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2 Days Guided Midlands Meander Motorcycle Tour in South Africa

Crystal Barn Country Estate, 1314 Old Convent Road (D290), Lions Bush, Fort Nottingham, 3280, South Africa

Guided South Africa Motorcycle Tour

Adventure Bike Safaris invites you to join them on this motorcycle tour in South Africa. There is an undeniable attraction and charm to the Kwa-Zulu Natal “Midlands Meander” - the beautiful countryside, unlimited eateries, craft shops for the ladies, and craft breweries for the guys. There’s surely a reason why it has become a favored and famous tourist trail. Stunning roads and vistas with sweeping bends and a surprise around every corner are for you to explore!

Key Information

  • Terrain: 80% paved road and 20% gravel / country roads
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (Kawasaki KLR 650 dual sport/adventure bike)
  • Mileage: 350 kilometers / 220 miles
  • Daily rides: 175 kilometers / 110 miles
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Westville, Durban
  • Explore the Comrades Wall of Honour
  • Explore The Nelson Mandela capture site
  • Visit Midlands Meander craft breweries and antique shops
  • Discover a 50’s / 60’s style African trading store
  • Ride to the Oaks Hotel in Byrne Valley
  • Ride on stunning roads and vistas
  • 1 night's accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 riding days
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Wedding

Adventure Bike Safaris' accommodation selections are specifically selected as being biker friendly in order to augment your adventure experience. Crystal Barn Country Estate is an unforgettable getaway attraction in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands. The farm is set on 49 hectares of pristine farmland with rolling lawns, ancient rows of plain trees which overlook the expansive and picturesque Rowe dam. The farm boasts a number of offerings including its quirky wedding venue facilities, fascinating ‘Collectibles’ museum, store, and accommodation with indo-bohemian feel.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1

Staying off the motorway wherever possible, you ride the Old Main Road, with a first stop at the interesting and infamous Comrades Marathon Wall of Honour, a mostly unobserved but amazingly interesting feature on your doorstep.

A short run on the motorway passes through Pietermaritzburg with the first stop at an old world “African trading store” which is a treat, a taste of yesteryear and a Picker’s treasure trove. The next stop, only two kilometers further along is the iconic and very well-presented Nelson Mandela capture site where the Nobel Prize winning, first black South African president was captured during the apartheid era for his part in the struggle for freedom and independence of the black people of South Africa. Following the Nelson Mandela capture site is a brief stop at a craft brewery in a delightfully picturesque setting. Within five kilometers, you pass through Nottingham Road village, then taking routes less traveled to the fascinating Crystal Barn at Fort Nottingham for the first overnight stay.

Day 2

After breakfast, it’s up to the Dargle Valley, past Everglades on beautiful high-country back roads to Boston, stopping for a leg stretch and some photos in an old ruin. From Boston, you ride through beautiful forestry country and the charming hamlet of Byrne to Richmond (lunch at either of these) and then, you ride off the mapped routes and through the sugar cane and timber plantations to Eston. From Eston to Camperdown, joining the motorway back to base.

Requirements

  • Motorcycle driving license
  • 10000 ZAR credit card holding deposit for damages on all bike rentals

Bike information

The fleet is made up of Kawasaki KLR 650 adventure motorcycles, with exceptions being the Triumph Tiger 800XCx and the Triumph Explorer 1200 on special application only. The KLRs are an enormously popular adventure bike due to their reliability and uncomplicated ease of operation. While some might like the high tech aspects of biking, the KLR keeps it simple with no traction control, no ABS, braking, cruise control, etc, and this all means fewer breakdowns.

The KLRs are as comfortable on gravel roads and off-road as what they are on paved roads with safe speeds up to Adventure Bike Safaris' limitation of 110kph on either surface. The bikes have been purpose fitted with tall touring windshields which provide a tremendous comfort on the long haul and electrical points for powering cell and GPS. The KLRs have top bags / boxes and side racks for a fitting of pannier bags if required. The bikes all have fallen over protection bars for the bike with these bars taking the brunt of any incident. All bikes are equipped with a luggage so that a client is able to carry up to 104 liters of luggage.

Skill level

Beginner

  • Can ride for 2-3 hours
  • Minimal riding experience
  • Assistance required
  • Comfortable with curves and leans
  • Basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Short distance ascents and descents

Location

This motorcycle tour will take place in South Africa. The covered locations are Kwa-Zulu Natal, Tweedie, Nottingham, and Eston.

Food

During this tour, breakfasts and dinners will be served. The tour exclude a packed lunch for while out riding the trails, however, the guides see to it that clients are taken to a store in order to buy their own preferred snacks before going out on the trails.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Art galleries
  • Pickers delight
  • Shopping
  • Strawberry picking (seasonal)
  • Vineyards and wine tasting

What's included

  • Bike rental (if you choose 'rental bike' package)
  • South African Department of Tourism registered guide
  • Bike insurance for claims of 10000 ZAR
  • Fuel with hire bikes
  • Booking and administration fees
  • 1 night's accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner

What's not included

  • All beverages
  • Daytime snacks / lunch on trail
  • Fuel and insurance when riding own bike

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at King Shaka International Airport (DUR). Please contact Adventure Bike Safaris for additional information regarding airport transfer.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

  • The price for 3 riders with rented bikes is 17,310 ZAR
  • The price for 3 riders with personal bikes is 9,030 ZAR

Tour information

To include pillion riders, please request a quote.

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