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Motorcycle road trip South Africa - South Africa: The Wild Escape

Motorcycle road trip South Africa

South Africa: The Wild Escape

To be done once in a lifetime! Great roads and breathtaking landscapes in a country with a multi-cultural society, which cannot be missed.

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Francis is a biker always venturing out on the road to uncover new routes with as much passion as he has telling stories. He is an enthusiast and knows our itineraries like the back of his hand.

Starting from Cape Town, get on the legendary Royal Enfield for a 1,240 miles road trip in one of the most beautiful regions of South Africa. The fabulous coastline of the Western Cape will captivate you upto the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. From Route 62 to the Karoo desert, let your monocylindre glide over spectacular tracks, through mountain passes, canyons and vast wild stretches. Discover a region with a rich history, a land of internationally renowned vineyards, savour an expansive way of life and finally, at the end of a tough itinerary for both the bikers and their machines, tread on the rocks of the mythical Cape of Good Hope. The South African adventure is an unforgettable chapter in the life of a traveller!

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Period November / January to March
Duration 12 days incl. 10 days' riding
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard or Comfort
From €3,980/pilot

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Your Motorcycle Tour in South Africa 12 stages - 1,240 miles

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D1 / Arrive in Cape Town

You are received at the airport and taken to your hotel in Cape Town’s city center. First contact with this mythical, dynamic and cosmopolitan city. Lying at the curve of a sheltered bay, the city is dominated by the majestic Table Mountain, which is accessible with a panoramic cable car. Meeting and dinner with your motorcycle tour leader.

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D2 / Cape Town – Hermanus - 93 miles

This is the big day! We will kick-start our Royal Enfield motorcycles and soon leave Cape Town behind us to head along the coastline for the southeast. The coastal road, which is in perfect condition, offers beautiful panoramas over the opal waters of False Bay. We will take lunch at Betty’s Bay, where a colony of penguins have taken up residence.

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D3 / Hermanus – Swellendam - 150 miles

We leave in the morning and after first few miles off the road on good smooth tracks we head for Cap Agulhas, the most austral point of the African continent. The sea air filled with iodine gives an “end of the world” feeling and the chef at the local restaurant delights us with the fresh fish of the day.

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D4 / Swellendam – Volmoed - 150 miles

An intense day ahead of us! We climb up to Tradouw Pass, which opens us the gates of Klein Karoo, the antechamber of the great Karoo desert, covering practically one-third of the country. For a few miles, we ride on the famous Route 62. After a coffee at the Ronnie Sex Shop, a not-to-be-missed picturesque haunt on the 62, we get back quickly to our monocylinders’ favourite terrain: the track!

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D5 / Volmoed – Knysna - 93 miles

This morning, we set off due South towards the ocean, on a beautiful path winding through the vast domains of ostrich farms in the region. The last few miles on the Garden Route along the coast takes us to the lagoon of Knysna whose first european inhabitants logged the surrounding forest wood.

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D6 / Knysna – Oudtshoorn - 125 miles

For a change in the arid province of Western Cape, we ride the whole morning deep in the forest! Lunch on the banks of an enchanting river and we gradually get back to the vast stretches of “Little Karoo” to finally reach the city of Oudtshoorn, self-proclaimed as the “ostrich capital of the world”. This is the moment to visit an ostrich farm.

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D7 / Oudtshoorn - 136 miles

We leave in the morning to explore Cango caves, at the foot of Swartberg mountain range. Thereafter, we fork off to a little-used trail which leads us straight to Meiringsproot gorges, a pass to the North in the direction of “Great Karoo”. The landscape is now clearly more arid and the temperature goes up a notch. When we reach the bucolic village of Prince Albert, we enjoy the coolness of a garden to taste the local cuisine.

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D8 / Oudtshoorn – Matjiesfontein - 142 miles

We head for the aurores for an unrelenting stage! A lovely track along the mountains leads to the small town of Calitzdorp, known for its production of porto wine. We get back to Route 62 for around 18 miles before entering the splendid canyon of Seweweekspoort. Towards the end, the increasingly deserted landscapes are magnificent!

D9 / Matjiesfontein – Montagu - 90 miles

This morning, we ride for about an hour on Highway 1, the longest road in South Africa connecting Cape Town to Johannesberg, before heading off south towards the mysterious stretches of Anysberg. A deserted track takes us to Oubergs Pass and we arrive at our stopover for the day, a wild reserve nested in the hollow of a lost valley.

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D10 / Montagu – Franschhoek - 112 miles

After approximately 18 miles of trails, we go through the Montagu village known for its hot water springs. We then continue southwards in the direction of Breede River Valley, which marks our entry into the region of vineyards. We enjoy a pastoral picnic before heading for the magnificent Fanschhoek Pass. Wine tasting and gastronomy on the horizon!

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D11 / Franschhoek – Cape Town - 124 miles

Last day of biking with the discovery of the wild Cape Town peninsula. After about 35 miles on a fast road, we reach the ocean and stop off at the charming historical port called Simon’s Town, an old base for the Royal Navy in the 19th century. The splendid coastal road then crosses a national park swept by wind from the sea, where the wild flora and fauna prosper to reach the mythical Cape of Good Hope!

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D12 / Cape Town international airport

Depending on your flight timings, you have the time to enjoy the numerous charms of the Cape Town for a few more hours. Transfer to the international airport.

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