Thrilling Motorbike Tour South Africa

This motorcycle tour of South Africa has it all. Experience African wildlife and South Africa’s best roads on an exciting 10-day adventure. This tour takes place in Mpumalanga, often referred to as "bikers paradise", the Kruger National Park, Kingdom of Swaziland, Lake Jozini, Tembe Elephant Park and the Kwazulu Natal Battlefields. This part of South Africa is off-the-beaten-track - it is the real Africa!

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (BMW models)
  • Terrain: 99% good tarmac roads with off-road options on good hard packed gravel roads
  • Mileage: approximately 2,150 kilometers / 1,336 miles
  • Daily rides: between 50 - 550 kilometers / 31 - 341.7 miles
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 9 dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Pretoria
  • Safari in Kruger National Park
  • Big 5 Safari Tembe Elephant Park
  • Ride into the Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Ride along winding country roads and mountain passes
  • Ride inland to the battlefields of South Africa
  • Ride to Mpumalanga, the "bikers' paradise"
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: OR Tambo International Airport
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Accommodation

You will stay in three to four-star lodges and hotels, on a bed and breakfast basis. Sama Tours has personally chosen all the accommodation based on their high-quality standard, beautiful surroundings, and charming settings. Your accommodations will mostly have outstanding views and will be surrounded by a lot of good places to relax and have fun in.

Program

Day 0 - Arrival in Pretoria, South Africa

Welcome to South Africa. You can arrive at any time on “day 0” as your motorcycle tour only officially starts on “day 01”. Tonight’s accommodation is included as “your bonus night”. A friendly Sama Tours representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Pretoria.

Day 1 - Pretoria Day Tour and Big 5 Safari (up to 50 kilometers / 31 miles)

This morning, Sama Tours will hand over your motorcycle to you and you will sign all the paperwork. After that is complete, you will have a tour briefing and then the fun will begin. You'll start off by taking a tour of a small township just North of Pretoria to experience all the vibrant colors, sounds and tastes of Africa. You will have lunch in a tavern in the township, followed by a visit to a rural motorcycle mechanic shop.

Afterwards, you enjoy a guided motorcycle ride through a BIG 5 nature reserve. Rhinos, giraffes, impala’s and wildebeest can all be spotted from your motorcycle. Tonight, you have a welcome dinner in an African Boma. Welcome to Africa!

  • Highlights: Township tour and BIG 5 motorcycle Safari
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 2 - Pretoria to Hazyview (400 kilometers / 249 miles)

Today, you make your way up into Mpumalanga, an area known to local riders as “biker paradise”. As you head up north, the roads become mountainous with beautiful views of the rolling hills below. A highlight is riding Long Tom Pass. Enjoy the great twisties and arrive in Hazyview in the last afternoon.

  • Highlights: Scenic mountain passes, Long Tom Cannons
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3 - Panorama route (250 kilometers / 156 miles)

You will make your way down to Mpumalanga, an area known to local bikers as “Motorcycle Paradise”. The roads there are beautiful and curvy, and there are so many great viewpoints, rock formations, and waterfalls along the way. The route includes stops at Bourke's Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels, and Gods Window. You will arrive in Hazyview in the late afternoon. In the evening, you will be booked for the Shangana Cultural evening which includes traditional African dances followed by an African feast.

  • Highlights: God's Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels, Waterfalls, Magical Views Sites
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4 - Kruger National Park - half-day safari (up to 50 kilometers / 31 miles)

Today, you will bid goodbye to the motorcycles and board a game viewing Safari vehicle which will transport you into the Kruger National Park. This world-famous wildlife reserve is home to the BIG 5 and is roughly the size of a small country. The vastness of the park allows ample opportunity to view wild animals in their natural habitat. You will have a full morning to spot lions, elephants, birds and many different species of animals. In the afternoon, you will return to your hotel in Hazyview, where you can relax around the pool or take part in any of the optional activities in the area.

  • Highlights: Safari, African wildlife
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 5 - Hazyview to Swaziland (300 kilometers / 187 miles)

After breakfast, you will depart for the Kingdom of Swaziland, the home of the friendly Swazi people. After border procedures (passport and possibly visa required), you will weave your way along the winding country roads and mountain passes. You will visit Swaziland’s own glass factory, Ngwenya Glass, and see the world famous Swazi candles being handcrafted at Swazi Candles. There are many excellent restaurants, pubs, and craft markets in the Ezulweni Valley where you will overnight at. It's an excellent country lodge with its own magnificent restaurant with spectacular views.

  • Highlights: Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6 - Swaziland to Jozini Dam (250 kilometers / 155 miles)

Today, you make your way through Swaziland to South Africa’s Zulu Kingdom, the homeland of the proud Zulu nation. In the late afternoon, you arrive in Lake Jozini. Your lodge is in the hills overlooking the spectacular Jozini Dam and surrounded by wildlife parks. Enjoy a drink on the deck while watching another spectacular African sunset.

  • Highlights: Relaxing drive through the African countryside
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7 - Jozini Dam Rest Day

Today, you will be up bright and early for a Safari into Tembe Elephant Park. Here the Big tuskers roam - with African Largest Ivory Tusks. This is also home to the Big 5 and your local guide will make the bush come alive. You will return to the lodge in the early afternoon and are free to relax at the pool, book an African spa treatment or even try your hand at Tiger Fishing.

  • Highlights: Safari into Tembe Elephant Park
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 8 - Jozini to Kwazulu Natal Battlefields (200 kilometers / 124 miles)

Time to head inland to the battlefields of South Africa, an area of huge historical significance during the famous Boer-Zulu - British Wars. You arrive at your lodge early in the afternoon, and embark on a tour of the battlefields with a knowledgeable guide who will make them come alive!

  • Highlights: Tour of famous Anglo Boer and Zulu battle sites
  • Meals: breakfast

Day 9 - Battlefields to Pretoria (550 kilometers / 341 miles)

Time to head back to Pretoria, after a scrumptious breakfast, you start the journey back! It is a nice relaxing ride through the interior of South Africa, The bikes will be returned in the afternoon and in the evening, you will have a get together where everybody can reminisce about the previous days after which you will be returned to the hotel.

  • Highlights: Relaxing drive through the African countryside
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10 - End of tour

Sadly, your tour of South Africa has come to an end. Sama Tours guarantees that you will take home loads of awesome photographs, fond memories of South Africa, and the warm people you have met. Your transfers to the airport will be arranged.

  • Highlights: Township tour and BIG 5 motorcycle Safari
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Skill level required for this tour:

This ride is suitable for most motorcyclists. 99% of the ride is on good tarmac roads. There are also some exciting off-road options on good hard packed gravel roads. Daily distances are relatively short (more than 450 kilometers), there are rest days scheduled regularly and there are no long border crossings.

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

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • Can ride for 5-6 hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

This tantalizing tour of South Africa combines motorcycling with culture, adventure, and South Africa's most beautiful destinations. You will start in Pretoria where you will enjoy a motorcycle safari through a Big 5 game reserve. From here, you will make your way through the twisting mountain passes of Mpumalanga, visiting the Shangana Cultural Village and the world-famous Kruger National Park, followed by the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Food

Throughout the tour, you will have 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 9 dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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

What's included

  • 10 days motorcycle rental
  • 10 nights accommodation in 3-4-star accommodation
  • Petrol and toll fees
  • Tour guide on motorcycle
  • Back-up vehicle
  • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • Pretoria day tour
  • Big 5 Safari by motorcycle
  • Shangana Evening Festival
  • Kruger Park Safari
  • Safari into Tembe Elephant Park
  • Sunset cruise on Lake Jozini
  • Tour of the Battlefields
  • T-shirt
  • Guide book
  • Map of South Africa
  • Free transfers from the Johannesburg International Airport (JNB)
  • The most amazing motorcycle adventure you have ever had!
  • All taxes

What's not included

  • Local and international flights
  • Visas (note American, Australian, British, do not require visas for South Africa or Swaziland)
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Activities and meals not listed in "What's included"

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Johannesburg International Aiport (JNB). Afterward, Sama Tours' staff will pick you up to drive you to your hotel. This transfer is included in the price.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
11 days / 10 nights
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Pricing information
  • Single room supplement is available for 6,560 ZAR per person. There is a possibility to share a twin room with another rider; in this case, the single supplement will not be applicable. Please mention your choice while inquiring.
  • Pillions (passengers) can join for 23,300 ZAR per person.
Monday January 21, 2019
(11 days / 10 nights)

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