Thrilling Motorbike Tour South Africa

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!

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike
  • Mileage: 2160 kilometers / 1342.1 miles
  • Daily rides: between 50 - 550 kilometers / 31 - 341.7 miles
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 2 dinners


  • Starts and ends in Pretoria
  • Fantastic Kruger National Park safari
  • Ride through South Africa's panoramic routes
  • Enjoy the lovely Shangana cultural evening festival
  • BMW motorcycle rental for the tour
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Advanced


9 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: OR Tambo International Airport
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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.


Day 1 - Arrival in South Africa

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.

Day 2 - Pretoria Day Tour and Big 5 Safari (60 kilometers / 37 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 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.

Day 3 - Pretoria To Magoebaskloof (400 kilometers / 249 miles)

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.

Day 4 - 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.

Day 5 - Kruger National Park (50 kilometers / 31 miles)

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.

Day 6 - 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.

Day 7 - Swaziland to St. Lucia (350 kilometers / 218 miles)

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.

Day 8 - St. Lucia Rest Day

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.

Day 9 - St. Lucia 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!

Day 10 - 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.

Day 11 - 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 will be arranged to the airport.

Skill level required for this tour:


  • 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


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:

  • Pretoria
  • Magoebaskloof mountain range
  • Mpumalanga
  • God's Window
  • The Three Rondavels
  • Bourke's Luck Potholes
  • Hazyview
  • Kruger National Park
  • Swaziland
  • Swazi Candles
  • Ngwenya Glass
  • Ezulweni Valley
  • St. Lucia
  • Zululand


Throughout the tour, you will have 9 breakfasts and 7 lunches.

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Birdwatching
  • Enjoy St. Lucia's nightlife
  • Hang out at the local pubs
  • Join Umfolosi / Hluhluwe game drive
  • Turtle tour
  • Visit Magoebaskloof's waterfall
  • Visit Swaziland and St. Lucia's local restaurants and craft markets
  • Visit Zulu cultural village
  • Whale watching

What's included

  • 2 dinners
  • 7 lunches
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Backup vehicle
  • BMW motorcycle rental
  • Fuel and toll fees
  • Guide book and map of South Africa
  • Hippopotamus and crocodile cruise on Lake St. Lucia
  • Kruger National Park safari
  • Sama Tours t-shirt
  • Shangana evening festival
  • Tour guide on a motorcycle
  • Transfer from and to Johannesburg International Airport (JNB)

What's not included

  • All entrance fees other than those specified in the inclusion
  • All items not mentioned in the inclusion
  • All meals other than those specified in the inclusion
  • Drinks
  • International and domestic airfare
  • Personal items
  • Visa and cross border fees
  • Tank bag, side panniers, helmet, jacket, gloves, and GPS available for rent for additional cost

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.
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