Prepare yourself to be stunned by the beauty of South Africa in this 11-day motorcycle tour that will not only give you the satisfaction of riding various types of BMW motorcycles, but also exploring South Africa's wildlife side. This short motorcycle tour of South Africa has it all. With a total distance of about 995 miles, your adventure will start and end in Pretoria. Now turn on the engine and ride through the Afican's safari!
You will stay in 3 to 4-star lodges and hotels on a bed and breakfast basis. Sama Tours' team has personally chosen all motorcycle touring accommodation based on their high-quality standard, beautiful surroundings, and charming settings. Your accommodations will mostly have outstanding views and surrounded by a lot of good places to relax and have fun.
A friendly Sama Tours representative will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel in Pretoria. The hotel is surrounded by interesting shops, restaurants, and cocktail bars. It is a good place to relax and get to know Pretoria before your motorcycle tour starts.
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 Pretoria, stopping in at the Voortrekker monument for some local history and great views of the capital city. You will have lunch in a tavern in a township to experience all the vibrant colors, sounds, and tastes of Africa, followed by a guided motorcycle ride through a BIG 5 nature reserve. Rhinos, giraffes, impalas, and wildebeest can all be spotted from your motorcycle. In the evening, you will have a welcome dinner in an African Boma.
You will make your way up into South Africa’s wild Limpopo Province. As you head up north, the roads become mountainous with beautiful views of the rolling hills below. You will enjoy the great twisties and arrive at the majestic Magoebaskloof hotel, situated on the top of a beautiful mountain pass with breathtaking views of the valley below.
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.
In the morning, you will depart bright and early for a half day safari to the world-famous Kruger National Park. You will have a full morning of game viewing. This world famous wildlife reserve is home to the BIG 5 and is roughly the size of a small country. You will have the opportunity to spot lions, elephants, birds, and many different species of animals. You will be returned to your hotel at noon and have the afternoon free to relax or go for a scenic ride up a long top pass.
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.
On this day, you will make your way through Swaziland to South Africa’s Zulu Kingdom, the homeland of the proud Zulu nation. In the late afternoon, you will arrive in St. Lucia, a world renowned natural heritage site that's famous for its beautiful secluded beaches, hippos, crocs, whales, endangered turtles, and other wildlife. It will be your home for the next two nights. In the afternoon, you will embark on an exciting sunset river cruise where you can see hippos , crocodiles, and other estuary wildlife. In the evening, you can explore the many restaurants, pubs, and cocktail bars that St. Lucia has to offer.
St Lucia has so much to offer. Sama Tours suggests an action-packed day undertaking one of the many optional activities on offer such as whale watching and turtle tours. Full and half day game drives will also be available in the magnificent Umfolosi/Hluhluwe game reserve. You can also visit a Zulu cultural village . As all activities are extremely popular, to avoid disappointment Sama Tours prefers to pre-book activities for you.
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!
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.
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 will be arranged to the airport.
During this 10-day adventure, you will visit and pass a lot of South Africa's panoramic roads, cities, sites, and views. Here are the highlights of your motorcycle tour and safari:
Throughout the tour, you will have 9 breakfasts and 7 lunches.
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.
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