Cape Town to Kruger Park Motorcycle Tour

14-24 days January - July 2020
Price: ZAR89000 (approx $US5800, €5220) - details here

An Epic South African Motorcycle Adventure from Cape Town to the Kruger National Park along South Africa's Wild, Beautiful East Coast.

Route Map and Stats

Total Distance: 4480 km
Riding Days: 17
Rest Days: 5
Average distance: 265 km per day
Riding Time per day: 4-6 hours

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate – good tar roads with an optional mix of  gravel roads.

Route Description and Highlights

Cape Town – Southern Tip of Africa – Matjiesfontein – Swartberg Mountains – Garden Route – Tsitsikamma – Wild Coast at Cintsa and Coffee Bay – Sani Pass – Drakensberg Mountains – St Lucia Estuary – Eswatini (Swaziland) – Kruger Park – Eastern Escarpment – Magaliesberg Mountains – Johannesburg 

We begin our journey along South Africa's east coast with a ride to the Southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas. We then head north-east towards the Swartberg mountains stopping over at the historic and iconic railway town of Matjiesfontein and a night in the Lord Milner Hotel. We then head into the mountains on some good gravel roads, riding through some breathtaking mountain passes - Seweweekspoort and Swartberg pass. After a night in the Karoo town of Prince Albert we cross through the mountains one more time at Meiringspoort and head south to the Garden Route town of Knysna and our overnight stop at Natures Valley. Along the way we'll stop to explore the Tsitsikamma forest and Storms River mouth.

Our route then takes us to Addo Elephant Park where we'll have the chance of an evening game drive. The next day we continue into the Eastern Cape where we head for the Wild Coast at Cintsa and Coffee Bay. On the way we have the opportunity to visit the village of Qunu - Nelson Mandela's birthplace. At Coffee Bay we'll enjoy a rest day with the chance to visit the famous Hole-in-the-Wall. Continuing north-east we ride towards the Drakensberg mountains - the highest in South Africa - and a day trip to the famous Sani Pass that leads into the Lesotho highlands. We spend another day exploring these mountains at Giants Castle Nature Reserve before we head back to the coast via the Anglo Boer War Spioenkop Battle site. 

Back at the coast we spend a rest day at St Lucia - a beautiful coastal estuary - enjoying the pristine beaches, rich birdlife, local hippo families and mangrove swamps. Our route then takes us north through Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) stopping overnight at Hlane Game Reserve

A short ride takes us to Hazyview from where we'll spend three nights in the Kruger National Park. On our final leg we explore the dramatic eastern escarpment at God's Window and Blyde River Canyon before we turn west and route to the Magaliesberg Mountains and finally a short ride into Johannesburg. 

"I decided at the last moment to join my son and cousin on an adventure motorcycle trip with Ride Down South. My wife said ‘you’ll probably regret it if you don’t go’. She was right – I’m so glad I went. What a trip.

South Africa totally exceeded my expectations. The beauty and varied geography of the country was fascinating. There were so many highlights, but perhaps the best was travelling the road into Gamkaskloof or the day we spent at Kruger National park, or perhaps the stay on the Wild Coast where the boys body-surfed with dolphins.

Just an amazing lifetime adventure!"


Cape to Kruger 2016


Accommodation is in comfortable 3-star lodges (usually twin rooms). For those who prefer single rooms we will happily upgrade these for you. Contact us for details. 


Ride one of our Honda Africa Twin XRV 750's or Suzuki V-Strom 650's

See our full fleet here

Cost details

Cost Details:
Rider: ZAR89000 (approx $US5800, €5220)
Pillion / Support car passenger: ZAR33900 (approx $US2240, €2050, AUD3320) 

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

Included in the price:
Honda Africa Twin 750cc or Suzuki VStrom 650 motorcycle
Support vehicle with spare bike and trailer
Airport transfers
Breakfast and some dinners
Tour guide
Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
Motorcycle border fees
Emergency evacuation to local medical center
Unlimited Mileage
Excess luggage storage

Accommodation at origin and destination outside of tour dates
Fuel (approx: $290)
Lunches, drinks and some dinners (details on request)
Reserve and sightseeing entry fees
Personal Insurance (Accident/Medical)

Provisional Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town to Agulhas - 265 km

Day 2: Agulhas to Matjiesfontein - 360 km

Day 3: Matjiesfontein to Prince Albert via Seweweekspoort and Swartberg Pass - 234 km

Day 4: Prince Albert to Natures Valley via Knysna - 306 km

Day 5: Rest day at Natures Valley - 0 km

Day 6: Natures Valley to Addo Elephant Park - 240 km

Day 7: Addo to Cintsa on the Wild Coast - 340 km

Day 8: Cintsa to Coffee Bay - 260 km

Day 9: Rest day at Coffee Bay

Day 10: Coffee Bay to Underberg - 360 km

Day 11: Underberg to Giants Castle via Sani Pass - 270 km  

Day 12: Rest day at Giants Castle - 0 km

Day 13: Giants Castle to St Lucia - 460 km

Day 14: Rest day at St Lucia - 0 km

Day 15: St Lucia to Hlane Game Reserve - 289 km

Day 16: Hlane Game Reserve to Hazyview and Kruger Park - 243 km

Day 17-18: Kruger Park - 0 km

Day 19: Kruger Park to Dullstroom via eastern escarpment - 240 km

Day 20: Dullstroom to Magaliesberg - 330 km

Day 21: Magaliesberg to Johannesburg - 150 km 

Trip Gallery

Cape Town

Cape Agulhas - Southern Tip of Africa

Cape Coastal Road

Lord Milner Hotel - Matjiesfontein

Seweweekspoort Pass, Swartberg Mountains

Swartberg Pass near Cape Town


Prince Alfreds Pass

Knysna, Garden Route, South Africa

Natures Valley

Storms River Mouth, Garden Route

Addo Elephant Park

Coffee Bay, Wild Coast

Hole in the Wall, Wild Coast, South Africa

Sani Pass

Giants Castle

St Lucia Estuary

Hlane Game Reserve

Kruger Park

Leopard at Kruger Park

God's Window

Blyde River Canyon

Magaliesberg Mountains

Apartheid museum, Johannesburg

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