South Africa – Garden Route

Garden Route 21The Garden Route includes some of the best coastal riding in the world and is simply stunning.

Combine that with some great gravel roads in the Klein Karoo (paved options available), as well as riding to Cape Agulhas, the very southern tip of Africa, and the Cape of Good Hope, this is a must-do ride!

Not only that, we include two game drives to spot rhino, cheetah, water buffalo, warthog and giraffe, and you get to enjoy classic sundowners, whilst enjoying high quality game lodges and boutique hotels, full of colonial character.

At a glance

14

Duration (days)

1 7 4 5

Miles Covered

Moderate

Riding difficulty

20%

Unpaved Roads

Small

Culture Shock

At a glance

Duration (days): 14
Miles Covered: 1745
Riding difficulty: Moderate
Unpaved Roads: 20%
Culture Shock: Small

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are based on a rider using their own motorcycle. If you need to rent a motorcycle, there is an additional charge shown.

Date Rider
Shared Room
Single Supplement Passenger
Shared Room
Bike Rental
Oct 12 – 25, 2017 £2,300 £500 £2,300 BMW R 1200 GS: £1,995
BMW F 800 GS: £1,795
BMW F 700 GS: £1,595

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are based on a rider using their own motorcycle. If you need to rent a motorcycle, there is an additional charge shown.
Date: Oct 12 – 25, 2017
Rider Shared Room: £2,300
Single Supplement: £500
Passenger Shared Room: £2,300
Bike Rental: BMW R 1200 GS: £1,995
BMW F 800 GS: £1,795
BMW F 700 GS: £1,595
  • This tour starts and ends in Cape Town, South Africa.

    • Cape of Good Hope and riding along the spectacular coastal road of Chapman’s Peak Drive.
    • Get up close to ostriches at the Ostrich Farms in Oudtshoorn – you can try them for dinner too!
    • Perfect mountain dirt roads crossing the Swartberg Pass and spectacular views on the ride “De Hell” to Gamkaskloof Valley (De Hell is an optional ride)
    • Look out for the elephants, cheetah, buffalo and kudu on your game drive in Addo Elephant National Park
    • Stroll along the pristine white beaches at Wilderness and spot whales
    • Relax on our sunset game drive at our Private Game Reserve, near Graaff-Reinet and enjoy a famous sundowner! If you’re lucky, you may spot rhino!
    • Ride to the southernmost point of the African Continent – Cape L’Algulhas, then relax at our spa hotel, overlooking the ocean.
    • More breath-taking coastal riding between Betty’s Bay and Gordon’s Bay

    ROUTE MAP

  • This is a 14 day tour, covering around 1,750 miles.  The start and end point is Cape Town, South Africa.

    Day 1: Cape Town
    Arrival in Cape Town and collection to the hotel.  Tour Briefing and bike collection.  Enjoy a Welcome Evening Meal on the Waterfront.

    Day 2:  Montagu (220 miles)
    North to picturesque Paarl.   Bain’s Kloof Pass.  Michel’s Pass to Ceres and on to Touws River.   Gravel roads to Montagu or the paved road via the beautiful Koo Valley.

    Day 3:  Prince Albert (220 miles)
    Prince Albert via the Swartberg Pass (1,568m) with some gravel roads as part of our route. Prince Albert has beautifully preserved Cape Dutch, Karoo and Victorian buildings, many of which are National Monuments.

    Day 4:  Ride Out to “De Hell” (100 miles)
    Optional ride out.  Return to the Swartberg Pass then turn down to the Gamkaskloof valley, on a road known as The Hell by residents of the Great Karoo. This hidden-away valley was declared a World Heritage Site in 1997.

    Day 5:  Oudtshoorn (100 miles)
    Oudtshoorn is South Africa’s ostrich farming capital.  We’ll arrive for lunch and then highly recommend a visit to an ostrich farm (optional at extra cost).

    Day 6:  Ride Out (160 miles)
    We have a number of options for ride outs today in the Outeniqua Mountains and the Klein Karoo Winelands, with time for lunch on the coast, before returning to Oudsthoorn.

    Day 7:  Addo Elephant National Park (250 miles)
    Coming over the Outeniqua Mountains, we pass through George and Knysna.  Nature’s Valley and the Bloukrans Pass to Kareedouw before reaching our final destination near the Addo Elephant National Park.

    Day 8: Addo Elephant National Park
    This morning, we take a 4×4 Jeep Tour today to the Park, which is home to more than 600 elephants, cheetah, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo (included in your price).

    Day 9:  Private Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet (160 miles)
    We ride north back into the Karoo to spend the night in a luxury lodge on a Private Game Reserve, approximately 60km from Graaff Reinet. After high tea, we take a safari to see giraffes, antelope, rhinos and cheetah (included in your price).

    Day 10:  Wilderness (280 miles)
    South-west along the N9, discovering forgotten towns like Aberdeen and Willowmore. From Uniondale, we ride via Prince Alfred’s Pass to the Indian Ocean and to lively, beach side town of Wilderness.

    Day 11:  Rest day in Wilderness
    Enjoy the beach or the estuary, perfect for walking or water sports.

    Day 12:  Cape Agulhas (220 miles)
    West along N2 through Riversdale, before taking the country roads to the coast and the most southern tip of the African Continent.

    Day 13:  Cape Town (200 miles)
    Riding along the coast on one of the most beautiful roads in South Africa, past Betty’s Bay, on to Gordon’s Bay.  We detour south to the Cape of Good Hope before our final run into Cape Town.  Farewell Dinner.

    Day 14:  Fly Home from Cape Town
    This is the earliest date to book a flight back home.  Should you wish to have any extra days in Cape Town just ask and we can book them for you (at your cost).

  • We use a high standard of 4* boutique hotels, luxury guest houses and game lodges.  Many are characterful of the colonial past and tastefully decorated with antiques, have swimming pools and are set in stunning locations.  Some of our favourite places to stay on the tour are:

    • Mimosa Lodge, Montagu
    • Mount Camdebo Private Game Reserve
    • De Bergkant Lodge, Prince Albert
    • Arniston Spa Resort, Arniston
  • Before you go

    • Pre-departure meeting & GlobeBusters Guidance Notes with all pre-trip information and preparation action plan / check lists.
    • Optional one-to-one meeting with the GlobeBusters Team at our head office to assist you in preparations.

    En Route

    • Transfer from the airport to the hotel at the start of the Tour
    • Transfer from the hotel to/from the bike collection/delivery point.
    • 13 nights bed and breakfast accommodation on shared basis (unless you book a Single Room)
    • Local overnight hotel parking charges
    • 5 evening dinners (three course menus)
    • Addo Elephant National Park game drive in open vehicle, including National Park Fees & Local Guide
    • Sundowner Game Drive at Private Game Reserve near Graaf Reinet
    • Daily route notes, maps, with GPS information to enable you to self-navigate if you prefer not to travel in a group.

    Support Crew

    • GlobeBusters Motorcycle Tour Leader to accompany the group.
    • Support driver / mechanic, with a Support Vehicle. You can place your luggage in the Support Vehicle

    Motorcycle Hire
    We show you a separate charge for local motorcycle rental and the amount varies depending on which motorcycle you hire.

    • All motorcycles are hired locally through our Travel Partner for South Africa.  We act as agents for the local rental company and we reserve motorcycles with them in accordance with your booking.
    • All motorcycle rentals include side panniers and tank bag at no extra charge.
    • They are also fitted with new tyres for the start of your tour.
    • Should you require a top box, please request this on booking.  There is an extra charge and it must be specifically requested
    • The rental company allows you to bring your own GPS.  All BMW R1200 GS rental bikes are fitted with a Garmin/BMW Nav cradle.
    • On arrival at the start of the tour, you will be required to sign the local motorcycle rental agreement and provide your credit details as a guarantee against damage.

    Please note that international passenger flights are not included in your price.

  • What riding experience do I need?
    This tour in mainly on-road.  There are around 20% of good gravel roads in Klein Karoo and an optional gravel road ride “De Hell” to Gamkaskloof Valley.  If you do not want to ride on this type of road surface, we have delightful paved road options.   Traffic conditions are generally light once away from Cape Town.  It is common to see baboons and other wildlife on or near the roads on some parts of the tour.  We consider the riding conditions to be straight forward for a good, competent road rider.

    If you want to try the gravel roads, you’ll enjoy them more, if you have had some off road skills training such as Trailquest (www.trailquest.com), Off Road Skills (www.offroadskills.com) or Adventure Bike Training (www.adventurebiketraining.co.uk )

    Do I have to ride in a group?
    No!  We do not make you ride in convoy.  We offer you the freedom to decide how you would like to ride.  We give you a road book, GPS co-ordinates and hotel information.  You can use this to self-navigate.  If you prefer to ride with our Motorcycle Leader, then you can do this.  Simply let the Motorcycle Leader know and be ready to ride at the given leave time in the morning.

    What is the average group size?
    Our groups are normally between 8 – 12 riders.

    Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
    Absolutely.  This is a popular trip for couples and we always have couples riding two-up on this tour.  You are able to place luggage in the Support Vehicle and the standard of accommodation is also very good.

    Is there a Support Vehicle?
    Yes, this tour operates with a local support vehicle and driver. The support vehicle will carry your luggage – you must ensure that your bags are suitable to be packed into a 4×4, and that they are dustproof and waterproof. Hard suitcases are not suitable for en route, but you can store these at the hotel in Cape Town.

    What about flights?
    We do not include your flights in our tour price.  You need to book these yourself.  Please book a flight that will arrive no later than midday on the first official start date and for the return, you can book this on our last official day.

    What documents do I need?
    You will need your original documents as follows:  Passport, Driving Licence, International Driving Permit.  In addition you must have travel/medical insurance. As visa requirements are dependent on your nationality and can be complex, with constantly changing requirements, we would direct you to our appointed visa agency for advice.  www.thevisamachine.com. For UK and most EU Citizens, you do not require a visa in advance of travel.