Sun, Sea and Wildlife Tour
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Day 1: Arrive in South Africa
Distance: 0-50km
Highlights: Day Tour of Pretoria

You will be met at JHB International Airport by a Sama representative who will transfer you to your Pretoria Lodge, where your motorcycle awaits. For those arriving early a tour of Pretoria on motorcycle will be arranged. There will be a welcome dinner at the lodge and after the Tour briefing, the evening will be spent making new friends and enjoying the African evening.

Louise Botha Statue
Louis Botha Statue in Pretoria



Day 2: Pretoria To Golden Gate National Park
Distance: 400km
Highlights: Exploring the beautiful twisting roads of the Drakensburg

Depart Pretoria, taking the scenic route via our very own Bethlehem, through “Nouportsnek”- an amazingly beautiful mountain pass famous for long twistie's. We will overnight at the foot of the Maluti mountains in the GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL PARK- so named because of the sandstone cliffs that take on a golden glow in the morning or afternoon sun.

Golden Gates
Golden Gates Sentinel rock at sunset



Day 3: Golden Gates to Midlands Meander
Distance: +- 200km
Highlights: Fresh green farmlands, home cooked food, quaint little craft stores

Following a scrumptious breakfast, we make our way down into the Natal Midlands. Our route will meander through farmlands, craft shops, breweries and art galleries. The scenery is spectacular, the air is fresh and wholesome and the food is a delicacy to the tongue. Here you will have the opportunity to buy interesting presents and curios to take home. We overnight in the MIDLANDS.

Midlands meander
Rolling hills of the Midlands



Day 4: Midlands Meander to St. Lucia
Distance 400 km
Highlights: Howick Falls, Sunset hippo and croc cruise

Today we make a stop at the beautiful Howick waterfalls and then continue to 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 we embark on an exciting sunset river cruise where we see hippos , crocodiles and other estuary wildlife . Tonight you can explore the many restaurants, pubs and cocktail bars that St Lucia has to offer.

Hippo
Get up close and personal with Hippos in St. Lucia



Day 5: St. Lucia to Swaziland
Distance: +-300km
Highlights: Kingdom of Swaziland

Following an early start we drive North to the kingdom of SWAZILAND. The landscape changes as we make our way up into the rolling hills of the EZULWINI valley, stopping in at the SWAZI CANDLE FACTORY, to see how beautiful African candles are molded by hand into lions, elephants, turtles and rhinos. Tonight you will be able to view spectacular rock formations (including Sheba’s Breast and Execution Rock) from the deck of the hotel which is based in the cultural hub of Swaziland with restaurants, nightclubs, craft markets, hot springs and the famous “cuddle puddle” all within close range.

Swaziland
Driving through the rolling Hills of Swaziland



Day 6:  Swaziland to Maputo, Mozambique
Distance: +- 400km
Highlights: Ngwenya Glass Factory, Maguga Dam

Today we will explore Swaziland driving along scenic winding roads fringed by spectacular mountain scenery, interspersed with gorges and waterfalls. We will stop in at the NGWENA GLASS FACTORY AND MAGUGA DAM, where we will stop to take in the fresh air and get some amazing photographs. From here we go on into Mozambique (passport and possibly visa required). We will be sleeping in Maputo- a typical African City with a Portuguese colonial feel…..our hotel accommodation overlooks the spectacular city lights.

Palm Tree
Mozambique: Home of palm fringed beaches



Day 7&8: Maputo to Inhaca Island
Distance: +- 0-50 km
Highlights: Tropical island paradise

Today we leave our motorcycles behind and are transferred to the Island of Inhaca- either by light aircraft or ferry. This tropical Island paradise is home to 6000 people, who, as you will find, have an extremely colorful, laid back lifestyle. We will be staying at a beach hotel and the next day and a half can be spent at your leisure: snorkeling, fishing, water skiing, drinking tropical cocktails and eating delicious Portuguese style sea food- fresh off the fishing boats. The next day we catch a late afternoon flight/ferry back to Maputo where we will be based for another night.

Seafood-yum
One of the local portuguese style seafood restaurants on the island



Day 9: Maputo to Hazyview
Distance: +- 350 km
Highlights: Riding the Lowveld Escarpment

After border procedures we re-enter South Africa and make our way past sugar cane fields into the heart of Mpumalanga and the small town of Hazyview, which will be our home for the next 2 nights.

Mpumalanga
Driving into Mpumalanga



Day 10: Hazyview- Panorama Route- Hazyview Distance: +- 250 km
Highlights: Gods Window, Moholoholo Rehab Centre, Bourke's Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels, Waterfalls, Magical Views Sites

Waterfalls, magical view sites and Winding Mountain passes will make today one of the highlights of the tour - Gods Window- Berlin & Lisbon falls- Bourke's Luck potholes- Animal Rehab Centre etc. Tonight you enjoy an evening festival at the Shangaan Cultural Village, a truly African experience which includes dances and a delicious traditional meal.

Bourkes Luck Potholes
Bourke's Luck Potholes



Day 11: Kruger National Park
Distance 0-50km
Highlights: Safari, African wildlife

Today we 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. We will have a full day to spot lions, elephants, birds and many different species of animals.

Lion Cub
A sleepy Lion Cub



Day 12: Hazyview to Tzaneen
Distance: +- 0-50 km
Highlights: Rain queens, huge Cycad trees and misty mountains

Today we make our way northwards over a spectacular mountain pass into the wild province of Limpopo. This area is known as the region where the magical rain queen of Africa, Modjadji, lives. Highlights along the route include a stop at the Modjadji cycad forest, the Big Baobab Tree (45m in diameter) and the Ebenezer Dam. The roads here are made for motorcycling with beautiful sweeping corners and breathtaking views. Tonight we sleep in the heart of the Magoebaskloof mountain range- home to silver mist and rain forests

Ebenezer Dam
The View over Ebenezer Dam



Day 13&14: Tzaneen to Sun City
Distance: +- 400 km
Highlights: Escape to the Lost City

Leaving rain queens and rainforests behind, we drive westwards via the scenic route to SUN CITY and the PILANESBERG nature reserve. Sun-City is a fantasy world, that has been designed to resemble a Lost city in Africa.You will be based in Sun City for two nights. You will have a free day to explore all the glitz, glamour and wildlife. We fully recommend viewing the Big 5 in an early morning hot-air balloon ride over the Pilanesburg followed by a scrumptious champagne breakfast, or enjoying an elephant safari.

The Palace
The Palace at Sun City



Day 15: Sun City to Pretoria
Distance: +- 250 km
Highlights: Magaliesburg Mountains, Hartebeestpoort Dam

Today we head homewards via the HARTEBEESTPOORT DAM to Pretoria. This route is a favorite of local bikers who enjoy breakfast runs out to the dam on weekends. The majestic Magaliesburg Mountain range is en-route and we will stop in at various craft shops so that you can find that last piece of Africa to take back home with you. Tonight we will celebrate our trip around a scrumptious African meal…

Hartebeestpoort dam
Hartebeestpoort Dam



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.

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Pricing:

Prices are quoted on a per person basis in South African Currency (ZAR). For up-to-date exchange rates please visit www.xe.com

Pricing


Price includes:

  • 16 Days motorcycle rental
  • 15 nights Accommodation in 3-4 star lodgings
  • Tour guide on a motorcycle
  • Back up vehicle
  • 14 lunches
  • 15 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners
  • Day Safari into Kruger National Park
  • Shangana Evening festival
  • Hippo and croc sunset cruise in St. Lucia
  • Transfers to and from Inhaca Island
  • Free shuttle service   to and from Johannesburg International Airport



Price does not include

  • 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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big baobabTzaneen: Big Baobab

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Mozambique: Inhaca Island

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Sun City- home of the lost palace

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