16 Day Best South African Roadtrip Ever
Self Guided Tour

From only R 57,290 per person on a BMW F700GS

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Itinerary

Day 0
Arrive in South Africa. Bonus Night
Day 1
Pretoria to Magoebaskloof
Day 2
Explore the Panorama Route (Bikers Paradise)
Day 3
Day Safari into Kruger National Park
Day 4
Hazyview to Swaziland
Day 5
Swaziland to St. Lucia
Day 6
Rest Day St. Lucia- Hippo and Crocodile excursion
Day 7
St. Lucia to Oribi Gorge
Day 8
Oribi Gorge to Wild Coast
Day 9
Rest Day Wild Coast- Ride to Hole in the Wall
Day 10
Coffee Bay to Port Alfred
Day 11
Port Alfred to Knysna
Day 12
Rest Day Garden Route
Day 13
Knysna to Oudsthoorn optional ride Swartberg Pass
Day 14
Oudtshoorn to Hermanus via the Southern Tip of Africa
Day 15
Hermanus to Cape Town via Cape Point
Day 16
End of Tour- Transfers to Airport

 

Quick description:

16 Day Tour through Swaziland and South Africa from coast to coast, ending at the Southern most tip of Africa

This tantalizing tour of South Africa combines motorcycling with culture, adventure and South Africa's most beautiful destinations.

You start in Pretoria where you enjoy a Motorcycle Safari through a BIG 5 game reserve. From here you make your way through the twisting mountain passes of Mpumalanga, visiting the Shangana cultural village, and the world famous Kruger National Park, followed by the Kingdom of Swaziland.

You meet up with the Indian Ocean at St. Lucia, and after viewing hippos, crocs and other estuary wildlife you make your way to Cape Town hugging the South African coastline all the way.

Highlights along the route include: breathtaking views at Oribi Gorge, Hole in the Wall at Coffee Bay, riding ostriches and exploring the Cango caves in the Garden Route and a visit to Cape Agulhas- the Southern most tip of Africa!

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Pretoria To Magoebaskloof
Distance: 400km
Highlights: Scenic mountain passes, Long Tom Cannons

Today you make your way up into South Africa’s wild Limpopo Province. As you head up north, the roads become mountainous with beautiful views of the rolling hills below. Enjoy the great twisties and arrive at the majestic Magoebaskloof hotel, situated on the top of a beautiful mountain pass with breathtaking views of the valley below. There is a lot to do at the hotel. You can take a walk to the waterfall, spotting birds and Samango Monkeys along the way or you can chill out at the Phoenix and Fireman Pub! You may wish to go for a late afternoon drive in the mountains surrounding the Hotel- there is a great lookout point over Ebenezer Dam on Georges Valley Road (John Buchan Memorial)


Ebenezer Dam Look out Point

Day 2: Panorama route
Distance: +- 250km
Highlights: God's Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels, Waterfalls, Magical Views Sites

Make your way down into Mpumalanga (an area known to Local Bikers as “Motorcycle Paradise”) the roads here are beautiful and curvy, and there are so many great view points, rock formations and waterfalls along the way. The route includes stops at Bourkes luck potholes, The Three Rondavels, and Gods Window, although there are so many attractions sign posted along the way- you may just wish to pull off and experience a few of them. You will arrive in Hazyview in the Late Afternoon. Tonight- you will enjoy a traditional African meal and African dances at the Shangana cultural village.

3 Rondavels
The 3 Rondavels

Day 3: Half Day Safari- Kruger National Park
Distance 0-50km
Highlights: Safari, African wildlife

Today you will bid goodbye to the motorcycles and board a game viewing Safari vehicle which will transport us into the Kruger National Park. This world famous wildlife reserve is home to the BIG 5 and is roughly the size of a small country. The vastness of the park allows ample opportunity to view wild animals in their natural habitat. You will have a full day to spot lions, elephants, birds and many different species of animals. In the Afternoon their is an optional motorcycle ride over the Famous "Long Tom Pass".

Cheetahs
Cheetah mom and cub spotted in the Kruger National Park

Day 4: Hazyview to Swaziland
Distance: +-300km
Highlights: Kingdom of Swaziland

After breakfast you depart for the Kingdom of Swaziland – the home of the friendly Swazi people. After border procedures (passport and possibly visa required) you weave your way along winding country roads and mountain passes down into Ezulwini Valley. Today you can visit Swaziland’s own glass factory (Ngwenya Glass) and see the world famous Swazi candles being handcrafted at Swazi Candles. There are many excellent restaurants, pubs and craft markets in the Ezulweni Valley where you will overnight at an excellent country lodge, with its own magnificent restaurant on a wooden deck with spectacular views.

Bulembu Pass
Bulembu Pass, Swaziland

Day 5:  Swaziland to St. Lucia
Distance: +- 350km
Highlights: Relaxing drive through African Countryside

Today you make your way through Swaziland to South Africa’s Zulu Kingdom, homeland of the proud Zulu nation. In the late afternoon you arrive in St. Lucia, a world renowned natural heritage site, with its beautiful secluded beaches, hippos, crocs, whales, endangered turtles and other wildlife, our home for the next two nights. This afternoon you embark on an exciting sunset river cruise where you will see hippos , crocodiles and other estuary wildlife . Tonight you can explore the many restaurants, pubs and cocktail bars that St Lucia has to offer..

Crocodile
You will get up close and personal with crocodiles in St. Lucia

Day 6: St. Lucia Rest Day
Distance: +- 0-50 km
Highlights: Many Exciting Optional Activities

St Lucia has so much to offer that we suggest an action packed day undertaking one of the many optional activities on offer e.g. Whale watching & turtle tours (in season).Full and half day game drives are also available into the magnificent Umfolozi/Hluhluwe game reserve. You can also visit a Zulu cultural village . As all activities are extremely popular, to avoid disappointment, Sama prefers to pre-book activities for you.

St. Lucia Beach
St. Lucia has endless deserted beaches

Day 7: St. Lucia to Oribi Gorge
Distance: +- 350 km
Highlights: Breathtaking views over Oribi Gorge

After breakfast you travel down the Kwazulu Natal coastline through Durban to the South Coast holiday town of Port Shepstone, where you head inland via a beautiful mountain road to the spectacular Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. Here we recommend an optional drive/walk to the viewsite overlooking the breathtaking gorge below. For those brave enough- you may wish to attempt the worlds Highest Gorge Swing.


Oribi Gorge

Day 8: Oribi Gorge to Coffee Bay
Distance: +- 450 km
Highlights: Drakensberg Mountain Range, Breathtaking passes

After an early breakfast it is time to head for the Wild Coast– where our famous Madiba – former president Nelson Mandela - was born. You will see why this region is called the Wild Coast – endless un spoilt sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see make this destination well worth a visit.

wild coast
Rolling green hills of the Wild Coast

Day 9: Coffee Bay Rest Day
Distance: +- 0-50 km
Highlights: Hole in the wall, relaxing on the beach

This morning there will be an optional ride to Hole in the Wall- along the most spectacular dirt road that meanders up and down beautiful winding mountains overlooking the sea. The rest of the day may be spent relaxing on the beach, learning to surf or taking part in any of the adventurous activities on offer. Sit back relax and let the Wild Coast sink in!


Hole in the Wall

Day 10: Coffee Bay to Port Alfred
Distance: +- 450 km
Highlights: Port Alfred Mariner

After an early breakfast you bid the rolling hills and sea cliffs of the Wild Coast farewell and make your way inland following the N2 to East London. You continue along the coastal road to Port Alfred, a beautiful little Mariner town with stunning sea views and good places to eat. In the late afternoon you may wish to take a walk over the beautiful sand dunes that dominate Port Alfred's beachfront.


Giraffe sighting

Day 11: Port Alfred to Knysna
Distance: +- 450 km
Highlights: Bloukrans Gorge and world's highest bungee jump (optional)

Today you follow the coastal route to Knysna – the start of the famous Garden Route where you will be based for the next 2 nights. En-route, those brave enough will have the opportunity to bungee from Bloukrans, the highest bungee in the world-214 metres of pure adrenalin. Tonight you may like to walk over to the Knysna waterfront and dine on delectable Seafood and the freshest oysters in town


Natures Valley- pass leading into Knysna

Day 12: Knysna Rest Day
Distance: +- 0-50 km
Highlights: Exploring Knysna, relaxing on the beach or sailing to the Knysna Heads

Knysna is a truly beautiful place and is ideal for a rest day. There is so much to do! You can go on a boat cruise, marvel at the Knysna heads, embrace the beautiful evergreen Knysna forest, meet the Knysna Elephants or simply relax and enjoy the pubs, restaurants and shops. Another option is to re-explore the beautiful routes and twisting mountain passes in the area.


Enjoy a catamaran ride to the Knysna Heads

 

Day 13: Knysna to Oudtshoorn
Distance: +- 250 km
Highlights: Garden Route, Ostrich farms, Cango Caves and spectacular mountain passes

Today you get to enjoy the spectacular scenery and twisting mountain passes of the world famous Garden Route. Around every corner, there is a breathtaking view. En-route you can visit an Ostrich farm where you can ride ostriches, feed them or buy their HUGE eggs. Later, why not visit the Cango Caves to explore underground wonders? You will arrive in Oudtshoorn in the late afternoon. For Off-road entusiasts their is an optional ride up Swartberg Pass- a steep zigzagging road that will make your heart skip a beat!

Ostriches in Oudshoorn
Feeding Ostriches in the Garden Route

Day 14: Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas
Distance: +- 450 km
Highlights: Route 62, Folding Mountain Passes, The Southern Most Tip of Africa

Today you make your way to the start of Route 62. The road winds through the Swartberg Mountains and beautiful foothills in their valleys before making its way down to Cape Agulhas- the Southernmost tip of Africa at 34° S and 20°E . Here the ice cold waters of the Atlantic ocean meet the warm Indian ocean, creating a turbulent mixture of untamed beauty. There is always a party at Cape Agulhas, as you celebrate reaching the most southern point of Africa- there are great photo opportunities at the Southern most tip!


There's a party at the end of the world

Day 15: Cape Agulhas- Cape Point-
Cape Town
Distance: +- 350 km
Highlights: Explore the beautiful coastal roads and attractions of Cape Town

Today you make your way to Cape Town, South Africa's Mother City. Today is the highlight of the trip as there are beautiful coastal views with twisting roads cut into the sea cliffs virtually all the way. Today you will get to visit Hermanus, the whale watching capital of South Africa as well as the old Navy town "Simonstown" where you can view South African penguins living it up on the beach. After that you make your way to Cape Point- the most South-westerly point of Africa (with views of the Cape Peninsula). Tonight you sleep in Cape Town and can go out for a final dinner at one of Cape Town's best restaurants.


Views From Chapman's Peak

Day 16: End of tour
Distance: +- 0-50 km

Sadly your tour of South Africa has come to an end. We guarantee that you will take home loads of awesome photographs and fond memories of South Africa the warm people you have met. Transfers will be arranged to the airport.

Please note that we can book any post/pre tour accommodation and activities for you. Click here for add-on tours.

Dates: This is a Self Guided Tour- you can do it at anytime

Pricing 2018

Bike
Price, riding 1 up, SH
BMW F700GS
R 57,290
BMW F800GS
R 59,500
BMW LC R12000GS
R 68,340
BMW R12000 ADV
R 73,180
 
Passenger/Pillion, add
R 30,200
Single Supplement, add
R 8,290

Currency

 

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The Price includes:

  • 16 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 15 Nights (3-4 star) accommodation plus 1 Bonus nights Accommodation in Pretoria before tour starts
  • 16 Breakfasts
  • Gps pre loaded with route maps and places of interest
  • Side Panniers and Top Box for luggage
  • Safari into Kruger National Park
  • Hippo and Crocodile Sunset Cruise
  • 24 Hour Back-up support
  • Detailed Guide Book
  • Activity and Accommodation Vouchers
  • Map of South Africa
  • Sama Tours T-shirt
  • Cross border Papers
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • Transfers to and from the Johannesburg International Airport and Cape Town International Airport
  • All Taxes

This Price does not include:

  • Tour Guide
  • Back up vehicle
  • Petrol and toll fees
  • Visas and cross border fees
  • International and local flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All items not mentioned in "Price includes"
  • All meals other than those specified in "Price includes"
  • All Entrance fees other then those specified in "Price includes"
  • Drinks

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Garden Route
Garden Route- Ostriches


Cape Agulhas- Southern Most
Point of Africa

Natures Valley
Garden Route- Natures Valley

Drakensberg
Drakensberg Mountains


Cape Town Peninsuala

 

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