Bottom To Top + Sabi Sand Kruger Park

About the tour

This tour is meant for someone who has enough time to explore South Africa. It travels through some of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, offer you the best taste of our food and give you an insight to the fantastic cultures That make us the rainbow nation: People coming on this tour wants a relaxed trip enjoying every moment of this country and it’s beauty.

  • PRICE

    per rider

    $US 10,995

Facts

Average age of groups:

35 to 60 years

Difficulty of road services:

1 to 3 out f 5 ( 1 meaning easy , 5 difficult )

Backup vehicle:

Yes

Include: 

Accommodation, All meals, Fuel,  All South African drinks

Average group size:

4 to 8 riders

Rider experience:

Beginner to Intermediate

Average distance per day: 

235km

Road service ratio:

75% Pavement 25% Dirt

Rates & Dates

2015

13 September to 28 September

$Us 10,995 per rider

Pillion: add $Us 7,330

2016

16 February to 02 March

17 September to 29 September

$Us 10,995 per rider

Pillion: add $Us 7,330

Diary

Day 1 - Arrive in Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town. I pick you up and take you to you accommodation for the night where you can leave your luggage, enjoy a lunch and just settle in. After we received your bike, it is up to you if you would like to go rest or take a short drive around Cape Town to just get a feel for everything. Maybe the V&A Waterfront? This bustling shopping, dining and entertainment area neighboring the Table Bay harbor is almost as synonymous with a visit to Cape Town, as the Table Mountain that looks upon it from up high. At dinner we will discuss the smaller details, questions and concerns you have.

Day 2 – Cape Town around the Peninsula

Today we will explore Cape Town.  If weather permits, we will get up as early as possible to hit the world famous Table Mountain.  After that, we will take a tour around the Peninsula visiting Camps Bay.  We will lunch at the historic and still-working fishing village, Hout Bay. The East and West forts built by the Dutch in the 18th century can also be visited, with the original cannons and barracks still standing on the slopes of Chapman’s Peak. The East Fort is the oldest operating gun battery in the world. The Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing contest is held on the other side of the Sentinel Mountain, at the famous Dungeons. Some of the biggest waves in the world are found here and these attract surfers from all over the world. The competition can only be held during May to August, when the waves reach heights of 15 ft (4.57 m) to 20 ft (6.10 m). Next is Chapman’s Peak. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the world’s most scenic mountain drives and has recently undergone renovations to ensure the safety of travellers using the route.  Then Cape Point. The Cape of Good Hope is a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula. There is a misconception that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa, because it was once believed to be the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. In fact, the southernmost point is Cape Agulhas, about 150 kilometres (90 mi) to the east-southeast. The currents of the two oceans meet at the point where the warm-water Agulhas current meets the cold water Benguela current and turns back on itself—a point that fluctuates between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point (about 1.2 kilometers east of the Cape of Good Hope). Next is Simon’s Town and Boulders beach where we will look at the penguins. Boulders Penguin Colony in Simons Town is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. This colony is one of only a few in the world, and the site has become famous and a popular international tourist destination. We then head back home over  Fish Hoek  back to our Accommodation at Green point.

Approx. Distance – 178km

Day 3 – Wine Route

We leave after an early breakfast to go to Paarl where we will visit our first wine farm, Laborie, one of the oldest and most well known wine estates in South Africa. Paarl gained international attention when, on 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Correctional Centre (now known as Drakenstein Correctional Centre) in Paarl ending 27 years of imprisonment and beginning the march to South Africa’s post-apartheid era and multi-racial elections. Mandela spent three years in prison here living in a private house within the walls. Today, a bronze statue of Mandela stands outside the prison. From there we travel through some spectacular scenery to Wellington. From there we depart for Worcester to drive through some more spectacular scenery again and over the Bain’s Kloof pass to Worcester and Rawsonville after where we again get back onto the N1 to drive through the famous Huguenot tunnel after where we turn off to go to Waterford Wine Estate near Stellenboch to do a wine and chocolate tasting.  Depending on time, from there we drive to Gordon’s Bay to our  accommodation for he night or if there is enough time we go over the Helshoogte pass to Pniel over the Franchhoek pass over the Threewaterskloof Dam to Grabouw. From there we take the route over Sir Lowry’s pass towards the Strand and Gordon’s bay.

Approx. Distance 256km short route 333km longer route

Day 4 - Gordons Bay, Hermanus to Cape Augulhas

From Gordons Bay we travel one of the most spectacular ocean view passes in the world to the towns off Betty’s bay, Kleinmond and Hermanus.  Since August 1992, Hermanus has had the world’s only Whale Crier, the first being Pieter Classen 1992-1998, then Wilson Salukazana 1998-2006 and Zolile Baleni since April 2006, who sounds his kelp horn to announce where whales have been sighted. In 2005 Zakes Mda wrote the novel, The Whale Caller in which the Whale Crier of Hermanus is the main character, a man who gets enthralled by a Southern right whale he names Sharisha. At Hermanus we stop to explore the Town to see what it has to offer.  Having lunch at Hermanus and then departing to Stanford travelling our first gravel roads over Papiesvlei and Elim and Hotagterklip Struisbaai or L’Agulhas, the most Southern tip of Africa where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.  From there we leave for the pictures town of Swellendam over Bredasdorp and Ouplaas riding some gravel roads again over the last bit.  Swellendam is the fourth oldest town in the Republic of South Africa. In 1743 Swellendam was declared a magisterial district, the fourth oldest in South Africa, and was named after Governor Hendrik Swellengrebel, the first South African born Governor, and his wife, Helena Ten Damme. This outlying settlement soon became a gateway to the interior, and was visited by many famous explorers and travellers including François Le Vaillant (1781), Lady Anne Barnard (1798), William John Burchell (1815) and Thomas William Bowler (1860). In time, a village was established beyond the Drostdy, where artisans including numerous wainwrights and traders settled. Swellendam was the last outpost of Dutch civilisation on the eastern frontier and thus the services of the residents of the town were of utmost importance.

Aprox. Distance – 304km

Day 5 – Swellendam to Oudshoorn

From Swellendam we take the famous R62 via the Tradouws and Huisrivier pass over to Oudsthoorn that is world famous and is known as “the ostrich capital of the world”.  We will visit the world famous Cango caves. The Caves are located in Precambrian limestones at the foothills of the Swartberg range near the town of Oudtshoorn, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The principal cave is one of the country’s finest, best known, and most popular tourist caves, and attracts many visitors from overseas. Although the extensive system of tunnels and chambers go on for over four kilometers, only about a quarter of this is open to visitors. If time allows we will visit one off the Ostrich farms in the area.

Approx. Distance 244km

Day 6 - Oudtshoorn to Grahamstown

From Oudtshoorn we take the road to George and Wilderness over the famous and very pictures Montagu Pass to wilderness from where we drive some really awesome coastal roads along the garden route via Knysna where we will visit the heads and breakfast there. The Garden Route is a stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley; with George, the Garden Route’s largest city and main administrative centre.  The Route is sandwiched between the aforementioned mountains and the Indian Ocean. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and Temperate Forest and offer hiking trails and eco-tourism activities. Nearly 300 species of bird life are to be found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands. Ten nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. Various bays along the Garden Route are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right Whale which come there to calve in the winter and spring (July to December). From  Knysna we head for Plettenberg Bay.  After that we turn off to one off the highest bungy jumps in the world, the world famous Bloukrans bridge.  From there we depart for the Storms River Mouth where we will lunch.  From there we will go over Humansdorp to Grhamstown.

Approx. Distance – 541km

Day 7 – Grahamstown to Elliot

Grahamstown, historically the town with the most Churches in Africa. In 1872, the Cape Government Railways began construction of the railway line linking Grahamstown to Port Alfred on the coast, and to the developing national railway network inland. This was completed and opened on 3 September 1879. Grahamstown was the location of the testing of the first diamond find by Henry Carter Galpin. In 1904 Rhodes University College was established in Grahamstown through a grant from the Rhodes Trust. In 1951 it became a fully-fledged University, Rhodes University. Today it provides world-class tertiary education in a wide range of disciplines to over 6,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. We then proceed to Fort Beaufort via the Ecca pass. Lying in the heart of the citrus farming Katriver Valley. Fort Beaufort is a little historical town that dates back to 1822, when a frontier post was established here by the British, who occupied the town until 1870 during a period of struggle for possession between colonists, supported by the British, and the Xhosa. The Katriver valley is filled with rivers, forests, waterfalls and deep ravines that invite hiking and languid walks through wide open spaces. Fort Beaufort rests on the banks of the Kat River, surrounded by the majestic Katberg and Amatola mountain ranges.  We then cut North East to a town called Queenstown. The town was founded in early 1853 under the direction of Sir George Cathcart, who named the settlement, and then fort, after Queen Victoria. Work on its railway connection to East London on the coast was begun by the Cape government of John Molteno in 1876, and the line was officially opened on 19 May 1880. The town prospered from its founding up to the world wide depression of the 1930s, and again thereafter. In the 1960s, the majority of the Black population were moved east to the township of Ezibeleni, as part of the attempt to move African people to so-called “homelands”. The area has in the past had very severe weather problems, luckily, often only affecting the surrounding areas. In 2002, heavy snowfall around Queenstown caused a severe disaster, especially since the area was not funded or ready for such a disaster. Then, in 2004, the surrounding areas of the Eastern Cape were affected by strong winds and heavy rainfall, although Queenstown once again escaped much flooding and some wind damage, power shortages soon followed. Other natural disasters include droughts and veld fires (wild fires).

Approx. Distance – 400km

Day 8 & 9 – Elliot to Himeville

From Elliot we travel North East through some really great country, some nice gravel roads and awesome scenery.  We drive though Maclear that was named after Sir Thomas Maclear (1794-1879), a famous astronomer who laid the foundation for a trigonometrical survey of the Cape Colony. We then travel more north to Himeville that is a landmark en route to the world famous Sani Pass and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Himeville is the closest town to the Sani Pass which links the town with Mokhotlong in Lesotho. Himeville was named in 1902 after the then Prime Minister of Natal, Sir Albert Henry Hime, a road engineer elected as Prime Minister of Natal in 1889. The town was first established as a police outpost and a branch of the Border Mounted Rifles in 1890 following a spate of gun-running and cattle rustling in the area.  Day 9 is a rest day or we can go up Sani Pass to visit the highest pub in Africa.

Approx. Distance  – 327km

Day 10 – Himeville to Eshowe

This pictures route starts with some gravel via some off the most pristine areas in Kwazulu Natal. The area is well known for dairy farming, horse stud farms, fly fishing, crafters, artists and sculptors and the home cottage industry. The area also boasts a number of well known spa’s, hotels and fine dining establishments.  Rosetta is known for the case of Elizabeth Klarer, who in 1955 claimed to have been abducted by aliens on a hill outside the town. We also drive through the town of Greytown that was established in the 1850s and named after the governor of the Cape Colony Sir George Edward Grey who later became Premier of New Zealand. A Lutheran church was built in 1854 and a church bell which was brought to the town for the Dutch Reformed Church in 1861 to summon worshipers. The Dutch and English congregations was the centre of a series of theological arguments and the church bell was stolen and buried, only to be found 74 years later upon the construction of some cottages near the old church. A strikingly designed Town Hall was opened in 1904. In 1906 following a poll tax and other oppressive measures imposed on the Zulus, the Bambatha Rebellion took place. The final resting place of Sarie Marais is at Greytown. Sarie was a legendary Voortrekker woman who died, aged 37, with the birth of her 11th child and is immortalised by the eponymous song, an indelible part of South African culture. Louis Botha, the Second Boer War General and first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, was born on a farm 5 km south of Greytown. The old farmhouse was destroyed by British Forces during search and destroy operations. Louis Botha led the Boer forces during their famous victory over the British at the battle of Spionkop.  From There we go through some very radical change in scenery over Kranskop though some Zulu tribal areas to Eshowe.

Approx. Distance – 280km

Day 11 – Eshowe to Nisele (Swaziland)

From here we travel along some really pictures roads alongside the oceans to the town of Richards Bay. It is situated on a 30 square kilometre lagoon of the Mhlatuze River, which gives it one of the country’s largest harbours. The town began as a makeshift harbour that was set up by Commodore of the Cape, Sir Frederick Richards during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. In 1935 the Richards Bay Game Sanctuary was created to protect the ecology around the lagoon and later by 1943 it expanded into the Richards Bay Park. The town was laid-out on the shores of the lagoon in 1954 and proclaimed a town in 1969. In 1976 Richards Bay harbour was converted into a deep water harbour with railway and an oil/gas pipeline linking the port to Johannesburg. Most of South Africa’s minerals are exported from this harbour. The area is also well know for it’s sugarcane production. From Richards Bay we travel to Nisele in Swaziland.

Approx. Distance – 330km

Day 12 – Nisele to Sabi

After breakfast we depart for some relaxed riding via Big bend, over the capital off Swaziland Mbabane to some really awesome country towards the Maguga Dam and Piggs peak.  From there we travel some dirt road to Josephsdal border post where we will take the Geotrail to Barton. Tucked away in the most ancient corner of our land, hard against South Africa’s border with the kingdom of Swaziland, lies a hidden and spectacularly scenic wilderness of immense geological importance. The Makhonjwa Mountains in Mpumalanga are not well known by their original name, maybe that’s because Swazi folklore has it that pointing at them brings bad luck. Well, things are about to change! A major drive for international recognition, started many years ago, and driven by the Barberton Tourism and Biodiversity Corridor (BATOBIC) is finally bearing fruit. The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains of the Barberton Greenstone Belt are now on the tentative list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site programme. The Barberton Makhonjwa geotrail has a series of beautifully landscaped laybys at sites of geological interest and uses richly-illustrated, information-rich panels, conceptualised, compiled and designed by Hamilton-Fynch interpretation consultants,  that draw aside the veil of arcane geological communication, and reveal the significance of the Barberton Greenstone Belt in every-day language and concepts. This geotrail is a bucketlist candidate, and something for everyone from families on leisure breaks, to geology students, to enjoy. The Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail takes you on a journey into the mists of an impossibly distant past — more than 3 billion years ago.

Approx. Distance – 359km

Day 13 – Sabi to Sabi Sand

From Sabi we take the panorama route through to the Sabi Sand. The magnificent Panorama Route is best known for its cultural heritage and its dramatic landscapes. Offering a vast array of exciting options for the visitor, the Panorama Route hosts some of the best adrenalin enhancing adventures as well as some more sedate pastimes. One of the major highlights of the region is the Blyde River Canyon Reserve, home to spectacular wildlife and birdlife and some of the best views in South Africa. The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon of its kind in the world. Other highlights include the exquisite waterfalls in Graskop and Sabie, the Echo Caves that speak of Africa’s powerful tribes such as Pedi, Mapulane and Swazi, trails left behind by the Voortrekkers in regions such as Lydenberg and Ohrigstad, ancient artistic footprints left by indigenous peoples of Africa and the Gold Rush territory, Pilgrim’s Rest, home to the early gold prospectors.

Approx. Distance 115km

Day 13, 14, 15 – Wildlife Safari at Luxury Private Lodge
Day 16 – Return to Johannesburg

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