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8 Days Luxury Garden Route Motorcycle Tour in South Africa

Cape Town, City of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

BMW Motorbike Tour South Africa

The beauty of the garden-like mountains with the Indian Ocean as a constant backdrop makes for scenic riding. This trip encompasses magnificent roads, fantastic views, and numerous adventure activities. The Garden Route is one of the most stunning routes within South Africa. Visitors come from far to experience this unique South African beauty. For a limited time, you will get the opportunity to explore the Garden Route with all the luxuries it has to offer.

Key Information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike
  • Mileage: 1,792 kilometers / 1,114 miles
  • Daily rides: 200 - 509 kilometers / 125 - 317 miles
  • Meals: breakfasts

Meet the guides

Darrell, Michelle, & Dylan
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Highlights

  • Riding along the Route 62
  • Starts and ends in Cape Town
  • Strolling around the scenic coastal road of Hermanus
  • Cruising through Cape Point and Agulhas, southernmost point of African continent
  • Ride the motorcycle on the Garden Route
  • BMW 1200 GS LC motorcycle rental
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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6 riding days
Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport
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Accommodation

Your accommodation throughout the tour will be in hotels, a lodge, and a country lodge with bed and breakfast basis.

Program

Day 1: Arrival day

After you are picked up from Cape Town International Airport (CPT), you settle into your hotel located minutes away from The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront which has upmarket shops, fashionable eateries, and a continual parade of both locals and visitors.

  • Accommodation: Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 2: Cape Town to Hermanus, 371 kilometers / 231 miles

Today, you exit Cape Town on the N1 road (national road between Cape Town and Johannesburg). You ride through the towns of Wellington, Ceres, and Paarl and travel the exquisite Bainskloof Pass. This pass was built by Andrew Geddes Bain in 1849. He used convict labor and at any given time. There were 270 convicts working on this road. It took nearly 4 years to build.

You travel to Franschhoek, an area settled by the French Huguenots 300 years ago. The magnificent pass out of Franschhoek is memorable. From here, you ride through Elgin, where most of South Africa’s apple crop comes from, down to Sir Lowry’s Pass through Gordon’s Bay and then along a beautifully scenic coastal road towards Hermanus, the whale watching capital of South Africa.

  • Accommodation: Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 3: Hermanus to Knysna, 509 kilometers / 317 miles

Every spring, the southern right whales come and calve in the tranquil waters off the coast of Hermanus. The town boasts its own Whale Crier, who calls all when the whales have arrived! Maybe, if you’re very lucky, one or two whales may still be around. The best time for whale spotting is from September to November.

You now continue through the Overberg area with vineyards and rolling hills of oats on your way to the southernmost point of the African continent. This is also the place where the warm Indian and the cold Atlantic Ocean meet, the Agulhas! You continue along the national road, known as the Garden Route and tonight, you sleep in Knysna, famous for its oysters, forests, and beautiful scenery.

  • Accommodation: Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 4: Knysna (free day)

Today is a free day with many exciting activities to do and some excellent riding for those of you who cannot bear to not be on the bikes! The Bloukrans Bungy jump which is the highest in South Africa, the Knysna elephants, Tsitsikamma National Park, the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Outeniqua Pass, Montagu Pass, Nature's Valley, and Plettenberg Bay are some of the sites to be visited.

  • Accommodation: Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 5: Depart from Knysna and go on a game drive safari, 200 kilometers / 125 miles

Today is a short ride to your next destination where you will have an opportunity to go on a game drive safari. There are various other activities that can be enjoyed in this area.

  • Accommodation: Lodge, bed and breakfast plus game drive

Day 6: Little Karoo, 333 kilometers / 207 miles

You are now in the Little Karoo, a dry, arid area of South Africa, known for its dried fruit varieties, Brandy distilleries, and wine farms. You travel through Ladismith, Calitzdorp, and Barrydale. A trip along Route 62 must have a stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop and Roadkill Café! You ride another spectacular pass on your way to your overnight destination which is a 5-star working wine and produce farm.

  • Accommodation: Country lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 7: Little Karoo to Cape Town, 379 kilometers / 236 miles

You head for Cape Town but it is definitely a long way round! You ride the Du Toitskloof Pass which has beautiful views over Paarl and the valley stretching toward Cape Town. This old road has been replaced by the 4-kilometer long Huguenot Tunnel. You head through more wine lands and along the shores of False Bay. You travel through Muizenberg which has the oldest inhabited European house in the country. It is older than the Castle of Good Hope.

You continue through Kalk Bay, St. James, Fish Hoek, and Simon’s Town. All these towns are steeped in history and you may have lunch at Seaforth Beach where the resident penguins are a huge attraction. You continue to the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve where you must have your photo taken at the Cape of Good Hope, the most south-western point of the continent.

You head back to Cape Town all along the Atlantic Seaboard, traveling along the world famous Chapman’s Peak drive until Hout Bay, an important fishing harbor. Mariners Wharf and Grill is the place to stop for coffee. Chapman’s Peak drive joins the towns of Noordhoek and Hout Bay and was opened in 1922. It is home to the Cape Argus Cycle race and the Two Oceans Marathon.

You continue from Hout Bay to Cape Town passing Llandudno, Bakoven, Camps Bay, Clifton, Bantry Bay, Sea Point, and Mouille Point. You end the trip at Signal Hill for a magnificent view of Cape Town City Bowl, Greenpoint, Sea Point and Bloubergstrand as well as Robben Island. You finally end the day’s riding at the hotel at the foot of Table Mountain.

  • Accommodation: Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 8: Departure day

This is your departure day. You will be trasferred to Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

Included excursions

You will have the opportunity to go on a game drive safari.

Guides

Darrell van der Merwe

Michelle van der Merwe

Dylan

Location

This tour will take place in South Africa, and starts and end in Cape Town. You will go through Franschhoek, Hermanus, Knysna, and Little Karoo.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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)

  • Explore the Outeniqua Pass or Montagu Pass
  • Go to Nature's Valley or Plettenberg Bay
  • Spotting the Knysna elephants
  • The Bloukrans Bungy jumping
  • Visit Tsitsikamma National Park or the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

What's included

  • BMW 1200 GS LC rental bike
  • Motorcycle guide
  • Support vehicle
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Airport transfers

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Extra activities
  • Meals and beverages not specified
  • Riding gear

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Transfer from and to the airport is included. GS Adventures Motorcycle Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Cape Town International Airport Airport transfer included: Cape Town International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Tour information

The minimum number of participants required is 6 riders. GS Adventures Motorcycle Tours can also provide the tour for smaller groups or alternate dates upon request.

Sunday February 9, 2020
(8 days / 7 nights)

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