Discover Africa “African Style”.
Capture the spirit of Africa
Every great adventure has to start somewhere, so why not start yours in the site of one of the seven natural wonders of the natural world. Cape Town has been the doorway to the African interior for hundreds of years and there is something special knowing you are walking in the footsteps of some of the worlds greatest adventurers.
Discover Africa the African way, starting from the cultural hot spot of the dark continent Cape Town through to the majestic Victoria Falls via the beautiful garden route. There is no other place on earth that can offer such diversity, coupled with adventure and space. This tour offers you the ability to have a sundowner overlooking the two oceans meet to jumping off a bridge into gorge with only a bungee cord attached. Whether you looking for adventure, excitement, culture or space, look no further. We pack more than the Big 5 into this tour, we pack an “adventure of a lifetime.”
- BMW F650GS (upgrades available)
- Up Market Accommodation
- Breakfast & Dinner
- Qualified Guide/Tour Leader (local)
- Support Van, trailer
- Full Mobile workshop
- Spare Bike
- Luggage Transport
- BMW Insurance
- Travel/Medical Insurance
- Helmets/Riding Gear
- Optional Excursions/Activities
- Insurance Excess
- Fuel/Oil For Bikes
Day 1: Cape Town
Our first day we have the necessary”meet and greet “with the team from the BMW Centre. After checking you into your hotel, you will be ready to explore Cape Town’s famous Camps Bay beach where the “see & be seen” crowd hang out. We will take you to our favourite local watering hole where we will enjoy a sundowner while soaking in the sights & sounds from all around. From there we will ride back through to the Waterfront where you can join us at yet another world famous pub, Ferrymans at the V&A Waterfront, or go out on the town and experience some of the South African night life.
Day 2: Cape Town Tour – 200km
Our second day in Cape Town we will ride out and do a day tour of this beautiful area, starting off from the V&A Waterfront we ride the coastal route past the famous Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. We then take the exciting winding road to Hout Bay. Soon after leaving the quaint fishing village we approach the start of the awesome Chapman’s Peak pass where you ride the coastline with incredible rock formations on your left and a sheer 100 metre drop to the open ocean on your right. Our destination is the Cape Point nature reserve where the two oceans are said to meet. We stop here for refreshments and a chance to capture the incredible view. Our path then takes us along the False Bay coastline to Boulders Beach the home of the worlds biggest Jackass penguin colony. Our final stretch takes us back to the mother city, past Simon’s Town, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg. We still have time to visit the Groot Constantia Wine Estate or the world renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Day 3: Cape Town – Oudtshoorn 517km
The Cape Town to Oudtshoorn run is the start of our tour . We take you through some of the most incredible countryside where every corner has something to offer and the twists & turns en route are sure to thrill.
Day 4: Oudtshoorn Activities
Oudtshoorn has a variety of activities to offer including the world famous Cango Caves. We set out of for the Cango Caves first thing in the morning to discover a hidden world, this is followed by a visit to an ostrich farm and finally a sundowner game drive.
Day 5: Oudtshoorn – Grahamstown Via Tsitsikama 525km
Today’s ride takes us through an enchanting section of Africa. It is here that the wild ocean waves pound the rugged landscape known as Tsitsikamma. Besides being an incredibly beautiful coastal ride with it’s meandering curves, the scenery winds its way close to the Indian Ocean breakers pounding the rocky shores. The 180m high cliffs and ever green fynbos rolling down the slopes to the sea creates a lush carpet. Ancient rivers have carved their own paths to the oceans creating incredible rocky ravines, which adds to the mystical feeling of this incredible place. This is one of the many highlights along the route and we are sure you will enjoy every minute of it. There is even a chance to stop off at the Storms river bridge to do the worlds highest bunji jump!!! Once we get to Grahamstown we have our sundowners at the comfortable lodge and share a few stories around the bar that night.
Day 6: Grahamstown – Lady Grey 470km
Today’s ride takes us away from the coast and into the African interior. We will begin to ride through national parks and old mining towns that have hundreds of fascinating years of history to absorb. Lady Grey itself is located in a valley just below the Wittberg mountain range. Although a small town it is rich in artistic value with a number of interesting sandstone outcrops and fossil beds. A great photographic spot for the riders with artistic flair.
Day 7: Lady Grey – Bergville 520km
Bergville is our destination of choice today. Bergville itself has quite a historic significance as an inland trade port. Situated near the beautiful drakensberg mountains, it is equidistant to Johannesburg and Durban which gave it the status of the gateway to the Northern Drakensberg. Home to the oldest surviving blockhouse in the Kwazulu-Natal area, Bergville has had an interesting military history. The locals will be happy to tell their tales over a drink that evening at the lodge of choice.
Day 8: Bergville – Tzaneen 800km
Today is the longest stretch of our route, an 800km run through the city of Johannesburg, the capital Pretoria and on towards Tzaneen. This is wide open countryside and dry bushland. The scenery starts taking on the African interior that you would expect as we go up north.
Day 9: Tzaneen - Matopos Bulawayo 650km
After leaving Tzaneen we head north for the Zimbabwean border post known as Beitbridge. The countryside on our way will be a vast scrubland interspaced with magnificent Baobab trees which look like God planted them upside down in a fit of rage. By using pre-appointed customs clearing people we hope to make the crossing as stress free as possible. Keep in mind that this is Africa and after all it is for adventure that you came and trust us a border crossing in Africa can be an adventure in its own right!!!! Our scheduled stop tonight is at the incredible Matopos National Park. Matopos is world renowned as having the largest concentration of raptors per square kilometer on earth. It is also worthy to note that it is here that one of the greatest colonialists of all time, Cecil John Rhodes, chose to be buried. A trip to the Matopos is never complete without a visit to his grave site. Dotted in and among the impressive balancing rocks there are massive well preserved examples of ancient stone age art. This is a breeding sanctuary for white rhino and your chances are good to be able to get up close and personal with these prehistoric beasts.
Day 10: Matopos Bulawayo – Hwange National Park 440km
After an early breakfast we continue our trip north via the city of Bulawayo to the wildlife haven of Hwange National Park. This is a true big 5 national park with no frills. For those adventurous enough, we sure there are a number of you, an arrangement can be made to do a walking safari. There is no better way to view the big 5 up close than to be on foot. Man vs beast at its very best. Tonight we sit at our lodge of choice not in a conventional dining room but al fresco around a fire.
Day 11: Victoria Falls Activities Day
We leave Hwange to the south and continue our adventure up north knowing full well that the adventure capital of the world is in our sights. With the best grade 5 pool and drop white water rafting in the world. the opportunity to walk with lions, ride elephants, abseil down the 111 meter face of the basalt gorge, the list is endless. Each day will give you the opportunity of combining a great adventure activity with the opportunity of an outride to an area of interest where you can meet the local community one on one and see a lifestyle that has not changed for hundreds of years.
Day 12: Victoria Falls Activities Day
A few days in the Victoria Falls area will show you that there just is not enough time to explore this spot and a return trip in the future will be needed!!
Keep in mind that each day there will be a planned “out ride” and this will be optional so if the thought of white water rafting appeals more than a visit to a typical African village then it will be your call….the trip is yours to enjoy!!
Today perhaps you can try your hand at catching the worlds most powerful fresh water fighting fish. This beast whose Latin name translates to striped water dog is the notorious Zambezi Tiger fish!! With rows of needle sharp teeth and massive fins for its body size it is hooking into it is like like trying to hang on to a VW beetle fitted with a V8!!!
This evening why not jump aboard a sunset cruise and watch the sun sink into the Zambezi river while downing a Zambezi Lager beer? After the cruise, dinner at the Boma restaurant is always fun. All diners are provided with their own African drum and the 600 seater restaurant is soon heaving to the beat of the drum master calling the beats and the thunderous response of merry diners following suite. At the buffet you will find unusual culinary delights like Crocodile tail kebabs, Mopane worms in peanut butter, Warthog steaks and Impala stew!!!
Day 13: Victoria Falls – Chobe Botswana 90km
We sadly turn our back on the adventure capital of the world and head for another unique adventure right on our doorstep. Just 90 kilometers west takes us to the Chobe river. The Chobe National Park is home to the greatest concentration of elephants in the world numbering in excess of 100 000. Here you will have the opportunity of doing a river safari which will give you the chance to see more wildlife density per kilometer of river of any stretch of water in the world….. including the Amazon!!
Day 14: Zambezi River Cruise – Rest Day
Sadly our African Odyssey has drawn to a close…it is now time to reflect over the last 14 days and start to “plot & Plan” when & how to get back here to experience other exciting sections of the African Continent. Why not think of doing your next trip along the West coast of Africa, up thru Namibia where the desert landscape will blow your mind? Chat to our tour leader and get him to show you what it all about. The only repeats are Vic Falls and Cape Town….everything in between is totally different and we know that Vic Falls and Cape Town are well worth another visit!!