This tour is meant for someone who has a drive for adventure and excitement. This is the ultimate road trip in South Africa. This road is for intermediate to experienced riders that know how to have fun with the bike and is not scared to explore, get wet and have some physical challenges. The Baviaanskloof is seen as one of the top dual motor sport destinations in the world and we combine it with some of the most beautiful scenes in South Africa combined with great food and great culture.
Average age of groups:
35 to 60 years
Average group size:
4 to 8 riders
Difficulty of road services:
2 to 5 out of 5 ( 1 meaning easy , 5 difficult )
Road service ratio:
25% Pavement 75% Dirt
Average distance per day:
Accommodation, All meals, Fuel, All South African drinks
Intermediate to Experienced
The first day we will pick you up from the airport or from where you stayed the previous night to pick up the bikes. From here we will travel to the pictures town of Gordon’s Bay where we will stay our first night, just getting to know one another and discuss the days ahead.
Approximate distance 79km
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. IAt 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 crossing the Breederiver at Malgas The Malgas ‘pont’ or pontoon is famous for being the last hand-drawn pontoon of its kind in the country.
Today we set off to the pictures Garden Route. The Garden Route is a stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa that 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. 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) Tnight we will be sleeping in Knysna, one of the most scenic town along the Garden Route.
Approximate distance 274
Today we continue with the Garden Route past the Bloukrans pass bridge. Bloukrans Bridge Bungy is the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy at 216 metres (709 ft) above the Bloukrans River. If you brve enought you are welcome to do a bungy. We also go down to Storms river month and we can always do a boat ride up the storms river if the weather permit. We also stop to look at one of the oldest and biggest yellow wood trees in the Knysna Forests. We continue to Patensie where we will sleep for the night.
Approximate distance 215km
We travel from Patensie into the Baviaanskloof nature reserve, the toughest but most rewarding part as a dual sport motorcyclist. The Baviaanskloof is seen as one of the world’s best daul sport routes and we will spend the next two days here. Prepare yourself for something you only dreamed of. The Baviaanskloof – (Dutch for “Valley of Baboons”) – lies between the Baviaanskloof and Kouga mountain ranges. The Baviaanskloof area includes a cluster of formal protected areas and the third largest protected area in South Africa. It also includes the Groendal Nature Reserve and Formosa Nature Reserve,and encompasses private land mostly used for stock farming. The Baviaanskloof area is one of outstanding natural beauty, owing to its spectacular land forms, a diverse array of plants and wide variety of animals. The area is part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site as of 2004.
Approximate distance 145km
We will leave Uirspan early to head to Oudshoorn where we will visit the world famous Cango Caves one of the biggests cave systems in the world and and Ostrichs farm. Here we will see who will ride not only their motorcycles but also an Ostrige. Oudtshoorn, the “ostrich capital of the world”, is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Two ostrich- feather booms, during 1865- 1870 and 1900- 1914, truly established the settlement. Tonight we will be sleeping in a luxury 5 star lodge after all the dusty roads of the past couple of days. The Congo Caves are located in Precambrian limestones at the foothills of the Swartberg range. 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 kilometres, only about a quarter of this is open to visitors.
Approximate distance 200km
Today we do the Swartberg pass. The spectacular Swartberg Pass on the R328 run through the Swartberg mountain range (black mountain in English) which runs roughly east-west along the northern edge of the semi-arid area called the Little Karoo in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The Swartberg is amongst the best exposed fold mountain chains in the world, and the pass slices through magnificently scenic geological formations. To the north of the range lies the other large semi-arid area in South Africa, the Great Karoo. Much of the Swartberg is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pass was built using convict labour by Thomas Bain and opened on 10 January 1888. The drystone work supporting some of its picturesque hairpin bends is particularly noteworthy.
Approximate distance 314km
From Ladismith we wil travel towards the cost again passing Ronnies Sex shop one of the most famouse pubs in the country. From there we will travel over the Tradouw’s Pass. Taken from a hybrid of two Khoi words, tra meaning women, and dau meaning way through, tradau then translates to “the way of the women”. Yet another of master pass builder, Thomas Bain’s passes, the Tradouw’s Pass was first mooted in 1858, in order to make Witsand, which is at the mouth of the Breede River, more accessible to the farmers for transportation of their produce. This pass will take us to Swellendam where we will spend another unforgettable night reminiscing abouthe the trip so far.
Approximate distance 126km