- Date: 16 February 2019 – 26 February 2019
- Date: 19 October 2019 – 29 October 2019
- Rates and Dates
You will ride quality BMW motorcycles on open, challenging roads, over mountain passes, through both semi-desert and fertile coastal regions in a perfect climate for biking. Your tour will stop each night at one of the country´s finest country lodges or guest houses where gourmet meals are individually prepared. You will sample the country´s finest sea food at Plettenberg Bay, Musselcracker and Cape Salmon straight from the sea at L´Agulhas, quail and ostrich at Graaff-Reinet, all accompanied by award winning South African wines.
Small groups, exclusive accommodation, truly mouth watering dinners, superb roads and cultured guides all contribute to this unique motorcycling experience. We have chosen only truly superior type accommodations for this tour, some with health spa’s and others with their own game farms. It is not cheap, we did not intend it to be, but rather to reflect the very best this country has to offer.
Please note: A minimum of three motorcycles booked are required for guided tours. For non-guided tours only one motorcycle needs to be booked. On non-guided tours we provide you with good road maps and a day book giving precise route instructions and explaining things seen during the tour plus all accommodation bookings.
You usually arrive at Cape Town International Airport terminal early in the morning after an overnight flight from Europe. We meet you at the airport and convey you by bus to your luxury hotel at Cape Town´s famous “Waterfront” area.
After a rest and lunch we collect you and convey you to our Cape Town base to issue the motorcycles and their usage instructions. We then take you on a guided tour of the picturesque Cape Peninsula visiting Cape Point where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet and Boulder’s Beach to view a penguin colony. The short tour includes the truly spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive with magnificent photo opportunities.
This evening you can either dine in the hotel or at any of the more than 30 restaurants within walking distance in the Waterfront area.
Today the tour leaves Cape Town via the up-market Southern Suburbs, arrive at the False Bay coast at Muizenberg and then travels round the bay, first on a road right next to the mile upon mile of pristine beach and then between mountain and sea with views to match any in the world. We lunch at the coastal resort of Hermanus.
During the afternoon we strike inland through rolling wheat fields with fast, sweeping bends and reach the sea again at the picturesque fishing village of Struisbaai, just a few kilometers from our destination at Cape L’Agulhas, the most Southern point of Africa.
>> Overnight stay at Agulhas Country Lodge
Crossing over the wheat fields again, we arrive at the historic town of Swellendam with beautiful Cape Dutch style buildings. Farther along, a quick stop at the aloe factory shop in Alberton is worth the while. Aloe extracts for every conceivable use from facial beauty to rheumatic joints are available.
After Mossel Bay the truly picturesque “Garden Route” really starts. We pass beautiful lakes just inland from magnificent beaches, huge forest plantations and fertile agricultural land. Possibly the highlight is Knysna’s tranquil lagoon which spills into the Indian Ocean through “The Heads” and shortly after this we reach our destination of Plettenberg Bay.
>> Overnight stay at Laird’s Lodge
Continuing on the N2 highway we soon divert off onto the original old road which twists over sinuous little passes through ancient indigenous Stink and Yellow Wood forests where you are likely to see monkeys but unlikely to see a small herd of elephants last sighted many years ago.
After passing through the industrial city of Port Elizabeth, we turn north and for the first time enter the typically “African” environment of rolling hills, huge thorn bushes and distant horizons. This is big game country and our overnight destination is within minutes of the Addo Elephant Park.
>> Overnight stay at Woodall Country House and Spa
Woodall Country Lodge is such a charming place to stay and we have built in a ‘rest day’ here thus enabling you to do a leisurely game drive in the Addo National Elephant Park only 12 kilometers from the lodge.
For the less energetic the lodge has a health spa and beauty salon for the ladies.
>> Overnight stay at Wooddall Country House and Spa
Today we pass through the Eastern Cape where bitter wars were fought between the Africans arriving from the North East and the British settlers arriving from the South West. Basically they met at the Fish River not far from your route and towns such as Cradock, which you pass through, were made famous at the time.
Prior to arriving in Graaf-Reinet we ascend and descend the Sneeuberg (snow) mountains via the Wapadsberg and Naudeberg passes which are often snow bound in winter. Graaf-Reinet is a beautiful and historic frontier town well worth a walk around.
For the energetic, ride into the mountains via the “Valley of Desolation” to watch the sun set over the vast Karoo is well worth the ride!
>> Overnight stay at Andries Stockenström Guest House
You will get a feeling for the enormity of Africa today. At times the topography is so open, the road stretches so far into the distance and the sky is so huge that you may feel as if you were driving across an ocean. For one stretch of 105 kilometers there are literally no towns and at the end of it we have to take lunch at the one and only habitation of Willowmore.
As we approach the destination of Oudtshoorn which is the ostrich capital of the world, we see literally hundreds and hundreds of these weird birds.
>> Overnight at Montana Guest Farm, Oudtshoorn.
After a week on the road most people appreciate a day off the saddle and there being so much of unusual interest around Oudtshoorn, we decided this would be the best place for a rest day. Should you opt to explore locally on your bikes, a round trip over the huge Swartberg pass (gravel) and back via Meiring’s Poort makes a truly spectacular day’s ride.
More local activities could be:
1. A visit to the Cango Caves – suggest the medium tour
2. See an ostrich show farm – suggest either Highgate or Safari farms
3. Tour the Wild Life Park where they have leopard, lion and crocodiles
4. Drive the challenging Swartberg Pass
Your hosts at Montana Lodge will be pleased to arrange any of these trips for you and before tackling the Swartberg pass you must seek their advice because should it have rained recently this pass is NOT for motorcycles. Also we must remind you that ONLY the GS model bikes may be operated on gravel roads.
>> Overnight stay at Montana Guest Farm, Oudtshoorn.
Departing Oudtshoorn via the “Little Karoo”, your route then follows a quite superb road through really wild, rugged and mountainous country with few habitations. After Calitzdorp you climb the Huisrivier Pass, pass the German mission station of Zoar, Ladysmith and Barrydale where we suggest you lunch at the last restaurant on your right hand side where motorcyclists are given a great reception. Just before Barrydale a quick stop at “Ronnie”s S*x Shop” is a laugh!
After Barrydale and the beautiful Tradouw Pass you suddenly enter the more fertile side of the mountains and rich fruit and grape growing regions.
We stop the night in the Historic town of Swellendam.
>> Overnight stay at De Kloof Lodge.
Cape Town is only about 3.5 hours drive from Swellendam on the N2. Hence after lunch we tour the Cape Peninsula visiting Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.
Time permitting we also visit the Penguin colony near Simon’s Town.
>> Overnight stay at City Lodge, Cape Town.
Depending on the time of your departing flight, in the morning last minute shopping and then return the bikes and we bus you to the airport to be there 3 hours before the departure of international flights and one hour before internal flights.