About Tour

Start/End: Johannesburg/Cape Town

Arrival Airport: OR Tambo (Johannesburg)

Distance to be covered: 3577 km

Rest days: 2

Meals: as advertised

Activities: 9

Route: Tar

Difficulty Rating: 3/10


  • from 4550 Euro Rider
  • 4050 Euro Pillion
  • 4050 Euro as passenger in the support vehicle ( 2 spaces)


  • 15.04.2018 – 29.04.2018
  • 07.10.2018 – 21.10.2018
  • 14.05.2019 – 28.05.2019
  • 06.10.2019 – 20.10.2019

The Big Detour

A Detour is the pressed-for-time commuter’s nightmare. Who doesn’t get irritated? We are always in a hurry, time conscious and usually associate a detour with stagnant traffic.

In our case, the diversion is intentional, indeed consciously directed. This route does not go directly to Cape Town.

Starting from Johannesburg, you will travel through the most diverse landscapes, national parks, over mountain passes and gorges to the shores of two oceans and the Metropolis on the Cape.

Day 01


Whoever arrives today will be collected at the airport and brought to the Hotel. In the evening there will be a tour briefing. (D)

Day 02

JHB-Dullstroom  285 km

We receive our bikes this morning. After a quick briefing about the ins-and-outs of South African traffic we head for the Union buildings in Pretoria for a group photograph before we make our way out of the city and into the country side. Overnight today is the tranquil little town of Dullstroom. (B+D)

Day 03

Dullstroom-Panorama Route-Hazyview  280 km

Today we hit the bends of the Panorama route. We will visit some really nice sites before reaching our destination on the border of the Kruger Park. (B+D)

Day 04

Hazyview Rest day

We swop 2 wheels for 4 and go on a Safari in the Kruger. Who will spot the big 5 today?

After the return to the Lodge we spend our time relaxing by the pool or exploring town. (B+D)

Day 05

Hazyview-Badplaas  224 km

It will be a rider’s day. The first leg takes us from Hazyview to Sabie up the famous 22. The name comes from a section of this route. 22 km with 70 turns. There are many legends surrounding this route. Then we continue to the tranquil Kaapsehoop, a small community high in the mountains. It is sparsely populated by hippies, conservationists, artists and those who think they are. There are wild horses in the middle of the city and on the streets. A relaxed atmosphere. After a coffee break, we now tackle the last few km to Badplaas, our shelter for the night. (B+D)

Day 06

Badplaas- Clarens  473 km

Today we have to tear up the tar, we have a long distance to cover. We will be rewarded with the magnificent view of the Golden Gate National Park Mountains before we ride into Clarens on the foot of the Maluti Mountains. The name donor is Clarens in Switzerland, the place where Paul Kruger spent his last days. (B+D)

Day 07

Clarens-Modderpoort-Wepener  251 km

We ride counterclockwise along the border of Lesotho. In Modderpoort we visit a very unusual church. It is housed in a cave and was first used by Anglican missionaries around 1869. In the area we also find rock paintings of the San. We will overnight in Wepener, a small town surviving by supplying the surrounding farming community. (B+D)

Day 08

Wepener-Gariep-Middelburg 346 km

Our ride continues this morning in a southwesterly direction. Today we leave the Orange Free State and enter the triangle of Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Free State and visit the country’s largest dam, Gariep. Commissioned as Hendrik Verwoerd Dam in 1971, it generates 889 GWh of electricity per annum. Our destination today is Middelburg, Eastern Cape. (B+D)

Day 09

Middelburg-Cradock-Addo Elephant  314 km

Through the Karoo we head towards Cradock, the South African center of the wool industry.
Here you can also find the tomb and house of the well-known author Olive Schreiner (1855-1920: Story of an African Farm). Today’s destination is our accommodation in the area around the Addo Elephant National Park.  Let’s see if Addo can top the Kruger. (B+D)

Day 10

Addo Elephant-Knysna  291km

Today we ride along the picturesque Garden Route to Knysna. This little Jewel, with its Lagoon and many Restaurants, invites one to relax and kick back. (B+D)

Day 11

Knysna Rest day

You deserve a Rest. Sleep-in, visit Featherbed, eat some of the famous Knysna Oysters or do whatever rocks your boat. (B+D)

Day 12

Knysna- Barrydale  297 km

We continue along the Garden Route towards George before we head inland via the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn where we will visit an Ostrich Farm. We then head West onto the scenic R 62 towards Barrydale but not before stopping at the famous watering hole Ronnie’s Sex Shop. http://www.ronniessexshop.co.za/  (B+D)

Day 13

Barrydale-Cape Agulhas-Hermanus  284 km

Conquering the Tradouw Pass we head via Swellendam to Cape Agulhas, the southern most Point of Africa. We take some pics and maybe take in some refreshments before making our way to Hermanus, the whale watching Capital of South Africa.  (B+D)

Day 14

Hermanus- Cape Town  246 km

The tour is now drawing to a close, but not before we collect spectacular memories once again. Today we ride via Somerset West to Stellenbosch and do some wine tasting. Then we tackle the Cape Peninsular Tour; Simon’s Town, Boulders Beach, Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak. The highlights outdo each other until we arrive in Cape Town at the end of our tour.
Here the motorcycles are handed back. We have one last evening together before it is time to say goodbye.
We hope this tour was everything you hoped for and we would be delighted to welcome you back on one of our other tours in the future (B+D)

Day 15

Cape Town

We prepaid the Hotel shuttle that will take you to the airport. Just enquire at reception about the scheduled departure times. We wish you a safe journey home. If you would like to extend your stay why not have a look on our website under Tour Extensions;  Our partner Samba Tours would be delighted to be of assistance. (B)


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