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Cape Discovery Motorcycle Tour

In a recent travel survey, Cape Town was voted the 4th most popular tourist destination in the world. With this in mind we have developed a 7-day motorcycle tour during which you spend nearly every night at a quality hotel in Cape Town and each day visit a different part of the Western Cape. From the semi desert interior with its huge, unending vistas to thrillingly scenic coastal drives, to a safari, each day is totally different, sometimes challenging and sometimes relaxing.

And for your hotel we offer the Dongola Guesthouse, or you can upgrade to the 3* City Lodge Waterfront or the 4* Victoria & Alfred Hotel in the V&A waterfront.

Tour highlights

  • The warm air and sun on arrival at Cape Town
  • Touring the picturesque Cape Peninsular and visiting Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope
  • Watching the whales at Hermanus (Jun – Nov)
  • Ascending Table Mountain by cable car
  • A day at the renowned Aquila game reserve
  • Cape Town nightlife

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cape Town (125 km).  We will meet you at the airport and drive you to Constantia, a delightful suburb of Cape Town, to issue the motorcycles, make sure you understand yours and are happy with it. We then head off past Cape Town University and Groote Schuur hospital (where Prof. Barnard did the world's first heart transplant), passing just above the downtown area. We then climb Signal Hill for an amazing panoramic view of all Cape Town and the hinterland. Descending again via Kloof Neck we pass Camps Bay (where the “upwardly-mobile'' disport themselves) and along the magnificent rocky coast line past Llandudno and to Hout Bay with its picturesque yacht and fishing harbour. Across the bay you will be able to SA - Cape Discovery 1trace Chapman’s Peak Drive, literally dug into the sheer rock cliff hundreds of metres above the sea. In a few minutes you will ‘ride the Drive’ and never forget it ! Next we pass the Kommetjie lighthouse and then the huge surf and translucent greenish sea around Scarborough. A few kilometres farther on we enter the Table Mountain National Park, pass a memorial to Bartholomew Diaz who first landed at the Cape, and thence to Cape Point itself where a knife edge walk from the old to the new lighthouses affords some of the finest photo opportunities you will ever have. When dining in the open don't let the baboons steal your lunch from your hand!

Returning to Cape Town on the False Bay (eastern) side of the peninsular we stop at Boulder Beach near Simonstown to view (or swim with) the penguins , have a brief look at Groot Constantia (the oldest wine farm in South Africa with magnificent old Cape Dutch style buildings) and pass the world famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens..

Day 2  To Stellenbosch (310 km). Today is rather longer than yesterday but hardly more exacting since we are mainly on country roads with precious little traffic. We leave Cape Town in a southerly direction to Muizenberg on the False Bay coast and then we track along the mile upon mile of perfect sandy beach until joining the N2 for a short while before leaving it forSA - Cape Discovery 2 Gordons Bay. From Gordons Bay is one of the finest drives in the world and one which BMW has used to launch their new bikes. The views are just stunning and the curves just right for bikes. We usually lunch in a restaurant in a cave just over the sea at Hermanus which is a fashionable and interesting resort town. Between June and November you are almost guaranteed to see the Southern Right Whale very close inshore here.

Our route dives inland after Hermanus, crossing rolling wheatfields until we reach the mountain barrier and Franschhoek Pass. The French Huegenots first settled this exquisite valley and today the tradition of wine and table grape growing flourishes here as do a multitude of really good restaurants. Our return to Cape Town is via the flowing Hellshoogte Pass and famous old town of Stellenbosch.

SA  - Cape Discovery 3Day 3 Mountain passes (240 km). In contrast with yesterday, today concentrates on the inland areas and high mountain passes. In particular we first do the Bains Kloof Pass with its 206 distinct corners and dramatic views of some really wild mountainous country. This is followed by Du Toits Kloof Pass which is the result of superb modern road engineering. We avoid the toll section through an 11 km tunnel and go over the top and stop at a Swiss mountain restaurant on the descent. The return to Cape Town is on the fast N1 road.

Day 4 West coast (230 km). So far you have explored the East coast. Today we travel up the West coast to the huge and tranquil Saldanha Bay. Leaving Cape Town on the R27 coastal road through Milnerton, we pass the fastest expanding part of Cape Town near Blauberg. Here you should stop for the now famous picture of Table Mountain from across the bay. Half way along the R27 a quick visit toYzerfontain on the coast is worthwhile where a small harbour supports the local fishing fleet. Saldanha Bay is such a natural and secure anchorage for ships that had it had fresh water when the first Europeans settled at the Cape, Cape Town would have been situated here. In the north is the fishing harbour and iron ore jetty and in the shallow south of the bay a nature reserve and bird sanctuary. The spit of land between the bay and the sea with Churchhaven on it is incredibly beautiful and just across the water at Langebaan is the centre of the tourist industry with a yacht club, disco, gambling, good restaurants and overnight accommodations.

SA - Cape Discovery 4Day 5 Table Mountain & Stellenbosch (90 km). We imagine that after four days riding, today a few hours less in the saddle and more time to sample the finer things of life may be called for. A short ride early in the morning brings us to the lower cable station on Table Mountain from where we take the cable car to the top and feast on possibly the finest view in the Western Cape. This is followed by a relaxed ride through magnificent vineyards to Stellenbosch, up the Hellshoegte pass again and on to "Vrede en Lust" on a famous wine farm for lunch and wine tasting.

Day 6 The Great Karoo (425 km). Before leaving Cape Town you really ought to see something of the real South Africa - the Great Karoo. This is the vast interior, dry and barren, with huge vistas, fine clear air, crisp cold mornings and sweltering hot days. Here only sheep, ostrich and jackal thrive. We leave Cape Town on the N1 road (which ends over 1600 km away in Johannesburg) , do DuToits Kloof pass again, probably via the tunnel, pass through the immense Hex River Valley wine producing area which is towered over by the 2200 m Matroosberg mountain, climb the Hex River pass and suddenly emerge 1000 m higher in the Karoo. In just a matter of minutes we leave behind the green and fertile valley and enter the arid Karoo climate.

Our destination is the Aquila private game reserve where a sumptuous lunch is followed by a game drive in open top vehicles. In 2003 Aquila started the re-introduction of lion, buffalo and crocodiles but you are also likely to see rhino, giraffes, zebra, ostriches, wildebeest, numerous types of buck and black eagles. This being a long day we do not return to Cape Town but overnight on a famous wine producing farm not far from Aquila where the accommodation is in traditional Cape Dutch farmstead type buildings.

Day 7 Cape Town (free day). After a two hour drive back to Cape Town, we leave this as a "request" day. Depending on your onward arrangements or flight times, you can revisit anywhere we’ve already seen and found particularly attractive, spend the time doing last minute shopping in Cape Town's famous Waterfront area or quietly exploring the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. It is up to you what you do, even if it is nothing more than relaxing on a sun-soaked beach.

Having returned the motorcycles to our Cape Town base, we transfer you back to the airport.

Total distance   c. 2000 km

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Price includes: 6 days BMW motorcycle hire, insurance, unlimited mileage, 6 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, airport transfers, lunch with wine tasting on winery tour, safari with lunch, maps and daily information packs; guide on motorcycle; luggage storage.

Price excludes: Fuel and oil, meals other than those specified, road tolls; personal items. Security deposit ZAR22,385–27,830. Flights, travel insurance and tour extensions can be arranged through H-C Travel.

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Cape Discovery tour 

Dates

BMW F650T

BMW F800GS

BMW R1200GS

Passenger

Sgl rm suppl.

23 - 29 Oct 2016

1,675

1,725

1,858

845

345

14 - 20 May 2017

1,675

1,725

1,858

845

345

11 - 17 Sept 2017

1,675

1,725

1,858

845

345

Hotel upgrades

 

 

 

 

 

3* Waterfront

1,695

1,725

1,875

1,025

525

4* Waterfront

2,675

2,695

2,845

1,875

545

 

Cape Discovery self-guided tour 

 

BMW F650T

BMW F800GS

BMW R1200GS

Passenger

Sgl rm suppl.

 

1,195

1,275

1,445

825

345

Hotel upgrades

 

 

 

 

 

3* Waterfront

1,375

1,375

1,545

845

475

4* Waterfront

2,275

2,275

2,445

1,425

525

Programmed GPS

125

125

125

0

0

 

 

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