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, Gravel

Difficulty rating: 5/10


  • from 5250 Euro Rider
  • 4750 Euro Pillion
  • 4750 Euro as passenger in the support vehicle ( 2 spaces)

Tour Dates

  • 15.04.2018 – 01.05.2018
  • 07.10.2018 – 23.10.2018
  • 14.05.2019 – 30.05.2019
  • 06.10.2019 – 22.10.2019

What is all included:


  • Airport transfers from the airport the day before the tour starts to the hotel.
  • 16 x accommodation
  • 16 x breakfast
  • 16 x dinner. (If we don’t have dinner at the accommodation we will budget 200 Rand p.p out of house allowance)
  • Guide on Motorcycle
  • Motorcycle ( Price depending on type)
  • Unlimited km.
  • Fully comprehensive insurance ( about 20.000 Rand excess)
  • All nights in a double room. Single room, if possible, on request and extra charge.
  • Support vehicle with mineral water, first aid kit, spares and limited luggage transport.
  • Route navigation, maps and software on the phone.
  • Documents with emergency numbers.
  • Drybag and tie downs.
  • Memorabilia
  • Entrance fee Panorama Route: Three Rondavel, Bourke’s Luck Potholes)
  • Entrance fee Krugerpark.
  • Entrance fee Addo Elephant Park.
  • Entrance fee Oudtshoorn Straussenfarm.
  • Entrance fee Boulders Beach Pinguin
  • Entrance fee Cape Point Nationalpark
  • Entrance fee Cape Agulhas National Park
  • Cape Town Peninsula Route
  • Wine Tasting
What is not included:


  • International Tickets
  • None advertised meals
  • None advertised drinks
  • None advertised activities
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Health insurance
  • Petrol
  • Toll
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Equipment (Helmet, Jacket, etc.)

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 for today. (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 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- Baviaanskloof-Willowmore  305 km

Finally…we get dust under our wheels. This is Adventure biking at its best.  We make our way through the Baviaanskloof and all its diversity. Sand, Gravel and Water passages makes for an interesting ride. We will overnight in the area of Willowmore. (B+D)

Day 11

Willowmore – Knysna

From Willowmore we head for our second day of Gravel down the stunning Prince Alfred Pass, with a stop at our favourite watering hole Angie’s G-Spot (www.angiesgspot.co.za) to Knysna. (B+D)

Day 12

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 13

Knysna-Swartberg  229 km

We travel along the Garden Route to George. From here we are heading over the Outeniqua Pass towards Oudtshoorn, where we will visit an Ostrich Farm. We then climb up the Swartberg Pass and down again before heading to our accommodation. (https://youtu.be/xbTcbm5-Q6Q) – An absolute treat. (B+D)

Day 14

Gamkaskloof- Barrydale  242 km

Today we’re heading for the picturesque Route 62 towards Barrydale with a stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop. http://www.ronniessexshop.co.za/  (B+D)

Day 15

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 16

Hermanus- Kapstadt  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 17

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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