12 days on the Garden Route with some of the best motorcycling roads in South Africa, riding along the Garden Route and R62 highways on our adventure motorcycles, you will sample everything South Africa has to offer in one simple tour. Stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife, and an eclectic mix of tar and gravel roads make this a holiday tour to remember and tell your friends about. Along the coastal roads, over the mountains and across the little desert, you will take home some fantastic memories and leave behind a piece of your heart.
(per person sharing)
(maximum 12 people on 8 motorcycles)
Nov-Dec 2017 (26-7)
2 bikes left
Mar 2018 (4-15)
– Airport transfers to and from Cape Town
– 11 nights in 3 and 4-star guest houses
– 11 breakfasts
– 11 days’ motorcycle hire complete with fully comprehensive road insurance
– 4 evening meals
– Hard luggage system
– Security locks for overnight parking
– Professional guide for duration of tour
– A tour t-shirt
What’s not included
– Park entry or toll road fees
– Meals other than breakfast unless mentioned above
– Tips or other gratuities
– Personal accident and health and loss insurance
– Bike insurance excess deposit taken by hire company (credit card required)
– Any other expenses not mentioned in the above section
Arrive at Cape Town International Airport where you will be collected by air-conditioned transport and transferred to the wonderfully located Luxury Guest House. Here you can relax for the rest of the day and prepare for the next 11 days on the Garden Route. All this while you soak up the wonderful views of Table Mountain and Robben Island. Alex will meet you for dinner at one of the local restaurants and the programme for the next 11 days will be discussed. We really don’t think there is a better way to start this fantastic adventure tour.
Transfer from guest house to pick up the motorcycles. After a briefing about the bikes and finalising the paperwork, we are on the road via Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point where the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean meet the warmth of the Indian Ocean. Here you will have the chance to take photos and a ride on the funicular railways to the top of the point. From here it’s back on the road for the journey up and over Sir Lowery Pass and on to Hermanus for your first stop-over. Hermanus is famous for its seasonal whale festival, and was home to the parents of the man who inspired the film “The Great Escape”: real-life WW2 hero, Squadron Leader Roger Bushell.
Leave Hermanus after breakfast and seek out some fun on gravel roads. Heading East, we will arrive to overnight at the most Southerly point of the continent of Africa, Cape Agulas. A photo of the sunset is pretty much a must here.
You will have an early breakfast today and then head North to cross the mountains via Tradouw Pass. Once over the mountains you will pick up the R62 to take you across the Klein Karoo (Little Desert). Passing along the way the world famous “Ronnie’s Sex Shop”. Don’t panic – it’s just a bar with a funny story about how it got its name. Ronnie will be more than happy to tell you the tale. On through the town of Ladysmith and arriving late afternoon in Oudtshoorn. Here we will stay in wonderfully appointed tents at the Buffels Drift Game Lodge, one of the best Game Reserves in the area. This is the definition of “Glamping” – the tents are situated around the waterhole where hippo and other game can be seen.
After the long ride of the previous day, today is a chance to relax in and around Oudtshoorn. At your own pace, you can visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch, which has a wide range of reptiles and mammals, including white tigers, and offers the opportunity to take part in Croc Cage Diving. Or if you prefer something a little more energetic, then try a visit to the Cango Caves and do the Adventure Tour. There are also a number of wildlife activities that can be booked at Buffels Drift Game Lodge, including Game Drives and elephant feeding experiences. If you want to do some more riding then Alex will take you up and over the famous Swartberg Pass, which is generally regarded as one of the best gravel passes in South Africa. Again overnight at Buffels Drift Game Lodge.
Well rested, you now head South on mainly gravel roads. Riding through some of the most amazing passes on roads the like of which you won’t find in the UK, you’ll head towards Knysna with its great selection of bars and restaurants. Some stunning sunsets to be seen here and the chance to sample some of the best oysters in the world. Alex will show you some of the places that go unnoticed by regular tourists.
Riding East on the N2 highway, we head towards Tsitsikamma National Park where the brave among the group will have the opportunity to try the World’s highest bungee jump. The rest can watch and admire the views. Adrenaline rush over, you head back West on N2, taking in Nature’s Valley en route, and eventually ending up in Wilderness, a diamond in the Garden Route. Time and weather permitting, Alex will lead you via the gravel roads through the forests. Wilderness is a wonderfully-located village where there are a number of excellent places to dine. One of the favourite places to finish off an evening is Cocomo’s, which boasts live music every night.
After breakfast it’s back on the road to head Northwest using a mixture of tar and gravel roads. Returning to the Klein Karoo, we will overnight at The Retreat, a guesthouse which borders the 129,000ha Swartberg Nature Reserve. This is truly a “get away from it all” experience. The Retreat is a former Victorian Tobacco Farm which is now converted to a very high standard. Dinner is taken on the veranda in the evening alongside other guests and the owners.
Enjoy breakfast in the sun and watch the amazing birdlife, which is a passion of The Retreat’s owner, Marie. Take advantage of the many walking trails on the property or even swim in the fresh water dam. If you wish, you’re free to ride around the area and take lunch in one of the surrounding small towns. Overnight once again at The Retreat.
Leave the tranquillity of the Reserve behind and head South through small towns and over the Langeberg Mountains to the sleepy coastal town of Witsand, where you will overnight at The Whale Watchers Inn.
From Witsand, we ride West on gravel roads while keeping an eye out for wild tortoises, which are quite a regular sight in these parts. Experience the crossing of the Breede River by raft (yes, raft – this IS Africa!) and then continue West to spend the last night of your road trip back in Hermanus where you can relax, do some local craft shopping, and have your final dinner with the group.
An easy start to today. After breakfast you can take a wander around the local market, then it’s back towards Cape Town via the Coastal Road and up and through the famous wine town of Stellenbosch. If the group is keen, we can arrange to visit the local township named Zwelihle. This will involve riding the bikes into the location and meeting with the people who run some of the local community projects. After the visit, it’s back into Cape Town by mid/late afternoon to return the motorcycles. This is surely the best Garden Route Motorcycle Tour on the market today.