EXPLORE SOUTH AFRICA
EXPLORE SOUTH AFRICA – 14 DAYS
2020 Dates: April 12-25, October 11-24
Cost: $6,445 includes base bike: BMW F 750 GS
Upgrade Add: $210 for upgrade to BMW F 850 GS; $980 for BMW R 1250 GS
Duration: 14 days; 13 nights; 10 riding days
Terrain: 50/50 paved/unpaved
Location: South Africa: Western Cape, Cape Town, Cederberg, Tankwa Karoo
Reservations: 50% of Tour Price is required as non-refundable deposit. Balance is due 45 days before tour start date.
Experience the Unforgettable:
ADVenture Motorcycle Riding in South Africa!
The Ojai MC specializes in location-specific motorcycle tours, where you get immersed in the landscape, the culture, and most of all the roads.
Arrive in Cape Town at a comfortable hotel in the Waterfront, which is a great tourist hub. We can get the bikes first thing the next morning and start the tour. The first 5 day part of the tour takes us to a lodge at a game reserve, from where we will depart 2 days later for the second half of the tour, eventually ending in Cape Town again, five days later.
Arrive in Cape Town at a comfortable hotel in the Waterfront, spending the first night in a great tourist hub.
Day 2: ~ 245Km all tar today
Ride from Hotel in Cape Town to Hermanus.
We start the day riding along the coast line of Cape Town through Camps bay, over Chapmans Peak Pass, stopping at the view point on the pass. We will continue on to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, spending some time seeing the second most southern point of Africa. We will then ride through the picturesque Simon’s Town, Kalk bay, St James and Muizenberg, following the coast and then onto the N2. At Gordons Bay we will join the coastal route again riding through Rooiels, Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond. (Sleeping in the amazing Kogel Berg Nature Reserve Eco Lodge or moving onto the whale-watching capital, Hermanus, for the evening)
Day 3: ~ 180km mixed riding some good gravel
Riding to Ceres valley
Today’s riding takes us all the way into the Karoo and away from the cost. We have some easy gravel to do today and some of the best tar passes in the Western Cape. From Hermanus we head to Botrivier on the N2 and then on to an easy but beautiful stretch of gravel known as Van Der Stell’s Pass. We will ride past the Teewaterskloof Dam, one of the biggest water supplying dams to Cape Town and over the Franschhoek Pass, where we will stop for one of the most amazing views of the Franschoek valley . After some time enjoying the town and some good coffee we will make our way to Wellington to the next amazing tar pass for today known as Bains Kloof Pass, then on through Mitchells Pass to Ceres where we will spend the night.
Day 4: ~ 212km Mixed riding almost 50/50
Riding through the Cederberg
We ride into the Cederberg Wilderness area today, along with some beautiful scenery we will also see some ancient bushman paintings that have been preserved in this area. We head out to the small town of “Op Die Berg” over a stunning short pass, Gydo Pass, and then on to Citrusdal over the gravel Middelberg Pass. The riding is amazing and the views from the various passes are stunning. We will join up with the N7 highway conveniently at the bottom of a the Piekenierskloof Pass, halfway up the pass we will stop at Kardoesie, a roadside restaurant, for some refreshments. After this short break and perhaps some milkshakes we will make our way to Clanwilliam through an area called “Die Sandveld”. We will take a sneaky, mostly tarred stretch of road known as Paluisheuvel, so no need to stress too much about the sand! In Clanwilliam we will stop for lunch and some local Rooibos tea before heading up the Pakhuis Pass to our accommodation for the night in time to walk through the private nature reserve where we will see some really interesting and amazing Bushman paintings.
Day 5: ~ 100km mostly gravel riding today
A day for some of the most challenging but also most rewarding riding of this tour.
Riding through the Cederberg can be very challenging and quite warm in some seasons but it is always breathtakingly beautiful, the rock formations and desert-like terrain is a personal favorite.
We will pass the Englishman’s grave site, a very interesting story from the South African Anglo Boer war after which the gravel section starts. Most of the riding will be on big, well-maintained roads with a few rough sections, but well worth the ride. We will ride through the Biedouw Vally and over the Biedouw River on to a very small and interesting Moravian mission Stations known a Wuppertal. This little town is well known for making leather shoes and we will spend a bit of time here so you can explore this little one-horse town.
The next bit of riding will be very exciting, we will ride over to Eselbank, another small settlement, where the road gets rough (perhaps a little sandy). We will pace this well to ensure everyone has some fun too. There are unforgettable rock formations and beautiful views for the next section of riding and we will also stop at a spot called “The Naming Grounds”. No real explanations, just that everyone who passes here simply started to pick out their names in the rock on the side of this mountain, so we do it too. We will then stop at Cederberg Oasis for a late well-deserved lunch and then on to our accommodation for the night at Sandrif Holiday farm. This is also the highest wine farm in South Africa, so we will treat you to some amazing local wine tasting and craft beer next to a South African Braai for dinner.
Day 6: ~ 208km Some more Gravel
Today is a good riding day ending in a game drive.
We ride to Cederberg Oasis for breakfast and then over to the area called the Tankwa Karoo. The road from Oasis is mostly easy gravel riding all the way out of the Cederberg area over the beautiful Katbakkies Pass into the Tankwa. This Pass this takes you up to the top of the plateau that runs all the way over to the Tankwa, down the Peerboom Pass, over a small mountain before you reach the moon-like Tankwa Karoo. We will stop for some refreshments at the Tankwa Padstal (an interesting roadside shop) after which we ride the last bit to Aquila Game Reserve were we will spend the rest of the day on a Safari Game drive and enjoy amazing South African Hospitality. We are now about 2 hours away from Cape Town and tomorrow morning we will head back to the City.
Days 7 & 8: 2 Free Days in Cape Town
Day 9: ~ 222km Starting from Aquila Game Farm
Today we ride to a small town called Prince Albert
Our first stop is at the historic small town of Matjiesfontein. Most of this small settlement is a museum, so well worth some time to walk around. We then head up the N1 highway to another town called Laingsburg were there were devastating floods in 1981. We can spend a bit more time here looking at the history and devastation of this period. We will then leave the big busy highways and take a smaller tar road to the town of Prince Albert, which will be our home for the night. You can enjoy a relaxing walk through this quaint town where after we will be treated to a delicious South African meal.
Day 10: ~ 70km Today we ride to the Ostrich capital of South Africa
We will be riding to the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, where the Ostrich and Ostrich feather is mostly responsible for the history and development of this region. Before this though, we will spend some quality time riding through and admiring the majestic Swartberg Pass. This is most definitely a bucket list ride for anyone who knows about it, and consists of mostly gravel sections and potentially lots of small river crossings depending on the time of the year. The road conditions vary but the terrain is generally good with the most beautiful and picturesque scenery. Once the cameras are packed away we will head out towards the Cango Caves for an interesting cave walk. We will continue our ride through the Schoemanspoort to the Cango Ostrich Farm, where we will have a closer look at the birds that make up such a big part of this area. Ending off the day we will continue on to the incredible Buffelsdrift Game Lodge where we will meet 3 rescued elephants before we relax for some good Karoo hospitality and get to sleep in luxury tents for the night.
Day 11: ~ 242km Today we ride to the Anysberg Nature Reserve
After a good breakfast at the lodge we are back on the bikes riding through a Nature Reserve before the end of the day. We head back past the Cango Caves and then off to the small town of Calitzsdorp for some refreshments. We are now on the well-known Route 62 (R62) heading to the next town of Ladismith before which we will take a short detour through the astounding Seweweekspoort (it’s too good to miss), but don’t worry, we will meet up with this road later in the tour again for some Over-The-Top milkshakes. Once we are through Ladismith we will have some more good gravel riding to our accommodation for the night in the Anysberg Nature Reserve.
Day 12: ~ 274km Today we ride to Ronnie’s Sex Shop and more R62
We start the morning off in the dirt and we get to ride through another nature reserve which we will need to be guided through. A unique experience to ride through a reserve which homes the big 5 on your motorcycle, it’s a game drive on your bike. Once we exit the reserve we will have a short ride to get back onto the R62 to one of the strange little shops you will hear about around here, Ronnie’s Sex Shop. It’s nothing to too crazy or exciting, but a landmark on this stretch of road and well worth getting the “been-here” selfie! After a quick water break we will ride to the small town of Barrydale for the milkshakes we promised and give you some time to be tourists and get the African souvenir you promised everyone at home. We will then make our way to Montagu, through one more amazing tar pass where our accommodation is for the evening, 40km out of town. Depending on arrival time we will spend a bit of time in town and then make our way to the guest farm where we will be treated to amazing hospitality and a home cooked dinner.
Day 13: ~ 319km
last riding day of the tour back to Cape Town.
This day may be focused on getting back to the city, but we made sure we have some amazing riding to get there. We will ride through some of the most fertile wine lands in the Western Cape and make some stops along the way to stock up on anything you may like. The roads in and around this area are amazing and loads of fun, especially Franschhoek Pass, where we will get to enjoy one of the best views of the Winelands. We will stop in Franschhoek for some last minute shopping before we move on to Stellenbosch via a stunning road, Hellshoogte. We will then ride down to the N2 highway and onto the costal road that we will follow all the way back in to Cape Town.
- 10-day motorcycle rental
- Basic helmet
- 13 nights’ accommodation
- Food & non-alcoholic beverages
- Airport transfer to Cape Town from Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
- Tour Guide, Sweep Rider, Support Truck & Driver.
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Fuel – $5 USD a gallon refuel fee, minimum of 3 gallons
- Riding gear (motorcycle jacket, pants, boots and premium helmet)
- Tolls, fines and violations
- Nature Park Entry Fees
- can ride for 3-4 hours
- average riding experience
- little assistance required
- comfortable with extreme curves and leans
- average experience with unsurfaced roads
- steep ascents and descents
- Minimum age: 21 years
- Passport valid for international travel
- International Driver’s Permit
- Valid driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement
- Good physical fitness
- Major Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) for Damage Security Deposit. Debit cards not accepted for Damage Security Deposit
- $2,500 USD Damage Security Deposit will be pre-authorized at time of motorcycle check-out regardless of damage liability reduction packages purchased.
- These funds can be held up to 10 business days as a requirement of major credit card company policies and is beyond the control of Ojai Motorcycle Club.
- Personal travel insurance from your home country with your own required coverage of driving or being a passenger on a motorcycle of 700 cc or more (not in competition). Policy shall cover travel cancellation, medical, repatriation, liability and personal accident as minimum.
I am a very new rider is the trip for me?
We specialize in and enjoy teaching brand new riders. Whether you have street experience and no off-road experience or little motorcycle experience at all we will help you learn and master the basics by the end of the trip. We have a sweep guide that will make sure you have a great experience and can ride your own ride.
I’m an experienced rider, will I be bored?
Absolutely not! We’ve designed the trip to allow experienced riders to ride at the front of the pack and not have to worry about the rest of the group keeping up.
Where do I pack my stuff and keep my luggage?
Our support vehicle will carry any of your belongings that you do not wish to carry with you as you ride in the provided panniers on the motorcycle.
On all trips we can securely store additional luggage that you are not bringing on the ride.
- Ojai Motorcycle Club recommends all riders protect their financial situation by purchasing travel insurance on their tour package with Ojai MC and accompanying logistics with a trip insurance policy through Travel Guard.
- Ojai MC is not responsible for a participant’s inability to attend a tour due to any circumstances, whether they be health, family, environmental or weather-related.
- If a tour is canceled by Ojai MC ahead of departure because of lack of participation all deposits and balance payments are 100% transferable and refundable.
- Cancellations initiated by the participant received in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org with more than 60 days notice before tour start date will receive their 50% deposit as a credit to be used towards future tours or services with Ojai MC. The credit expires 1 year after issued.
- Cancellations initiated by the participant and received in writing to email@example.com with 60 or less days notice before the tour start date will forfeit their deposit as a cancellation fee.
- Any balance payments can be held on file as a credit to be used towards future tours and services with Ojai MC. The credit expires 1 year after issued.
- Cancellations initiated by the participant received in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org with 30 or less days notice before the tour start date will forfeit their deposit and any balance payments as a Cancellation Fee.
- Ojai MC reserves the right to cancel a participant’s tour during the tour if the participant is disruptive or putting themselves or others in harms way. No refund or credit will be issued.
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