Cape Town to Kruger Park Every People Tour
21 days, August- September 2020
Price: ZA68000 (approx $US4500, €4100, AUD6650) - details here
Charity Donation: $50 per day
An Epic South African Motorcycle Adventure from Cape Town to the Kruger National Park along South Africa's Wild, Beautiful East Coast.
This Every People Charity ride is in support of Grow Recruitment - a social enterprise that seeks to address the crisis of youth unemployment in South Africa.
Read more about our sponsored project here
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.
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
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Rider: ZAR68000 (approx $US4500, €4100, AUD6650)
Pillion / Support car passenger: ZAR33900 (approx $US2240, €2050, AUD3320)
Price excludes a donation of $50 per person per day that will be paid directly to Grow Recruitment.
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
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
Fuel (approx: $290)
Lunches, drinks and some dinners (details on request)
Reserve and sightseeing entry fees
Personal Insurance (Accident/Medical)
Day 0: Explore Cape Town and optional visit to a Grow project
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
About the Charity Ride
The funds raised on this Every People Tour will go directly towards funding a vocational guidance project jointly run by Grow Recruitment Services and This Better Work. The program costs R280 ($18) per student. For every rider on this tour we will be able to give nearly 60 young people a high quality vocational guidance experience.
About the Grow Social Enterprise
Grow is a social enterprise that runs as a recruitment company. We focus on unemployed young people from disadvantaged communities, ensuring they get the same support that other young people get.
South Africa has the highest youth unemployment rate globally so we play a part - along with other projects, such as the This Better Work programme - in reducing that.
For those who have qualifications and experience we place them in permanent work. For those that didn’t finish school, or who don’t have experience, we start them off as general workers in factories. The reason for this is that is much easier to work with them once they have a small amount of money coming in to their family - the desperation for a regular income for the family is reduced. Then we can work with them on their career plan and help them take the next step.
There a number of significant challenges unemployed young people in disadvantaged communities, than those in more affluent communities. These include:
- no vocational guidance in high schools - teachers are overworked, with no resources and this would be an extra activity
- any career information that is delivered is to the whole year group - not tailored around each young person’s skills and abilities and talents
- limited understanding of the types of jobs available - many young people want to be engineers, not because they have the right skills, but because that is what they have heard about, and what pays well - because the information isn’t available to them, and they don’t have role models in their communities that are employed in more unusual careers
- poor teaching in schools which results in low grades in final exams which restrict them from entering many problems - maths teaching is a huge problem
- few resources in communities to help with career advice - no government problems in local communities and those that do give advice, or they can pay for a CV do it badly
And this is before they even put in a job application.
Why we love This Better Work is that it focuses on an individual’s unique skills and abilities, and it introduces options to young people that they would not have considered previously. The quality of the tool and the process is very high and we believe in bringing the best quality tools into disadvantaged communities.
There are some amazing young people in these communities, yet they face so many obstacles. We are trying to bring them the services they just don’t get, and using This Better Work with young people in these communities is a key part of that.
Director & Founder
Grow Recruitment Services
a: Ten23 Business Centre, 2nd Floor, 232 Albert Road, Woodstock 7925
About This Better Work
This Better Work is a non-profit organisation that is run by Ride Down South founder Andrew Vaughan. This Better Work has partnered with Grow Recruitment to bring high quality vocational guidance to young South Africans who wouldn't normally be able to afford it.
About Every People Charity Rides
Looking for a different style of motorcycle tour? Every People Tours was created for people looking for something a bit different and out of the ordinary.
What’s so different about an Every People Tour?
Each year we run two Every People Tours to raise funds for worthy causes. We focus our fundraising efforts on supporting organisations which are involved in education, as we see that as the main paths which leads to improved living conditions in developing countries.
In November each year, we run one in Cambodia, which goes for 16 days and covers 2500 km.
It touches the borders of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, passing through 19 of the 25 provinces.
At some point in the year, depending on weather, we run one in a different country, next year it will be in South Africa in August.
To raise money for charity, I organise and lead the tour, and ask for donations instead of adding on a profit margin (I pay my own way and donate the same amount as everyone else). $50 USD per day per participant is the usual donation.
The $USD donations are normally paid prior to the ride, and paid DIRECTLY to the organisation.
The last four rides have raised over $30000 USD.
Director & Founder
Every People Motorcycle Tours
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