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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do! So envisage your exotic adventure, your wilderness getaway in South Africa to rediscover some of the most beautiful places, amazing traditions, and majestic wildlife. Join this motorcycle tour and spend an unforgettable and exciting time on the road!
You will be accommodated in a shared twin room at several hotels en-route.
Arrival at Cape Town International Airport (CPT) by your own arrangement or book flight through Harley's Safaris at additional cost. You will be met by your tour guide and transferred to the opulent Commodore Hotel on the waterfront. At 2:00 p.m., your guide will return to collect you for an afternoon tour of the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood, on Signal Hill (also called the Malay quarter). There, you will hear stories of the Cape Malay slaves of the sixteen and seventeen centuries, as well as about their descendants who built the district.
You will then return to your hotel to freshen up. You will meet your tour guide in the hotel restaurant at 7:00 p.m. for a welcome dinner and an introduction to the tour. You will also meet your traveling companions.
On this day, you will begin the official start of your bike journey from Cape Town to Durban. Awake refreshed by the sea air and collect your bike as it is time to ride! Ride to Table Mountain via coast road through Green Point, Seapoint to Bantry Bay and continue up to Cable car station. Take the cable car up to Tabel Mountain to take in the magnificent view of the Fairest Cape.
Return to your bikes and continue, via Chapman's Peak, to Cape Point (where the two oceans meet). Call in at the Cape of Good Hope for a group photo before continuing your ride to Stellenbosch where you will enjoy a wine tasting and dinner at the Love Wine Studio. Spend the night at the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch.
Head to Franschhoek and enjoy a stroll around the quaint town, stopping for a coffee. Then, taking the R45 leading out of Franschhoek over the mountain Sir Lowry's Pass looking down back into the valley, enjoy the scenic drive over the fruit farms and wine farms all spread out in the valley. There is a side road where you can pull over, enjoy the views, and take a photo stop along the way on the Du Troitskloof Pass on the R101 to Worcester. After this photo opportunity, you turn left following the road until the beautiful Hermanus for lunch, a South African seaside town that’s a popular whale-watching site. Continue onwards to Cape Agulhas and spend the night at Agulhas Country Lodge.
You will ride to Barrydale, a small town with a big character, through the new Houw Pass which covers some beautiful mountain terrain. This middle section was known as Coles Pass, named so after the very same Sir Lowry Cole. The name Houw Hoek translated into Hold Corner and is derived from the need to hold back or slow down the ox-wagons, whilst negotiating the steep descent down the pass.
Further along, you will traverse Cogmanskloof Pass on the R62, with its towering rock formations and the enclosing mountain range, this wonderfully scenic 6.5 kilometers drive along the famous Route 62 links lesser known towns Ashton and Montagu. Due to its close proximity to the Kingna river, the pass is sometimes closed due to flooding. Look out for the iconic tunnel which is the only solid, unsupported rock tunnel in South Africa and the Old English Fort, which you can climb up to.
You will stop at Ronnie’s Sex shop, a legend in its own time and a great place to meet other bikers and international tourists alike because it is a pub! For those keen to buy souvenirs, you will visit Hardy’s Memories of Africa African Art and Curios. Shipping of larger items and orders by surface mail to most countries are facilitated.
Barrydale Hand Weavers is an interesting place to visit and browse for hand-made woven articles. The prices are certainly attractive and Harley's Safari can transport your purchases in the luggage vehicle. You will spend the night in Barrydale. You will be accommodate at a fabulous architectural style and gorgeous design hotel The Karroo Art hotel and you will get ready to ride to Oudtshoorn the next day.
On this day, you ride to Oudtshoorn traveling along the Tradouw Pass. Found along the R324 between Barrydale and Swellendam, this 17 kilometers drive takes you through some of Langeberg’s most beautiful, natural terrain. It ranks as one of South Africa’s best-tarred passes. Look out for The Buffelsjags River Gorge, with its stunning rock pools and waterfall. Tradouw, derived from the Khoi word “tradau”, loosely translates to “the way of the women”.
Oudtshoorn has much to offer from ostriches to caves and ranches. The Cango Ostrich Farm offers a first-rate tour. The next stop is the Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch, where you can bravely go where no man has gone before, into the perilous gaze of a Nile Crocodile from a steel cage lowered into their watery domain! These excursions are included in the price of your tour, although lunch and drinks are not.
Please note this is an ethical ranch and a significant percentage of all proceeds go straight back into the conservation initiatives. Please note that you will not be riding the ostriches.Then, you will drive South to George for a well-earned rest in preparation for the adventure at Storms River. You will spend the night at Protea King George Hotel.
On this day, you ride along the Garden Route. Shortly after arriving at Storms River Village, you will depart into the indigenous forest. The two hours tour includes a visit to the big tree. The tour is fully guided and refreshments are served halfway. For the more daring amongst you, there is the Tsitsikamma canopy tour, a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest.
The canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30 meters above the forest floor. Helmets are provided. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes as well as sunscreen. This excursion is included in the price of your tour, although drinks and lunch are not. You will spend the pass the night in Storms River’s quaint Tsitsikamma Village Inn.
You will travel to Kuzuko Lodge, near Addo Elephant National Park, a malaria-free area. This pass is a perennial favorite and a joy to drive with its tortuous corners and stunning scenery amongst very old forests of the Tsitsikamma. Its sister pass, the Bloukrans Pass which has now deteriorated so much it has been closed to vehicles.
There, you will enjoy game drives to look for the Big five and night drives into the bush to discover a whole new world. The lodge offers guided bird watching. The wellness center on-site provides relaxing treatments for guests who want to relax after a day of outdoor activities. All meals are included as well as two game drives at the Kazuo Lodge.
After a relaxing and rejuvenating couple of days, you continue to East London for some time on the beach in the scenic coastal city of East London. You will stop for lunch in Grahamstown, an amazing historical town known by many as the Settler City, or the City of Saints, due to the many churches in the town. Its Victorian charm and beautiful unspoiled countryside is a retreat from the awe-inspiring N2 route from Port Elizabeth.
Arriving in East London, you will be accommodated at The Hemmingway hotel, which takes its inspiration from the Key West home of renowned author Ernest Hemingway, a blend of classical architecture and tropical flair. The nearby Hemingway’s Casino and Entertainment center provides great gaming, a number of restaurants, movies and many other attractions. You will spend the night at Southern Sun Hemingways
You will drive north to the old Transkei to Mthatha via Coffee Bay to see the remoteness of Hole in the Wall. Many of South Africa's black leaders, including Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela, come from Mthatha and it is the home of one of the three Nelson Mandela museums. You will spend the night in Mthatha at the Tsogo Sun Garden Court Hotel where dinner and breakfast are included, planning your journey north towards Durban.
Beyond the Garden route lie some spectacular malaria-free wildlife reserves including the remarkable Addo Elephant National Park, now the only place in South Africa where you can see the Big seven: elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard, whale, and shark. Don’t miss the Wild Coast region which, as it is far less developed than the rest of South Africa, offers visitors a glimpse of rural African village life. For travelers seeking an authentic, off-the-beaten-track, African experience, the Eastern Cape makes an unforgettable vacation getaway.
You will enter Kwa-Zulu Natal, to Kokstad. There are many attractions and interesting sites for you to explore. Museums display the history of the town and the Griqua people. Kokstad is a town filled with natural wonders and a proud and exciting heritage that is most definitely worth the visit. You will spend the night in Kokstad at The Old Orchard hotel.
On this day, you will take the journey along the South Coast of Natal passing through several coastal towns such as Port Shepstone, onwards to Umzinto from where you head north to Ixopo. Continue on to Himeville for another exciting day. The route to Underberg and Himeville may be subject to change due to weather conditions. You will spend the night at Moorcroft Manor hotel in Underberg.
On this day, you will be collected from our hotel in a four by four vehicle for an exciting day at the Sani Pass and the highest pub in Africa. The direction through the beautiful Khomazana river valley steepens as the road gains altitude and the views become expansive.
There is one specific sharp left-hand bend, where there is parking for four or five cars with a lovely view site and if the skies are clear, you will have the opportunity to take beautiful photographs from this vantage point. The Sani Pass is the third steepest pass in the world, which is why we are going to use four by fours through beautiful mountain scenery into Lesotho where you can meet some of the Basotho people and experience their culture and way of living. The route, called the Roof of Africa has a nerve wrecking final climb of over 800 meters in just eight kilometers.
Bumping your way over a short, but the very poor quality road to the Sani Mountain Lodge, you can enjoy a rest at the highest pub in Africa. With a roaring fire and walls adorned with history and graffiti, you can get away a few lazy hours and get a meal as well. The highest pub in Africa lives up to its name at 2873 meters above sea level. The pub is situated at the top of the Sani Pass, a steep four by four trail with 27 corners and a number of them are tight switchbacks. Only four by four vehicles are permitted to use the pass.
After returning to the hotel, you will collect your bike for a more sedate ride to Howick. The little village of Howick, a great place to find antiques, arts, and crafts, and part of the Midlands Meander, was named after Earl Grey, the British Colonial Secretary who started out in life as Viscount Howick. It remains fundamentally a farming town with the Karkloof Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday morning.
Time permitting, you will see the many attractions on this Midlands Meander Route, such as Terbodore Coffee Roasters, Howick Falls' and the Nelson Mandela capture site, the monument is in honour of his efforts and multi-faceted influences and the nature of a single human being that had an enormous effect on the identity of a nation. You will spend the night in Pietermaritzburg at Protea Hotel.
This will be the last bike riding day. You will ride east to Greytown, where you will stop for lunch. You will continue riding south, arriving at the Indian Ocean, you will experience Durban at the Protea Hotel Durban in Umhlanga. Ideally located it is your gateway to golden beaches, lush surroundings, and stunning views overlooking the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Centrally located in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks, the hotel is 18 kilometers from King Shaka International Airport (DUR) and conveniently situated minutes from the protected beach and 10 minutes from Durban. This is where you say goodbye to your bike.
Although this marks the end of the tour please do not rush off, as there are many local attractions not to be missed. Local attractions include Ushaka Marine World, City View Shopping Centre, historic Durban City Centre, The Pavilion and Sun coast Casino to name just a few. At the farewell dinner, you will get the opportunity to exchange photos and addresses as you tick the tremendous journey off our bucket-list.
Say farewell to sunny South Africa. Harley's Safaris will collect you from the hotel and transferred to King Shaka Internation Airport (DUR) for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at Johannesburg, you can connect with your international flight to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) or other international airports, traveling under flight arrangement from Harley's Safaris or your own personal flight arrangements. Harley's Safaris can quote for these flights at an additional cost.
Please note that you need to be 25 years or older to hire a motorbike, however, you can travel as a pillion passenger on the bike or in the backup vehicle.
The Bo Kaap Museum showcases local Islamic culture and heritage. Initially, a house that depicted the lifestyle of a nineteenth-century Muslim family, the building has become a social history museum which tells the story of the local community as they went through colonialism and apartheid. You will visit Bo Kaap Museum on the first day of the tour.
A trip up Table Mountain is quite rightly one of the first things a tourist wants to do when arriving in Cape Town. Once on the top, 1000 meters above the city below, you are rewarded with spectacular 360 degrees view. Take your time and enjoy this unique environment, go for a walk or have a bit to eat at the restaurant with arguably one of the best views possible.
At the tip of the Cape Peninsular, 60 kilometers south-west of Cape Town, lies Cape Point, a Nature Reserve within the Table Mountain National Park and a World Heritage site. Cape Point encompasses 7750 hectares of rich and varied flora and fauna, abounding with the buck, baboons, and Cape Mountain zebra, as well as over 250 species of birds, Cape Point is a nature's enthusiast paradise.
Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower more than 200 meters above the sea over the ocean providing a spectacular background for the parks rich bio-diversity. Further along the coast at the southern-most point is the famous Cape Agulhas / Cape of Good Hope where the currents of the Indian Ocean meet the currents of the Atlantic Ocean. You will visit Table Mountain and Cape Point on the second day of the tour.
Du Toitskloop Pass on the R101, connecting Paarl and Worcester may be 11 kilometers longer than the newer Huguenot Tunnel (N1) but it makes for a stunning, scenic road trip regardless of the season and time of day. Stopping at the beautiful views overlooking the Paarl valley below lookout for troops of baboons that patrol the region. And, please don’t feed them. The pass is named after Francois Du Toit, a French Huguenot Waldensian, who settled in the Cape after fleeing religious persecution in France. You will visit Du Troitskloop on the third day of the tour.
A group of friends, their pranks and casual suggestions are what led to the establishment of the famous pub in the Little Karoo known as Ronnie’s Sex Shop. Now the bar, with its provocative title and graffiti, is a popular, colorful stop on Route 62 with both locals and international visitors. You will get to Ronnie's Sex Shop on the fourth day of the tour.
The spectacular Cango Caves are a subterranean wonderland of magnificent stalactite and stalagmite rock formations that attracts thousands of visitors annually. They extend more than two kilometers into the Swartberg Mountains and visitors can take guided tours that wind through narrow passageways and steep stairways linking the massive caverns.
The Cango Wildlife Ranch promotes awareness and conservation of endangered species while encouraging supervised interaction, making this a wonderful destination for children of all ages. Housing the oldest and largest cheetah contact center worldwide, visitors can view these powerful, speedy cats in a natural bushveld environment from elevated walkways. From predators of the land to predators of the water, visitors can then move on to the crocodile and alligator enclosures to study more of the world’s most dangerous beasts. You will explore the Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch on the fifth day of the tour.
Out of all the beautiful yellowwood trees that flourish in the Tsitsikamma Forest, there is one that has special status. Known as the Big tree, this towering specimen is 36.6 meters tall and takes eight adults holding hands to circle it fully. The tree is between 600 and 800 years old, but it once had sisters that were over a thousand years old before they were destroyed.
Storms River Adventures is a rurally based eco-adventure company situated in the heart of the majestic Tsitsikamma Forest region aptly named “The garden of the Garden Route”. The company boasts adventure activities which include the world-renowned Tsitsikamma Treetop canopy tour, Tsitsikamma Forest tour (Woodcutters journey), hiking trails, team building, local crafting facility, and a catering facility or restaurant. The Tsitsikamma Treetop canopy tour is the first of its kind in Africa.
Safety is paramount and the system has been built to civil engineering standards. Imagine the Tsitsikamma Forest 30 meters above, as you gently glide on 10 slides to 10 platforms high up in giant trees. The platforms provide an unbelievable view of this enchanting New world. Spend a few minutes relaxing while your guides enthusiastically explain the ecology of the forest, pointing out different trees and magnificent giant ferns way below. You may even sight the Knysna Loerie and Narina Trojan.
The region Tsitsikamma lies between the sea and the Tsitsikamma Mountains and stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to Clarkson in the east. Beautiful indigenous forest, protected by the state, is home to centuries-old trees such as Yellowwood, Stinkwood, Hard Pear, Ironwood, Kamassi, and many others.
Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning "place of abundant or sparkling water". The region stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to Eerste Rivier in the east, is bordered on the north by the imposing Tsitsikamma Mountains and in the south by the Indian Ocean. You will spend day six at Tsitsikamma Big Tree and Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour.
Hole In the Wall is a geological phenomenon shaped by the Mpako River that runs into the sea right at that spot. Among the local Xhosa inhabitants, this region is inhabited by mythical sea people, one of whom fell in love with a local Xhosa maiden. Her father forbade this relationship and prohibited the seaman from seeing his daughter. The sea people then asked a giant fish to ram a hole into the wall of rock, where after they abducted the maiden to their sea world. You will get to see it on the tenth day of the tour.
Sani Pass is the mother of all South African mountain passes. Statistically and in every sense, it out distances, out climbs, and outperforms all its competitors with consummate ease to have become the most iconic gravel pass in South Africa. Situated between KwaZulu and Lesotho the pass was built circa 1950 and remains a challenging drive in four by four vehicles with all the drama, scenery, bad weather, and treacherous conditions expected of a pass with a summit altitude of 2876 meters ascendance. You will get to see them on the thirteenth day of the tour.
This tour will take place in several locations in South Africa, starting in Cape Town and ending on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, in Durban. You will visit Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Cape South Coast, George town, East London, Eastern Cape, Southern Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal Midlands, and Umhlanga.
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere, and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders.
Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbor, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit. You will explore Cape Town on the first day of the tour.
The fynbos of the Cape meets the cold seas of at the southernmost tip of Africa. Highlights include the quaint fishing village of Arniston and spot where all of Africa is behind you, Aghulas. You will get to Cape South Coast on the second day of the tour.
Route 62 might market itself as the longest Wine route in the world, but that’s definitely not all there is to it. Lush greenery and fertile valleys form a stark contrast against the semi-desert of the Klein Karoo while towering mountains and their rivers and streams provide an awe-inspiring backdrop throughout. Some of the renowned attractions visitors will spot as they follow the route are the wine lands of the Breede River Valley, the majestic Swartberg mountains, the Cango Caves, and ostrich farms of Oudtshoorn, and the fruit orchards of the Langkloof Valley. You will get to Route 62 on the fourth day of the tour.
George is the sixth oldest town in the country and although it started as a remote woodcutters’ outpost it is now the business center of the Garden Route. Nestled between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, it is picturesque and lush with a rich and varied history. George is also well-known as an excellent golfing destination. You will reach George town on the fifth day of the tour.
As South Africa’s third largest national park, the Addo National Elephant Park offers a truly unforgettable safari experience. This finely-tuned ecosystem provides a sanctuary to large numbers of elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, antelope, zebra, and over 400 bird species to name but a few. The park is unique as it is the only park in the world to boast the Big seven, the Big five as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the coast of the Algoa Bay.
Spend your days marveling at the extensive knowledge of the park’s experienced guides who offer exhilarating four by four safari adventures, exciting horse riding excursions, and wonderful night drives where you are likely to spot some fascinating nocturnal wildlife. Famed for its large herds of elephant, Addo provides an ideal, tranquil retreat for those looking to escape the stresses of big city living. You will spend the seventh and eighth day at Addo Elephant National Park.
Located at the northern end of the gorgeous Sunshine Coast, known for its beautiful, non-crowded beaches, East London is the only river port in the country. The city’s sub-tropical climate, friendly atmosphere, and pleasant coastline lapped by the temperate waters of the Indian Ocean make it one of the Eastern Cape’s top destinations. You will reach East London on the ninth day of the tour.
As South Africa’s wild province, the Eastern Cape features magnificent stretches of untouched beach, peaceful river estuaries, lush forests, breathtaking mountain vistas, and the arid Karoo Desert landscape. Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) serves as the province’s primary commercial and industrial centre as well as a gateway to the popular Garden Route where visitors can enjoy ancient forest walks, surfing in the world-renowned surf spot of Jeffrey's Bay, and even bungee jumping from world's highest bridge bungy above the Bloukrans River. You will explore the Eastern Cape on the tenth day of the tour.
The KwaZulu Natal Midlands form the temperate zone between the subtropical coast and the Drakensberg Mountains. A favorite of the early colonial settlers their mark still remains in the names and the areas agricultural legacy. You will reach KwaZulu Natal Midlands on the thirteenth day of the tour.
Fourteen breakfasts are included in the price of the package.
Cape Town International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$34 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Harley's Safaris will pick you up from the airport. Harley's Safaris can quote for international and internal flights for an additional cost.
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