Introducing you to some of the most beautiful landscapes that South Africa has to offer. We’ll travel along the infamous Route 62 into the heart of the Small Karoo.
This tour in mainly on-road, with some easy gravel road riding in the Little Karoo and into “De Hell”.
- Ride into “De Hell”
- Ostrichfarm in Oudtshoorn
- Tsitsikamma Park
- Sir Lowry’s Pass
incl, 4 star hotels/guesthouses/lodges, meals, BMW F700GS, luggage transport
City Tour Cape Town
ca. 0 miles
Welcome. Almost all international flights arrive in Cape Town before midday. Our tour guide will meet you at the airport and taxi you directly to your hotel where you can freshen-up and perhaps have a light bite to eat.
In the afternoon we’ll deliver a tour briefing and finalise formalities. Here you’ll find out more about the route you’ll be traveling, have the chance to meet others on the tour.
We’ve planned a tour of one of the world’s most beautiful cities for early evening. We’ll be pulling out all stops on your first night and be taking you out to a local restaurant certain to tantalise your taste buds.
We’ll try to arrange for a local personality to accompany us for the evening to fill us in on local history, geography and answer any other questions that you might have pertaining to Cape Town.
Cape Town - Du Toits Kloof Pass - Barrydale
ca. 200 miles
Getting on with it. We’ll be leaving Cape Town at 9am after breakfast, picking up the bikes and heading off to picturesque Paarl. Shortly after Paarl, the roads start to get interesting. We’ll be crossing the Du Toits Kloof Pass and travelling on to Worcester, Robertson and then to Montagu, through one of the most beautiful wine regions in the Cape along the Route 62.
We’ll be lunching at one of Montagu’s wine farms before a brief ride on Route 60 to arrive in a pretty town called Swellendam. From there, we’ll travel over the Tradouws Pass to Barrydale where we’ll once again be travelling on the Route 62.
We’ll be spending the evening in the charming Tradouw Guesthouse. If we make good time and it is still warm enough, interested parties can take a swim in the many rock pools nearby to wash the days grit off.
The evening meal will be taken together in the guesthouse which has a fantastic good old-fashioned South African kitchen.
Up to this point, we’ve been travelling on well-developed tarmac roads but you can look forward to an off-road adventure in the morning when we’ll be heading onto one of South Africa’s most picturesque dirt roads.
Barrydale - Groenfontain - Swartbergpass - Prince Albert
ca. 220 miles
Taking it easy. We’ll be leaving again at 9am after breakfast and be travelling over the Huisriver Pass, through Kruisriver and Matjesrivier to the Swartberg Pass. At the pass’ summit (at around 1568m) we’ll be taking a good break, to enjoy the views. From here it is just a short ride to get to Prince Albert, our destination for the night. We’ll be staying at the Swartberg Hotel.
You can opt for a guided historical / architectural walk through the town that takes you past beautifully preserved Cape Dutch, Karoo and Victorian buildings. Of these, 19, including Dennehof, are National Monuments. Other activities include a ‘koppie’ trail with almost 100 listed plants, fossil hunting and a visit to the delightful Fransie Pienaar Museum.
The town is known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, especially figs and apricots. Karoo lamb, olives, olive oil and homemade cheeses are local delicacies. Needless to say, dinner will be a culinary delight!
Prince Albert - "De Hel" - Prince Albert
ca. 100 miles
It’s hell. Today is certain to be one of the tour’s highlights. After breakfast we’ll head back up to the Swartberg Pass at around 10am. We’ll be taking a right and be heading off down Gamkaskloof to a place better known as the Hell. This is one of the most isolated areas in South Africa.
This is also the place, where your off-road riding skills come in handy, for some of the road to “De Hell” you need to be standing on your pegs, so please make sure that your thighs muscles are in good order.
Should you not feel confident riding on this road, you can always opt to go down to “De Hell” in our support vehicle, this is certainly recommended for passengers travelling with you.
After a good lunch, some rest in the valley, and possibly a swim in one of the rock pools, we’ll head back to Prince Albert, for another night at the Swartberg Hotel.
Prince Albert - Meiringspoort - Oudtshoorn
ca. 100 miles
Feathers and eggs. Today we’ll be travelling to South Africa’s ostrich farming capital, Oudtshoorn.
This is a sightseeing day since we’re not going to be covering any major distances. We recommend taking in a visit to an ostrich farm and if you’re under 80 kg’s, interested parties could even trade in their motorcycles and try their hand at riding a feathered friend. Thereafter, we’ll be taking in a tour of the renowned Cango Caves. These are ancient underground caves with breathtaking lime rock formations called stalagmites and stalactites.
Interested parties could visit a highly successful cheetah breeding station and have the opportunity to stroke and cuddle these cats. Alternatively, visit a crocodile farm – we’ll let you decide whether you’d like to stroke and cuddle these. Alternatively, you could go hiking, take in a round of golf or squash, or even simply enjoy the wonderful country air by visiting a warm or fruit farm.
Oudtshoorn - Joubertina - Tsitsikamma Park - Mossel Bay
ca. 300 miles
After breakfast we’ll make our way to Mossel Bay for the evening.
First stop however, is the small, sleepy village of De Rust before getting to Joubertina and eventually Wondlands where we’ll meet the Indian Ocean. The next part of the trip is along the wonderful coastline past the Tsitstikama National Park and over the Bloukrans Pass to our destination. Mossel Bay is also known as ‘Karoo by the Sea’ and lies halfway between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town at the heart of the Garden Route.
Mossel Bay features in the Guiness Book of Records as having the mildest all-year climate in the world, second only to Hawaii. It was also the place where Europeans first met locals on Southern African soil way back in 1488 when Bartolomeu Diaz set foot ashore and encountered the ancient Khoi-San people. Definitely worth a visit!
Mossel Bay - Caledon - Sir Lowry's Pass - Cape Town
ca. 220 miles
This is our last day and we’ll be making our way back to Cape Town. We’ll be travelling over the Du Plessis Pass to Riversdale, past Swellendam in the general direction of Caledon. We’ll then weave our way over Sir Lowry’s Pass before arriving in Cape Town.
This is where you will return the motorcycles. We will then either transport you to the airport or to your hotel or guesthouse.
Please remember to let us know whether you would like to stay an additional night/s in Cape Town and we will make the arrangements for you. This will need to be paid for by you.