The Garden Route

Price per person

$CAD 7,495

What’s included

The Garden Route

This tour has it all without leaving South Africa! Plenty of mountain passes, ocean roads, incredible food and wonderful African hospitality. This tour is designed for flexibility, especially for couples. We schedule four option days within this tour which allows you to choose more riding, or something more to your liking that day. Activities such as surfing, golf, spa days, wine tours, horse riding on the beach, worlds highest bungee jumping, shark cage diving, yoga or shopping have all been done in the past.

Highlights:

  • 90% paved roads
  • Cape Town tour
  • Chapmans Peak Ocean Road
  • Four rest days to either do local activities or more riding with the guide or on your own
  • Southern tip of Africa
  • Cango Caves
  • Evening game drive through Addo Elephant Park
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Southern Right Whale migration
  • Ostrich Farm
  • 2900-3500 km

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Tour Summary:

Tour Price: CAD$7,495*    Tour Dates: Tour Status:
Duration: 14 Days – 2,900 kms (+ 700 optional kms)    2018 March 9 to March 22 OPEN
Road Conditions: 90% paved    2018 November 10 to November 23 OPEN
   2019 March 13 to March 26 OPEN
   2019 November 26 to December 9 OPEN
 

Includes:

  • 13 nights accommodation in 3 and 4 star lodges
  • All dinners and breakfasts
  • Guide on motorcycle
  • Guide in chase truck
  • Trailer with spare bike
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drives
  • Tolls
  • Airport transfers
  • full list here

 

Prices for 2018:

Note: Our prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD$). **Apologies for a misprint in some 2018 brochures that listed this as $4795. The correct price is as below**

CAD$7,495 with BMW F700/GS

  • Lowered F700/GS bikes available for solo riders only
  • BMW G310GS subtract CAD$300
  • BMW F800/GS add CAD$280
  • BMW R1200/GSW add CAD$750
  • Pillion (passenger) add CAD$4,850
  • Single Room Supplement add CAD$1,150
Trip Difficulty: This trip is mostly paved, and ideal for 2-up couples.  Tarmac national highways have a speed limit of 120 kph and riders should be relaxed and comfortable riding at least 100 kph on these roads, including under windy conditions.

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Itinerary

No riding. Accommodation near Cape Town’s waterfront

Day 1 No riding. Accommodation near Cape Town’s waterfront

Guests will usually arrive at Cape Town International airport in the morning. We’ll be awaiting your arrival at the airport to take you directly to your hotel in Cape Town where you can relax after your flight and get comfortable with South Africa’s beautiful springtime weather. At our first group dinner we will debrief you about your trip, go over the special rules regarding riding motorcycles in Africa, hand out map books, and review the routing.

240 kms paved. Accommodation near Montagu.

Day 2 240 kms paved. Accommodation near Montagu.

We will pick up the bikes this morning, and complete the paperwork for the rentals at this time. Cape Town is shouldered by a wide range of low mountains, and the passes that transect them are local favorites. We end our first day of riding in the town of Montague, the dried fruit capital of South Africa.

205 kms paved, 150 kms gravel. Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

Day 3 205 kms paved, 150 kms gravel. Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

We’re now in the Klein Karoo and have exchanged our coastal views for low hills and scrub brush before arriving in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa. This will be our base for the next two nights. First stop: Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s Top 10 tourist attractions where a guided tour takes us through the massive caves.

Optional Riding Day. 200 kms paved, 72 kms gravel. Accommodation at Oudtshoorn.

Day 4 Optional Riding Day. 200 kms paved, 72 kms gravel. Accommodation at Oudtshoorn.

How are you feeling by now? Want more riding? Then we are on a 200 km loop on well-maintained farm roads, quaint little art towns, waterfalls and into the funky little town of Prince Albert for lunch. After lunch we crawl up the famous Swartberg Pass and descend back into the hotel in the mid afternoon. If you want to rest on this rest day, you can sit by the pool or take a wine tour, visit the Cango Wildlife Centre, have a spa day, shop for ostrich leather goods, or do nothing at all! This is an optional riding day, but a magnificent ride if you choose to ride.

390 kms paved. Accommodation in Addo Elephant Park.

Day 5 390 kms paved. Accommodation in Addo Elephant Park.

No trip to Oudtshoorn would be complete without an up-close and personal trip to the ostriches, whose feathers made a few personal fortunes here a hundred years ago. We visit the Ostrich farm on the way out of town (and if you weigh less than 75kg, you can ride one), and once on the road we make our way to our national wildlife park for the night. We will arrive in the late afternoon and reserve the Sundowner drive into the park to watch the sunset. The animals that may be sighted are too numerous to mention. The larger ones include the lion, leopard, cape buffalo, black rhino, zebra, spotted hyena, wildebeest, kudu, and eland. Your chalets tonight look over the water hole. Addo is as far east as we will get, and tomorrow we swing south.

123 kms paved. Accommodation in Jeffrey’s Bay

Day 6 123 kms paved. Accommodation in Jeffrey’s Bay

If you are keen on more animals, you can join an optional sunrise game drive from 6am – 8am. We’ll have breakfast by 8:30am and get onto the road by mid-morning. Today’s ride is very short, but we want to get to Jeffrey’s Bay by noon to park the bikes and get to the beach for afternoon surfing lessons. Jeffrey’s Bay is South Africa’s most famous surfing spot and a stop on the Billabong Pro Surfing Tour.

Optional Riding Day. 100 kms paved, 100 kms gravel. Accommodation in Jeffrey’s Bay.

Day 7 Optional Riding Day. 100 kms paved, 100 kms gravel. Accommodation in Jeffrey’s Bay.

This is our second optional day. Riders will head up into the Baviannskloof (Baboon Gorge) for some challenging riding on gravel road passes. Since the route is out-and-back, riders can choose their level of commitment. Ride until you’ve had enough, then turn around and head back to the beach. For those who want a day off, the beach is one block from our hotel, and surfing lessons are cheap. All equipment can be rented. Across the street from our hotel are the factory stores from Billabong and Quicksilver. Horse riding on the beach can also be arranged.

200 kms paved. Accommodation at Tsitsikamma National Forest

Day 8 200 kms paved. Accommodation at Tsitsikamma National Forest

Today we enter the Tsitsikamma National Park which some consider the most dramatically beautiful section of the garden route. Cliffs, seaside forests, massive gorges, and angry surf to tie them all together. On the way to our lodge we will first stop at the 216m high Bloukrans Bridge bungee jump which is too scary for any of the staff to do. Our accommodations are steps from the sea, and famous hiking trails extend in either direction from our lodging.

Optional Riding Day. Accommodation at Tsitsikamma National Forest

Day 9 Optional Riding Day. Accommodation at Tsitsikamma National Forest

Today’s choices are to come riding on a big day that takes in many passes, some of them gravel. We will travel east to Wilderness, north to Uniondale and back to Tsitsikamma taking the local passes. Depending on the group’s wishes, this loop can be up to a 7 -hour ride.

500 kms paved, 20 kms gravel. Accommodation near Arniston

Day 10 500 kms paved, 20 kms gravel. Accommodation near Arniston

We head south to Cape L’Agulhas. There awaits the lighthouse, and of course the most southern point in Africa. Not far from here we find our rest for the night, in the charming, beach side Arniston Hotel. Beside the hotel are the nationally land marked Fisherman’s cottages with their whitewashed walls and thatched roofs, and colourful fishing boats, set off against a turquoise sea. It’s a magnet for photographers and artists from around the world, spurred on no doubt by the proclaiming of Arniston as one of the World’s Ten Best Hideaways by Time Magazine (May 1996). By special arrangement we have organized a fresh, traditional, fish dinner from one of the old fishing families that still live in the village. Our hotel is also a spa, so with a little planning you can also arrange for some pampering as a reward for your riding.

240 kms paved. Accommodation near Stellenbosch.

Day 11 240 kms paved. Accommodation near Stellenbosch.

Today is a busy day as we get to Hermanus for lunch, the self-proclaimed whale capital of South Africa. We lunch while spotting Southern Right Whales who calve here from July through November. We continue along the gorgeous coastal road into False Bay arriving in mid-afternoon to a private tour of Monkey Town, a primate sanctuary. We spent the next two nights in South Africa’s second oldest city—Stellenbosch, famous also for its university and wineries.

Optional riding day. Accommodation near Stellenbosch.

Day 12 Optional riding day. Accommodation near Stellenbosch.

The best part of this day is the flexibility you have in making it your own. The keen riders will head out with a group that is set on hitting all the nearby mountain passes and scenic roads. If instead you want to sit at a coffee shop and people watch – you are more than welcome. We can help to arrange other activities for the day, such as a day-long wine tour, or a day trip out to swim in a cage with the great white sharks – both recommended.

170 kms paved. Accommodation in Cape Town.

Day 13 170 kms paved. Accommodation in Cape Town.

Our last day on the bikes carries us first to the penguins at Boulders Beach, then onto Cape Point Nature Reserve, and offers quiet roads and panoramas of green fields, rocky cliffs and the legendary Cape of Good Hope. As we near Cape Town we take on one of South Africa’s most scenic ocean side roads – Chapman’s Peak Drive.

Fly out

Day 14 Fly out

Our last day, and after breakfast the final paperwork is gone over for the bikes, and our trip is officially complete. If you are curious to stay in Cape Town or the surrounding areas longer to do more riding, wine tours, shark cage diving… let us know and we can get you on the right track.

Itinerary

No riding. Accommodation near Cape Town’s waterfront

Day 1 No riding. Accommodation near Cape Town’s waterfront

Guests will usually arrive at Cape Town International airport in the morning. We’ll be awaiting your arrival at the airport to take you directly to your hotel in Cape Town where you can relax after your flight and get comfortable with South Africa’s beautiful springtime weather. At our first group dinner we will debrief you about your trip, go over the special rules regarding riding motorcycles in Africa, hand out map books, and review the routing.

240 kms paved. Accommodation near Montagu.

Day 2 240 kms paved. Accommodation near Montagu.

We will pick up the bikes this morning, and complete the paperwork for the rentals at this time. Cape Town is shouldered by a wide range of low mountains, and the passes that transect them are local favorites. We end our first day of riding in the town of Montague, the dried fruit capital of South Africa.

205 kms paved, 150 kms gravel. Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

Day 3 205 kms paved, 150 kms gravel. Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

We’re now in the Klein Karoo and have exchanged our coastal views for low hills and scrub brush before arriving in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa. This will be our base for the next two nights. First stop: Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s Top 10 tourist attractions where a guided tour takes us through the massive caves.

Optional Riding Day. 200 kms paved, 72 kms gravel. Accommodation at Oudtshoorn.

Day 4 Optional Riding Day. 200 kms paved, 72 kms gravel. Accommodation at Oudtshoorn.

How are you feeling by now? Want more riding? Then we are on a 200 km loop on well-maintained farm roads, quaint little art towns, waterfalls and into the funky little town of Prince Albert for lunch. After lunch we crawl up the famous Swartberg Pass and descend back into the hotel in the mid afternoon. If you want to rest on this rest day, you can sit by the pool or take a wine tour, visit the Cango Wildlife Centre, have a spa day, shop for ostrich leather goods, or do nothing at all! This is an optional riding day, but a magnificent ride if you choose to ride.

390 kms paved. Accommodation in Addo Elephant Park.

Day 5 390 kms paved. Accommodation in Addo Elephant Park.

No trip to Oudtshoorn would be complete without an up-close and personal trip to the ostriches, whose feathers made a few personal fortunes here a hundred years ago. We visit the Ostrich farm on the way out of town (and if you weigh less than 75kg, you can ride one), and once on the road we make our way to our national wildlife park for the night. We will arrive in the late afternoon and reserve the Sundowner drive into the park to watch the sunset. The animals that may be sighted are too numerous to mention. The larger ones include the lion, leopard, cape buffalo, black rhino, zebra, spotted hyena, wildebeest, kudu, and eland. Your chalets tonight look over the water hole. Addo is as far east as we will get, and tomorrow we swing south.

123 kms paved. Accommodation in Jeffrey’s Bay

Day 6 123 kms paved. Accommodation in Jeffrey’s Bay

If you are keen on more animals, you can join an optional sunrise game drive from 6am – 8am. We’ll have breakfast by 8:30am and get onto the road by mid-morning. Today’s ride is very short, but we want to get to Jeffrey’s Bay by noon to park the bikes and get to the beach for afternoon surfing lessons. Jeffrey’s Bay is South Africa’s most famous surfing spot and a stop on the Billabong Pro Surfing Tour.

Optional Riding Day. 100 kms paved, 100 kms gravel. Accommodation in Jeffrey’s Bay.

Day 7 Optional Riding Day. 100 kms paved, 100 kms gravel. Accommodation in Jeffrey’s Bay.

This is our second optional day. Riders will head up into the Baviannskloof (Baboon Gorge) for some challenging riding on gravel road passes. Since the route is out-and-back, riders can choose their level of commitment. Ride until you’ve had enough, then turn around and head back to the beach. For those who want a day off, the beach is one block from our hotel, and surfing lessons are cheap. All equipment can be rented. Across the street from our hotel are the factory stores from Billabong and Quicksilver. Horse riding on the beach can also be arranged.

200 kms paved. Accommodation at Tsitsikamma National Forest

Day 8 200 kms paved. Accommodation at Tsitsikamma National Forest

Today we enter the Tsitsikamma National Park which some consider the most dramatically beautiful section of the garden route. Cliffs, seaside forests, massive gorges, and angry surf to tie them all together. On the way to our lodge we will first stop at the 216m high Bloukrans Bridge bungee jump which is too scary for any of the staff to do. Our accommodations are steps from the sea, and famous hiking trails extend in either direction from our lodging.

Optional Riding Day. Accommodation at Tsitsikamma National Forest

Day 9 Optional Riding Day. Accommodation at Tsitsikamma National Forest

Today’s choices are to come riding on a big day that takes in many passes, some of them gravel. We will travel east to Wilderness, north to Uniondale and back to Tsitsikamma taking the local passes. Depending on the group’s wishes, this loop can be up to a 7 -hour ride.

500 kms paved, 20 kms gravel. Accommodation near Arniston

Day 10 500 kms paved, 20 kms gravel. Accommodation near Arniston

We head south to Cape L’Agulhas. There awaits the lighthouse, and of course the most southern point in Africa. Not far from here we find our rest for the night, in the charming, beach side Arniston Hotel. Beside the hotel are the nationally land marked Fisherman’s cottages with their whitewashed walls and thatched roofs, and colourful fishing boats, set off against a turquoise sea. It’s a magnet for photographers and artists from around the world, spurred on no doubt by the proclaiming of Arniston as one of the World’s Ten Best Hideaways by Time Magazine (May 1996). By special arrangement we have organized a fresh, traditional, fish dinner from one of the old fishing families that still live in the village. Our hotel is also a spa, so with a little planning you can also arrange for some pampering as a reward for your riding.

240 kms paved. Accommodation near Stellenbosch.

Day 11 240 kms paved. Accommodation near Stellenbosch.

Today is a busy day as we get to Hermanus for lunch, the self-proclaimed whale capital of South Africa. We lunch while spotting Southern Right Whales who calve here from July through November. We continue along the gorgeous coastal road into False Bay arriving in mid-afternoon to a private tour of Monkey Town, a primate sanctuary. We spent the next two nights in South Africa’s second oldest city—Stellenbosch, famous also for its university and wineries.

Optional riding day. Accommodation near Stellenbosch.

Day 12 Optional riding day. Accommodation near Stellenbosch.

The best part of this day is the flexibility you have in making it your own. The keen riders will head out with a group that is set on hitting all the nearby mountain passes and scenic roads. If instead you want to sit at a coffee shop and people watch – you are more than welcome. We can help to arrange other activities for the day, such as a day-long wine tour, or a day trip out to swim in a cage with the great white sharks – both recommended.

170 kms paved. Accommodation in Cape Town.

Day 13 170 kms paved. Accommodation in Cape Town.

Our last day on the bikes carries us first to the penguins at Boulders Beach, then onto Cape Point Nature Reserve, and offers quiet roads and panoramas of green fields, rocky cliffs and the legendary Cape of Good Hope. As we near Cape Town we take on one of South Africa’s most scenic ocean side roads – Chapman’s Peak Drive.

Fly out

Day 14 Fly out

Our last day, and after breakfast the final paperwork is gone over for the bikes, and our trip is officially complete. If you are curious to stay in Cape Town or the surrounding areas longer to do more riding, wine tours, shark cage diving… let us know and we can get you on the right track.

The Garden Route

Price per person

CAD 7,495

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