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Do you ever wonder how it feels to ride on a BMW motorbike in several beautiful cities of South Africa and Zimbabwe? Find the answer now and join this tour! This tour will be a 14-day motorcycle tour with a lot of surprises. Not only riding a bike, this tour will give you a safari tour in Hwange National Park and a boat cruise on Zambezi River. The tour will be predominantly on tar road so it will be an easy road for you. Join this tour now and get the best experience in the exotic South Africa and Zimbabwe!
During this tour, you will spend your nights at several 3 and 4-star hotels, guesthouses, and lodges. Some hotels are equipped with a swimming pool and a hot tub.
Almost all international flights arrive in Cape Town before midday. You'll be picked up at the airport and continue to your hotel where you can freshen up and perhaps have a light bite to eat. In the afternoon, you will have a tour briefing and finalize formalities. You'll find out more about the route you'll be traveling and have a chance to meet others on the tour. You will have a tour in one of the world's most beautiful cities in the early evening. You will also taste a local restaurant to tantalize your taste buds.
After breakfast, you will leave the hotel, pick up your bike, and go in the general direction of False Bay. You will then ride via Fish Hoek and Simon's Town to Cape Point. You will make a quick stop at Simon's Town to take a look at penguins on the Boulders Beach. The Cape Peninsula National Park is near from the beach.
You will have a snack at Cape Point or Cape of Good Hope before heading back to the city via Scarborough, Kommetjie, and Noordhoek. You will be driving along the world famous Chapman's Peak Drive and have breathtaking sea views and plenty of photo opportunities. In the late afternoon, you will be heading back to your hotel.
After breakfast, you will leave Cape Town and spend the morning traveling through the picturesque Cape Winelands via Stellenbosch, Franschoek, and Franschoek Pass to Robertson. Here, you will turn onto the infamous Route 62 to the quaint town of Barrydale, where you will have a break for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will travel to Ladysmith, over the Huisrivier Pass to Calitzdorp, and finally to Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich Farming capital of South Africa. You will stay in a feather palace that has been converted into a guesthouse on an Ostrich Farm. You'll enjoy delicious dinner together at the guesthouse.
Today, you will leave the Klein Karoo behind as you head off to South Africa’s east coast. You will quickly reach Uniondale and then Willowmore before turning off onto the N329. This is not an ordinary road. It’s made out of concrete and is only wide enough for one normal car.
You will then arrive in Steytlerville and continue through Wolwerfontein. You will head to the N2 motorway shortly before Grahamstown. The university town of Grahamstown is home to an annual Arts Festival with classic music, jazz, dance, and theater. You will spend the night at one of its wonderful guesthouses.
Grahamstown is situated in the Eastern Cape, one of South Africa’s nine provinces and birthplace of the legendary Nelson Mandela. Your route will take in a northerly direction with some wonderful curvy roads past Fort Beaufort and Hogsback. You will reach Queenstown for a lunch break. Thereafter, you will continue to east and pass several Xhosa villages. Fences are rarely seen in the Eastern Cape.
You will ride this stretch carefully as cows, sheep, donkeys, and goats are often found wandering the streets. Today’s final bit of riding will stretch from Elliot in a northerly direction over the 2,000-meter-high Barkly Pass onto Barkly East. After a few kilometers, you will reach Lady Grey where you'll spend the evening in a wonderful local guesthouse.
Lady Grey lies in the south of Lesotho, a kingdom that is flanked by mountains. You will travel to the west on the Maluti Route past Lesotho, over Zastron, Weppener, and Ladybrand to Clarens. This picturesque art village will be the perfect stop for your lunch break. In the afternoon, you will travel through the Golden Gate National Park until the Sterkfontein Dam.
This dam is part of an integral system that supplies the giant metropolis of Johannesburg with drinking water and generates electricity for peak usage periods. From here, you will take the Oliviershoek Pass in the Bergville direction. You will spend the night at a lodge not far away from the Drakensberg National Park with a wonderful view onto Cathedral Peak, a mountain range in the Drakensberg.
Bergville is situated in Kwa-Zulu Natal, another of South Africa’s provinces. After a short ride, you will reach the south of Mpumalanga, which is now the fifth province that you have traveled through on this journey. Your route today will take you through Ladysmith, Newcastle, and Ermelo to Carolina and Belfast.
You will reach the Highveld and eventually your destination for the evening, Dullstroom, a small town that is celebrated for its trout dams. Many residents of Johannesburg spend the weekends here fly-fishing. You will stay at a wonderfully memorable lodge on the edge of this idyllic place.
Today, the stretch will take you next to Lydenburg and over the Long Tom Pass on the Panorama route. You will go through Graskop and past God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon, and the Three Rondavels to the Abel Erasmus Pass. You will stay a short distance from Tzaneen at a luxurious lodge.
Today will be your final day in South Africa. You will be in Limpopo and will travel to the north via Makhado (formerly known as Louis Trichard) to Beitbridge which borders Zimbabwe. Border crossings and their formalities take a little longer although the officials in Zimbabwe are well organized.
You will travel via Gwanda to Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. The streets will be in a very good condition and you might find one or two potholes that need fixing in the city itself. You'll be staying in a beautiful part of town and will be enjoying dinner at the comfort of your hotel.
Bulawayo has many buildings dating back to Colonial times and a city tour with a visit to the National Gallery in the morning is definitely worthwhile. In the afternoon, you will travel to Matapos, a national park that is situated a few kilometers southwest of Bulawayo. It is also the final resting place of Cecil John Rhodes, the founder of the infamous De Beers diamond Mines. You'll spend the second night in Bulawayo.
You will leave Bulawayo as you ride to the north. The streets are very good here and the fences are also few and far between. You will ride carefully and aware of any wildlife that might be found wandering the roads. Shortly after Bulawayo, you will reach Hwange National Park which stretches out to the left of the road and is the largest of its kind in Zimbabwe. You will spend the evening at a lodge in the Hwange National Park.
Today, you will give your motorcycle a rest as you head off in an open topped overland vehicle. You will have an early start as the best time to go is early mornings. Therefore, you will head off at sunrise. You will have free time in the afternoon.
The tour’s final destination is not that far away. A timely departure from Hwange ensures that you will have enough time to thoroughly explore and enjoy the little town of Victoria Falls to the full. You'll spend the final evening at the Victoria Falls hotel, a veritable icon from Colonial times and the best place to enjoy the evening next to the waterfall.
You will be on a boat cruise on the Zambezi River above the waterfall just before sunset. Your last dinner together as a group will be served in the hotel. As a throwback to the good old Colonial days, the dress code is an obligatory smart casual (i.e. a button down shirt with a collar, long trousers, and closed shoes).
On your last day, you will visit a National Park and you will be set to go. Rain gear is highly recommended to protect you from the waterfall’s spray. You will head back to the airport in the afternoon.
This tour will cover 2 countries, which are South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Your journey will include a ride to Cape Town, Simon's Town, Cape Point, Barrydale, Oudtshoorn, Grahamstown, Queenstown, Lady Grey, Clarens, Drakensberg, and Dullstrom.
Your journey will include a ride to Limpopo, Bulawayo, Matopos, Hwange, and Victoria Falls.
Karoo Biking will provide you with 13 breakfasts and 13 dinners for the whole tour. South Africa is well-known and respected for its excellent cuisine and eateries. You can expect a scrumptious breakfast and delicious dinner per day.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Karoo Biking will pick you up at the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.