14 days
Duration
2000 approx
Miles
Off road experience
Skill level
Medium
Culture shock
8 – 10
Riders

SOUTH AFRICA GARDEN ROUTE MOTORCYCLE TOUR
50/50 Adventure Tour in Southern Africa

guided motorbike toursAn exclusive from GMT is our adventure motorcycle tour in South Africa packed to the brim with fun, thrills and plenty of exciting heart pounding moments. Bike hire, fuel, hotels and support vehicle included 


Guided Motorbike Tours are thrilled to bits to offer this exclusive 50/50 (50% gravel/dirt roads and 50% tarmac roads) adventure motorcycle tour in South Africa. With a strong emphasis on “adventure” the tour assures every client of a thrilling, adventurous, exciting, eventful and fun journey through the best that South Africa has to offer

Guided Motorbike Tours Ltd have got together with our friends in South Africa and are proud to present you with a carefully and meticulously planned motorcycle tour in South Africa and the Garden Route.

Supporting Water Aid and Two Wheels For Life Charities – Both charities will receive a percentage of the profits raised from this tour. Click the logos or here for more details about the charities

The tour has been painstakingly developed over many pints of prawns and several crates of beer, the South Africa Adventure Motorcycle Tour may often be challenging but extremely fun, exciting with an element of danger but not so much that it’ll be your last motorcycle ride and thrilling to the point you’ll feel almost breathless (like the moment a large wild lion walked past me with only a sheet of canvas between us)

One moment you’ll be riding dirt roads and across mountain passes overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery you’d have set eyes on, the next you’ll be taking selfies of yourself with lions and giraffes behind you or jumping out of an airplane for shit’s and giggles. You see, this is no ordinary mundane motorcycle tour through Africa, its an “Adventure” with bite and one that incorporates the big five wild game animals, dirt roads, river crossings, mountain crossings, skydiving (optional) exclusive routes, plenty of beer, wine and exquisite food. An experience that will be leaving you grinning from ear to ear

South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
“This stunning, wild majestic animal walked straight past us as we sat in the safari jeep. As it passed, it stopped, looked back for a moment and then continued on it’s journey. It was utterly breathtaking and a fond memory I shall never forget”. Copyright, Chris Seagal – Founder of GMT Ltd

Sit back and relax with a beer and a pint of prawns in a seaside cafe whilst watching great white sharks circling Japanese tourists in their rubber dinghy, wake up in the morning to the glorious bird song from wild species we often only ever get to see on the TV or in books

We will ride across dirt and gravel, over rugged mountain roads and finally reach our comfortable hotel or lodge each day to sit and chill out with a beer, wine or a coke before diving in the pool. It’s an amazing lifestyle full to the brim with adventure and thrills and you will be immersed into the heart of it as we discover the wonders of South Africa.

Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. ~ Les Brown

 

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DAY 1 - UK - CAPE TOWN

Our flights leave from London to Cape Town – The excitement begins!
A meeting place at the airport will defined so that you can meet the UK tour guide accompanying you to Africa. Prior to the meet you will be invited to a WhatsApp group set up for the tour so that each member of the group can collaborate with each other.

Some may prefer to get flights from other major airports in the UK (as long as you arrive the same time in Cape Town for transfer collection) After checking the bags in we will head through security and then relax a while before boarding the flight. The flight will most likely be a stop over in Dubai. Meals on board, drinks and entertainment (movies etc) are often included in the flight price

Estimated departure times* 
Depart Gatwick 14.30
Arrive Cape Town 11.35 hrs following day
1 stop short stopover (1 -2 hours) usually in Dubai
Return to London: AM on the 14th day

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DAY 2 - HELLO CAPE TOWN

On arrival in Cape Town we will be met at the airport and be transferred to the hotel – Depending on flight times we will most likely have the bikes at the hotel waiting for us. The evening will be spent having dinner as a group with our local tour guide where a full briefing will be presented on the upcoming days, including talks on safety, bike care and riding etc

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DAY 3 - CAPE TOWN TO CLANWILLIAM

South Africa Motorcycle TourOne of the ten oldest towns, Clanwilliam’s beginnings goes back to 1660 when a team of Dutch explorers who were sent out by Jan van Riebeeck first reached the Olifants River. When they entered the valley, the saw a large number of elephants on the riverbank. Jan Danckaert, the Dutch cadet in charge of the party, then named the river.

In 1732 the first farm in the Olifants River valley was awarded to Pieter van Zyl. The Town was originally known as Jan Disselsvlei , after Jan Dissel, a local pioneer and a botanist who lived in the Rhenosterbosch at Piquetbergen.

The area first formed part of the district of Stellenbosch, but was declared a sub-district of its own in 1808 by the Earl of Caledon, then Governor of the Cape.

Clanwilliam is a town in the Olifants River valley in the Western Cape, South Africa, about 200 kilometres north of Cape Town. It is located in, and the seat of, the Cederberg Local Municipality.

Distance: 291 km
Road: 40% gravel/dirt 60% tar

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DAY 4 - CLANWILLIAM TO SUTHERLAND

We head for Cederberg & Tankwa on route to Sutherland, which, is a small Karoo town, famous for its warm hospitality, snowy winters, starlit nights and dramatic landscapes. Fascinating history, unique natural assets and numerous outdoor activities make Sutherland a popular destination.

A visit to Sutherland is something everyone should undertake at least once. You will not be disappointed by the unspoiled splendor of the Karoo. Since the early 1970s, the major telescopes of the SAAO have operated on a hilltop 1,800 meters above sea level, near the Karoo village of Sutherland, about 370 km inland. The site was chosen for its good weather, semi-desert setting, absence of light and other pollution.

We will get the chance to visit the Observatory

Distance: 279 km
Road: 60% gravel/dirt 40% tar

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DAY 5 - SUTHERLAND TO PRINCE ALBERT

We spend the day riding across gravel and dirt through the incredible landscape of the Karoo Desert as we head for Prince Albert Town this evening

Distance: 197 km
Road: 60% gravel/dirt 40% tar

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DAY 6 - PRINCE ALBERT TO WILDERNESS

We head for Wilderness today on the Garden Route of South Africa. Wilderness was already renowned for its hospitality and the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Some time ago, a small stone farmhouse was the only form of lodging and it was through this that the legend of Wilderness hospitality and goodwill was established.

On route we will be heading over the incredible Swartberg Pass. There will be plenty of time to chill and enjoy this little village and all the restaurants etc.

Distance: 155 km
Road: 50% gravel/dirt 50% tar

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DAY 7 - WILDERNESS TO KNYSNA

A nice easy shorter day stop for Coffee at the Bike Park on the 7 passes route down to Knysna. Plenty of time to plan the next days activities, which is a rest day or fun day!

Tonight you can have a drink, be merry and take everything you’ve done so far all in. An amazing experience worthy of a cold refreshing beer or a glass of wine I’d say!

Distance: 75 km
Road: 50% gravel/dirt 50% tar

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DAY 8- REST DAY KNYSNA

Chris jumping out of an airplane over South Africa – Don’t worry, this is optional!!

Today is your day off the bikes, give your bum a chance to breath and explore the area. There is plenty to do, everything from boat rides, bike museums, paragliding to parachuting or just chill out by the beach or explore, perhaps even sample the delicious food and beverages on offer! http://www.visitknysna.co.za/

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DAY 9 - NYARU GAME LODGE

What an awesome way to get back on the bikes today as we head over to Prince Alfred Pass and may get chance to see some Elephants.

This has to be one of the most beautiful passes in South Africa. The 48km to the hamlet of de Vlugt along the dirt road will take you around 45 minutes.

We will make a stop at Angie’s G spot, Have a wander around, and maybe grab something to eat at this very quirky but nonetheless funky tavern

Distance: 289 km
Road: 60% gravel/dirt 40% tar

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DAY 10 - NYARU TO CAPE AGULHAS

The day starts with an early morning call. We wake up just before sunset and grab a coffee and biscuits before jumping into the Safari Truck to head off into the park to catch sight of the wild animals. Lions, Giraffe, Zebra, Elephants and Rhino to name but a few can be seen this morning all being well.

South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tourAfter all that excitement, we grab breakfast back at the hotel and then we grab our kit and head out again. We have a great ride into the wheat lands down to the Southern tip of Africa today across sandy riverbeds and dirt trails. We can ride to the southern most tip in Africa after checking in to the hotel.

Distance: 302 km
Road: 50% gravel/dirt 50% tar

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DAY 11 - CAPE AGULHAS TO HERMANUS

Short ride the scenic back way round to Hermanus the most beautiful coastal town that is the whale watching capital of SA

http://www.hermanustourism.info

Distance: 134 km
Road: 50% gravel/dirt 50% tar

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DAY 12 - HERMANUS TO CAPE TOWN

Sadly this marks the last day on the bikes as we head back to Cape Town for the evening before catching our flight back to the UK tomorrow. We will reflect on the magnificently awesome journey we have all undertaken whilst having a farewell dinner and drinks (meal, excluding drinks, courtesy of Guided Motorbike Tours Ltd) ….

Distance: 160 km
Road: 100% tar

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DAY 13 - CAPE TOWN TO UK

We are transferred back to the airport for our flight home

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DAY 14 - UK

Flight arrives in UK

DATES

  • 6th October 2018

PRICES & DEPOSIT

Not suitable for pillions 


  • Rider, one motorcycle, sharing a twin room – Only £4495 GBP per rider
  • Rider, one motorcycle, with private room – Only £4999 GBP per rider

Deposit is 30% of the booking fee

AVAILABILITY

There are only 10 spaces available on this tour. If booking a twin-share room, you will simply share with another rider booking the same room type, or with a friend/partner, if you are booking as a pair or group. If booking as a couple (each person riding) and you wish to have a double bed, please let us know when you make the booking

Flights are not included in the cost of the tour. Cost of flights using Emirates for the time of year we will be travelling are approximately £550 – £650 with a stopover in Dubai, this includes on board entertainment, food and drinks.
FLIGHTS

We will inform you of the fight details and it is your responsibility to book. As long as we are all at the airport for the pick-up time you are free to make your own arrangements if you wish

VACCINATIONS

Please consult your GP for vaccination advice – more details

DEPOSIT 

How much is the deposit for the tour?

The tour deposit for the South Africa Motorcycle Tour is 30% of the booking fee
Final payment for the balance will be due no later than 12 weeks before the departure date

INCLUDES

  • Local Tour Guide
    Steve is our main man in Cape Town, he’s an adventurist. If he isn’t surfing the waves or dangling from the air paragliding, he’s tearing up the dirt in South Africa on two wheels
  • GMT Tour Guide 
    One of GMT’s Professional guides will accompany the group from UK to Cape Town and throughout the tour
  • Local transfers from Airport to Cape Town 
    We will be picked up from the airport and taken to the hotel and returned at the end of the tour
  • F800GS Motorcycle Hire
    A BMW F800GS motorcycle with 50/50 dual sport tyres fitted is provided. The bikes are best suited to this terrain due to their 21″ front wheel and renowned stability. Other models may be available please ask
  • Bike Hire Insurance
    Basic insurance is provided for the bike. Damage waiver fees and excess fees may apply . Rule of thumb is if you break it you pay for it (wing mirrors etc)
  • Fuel
    Fuel is provided  as part of the cost 
  • Support vehicle for luggage
    A few spares, first aid, refreshments and luggage will be carried on the vehicle and sent to the next hotel
  • 10 x nights in quality hotels & lodges
    Quality accommodation, some with swimming pools & sauna
  • 1 x night in Safari lodge 
    We spend a night in a high quality safari lodge in a safari park – don’t worry, it’s surrounded by electric fencing and patrolled by rangers
  • 1 x Safari experience
    You will be taken in safari truck accompanied by the ranger for the opportunity to see; Giraffe, Zebras, Lions, Elephants and Rhinos in their natural habitat, roaming wild
  • Free Copy of video taken by the tour guide
    A free copy of a professionally edited video of the tour
  • Free Photo Book of the tour
    You will receive a Free copy of of our photo tour book containing all the best edited images from the tour
  • Free Welcome drink (first night)
    You will receive one welcome drink on our first evening in Cape Town
  • Breakfast each morning
    Quality cooked and buffet style breakfast each morning
  • Farewell Dinner (last night) included
    A farewell meal is included on the last night of the tour (drinks not included) up to the value of £30 pp
  • Free tshirt

FLIGHTS

Flights are not included in the cost of the tour. Cost of flights using Emirates for the time of year we will be travelling are approximately £550 – £650 with a stopover in Dubai, this includes on board entertainment, food and drinks.

We will inform you of the fight details and it is your responsibility to book. As long as we are all at the airport for the pick-up time you are free to make your own arrangements if you wish

NOT INCLUDED

  • Holiday/travel insurance
  • Repatriation cover
  • Flights
  • Meals & drinks other than stated
  • Entrance fees
  • Parking fees
  • Room service
  • Mini bar usage
  • Damage to the bike (wing mirrors, levers etc)
  • Safety deposit (Approx £1200) TBC
  • Damage Waiver
  • Riding equipment (helmet, boots etc)

South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Adventure tour
South Africa Motorcycle Tour
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