Day 1 – Arrive in Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town. I pick you up and take you to your accommodation for the night where you can leave your luggage, enjoy a lunch and just settle in. After we received your bike, it is up to you if you would like to go rest or take a short drive around Cape Town to just get a feel for everything. Maybe the V&A Waterfront? This bustling shopping, dining and entertainment area neighboring the Table Bay harbour is almost as synonymous with a visit to Cape Town, as the Table Mountain that looks upon it from up high. Developed from redundant docklands, this vast property now blends seamlessly and attractively with the working harbour. At dinner we will discuss the smaller details, questions and concerns you have.
Day 2 – Cape Town around the Peninsula
Today we will explore Cape Town. If weather permits, we will get up as early as possible to hit the world famous Table Mountain. After that, we will take a tour around the Peninsula visiting Camps Bay. We will lunch at the historic and still-
Day 3 – Wine Route
We leave after an early breakfast to go to Paarl where we will visit our first wine farm, Laborie, one of the oldest and most well known wine estates in South Africa. Paarl gained international attention when, on 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Correctional Centre (now known as Drakenstein Correctional Centre) in Paarl ending 27 years of imprisonment and beginning the march to South Africa's post-
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From Gordons Bay we travel one of the most spectacular ocean view passes in the world to the towns off Betty’s bay, Kleinmond and Hermanus. Since August 1992, Hermanus has had the world’s only Whale Crier, the first being Pieter Classen 1992-
Day 5 – Swellendam to Oudshoorn
From Swellendam we take the famous R62 via the Tradouws and Huisrivier pass over to Oudsthoorn that is world famous and is known as "the ostrich capital of the world". We will visit the world famous Cango caves. The Caves are located in Precambrian limestones at the foothills of the Swartberg range near the town of Oudtshoorn, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The principal cave is one of the country's finest, best known, and most popular tourist caves, and attracts many visitors from overseas. Although the extensive system of tunnels and chambers go on for over four kilometers, only about a quarter of this is open to visitors. If time allows we will visit one off the Ostrich farms in the area. From Oudtshoorn we take the road to George and Wilderness over the famous and very pictures Montagu Pass -
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From Wilderness we drive some really awesome coastal roads along the garden route via Knysna where we will visit the heads and breakfast there. The Garden Route is a stretch of the south-
Day 8 – Patensie to Zandvlakte
From Patensie we travelling to Zandvlakte in the Baviaanskloof, most probably the most challenging part of our route but also one of the most rewarding. The word Baviaanskloof, although derived from the Dutch "valley of baboons", is associated with pristine nature, narrow gorges with flowing streams, steep mountain pases, vast plains with waving grasslands and views of unspoilt wilderness. Nature has taken its course over thousands of years to create what is today universally recognised as the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site. Few other places in the world hold evidence of the footprint of human history spanning over a million years.
The narrow valley of the Baviaanskloof is just under 200 kilometers in length and bounded by two mountain ranges: the Baviaanskloof Mountains on the north and the Kouga mountains on the south side. The valley lies at a lower altitude than the Karoo in the north.
The rainfall of the Karoo thus filters through the mountains to the Baviaanskloof river. For this reason the valley is surprisingly lush and supports a wider variety of plant species than would have been otherwise expected. This is also the only area where you will have NO CELLPHONE RECEPTION!!! Depending on the time of the day, we might just be kept very busy by all Pieter’s stories about the ecology and the leopard projects of the area. Well, needless to say that between Ferdie and Pieter, it will be difficult not to be pulled into their amazing passion for conservation.
Day 9 – Zandvlakte to Uitspan – Resting day
This day at Christine and Nico will be just the day you need!!! It is one of the most tranquil places on this planet.
Day 10 – Uitspan to Graaf-
From Uitspan we leave for Graaf-
Day 11 – Graaf-
After leaving the wonderful cooking of Gordon Wright at Andries Stockenstrom guest house and their superb hospitality, we travel to the unique town of Nieu-
Day 12 – Cradock to Elliot
From Cradoc k we proceed to Fort Beaufort via the Ecca pass. Lying in the heart of the citrus farming Katriver Valley. Fort Beaufort is a little historical town that dates back to 1822, when a frontier post was established here by the British, who occupied the town until 1870 during a period of struggle for possession between colonists, supported by the British, and the Xhosa. The Katriver valley is filled with rivers, forests, waterfalls and deep ravines that invite hiking and languid walks through wide open spaces. Fort Beaufort rests on the banks of the Kat River, surrounded by the majestic Katberg and Amatola mountain ranges. We then cut North East to a town called Queenstown. The town was founded in early 1853 under the direction of Sir George Cathcart, who named the settlement, and then fort, after Queen Victoria. Work on its railway connection to East London on the coast was begun by the Cape government of John Molteno in 1876, and the line was officially opened on 19 May 1880. The town prospered from its founding up to the world wide depression of the 1930s, and again thereafter. In the 1960s, the majority of the Black population were moved east to the township of Ezibeleni, as part of the attempt to move African people to so-
Day 13 – Elliot to Himeville
From Elliot we travel North East through some really great country, some nice gravel roads and awesome scenery. We drive though Maclear that was named after Sir Thomas Maclear (1794-
Day 14 – Himeville to Stanger
This pictures route starts with some gravel via some off the most pristine areas in Kwazulu Natal. The area is well known for dairy farming, horse stud farms, fly fishing, crafters, artists and sculptors and the home cottage industry. The area also boasts a number of well known spa’s, hotels and fine dining establishments. Rosetta is known for the case of Elizabeth Klarer, who in 1955 claimed to have been abducted by aliens on a hill outside the town. We also drive through the town of Greytown that was established in the 1850s and named after the governor of the Cape Colony Sir George Edward Grey who later became Premier of New Zealand. A Lutheran church was built in 1854 and a church bell which was brought to the town for the Dutch Reformed Church in 1861 to summon worshipers. The Dutch and English congregations was the centre of a series of theological arguments and the church bell was stolen and buried, only to be found 74 years later upon the construction of some cottages near the old church. A strikingly designed Town Hall was opened in 1904. In 1906 following a poll tax and other oppressive measures imposed on the Zulus, the Bambatha Rebellion took place. The final resting place of Sarie Marais is at Greytown. Sarie was a legendary Voortrekker woman who died, aged 37, with the birth of her 11th child and is immortalised by the eponymous song, an indelible part of South African culture. Louis Botha, the Second Boer War General and first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, was born on a farm 5 km south of Greytown. The old farmhouse was destroyed by British Forces during search and destroy operations. Louis Botha led the Boer forces during their famous victory over the British at the battle of Spionkop. -
Day 15 – Stanger to Nisele (Swaziland)
From here we travel along some really pictures roads alongside the oceans to the town of Richards Bay. It is situated on a 30 square kilometre lagoon of the Mhlatuze River, which gives it one of the country's largest harbours. The town began as a makeshift harbour that was set up by Commodore of the Cape, Sir Frederick Richards during the Anglo-
Day 16 – Nisele to Sabi
After breakfast we depart for some relaxed riding via Big bend, over the capital off Swaziland Mbabane to some really awesome country towards the Maguga Dam and Piggs peak. From there we travel some dirt road to Josephsdal border post where we will take the Geotrail to Barton. Tucked away in the most ancient corner of our land, hard against South Africa’s border with the kingdom of Swaziland, lies a hidden and spectacularly scenic wilderness of immense geological importance. The Makhonjwa Mountains in Mpumalanga are not well known by their original name, maybe that’s because Swazi folklore has it that pointing at them brings bad luck. Well, things are about to change! A major drive for international recognition, started many years ago, and driven by the Barberton Tourism and Biodiversity Corridor (BATOBIC) is finally bearing fruit. The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains of the Barberton Greenstone Belt are now on the tentative list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site programme. The Barberton Makhonjwa geotrail has a series of beautifully landscaped laybys at sites of geological interest and uses richly-
Day 17 – Sabie to Sabi Sand
From Sabie we take the panorama route through to the Sabi Sand. The magnificent Panorama Route is best known for its cultural heritage and its dramatic landscapes. Offering a vast array of exciting options for the visitor, the Panorama Route hosts some of the best adrenalin enhancing adventures as well as some more sedate pastimes. One of the major highlights of the region is the Blyde River Canyon Reserve, home to spectacular wildlife and birdlife and some of the best views in South Africa. The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon of its kind in the world. Other highlights include the exquisite waterfalls in Graskop and Sabie, the Echo Caves that speak of Africa’s powerful tribes such as Pedi, Mapulane and Swazi, trails left behind by the Voortrekkers in regions such as Lydenberg and Ohrigstad, ancient artistic footprints left by indigenous peoples of Africa and the Gold Rush territory, Pilgrim’s Rest, home to the early gold prospectors. Aprox Distance 115km
Day 18 and 19 and 20– Sabi Sand
Day 21 – Sabi Sand to Johannesburg
If you wish to do a last game drive, we will leave the lodge after the last early morning drive. We will have an late brunch or lunch at Dulstroom from where we will depart for Johannesburg. -