km

It's another shorter riding day and we have the option of a morning safari into Addo. You'll see plenty of elephants and antelope and possibly some of the local lion. Back on the tarmac we ride through the park with the chance to see more wildlife up close. After exiting Addo through the western gate we'll ride past game farms and beautiful open landscapes before arriving at our luxurious hotel in Graaf Reinet for a well-deserved rest.

Day 7: Graaf Reinet to Barkley Pass. 435km

Leaving the lap of luxury this morning we ride through a short bit of c with its desert-like landscape. Turning onto the R61 a beautiful stretch of road, the first thing we do is ride the Wapadsberg Pass heading towards Cradock along the northern edge of The Mountain Zebra National Park. Today riding is all about making our way through the south-eastern part of the Karoo, quaint little towns, and a couple of beautiful mountain passes including Cala Pass, that will leave you grinning from ear to ear, and of course just pure natural beauty. The final destination is our hotel, on top of Barkley Pass so make sure you have practiced saying “wow” a lot.

Day 8: Barkly Pass to Underberg, 340km

Our ride today takes us along some lovely scenic roads as we descend and ascend the mountain escarpment around the Drakensberg Mountains and ride through rural Xhosa villages. We have a few route options depending on how much we’d like to explore the great riding roads in the area. We spend the next two nights on a tranquil guest farm at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains.

Day 9: Rest day at Underberg and Sani Pass, 0km

We have a non-riding day today with the option to visit the spectacular Sani Pass on a 4x4 tour, or on the bikes if you're feeling up for an adventure. We’ll have lunch in the highest pub in South Africa and if the weather is favourable enjoy spectacular views into Lesotho and the lowlands to the east.

Day 10: Underberg to Clarens via Golden Gate National Park, 400km

Our heading for today is Clarens, a picturesque little town nestled in the mountains bordering Lesotho. Riding through small villages on hilltops and many valleys crossed we arrive at National Highway 3, we skirt past the Midmar dam on our left as we head north again. The ever-present Drakensberg mountains (Dragon Mountains) are on our left and will mark our route all of today. Fortunately, we won’t stay on the highway and will turn off and head towards the Sterkfontein Dam, impressive with its body of water. With high mountains to our left and rolling hills and valleys to our right we turn west and head past a Basotho Cultural village before entering the Golden Gate National Park so worth the stop, then onto our destination of Clarens. Clarens has a great Brewery and Gin distillery.

Day 11: Clarens to Dullstroom, 460km 

Barely out of Clarens, we come upon Titanic Rock, which sticks out like a sore thumb! Bethlehem is our next town, the wheat and sunflower capital of the Orange Free State Province and not the Holy Land. With big wide open spaces, we ride and admire the farmlands and small villages we pass through. We cross the provincial border 3 times today as the roads twist and wind us to our destination of Dullstroom, famous for its trout fishing and spectacular scenery.

Day 12: Dullstroom to Hazyview via the Panorama Route,  275km 

We end our riding adventure with one of the most scenic routes in South Africa. We’ll set out on a loop that takes us up the escarpment to stunning view points over the lowlands at God’s Window, and the Three Rondawels. The riding here is a lot of fun on good, twisting tar roads with some magnificent mountain and forest scenery. We’ll get lunch in the another historic gold-mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest and enjoy a dramatic ride over the mountains on Robber’s Pass.

Day 13: Safari in Kruger National Park, 0km

Hazyview is a great base from which to experience the world-famous Kruger National Park. In our experience it has the best Big-5 game experience in Southern Africa. We'll switch the motorcycles for a Land Cruiser as we enjoy a guided safari into the Kruger National Park. There is the option of a half and full-day experience of the largest game reserve in Southern Africa. You can expect to see at least some if not all of the Big 5 animals along with a rich variety of birdlife, antelope and other animals.

Day 14: Transfer to Mbombela airport and Depart

Unfortunately, good things do come to an end, so this morning we transfer to Kruger Mpumalanga airport (KMIA) and say our final goodbyes. However it is never goodbye, it is see you next time on another epic adventure ride.

Cost and Includes

Cost details

Tour Price:
Rider: ZAR96000
Pillion: R32000
Single Supplement: R5000

1) Prices in South African Rand. Click here to convert to your currency.
2) Prices are for minimum of six riders for the full tour. Please contact us for rates for smaller groups.

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Included in the price:
Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L or Honda Transalp 750

13-nights accommodation in 3 and 4-star lodges
All breakfasts and 3 dinners
Morning safari at Addo Elephant Park
Morning safari at Kruger National Park
Airport transfers
Tour guide
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
Support Vehicle with spare bike and luggage space
Excess luggage storag

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

Bikes, Accommodation and Emergency Info

Our Motorcycles

Our fully owned and lovingly cared-for fleet of Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 and Transalp 750 motorcycles are built to handle the African roads we ride with ease

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

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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