18-day Motorcycle Adventure
Cape Town to the Kruger National Park
18-day Motorcycle Adventure
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 18-day motorcycle adventure
Cape Town – Cape Winelands – Matjiesfontein - Swartberg Pass - Knysna and the Garden Route - Wild Coast - Drakensberg - Spioenkop Battlefield - Kruger Park - Panorama Route
Total Distance: 3980 km
Riding Days: 15
Rest Days: 3
Average distance: 265 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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Dates & Itinerary
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We begin our adventure with a ride around the coastal roads of the Cape Peninsula. We'll enjoy the spectacular Chapmans Peak drive and explore the coastline through villages including Scarborough , Misty Cliffs and Kommetjie. We'll then head around the east side of False Bay along more beautiful coastal roads 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
Today's ride begins in the foothills of the Cape Fold mountains as we ride through vineyards and over the famous Franschhoek pass. Turning north we cross through two more beautiful tarred mountain passes - Bainskloof and Michels pass on our way to the fruit-farming hub of Ceres. Here the landscapes begin to change as we enter the southern reaches of the Great Karoo. Our overnight stop is in the historic Lord Milner hotel in the railway town of Matjiesfontein
We have slightly more adventurous day today as we explore the rugged Swartberg mountain range with its spectacularly folded rocks. The gravel roads are kept in good condition and are easy to ride. We make our first crossing through Seweweekspoort and then get to enjoy the winding tar-road Huis River pass. We'll get some lunch in the town of Calitzdorp on Route 62 before setting out for the famous awe-inspiring Swartberg Pass. We spend the night in some lovely cottages in the Karoo town of Prince Albert
Today we cross the Swartberg one more time on a beautiful twisting tar road pass through Meiringspoort before heading to the coast via the equally spectacular Outeniqua pass. We also have the option of riding the beautiful Prince Alfred pass on a good gravel road into the Knysna forest
We'll take a break from the bikes today and explore the town of Knysna and the surrounding areas. Options include a visit to a local motorcycle museum, a visit to the Knysna Heads, a short ride to Robber Nature Reserve, or you can enjoy a relaxed day at the waterfront, or book a Thai massage at our accommodation.
We don't have that far to ride today but the route is packed with things to see along the way. We'll stay off the main national road almost the whole way, taking the winding passes through the Tsitsikamma region into Nature's Valley, through Bloukrans pass and down to the mouth of Storms River. It's a lovely, scenic ride ride exploring the beautiful Garden Route. Our overnight stop is in the scenic coastal town of Cape St Francis.
Today we continue east along a good secondary road enjoying the coastal scenery and lush farmland before heading north to Addo Elephant Park where we'll have the option to go on an afternoon safari drive to experience the elephants, lion and other wildlife here.
Our ride today takes us through some beautiful Eastern Cape scenery - farmlands, aloes and rolling hills. We join the coast again at Kenton and then ride north-east along the coast past coastal towns including Port Alfred and East London to the start of the Wild Coast at Cintsa.
We have the chance to explore the beautiful beaches at Cintsa before getting on the bikes again and looping round to the mouth of the great Kei river where we catch a pontoon ferry to the other side. Then it's time for a coffee break at Seagulls lodge before we head back inland and north and then back to the coast and some winding mountain roads to one of our favourite overnight stops on the banks of the Mdumbi river, right on the coast
Today we get a break from riding and the chance to enjoy the local area, river and beaches. If you are keen for a short ride you can also visit the famous Hole-in-the-Wall just south of Coffee Bay
We head inland today through the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape towards Underberg at the southern end of the Drakensberg Mountains - the highest and most dramatic mountain range in South Africa. Along the way we have the option of stopping to visit Qunu - the village where Nelson Mandela grew up, went to school and herded cattle.
Before we set out on today's shorter leg we'll have the chance to visit the bottom of the famous Sani Pass route to Lesotho. Even though it's not really possible to ride the rough road on our big bikes, there is a lovely tar road that winds through the foothills to the South African border post. We'll return to our start point for breakfast before setting out for the central part of the Drakensberg at Giants Castle
It's a short ride to our overnight stop so we'll have the chance to explore the area around Giant's Castle before we leave. It's one of the most scenic and dramatic parts of South Africa with the grand amphitheatre in front of us. In the afternoon we'll have the option of a guided tour of the Spionkop battlefield with a local expert
Today we head north-east from the Drakensberg on the first of a two-day ride to the Kruger Park. Along the way to day we will pass through more famous battle sites, and some lovely riding through pine forests on our way to Piet Retief
Tour of the Cape Peninsula
We have a full day to experience the magnificent wildlife in this top-rated game reserve. A good option is an early morning safari that leaves from our accommodation and returns around mid-day. You could also book an afternoon/evening safari or just relax at the lodge and watch what happens around the Crocodile river in front of you
We begin to head west towards our final destination of Johannesburg today, but on the way we'll take a lovely, scenic route along the escarpment with magnificent views over the low country and some of the best tar-road riding in South Africa. Our overnight stop is at the trout-fisihing town of Dullstroom
it's our last day of the tour and we can take it easy this morning to enjoy the peaceful setting and even try some trout fishing. After that we'll head west on some good tar roads to our final destination at Johannesburg
Cost and Includes
Honda CRF1000: ZAR 96000
Honda XRV 750: ZAR 89000
Single Supplement: R8000
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
Afternoon safari at Addo Elephant Park
Morning safari at Kruger National Park
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
Support Vehicle on standby in Cape Town or Johannesburg
Emergency evacuation to local medical center
Excess luggage storage
Additional 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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