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Garden Route Grand Motorcycle Tour

SA_-_GR1Our Garden Route Grand tour is our most popular road tour, offering you riding on some great tarmac, and taking you to and through all of the major sights and places of interest in the Western Cape. A great way to enjoy some serious touring in a relaxing style.

Tour highlights

  • The warm air and sun on arrival at Cape Town
  • Your introductory "orientation" tour of Cape Town and the world famous Chapman’s Peak Drive on arrival
  • False Bay with mountains above you, fast sweeping bends, and the azure sea below you
  • The semi-desert region of the Little Karoo with endless horizons
  • Riding the huge and spectacular Swartberg Pass
  • Addo Game Reserve 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cape Town. We meet you at the airport and transfer you to our Cape Town hotel. We suggest you rest, unwind, swim in the pool or catch up on sleep until 2 pm when we pick you up in a mini bus, issue the bikes and guide you on an 'orientation' tour of Cape Town. This evening your guide Tony joins you for dinner and a relaxed ‘briefing’. Hampshire House.

SA_-_GR3Day 2 Cape Town – Struis Bay. Our first morning’s ride and we head for the exhilarating and spectacular drive round False Bay via Gordon’s Bay, Betty’s Bay and on to the historic coastal resort and former whaling town of Hermanus, where we lunch. The stretch from Gordon’s Bay to Betty’s Bay has got to be one of World’s great rides. After lunch the route continues through rolling wheat fields with long sweeping bends – ideal biking country. Finally we arrive at Cape Agulhas, and visit the southernmost point of Africa. Mermaid Guesthouse.

Day 3 Cape L’Agulhas – Knysna. Again traversing the rolling wheatfields with magnificent views of rich farming country we head for the picturesque town of Swellendam and then leave the coastal lowlands via the rugged Tradouw Pass, which crosses the Langeberg range of mountains. Immediately after the pass we are in the arid Little Karoo, where ostrich and tobacco farming are the main occupations. Passing through the area's main town of Oudtshoorn we leave the Little Karoo via the huge Outeniqua Pass which brings us back to the coastal plain and on to the famous Garden Route. Our overnight destination, Knysna, surrounds a tranquil lagoon which empties into the Indian Ocean through the turbulent waters of the ‘Heads’. Ivathi Lodge.

Day 4 Knysna (rest day). We suggest you visit the Blue Hills Wild Life Park in the afternoon where you will see buffalo, rhino, giraffe, zebra, kudu and possibly even leopard. Alternatively just laze around the resort's swimming pool or get a tan on the beach. Ivathi Lodge.

Day 5 Knysna – Addo. Today, after an early start we continue along the Garden Route and pass through the Tsitsikamma forest, which includes stinkwood and yellowwood trees. Along the way we leave the main road to ride the Grootrivier and Bloukrans Passes on the twisty old road under the ancient forest canopy. Passing through the industrial town of Port Elizabeth we turn inland, encounter typical "African bush type country" with huge thorn trees, and arrive in Addo in time for dinner, which is followed by an evening safari on trucks in the Addo Elephant National Park. Kronenhoff.

Day 6 Addo – Graaf Reinet. Heading farther inland we traverse the Olifantskop Pass and spend the entire day on magnificent roads with hardly any traffic in remote African bush country. We pass through the frontier towns of Cookhouse and Cradock before crossing the Sneeuberg (Snow Mountain) range via the Wapadsberg and Nauderberg Passes and finally descend to the historic town of Graaf Reinet. Before or after dinner (depending on the time of year) we take a short trip to the Valley of Desolation to watch a truly magnificent sunset over the Great Karoo. Villa Reinet.

Day 7 Graf Reinet – Oudtshoorn. Today brings an entirely new sensation - passing through the endless flat plains of the Karoo. At times it is as if you are biking across the sea, vistas are so enormous, the horizon so vast and far away. Distant mountain ranges subtly change colour and only an occasional car or truck is encountered. We lunch in the little hamlet of Willowmore (there being no where else to stop!) and finally reach Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world. Montana Guest Farm..

Day 8  Oudtshoorn (rest day). Either visit the world famous Cango Caves, an ostrich show farm, the Wild Life Ranch (cheetahs, lion, tigers, crocodiles and alligators), explore locally on your bike or just laze round the pool. Montana Guest Farm.

Day 9 Oudtshoorn – Montagu. We recross the Little Karoo, again through wild and rugged country passing through Calitzdorp, Ladysmith and Barrydale arriving back in the Western Cape at Montagu, an attractive spa town with natural hotwater springs hidden in a mountain cleft. On leaving Montagu we pass some of the most contorted and folded mountain strata you will ever see and finally enter the fertile fruit growing area of Robertson. Our guesthouse for the night is on a long established wine farm in a gracious old homestead. Montagu Vines Guesthouse..SA-_GR14

Day 10 Montagu. Today we ride the "7 Passes Route": some are fast and perfectly engineered, some tortuously twisting, others over 1200 m high. During the day we circle the Hex River mountains (where there is a ski club!), always on good tar roads. Montagu Vines Guesthouse.

Day 11 Montagu – Cape Town. Return to Cape Town via Du Toits Kloof pass and the main N1 road. Proceeding on from Cape Town we tour the picturesque Cape Peninsular with the Atlantic Ocean on the one side and Indian Ocean on the other, visiting the a penguin colony at Simonstown and taking lunch at Cape Point (don't let the baboons steal it!). Cape Town. Hampshire House.

Day 12 Depart Cape Town. In the morning we suggest you either visit the famous shopping area at the Waterfront or ascend Table Mountain by cable car. In the afternoon return the bikes and we bus you to the airport.

Total distance   c. 3000 km

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Price includes: 11 days BMW motorcycle hire, insurance, unlimited mileage, 11 nights 2-4* hotel accommodation with breakfast, airport transfers, maps and daily information packs; guide on motorcycle; luggage storage.

Price excludes: Petrol, meals other than those specified, personal items. Security deposit ZAR 22,385-27,830. Flights, travel insurance and tour extensions can be arranged through H-C Travel.
 

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Garden Route Grand tour 

Dates

BMWF 650T

BMW F800GS

BMW R1200GS

Passenger

Sgl rm suppl.

13 - 24 Nov 2016

3,175

3,225

3,475

1,995

345

13 - 24 Mar 2017

3,175

3,225

3,475

1,995

345

13 - 24 Nov 2017

3,175

3,225

3,475

1,995

345

 

Garden Route Grand self-guided tour 

 

BMW F650T

BMW F800GS

BMW R1200GS

Passenger

Sgl rm suppl.

 

2,425

2,425

2,625

1,345

345

Programmed GPS

175

175

175

0

0

 

 

 

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