11 Day Garden Route
Self Guided Tour

From only R 43,920 per person on a BMW F700GS

11 Day Motorcycle Tour of Lesotho and South Africa's famous Garden Route

Quick description:
Starting in South Africa's Capital city of Pretoria we make our way down to the Kingdom of LESOTHO where you will experience more curves within 80km than any other road in Africa. Heading further South we reach the Drakensberg, South Africa's most awe inspiring mountain range- the scenic twisting mountains and Sandstone cliffs will leave you breathless.
From here we make our way down to the Indian Ocean at East London, and soon after we stop in at Addo Elephant National Park to go on Safari amongst Africa's finest wildlife, after which we reach the garden route at Knysna. The next few days are spent riding beautiful coastal roads and Spectacular Mountain passes. Here we include all sorts of exciting activities such as an Elephant experience, a visit to an Ostrich farm and a cave tour.
Towards the end of the tour we stop in at Cape Agulhas, the Southern Most point of Africa. After getting our photos taken at the point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, we carry on to Cape Town, where our tour ends on day 10.
Cape Town is an amazing city. Situated on a peninsula you can spend days riding the beautiful coastal roads. Cape Town is also famous for its world class wines- so a trip out to the winelands is a must. We recommend that you extend your tour with a couple of days in Cape Town. Click here for more info

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Itinerary

Day 0
Arrive in South Africa- Bonus Night in Pretoria
Day 1
Pretoria to Clarens
Day 2
Clarens- Lesotho- Clarens
Day 3
Clarens- Drakensberg- Underberg
Day 4
Underberg to East London
Day 5
East London to Addo Elephant National Park
Day 6
Addo Elephant to Knysna via Tsitsikamma
Day 7
Knysna Rest Day
Day 8
Knysna to Oudtshoorn
Day 9
Oudtshoorn - Cape Agulhas- Hermanus
Day 10
Hermanus- Cape Point- Cape Town
Day 11
End of Tour- Transfer to Airport


Day 1: Pretoria To Clarens
Distance: 400km
Highlights: Historic Motorcycle Museum, Golden Sandstone Cliffs

After a delicious breakfast you make your way through South Africa's Orange countryside to Clarens. This is a delightful ride. After lunch you ride through South Africa's very own Bethlehem, arriving at Clarens in the late afternoon. Clarens is an artist’s paradise: poets, painters and sculptures from all corners come to Clarens its famous GOLDEN Sunsets. Spend the late afternoon wondering around the craft shops and have dinner in one of the numerous restaurants in town

Clarens
Clarens- Surrounded by Sandstone cliffs

Day 2: Clarens- Lesotho- Clarens
Distance: +- 412km
Highlights: Lesotho Mountain passes, Katze Dam

On this day we will experience a very exciting ride to Katze Dam in Lesotho. After an early start, you enter the Lesotho border and make your way towards Katze Dam (a huge man made dam that forms part of the Highlands water project which supplies water to South Africa in times of drought) The road to the dam has more turns within 80km than any other road in Africa. A motorcycle riders' dream. The condition of the road is excellent with very little traffic. The Katze Dam is truly eye opening! After lunch you return along the same road arriving back at the hotel in the late afternoon


Lesotho- more curves than any other road in Africa!

Day 3: Clarens to Underberg
Distance: +-435km
Highlights: Majestic Drakensberg, Golden Gate National Park

Today’s ride is unbelievably scenic. Your ride takes you down through the Golden Gate National Park. This park is made up of sandstone cliffs, with scenic rocks and other interesting landforms. Watch out for Antelope and vervet monkeys crossing the road- you’re in the wild here! You spend the rest of the day riding through the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and arrive in Underberg in the early afternoon.


Scenic Drakensberg

Day 4: Underberg to East London
Distance: +- 540km
Highlights: Relaxing drive through African Countryside


Today is a relaxing ride through the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains. In the late Afternoon you will arrive in Cintsa-  a beautiful little seaside resort town. Enjoy a beer overlooking the Indian Ocean….


The rolling foothills of the Eastern Cape

Day 5: East London to Addo Elephant National Park
Distance: +- 400 km
Highlights: Wildlife @Addo Elephant


Today you ride through the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape, stopping in to see the Giant Pineapple in Bathhurst. In the early afternoon you will arrive at the Addo Elephant National Park- home to Africa's famous BIG 5. Later you will embark on a sunset game drive in an open safari vehicle. Addo is famous for its large herds of elephants


Addo Elephants

Day 6: Addo to Knysna
Distance: +- 200km
Highlights: Tsitsikamma National Park, Bloukrans

Today you make your way along the coast to Knysna, at the start of the Garden Route. En-route you can visit the Bloukrans gorge and perhaps attempt the highest bungee Jump in the world-. (216m of pure adrenalin). Another amazing stop en route is Tsitsikamma National Park. Here you can do a short walk along the coastline and over the spectacular suspension bridge. You sleep on the Knysna lagoon for the next two nights. The garden route is a paradise of amazing mountain passes, evergreen forests and coastal routes- enjoy!


Tsitsikamma Suspension Bridge

Day 7: 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! Included in the tour price is an Elephant Interaction at Knysna Elephants. You can also go on a eco- boat cruise, marvel at the Knysna heads, embrace the beautiful evergreen Knysna forest, or simply relax and enjoy the pubs, restaurants and shops. For dirt road enthusiasts there is also an optional  "OFF ROAD RIDE" to explore the beautiful routes and twisting mountain passes in the area.


Elephant Interaction- riding is optional!

Day 8: Knysna to Oudtshoorn
Distance: +- 250 km
Highlights: Garden Route, Ostrich farms, Cango Caves and spectacular mountain passes

Today you enjoy the spectacular scenery and twisting mountain passes of the world famous Garden Route. Around every corner, there is a breathtaking view. You can visit an Ostrich farm where you can ride ostriches, feed them or buy their HUGE eggs. Later you can also visit the Cango Caves to explore underground wonders, arriving in Oudtshoorn in the late afternoon. For Dirt riders there is an optional ride in the afternoon over Swartberg pass- a steep zigzagging mountain pass with amazing views that will get your heart pumping!


Feeding Ostriches in the Garden Route

Day 9: Oudtshoorn - Cape Agulhas - Hermanus
Distance: +- 450 km
Highlights: Route 62, Folding Mountain Passes, The Southern Most Tip of Africa
After an early breakfast, make your way to the start of Route 62. The road winds through the Swartberg Mountains and beautiful foothills in their valleys. You make your 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. After a photo opportunity at the most Southern tip- you continue to Hermanus (The Whale Capital of South Africa)


There's a party at the end of the world

Day 10: Hermanus- Cape Point- Cape Town
Distance: +- 270 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 "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 celebrate the end of an amazing tour!


Cape Point

Day 11: End of Tour
Distance: +- 0-50 km

Unfortunatley your tour of South Africa has come to an end. Transfers will be arranged to the Cape Town International Airport.

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

Pricing 2018

Bike
Price, riding 1 up, SH
BMW F700GS
R 43,920
BMW F800GS
R 46,510
BMW LC R12000GS
R 50,160
BMW R12000 ADV
R 53,490
 
Passenger/Pillion, add
R 17,140
Single Supplement, add
R 6,160

Currency

 

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The Price includes:

  • 10 Days Motorcycle Rental
  • 10 Nights (3-4 star) accommodation plus 1 Bonus nights Accommodation in Pretoria before tour starts
  • Gps pre loaded with route maps and places of interest
  • Side Panniers and Top Box for luggage
  • Safari into Elephant National Park
  • Elephant Sanctuary Tour
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 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
  • 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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Pictures from Garden Route Tour

Cape Point
View of Cape Point

Cape Agulhas
Cape Agulhas- the Southern
most tip of Africa

Cape Agulhas


Lesotho


Golden Gate National Park


Lioness @ Addo Elephant Park

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