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South Africa Gourmet Motorcycle Tour

SA - Gourmet Tour 1Not surprisingly, this tour focusses not just on some great riding, but also on good dining, one of South Africa’s unsung strengths. We take you on open, challenging roads, over mountain passes, through both semi desert and fertile coastal regions in a perfect climate for biking on one of our fleet of BMWs. Our tour stops each night at one of the country’s finest country lodges or guest houses where gourmet meals are individually prepared.

You will sample the country’s finest sea food at Plettenberg Bay, musselcracker and Cape Salmon straight from the sea at L’Agulhas, quail and ostrich at Graaf Reinet, all accompanied by award winning South African wines.

Small groups, exclusive accommodation, truly mouth watering dinners, superb roads and cultured guides all contribute to this unique motorcycling experience. It is not cheap, we did not intend it to be, we want to show you the very best this country has to offer.

Tour highlights

  • The warm air and sun on arrival at Cape Town
  • Perhaps the country's finest fresh fish dinner at the Agulhas Country lodge near the southernmost point of Africa
  • Game viewing at Addo Game Reserve and the sheer luxury of your accommodation there
  • Ostrich steaks in the world’s ostrich capital, Oudtshoorn
  • The spectacular Swartberg Pass on a gravel road

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cape Town. We meet you at the airport and convey by bus to your luxury hotel in Cape Town’s famous “Waterfront” area. After a rest and lunch we take you to our Cape Town base to issue the motorcycles and instruct in their use. We then take you on a guided tour of the picturesque Cape Peninsular visiting Cape Point, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet, and the Boulders, to view a penguin colony. The short tour includes the truly spectacular Chapmans Peak Drive with magnificent photo opportunities.

This evening you can either dine in the hotel or at any of the more than 30 restaurants in the Waterfront area. City Lodge Waterfront.

Day 2 Cape Town – Cape Agulhas. Today we leave Cape Town via the up-market southern suburbs, arriving at the False Bay coast at Muizenberg and then ride around the bay, first on a road right next to the mile upon mile of pristine beach and then between mountain and sea with views to match any in the world. We lunch at the coastal resort of Hermanus.

During the afternoon we strike inland through rolling wheat fields with fast, sweeping bends and reach the sea again at the picturesque fishing village of Struis Baai, just a few kilometres from our destination at Cape L’Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa. Agulhas Country Lodge.

Day 3 Cape Agulhas – Plettenberg Bay. SA - Gourmet Tour 2Re-crossing the wheatfields we arrive at the historic town of Swellendam with beautiful Cape Dutch style buildings. Farther along, a quick stop at the aloe factory shop at Alberton is worthwhile. Aloe extracts for every conceivable use from facial beauty to rheumatic joints are available.

After Mossel Bay the truly picturesque “Garden Route” really starts. We pass beautiful lakes just inland from magnificent beaches, huge forest plantations and fertile agricultural land. Possibly the highlight is Knysna’s tranquil lagoon which spills into the Indian Ocean through “The Heads” and shortly after this we reach our destination, Laird’s Lodge.

Day 4 Plettenberg Bay – Addo. Continuing on the N2 highway we soon divert off onto the original old road which twists over sinuous little passes through ancient indigenous stinkwood and yellowwood forests where you are likely to see monkeys, but unlikely to see a small herd of elephants last sighted many years ago.

After passing through the industrial city of Port Elizabeth we turn north and for the first time enter the typically ‘African’ environment of rolling hills, huge thorn bushes and distant horizons. This is big game country and our overnight destination,SA - Gourmet7 Woodall Country Lodge is within minutes of the Addo Game Reserve.

Day 5 Addo (free day). A full day’s safari experience! There are 3 game drives a day plus an evening ‘Sundowner’. And ifthat is all too much, you can relax by the pool, work out in the gym or get spoilt in the health centre. Woodall Country Lodge.

Day 6 Addo – Graaf Reinet. Today we pass through the Eastern Cape where bitter wars were fought between the Africans arriving from the North East and the British settlers arriving from the South West. They met at the Fish River not far from your route and towns such as Cradock which you pass through were made famous at the time.

Prior to arriving in Graaf Reinet we ascend and descend the Sneeuberg (snow) mountains via the Wapadsberg and Naudeberg passes which are often snowbound in winter. Graaf Reinet is a beautiful and historic frontier town well worth a walk around.

If you’re feeling energetic, ride into the mountains via the ‘Valley of Desolation” to watch the sun set over the vast Karoo, it can be quite a sight! Andries Stockenstrom Guest House.

Day 7 Graaf Reinet – Oudtshoorn.  You will get a feeling for the enormity of Africa today. At times the topography is so open, the road stretches so far into the distance and the sky is so huge that you may feel as if you were driving across an ocean. For one stretch of 105 km there are literally no towns and at the end of it we have to take lunch at the one and only habitation of Willowmore.

As we approach our destination of Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, we see literally hundreds and hundreds of these weird birds. Montana Guest Farm.

Day 8 Oudtshoorn (free day).  After a week on the road most people appreciate a day out of the saddle and there being so much of unusual interest around Oudtshoorn, we decided this would be the best place for a rest day.

Should you opt to explore locally on your bikes, a round trip over the huge Swartberg pass (gravel) and back via Meiringspoort makes a truly spectacular day’s ride. More local activities could be:

  • A visit to the Cango Caves – we suggest the medium tour
  • See an ostrich show farm – we suggest either Highgate or Safari farms
  • Tour the Wild Life Park where they have leopard, lion and crocodiles

Our hosts at Montana Guest Farm will be pleased to arrange any of these trips for you. If you want to tackle the Swartberg Pass we will seek their advice because should it have rained recently this pass is NOT suitable for motorcycles. Montana Guest Farm.

Day 9 Oudtshoorn – Swellendam. Departing Oudtshorn via the Little Karoo, your route then follows a quite superb road through really wild, rugged and mountainous country with few habitations. After Calitzdorp you climb the Huisrivier Pass, pass the German mission station of Zoar, Ladysmith and Barrydale where we recommend you lunch at the last restaurant on the right where motorcyclists are given a great reception. Just before Barrydale a quick stop at “Ronnie's Sex Shop” is a laugh!

After Barrydale and the beautiful Tradouw Pass you suddenly enter the more fertile side of the mountains and the rich fruit and grape growing regions of Robertson and Worcester before arriving at the historic town of Swellendam. De Kloof Luxury Lodge.

Day 10 Swellendam – Cape Town.  An easy morning’s ride along the N2 brings us back to Cape Town. We’ll ride to Cape Point this afternoon, and back on the World famous Chapman’s Peak Drive – a great way to end our tour. City Lodge Waterfront.

Day 11 Depart Cape Town. Depending on the time of your departing flight, there should be time for last minute shopping before returning the bikes and we bus you to the airport for your flight.

Total distance   c. 3000 km

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Price includes: 10 days BMW motorcycle hire, insurance, unlimited mileage, 10 nights 2-3* hotel accommodation with breakfast, airport transfers, winery tour, maps and daily information packs; guide on motorcycle; luggage storage.

Price excludes: Fuel, meals other than those specified, park entry fees (ZAR110), game drives (ZAR300/p), personal items. Security deposit ZAR22,385-27,830. Flights, travel insurance and tour extensions can be arranged by H-C Travel.

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Gourmet tour 

Dates

BMW F650T

BMW F800GS

BMW R1200GS

Passenger

Sgl rm suppl.

4 - 14 Dec 2016

2,995

3,445

3,875

2,295

345

03 - 13 Apr 2017

2,995

3,445

3,875

2,295

345

04 - 14 Dec 2017

2,995

3,445

3,875

2,295

345

 

Gourmet self-guided tour 

 

BMW F650T

BMW F800GS

BMW R1200GS

Passenger

Sgl rm suppl.

 

3,195

3,025

3,325

1,895

345

Programmed GPS

145

145

145

0

0

 

 

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