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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
Union buildings in Pretoria

Day 2: Pretoria To Hazyview
Distance: 400km
Highlights: Scenic mountain passes, Long Tom Cannons

After a delicious breakfast we leave for Hazyview taking the scenic route via De Berg pass (highest tar road in Mpumulanga) and the Long Tom pass. Hazyview is right in the heart of Mpumulanga and makes an ideal base for exploring the magnificent surrounds. Tonight you have the choice of either dining at the hotel’s excellent restaurant or many other excellent restaurants in Hazyview.

Mpumalanga
Mpumalanga

Day 3: Panorama route
Distance: +- 250km
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

3 Rondavels
The 3 Rondavels

Day 4: Optional Kruger National Park
Distance 0-50km
Highlights: Optional 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. This Safari is an optional activity (Budget R780.00)- for those of you who don't want to go on a Safari- there are many other exciting optional activities available: You can ride the spectacular roads of Mpumalanga all over again, go quad biking, river rafting, bridge swinging, enjoy an African Day Spa or just relax by the pool back at the hotel.

Cheetahs
Cheetah mom and cub spotted in the Kruger National Park

Day 5: Hazyview to Swaziland
Distance: +-300km
Highlights: Kingdom of Swaziland

After breakfast we depart for the Kingdom of Swaziland – the home of the friendly Swazi people – after border procedures (passport and possibly visa required) – we weave our way along winding country roads and mountain passes. Today we will 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 we will overnight at an excellent country lodge, with its own magnificent restaurant on a wooden deck with spectacular views.

King
The King of Swaziland (Maswati III)

Day 6:  Swaziland to St. Lucia
Distance: +- 350km
Highlights: Relaxing drive through African Countryside

Today we make our way through Swaziland to South Africa’s Zulu Kingdom, homeland of the proud Zulu nation. In the late afternoon we 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 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.

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

Day 7: St. Lucia Rest Day
Distance: +- 0-50 km
Highlights: Whale Watching Excursion

In the early morning we board a boat and go out to sea to spot whales in the ocean. These Whale watching boat trips are usually very successful, and you will be able to view humpback whales up close and personal. You have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy all the wonderful activities in St. Lucia or simply relax on the beach.

Whale tail
A Whale tail spotted off the boat at St. Lucia

Day 8: St. Lucia to Shelley Beach
Distance: +- 350 km
Highlights: Relaxing on Shelley Beach

After breakfast we travel down the Kwazulu Natal coastline through Durban to the South Coast holiday town of Shelley beach- We arrive relatively early and you can spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach. The energetic can book a boat ride to go out and spot more whales or hire a kayak and do some wave surfing.

Relax on Shelley Beach
Relax on Shelley Beach

Day 9: Shelley Beach to Coffee Bay
Distance: +- 450 km
Highlights: The Wild Coast

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 10: 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
Hole in the Wall

Day 11: Coffee Bay to Port Alfred
Distance: +- 450 km
Highlights: Port Alfred Mariner

After an early breakfast we bid the rolling hills and sea cliffs of the Wild coast farewell and make our way inland following the N2 to East London where we continue along the coastal road to Port Alfred- a beautiful little coastal town with stunning sea views and good places to eat.

Road to Port Alfred
Road to Port Alfred

Day 12: Port Alfred to Knysna
Distance: +- 450 km
Highlights: Bloukrans Gorge and world's highest bungee jump (optional)

Today we follow the coastal route to Knysna – the start of the famous Garden Route where we will be based for the next 3 nights. En-route, those brave enough will have the opportunity to bungee from Bloukrans, the highest bungee in the world-214 meters of pure adrenalin. Tonight you can chose one of the many excellent pubs and restaurants Knysna has to offer for your dinner.

Bloukrans Bridge
Bloukrans gorge- home to the worlds highest bungee jump

Day 13: Knysna- Garden Route- Knysna
Distance: +- 250 km
Highlights: Garden Route, Ostrich farms, Cango Caves and Spectacular Mountain Passes

Today we enjoy the spectacular scenery and twisting mountain passes of the world famous Garden Route. Around every corner, there is a breathtaking view. We visit an Ostrich farm where you can ride ostriches, feed them or buy their HUGE eggs. Later we visit the Cango Caves to explore underground wonders, returning to Knysna in the late afternoon.

Ostriches in Oudshoorn
Feeding Ostriches in the Garden Route

Day 14: 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.

Natures Valley
Natures Valley- one of the mountain passes leading into Knysna

Day 15: Knysna to Hermanus
Distance: +- 450 km
Highlights: Route 62, Folding Mountain Passes, the Cape Winelands

After an early breakfast you make your way over the Outeniqua pass to the start of Route 62. The road winds through the Swartberg Mountains and beautiful foothills in their valleys. This area is famous for its Winelands. Arrive at Hermanus – where you will be based for the next 2 nights. Hermanus is known as the Whale Capital of South Africa, famous for its land based whale watching (You can see whales right off the footpaths along the cliffs). There are many remarkable opportunities to view the gentle giants up close.

Franshoek vinyard
View whales right off the cliffs in Hermanus

Day 16: Hermanus Rest Day
Distance: +- 0-50 km
Highlights: Whale watching

Spend your day relaxing and enjoying Hermanus. The tour happens right in the middle of the Whale Festival, so the whole town goes whale mad! You can spend your day walking along the beautiful cliff paths and viewing whales a stone throw away. There are also many great restaurants and shops in town!

Can't spot any whales?- Don't despair, there is a Whale Crier, a man who walks up and down the cliffs all day, blowing a kelp horn to notify visitors when the whales are spotted in the bay.

Chapmans Peak
Hermanus's Whale crier with his Kelp horn

 

Day 17: Hermanus- Cape Point- Cape Town
Distance: +- 250 km
Highlights: Explore the beautiful coastal roads and attractions of Cape Town

Today its time to ride through South Africa's Mother City. As we enter the city, you will be amazed at view of Table Mountain. We start with a ride over Chapmans Peak, a beautiful twisting road, with cliffs on one side and clear blue ocean on the other. Next up is a stop at Boulders Beach to laugh at the antics of the penguins surfing in the waves. After that we make our way to Cape Point- the most South-Westerly point of Africa (look out for whales). Tonight we sleep in Cape Town and go out for our farewell dinner at one of Cape Town's best restaurants.

Chapmans Peak
Views From Chapman's Peak

Day 18: 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 and 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

 

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

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Price includes:

  • 18 Days motorcycle rental
  • 17 nights Accommodation in 3-4 star lodgings
  • Tour guide on a motorcycle
  • Back up vehicle
  • 10 lunches
  • 17 Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner
  • Shangana Evening Festival
  • 1 x 2 Hour boat based whale watching in St. Lucia
  • Hippo and croc sunset cruise in St. Lucia
  • Entrance fees to the Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm and Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Free shuttle service from Johannesburg International Airport and to Cape Town 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 mentioed in "Price includes"
  • All meals other than those specified in "Price includes"
  • All Entrance fees other than those specified in "Price includes"
  • Drinks
  • Day Safari into Kruger National Park (Budget R780)

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Hermanus: Whale watching off the cliffs

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Garden Route: Natures Valley

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